Uganda is also known as the Pearl of Africa, as it is such a diverse country with respect to flora & fauna as well as in terms of its people & their myriad cultures. There is so much to explore in this captivating country that even a month is not enough! However, we know that due to time & budget constraints, it’s not feasible for everyone to stay for more than a week or two. Hence, we try to present as much of this beautiful country as possible in the shortest time possible. Our 12-day Uganda adventure safari tour will take you to the four most famous national parks in Uganda as well as to a cultural safari tour to the capital of Uganda, Kampala.
The four national parks included in the itinerary are discussed below:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This UNESCO’s World Heriatage Site, is in the southern-western part of Uganda and is home to around 400 mountain gorillas which happens to be more than half of the entire mountain gorilla population in the world (around 55%). Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is undoubtedly the best place for mountain gorilla safari tours as the probability to track mountain gorillas here is quite high. The cost of a gorilla permit per person in this national park is USD $600 in the peak season and USD $350 during the low season and it will take you to one of the four designated areas for mountain gorilla safari tours: Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo.
Other than riveting mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park also provides other attractions such as more than 350 species of birds for birdwatching enthusiasts, 120 mammals including chimps and colobus monkeys, and around 400 uniquely identified species of plants.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Taking its name from Queen Elizabeth II, this national park is renowned for its birding safaris. Covering a mammoth area of 1,978 square kilometres, Queen Elizabeth National Park has in excess of 600 distinct bird species which incidentally is the largest concentration of distinctive bird species in the entire East African region. Because of its large size and highly diverse flora and fauna, Queen Elizabeth National Park attracts tourists in huge numbers every year and it is the most visited national park in Uganda.
This national park is also an excellent place for big game viewing as it’s home to 5,000 hippos, 2,500 mighty elephants, and in excess of 10,000 buffalo. Apart from them, lions and leopards are also quite popular for big game viewing in this national park.
Kibale National Park
With the highest concentration of chimpanzees (1,450) in Uganda, Kibale National Park is the best place to watch our closest living relatives in action. Also, this park happens to be the second largest remaining tropical forest in Uganda and such it has more than 350 tree species located from altitudes of 1,150 m to 1,590 m. This massive forest has perfect ecosystem to foster various types of mammals (70 species in all) including 13 primate species and big game such as elephants, cape buffalo, and leopards. Other than this, there are 375 bird species within the park as well.
Chimpanzee and primate safaris in this park will provide you an excellent chance to observe various types of primates such as chimps, red colobus, elusive L’Hoest’s monkey, black & white colobus, red-tailed and blue monkey, mangabey, baboon, bush baby and nocturnal potto.
Lake Mburo National Park
This scenic national park consists of 14 mesmerising lakes of which the most prominent one is Lake Mburo. Lake Mburo National Park is located in the western region of Uganda and at only 240 kilometres from the capital city of Kampala, it is the closest national park to the capital. Apart from the obvious boat rides in these lakes, this park is also quite famous for game drives that allow tourists to observe animals such as zebra, impala, leopard, hyena, warthog, buffalo, hippos, and many more. Lake Mburo and other lakes provide several birdwatching opportunities as you could find somewhere around 350 bird species in this region.