The African nation of Uganda offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world and has some of the most amazing wildlife to go with it. This makes it an ideal place to combine the two by taking a safari. Most of the safaris in Uganda take place in the nations beautiful national parks as each one of them has its own unique characteristics and landscapes.
One of the most scenic is Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is the most-visited park in Uganda and it’s home to about 100 different species of mammals and over 600 different species of colourful birds.
Some of the most interesting creatures can be seen hanging around water supplies like swamps and crater lakes. These include leopards, hippopotamuses, monkeys, and antelope. You’ll also be able to see majestic elephants roaming around the land between Queen Elizabeth Park and the nearby Kibale National Park. Over in the Kibale Park you’ll come across lush evergreen forests that are filled with mischievous chimpanzees and other types of large primates.
Another popular site is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This park is over 325 square miles in size and its dense jungle forest is a World Heritage Site. If you’re hoping to see the endangered mountain gorilla then this is the place to be as over half of the world’s total population of them call this place home.
A good place to see hippos, buffaloes, and other types of mammals is at Murchison Falls National Park. If you’d rather check out the different types of birds in Uganda you’ll be able to find many species in Lake Mburo National Park. Twenty percent of this park is covered in water and it makes an ideal place for birdwatching all year round. There are also nature trails, boat trips, and camping here for the more adventurous traveller.
You can take a safari in Uganda at any time of the year, but the best time for hiking and checking out the animals is between June and September and December to February as it’s drier then. It’s warm there most of the year since Uganda sits on the equator. Things get a little cooler in the mountains though, especially at night. Most safaris start from the cities of Entebbe and Kampala.