Even though Uganda is a landlocked country, it is a destination that is gifted by nature. The treasures that the country has, make it to be a tourist paradise.
Uganda is a relatively small country located in East Africa. Uganda is bordered by Kenya in the East, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Tanzania in the south and Southern Sudan to the north. Uganda’s capital known as Kampala and this is where all administrative offices are located.
Uganda is endowed with all the big five and it has got an abundance of wildlife distributed in its 10 national parks. The best national parks to experience a great deal of wildlife include the Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Other interesting destinations include national parks plus Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest and Lake Mburo National Park.
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The popular Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park of Uganda. Located in north western Uganda, this park is a rewarding destination for game viewing. Some of the animals to see in the park include tree climbing lions, buffaloes, hippos, etc.
The world’s most powerful Murchison Falls are a great spectacle within the Murchison Falls National Park. The falls are formed by the Nile River when it squeezes through a narrow gorge.
The Nile River is the strongest magnet of all the animals around the park. Lots of animals graze near the banks of the river. These include the Uganda Kobs, Oribi, grey duiker, bush buck, buffaloes.
A health population of the elephants lives in the park. There are also lions, Jackson’s hartebeest, leopards, large Rothschild giraffe. The neighboring Budongo forest is where the chimpanzees are seen and tracked. In addition, other herds of hippos and crocodiles are also seen at the river since it’s their permanent residence area.
When to Go on Safari in Uganda
Wildlife safaris in Uganda can be taken throughout the year but mostly during the dry seasons of December and February.
Most animals can be seen on game drives within the savanna landscape which supports a great number of grazers and predators that thrive in these national parks.
Besides the national parks, Uganda has several game reserves plus sanctuaries that act as habitat for wild animals. Some of the game reserves include the
- Pian Upe Game Reserve
- Matheniko Wildlife Reserve
- Bokora Game reserve
- Toro – Semliki Game Reserve
- Kabwoya game reserve
- Kigezi Game Reserve
These wildlife reserves protect a good diversity of flora and fauna.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
The Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is a great addition to tours in Murchison Falls national park. This protected area offers an opportunity to the tourists to track the endangered white Rhinos. This area is a breeding zone run by the Rhino Fund. It has done a good job to reintroduce the rhinos in Uganda after their extinction in the 1970s and there are plans to transfer the rhinos back to the national parks where they used to live.