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[ Murchinson Falls - Bwindi National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park/ Kibale Forest National Park - Lake Mburo National Park ]

Murchinson Falls

Murchinson fallsThe park is located in the Northwest of Uganda on the Northern tip of Lake Albert and can be easily reached by road from Kampala. With 3,840 square kilometres it is one of the largest national parks in Uganda. The Nile divides the park into two halves: Dense rainforest in the Southwest and rolling savannah in the Northwest. You will find everything you expect from your African safari in this national park: lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants, hippos, hyenas and many more. About 80 species of mammals and over 400 bird species live here in a breath-taking natural landscape.

The scenic highlight is represented by the Murchison Falls. The 50-meter-wide majestic White Nile squeezes through a narrow of only 6 meters and falls in several stages over 40 meters in depth on its way to the North. If you are adventurous enough, you can take a refreshing bath in a small pool above the waterfall.

Bwindi National Park

BwindiThe park is a "UNESCO World Heritage Site" because it has a unique natural wealth. The native name of the park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, derived from its impenetrable dense shrub and bush vegetation. 160 tree species are found here, 10 of them are only found in Uganda. The Bwindi National Park is also rich in animal species (e.g. more than 120 mammals).

The park is known worldwide for gorilla tracking - more than half of the estimated 600 Mountain Gorillas in the world live here. Selected footpaths lead to the populations.

Queen Elizabeth National Park/ Kibale Forest National Park

Queen ElizabethThe Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in Western Uganda and is divided into two parts. Located between Lake Edward and Lake George you will find a Northern and a Southern part. The two regions are characterized by very different ecosystems. The dividing line is represented by the Kazinga Channel, which one should definitely visit by boat. Over 550 species of birds, hippos, buffalo and crocodiles can be observed from a boat at a close distance.
The park has the world's greatest biodiversity of all national parks, over 500 different bird species and 100 mammal species. About 20 species of carnivores such as lions, leopards, jackals, hyenas and others are found in the park.
At nearly 2,000 square kilometres grass savannahs alternate with open bush land, rivers, lakes and craters and wetlands.

The Kibale Forest covers over 766 square kilometres of protected rainforest, an excellent area for bird watching. The park is located in close proximity to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Nearly 80% of its surface is covered with indigenous evergreen humid forests and deciduous forests. Marshes and grasslands dominate the rest of the area. Due to the high percentage of forest areas, chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest has a high success rate.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake MburoLake Mburo is the largest of the five lakes, which covers together with the surrounding wetlands, about 20% of the total 260 square kilometres park area; this composition makes the small park very interesting for bird watching.

The rest of the park area is an acacia savannah characterized mainly because it is very rich in Impala antelopes. The park is excellent to see the Eland, Africa's largest antelope. Large herds of buffalo and zebra as well as elephants and giraffes are often found in this park, but there are no lions (they are extinct). A boat trip on the lake and a walk through the wilderness, accompanied by a ranger is also interesting.


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