Uganda is one of the finest country in the eastern Africa. A place with good people and beautiful places to visit for adventures, tours and vacation. Famous military man Winston Churchill gave it the name that last until today: the “Pearl of Africa”. Its wonderful climate gives a new perspective to travel.
If you are planning to visit Uganda expect to be fascinated by its stunning hills, snow-capped mountains, rainforests, great rivers and lakes. There are many animal parks for safari and animal adventure in the country. It is Uganda that is famous for its gorillas and chimpanzees being renowned for having the largest species of these animals in all of Africa.
Let’s start the search for places of your vacation. Here are 5 amazing national parks to visit in Uganda.
1. Bwindi National Park
Bwindi National Park is the best national park in the country with the mountains inhabited by rare gorillas. This park was once called the ‘Impenetrable Forest’ with its thick forest lived by mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and eight other species of primate. It is less than the world’s population of an estimated 500 or more mountain gorillas have sanctuary here, making Bwindi the subject of Uganda’s scientific conservation program.
Bwindi is also host to other animals such as elephants, giant forest hogs, bush pigs, and over 300 species of birds that some are rare forest birds. If you are looking for an ultimate African sight-seeing, the park will never disappoint as it is also home to creatures like bats and rodents, snakes, different species of frogs and toads, chameleons, lizards, skinks and geckos, and butterfly. You can also marvel with other animals in the park such as buffalos, hartebeest, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo, crocodiles and species of antelopes. When you are done with the animal tour you can get some fresh air while catching some really huge Nile Perch at the foot of the falls, this fish can withstand the force of the waterfall.
2. The Queen Elizabeth National Park
An outstanding treasure of the country, The Queen Elizabeth National Park is recognized for its tropical rainforest, meadows, savannah and swamps. The park is also rich in wildlife, so you can find elephant, buffalo, hippos, chimpanzees, and astonishing birds in 600 species. The park occupies an area of 2000 sq. km. which is a unique forest habitat with an excellent diversity of animal and plant life. It is one of the highest primate densities and diversities in the world. The park is designated by the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for Humanity.
3. Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is the accessible park in the country. It is very attractive park with verdant hills, open valleys, woodlands and rich wetlands. A boat trip on Lake Mburo is an experience of a lifetime as you will find an extensive number of zebras living the best of their life in the area.
Known as the “home of zebras,” Lake Mburo National Park has a well-developed Acacia woodland inhabited by gigantic land antelopes and acacia-associated birds. Sport fishing and watching birds are the primary activities in the park. Lake Mburo National Park is simply a perfect place to relax and enjoy a nature walk.
4. Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Covering about nearly 100,000 hectares of land in western Uganda, comprising the main part of the Rwenzori mountain chain and the Africa’s third highest peak, Rwenzori Mountains National Park offers stunning views of glaciers and snow-clad mountains in Uganda. It is located at the east of Mount Elgon, and is known as “Mountains of the Moon.” The Rwenzori is the third highest peak in Africa following Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro. If you are a backpacker who loves adventure, visit Rwenzori and enjoy hiking the mountain trails without using any special climbing equipment. There are nice and professional tour guides to accompany you during your trip.
5. The Kabaka’s Trail
If you are curious and interested about culture, go and try to visit the The Kabaka’s Trail. A unique journey awaits you with the Uganda’s rich heritage that has been shaped by the region’s king’s and descendants for centuries. The Kabaka is the king of the Buganda (subnational kingdom within Uganda) and his lineage can be traced back to the 14th century. As you go along to your journey, the Trail gives you a chance to learn about the hidden and forgotten history of the country.
Do not miss the chance to travel in the Kabaka’s Trail. It will welcome you to a new world of Uganda’s authentic traditional culture.
If you want to spend your time while taking a ride with your car or hiring a vehicle in the country, you must need to show an international driver’s license. It is a useful idea to check a local advice in the country when starting on a self-drive, it’s better to be secure every time. Like knowing the conditions of the road that you might be use of when driving. Try to see some offers of car rentals at the country for sure.
Best Time to Visit Uganda
Uganda is a tropical climate country tempered by altitude. December to February is the hottest period of the year where temperature rise 29 degrees Celsius. While the rest period of the year, the temperature ranges between 21 to 25 degrees Celsius. The country has two rainy seasons: started from April to May and October to November, while April has the 100 % rain chance. Because of this, the best time to visit the country is from December to March and June to September. Try to bring some light informal clothes for sunny days and sweaters or thick clothes for the night, also bring some rainwears in case of rainy days.