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Travellers to Uganda are drawn by its stunning landscape: green
rolling hills, snow-capped mountains, rainforests, majestic rivers and massive lakes.
There are also a number of outstanding national parks for your safari
encounter with the wildlife for which Africa is renowned.
Bwindi is in the south-west of the country, 560km from Kampala.
The closest large town is Kabale.
Bwindi National Park
A magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine
Rift Valley, this ancient rainforest - one of the few in Africa to have flourished
throughout the last Ice Age - is home to roughly half of the world's mountain gorillas.
Kibale is near Port Portal, 320km from Kampala.
Kibale National Park
The most accessible of Uganda's major rainforests, Kibale is home to a
remarkable 13 primate species, including the very localised red colobus and L'Hoest's
Kidepo is 7-800km from Kampala, depending on the route you take.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Located on the Sudanese border, in the north-east, Kidepo Valley is
one of Uganda's most spectacular parks; although travelling there might be unsafe.
Lake Mburo is 230km west of Kampala.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lying in the one part of Uganda covered in extensive acacia woodland,
Lake Mburo is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as
zebra, topi, impala, and several acacia-associated birds.
Mount Elgon is near Mbale on the east border with Kenya.
Mount Elgon National Park
Elgon is a 4,321m high extinct volcano which in prehistoric times
stood taller than Kilimanjaro does today. Although the mountain straddles the Kenya
border, its loftiest peak, Wagagai, lies within Uganda and is best ascended from the
Murchison Falls is 330km from Kampala.
Murchison Falls National Park
Uganda's largest national park protects a chunk of untamed African
savannah bisected by the mighty river Nile, where the world's longest river explodes
violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing
pool 43m below.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is 440km from Kampala.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
From open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and
brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that QENP boasts
one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world.
The Nyakalengija trailhead lies off the Fort Portal road, 22km
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The 120km Rwenzori chain is regarded to be the legendary snow-capped
Mountains of the Moon, described by Ptolemy in AD150. Reaching an elevation of 5,109m, it
is also Africa's tallest mountain range, exceeded in altitude only by the free-standing
Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro.
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