Uganda offers you many different opportunities for safari holidays with its many reserves and national parks that give you the chance to explore the famous African landscape and come into close contact with wildlife in their natural habitat. You can choose from so many but if you have only a short time to visit, you might want to consider the following suggestions:
Murchison falls National Park – Murchison falls park offers you the opportunity to see good numbers of elephants, giraffes, Ugandan kobs (antelopes), buffaloes, hippos and crocodiles. Wildlife drives usually take place on the north bank of the Victoria Nile, in the area between Paraa and Lake Albert. It is worth visiting to see the falls which involves a fabulous ride up the Victoria Nile River to their base. En route there are crocodiles and hippos, plenty of birds and usually elephants, if you are lucky, you could catch a glimpse of the rare shoebill stork.
Bwindi impenetrable national park – Bwindi impenetrable forest is a habitat to more than half of the remaining world gorilla population, most visitors come to Uganda mainly to visit Bwindi on an exciting mission to track gorillas. The park is also home to forest elephants, other primates including chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, baboons, duikers, bushbucks and the rare giant forest hog. Bwindi is also a popular destination for bird watching safaris as it hosts a variety of birds as well as insect species. Bwindi, one of Africa’s most ancient rainforests is one of the richest areas in Africa for flora and fauna.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most popular Uganda safari destinations covering almost 2000sq km, bordered to the north by Rwenzori Mountains and to the west by Lake Edward. It enjoys a stunning location on the rift valley between lakes George and Edward and supports about 95 mammal species and 612 bird species. Activities include wildlife tours, chimpanzee tracking and bird watching safaris.
Lake Mburo National Park – While you search for the immense wildlife Lake Mburo national park supports, you get to pass open savanna, acacia woodland, and gallery forest, open water, rock kopjes, seasonal and permanent swamps. The park contains species that are not found in any other park, these include Eland, Impala, and Burchell’s zebra. Activities include game viewing, boat trip/ launch cruise, bird watching, fishing excursions, guided walking safaris -this is the only national park in Uganda where visitors can view scenery and animals while walking but an armed guard must accompany you.