National parks to visit in Uganda
Bwindi impenetrable national park:
Proclaimed in 1932 as a forest reserve; this forest was a gazette as a national park in 1991; it is home to the biggest population of the remaining gorillas estimated at 408 individuals. It occupies about 331 square kilometers of the pristine natural forest and houses other primates and forest elephants. The park was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site 1994 on account of its biodiversity .it harbours around 120 mammal species,350 bird species of which 23 species are endemic to the Albertine rift and 200 butterfly species.
Mgahinga gorilla national park :
Situated on the wedge between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo mgahinga gorilla is the smallest but prettiest park in Uganda; indeed like the slogan goes: it is where gold meets silver; the park houses three extinct volcanoes that forms the chain of the Virungas that straddles between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. The transboundary gorilla family stays in Mgahinga national park and has never crossed to Rwanda since 2012, in Mgahinga you have an opportunity to book for gorillas at short notice!
You can also hike Mt. sabinyo 3669m and be in three countries at the sametime or Mt. Gahinga 3,475 m or Mt. Muhabura at 4127 m above sea level.
Activities in the mgahinga are:
- Gorilla tracking
- Nature walk/sabinyo gorge trail
- Batwa trail
- Golden monkey tracking
Queen Elizabeth national park:
This is Uganda’s popular and accessive savan reserve , at 1,978 square kilometers queen Elizabeth is one of the largest parks in Uganda. To the west it is bounded by the Ishasha river that is eponymous with the ishasha tree climbing lions and Lake Edward along the Congolese border and predominantly a savanna vegetation with some acacia trees and areas of swamp along lake George. It is home to 95 mammal species with ten types of primates. About 20 predators have been cited which include: spotted hyena, lion and leopard. About 610 bird species have been recorded in Queen Elizabeth National park.
Murchison falls national park
Kibale national park
At 1,100 -1,590 m kibale is a home of about 60 mammal species , 13 species of primates recorded the highest concentration compared to any other national park in Uganda. It is home to red Columbus; and eight other primate species: L`hoest `s, vervet, red-tailed, blue monkeys;Uganda mangabey ,black and white Columbus ;olive baboon and chimpanzee.
National parks to visit in Rwanda
Akagera national park:
Volcanoes national park:
Volcanoes national park is home to half of the Virungas estimated 480 mountain gorillas and is the most popular park in Rwanda with eight habituated gorilla groups and can be visited by eight tourists per family making 64 gorilla permits available per day. Other activities to do in the park include: hiking, visit to karisoke research center and golden monkey tracking.