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15 Best Places to Visit in Uganda

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is so dense that visitors can only explore it on foot. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to hundreds of mountain gorillas.

Location: Southwestern Uganda.

What to See: Over 100 mammal species and over 300 species of birds.

What to Do: Gorilla tracking, hiking, nature walks, mountain biking, bird watching and cultural tours.

  1. Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most popular places to visit in Uganda. It spreads over several districts. It would take about 5 hours to drive from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Location: Western Uganda.

What to See: About 95 species of mammals and over 500 bird species.

What to Do: Cave exploration, chimp tracking, game viewing, boat rides on Kazinga Channel, hiking and nature walks in Maramagambo Forest.

  1. Kibale National Park

This park spreads over a tropical forest. It borders Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Location: Southern Uganda.

What to see: 70 species of mammals including chimpanzees, and over 300 species of birds.

What to Do: Bird watching, chimp tracking, hiking and nature walks.

  1. Murchison Falls National Park

It is the largest park in the country, and one of the best places to visit in Uganda for wildlife lovers. In addition to its biodiversity, the Victoria Nile passes through it.

Location: Northwestern Uganda.

What to See: Murchison Falls, the big five, over 450 species of birds, hippos, giraffes and antelopes. It has the largest population of Nile crocodiles in Uganda.

What to Do: Explore the waterfalls, go fishing.

  1. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

This wildlife protection area is home to rhinos and other wildlife species.

Location: Central Uganda.

What to See: Rhinos, monkeys, antelopes, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds.

What to Do: Rhino trekking, bird watching, canoe riding and nature walks.

  1. Entebbe Botanical Gardens

Location: Entebbe.

What to See: Birds, monkeys, plant life.

What to Do: Birding, game viewing.

  1. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

The 100 acre sanctuary is home to orphaned chimpanzees.

Location: Ngamba Island.

What to See: Chimpanzees.

What to Do: Viewing chimpanzees.

  1. Sipi Falls

This breathtaking attraction is located on the edge of Mount Elgon’s national park.

Location: Eastern Uganda.

What to See: Waterfalls.

What to Do: Hiking up Mount Elgon.

  1. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

The enchanting dense forests of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are home to mountain gorillas.

Location: Southwestern Uganda.

What to See: Mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, elephants, bushbucks, forest buffalos and a variety of birds.

What to Do: Bird watching, gorilla tracking, hiking around Virunga Volcanoes and climbing the volcanoes.

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  1. Lake Mburo National Park

Location: Western Uganda.

What to See: About 300 species of birds and a range of mammals that include impalas, buffalos and zebras.

What to Do: Game viewing, birding, sport fishing, boat rides, horseback riding and hiking in Rubanga Forest.

  1. Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake and the lifeline of regions around it, in the three East African countries. In Uganda, there are a number of luxury hotels around this lake.

Location: Southeastern Uganda.

What to See: The spectacular landscape and its islands.

What to Do: Island hopping, cultural tours.

  1. Ssese Islands

This group of 84 islands is divided into the Bugala Group and Koome Group.

Location: Lake Victoria.

What to See: Wildlife including primates.

What to Do: Exploring the islands.

  1. Kidepo National Park

Location: Northeastern Uganda.

What to See: Lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, zebras and birds.

What to Do: Game drives, exploring the valleys of Kidepo and Narus rivers.

  1. Lake Bunyonyi

It is one of the deepest lakes in Africa.

Location: Southwestern Uganda.

What to See: Islands, fascinating terraced hillsides.

What to Do: Exploring the islands, boat riding.

  1. Rwenzori Mountains

The national park in Rwenzori Mountains is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location: Southwestern Uganda.

What to see: waterfalls, mountain vegetation, lakes and glaciers.

What to Do: Mountain climbing.

These are some of the most fascinating places to visit in Uganda. You can plan a round trip from the capital city, Kampala to each of the main districts in the country, and back to Kampala.

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