Animal Parks in Uganda
Animal Parks in Uganda : Famous for being the pearl of Africa, Uganda is a hub for all kinds of tourism options. From the vast waters, the famous gorilla treks, the beautiful mountains, the grasslands and the wildlife, Uganda deserves to be on anyone’s bucket list of tourism. If going for a safari is a big yes for you, Uganda is home to some of the most beautiful national parks on the continent that are a habitant to various wild plants and animals including the BIG 5 and the famous mountain gorillas. All the national parks have a variety of animals for you to see on your safari trip to the country and we below we highlight for you the ones you shouldn’t miss Animal Parks in Uganda.
Bwindi National Park
A habitat to over 1000 species of animals, Bwindi National Park is one of the the most visited National Park in Uganda. The home to the famous mountain gorillas is also home to 120 species of mammals, 27 species of frogs, geckos and chameleons, 348 species of birds and 220 species of butterflies. On a visit to Bwindi National Park you will have the opportunity to go for a mountain gorilla trekking experience, bird watching spree and community tour among other things. Mountain gorilla trekking in this park is done daily throughout the year and permits are at $700 only sold at the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Mgahinga National Park
This is the second park in Uganda with Mountain gorillas in Uganda. With only one family of mountain gorillas, gorilla trekking in Mgahinga is ideal for people that love being private. The park is also the only home to the endangered golden monkeys in Uganda and 3 virunga mountains you can hike on top of the other interesting activities the park offers.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Named after the reigning queen of England, Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated in Western Uganda and is home to various species of animals. It is home to 4 members of the Big 5; the African Buffalo, the African elephant, the lion and the leopard and other famous animals like the crocodile, warthog, waterbuck, hippopotamus, the famous Ugandan kob and the giant forest hog.
A safari to Queen Elizabeth provides you with a scenic view of the savannah and a memorable connection to any of these animals. Queen Elizabeth National Park has activities like game drives, boat rides, nature walks and many more.
Murchison Falls National Park
Famous for the Murchison falls, this park is largest animal habitat in the country harbouring over 200 mammal species including 4 of the big 5 animals, 450 bird species and other creatures. A safari to the Murchison falls gives you a chance to enjoy game drives, boat rides, top of the falls hike, community walks among other things.
Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park is home to over 1500 chimpanzee that live in the tropical Kibale rain forest. The Park dubbed the primate haven is a great place for a primate tour as it has over 20 species of primates in addition to the chimpanzees. A chimpanzee trekking permit costs $150 in the peak season and $100 in low seasons sold only at the Uganda Wildlife Authority. On top of chimpanzee trekking visitors to the park are also able to have bird watching sprees in the bidogi swamps, nature walks and many more activities
Kidepo National Park
Kidepo National Park is located in the Karamoja sub region lying in rugged savannah between the borders of South Sudan with Uganda. It is home to over 86 mammal species including the Big 5, the beautiful zebra, giraffes, foxes and over 400 bird species. The park has both day time and night game drives that allow the visitor to enjoy both the diurnal and nocturnal animals. The park is open to visitors all year out.
Lake Mburo National Park
This small park in western Uganda is one you shouldn’t miss to miss on your visit to Uganda especially if you don’t have time to tour the whole country. It’s the closest park to the country’s capital Kampala you can even visit the park for a 1 day safari. Lake Mburo National Park is home to about 50 mammal species including zebras, topis, impalas, antelopes, hippos and many more. On your visit to the park you will enjoy game drives, boat rides on the famous lake mburo, community tours and many other activities.
Other major animal parks to visit include Mt Rwenzori national park and Mt Elgon National Park Semiliki, wildlife reserve Pian Upe game reserve and many more these all have a variety of animals that range from giraffes, leopards, zebras, hyenas, impalas and other animals,