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KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Bordering Sudan to the North and Kenya to the East. This national park covers an area of 1,442 sq km. It is one of the most spectacular parks with a scenery that is no doubt the most eye catching in all the protected areas in Africa. It has 80 mammal species including the Bat-eared Fox, Caracal, hunting Dog, both the Greater and Lesser Kudu among others and 465 bird species 14 of which are on found in this National Park.
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BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST PARK
Found in south western Uganda covering an area of 331 sq km. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has vast diversity of mammals and birds species and is home to a number of endangered wildlife species. As home to half the world's rare apes the Mountain Gorillas, this Impenetrable forest Park is the only protected area where Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees live together. The park is one of nature's own unspoiled places.
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
The second largest national park covering an area of 1978 sq km, this park that was named after the Queen of England. The park is located in the western part of Uganda. It was gazeted in 1952 and opened officially by the Queen herself in 1954.
The park has the most incradible ecosystem from the habitats to the animals found there. It is one of the most visited protected areas in the country. Queen Elizabeth National Park has a big bird list said to have more bird species than any other protected area on the African continent. Indeed a birder's paradise with over 600 species of birds.
With close to 100 mammal species, Queen Elizabeth National Park is a superb territory for game drives. The Ishasha sector is famous for its tree climbing lions and the Kyambura gorge lies here as well offering chimpanzee trekking.
KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
Famous for its primates, this National Park is a rain forest and is home to 13 primate species making it the number one protected area with the biggest primate numbers on the African continent. These primates include Chimpanzee, Red Colobus, Black and white Colobus, Red-tailed Monkey, Grey-cheecked Mangabey among others. Its also home to 60 mammals including Elephants, buffalo and leopards. 325 bird species are found in this National Park.Chimpanzee trekking being the major attraction of the park.
MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
This is the country's largest protected area covering 3,840 sq km that protects a vast savannah land bisected by the mighty river Nile. It is one of the two oldest national parks that were gazeted in 1952 and it is home to a variety of mammals like the Graceful Rothschild Giraffe, Lelwel's Hartebeest, Uganda Kob, Bohor Reedbuck, Oribi among others home to primates like Chimpanzee, Patas Monkey, Black and white Colobus Monkey to mention but a few. Murchison Falls National Park is home to 450 bird species among them the pre-historic looking Shoebill, Heuglin's Francolin, Abbyssinian Ground Hornbill, White-fronted Chat, Silverbird, Beautiful Sunbird, Speckle-fronted Weaver among others.
LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
240km drive from Kampala on the Kampala - Mbarara highway, this is one of the small National Parks in Uganda covering 260 sq km and the nearest National Park to the country`s capital, Kampala. There are 68 mammals and 320 bird species making it very special in its own way. Mammal here include Eland, Impala, Zebra, Oribi and more. The parks special birds include African Finfoot, Brown-cheasted Lapwing, Red-faced Barbet, Coqui Francolin and Long-tailed Cisticola among others. Here you aslo find a variety of habitats like the euphobia/acacia trees being part of the savannah formation, its got a forest within, swamps and water bodies among others.
This is one of Uganda's new parks and the smallest covering 33 sq km. It is found in the southern end of Uganda on the volcanoe Mountains that are composed of three ranges. The highest peak in these rages is on Mt. Muhavura at an altitude of 4,127 metres above sea level.
Mountain Gorilla and Golden monkey trekking plus bird watching are the main activities here. This is also one of the sites you have to go looking for the Albertine Rift Endemic species like the Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Red-throated Alethe, Archer's Robin-Chat, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing and many more.
MT. ELGON NATIONAL PARK
Covering an area of 1,145 sq km, this park is found in eastern Uganda on Mt. Elgon itself where it got its name from which Uganda shares with Kenya. There is a National Park on the Kenyan side as well accessed via Kitale town. The highest peak of this mountain is the Wagagai peak at 4,321 metres above Sea level.
The Park is home to 305 species of birds most of which are only found here e.g Jackson's and Moorland Francolins, Hartlaub's Turaco, Black-collared Apalis, Cape Rook and Streaky-headed Seedeater among others.
The Park is home to 24 mammal species and not easily seen including Elephants, Buffaloes, Leopard, Bush Pigs, Duikers, and a few primates among others
RWENZORI NATIONAL PARK
The snow capped Mountains of the Moon (Rwenzori Mountains) are found within this very national park that got its name from the same Mountains. It covers an area of 998 sq km located on the Democratic Republic of Congo border in western Uganda with a unique panoramic scenery.
Being in the Rift Valley area, there are several Albertine Rift Endemic species found here like the Rwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori Nightjar, Rwenzori Batis, Handsome Francolin and Strange Weaver among others. The Long-eared Owl and the Rockefeller Sunbird are belived to be found here.
When it comes to the plants, this is when you will know that you are in paradise. You could even think that the Garden of Eden is in Uganda. From the Giant Lobelias to the formation of the Bamboo forest, the heath and the Afro Alpine mooreland make it a paradise.
SEMLIKI NATIONAL PARK
This is where the eastern savanah plains meet the western forests. It is the only low land tropical forest around the East African area. Another birders paradise with 435 species with some only found here in the whole of East African. Some of the African sought after are found here like Long-tailed Hawk, Congo Sarpent Eagle, Nkulengu Rail, Grey-throated Rail, Black-Throated Coucal, Red-rumped Tinkerbird and many more.
It has 63 mammal species, primates taking the bigger percentage. Though rare, the De Brazza's monkey is found here. The beautiful and rare Dent's monkey has been seen here a few times by one of our tour leader read (Johnnie Kamugisha).