A mountain gorilla in Uganda

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National Parks of Uganda

Bwindi National Park

an adult mountain gorilla in Bwindi

West across the Albertine Rift Valley is the ancient forest of Bwindi. As you approach it is obvious why it is was named the Impenetrable Forest. The deep river gorges and high ridges have remained forested for millions of years resulting in an incredible biodiversity. Bwindi has at least 90 mammal species, 350 species of birds, 324 species of trees, huge numbers of butterflies and, most importantly, it is home to around half the world’s population of mountain gorilla as well as numerous other primates such as the chimpanzee. The Bwindi terrain is hilly, very muddy and can involve scrambling through dense vegetation, when gorilla tracking, you should be prepared for an arduous days trekking anything from 15 minutes to 8 hours but there is no doubt that mountain gorilla tracking through jungle and mountain forest is one of the most amazing wildlife experiences in the world. Although gorilla tracking is the main focus of any visit, there are several forest trails ranging from a half hour walk to several hours hard trekking. Read our Gorilla Tracking experiences.

"there is no doubt that tracking the mountain gorillas through jungle and montain forest is one of the most amazing wildlife experiences in the world"

The Ugandan Wildlife Authority was developed in partnership with local communities to encourage development through conservation, this enables local people such as those surrounding Bwindi National Park to improve their standard of living through better agricultural practices, thus reducing pressure on the Bwindi forest resources. The park employs local people as wardens, researchers and rangers, local communities receive a proportion of the Bwindi income. Click here for more information on Bwindi National Park


Mgahinga

Mgahinga National Park

The huge cones of the Virunga Volcanoes, Muhavura, Sabinyo and Gahinga, dominate the landscape here at Uganda’s smallest national park. The lower slopes consist of high altitude savannah woodland with lots of moss and lichens, this emerges into bamboo and mountain forests; all delicacies to a mountain gorilla. The Nyakagezi is the only Mgahinga mountain gorilla group which are habituated to humans. This process of habituation can take up to two years. Each day a group of mountain gorilla trackers from the Ugandan wildlife Authority will locate a family group and spend the day close to the group making calming vocalisations or pretending to eat leaves and behave as much like a gorilla as possible. It can take several months before the hand or face of a curious individual is seen through the bushes. Only when the male silverback feels comfortable in the presence of the trackers can a proper study and communication with the mountain gorilla group begin. Click here for more information on Mgahinga National Park


Lake Bunyoni

Lake Bunyoni

The southern corner of Uganda’s Kable district is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are numerous lakes in the volcanic crater valleys and Lake Bunyoni is said to be the deepest in Africa. Lake Bunyoni is ideally situated as a convenient stop-off point between Kampala and Bwindi. It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenery providing some tranquillity after a day of strenuous gorilla tracking. The surrounding hills are the home of the Bakiga people descendents of the mythical Kakiga.


Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park

The flat river valleys of Lake Mburo National Park feature dense thickets of vegetation offering an attractive environment for wildlife viewing. There are five lakes here which are a big draw to the wildlife. The main attractions are the Savannah animals such as zebra, buffalo, impala, topis and elands. Other more elusive residents include leopard, aardvark, pangolin and porcupine. There is also a lot of activity around the water with plenty of crocodiles and hippos as you might expect in African lakes! The wetlands attract some of the rarer animals such as the shy sitatunga antelope. The birding is excellent with some 357 species recorded, drawn both by the water and the acacia savannahs. These include Uganda’s national bird the crested crane, the rare shoebill stork, marabou stork and bronze-tailed starling, bee eaters and even more exotic birds such as the blue-naped coucal and the Nubian woodpecker. Lake Mburo National Park is situated between Kampala and the southern forests where the gorilla trekking takes place, making it a convenient place to stop off en route and gives you the chance to see a variety of Ugandan wildlife even if your main focus happens to be the primates.


Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Situated at the foot of the Ruwenzoris Mountains, Queen Elizabeth National Park protects over 200 sq km of Rift Valley Savanna, interspersed with patches of forest and crater lakes, idea for a safari. The main geographical feature is the 32km Kazinga Channel, which links Lake Edward and Lake George. The game here is making an excellent recovery after years of heavy poaching in the 1980’s, and is becoming inceasingly popular as a safari destination. There are healthy populations of Ugandan Kob, buffalo, hippo, an estimated 200 lions, the elephant population is said to be around the 1000 mark. Evening safari boat trips along the Kazinga channel are particularly good, there’s always the chance of leopard or giant forest hog coming down to drink at the waters edge. The Ishasha plains of the southern sector, has an eccentric population of tree climbing lions. To the north of park is the spectacular Chambura Gorge, descend into the gorge in the early morning for superb chimpanzee encounters.


Kibale National Park and Bigodi Wetland

Kibale National Park and Bigodi Wetland

Kibale forest is one of the finest places in the world for primates. The forest here is home to 13 species more than any other East African park, this includes red-tailed L’Hoest and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus and black and white colobus and a substantial population of habituated chimpanzees. The chimp tracking takes place twice a day, morning and late afternoon. In addition the park authorities offer fantastic night walks, a great opportunity to search for nocturnal primates such as the wide-eye bush baby and the sloth-like potto. Kibale is also a sanctuary to the elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier than its savannah counterpart. Other mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and several antelope species. The network of forest trails are a delight to botanists, birders and butterfly lovers. Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is a superb community tourism initiative established to protect the Magombe Swamp it is a haven for birds and primates. The walks through the sanctuary are led by knowledgeable guides, for birders the morning walks are particularly recommended. Click here for more information on Kibale National Park


Sesse Islands

Scattered over the northwest corner of Lake Victoria, these 84 islands are an ideal place to relax and unwind after your safari. These forested islands present something of a paradise for birders and botanists; hornbills barbets, turacos and Paradise flycathers are common. It’s easy to get around and explore on foot or bicycle, the less energetic can relax and enjoy the beaches or join friendly Basese people on a fishing trip.

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