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Six Uganda National Parks that Won TripAdvisor Award of Excellence

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The world’s largest travel advisory site -TripAdvisor awarded certificates of excellence to the best six national parks. These Uganda national parks were awarded because they have consistently been rated or reviewed high by travelers on TripAdvisor over the past year. The certificates are issued basing on the experiences shared by the visitors on the services at these national parks.

These national parks that won the awards include the following

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

The park is most notable for sheltering over 500 Mountain gorillas, half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. 17 habituated mountain gorilla groups are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo all under the management of Uganda Wildlife Authority. The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies. The park is blessed with amazing flora with more than 1,000 flowering plant species. including two endangered species, the brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata. If you are looking to an amazing Uganda Primate safari experience, look no further. This is the ideal national park for gorilla safaris in Africa.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest National park of the 3 national parks in the Virunga conservation area the other two parks are Virunga National park in DRC and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and all form 434-sq.km of this conservation area. Mgahinga National park was established majorly to protect the mountain gorillas and in this same park also endangered Golden monkeys have made it their habitat. this has earned it a great number of tourists especially going for mountain Gorilla tracking. This park has one Gorilla family settling there and is open for trekking.

It is really a stunning place with the three volcanoes and hiking to the top of them gives an unforgettable experience. The Gahinga has a beautiful swamp at the top, Muhabura has a crater lake and the Sabinyo gives you the best and amazing experience ever whereby climbing to its summit you set a foot in 3 countries; Uganda DRC and Rwanda.

Mgahinga National Park has about 39 mammals including the Mountain gorillas, buffaloes and elephants, also endangered golden monkeys. Others include; giant forest hogs, bushbucks, leopards, spotted hyenas, black fronted duikers among others. It also has over 79 bird species.

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale National Park is one of the remaining excellent rainforests in Africa. It harbors the greatest variety and concentration of primates found nowhere else in East Africa. Excellent birds and primates, a good infrastructure and a variety of interesting activities. It is home to a large number of endangered chimpanzees, as well as the red colobus monkey giving it the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa. The area is mainly occupied by two tribes the Batooro and Bakiga traditionally both tribes living in the forest neighborhood.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is located near Lake Mburo along Mbarara road. 20% of the park’s populace is covered by the Lake Mburo and the wetlands. The park is an ideal place for bird life with about 310 recorded bird species. The Park is the one place where one can find the impalas and the eland which is the largest antelope in Africa. Other animals include large groups of buffaloes, zebras, and lions. Do not expect Elephants and giraffes in this park.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park known for the famous Murchison Falls where the waters of the Nile flow through a narrow gorge only 7meters (23 ft) wide before plunging 43m (141 ft).

The park has 76 species of mammals including those in the Bugondo Forest Reserve as well. Murchison falls National Park also has Uganda’s largest population of Nile crocodiles. 450 bird species are present ranging from easy variety of water birds, like shoe-billed stork, Goliath heron,  dwarf kingfisher, white-thighed hornbill and great blue turaco.

 Mount Elgon National Park

Renowned as the world’s largest caldera, Mount Elgon National Park is winning for the first time. Mount Elgon National Park is home to over  species, including the Lammergeyer. A climb on Mt. Elgon’s deserted moorlands uncovers the magnificent and organized wilderness to make your safari a great adventure. Watch the Sipi Falls, the Walls of Death and the African sunrise across the Karamoja plains outside Mt Elgon National Park. Several other tour attractions include the sport fishing, cultural encounters nature walks, mountain Biking on mount Elgon, rock climbing at Sipi falls outside the park and nature walks at the Sipi7 falls.  Bwindi, Murchison, Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth national park have once again won the accolades.

CONCLUSION

Uganda is you travel destination with incredible wildlife in its different parks, you can’t afford to miss the real African adventure with best birding tour, Gorilla tracking safaris, chimpanzee tracking, game drives, boat cruise and several other tour attractions that will leave you with great memories.

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