Places to go In Uganda

When you visit Uganda, you’ll soon discover there’s plenty of amazing places to visit in our wonderful country. Ziwa should be high on your destination list, and you should spend a few days doing all of our adventures. But where should you go afterwards? Here’s a brief rundown of just some of the other places you might want to visit…

Hippos bathing in the lake at Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda.

Murchison Falls National Park

Aside from the amazing range of wildlife to be seen at Murchison Falls, it is famous for having the worlds most powerful waterfall. At the top of the falls is Lake Albert. And at its outlet, approximately 300 cubic metres per second fall into a gorge that is less than 10m wide!

It is the largest of Uganda’s national parks covering 1,483 square miles and attracts the most visitors. Here you can see leopards, lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, chimpanzees and many, many species of birds.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

In the West of Uganda, near to the Rwenzori Mountains, you’ll find the Queen Elizabeth National Park. At just over 750 square miles, the park has an abundance of wildlife. Here you’ll find elephants, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles, leopards, chimpanzees and lions.

Two tree climbing lions sleeping in a large tree in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.
Zebras gathered closely together in a savannah in Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park covers an area of approximately 100 square miles and is 150 miles south-west of Kampala. It is the smallest of Uganda’s national parks but is home to a wide range of wildlife. Here you can see zebras, hippos, impalas, lions, leopards, warthogs and buffalo. Mburo has 5 lakes and is the only national park in Uganda where you can see impalas.

Bwindi Forest National Park

This large forest national park covers 128 square miles and is home to over 160 species of trees. It is on the western border of Uganda just under 300 miles by road from Kampala. Bwindi is a mountainous forest that is home to over half the world’s population of mountain gorillas. It is a fantastic location to find species of birds, butterflies, frogs and many other species of primates. These include chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and black and white colobus monkeys.

A baby gorilla sitting in a tree in Bwindi National Park in Uganda.
Zebras gathered closely together in a savannah in Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is situated in the west of Uganda, close to Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is an important protected forest reserve that is known for its diverse range of primate species. There are many chimpanzee treks that you can take here where you can also see lots of other wildlife.

Kidepo Valley National Park

Up in the northeast of Uganda you’ll find Kidepo National Park. Covering just over 550 square miles it consists mainly of rugged open-tree savannah. Approximately 320 miles from Kampala, it is somewhat isolated. However, it is home to many fantastic species of mammals and birds. Mammals include lions, cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and buffalos.

A baby gorilla sitting in a tree in Bwindi National Park in Uganda.

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