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Top 10 tourist destinations in Uganda

Uganda 8s absolutely blessed and naturally with some of the best physical features.

No wonder it was dubbed the Prarl of Africa because of it’s amazing breathtaking beauty.

The county ranks high in the top tourist destinations for many people across the country.

However shockingly some people in the country are not even weel acquainted with the beauty in their country.

All they dream about is flying overseas where they believe beauty lies.

But let’s give you a simple guide of the top 10 districts to visit in Uganda that will leave you speechless.

  1. Kidepo Valley National Park

This park is found in the rough tough, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with South Sudan and Kenya.

From Kampala the capital of Uganda, there is an estimate of 700km.

It was gazetted as a national park in 1962.

Kidepo boasts of big game. It also hosts over 77 mammal species plus well as around 475 bird species.

  1. Semliki National Park

This park lies on the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori.

It is largely occupied by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin.

It is also one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests.

An astounding feature of this forest is that it is one of the few to survive the last ice age some 12-18,000 years ago.

“While Semuliki’s species have been accumulating for over 25,000 years, the park contains evidence of even older processes.

Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years.” A travel blog writes about this forest.

  1. Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is a one of the go to tourist destinations in Uganda.

Its located perfectly and comfortably near to the highway which connects Kampala to the rest of the western Uganda parks.

Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest among Uganda’s savannah national parks.

It’s covered by the ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks.

These date back more than 500 million years. It’s also home to about 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck.

  1. Mt Elgon National Park

Did you know that Mt Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the whole world. Yes it does at it’s 4,000km².

Mt Elgon is located on the Uganda-Kenya border.

Besides, it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in the entire East Africa.

The mountain has a very big form which is 80km in diameter.

It rises more than 3,000m above the bordering plains.

The mountain’s cool heights give refuge from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes.

This in turn provides a refuge for flora and fauna.

The mountain park is a habitat to over 300 species of birds, such as the endangered Lammergeyer.

Also small antelopes, forest monkeys, elephants and buffalos also live on the mountainside.

  1. Kibaale National Park

It’s found in South Uganda and its an ever protecting moist evergreen rain forest.

Kibaale National Park sits on an estimated 766 km^2 in size.

Further, it is located between 1100 and 1600 meters in elevation.

The park has a diverse range of landscape despite mainly consisting of moist evergreen forest.

Due to destruction of most rain forests, Kibale is one of the few last remaining expanses that have both lowland and montane forests.

It has the last key expanse of pre-montane forest in In East Africa.

It’s also home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee.

This park also has about 375 species of birds. 

  1. Murchison Falls National Park

This is Uganda’s largest and biggest national park. It measures approximately 3,840 square kilometres (1,480 sq mi).

Murchison falls national park is home to 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.

There is a lot more to explore at the park and a visit there will justify your heard earned money.

This park id managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and located in North Western Uganda.

It covers the districts of
Buliisa, Nwoya, Kiryandongo, and Masindi.

  1. Rwenzori Mountain National Park

The Rwenzori Mountain is also known as “Mountains of the Moon.” 

It’s also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda.

The mountain is found in western Uganda on the Uganda-Congo border.

The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa.

The lower slopes are of the mountain are covered in moorland, bamboo and also rich moist montane forest.

The park at the mountain is home to 70 mammals and 217 bird species.

These include 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.

  1. Source of the River Nile

This is one of the most magical and majestic natural features in the world..

The Nile is the longest river in the world.

It has been the source of life for many great civilizations throughout the ages. 

From rhe different history books including some holy books such as the Bible, the Nile has been described as one of the most astounding features.

The river offers a wide range of activities such as water rafting and fishing.

The source of the River Nile is located in Jinja.

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Impenetrable, yeah you had the word.
    This park is located in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has mist-covered hillsides thag are covered by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests.

This forest dates as way back as over 25,000 years. The forest there is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa.

It has an over 400 species of plants. There is an estimate of 320 mountain gorillas.

This almost half of the world’s population. Further there are about 350 species of birds, 120 mammals and many more.

  1. Queen Elizabeth National Park

Located in Western Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most-visited National Park.

It was named after the late British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

It was established in 1954 after her visit to the country.

Among the park’s diverse ecosystems include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands.

All these make it a conducive home for classic big game, 10 primate species.

These include chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Written by Staff

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