Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Gazetted as the Queen Elizabeth National Park after the Queen’s visit in 1954, it was previously comprised of isolated game reserves created around the two lakes - George and Edward. Using the 40-kilometre long natural Kazinga channel that connects both lakes, the area was made into a national park that consisted of the most diverse animal population within Uganda. The Queen Elizabeth National Park now houses over 90 species of mammals, the highest in Uganda. It also is home to 10 species of primates and over 600 species of birds. It also stands as the most diverse areas for bird watching in all of Uganda. It is home to some rare species of primates like the colobus monkey and the L'hoest's monkey. It is also one of the very few places in the world where you can find tree-climbing lions! You can also find Chimpanzees in the Kyambura Gorge, while the Equator also crosses through the national park. Not only this, there are land and water safaris to offer to tourists at the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Clearly, a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park
is filled with myriad experiences and would equate to one of those unmatched moments in life.
Lake Mburo National Park
Situated conveniently off the highway that connects Entebbe and Kampala to Western Uganda, Lake Mburo National Park
is a must-visit wetland ecosystem brimming with flora and fauna. With several lakes and water bodies in the entire area, it forms a much-needed wetland that attracts a host of wildlife from the nearing area. At 260 square kilometres, it also stands as the smallest savannah national park existing in Uganda. With everything from game drives to various safaris on road, this national park is the ideal place for a one or two-day safari. Originally gazetted in 1933 as a controlled hunting area and had a topsy-turvy history of poaching and hunting until it was re-gazetted in 1986. The bounds of the national park consist of five lakes with a total of 13 other lakes in the area. This forms an extensive 50-kilometre long wetland ecosystem that house more than 300 species of birds along with antelopes and land mammals. The lakes are scattered in between vast expanses of woodland and offer a completely unique experience to everyone who visits it.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
While the generic idea of a safari in Africa would comprise of an endless plain with dry grass, big predators stalking helpless prey and a heat warming sunset to cap it off, there is quite a lot more to offer in this continent. You might not even believe what you are in store for when you step a little high up into the rolling forests of Uganda, where one of the most majestic and endangered species of primates resides - Mountain Gorillas. Not only this, it is completely different from anything you would’ve seen in your life. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of those national parks that is one of a kind. An 8-hour drive from Entebbe will bring you to the rolling hills in Southern Uganda where the Bwindi national park is located. It is in the vicinity of several other national parks with a similar terrain of mountains and deep valleys with lush vegetation like the Mgahinga National Park as well as the Virunga National Park. However, the Bwindi National Park
is the most famous, the most diverse and the largest of its kind in Uganda. The gorilla tracking experience an adventure unique to Uganda only.
Murchison Falls National Park
Enthusiasts from across the globe gravitate to this enchanting game park with the captivating Murchison falls having stirred the wanderlust in them. Being at the heart of the park and unquestionably its claim to fame,Murchison falls is sure to fall on the bucket lists of many travel connoisseurs. Lose yourself as you watch the dauntless white Nile explode through a narrow gorge from an outlet of the Lake Victoria and collapse into a mystifying wall of mist, blushing with the hues of the rainbow and drenching you with awe. The vigorous, rock grinding drop is surely a jaw dropping sight. Fall in love with these falls as its splendour encloses upon you and renders you speechless. Embrace the unmistakable heartthrob of the landscape and let it calm your qualms with it's mere intensity. Close your eyes and listen to the gurgling of the Nile, with the subtle hissing of its wildlife in the background. The drive to the National park is about 320 Kms and takes about 6 hours to reach from Entebbe. The wait is totally worth it once you see how mesmerizing the falls are. Claim the enticing odds of meeting four out of the big five, which includes lions, leopards, elephants and buffaloes. Murchison Falls National Park
is brimming with as many as 76 species of mammals and over 450 species of birds. Be it in the winds, the waters or on land, this national park hosts a surprise anywhere you look.
Kibale National Park
Situated near the city of Fort Portal in Southern Uganda, the Kibale National Park is one of the most sought after locations when it comes to Chimpanzee tracking for tourists as well as Chimpanzee conservation and rehabilitation. With the national park comprising of areas in altitudes 1100 to 1600 metres, the Kibale National Park houses 13 species of primates in approximately 750 square kilometres of land area. It takes approximately 6 hours to cover the 330 kilometre distance from Entebbe to the south-eastern border of Uganda; people often fly to Kasese and drive north from there too. The national park and adjacent game reserve are located in the middle of the lush and rich forest belt of eastern Africa containing areas of lowlands as well as montane forests. While the national park is known for its chimp tracking, there are quite a few other species of rare primates that belong here. The red colobus monkey as well as the L’Hoest’s monkey are a couple such species that can be found in the lush forests of the Kibale national park. Not only is Kibale known for the largest population of the red colobus monkey, there are other birds and mammals that are found there. Native birds like the dusky crimsonwing and the blue headed sunbird can also be found at the Kibale national park. Having understood that wide variety of animals that call the Kibale National Park
home, it is apt to delve into those animals that have made Kibale famous - our closest relative, the Chimpanzee.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Located in the Nakasongola district in the Kafu river basin, the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary stands as a flag bearer for the cooperative effort to conserve the Rhinoceros. A collaborative effort between the Rhino Uganda Fund, the Uganda Wildlife Sanctuary and the Ziwa Ranchers Limited, the sanctuary aims to establish a safe environment where the Rhinoceros can breed and flourish. Unlike many safaris in Africa, the Ziwa sanctuary is a walking safari. At approximately 7000 hectares of land, the Rhinos have ample area to flourish and co-exist. It forms one of the most densely populated rhino areas in the world. In fact, a guided nature walk around the sanctuary makes for fantastic viewings of animals as well as plants. Animals such as Bushbuck, grey Duiker, Oribi, Waterbuck, Reedbuck, Hartebeest, black and white Colobus, and various reptiles such as large monitor lizards and butterflies can be found all around the sanctuary, but requires an expert to spot them at different areas and at different times of the day. A visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary also goes a long way in contributing to maintain and elevate the practices performed to conserve the rhino that were very close to extinction just a few years ago. Our acts of support for these animals will go a long way in the long-term future of their species.
Unbeknownst to many, this is nature’s treasure trove tucked to safety in South-west Uganda, just south of Kabale ideal for people from all schools of life as it offers a potpourri of activities. Lake Bunyonyi is a quaint place with ethereal beauty dotted with 29 islands in varied sizes and unique shapes amidst the plush green of the surrounding hills. While a lot can be done to in Lake Bunyonyi, let’s delve deep to get an insight about this place. Located between the two districts of Kisoro and Kabare and close to the border of Rwanda, it is a freshwater lake with the reputation as the second deepest lake of Africa. With the depths varying between 144ft to 2952ft, swimming in this lake is truly an unmatched experience as you surrender yourself to depths of water.
Jinja - The Adventure Capital Of Africa
Whether you’re a thrill seeker, an adventure enthusiast, an adrenaline chaser or an unstoppable extremist, Jinja is one of the wildest of havens for the rebel in you to revel in. Unwind over the winding Nile and emerge white-faced from your white water rafting expeditions, take your leap of faith and plunge into the Nile on a life transforming Bungee jump, treat yourself to a trot along the banks of the Nile and traverse through hills, valleys, forests, plantations and other astounding sections of the river banks on an exciting horseback safari. Besides hosting a bountiful of lip-smacking thrills for the adventure hungry, Jinja is also brimming with some of the best social spots and a happening nightlife for you to unwind in, after chasing your hot pursuit of adrenaline rushes. Spend a long day by the long river and then wash down your fatigue with a fulfilling bottle of beer and see it through to its bottom. Some popular favorites of the late hour are the Bourbon, Spot6, Babez, the 2 Friends bar and a myriad of other clubs and pubs. Stay rest assured that your leisure does not take a backseat at Jinja. Head back home with a head full of awesome and awe inspiring memories from the most thrill infused and scenic lands of Africa.