Safari Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
This intriguingly-named park in the south-western Uganda offers Visitors the African jungle experience often depicted in the classic movies set in the dark continent. It is so because the dense ground cover of vines and shrubs makes it both mysterious and awesome. huge tress are festooned with creepers and parasitic plants such as mistletoe and orchids while the vegetation struggles to reach for light above the canopy. Giant thicket of bamboo thrive in the humid atmosphere and where the sunlight breaks through, the elegant helicon or lobster claw, spreads its colorful petals. This is one of the richest areas for flora in East Africa.
The forest sanctuary for almost the half the world’s population of mountain gorillas (between 330 and 600 of them), the rarest type of gorilla. Gorilla tracking is very strictly controlled to ensure no disturbance to the gorilla families, and only a very limited number of visitors is allowed on one day. Its is advisable to make reserve actions at least six month in advance. Colobus monkeys and chimpanzees may be seen as well as many bird types including endangered species.
Safari Kibale Forest
The drama of life in the rain forest can be observed in the Kibale forest National park, situated to the north-east of the Queen Elizabeth National park. In addition to the forest there are also areas of grassland and swamp.
The park is noted for its primates population – 11 different species inhabit the park including many families of chimpanzees and several types of colobus monkeys. Bushbuck, waterbuck, duiker, buffalo, African civet, warthog and giant forest hog may also be seen. The forest and the grasslands support abundant birdlife – almost 300 species have been Identified – and 144 types of butterflies.
Safari Lake Mburo
Situated between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara, this comparatively small park (256 sq km) is composed primarily of grassland, wetland and acacia woodland. At the centre lies Lake Mburo, which together with 14 other likes, forms part an extensive wetland area.
Huge hoards of impala live on the acacia-dotted savannah as well as the Eland, klipsringer plus other antelope such as the rare topi and Sitatunga. Zebra and buffalo are amongst the preditors. Crocodile and hippo can be seen on the shores of the lake, which attracts a profusion of birdlife including the marabou stork and the crown crane.
Safari Mgahinga Gorilla
Another refuge in Uganda for the persecuted mountain gorillas is Mgahinga Gorilla National park. On the slopes of the Virunga Mountains in the extreme south west corner of Uganda. 33.7 sq km of Land has been set aside to provide a secure habitat for these massive, but gentle creatures. Again access is strictly limited. Leopard, giant forest hog, bushbuck, buffalo and golden monkey are the other residents in this park. The summit of the volcanic Mount Muhavura has a small crater lake and forms the highest point (4,127m) in the park.
Safari Murchison Falls.
This is the largest National park in Uganda – covering 3,480 sq km and one of the most spectacular in Africa. At the Murchison Falls, the River Nile plunges through a narrow crevice and over a 40 metres drop. In the Easter sector of the park, before Murchison falls themselves, are the Karuma falls, where the Nile Cascades over a breathtaking 23 km of rapids, creating some of the most exciting white water raftin opportunities in Africa. Acruise upstream to the fall is an unforgettable experience. On the bank profilic wildlife, including elephant, lion, giraffe, buffalo, crocodile and countless antelope and birds can be observed, while in the water are hippo and crocodile. The Rabongo Forest, to the south, is the home to several families of chimpanzees.
Safari Mount Elgon
On Uganda Eastern boarder with Kenya is an extinct volcano, Mount Elgon, which, at 4,321 metres, is one of the highest mountains in Africa. It is possible to climb to the peak in as little as three days on the less strenunuous ascent than other peaks in East Africa. On the wooded slopes, caves, gorges, waterfalls and hot springs are features of some of the most stunning scenery in Uganda. Birdlife is particularly abundant. Elephant, leopard, hyena, buffalo, bushbuck, waterbuck, duiker and tree hydrax may also be encountered.
Safari Queen Elizabeth
This is one of the outstanding treasures of Uganda and has been for Humanity under UNESCO auspices.The park, in the Western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley,covers1,978sqkmand includes a remarkablevarietyof eco-systems,fromsemi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows,savannah and swamps.It is the home of the famous tree-climbing lion as well as the Uganda kob, other antelopespecies, elephant,buffalo, hippos, baboons and chimpanzees. Over 500species of birds have recordeded,making it a magnet for bird-watchers.
They include the shoebillstock,the black bee-eater,11types of kingfisher,and several species of falcons,eagles and other raptors. In the crater lakes to the north,spectacular flocks of flamingos congregate,creating the impression of a vast, pink carpet. The launch trip along Kazinga George and Edward is a memorable way to view the game.
Safari SEMLIKI VALLEY
This is the only park in Uganda to be composed primarily of tropical lowland forest.The forest is very dense and and quite flat, creating a starting contrast to the rugged Rwenzori mountains nearby. The Semiliki River attracts many animals.
The park is home to eight species of primate,400 birds and 300butterfly species. Elephant,buffalo,leopard,civet,bushbaby and flying squirrels are also found.
Safari RWENZORI MOUNTAINS.
The mist-shrounded peaks of the moon provide a stunning backdrop to this magnificent park, located on Uganda’s western border. In the centre of the range, some of the peaks are permanently covered with dense forests. Here the third highest peak in Affrica,Mountain Magherita,rises some 5,100m above sea level.walking tours in the foothills are a feature, although only the the fit and experienced should attempt an ascent on peaks, which rival the Alps in difficulty. The main attraction is the luxuriant vegetatation found above 3,000m. Which includes giant forms of lobelia, heather and groungsel.
Chimpanzees may be seen here along with blue monkey, hyrax,giant forest hog and many unique bird species such as the Rwenzori touraco, the francolin and the olive pigeon.
Safari THE SSESE ISLANDS.
Consisting of 84 islands in the North – Western section of Lake Victoria, the Ssese Islands in lake Victoria have, for a long time, only been visited by local people and campers because of the lack of tourist facilities. Now there are new hotels and camp sites that have been opened which can be booked with a tour operators.
Never the less, many of the islands are uninhabited except for a few fishermen so their forest and swamps are ideal habitats for birds. The wildlife on the islands include hippo and crocodile, water backs, and sitatunga antelope. Chimpanzees and monkeys may also be seen.
The islands are reached by a nine hour steamer trip from Port Bell or 45-minute ferry trip from Bukakata