NATIONAL PARKS IN UGANDA TO VISIT
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
QENP is in the Western region of Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi, and Rukungiri.
The park is approximately 400 kilometres (250 mi) by road south-west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.
Animals in Queen Elizabeth National Park
There are a number of animal species sighted during the safari process.
These are the most common species though there are a number of other species such as
- Uganda Kob
- Giant Forest Hog
Also, water sources like Kazinga Channel, lakes Edward in the park support a big population of Hippos and Crocodiles.
Birds of Queen Elizabeth National Park
There are a number of birds in Queen Elizabeth which enable the birdwatchers get value for their money. Statistic reveals that there are over 600 species of birds in QENP.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The Rwenzori Mountains National Park covers nearly 100,000 ha in western Uganda and comprises the main part of the Rwenzori mountain chain, which includes Africa’s third highest peak (Mount Margherita: 5,109 m). The region’s glaciers, waterfalls and lakes make it one of Africa’s most beautiful alpine areas. The park has many natural habitats of endangered species and a rich and unusual flora comprising, among other species, the giant heather.
SPECIFICATIONS ABOUT THE PARK
- Size: 996km2
- The park was gazetted in 1991 and was recognized as a World Heritage site in 1994 and Ramsar site in 2008.
- Highest point: 5,109m above sea level on Mt Stanley’s Margherita Peak. Mt. Stanley is bisected by the border with the DR Congo.
- The Rwenzori is not volcanic like East Africa’s other major mountains but is a block of rock upfaulted through the floor of the Western Rift Valley.
- The Rwenzoris were christened the “Mountains of the Moon” by the Alexandrine geographer Ptolemy in AD 150.
- The explorer Henry Stanley placed the Rwenzori on the map on 24th May 1888. He labeled it ‘Ruwenzori’, a local name which he recorded as meaning “Rain-Maker” or “Cloud-King.”
- The oldest recorded person to reach Margherita Peak was Ms Beryl Park aged 78 in 2010.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo was originally gazetted in 1933 as a controlled hunting area and upgraded to a game reserve in 1963. The Banyankole Bahima residents continued to graze their cattle in the reserve until it was upgraded to national park status in 1983. The Obote government’s upgrade decision was intended, in part, to weaken the Banyankole, who supported anti-Obote rebels. It came at the time of the Operation Bonanza massacre of 300,000 people. As the evicted pastoralists were not compensated for lost grazing land or assisted with resettling, many remained hostile to the upgrade. The rangeland outside the park was subsequently subdivided into small ranges and subsistence farming plots.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a large primeval forest located in south-western Uganda in the Kanungu District. The forest is on the edge of the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift, at elevations ranging from 1,160 to 2,607 metres.
Semiliki National Park
Semuliki National Park, is located in Bwamba County, a remote part of the Bundibugyo District, in the Western Region of Uganda. It was made a national park in October 1993 and is one of Uganda’s newest national parks. 219 km² of East Africa’s only lowland tropical rainforest is found in the park.
Area: 220 km²