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BEST NATIONAL PARKS IN UGANDA

Uganda, often referred to as the “Pearl of Africa,” boasts a stunning array of national parks that showcase the country’s incredible natural beauty and biodiversity. From the lush rainforests of Bwindi to the majestic Murchison Falls, the vibrant Kibale Forest, the remote Kidepo Valley, the diverse Queen Elizabeth, and the serene Lake Mburo, Uganda’s national parks offer a tapestry of experiences for nature lovers and adventure seekers. In this article, we will take you on a journey through Uganda’s top national parks, highlighting their unique attractions and the incredible wildlife that inhabit them.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in southwestern Uganda, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its population of endangered mountain gorillas. Tracking these gentle giants through the dense rainforest is an extraordinary experience that allows visitors to get up close and personal with one of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. Bwindi is home to over half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, making it a global hotspot for gorilla trekking.

Ngoni Safari travelers with their gorilla trekking Certificates in Bwindi National Park

Beyond gorilla tracking, Bwindi offers spectacular birdwatching opportunities with hundreds of bird species, making it a haven for bird enthusiasts. The park’s lush greenery and diverse flora add to its enchantment, making it one of Uganda’s most iconic destinations.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest national park, is located in the northwestern part of the country. The park is named after the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls, where the Nile River crashes through a narrow gorge, creating a breathtaking spectacle. Visitors can take boat safaris to witness the falls up close and enjoy the rich wildlife along the Nile’s banks.

Murchison Falls is home to the “Big Five,” including lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and rhinos. Game drives through the savannah offer the chance to spot these iconic African animals, while boat cruises provide opportunities to see hippos, crocodiles, and numerous bird species. The park’s diverse landscapes, from rolling plains to dense forests, make it a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts.

Kibale Forest National Park

Nestled in western Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park is a haven for primates and a must-visit for chimpanzee lovers. This lush tropical rainforest is home to an astounding 13 primate species, including the famous chimpanzees. Chimpanzee tracking allows visitors to observe these intelligent creatures in their natural habitat, an experience that leaves a lasting impression.

Our Clients in Kibale National Park for Chimpanzee tracking

Kibale Forest is also a paradise for birdwatchers, with over 375 species of birds. The park’s picturesque crater lakes, dense forests, and vibrant flora make it a serene and captivating destination.

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park, located in Uganda’s remote northeastern region, offers a truly off-the-beaten-path adventure. Known for its rugged and unspoiled beauty, Kidepo is often regarded as one of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas.

The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, giraffes, and a range of antelope species. The unique landscapes, including the Narus Valley and the Kidepo River, provide stunning backdrops for game drives and exploration.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Stretching across the western rift valley, Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a diverse range of landscapes, from rolling savannahs to dense forests, crater lakes, and the majestic Rwenzori Mountains in the background. One of the park’s unique attractions is the chance to spot tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector, a behavior not commonly observed elsewhere.

Our Clients on a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Boat safaris along the Kazinga Channel provide opportunities to see hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species. The park is also known for its rich wildlife population, including elephants, giraffes, and leopards.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park, located in western Uganda, offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The park’s centerpiece is Lake Mburo, a peaceful and picturesque lake that is perfect for boat safaris, fishing, and birdwatching.

Lake Mburo National Park is known for its diverse wildlife, including zebras, impalas, topis, and buffalos. The acacia-dotted savannah landscape provides a unique backdrop for game drives and horseback safaris.

Conclusion

Uganda’s national parks are a testament to the country’s commitment to conservation and the preservation of its natural heritage. Each park offers a distinct experience, from the intimate encounters with mountain gorillas in Bwindi to the dramatic beauty of Murchison Falls, the primate-rich forests of Kibale, the remote wilderness of Kidepo Valley, the diverse landscapes of Queen Elizabeth, and the serene shores of Lake Mburo.

A visit to these national parks not only provides the opportunity to witness Africa’s incredible wildlife but also supports vital conservation efforts and local communities. Uganda’s national parks are gateways to a world of untamed beauty and offer a chance to connect with nature in its purest form. Embark on a journey of exploration and adventure, and discover the captivating allure of Uganda’s top national parks.

 

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Customer Reviews

Ngoni Safaris Uganda

Customer Reviews

Michael T 06/June/2021

TripAdvisor
Above & Beyond
Review of: 3-Day Gorillas trekking and Batwa Experience
Sedrick went above and beyond to accomodate our request for an itinerary alteration due to our compressed time in Uganda. He also compeltely took care of scheduling our covid 19 testing and drove us to the site on arrival.

Our driver/guide Ben was also outstanding!

**We highly recommend using a porter during gorilla trekking as their are some complex parts to the trail/terrain. This also benefits the local people by providing them work.**

David 24/June/2021

TripAdvisor
Seeing Lots of Animals and Uganda
The schedule suited my time in Uganda exactly and was a great opportunity to view some of the top wildlife and natural wonders of the country. Lodgings range from mid-range to near upscale and are in beautiful locations. Food is good and ample. My driver, Stanley, was expert at spotting wildlife and, very importantly on the Ugandan roads, a careful and skilled driver. You see various parts of the country on this tour, and due to distances, be aware you'll spend quite a few hours on the road. One thing they might add is an itinerary going into more detail ahead of time on each day's activity and suggested things to bring. I was concerned about the needed COVID test for return home, but they took care of arranging that, and it turned out successfully. Overall the tour was a real highlight and is highly recommended.

Justo Nov 18, 2019

Safaribookings
I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019

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Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018

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I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019

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My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019

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Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .