NATIONAL PARKS SAFARI UGANDA

HIGHLIGHTS, WHERE THEY ARE AND HOW TO VISIT THEM


 

 

UGANDA TOP 20 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Uganda Top 20 Tourist Attractions

Uganda is a land-locked country mostly in the Rift Valley, on the shore of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake - elevation 1,133m above sea level (masl) and the world's largest tropical lake. While much of the country barely rises above Lake Victoria, the western Nile Valley with Lake Alberta - elevation 619m asl - as its main waterbody lies well below 1,000m. Contrasting with that are some amazing volcanoes like Mount Stanley (5,110 masl) and the only serious mountain chain in Africa, the Rwenzori Mountains with a length of about 120km long and 65km wide on  the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In Rwenzori Mountains National Park the mountains rise to 5109 masl at Margherita Peak, while Ethiopia has the only serious mountain plateau in Africa. Everywhere else, mountainous regions are either low or confined to individual high mountains - mostly volcanoes - rising high above the surrounding landscape. A good example of the latter is Mount Elgon National Park, which is shared with Kenya, where the highest peak is located at an elevation of 4,155m asl, just across the border, all part of Uganda's Top 20 Tourist Attractions and other things to do in Uganda.

 

Why consider booking our Uganda National Parks Safari? Because for a very competitive price, you focus on the real national parks of Uganda without losing valuable vacation time in less interesting non-protected locations in the countryside. Our tour takes you into 6 parks and reserves, accompanied by a naturalist guide. Composed by our world-renowned national parks expert, Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil, this is the best safari on the market. Destinations Overview: UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Mountain Gorilla Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  Kibale National Park, Mburo National Park Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda's most famous park Queen Elisabeth National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kampala.

 

Located along the Rift Valley, Uganda is seismically active and has many volcanic features, like hot springs and volcanoes. Moreover, the capricious landscape forces the Nile river through an extremely narrow break in the rocks, thus creating one of Africa's most beautiful waterfalls: the Murchison Falls after which the fabulous national park has been named.

 

The climate of Uganda is rather equatorial with a typical semi-moist climate, with rainfall increasing from North to South. Kampala has about 1,400mm of rainfall per year, with peaks in April and November, while there are no periods without any rainfall at all. This makes Southern Uganda rather humid and particularly Western Uganda has quite a few forests, while large parts of the country look green during most of the year. As rainfall increases with elevation, there is a lot of rainfall in the Rwenzori Mountains and on Mount Elgon, each being clad with beautiful cloud forests. Mount Elgon is renowned for its Podocarpus forest.

 

Uganda's wildlife is still very numerous and in reality, among Uganda's Top 10 Tourist Attractions. While the Rhinoceroses had been hunted to extinction by the mid 80s, one of the 2 species, the White Rhinoceros has been successfully re-introduced, and now once again, one can enjoy once again Africa's big five: Elephant, Cape Buffelo, Rhinoceros, Lion and Panther.

 

The large majority, 85 percent of the about 40,000,000 inhabitants are Christians, the remainder being Muslim or adhering to traditional religions. As some 40 different languages are spoken, English became the official language, but still, less than 30% of the population actually speaks it somewhat, while only 6% actually dominates it. In the countryside, the real lingua Franca of East Africa is Swahili. The population of Uganda is extremely rural, and only Kampala has more than a million in habitants - now  approaching 1.5 million - while all other towns have well under one or two hundred thousand people. Al those languages represent different cultures and it is not surprising, that Uganda has many different tribes with often totally different habits and clothing, in other words, Uganda is culturally extremely rich. Economically however, Uganda is among the poorest countries in the world, in 2012 ranking position 161 out of 187 countries, with 75% of the labor force being agricultural, while besides agriculture and tourism, no other productive sector exists.

 

Tourism is becoming extremely important to Uganda. all of which is based on safari tourism. Unfortunately, much of the safari tourism takes place outside the national parks. This is very unfortunate, because that way you don't get to see a complete representation of the nature of Uganda. Our national parks safari takes place exclusively in the official national parks thus allowing you to see a complete representation of the Uganda .

 

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO UGANDA: Leopard.TOP 20 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS UGANDA: banded Mongoose group.

Leopards are a common sight on Uganda safaris.

Playful banded Mongoose are a joy to watch.

 

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO UGANDA: Uganda safari.TOP 20 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS UGANDA: Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

Tourists enjoying wildlife in Uganda's national parks.

The Rwenzori Mountains are Africa's only snow-capped Mountain Range.

 

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO UGANDA: Murchison Falls from the top.TOP 20 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS UGANDA: Mountain gorillas in the camp.

The Murchuson Falls are among the highlights of the Uganda National Parks System.

Mountain Gorilla trekking is only safe in Uganda, in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

 

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO UGANDA: Chimpanzee trekking.TOP 20 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS UGANDA: Great Elephant herds.

Chimpanzee trekking in Kibala National Park for groups accustomed to people in .

Elephant herds abound in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

 

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO UGANDA: Giraffe.TOP 20 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS UGANDA: Hippos.

There are still great Giraffe populations in Uganda.

Hippos are common in most Ugandan Parks.

 

Uganda's port of entry is Entebbe International airport, half an hour away from capital Kampala. The latter is not all that interesting from a tourism point of view, but a few sites are worth seeing, like the Kasubi Tombs.

 

TOP 20 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS UGANDA: Entebbe International AirportTOP 20 THINGS TO DO UGANDA: Kasubi Tombs

Entebbe International Airport is located at half an hour from Kampala.

The Kasubi tombs are the royal mausoleums located in Kampala and a visit there is one of the 20 things to do in Uganda.

 

Join us on our National Parks Safari to see the best Tourist Attractions Uganda has to offer with very professional guides at extremely attractive prices.

 

Uganda National Parks Safari Program

 

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to your hotel

  1. Arrival at Entebbe International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Kampala.

  2. Depending on your arrival flight, time permitting, visit the Kasubi tombs; and

  3. Uganda museum;

  4. Dinner;

  5. Spend the night in a your hotel in Kampala to rest up for your Uganda National Parks Safari.

 

Day 2: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

  1. Breakfast;

  2. Rhinos have been hunted to extinction in the 1980s, but now in a joint effort between the government and the Rhino association, Uganda is breeding Rhinos in a private 7000 ha reserve, to be released elsewhere in Uganda in the future. You will be able to see the rhinos in their natural setting;

  3. lunch;

  4. In the late afternoon arrival at Murchison National Park so called after the Murchison Waterfall. Visit the magnificent waterfalls at the top, where the river Nile is being forced into a seven meter gap;

  5. Dinner;

  6. Spend the night in a lodge in the park.

 

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

  1. Breakfast;

  2. Game viewing with opportunities to take photographs of elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, giraffes, Uganda kobs, lions, etc. and, if you are lucky, some leopards, as well as a great variety of bird species.

  3. Lunch at the lodge;

  4. In the afternoon a boat ride on the Nile to the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls. This is an opportunity to see hippos, crocodiles along the riverbanks and many water birds;

  5. Dinner;

  6. Spend the night in the park.

 

Day 4: Kibale National Park

  1. Breakfast;

  2. Head for Kibale National Park. En route we pass through lovely traditional villages, while driving through stunning landscape;

  3. Lunch en route;

  4. Arrival in Kibale National Park by late afternoon;

  5. Dinner;

  6. Spend the night in the lodge in the park.

 

Day 5:  Kibale National Park

  1. Breakfast

  2. Chimpanzee tracking with a park ranger. You may also see red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white Columbus monkeys and many other primates in the Kibale Forest.

  3. Lunch;

  4. Visit Bigodi Village and Bigodi Swamp which is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates depending on the availability of time.

  5. Dinner;

  6. Spend the night in the lodge in the park.

 

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

  1. Breakfast;

  2. Ride to Queen Elizabeth National park where you can visit a crater lake;

  3. lunch;

  4. Boat ride on the Kazinga Channel;

  5. Spend the night in the lodge in the park.

 

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park 2

  1. Breakfast;

  2. Game viewing to look out for kobs, lions, elephants, hyenas , buffalos, warthogs, etc.;

  3. lunch;

  4. Southern part of the Queen Elizabeth National park in Ishasha in a search for the tree climbing lions;

  5. Dinner;

  6. Spend the night in the lodge in the park.

 

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National park

  1. breakfast

  2. Brief game viewing;

  3. Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National park;

  4. Lunch

  5. dinner

  6. Spend the night in the lodge in the park.

 

Day 9: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi National park 2

  1. Breakfast

  2. Briefing by the wardens of Bwindi National Park;

  3. The highlight of your Uganda National Parks Safari & tour - meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Enjoy the fullness of the Impenetrable forest which is filled with life.  This great experience takes anything from a few up to about 6hours to find and spend time with the gorillas. Depending on the hour that the gorillas are found, you will have a lunch box or lunch at the lodge;

  4. Dinner;

  5. Spend the night in the lodge in the park.

 

Day 10: Mburo National Park

  1. Breakfast

  2. Ride to Mburo National Park

  3. Canoe ride with lunch box on the way;

  4. Igongo Cultural Centre;

  5. Dinner and spend the in nearby hotel.

 

Day 11: Mburo National park + return 3

  1. Early morning birding excursion by canoe;

  2. breakfast;

  3. Return to Kampala;

  4. Lunch at the equator with an opportunity to shop for Uganda crafts

  5. Return to airport or hotel in Kampala, which ends the national parks tour.

 

Price Uganda National Parks Tour: US$2,950

What you get for the price:

  • Ground transportation by 4X4 Safari vehicle;

  • Air port transfers;

  • $1280 per person in national parks fees, including $600 pp for the Gorilla tracking, $150 for the Chimpanzee tracking and $40 pp per day per park, all of which are compulsory fees to the Uganda National Parks Service!

  • All entry fees into the national parks ($40 per person per park we pay to the Uganda National Park Service);

  • Boat fairs;

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner;

  • Hotels based on 2 person occupancy per room. Single occupancy at an extra charge;

  • English speaking Driver/Guide.

Uganda National Parks Map.

Uganda National Parks Safari Route

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