Uganda Safaris, Gorilla Trekking Tours & Safari Packages
Uganda Safaris Tours - Discover the Pearl of Africa; today Uganda Safaris and Tours have opened a new Africa Safaris chapter in world tourism and Uganda, the undiscovered pearl of the African Continent, pure and unaffected by mass tourism; is a favorite hot spot of tourist destinations for Gorilla trekking / Gorilla tourism, safari holidays, wildlife tours, cultural tours, walking & nature safaris, vacation holidays for adventure and Luxury travel packages.
Major Destinations for Safaris & Tours in Uganda
While planning a Uganda Safari, there are quite a great deal of destinations; 10 gazetted national parks to be specific, each with a unique and remarkable feature. Combing the different places will reward you with a wholesome experience of a Uganda tour. These include the following;
- Bwindi impenetrable forest national park – home of mountain Gorillas and famous for gorilla trekking.
- Murchison falls national park – the largest national park in Uganda with remarkable biodiversity and unique for it falls.
- Kibale forest national park – known as the primates’ capital of the world because of its diversity of primate species and mainly chimpanzees.
- Queen Elizabeth national park – Uganda’s second largest national park and a UNESCO world heritage site. The best place to do a boat safari in Uganda.
- Kidepo valley national park – the Masai Mara experience in Uganda; the park is unique and unspoiled, filled with wildlife species that cannot be traced elsewhere in the country making it a game for wildlife safari lovers.
- Mgahinga gorilla national park is the other alternative for gorilla trekking in Uganda and the only place to see Golden Monkeys.
- Lake mburo national park which is the smallest of all national parks but famous for its Zebras which are also only found in Kidepo.
There are several other places to go on Uganda safaris including cultural sites, Mountains and Lakes. The list of things to do in Uganda is just endless.
Recommended Uganda Safari Packages 2020 / 2021
7 Days Game Viewing, Chimpanzees & Gorilla Trekking Package
Experience 7 days in Uganda touring Murchison Falls for game viewing, Kibale for Chimpanzee trekking & Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi. All the highlights above are indicated in this 7 days comfortable safari with a 4x4 safari vehicle & self contained accommodation.View Package
10 Days Best of Uganda Game Viewing & Gorilla Trekking
Spend 10 days touring Uganda with the 10 Days safari. This safari will let you carry out Gorilla Tracking, Game Viewing, White Water Rafting, the Batwa Experience plus more. All the highlights above are included in this safari with a 4x4 safari vehicle & self contained accommodation.View Package
Top Uganda Tours
- 3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari
- 3 Days Queen Elizabeth NP
- 3 Days Murchison Falls
- 4 Days Bwindi Gorillas and Lake Bunyonyi
- 5 Days Bwindi Gorillas & Queen NP
- 5 Days Gorillas & Chimpanzees
- 6 Days Uganda Gorilla Tour
- 8 Days Gorilla Spice
- 13 Days Budget Expedition
- 15 Days Grand Trip
- 18 Days Long Adventure
- 20 Days East Africa Tour
- 21 Days Grand Package
- 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trek
- 3 Days Nyungwe Forest
- 4 Days Rwanda Gorillas
- 5 Days Gorillas & Golden Monkeys
- 7 Days Rwanda Primates
- 10 Days Best of Rwanda
Uganda Rwanda Safaris
We design our Uganda safari packages to suit travelers of all types and age groups as we pay attention to time, safety, budget constraints. We are flexible enough to incorporate last minute changes. We handle private tours, student tours & research groups, small group tours and large group departures of up to 100 pax. We are committed to responsible tourism for sustainable development and we try to achieve this through use of fuel efficient and well maintained vehicles, use of eco-friendly safari lodges and camps and support of conservation organisations like NatureUganda.org. Uganda gorilla trekking safaris and chimpanzee tracking tours are the prime attractions for a Uganda safari and dominantly make up most of our Uganda safari packages. These are offered on typical 3 day safari tours and extended holidays including game viewing of different wildlife like African elephants, giraffes, climbing lions and leopards, wild buffaloes, antelopes of different types. Our safari parks and Uganda game reserves are places that one must not miss visiting during a safari in Uganda. For personalized care and attention, smaller groups are ideal for mountain gorillas and wildlife safaris, gorilla trekking and other safari holidays.
Our strength in organizing memorable Uganda safaris tours like gorilla safaris in Uganda lies in our local knowledge of the areas we operate, professionalism, and years of experience in the tourism industry. We excel at organizing custom / tailor made safaris and Rwanda tours as we work around your needs to come up with the best tailored safari package and holiday trips that fit your time and budget. Apart from our regular safari circuits, we have also introduced walking safaris that can be done as independent activities or combined with other adventures to create a more rewarding experience. Walking safaris in Uganda can be done in lake Mburo national park and Nkuringo in Bwindi impenetrable forest. Horseback safaris are also on offer for those visiting Mburo! The Batwa experience in Bwindi - Buhoma and the Batwa cultural trail in Mgahinga offer great opportunities for a walking safari and cultural experience.
At Achieve Global Safaris, it is our passion and pleasure to show you the delights of our land and will help you experience Africa through the eyes of a local. From organizing gorilla tours in Uganda, Chimpanzee tracking, birding tours and cultural tours in Rwanda to magical wildlife safaris in Kenya and budget holidays in Tanzania, you will find a uniquely affordable experience that only we can provide. From the moment you board your flight to Entebbe, your guide will be ready and everything will be taken care of; Gorilla & Chimpanzee permits will be booked, accommodation and all activities so you will just lie back and enjoy a thrilling journey! Let us guide you to a great journey of discovery in East Africa. The above Uganda tours packages featuring Gorilla safaris in Bwindi, chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest, game viewing & boat cruises in safari parks, cultural tours, bird watching and adventures like rafting, forest walks among other Uganda tourism activities are for your inspiration.
Choose a package that matches your interests and contact us to request a free quote or let us tailor it to your satisfaction. All the offers above have been done several times by past clients with 100% success and satisfaction. Continue browsing our website for more Uganda safari packages or send us an inquiry to know which options are available. Sightseeing & Nature Photography Tour. Achieve Global Safaris takes you to some of the best areas for sightseeing with stunning photography opportunities on the African continent. Uganda as a tourism destination has got perhaps the highest concentration of conservation areas in Africa with ten (10) national parks three (3) of which contain the remains of explosive volcanoes, which have over the millennia filled with water. Discover more on Uganda tours.
Uganda has got more than 30 native languages belonging to 5 distinctive groups. It's a world of enormous diverse cultures all living in cohesion. Uganda has got the friendliest people on the African continent! Book Uganda safari tours and manifest this fact on your African safari in Uganda. Birding safaris in Uganda For bird watchers, Uganda birding safaris will provide the ultimate joy of the richest African birding destination. It is rightly called ’Home of the most sought after birds.’ We can make this a cherished dream come true experience, with close to nature and close interaction with the local people who are claimed to be the friendliest people of the African continent.
Uganda is one of the leading tourism destinations in Africa boosting over the natural endowment it possesses. Uganda is a land locked country found in the East African region and it is boarded by Kenya in the east, Rwanda in the southwest, the Democratic Republic of Congo in the west, Tanzania in the south and South Sudan in the north. It has a uniquely diverse topography or landscape which allows the variation in the vegetation cover.
The Savanna plains in western Uganda are habitats for a lot of wildlife. In the West is where most of the national parks are located due to the wide range of wildlife which flourishes in the plains. Still, in the west, you can find the glacier-covered mountain of the moon with a unique succession of vegetation cover due to the increase in altitude. There is also a number of tropical rain forests that are famous for the primate safaris in Uganda.
Despite the richness of western Uganda in terms of wildlife, the east is also a famous tourism region in Uganda with a high volcanic mountain called elgon hosting the widest caldera in Uganda. Mountain Eglon is famous for the exclusively entertaining mountain hikes and the rich cultural folklore of the bamasaba people. The north east region of Uganda is where you can find the interesting Kidepo National Park and the Karamojong hunting ground.
There is still a lot more interesting attractions scattered all through the country, like, Lake Victoria, Lake Bunyonyi and the famous River Nile with is found in Jinja town. Jinja is well known as the famous town in Uganda during the colonial era of east Africa. Jinja town boosts of the source of the world’s longest river, Nile. You can enjoy city life in Kampala, during the day you can see a lot of people and it’s a chance for you to learn about the lifestyle of the local people. However, Kampala nightlife is much more interesting and the night clubs in the Kampala catch fire at night with a lot of beautiful women, nice African music and a lot of fun. There is a lot to explore and learn about Uganda, and you can only be able to find out when you book for the Ugandan tour during your African safari.
National Parks in Uganda
The national parks of Uganda are the pivot point of wildlife safaris in Uganda. The national parks are protected areas managed by the Uganda government under the management organ called the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). Uganda has over ten major national parks concentrated mainly in the western region. Other protected areas are scattered around the country, for example, the karamajongo hunting grounds, wild reserves among others. The national parks in Uganda are strategically located in naturally endowed areas of the country and this has promoted Uganda Tours. All the national parks in Uganda have distinctive uniqueness which differentiates them from each other.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one other big national park found on the western side of Uganda. Queen Elizabeth national park spans across the wide western savannah plains in the western region of Uganda. Queen Elizabeth national park is a renowned safari destination and the most visited in Uganda. This is due to the uniquely selected wildlife it hosts. Queen Elizabeth national park has the highest population of wildlife due to the extensive ecosystems is holds and it happens to attract many travelers from across the world to come to Uganda Wildlife Tours.
Queen Elizabeth National Park was gazetted in 1954 after the visit of the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth the second. Before the park was known as Kazinga national park, however, after the visit of the queen to Uganda, the name of Kazinga national park was changed to Queen Elizabeth National Park in regards to the queen’s visit. Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the largest national parks in Uganda. It covers up an area of about 1978sq.km. Queen Elizabeth covers about three districts of the western region of Uganda including, Rubirizi district, Rukungiri, Kasese districts among others.
Attractions found in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth for many years has proved to be the best visited national park in Uganda. Queen is the most populated protected area in Uganda in terms of wildlife or biodiversity. The visit to Queen Elizabeth national park is a lifetime opportunity to see the big five wild animals of Africa in a natural setting. There are also other attractions in Queen Elizabeth National Park that can catch your interest such as the gorge, caves, culture among others.
Tree climbing lions mark a highlight to the Uganda Safaris Tours done in Queen Elizabeth national park. The lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park are much different from the ones found in other national parks in Uganda and other African national parks. The climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth national park are mainly found in the ishasha sector of the park which is located in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. The tree-climbing lions will not grant your safety if you climb in the trees within Queen Elizabeth national park’s ishasha sector. The lions here climb in the trees and rest up there after the day’s hunt. The lions also climb up in the trees to hide away from the hotness on the ground, plus running away from the tsetse flies on the ground.
Kazinga channel is a glimpse of all the wildlife in Queen Elizabeth national park. kazinga channel is a water body connecting lake Edward in the west to lake George. Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park is a main water source in the area, plus, it is a collection of all the wildlife that the park protects such as buffalo herds, schools of hippos, lion prides, sitatungas, duikers, bushbucks, crocodiles among others animals. The famous kazinga channel boat cruise offers a real deal for you to see a lot of animals when they come down to quench their thirst and to refresh during the hot season. Kazinga channel is a birder's pride since a lot of the water birds flock along the water edge during the morning and evening. You can spot a lot of birds like pelicans, kingfishers, sunbirds, bee-eaters, the African fish eagle and migratory birds; mainly in November.
Kyambura gorge is a magical site in Queen Elizabeth national park. It is a strip of a lustrous verdant tropical rain forest with is the vast savannah plains. Kyambura gorge is a home for a very attractive primate species called the chimpanzees, however, endangered. Kyambura gorge is a magical world in Queen Elizabeth national park, however is always missed out by the tourists that go on a Uganda Safari Tour to queen Elizabeth national park. You can add on your itinerary a chimpanzee trekking activity from kyambura gorge; it harbors a mobile community of the funny primates the chimpanzees. Most of the visitors to queen Elizabeth national park named kyambura gorge the valley of comedy due to the primates the dwell therein. Kyambura gorge is a home to other primates like the black and white colobus monkeys, the red colobus monkeys, the blue colobus monkeys and a number of olive baboons among others. The walkthrough kyambura gorge is a whole new experience in a new world with the tweets of the forest birds and the butterflies make the thick forest a beauty. The flowing river through the gorge, kyambura gorge, it the main drainage body in the valley.
Katwe Salt Lake is yet another attraction found in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Katwe salt lake is one of the crater lakes along the crater trail in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Katwe salt lake is a famous attraction for study purposes and cultural tourism will allow you an opportunity to learn about the culture of the katwe salt mining village. Katwe salt lake is an explosion crater which was formed as a result volcanic eruption about many 10,000 years ago. It is one of the extinct explosion craters in western Uganda. However, it still emits sulfurous gases that produce a pungent smell. Lake Katwe is a dead lake with no outlets which makes the water salty. When the sun shines, the saltwater makes a salt pan on the lake bed and a salt concentrate on top of the water which is mined by the local people. Besides the salt lake, there is an old salt factory that was built by early Germany, however it collapsed and the remaining ruins are attractions to a number of visitors.
The equator is a phenomenal feature not only for Queen Elizabeth national park but also for Uganda as a country. The equator in Queen Elizabeth National park is the first attraction which a lot of visitors never want to miss even before seeing any animal. The equator monument in Queen Elizabeth national park is found at Kikongoro. The equator monument is a good place for taking the first photos in Queen Elizabeth national park to save you Queen Elizabeth Uganda Safari Tour Memories. It is a fact the when standing at the equator, one foot is in the south and the other is in the northern hemisphere of the entire world. Also, the temperatures increase around the areas near the equator among other interesting facts about this major latitude in the world which divides the earth into two equal parts.
Other attractions in Queen Elizabeth include the busonga fishing village is another epic attraction in Queen Elizabeth national park. A lot of the visitors get a surprise community walk through the Busoga fishing village and all the activities there are such interesting and provide an insight of about the African fishing culture. Also visitors to Queen Elizabeth national park visit the bat caves in maramagambo forest, however due to the Marburg incident that happened a few years ago, made the visit to the caves to be restricted. However, the park management constructed a viewpoint for the tourists in order to minimize the contamination with the bats. Also the omwani coffee plantation is another attraction in Queen Elizabeth national park. It offers the visitors with the best agro - tourism in Uganda; it is an opportunity for the visitors to learn about how the aromatic coffee is made locally by the committed group of women in Queen Elizabeth national park.
Activities in Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park is the only national park in Uganda that offers a big package with all the activities you expect. the major and most famous activity in Queen Elizabeth national park is the big game drive.
The game drives are offers an opportunity for you the see a lot of savanna animals such as the buffaloes, hippos, elephants, antelopes, lions and aloft of Uganda kobs among others. The game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park are best done in the morning around 8 am to 9pam. However, you can also book for the evening game drive from 3 pm to 6 pm. It is an opportunity for you to see all the animals as the head back to their territories and the hippos heading to graze when the sun is down. The Queen Elizabeth game drive is an offer for you to experience a closer contact with the wildlife in the natural setting.
Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth are magical and offers a real-life deal for you to see almost all the wildlife at a glance. The boat cruise is conducted at the kazinga channel, hence its name called, the kazinga boat cruise. Kazinga boat cruise is also an opportunity for you to see almost every animal within Queen Elizabeth national park; you can spot a lot of animals like buffalo herds and loser buffaloes, schools of hippos mourning in the water, if lucky you can also see elephants mate beside the water edge, plus a lot of birds line up at the waterfront and the African fish eagles gaze from up in the woods for their fish prey. Many tourists have described the Kazinga Boat Cruise as magical and sensational; a lot of animals go down at Kazinga channel during the dry season as it is the only main water resource within the heart of Queen Elizabeth national park.
Animal census is another interesting activity done in not only Queen Elizabeth national park but also other national parks in Uganda. You can enjoy the counting of wild animals in Queen Elizabeth national park; the hippo census is the most interesting animal census according to the visitor. Hippo census is mainly done during the boat cruise along kazinga channel. The activity involves the visitors and other data clerks that count the hippos in water by head, however, it is done twice in order to get a clear estimate of the animals being counted. During the census, you can also get a chance to know a lot of other animals in Kazinga channel like crocodiles, birds among others.
Lion tracking is a sensitive activity mainly done in Queen Elizabeth national park. It involves real research procedures and also rendered more scientific research than just a tourist activity. The lions with the radio collars are tracked by the researcher team assigned by the Uganda carnivore project. It is a government department under the Uganda wildlife authority (UWA) in charge of the wild cats in all national parks in the country. The lions are tracked using the radiation monitors to track the movement of the lions under study. Lion research is conducted in kasenyi plains of queen Elizabeth kasenyi plains of Queen Elizabeth national park. Lion tracking experience in Queen Elizabeth national park offers a chance to learn about the behaviors, habits and social patterns of lions in a closer sight. A few people on Uganda safaris are allowed for lion tracking, this is aimed at reducing the tension onto the lion habitat plus avoiding stressing the lions out.
Mangoose tracking is another research activity; also known as experiential tourism, however you have a chance to participate in it during your visit to Queen Elizabeth national park. The banded mongoose tracking is conducted around mweya peninsular in Queen Elizabeth national park. Mongoose tracking in queen Elizabeth National Park is conducted for a duration of about three hours. The three hours of mongoose tracking in mweya peninsular is such a rewarding experience for a wild adventure. It gives you an opportunity to get involved directly into the conservation activities in Queen Elizabeth national park. Queen Elizabeth national park has over 400 banded mongooses living in twelve social groups. The banded mongoose tracking offers valuable knowledge of their behaviors, habituation and the data collected is recorded and used to carry on the conservation activities in Queen Elizabeth national park.
Birding is interesting in Queen Elizabeth national park; the park holds over 600 species of birds. You can enjoy the different categories of birds in Queen Elizabeth national park, for example, the forest birds, water birds and the open savannah birds among others. The biggest numbers of birds in Queen Elizabeth national park are well known as common birds of east Africa; however there are some endangered species of the albertine region and the migratory species, seldom found in the national park during November. The open savannah birds include the long- crested eagle, grey kestrel, bateleur, African crake, the brown snake eagle, Senegal plover, flappet lark among others. The water birds are mainly found in mweya peninsular and kazinga channel; they include the black bee eater, the red shouldered cuckoo, blue throated roller, yellow bill, African finfoot, the green crombec, brubru among others. You have a chance of spotting the shoe bill stork in ishasha plus other birds such as, African crowned eagle, hooded vulture, rupell’s griffon vulture, Ross’s turaco, and grey woodpecker among others. These have enabled Bird Watching Uganda Tours happen.
Chimpanzee trekking is another activity you can add to your primate tours in Uganda. The chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth national park takes place in kyambura gorge. It is a strip of a lustrous tropical rain forest found in the western side of Queen Elizabeth national park. The stunning valley of apes, also known as the comedy valley due to the primate community it harbors. Chambura gorge has about 20 habituated chimpanzees that offer a lot of excitement to the visitors. During the chimpanzee trekking in kyambura gorge, you can spot other primates like the black and white colobus monkeys, the red colobus monkeys, the blue colobus monkeys and the olive baboons among others.
Hot air balloon experience should be a must do for all the visitors to Queen Elizabeth national park. The hot air balloon in Queen Elizabeth national park is best done in the morning and starts at around 5:30am. This offers a chance to see the animals as they come out of their hideouts and setting for the day’s hunt. The balloon at Queen Elizabeth national park has a capacity of 16 people maximum. It offers spectacular view of the national park. The hot air is a real life experience with the view of Queen Elizabeth national park from above in the air. You can see the ishasha plains and fortunate enough, you can see the lions chasing their prey in the plains. You can also see a lot of other animals like herds of Uganda kobs, elephants, buffaloes and hyenas among others.
The other activities in Queen Elizabeth national park include the community walks which offer a chance to learn about the lifestyle of the park communities around Queen Elizabeth national park and how they contribute to the conservation program of Queen Elizabeth national park. You can also enjoy the crater drive which covers up all the explosion craters in queen Elizabeth national park over a distance of about 27km from the queen pavilion; the crater drive offers you a chance to see the spectacular scenery of queen Elizabeth national park with the undulating hills covered with the savannah grasslands. The craters in Queen Elizabeth national park are associated with the most spectacular scenic views, plus you can enjoy the flamingo birds at Lake Nyamunuka and a lot of other animals like baboons and other birds.
In a synopsis, the advantage that queen Elizabeth national park has over the others, lies in its natural endowment, most especially the bio diversity including the ecosystems which harbor a lot of animals, the vegetation cover, and the land scape at large. Queen Elizabeth national park is the most visited national park in Uganda and it is the only national park that the packages can stand alone without the involvement of other destinations. The itineraries to queen Elizabeth national park are solid with all the activities you can require to do in the other national park making the safaris to this magnificent protected area, truly versatile. Indeed it is the medley of wonders.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is second among the most visited national parks in Uganda. The park is the largest protected area in Uganda and covers up an area of over 3893sq.km. Murchison falls in found in the Albertine region, northwest of Kampala the capital city of Uganda. Murchison falls National Park gets its name from the famous Murchison falls situated on the strong river Nile. Murchison falls are the strongest falls in Uganda. The falls are formed as a result of heavy water masses surging through a narrow gorge, thus forming pressure down the gorge of about 45m high.
Murchison falls boost about the unique selection of wild animals including the big five African animals. It is the only national park in Uganda where you can experience the big five animals with rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. The other wildlife includes birds mainly renowned to be of the Albertine region as well as the prehistoric shoe bill stork which can be spotted in the swamp towards the Albert delta. There are also other unique wild animals like the lions, Rothschild’s giraffes, the primates like chimpanzees in kaniyo pabidi forest of mahogany, hippos, elephants, crocodiles among others. Murchison falls national park has over 76 mammal species, 450 species of birds, and over 10 primate species, plus insects and reptiles.
Historically, Murchison falls was first visited by the famous early Europeans including John Speke and James grant in the early 1860s. However, it was thoroughly explored by Sir Samuel Baker and his wife Florence baker who later named the falls Murchison after the geologist of the geographical society Roderick Murchison. The park was later gazetted a national park in 1952 when the British colonial administration introduced the national park act of Uganda, and the area was named Murchison falls national park.
Attractions in Murchison falls national park
The major attraction in Murchison falls national park is Murchison waterfalls itself.
Murchison falls is the strongest waterfalls in Uganda which recently has caused a saga over selling it to a South African company for the construction of a hydropower dam. The Murchison falls are formed as a result of too much pressure exerted through a narrow gorge by large water masses from the Victoria Nile. The water at Murchison falls forces through a narrow way of about 6m wide. It creates too much pressure as the water hits the rocks with makes the ground tremble plus the formation of a misty condition at the top of the falls. Murchison Falls is the best-visited attraction in Murchison falls national park, the falls offer a spectacular view of the lush vegetation in the national park plus the Albert Nile and the amazing scenery of Murchison falls national park.
River Nile is another attraction in Murchison falls national park; it bisects the park into the southern and the northern parts. The Nile is the longest river in the whole world with its origin in Jinja town, it reaches Murchison falls national park as the Victoria Nile and extend to the Albert delta. From Lake Albert, it continues northwards as the Albert Nile through northern Uganda to southern Sudan and onwards to Egypt. The boat ride along the Nile is the only thing you do not want to miss during your visit Murchison falls national park. The Nile boat ride is such a rewarding Experian for nature lovers. The Nile offers an opportunity to see a lot of wild animals who congest the river banks for example buffaloes, elephants, and hippos among others.
Buligi game tracks are the best for game drives in Murchison falls national park. The buligi game tracks stretch from the Victoria Nile to the Albert Nile, over a distance of 120km in length. The buligi gam tracks cover up the largest part of the savannah grassland of Murchison falls national park. Buligi game tracks mix up with the savannah woodlands dotted with the acacia trees plus alignment of the riverine vegetation. The morning game drives are a real deal for you to see the wildlife at a glimpse. You can also enjoy the evening game drive and watch the animals roll back into their hideouts as the night cats stretch out for their night hurt.
Paara is another area of interest in Murchison falls national park where most of the game drive tracks converge. Paara is the center of almost all the game activities in Murchison falls national park, locally the word Paara is used to mean an area with lots of hippo schools. Paara is accessed by a lot of access roads in Murchison falls national park, however, a ferry crossing connects paara with the northern part of Murchison falls national park, Chobe area. The Paara area also has a number of hotels and safari lodges for the best accommodation services in Murchison falls national park.
Rabongo and kaniyo pabidi forests they are the only mahogany trees in Uganda with hard and iron wood located within Murchison falls national park. Kaniyo pabidi forest is located inside Murchison falls, about 8 kilometers from kanchumbanyobo gate. Kaniyo pabidi forest is the best place for you to enjoy chimpanzee tracking and other primates like the monkeys and the baboons that inhabit the thick mahogany forest. Rabongo and kaniyo pabidi offer a cool birding environment, the forests harbor a number of bird species such as the yellow-footed flycatcher, white thigh hornbill, and the Ituri batis among others. The tropical rain forest of kaniyo pabidi offers good grounds for camping near the jane Goodall research institute. The camping night in the forest is a real deal for you to experience an epic night in the African wilderness. Also, the night nature walks in kaniyo pabidi forest offers you a chance the night creatures such as the galagos, pottos and bush babies and owls among others.
Flora and fauna are the richness of all national parks and other protected areas in Uganda. However, Murchison falls national park has a unique selection of wild animals that dwell in the different ecosystems of the park. murchison falls national park boost of its beautiful scenery which includes the hills, escarpments, river valley and the thick natural tropical rainforest. The park is conquered by the woodland vegetation, wetlands, savannah which is habited by over 76 species of mammals and over 500 different species of birds.
The most famous animals in Murchison falls national park include the hippos, the African buffaloes, the African elephants, the lions and tigers which form the big five African wild animals if supplemented with the white rhinos in ziwa rhino sanctuary. The other animals include the Rothschild’s giraffes, warthogs, cape buffaloes, Uganda kob, hartebeests, and the large Nile crocodiles among others. The park also boots of the tropical rainforests which act as a home for a number of primates with the chimpanzees being the most famous of all. Budongo forest, kaniyo pabidi mahogany forest, and rabongo forest are good areas of chimpanzee trekking and Chimpanzee habituation. Other primates include the black and white colobus monkeys, the red colobus monkeys, and baboons among others.
Activities in Murchison falls national park
Game drives are the most famous activities in not only Murchison falls national park but also other protected areas in Uganda. The most rewarding tracks in Murchison falls national park go through Buligi game tracks, the Albert tracks and the queen’s tracks which are found in the northern part of Murchison falls national park; north of the river Nile. The Nile is the highest concentration of wildlife in Murchison falls national park; you can spot buffaloes drinking water in the Nile. The elephants are spotted in the grasslands grazing during the morning game drives in Buligi game tracks. You can also see a lot of other animals in the open grasslands like the lions, antelopes, whereas the giraffes roam in the woody areas of Murchison, falls national park The game drives in Murchison falls national park are best done in the morning time around 7 am to 5 am and later in the evening around 3 pm to 5 pm.
Launch cruise on the Nile is another thrilling experience within Murchison falls national park. The launch cruise down the Nile is divided into two rounds; the bottom of the falls boat cruise and the Albert delta launch cruise. The bottom of the falls boat cruise takes off from Paara, its starting point, and then sails to the foot of Murchison falls within a distance of about 17km. the bottom of the falls game drive is an opportunity for you to enjoy the wildlife of Murchison falls national park at a glance. Along the banks of river Nile, you can spot a lot of hippo schools, the large Nile crocodiles, a number of elephants and many buffaloes wallow in the mad along the shoreline of river Nile in Murchison falls national park. The boat cruise to the Albert delta offers a spectacular view of the water birds and a lot of hippos in the water. The boat cruise to the Albert delta also starts from Paara and sails for about 28km, it lasts for a duration of about 3hours. The Albert delta in Murchison falls national park is well known for the sought after a prehistoric bird called the shoe bill stork. You can also spot a lot of other birds along the Nile such as the herons, ducks or water geese, kingfishers, and the African fish eagle among others.
Nature walks in Murchison falls national park area good supplement to the whole safari package. The nature walks in Murchison falls national park offer an opportunity to see a lot of birds and animals at a closer distance. The commonest nature walks are conducted from rabongo forest, kaniyo pabidi, and budongo forest. The forest nature walks give you an opportunity to see a lot of the forest creatures like primates such as monkeys and baboon, plus you can spot a community of chimpanzees within kaniyo pabidi, especially during the fruit ripening season. The nature walks in budongo forest offer such a relaxing session with the tweets of the forest birds, the swash of the tree canopies and the noise from the primates and other animals that inhabit the forest, create up an epic mix of a true African jungle.
Top of falls hike is an epic adventure that offers you a chance to live the past in the present as you step in the footsteps of the famous explorer that found the Murchison falls national park. The top of the falls hike starts from the boat stop at the bottom of the falls and proceeds right up to the water edge at the top of Murchison Falls. There are several trails to the top of the falls hike, however, the most famous is the church hill trail. It is believed to have been used by Winston Churchill as he explored the Nile. The Churchill trail takes you to the post where Churchill stood and declared Uganda the pearl of Africa. The top of the falls provides a tranquil environment for activities such as picnics, camping, and good scenery for photography. The top of the falls hike in Murchison falls also offers you a chance to see a number of water birds like the kingfishers, cuckoos, herons, sunbirds among others.
Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo, Kaniyo Pabidi, and Rabongo forest is another exciting activity within Murchison falls national park. The Jane Goodall primate institute of research is the starting point for chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo pabidi forest. The chimpanzee trekking process starts in the morning before the chimpanzees set out to look for food. The guide finds the community of chimpanzees to be trekked then the group of the trekkers follows that particular group of chimpanzee while learning their distinctive behaviors and lifestyle, such as the use of told to retrieve food, social behaviors, and the communication skills. Other activities in Murchison falls national park include, sport fishing, forest camping, and community walk among others. To note, Murchison falls national park is the only destination where you can have all the big five experience including the rhinos at ziwa rhino sanctuary.
Kibale National Park
Kibale national park is famous for the incredible primate safaris tours in Uganda and East Africa at large. It’s actually the best destination for primate safaris in Africa. Kibale national park is found in the south western region of Uganda covering up districts like kamwenge, part of kabarole, and kibale district its self. Kibale national park is a relatively large national park covering up a surface area of about 800sq.km sitting on an elevation of 1890m above sea level and 1100m above sea level in the rift valley floor. Kibale national park is a part of the vast kibale conservation area which consists of Toro-Semliki National Park, and Katonga wildlife reserve, plus the Kibale-Queen Elizabeth wildlife corridor.
Kibale National Park is a large protected area encompassing a wide area of a moist evergreen forest of the semi-deciduous components. Kibale national park contains a wide array of landscapes with varying vegetation succeeding each other as the altitude increases. Kibale national park boosts about the great primate population that inhabits the forest. Kibale national park is the only assurance for your chimpanzee tours in Uganda. Kibale national park protects almost a third of the chimpanzee population of Africa with over 1500 individuals roaming in the forest trees. Kibale national park protects the other 12 species of primates including, l’hoest’s monkeys, the red colobus monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, the grey checked mangabeys, and the night primates like the pottos, galagos among others.
Kibale national park was established in 1932 and later upgraded to a national park in 1933 with the primary aim of protecting the large forested area which was a logged area for the British colonial masters. Kibale national park stands in the first primate position because it beats all the other African countries in terms of primate species and a total number of the apes in the forest. Kibale national park is termed as a primate capital of the world due to a large number of chimpanzees it holds plus other primates that play it the branches of the tall forest trees of Kibale National Park.
Attractions in kibale national park
The uniqueness of kibale national park is distinctive from all the other national parks in Uganda; it is the chimpanzee population that kibale national park harbors. Kibale national park is mainly covered by forests rather than the savannah grasslands, unlike in the other national parks in Uganda. However, the most known attractions in kibale national park include the following;
Primates: Kibale national park is famous for the number of primates in harbors; the primates are the commonest creatures in kibale national park. kibale national park is the best when it comes to primate species and the total population in Africa, it is also a refuge for the rare l’hoest’s monkeys in Uganda and East Africa as a whole. The primates in kibale national park are much concentrated in the less disturbed areas of kibale national park such as kanyawara. Kibale national park Uganda tours are highlighted by chimpanzee trekking in the densely forested areas. Kibale national park also harbors the black and white monkeys, the red colobus monkeys, the blue colobus monkeys, and the night apes such as the pottos, galagos, bushbabies among others.
Other mammals that inhabit the forested area of kibale national park include the forest elephants or bush elephants; the elephants in kibale national park come from queen Elizabeth national park and travel through the wildlife corridor which stretches over 180km.other mammals in kibale national park include the duikers both red and black, bushbucks, sitatungas, bush pigs, the forest hogs, common warthogs, African buffaloes, carnivores like the leopards, serval cats, African golden cats, mongooses, two species of otters and the lions occasionally visit the national park from queen Elizabeth national park which a safe place to visit too. These are among other creatures that make up the biodiversity of Kibale National Park.
Birds are another attraction in kibale national park which forms a core reason for the section of tourists that visit kibale national park. kibale national park is known to be the birders paradise in uganda because of the bird population it protects. Kibale national park harbors over 300 species of birds which make a long prolific avian life. Birding in kibale national park is mainly done in the bigodi wetland sanctuary. The birders to kibale national park lookout for Nahan's francolin which is an endangered bird species in Africa and the ground thrush is another birders pride only found in two other birding areas in Uganda. Other bird species in Kibale national park include the grey winged robin, yellow spotted barbet, grey breasted pitta, speckled tinkerbird, little greenbul, white thighed hornbill, black billed turaco, masked apalis, tiny sunbird and the superb sunbird among others.
Bigodi wet land sanctuary is another attraction for the visitors to kibale national park. A nature walk through kibale national park is a must-do for almost all the travelers to kibale national park yearly. It is mainly a prime destination for the travelers looking for birding in kibale national park. bigodi wet land sanctuary is a community initiative located at the fringe of kibale national park in the south within magombe swamp. bigodi wetland sanctuary is a community-run conservation project and the money from the consortium is used to develop the bigodi community to better standards. Bigodi wetland sanctuary has over 120 bird species which visitors enjoy watching during the guided nature walks through the broad walkways, planted by the local caretakers of the swamp.
Explosion craters in kibale national park form another attraction for the visitors that visit kibale national park. The craters of kibale national park are found in the rift valley floor of the great western rift valley region. The craters are famously known to the tourists as the ndali kasenda crater region of kibale national park. From fort portal town, you can access the craters at the edge of Kibale national park. The craters in kibale national park’s ndali kasenda region offer a spectacular view of the forests and a camping ground full of tranquility. The crater lakes of kibale national park include ndali Crater Lake, lake nkuruba, lake nyamasani, ntambi and lyantonde among others. To note: even though the craters are called the kibale crater lakes, they are not found in the forest of kibale or even within the kibale national park, and however, they are found at the fringes of kibale national park.
Other attractions which you can enjoy during your kibale national park safari include the mabere ga nyina mwiru caves backed up with very catchy folklore which might trick you to believing this tale. Tooro kingdom is another attraction found near kibale national park, the royal tombs of the Tooro kingdom are awesome sights to help you learn more about the African culture and norms. And the visits to fort portal town will offer you a chance to see a lot of interesting features like the enormous tea plantations, farmlands among others.
Activities done in kibale national park
Chimpanzee trekking is the first activity known of kibale national park; it highlights all the park safaris to this area. kibale national park is the best area for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda; the park holds over 1500 chimpanzees some of which are habituated to human encounters. Chimpanzee trekking in kibale national park starts from Kanyanchu visitor Centre. Chimpanzee trekking is sometimes called the primate walk. The chimpanzee trekking in kibale national park starts early in the morning at around 8 am and lasts for about 3hours to 2 pm. The chimpanzee trekking in kibale national park offers an opportunity so see the other primates like the monkeys and other forest creatures. You stand a chance of about 90% to see a number of habituated chimpanzees. The one-hour interaction with chimpanzees is such a rewarding time as it allows you to learn more about chimpanzee behavior in a natural setting.
Chimpanzee habituation experience is more interesting compared to the one-hour interactions with the chimpanzees in kibale national park. Chimpanzee habituation is a chance for the visitors to accompany the researchers and other participants into the forest to learn a lot more about chimpanzees in kibale national park. Chimpanzee habituation in kibale national park is mainly done to the chimpanzee communities that are not yet accustomed to human encounters. Chimpanzee habituation is a full or a half-day activity which starts in the morning, as early as 6:00 am, before the chimpanzees start their daily activities like the morning copulation, feeding and breastfeeding among others. This provides enough time for the participants to learn about the chimpanzees all day long.
Birding is another interesting activity conducted within kibale national park. Bird watching involves studying the different species of birds by the birders; it starts as early as 7 am at kanyanchu visitor center. Bigodi wet land sanctuary is the best destination of birding in kibale national park, it is located just outside the edge of Kibale forest. bigodi wetland sanctuary is a home for over 138 bird species which can be spotted during the swamp nature walk. The rare bird species found in kibale national park include papyrus gonelok, white collared olive back, papyrus canary, white-winged warbler, and the other bird species include white-spotted fluff tail, yellow-spotted barbet, brown-backed scrub-robin, black bishop, and the black-crowned waxbill among others.
Hiking or nature walks in kibale national park offer an opportunity for you to see lots of other creatures that inhabit the national park. The night nature walks are the best in kibale national park. the time when all the chimpanzees and the birds are resting in their nests, the night becomes alive with a number of nocturnal creatures, enjoying the free space in the forest. The night nature walks in kibale national park are conducted by two tour guides and the flashlights are an essential tool to use. The night nature walks in kibale national provide a chance for you to see night creatures like pottos, bush baby, nightjar, crickets, and hyrax among others.
Cultural encounters in kibale national park are unmatchable with any other national park. a safari to kibale national park is your chance to join in with the local guide in kibale national park for an epic cultural encounter. The cultural encounter involves a community walk through bigodi village where you get a chance to visit kibale association for rural environment development (KAFRED). KAFRED is a community-based organization targeting an improved livelihood and biodiversity conservation in the community through eco-tourism. The community in the bigodi community will give you an insight into the batooro and bakiga tribes, the inhabitants if the community. The cultural encounters in kibale national park offer a chance to visit some cultural sites for Tooro kingdom such as the palace and the Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru, plus the karambi tombs among others.
Other activities in kibale national park include the crater lakes tour where you get a chance to see a number of explosion craters. The crater lakes provide a cool environment with awesome scenic view of the Rwenzori ranges, the verdant forests and the surrounding community. The kids too are catered for in kibale national park, your children can enjoy the forest tactics lesson with the children guide as you and other adults enjoy the chimpanzee trekking.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is well known all over the world and in fact, it is the core reason as most of the tourists visit Africa. Gorilla trekking safari tours in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park make a highlight on the Uganda safaris Tours. Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in the south western region of Uganda. It is one of the features that separate Uganda and the democratic republic of Congo. Bwindi forest is found in the board area of Uganda and congo in the district called Kanungu. Bwindi national park covers a relatively small area, about 331 sq.km, of primeval forest on the edge of the Albertine rift valley. The location of Bwindi impenetrable forest is responsible for its varying elevation levels. It is located 1160 meters above the sea level in the low land and 2607m is its highest elevation area.
Bwindi impenetrable national park is well known for the large population of the endangered mountain gorilla species it accommodates. Bwindi impenetrable national park holds over half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. A lot of people mistake the mountain gorillas to the low land gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, the mountain gorillas are rare and only found in the highland areas of East Africa, whereas, the low land are common and stay in the lower altitude of the tropical area in Africa. The mountain gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda in Bwindi impenetrable national park are the most rewarding and cheapest among east African countries. Bwindi impenetrable national park has over 11 groups of mountain gorillas some of which are even habituated to human encounter.
Attractions in Bwindi impenetrable national park
Biodiversity of Bwindi impenetrable national park is the major attraction with in this protected area. Bwindi impenetrable national park is a home to over 120 species of mammals which is more than any other national park in Uganda. The mammal population in Bwindi impenetrable national park ranges from the smallest animals to the biggest. Bwindi impenetrable forest also boosts for the many bird species it accommodates. Bwindi impenetrable national park holds over 350 species of birds some of which are exclusively endemic to the Albertine region, about 23 of the total bird species, the birds include the African green broadbill, the white tailed flycatcher, the brown necked parrot among others.
Another attraction is the mountain gorillas. Bwindi impenetrable national park is much known for the community of mountain gorillas it holds. There are over 11 mountain gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable national park, and recently a new gorilla group was discovered with in the forest. Gorilla trekking is also the best-done activity with in Bwindi impenetrable national park, & it is also best done in Uganda since it has the highest number of mountain gorillas in Africa. It holds about half of the mountain gorilla population in the whole world.
Activities done in Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Gorilla Trekking: The gorilla safaris in Bwindi impenetrable national park are the most selling to the travelers who visit the national park annually. Bwindi impenetrable national park has over 326 gorillas that inhabit the forest and also ready to be visited. Since the gorilla trekking permits are lucrative in Bwindi impenetrable national park, two gorilla groups are accessible on a daily basis. The competitiveness of the gorilla trekking permits to Bwindi impenetrable national park is so high and therefore, it is better if you would book your mountain gorilla trekking permit in advance to avoid inconveniences at the last moment.
Bird watching is another interesting activity done with in Bwindi impenetrable national park. bwindi national park is one of the finest bird-watching destinations in uganda with over 300 bird species. Birding in Bwindi impenetrable national park can be done during nature walks while trekking for the mountain gorillas. There is a lot about Bwindi impenetrable national park which can be insured onto your Ugandan primate safari or gorilla safaris. However, it is better to book locally for your gorilla trekking permit in order to avoid inconvinces during the mountain gorilla trekking permits' acquisition.