Uganda Gorilla Safaris
Uganda Attractions and Destinations
Uganda is as diverse as it is beautiful, with friendly people, cosmopolitan cities, political stability and a progressive eco-tourism community with grassroots projects to enhance the local lifestyle and curb the spread of disease, as well as protect wildlife habitats.
Uganda is where east African savannah meets west African jungle ~ exquisite landscapes ranging from lush green hillsides to dark forests abound with birds and primates, dormant volcanoes, large lakes and rivers and open grass plains populated by lion, leopard, elephant and antelope. Uganda is one of the few places in the world where you can have up close encounters with the majestic mountain gorilla.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Gorilla Trekking Safaris
Although best known for the mountain gorilla trekking safaris, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park also provides refuge to elephant, antelope, monkeys and chimpanzee. Increasingly endangered, there are only about 700 individual mountain gorillas surviving in Uganda in five habituated gorilla troops, four of which are found in Bwindi. Therefore, visitor numbers are limited to only 30 guests per day. Trekking through the moist, dense forests of Bwindi can be an exhausting challenge and is recommended for the physically fit. However, and up close encounter with a large silverback can be as humbling as it is exhilarating.
Mgahinga National Park: Mountain Gorillas and More
The Uganda portion of the Virunga Volcanoes, which form a border with Rwanda and the Congo, are hosted by the protection of Mgahinga National Park. Nine freestanding active and extinct volcanoes are an imposing sight to behold and offer refuge to the peaceful, giant mountain gorillas. The park also hosts habituated groups of rare golden monkey.
Murchison Falls National Park
Uganda's largest protected area, Murchison Falls National Park is most famous for it's scenic beauty, plunging waterfalls and high concentration of game. The seemingly never ending Nile River divides the park in half, attracting large numbers of game including: elephant, Rothschild giraffe, hippo, lion, leopard, buffalo, Nile crocodile, patas monkeys, and over 450 species of birds.
Kibale Forest National Park: Chimpanzees Safaris
Kibale Forest National Park is a wonderful place to experience the true diversity of wildlife and flora found in a tropical rainforest. Although the park contains the largest population of forest elephants found in Uganda, they are rarely sighted. A Primatologist's paradise, the park is particularly noted for its high populations of habituated chimpanzee and 11 different other primate species; including the red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, L'Hoest's monkey, black, white and red colobus and white cheeked mangabey. Some other animals found in the park are; bushbuck, red and blue duiker, Uganda kob, Scaly-tailed flying squirrel, tree pangloin, buffalo, waterbuck and hippo as well as a large number of birds.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park: Hiking and Mountaineering Adventures
Known as the "Mountains of the Moon" for it's mist and sno-capped peaks, the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda are perfect for world class hiking adventures in large evergreen & bamboo forests. The higher moorland zone is known for its surreal cover of giant heathers, lobelias and groundsels. The Rwenzori mountain range has six peaks of permanent snow and glaciers that make for dramatic scenery and amazing photographic opportunities.
Mt. Margherita, Africa's third highest peak, reaching a height of 5,109M is an excellent destination for keen hikers and climbers, although the higher slopes are demanding and require some mountaineering skills. The best time of the year for hiking is during the dry seasons from mid December to end of March and from June to mid August. The park itself provides habitat to elephant, genet, Vervet Monkey, Rwenzori Colobus, Chimpanzee and Duiker.