One of the best countries in Africa for a bucket list African safari is Uganda. It has excellent terrain for a wide variety of safaris from traditional game drives seeking elephants and lions to trekking gorillas or chimpanzees on foot. There are a fraction of the tourists in Uganda compared to their contemporaries to the east making most experiences more personal and seldom shared with excessively large groups. To truly experience all that Uganda has to offer, you need to explore multiple national parks. I’ve included a list of some of the best national parks in Uganda for safari.
The Best National Parks in Uganda for Safari
Bwindi Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to approximately half of the population of mountain gorillas in the world. If you want to trek gorillas, this is the best place in the world to do it.
There are over 300 mountain gorillas living in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
An ancient rain forest, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest extends over a series of steep ridges in the Virunga Volcanoes mountain range. You will need to be physically fit to take part in this mountain gorilla tracking adventure because it may involve climbing the steep terrain.
In addition to the endangered mountain gorillas, there are also over 300 bird species, more than 200 butterfly species, various primate species like baboons and chimpanzees, and elephants all in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
A trek through this national park in search of the vulnerable mountain gorilla ranks among one of the world’s premier wildlife encounters.
For a quick trip to Bwindi, try the 2 Days Uganda Gorilla Trek From Kigali. The trip offers a close encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas in the jungles of Bwindi Forest. The trip starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda. Africa Adventure Safaris is your guide on this 2 Days gorilla tour.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee trekking safaris and has the highest number and diversity of primates in East Africa.
There are 13 species of primates including chimpanzees living within Kibale Forest National Park. With over 1,450 individual primates living in Kibale, it is one of the best destinations in Africa to enjoy chimpanzee tracking.
For the best Kibale Forest National Park experience, try the 5 days Uganda wildlife Safari. It targets two of Uganda’s most popular national parks; Queen Elizabeth and Kibale Forest National Parks. Explore Kibale National Park, home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzees and Queen Elizabeth National Park, the most popular park to enjoy game viewing in Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular savanna park in Uganda and the best place to see lions, including Tree Climbing lions. It is home to almost a hundred animal species, as well as more than 600 types of birds, and a large concentration of hippos.
It prides in a great diversity of habitats that include: lakes, savannah grasslands, forests, and wetlands that serve as home to the biggest variety of large mammals in the country.
For an amazing Queen Elizabeth National Park tour, try the 10 Day Uganda Safari. It’s a customized travel package taking you to Uganda’s major national parks, including Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee trekking, Queen Elizabeth National Park for game viewing, and Bwindi for Gorilla trekking. The tour Starts and ends in Uganda.
Murchison Falls National Park
Located at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, Murchison Falls National Park hosts about 76 species of mammals and 451 birds. It is among the most popular national parks in Uganda offering visitors to see a good number of wild animals including 3 of the big five – elephants, lions and buffaloes as well as giraffes, crocodiles, hippos.
Wildlife enthusiasts can expect to see great pods of hippo and immense rafts of crocodiles as well as an array of exceptional water birds. Other fascinating wildlife include the rare Rothschild giraffe, lions, various antelope species, buffalo, leopard, and spotted hyena.
If you’re looking for a safari experience that includes Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Murchison Falls, try the 6 Days Uganda Safari in Murchison Falls and Bwindi. This 6 Days safari combines gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest with a wildlife safari in Murchison Falls National Park. The trip starts in Kampala and ends in Kigali or Kampala guided by Africa Adventure Safaris.