To help inspire or plan your trip to Uganda, some of its major attractions
for travellers are shown below, including some of the best natural, historical, cultural and adventure sites in the country.
These include all of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for Uganda which represent the best
of the world's cultural and natural heritage.
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Wildlife attractions in Uganda
|Bwindi Impenetrable National Park|
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south-western Uganda comprises 330 km² of primeval forest in altitudes ranging from 1200 to 2800 metres. It's an area of remarkable biodiversity of plant life, birds and butterflies but the main draw is the mountain gorilla, of which there are approximately 300 in the park. This is one of only two locations in the world where you can track a habituated family group of mountain gorillas, probably the most exhilarating wildlife experience you can imagine, though it can take an arduous trek through the forest to find the gorillas. Bwindi is also home to other rare primates such as L'Hoest's monkey and the golden monkey.
UNESCO World Heritage Site: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
|Queen Elizabeth National Park|
Queen Elizabeth National Park covers 2000 km² in western Uganda and is an area of extraordinary diversity in both landscape and fauna. Situated along the Kasinga Channel connecting Lakes George and Edward, the park comprises grasslands, crater lakes, tropical forests and papyrus swamps and is home to over 600 bird species and almost 100 mammals. These include the famous tree climbing lions, the Ugandan kob, sitatunga antelope, giant forest hog and topi, while boat trips along the Kasinga Channel allow for excellent bird watching as well as observing huge numbers of hippos, elephants and buffalo.
|Kibale Forest National Park|
Kibale Forest National Park is an equatorial rainforest that has one of the highest concentration of primates in the world. The park contains 13 different species of primates, with the main draw being the 500 or so chimpanzees that live here which can be viewed on walking safaris. Other primates in Kibale include the black and white colobus monkey, red colobus, L'Hoest's monkey and the grey-cheeked mangabey. In addition the park has a huge diversity of butterflies and birds, including crowned eagles, yellow-mantled weavers, African grey parrot and the black bee-eater.
|Lake Mburo National Park|
Lake Mburo National Park is set in acacia woodland surrounding a large papyrus-fringed lake. Located in southern Uganda, it is an extension of the Tanzanian plains where you can view zebra, buffalo and many species of antelope not found in other Ugandan parks. The lakes within the national park also allow viewing of hippos, crocodiles and water birds such as African finfoot and papyrus bushshrike.
Ngamba Island on Lake Victoria is 23km south of Entebbe and home to a chimpanzee conservation effort. Orphaned chimpanzees have been relocated here by conservationists and a fenced off visitors area allows viewing of these animals.
Murchison Falls are spectacular waterfalls on the Nile River which see 300 cubic metres of water falling per second down three separate cascades totalling a 122 metre drop. The Falls are located within a national park with a wide diversity of wildlife to view, including buffalo, Rothschild's giraffe and Uganda kob, as well as predators such as lion, leopard and spotted hyena and several primates including chimpanzees.