Other National Parks and Reserves
The diversity of Uganda's national parks means that no two parks are the same. Between them they offer a wealth of wildlife, cultural attractions and incredible scenery. Volcanoes rise up from dense forests shrouded in mist, vast plains remain untouched and peaceful offering authentic game experiences and unique wildlife roams this wide variety of habitats making for an unforgettable experience.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits on the slopes of three dormant volcanoes of the virunga mountain chain which dominates the landscape for miles and forms the borders between Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A transient population of Mountain Gorillas give the park its name but trekking through the misty bamboo forest for the Golden Monkey or to summit one of the three mountains is equally rewarding.
As well as being a crucial wildlife habitat, the park also has huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa Pygmies who were the original inhabitants of the forest living as hunter gatherers and are what many believe one of the oldest human populations in the world.
East Africa’s hidden gem, in the far North East of Uganda is Kidepo Valley National Park. It is about as remote as you can have a game experience. Large prides of Lion, Uganda’s only Cheetah and huge herds of elephant under a stunning backdrop of stark mountains often leave Kidepo to be referred to as one of Africa’s most beautiful parks.
Semliki National park occupies the Semliki River Valley in the remote western edge of Uganda at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. Visitors focus will be drawn to the vast Ituri Forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo which dominates the scenery and extends into Uganda at this point, making Semliki home to East Africas only lowland tropical rainforest.
Lake Mburo National Park is a gem of a park, conveniently located close to the western highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. Though the park is just 370km2 in size, its landscapes are varied and even a short drive is alive with interest and colour. You’ll pass gallery forest, open savannah and acacia woodland, rock kopjes, seasonal and permanent swamps, and open water, as you search for the wealth of wildlife they support.