Kibale National Park
Venture into this lush tropical rainforest and be surrounded by the highest density of primates in Africa. Five groups of wild chimpanzees are habituated to human contact, making the chances of having an up-close encounter higher. Beyond the obvious drawcard, there is in addition over 250 species of butterfly and 370 species of bird that call the park home.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Hidden away in the northeast of Uganda, Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated park. But for those who make the journey through the wilder frontier region of Karamoja, they would tell you it ranks amongst Africa’s most beautiful wildernesses. This grassy savannah outlined with soaring mountains is notable for harbouring a variety of animals you can’t find anywhere else in the country, including bat-eared foxes, aardwolves, caracals, kudus, and cheetahs (like this one!)
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Located in south-western Uganda, Bwindi is home to half of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas, and the steep mountain rainforest is also known for having more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns, making it a biodiversity hotspot.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
It wouldn’t be a luxury safari without including this premier national park in your itinerary. Queen Elizabeth lived through the troubled 1980s and has since placed an emphasis on anti-poaching laws, helping to recover and protect the wildlife population. You can be guaranteed to see an extensive range of wildlife. Not just a birdwatcher’s paradise, it’s also where you can find only two known populations of tree-climbing lions. We would recommend taking a private boat trip along the Kazinga Channel, later in the day as the resident wildlife comes to waters edge to drink – wildlife watching at its simplest. In addition there is the lesser known chimps of Kyambura Gorge, an isolated group who can be more challenging to reach and to follow, but offer a more private and intimate experience than elsewhere.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The misty mountains of Rwenzori (some of the tallest in Africa) were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The thick tropical rainforest makes it a haven for rare plants and animals, including the Rwenzori climbing mouse and the red duiker, and for the bird lovers, there are over 240 species of these feathered friends. Known as the Mountains of the Moon, Rwenzori is an adventurer paradise with hiking trails, climbing opportunities, and white-water canoeing.
Murchison Falls National Park
The Murchison Falls National Park, one of the very best in Uganda, is divided by the Victoria Nile – centred on a gorge where the Nile crashes through the rock and descends dramatically towards Lake Albert, falling in a thunderous waterfall 43 metres high. The remoteness of this park exposes you to the exclusive sightings of elephants, Rothschild giraffes, lions, Ugandan antelope, waterbucks, buffaloes, hippos, and crocodiles.