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10 Top-Rated Tourist Attraction Places in Uganda

Uganda – the name is almost synonymous with the word “Gorilla having 53.9% 0f the remaining world population.” Perhaps no other place on the planet conjures such rich in tourism like Uganda when it comes to Birds 11% of the global bird diversity (50% of Africa’s bird species richness), Wild game 7% of the global mammal diversity (39% of Africa’s mammal richness), 19% of Africa’s Amphibian species richness, 14% of Africa’s Reptile species richness, 750 cultural heritage sites.

5 public museums (Uganda Museum, Kabale, Soroti, Karamoja and Fort Lugard Museums), about 16 private and numerous community museums in Uganda. The diversity of things to do dazzles all who visit, and viewing the country’s combined attractions tops the list. . While mountain gorillas are the allure for many visitors, there’s an astounding variety of attractions for tourists which includes:-

  • Wildlife – Unique and Pristine,
  • Nature – Most Biodiversity.
  • Geography – Gifted by Nature.
  • Culture- Most Culturally diverse (psi).
  • Heritage – Faith, Oldest surviving practicing kingdoms,
  • Rich history – Good, bad, ugly.
  • Weather – Average 27 degrees countrywide.
  •  MICE destination – Accessible and great facilities
  • Business & Investment – Favorable and great ROI.
  • People!!! Friendly, warm, courteous, welcoming, social…..!!

List of the 10 Best Tourist Attractions in Uganda-

Murchison Falls N.P (North–West)

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park. It measures approximately 3,840 square kilometers The park is has the following:-

  • 76 species of mammals
  • 451 species of birds
  • Murchison Falls on River Nile.
  • Elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, Nile crocodiles etc.

Queen Elizabeth National Park (Western Uganda)

Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in western Uganda, and is Uganda’s most-visited National Park. Named after Queen Elizabeth II and was established in 1954.  The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, Ideal habitat for classic big game,

  • Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 because of its natural beauty.
  • 70 mammals.
  • 217 bird species

Kidepo Valley N.P (North-East)

  • A profusion of big game
  • over 77 mammal species
  • 475 bird species
  • Listed as Number 3 in ‘Africa’s 10 Best National Parks 2013’ by CNN Travel

      Mt. Elgon N.P (Eastern Uganda)

Mt. Elgon on square kilometers 4,000 has the largest volcanic base in the world. Located on the Uganda-Kenya border it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna.

  • Over 300 species of birds.
  • Small antelopes, forest monkeys, elephants and buffalos.
  • Elgon (Africa’s 17th highest mountain).

Rwenzori National Park (Western Uganda)

Rwenzori National Park

The Rwenzori Mountain also known as “Mountains of the Moon” lies in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist montage forest.

  • Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 because of its natural beauty.
  • 70 mammals.
  • 217 bird species.
  • Snow-capped ranges.

Kibale National Park (Western Uganda)

Kibale National Park (Western Uganda)

Kibale National Park is a national park in western part of Uganda protecting moist evergreen rain forest. It is 766 km^2 in size and is located between 1100 and 1600 meters in elevation. Despite encompassing primarily moist evergreen forest, it contains a diverse array of landscapes.  Kibale is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montage forests.  In East Africa, it sustains the last significant expanse of pre-montane forest. The park is home to :-

  • 70 mammal species
  • 13 species of primated including the chimpanzee.
  • 375 species of birds.

 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (South-West Uganda)

 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years. The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa,

  • Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
  • 400 species of plants.
  • An estimated 356 mountain gorillas.
  • 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees.
  • 350 species of birds.

Lake Mburo National Park (South-West Uganda)

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years.Explore Lake Mburo National Park

  • 350 bird species.
  • Zebra, Impala, Eland, buffalo, leopard, hippo, hyena etc.

Semliki N.P (Western Uganda)

Lake Mburo National Park

Semuliki National Park sprawls across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests; one of the few to survive the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago. While Semuliki’s species have been accumulating for over 25,000 years, the park contains evidence of even older processes. Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years. Explore Semliki National Park

  • Incredible hot springs.
  • Home numerous Central African wildlife species.

The source of the Nile

There is something magical about the Nile, the longest river in the world and the source of life for many great civilizations throughout the ages. The source of the Nile, alluded to hazily in the ancient writings of Ptolemy, stood as one of the great geographical mysteries of the Victorian Age. Closer to home, the Nile downriver from Jinja, Uganda, offers some superb white water rafting and game fishing.

  • White water rafting
  • Source of River Nile



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