Uganda is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. This is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle! Uganda is the favorite destination for gorilla trekking, a rare opportunity to see the mountain gorillas in the wild.
It is also one of the best destinations for wildlife safaris that are conducted in several national parks and game reserves. There are 10 national parks, 12 game reserves as well as forest reserves.
Top Uganda Safari Highlights
- Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park
National parks are managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority [UWA]. They are considered to constitute the highest status of protection that can be accorded to an area. The activities carried out in the parks include controlled tourism, Research, Educational purposes, and some local use by some license-holders.
Uganda’s national parks include,
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Kidepo Valley National park
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Murchison Falls National Park
- Kibale National Park
- Semliki National Park
- Rwenzori National Park
- Mt. Elgon National Park
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
- Lake Mburo National Park
Forest reserves are managed by the National Forest Authority [NFA]. This authority is the one that offers licensed cutting , taking, working and removal of forest produce. Activities carried out in forest reserves include collection of non-timber forest products by the local people, controlled tourism, Research, and Educational use.
Wildlife reserves are managed Uganda Wildlife Authority [UWA]. The wildlife reserves act as homes for animal species and therefore the people are not allowed to visit or carry out any activity from there without permission or license from UWA. Activities carried out include controlled tourism, Research, licensed hunting, human settlement, cultivation and grazing. Examples of some of the wildlife reserves include; Karuma , Bugungu, Pian upe, Katonga, Kigezi, Toro-Semliki, and lots of others . The controlled hunting areas include; buhuka, North Karamoja, South Karamoja, Central Karamoja [Napak], Sebei, Semliki, Lipan, East Teso, North Teso and many others.
Wildlife sanctuaries include; Entebbe, Jinja, Kazinga, Malawa, Ngama Island , Ntoroko-kanara, Otze forest .
The Ramsar Convention formally the convention on wetlands of international importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands. Ramsar sites have got fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational values. Examples of Ramsar sites include; Sango bay, Nabajjuzi, Murchison falls, Mabamba bay, Lutembe bay, Lake Nakuru, Lake Mburo, Lake Bisina, Lake Opeta etc.
The above are the categories of protected areas in Uganda and they are all protected and conserved by different bodies that offer license to carry out any activity from any area of the above because it is strictly and highly condemned by the government of Uganda.
You can enjoy a Uganda safari adventure in any of these national parks with several tour operators in Uganda.