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Uganda National Parks

Uganda’s National Parks, Game Reserves, and private conservancies provide numerous wildlife safari options in Uganda. Nicknamed The Pearl of Africa, the landlocked country of Uganda attracts many visitors each year who become fascinated with its rich culture, diversity of people, exotic wildlife, and rich ecosystems.

The country boasts some beautiful national parks that are home to a variety of plants, birds, and animal species. We feature ten national parks that will make you fall in love with Uganda. Uganda Wildlife Authority, (UWA) manages 10 National Parks.

These include; Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Mountain Elgon National Park, Semliki National Park, and Kidepo National Park.

Uganda has a variety of wildlife species. A safari to Uganda will most likely involve wildlife viewing of animals in the parks, the birds, and other animals in the sanctuary like the Chimpanzee.

Among the most significant attractions are the boat-launch trips (in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo), natural walks, and game drives in any park with private vehicles. Very different from other African countries, “safari” in Uganda means a real closeness to nature, the animals, the people, and the ambiance.

Safari in Uganda is a unique opportunity for true, direct, and uncontaminated wildlife. Other activities include whitewater rafting, fishing, mountaineering, rafting, community-based ecotourism, cultural tourism, and much more.

Below is a list of all the Game Parks and Game Reserves in Uganda. There are 12 Wildlife Reserves and 14 Wildlife Sanctuaries. The reserves and parks have no tarmac roads, no mass convergence of zebra-camouflaged safari trucks, and no animals turning up by appointment!

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Kanungu District, Southwestern Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Kanungu District, Southwestern Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (or, officially, Impenetrable National Park) is located in the southwestern part of Uganda and covers 331 square kilometers making it one of the largest natural forests in East Africa. Bwindi Forest is approximately an 8-hour or 9-hour drive (550 kilometers) from Kampala by road and just 1 hour away by chartered flights. Bwindi Impenetrable forest became popular in the world because of Gorilla trekking! It is a habitat for more than half of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorilla population. These gentle primates are highly endangered species and the forest possesses more than 360 individuals of the plausible 800 plus mountain gorillas in the entire world. They are highly endangered because of poaching, habitat loss, and diseases. Bwindi is a Unesco World Heritage Site and it is the best place in Uganda to track mountain gorillas. Bwindi forest is home to about 350 species of birds. It is the best place for birding in Uganda owing to its unique species of birds. Bwindi borders the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the western side; Kabale town to the southeast is the nearest main town to the park, 29 km away by road.

Kibale National Park - Bundibugyo District, Western Uganda

Kidepo Valley National Park Kidepo - Kaabong District, North Eastern Uganda

Lake Mburo National Park - Kiruhura District, Western Region of Uganda

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park - Kisoro District, South Western Uganda

Mount Elgon National Park - On the Uganda-Kenya border, Eastern Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park (Kabalega Falls National Park) - Masindi District, Northwestern Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park - Kasese District, Southwestern Uganda

Rwenzori Mountains National Park - Kasese District, South-Western Uganda

Semliki National Park - Kabarole District, Western Uganda

Ajai Game Reserve - Arua District, North-Eastern Uganda

Bokora Corridor Game Reserve - Karamoja Sub Region, Northeastern Uganda

Bugundu Game Reserve - between Bulisa & Masindi districts, North Western Uganda

Toro Game Reserve - within Ntoroko & Kabarole Districts, Western Uganda

Karuma Game Reserve - Kiryandongo district (former Masindi district), Western Uganda

Kigezi Mountain Gorilla Game Reserve - Rukungiri District, Western Uganda

Katonga Wildlife Reserve - within the Ibanda & Kamwengye Districts, Western Uganda

Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve - Albertine Rift Valley, Western Uganda

Kyambura Wildlife Reserve - Northeastern Corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

East Madi Wildlife Reserve - Amuru District, North of Murchison Falls

Matheniko Wildlife Reserve - Moroto District, Northeastern Uganda

Pian Upe wildlife reserve - Karamoja region, Northeastern Uganda

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Nakasongola District, Central Uganda

Mabamba Bay Swamp and Wetland - Northern shore of Lake Victoria, Uganda

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary - Mukono District, on Lake Victoria, Uganda

Aswa Wildlife Conservancy - on Aswa River, Nwoya District, Northwest of Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

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