The Pearl of Africa
An incredibly scenic and friendly destination to visit, Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa and gateway to the mountain gorillas. A diverse land of mountains, forests and lakes including the source of the great and mighty river Nile. Some of the most popular Game Parks and Reserves include: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi and Mgahinga Reserves which are homes to the gorilla populations, Kibale…scenic snowcapped Ruwenzori Mountains
A city is nicely located on the shores of Lake Victoria the second largest fresh water lake in the world and a gateway into Uganda, Entebbe is the start and end point of nearly all safaris in Uganda. Some of the activities you can explore and experience while in Entebbe include the Entebbe Botanical garden, the Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary which protects orphaned chimps, a visit to the source of the Nile at Jinja or you can relax at leisure in your hotel awaiting to beginning your amazing safari through the Pearl of Africa.
Kibale Forest National Park
Located just south of Fort Portal, Kibale National Park covers 766 sq. km and runs contiguously with the northern end of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kibale is home to an extraordinary thirteen species of primates, including chimpanzees, red colobus, and L’Hoest monkeys. Kibale National Forest has also recorded over 355 bird species, and a range of other wildlife including the elusive forest elephant elephants, buffaloes though they live deep in the forest and are only seldom seen. More commonly encountered are bushbucks, duikers and montane sun and giant forest squirrels.
The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is rich in bird species, vegetation, and wildlife is a convenient place to pause and rest en-route to the lure of the vast Queen Elizabeth National Park. Explore the trails to some of the crater lakes of Uganda which are located near Fort Portal and with the Rwenzori Mountains in the background, this is by far one of Uganda’s most peaceful and extraordinary sights.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Uganda’s second largest National Park, the 1,978 sq km Queen Elizabeth National Park offers varying landscapes from open savannah to rain forests and boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings and has recently been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO. The Park has over 100 mammal species, and an astounding 606 bird species, making it a premier safari destination.
The Kazinga Channel also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers. The famed tree climbing lions are located in the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and are best seen in the early morning hours.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to over half of the world’s mountain gorilla population and was declared a Natural World Heritage Site in December 1994. Interacting with these gentle giants is one of the most moving experiences that Africa has to offer and should not be missed! Being the only park where chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist together, the ancient rainforest of Bwindi spans 321 sq km and boasts 90 mammal species as well as 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species, including the African Green Broadbill, the Bar Tailed Trogon and many others.
Hiking through the thick, verdant, rainforest to eventually come across the gorillas in their natural habitat, is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Actual trek times can vary; these are wild animals after all. If time permits there are a diverse range of activities which are unique to Bwindi which you can participate in including Batwa Trail, waterfall walk along the Congolese border and Bwindi to see the magnificent waterfalls and the incredible scenery.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo national park’s rolling hills and valleys, interspersed with thickets, woodlands and rich wetlands, are the only place in Uganda where impala still occur and also one of only two Ugandan national parks where Burchell’s zebra still exists. The park is the best location to spot large herds of Africa’s largest antelope grazing leisurely. The lakes and lush vegetation support populations of buffalos, warthogs, bushpigs and hippos so seize the opportunity to experience the largest of the 5 lakes that lie within the park boundaries on a boat trip.
Probably the best place in Uganda to see acacia-associated birds, birdwatchers will enjoy the more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo and also of special interest to birders are the swamps, the place to see the 6 so-called papyrus endemics, including the striking papyrus gonolek and the highly localized papyrus yellow warbler.
Allow all of your senses to come in to play when experiencing the African bush and In addition to boat trips and game drive stretch your legs and souls on a walking safari and become one with the land.