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Uganda's most visited national parks and why

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Added 22nd May 2018 12:55 PM

At about 700km from Uganda’s capital Kampala, Kidepo Valley National Park is probably the most isolated of Uganda’s national parks. In spite of the long distance, the park is visited by many tourists throughout the year.

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At about 700km from Uganda’s capital Kampala, Kidepo Valley National Park is probably the most isolated of Uganda’s national parks. In spite of the long distance, the park is visited by many tourists throughout the year.

Tourists tracking Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park

TOURISM, KIDEPO

Uganda has got ten national parks all brimming with wildlife and a variety of bird species.

Although all these national parks get visitors every year, some have over the years become more popular than the others. Here are Uganda’s most visited national parks and why they are the most visited.

Kidepo Valley National Park.

Located in the semi-arid valleys in the Karamoja region in northeast Uganda, the 1,442 square kilometer Kidepo Valley National Park was gazetted in 1962.  The availability of over 75 species of mammals and over 470 species of birds in the park is partly why it is ranked among the best national parks in Africa.

At about 700km from Uganda’s capital Kampala, Kidepo Valley National Park is probably the most isolated of Uganda’s national parks. In spite of the long distance, the park is visited by many tourists throughout the year.

 Tourists tracking Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda is popular for being home to more than half of all mountain gorillas on Earth. Bwindi has also got about 350 species of birds and is therefore great for bird watching in addition to gorilla trekking.

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is one of the most popular Uganda tourist activities and so many tourists visit Uganda every year specifically to take part in tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi. There are great accommodation facilities near the park which cater for tourists from around the world.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park has got about 70 species of mammals, 13 of which are primates. Most notable among mammals in the park are chimpanzees. The park is mostly famous for being one of the best places in Africa where chimpanzees can be found in their natural habitat. As such, it is one of the most visited Uganda national parks.

Most Uganda safaris include tracking chimpanzees in Kibale which is the major tourist activity in the park. There are also about 325 bird species in Kibale Forest National Park including; dusky crimsonwing, little greenbul, black-capped apalis, blue-headed sunbird, collared apalis,red-faced woodland warbler, yellow rumped tinker bird, blue-breasted kingfisher, yellow spotted nicatorblack-eared ground thrush among others.

 Lioness spotted in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Located in the western region of Uganda, about 400km from Kampala, Queen Elizabeth National Park occupies an estimated 1,978 square kilometers. The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park. It was renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.

The park has got abundant wildlife including buffaloes, hippos, Nile Crocodiles, Chimpanzees, Ugandan Kobs among many others. The tree climbing lions found in Ishasha sector of the park are always a great encounter.

Queen Elizabeth National Park has got about 500 bird species and is one of the most visited national parks in Uganda.

Murchison Falls National Park

First gazetted in 1926, Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s oldest and largest national park and home to about 76 mammal species and about 450 bird species.

The park is bisected by the River Nile which forms one of the most notable features of the park, the Murchison Falls. Here, the River Nile waters pass through a narrow gorge of about 6 meters width before plunging 45 meters downstream making one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls.

 Elephants in Murchison Falls National Park

Wildlife in the park includes lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, crocodiles among so many others. Some of the animals can even be seen during boat rides along the Nile to the Murchison Falls.

Uganda is without a doubt one of the top tourist destinations in Africa and most of the tourists who visit Uganda often times visit the national parks during their Uganda safaris.

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