Uganda spans an area of 241,038 square kilometres and borders Kenya, South Sudan, the Republic of Congo and Rwanda. With a population of around 35.6 million people, Uganda has a rich culture due to the diversity of ethnic groups. The official spoken languages of the country are English and Swahili. From 1894, Uganda was under British rule, then in 1962, the country gained independence.
While neighbouring countries such as Tanzania and Kenya as hugely popular safari destinations, Uganda has remained relatively untouched. The largest freshwater lake in Africa, Lake Victoria, spans a large area of the country. There are four other large lakes as well as eight major rivers. Uganda has 60 protected areas within the country and ten national parks.
The diverse landscape includes forested areas, swampland, and semi-desert, as well as vast grasslands. These are home to many animals, including giraffe, lion, monkeys, rhino, elephant, and buffalo. Uganda also has a large population of primates including the endangered Eastern Mountain Gorilla. These majestic primates can be found in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The park is a popular tourist destination and has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Uganda. Located in the South-west, the park has expanded over the years. Initially started as a forest reserve, the park has become a designated animal sanctuary and was declared a national park in 1991. In recognition of its ecological significance, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994.
The park boasts incredible biodiversity with a vast array of flora and fauna. Bwindi is home to over 1,000 species of flowering plants. Varied elevation across the park makes an ideal environment for many different plants and trees. There are over 120 species of animals in the park, and it has become well known for the many primates found there. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, and the extremely rare endangered mountain gorillas.
The popular tourist activity of gorilla tracking was launched in 1993. Taking place in the Nkuringo and Buhoma areas of the park, visitors can track and see gorillas in their natural habitat. Approximately 340 mountain gorillas are living in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This accounts for almost half of the entire population of mountain gorillas in the world.
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
One of the most popular national parks in Uganda is the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Located in the Western Rift Valley, the park was established in 1952. Initially called the Kazinga National Park, the name has changed several times over the years. Following a visit from Queen Elizabeth II in 1954, the park became known as the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The park boasts unique geography and stretches across 1,978 square kilometres. With a diverse number of ecosystems, the park offers a varied landscape consisting of grassland, wetlands, and forested areas. The Queen Elizabeth National Park also has some unique volcanic formations and the craters and cones can all be viewed within the park.
The Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to many species of animals. Chimpanzee, lions, elephants, leopards, and many more can be seen in the park. There are also over 500 unique species of birds making this national park a bird watchers paradise.
MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
The largest national park in Uganda is the Murchison Falls National Park. Located in the north-west, the park covers an area of 3,893 square kilometres. The park was established in 1952, making it one of the oldest national parks in Uganda. The Murchison Falls Conservation Area is made up of the Bugungu Wildlife Reserve and the Karuma Wildlife Reserve.
Divided by the Nile river, the park has one of the largest crocodile and hippopotami populations in Africa and Uganda. Murchison Falls is a powerful waterfall that is fed by the rushing waters of the Nile. These waters plunge out of a narrow canyon which causes a beautiful rainbow to span above the falls, which is something these falls have become famous for.
Murchison National Park is the only park in Uganda that is home to all of the big five game. Wildlife is abundant here including six primate species and over 400 species of birds.