Uganda was rated the fifth-best safari destination in the world by CNN Travel for many reasons. Besides being a safe and secure country, Uganda boasts for its charming nature coupled with diverse tourist attractions, making it a few unique destinations in Africa. Uganda lies in East-Central Africa, and it is blessed with ten pristine national parks, many wildlife reserves, water bodies, mountains, to mention but a few. It featured among the best safari destinations in Lonely Planet and National Geographic. A visit to this magical country gets your travel desires covered, as there is a lot more to enjoy and explore.
Top Safari Destinations In Uganda
Are you planning to go on safari destinations in Uganda? Here are the top safari destinations you must visit in Uganda include;
1. Murchison Falls National Park:
The famous Murchison Falls National Park is not only the largest of all the ten national parks in Uganda but the only national park in northwestern Uganda. It spans up to 3840 square kilometers and derives its name from the mighty Murchison Falls. Murchison Falls National Park forms part of the vast Murchison Falls Conservation Area, which expands up to 5663 square kilometers. It also covers the Bugungu Wildlife Reserve, Karuma Wildlife Reserve, and Budongo Forest Reserve.
Murchison Falls National Park was established in 1952 to offer refuge to its diverse wildlife species. This park is endowed with a massive concentration of wildlife including buffaloes, hippos, elephants, lions, leopards, crocodiles, over 451 bird species, antelopes with pristine forests, open savanna grassland. Other attractions in Murchison Falls National Park include the Lake Albert Delta-a remarkable site worth exploring, especially for birders to spot out water birds such as African fish eagles, goliath herons, shoebill stork, and others; Murchison Falls-one of the world’s powerful waterfalls and many others.
A visit to Murchison Falls National Park gets you the opportunity to take part in several exciting activities, including game drives, boat cruise, hike to the top of Murchison Falls, bird watching, nature walk, and many others.
Murchison Falls National Park can be visited at any time of the year. However, it is best to visit this magical destination in the dry season, which starts in the months of June, July, August, September, and December, January, and February. However, it is also possible for you to visit Murchison Falls National Park during the wet season, which begins from March-May and October-November.
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2. Queen Elizabeth National Park:
This is the world’s biosphere reserve, located at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. The known Queen Elizabeth National Park is set in western Uganda about 5-6 hours’ drive away from Kampala capital city. It is the second largest of all the ten national parks in Uganda with area coverage of 1978sq.km and credited for its intense biodiversity. It was gazetted in 1952 as Kazinga National Park before its name changed to Queen Elizabeth National Park and it boasts of its sprawling savanna grassland, scenic lakes, wetlands, rainforests, lions plus tree-climbing lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, antelopes, hippos, crocodiles, chimpanzees plus other nine primate species, more than 620 bird species, and many others.
Visitors on safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park can take part in game drives in the Kasenyi track, night game drives, birding, watching tree-climbing lions at the Ishasha area, boat cruise, cultural encounter, chimpanzee tracking, nature walks to mention but a few.
3. Kidepo National Park:
Kidepo Valley National Park is set in the extreme northeastern part of Uganda. And it’s about to 10-12 hours’ drive away from Kampala capital city. This park spans up to 1442 square kilometers and stands between elevation 914 and 2750 meters. It features two scenic Rivers that are seasonal. Kidepo National Park was gazetted in 1962 and inhabits over 475 species of birds, 77 mammal species, open savanna plains (especially at the Narus Valley) that make it the best for wildlife viewing and many others.
The main activities to do in Kidepo National Park include game viewing (wildlife species to see include elephants, buffaloes, leopards, Rothschild giraffes, birds (including black-bellied bustards, flappet larks, red-winged lark, northern red bishops, white-winged widowbird and others), lions, antelopes; bird watching, nature walks, hiking, cultural encounter and many others.
Kidepo National Park has been ranked top of Uganda National Parks is reachable by road and air. By road, there are many routes that lead you up to this wilderness area and they include Kampala-Karuma-Lira to Kidepo National Park; Kampala-Karuma-Gulu-Kitgum to Kidepo National Park (571kms); Kampala-Mbale-Sironko-Kotido-Kaabong to Kidepo (740kms) and others.
4. Lake Mburo National Park:
Lake Mburo National Park is located in western Uganda and lies near Kampala. It takes you about 3-4 hours to get to Lake Mburo National Park from Kampala. This park stands between altitude 1220 and 1828 meters and covers an area of 370sq.kms. It is home to giraffes, lions, leopards, buffaloes, antelopes, hippos, hyenas, zebras, crocodiles, 13 scenic Lakes and many more. And over 350 bird species (including saddle stork, Abyssinian ground hornbill, African scops owls, brown-chested lapwing, shoebill stork, and others).
Things to do in Lake Mburo National Park include game drives, nature walks, horseback riding, bird watching, boat cruise. Besides that night game drive, Rubanga Forest exploration, and others.
Other places to visit in Uganda include Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park. Also few more like Mount Elgon National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Kibale Forest National Park and many more.