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Uganda Tourist Destinations

Uganda Tourist destinations are renowned for their breathtaking natural landscapes, diverse wildlife, and vibrant cultural heritage. From the dense forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where mountain gorillas roam, to the vast savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to tree climbing lions and elephants, Uganda offers an array of unforgettable safari experiences.

Visitors can marvel at the dramatic Murchison Falls, trek through the Rwenzori Mountains, or relax by the serene shores of Lake Bunyonyi. Adventure seekers flock to Jinja for white-water rafting on the Nile, while those seeking tranquility find solace in the misty beauty of Sipi Falls.

With its warm hospitality and endless opportunities for exploration, Uganda beckons travelers to discover its treasures and create lasting memories.

Uganda Tourist Destinations: Unforgettable places in 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 and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.

Happy gorilla baby in a family

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is located in Masindi District in western Uganda is situated approximately 300 kilometres (190 mi), by road, northwest of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park. It measures approximately 3,840 square kilometres (1,480 sq mi). Also in the park, adjacent to the Masindi-Gulu Highway, are the Karuma Falls. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile from east to west for a distance of about 115 kilometres (71 mi).

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The national park is located in western Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi and Rukungiri. Its location is approximately 376 kilometres (234 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala. The area of the park extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest, and includes the Kazinga Channel that connects the two lakes.

Uganda Tourist Destinations: Baby chimp in Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park is located in the districts of Kabarole and Kamwenge, approximately 320 kilometres (200 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. It is 766 km2 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 montane forests.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is located in Kiruhura District in western Uganda. The park is situated about 30 kilometres (19 mi), by road, east of Mbarara the largest city in the sub-region. This location is approximately 240 kilometres (150 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park is a 1,442 square kilometers (557 sq mi) national park in the Karamoja region in northeast Uganda. Kidepo is rugged savannah, dominated by the 2,750 metres (9,020 ft) Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narus rivers.

The park is located approximately 520 kilometers (320 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest but most scenic national park. Located in South Western Uganda, Mgahinga sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. It is an important habitat to the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. At 33.7 square kilometers, Mgahinga National Park is the smallest National Park in Uganda. It is located in the remote South-western district of Kisoro.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Rwenzori Mountains National Park is located in southwestern Uganda on the east side of the western (Albertine) African rift valley. It lies along Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and borders the DRC’s Virunga National Park. It is situated in the Bundibugyo, Kabarole, and Kasese districts,

Rwenzori Mountains National Park was established in 1991. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 because of its outstanding natural beauty.

Mountain Elgon National Park

Mt. Elgon national park is named after Mount Elgon which is the prominent feature of  an extinct shield volcano straddling the border between Uganda and Kenya. The mountain’s highest peak is called Wagagai Peak. The altitude of Mount Elgon’s highest point has been variously recorded, but it’s generally accepted to be around 4,321 meters (14,177 feet) above sea level.

Wagagai Peak of Mt. Elgon
Semuliki national park

Semuliki National Park

Semuliki National Park is located in western Uganda, near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It covers an area of about 220 square kilometers and is known for its diverse flora and fauna, as well as its unique ecosystems.

One of the highlights of Semuliki National Park is the Semuliki Valley, which is part of the Albertine Rift ecosystem. This valley is home to a variety of habitats, including tropical rainforests, grasslands, swamps, and montane forests. The park is also characterized by its hot springs, which are believed to have medicinal properties and are a popular attraction for visitors.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, also known as Ziwa Rhino Ranch, is a conservation area located in central Uganda, approximately 180 kilometers north of Kampala. Here’s an overview of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Established in 2005, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary was created as a collaborative effort between the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU), and other conservation partners. The sanctuary was established with the primary goal of reintroducing rhinoceroses to Uganda, where they had become extinct due to poaching and habitat loss.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Pian Upe Game Reserve

Pian Upe Game Reserve

Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is located in the northeastern region of Uganda, is one of the country’s largest and most pristine protected areas established in 1964 as Debasien Animal Sanctuary. Managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority and covering approximately 2,788 square kilometers, it is part of the Karamoja sub-region and lies within the districts of Nakapiripirit, Amudat, and Katakwi

Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is nestled in the southwestern corner of Uganda, Lake Bunyonyi is a picturesque freshwater lake located in the district of Kabale. It lies close to the border with Rwanda, making it easily accessible for travelers exploring the region.

Situated at an altitude of 1,962 meters above sea level, Lake Bunyonyi covers an area of approximately 25 square kilometers, making it one of the largest and deepest lakes in Uganda. It is surrounded by steep terraced hills, creating a stunning backdrop that adds to its allure.

Lake Bunyonyi: Beautiful scenery
Kayaking on Lake Mutanda

Lake Mutanda

Lake Mutanda is one of the most beautifully and picturesque lake located in southwestern Uganda, near the border with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It’s renowned for its stunning scenery, characterized by terraced hillsides, lush forests, and the towering peaks of the Virunga Mountains in the background, including the famous Mount Muhabura and Mount Gahinga.

Lake Mutanda has become increasingly popular among travelers seeking adventure and outdoor activities. Visitors can enjoy activities such as canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and birdwatching, as well as cultural experiences with the local communities.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is one of the African Great Lakes and the largest lake in Africa by area, covering approximately 68,800 square kilometers (26,600 square miles). It is located in East Africa, bordered by Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The lake was named after Queen Victoria by the British explorer John Hanning Speke, who was the first European to reach it in 1858.

Lake Victoria: Dolwe Island
Kampala city: Uganda's capital city

Kampala City

Kampala city also known as the “Green City in the Sun or City of the 7 hills” Kampala is the commercial capital and largest city of Uganda located on the north shores of Lake Victoria. Kampala city is ranked as the best and easiest city to live in East Africa and one of the fastest growing cities in Africa with affordable standards of living and friendly people.

Jinja

Home to most thrilling activities, Uganda has the bragging rights of the adventure capital of East Africa “Jinja” which boasts bungee jumping, kayaking, mountain biking, and white water rafting which is the best in the city among its many attractions that will get the ultimate dare-devil’s blood pumping and heart pondering.

Jinja is a city and district in the Eastern part of Busoga Sub-region and lies on the north shores of Lake Victoria across River Nile, approximately 81km east of Uganda’s capital Kampala. It is the 2nd largest urban district of Uganda next to Kampala. Jinja city is arguably Uganda’s heart beat and a gem of unrivaled beauty.

white water rafting in Jinja city
Source of the Nile in Jinja city

Source of the Nile

The source of the Nile is one of the top core reasons as to why tourists come to Uganda. Located in the Jinja “the adventure capital of East Africa” 80km away from Uganda’s capital Kampala. The Nile River is ranked as the longest river in world and the largest river in Africa with an area of 6696km long starting from Jinja and flows into the Mediterranean Sea. The Nile is the major north flowing river in the northeastern Africa and its drainage basin covers 11 countries that include Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Eritrea, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Egypt.

Mabamba Wetland

Mabamba wetland is one of Uganda’s 33 important bird areas awarded as a Ramsar site of international importance in 2006.located at the edge of Lake Victoria northwest of the Entebbe peninsular in a small village called kasanje. The wetland captivates both birders and non-birders and it’s a true definition of Uganda’s natural beauty with over 300species living there including the rare threatened shoebill stock. The swamp got its name from a lungfish locally known as “emamba” and mabamba is a Luganda word meaning lungfish swamp.

Bird watching: Shoebill in mabamba wetland
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island is also known as the “primate paradise or chimp island” Ngamba is home to over 52 orphaned and rescued chimpanzees from across East Africa. Located approximately 23km southeast of Entebbe on Lake Victoria, Uganda. The 100arces naturally regenerated forest provides chimps living at Ngamba a safe and semi-natural environment in which to recover and eventually thrive over their long lives of up to 60 years.

Entebbe Botanical Garden

Entebbe Botanical Gardens are located in Entebbe, Uganda on the northern shores of Lake Victoria virtually on the equator. They were laid out in 1898 by the first curator and serves as a sanctuary for both indigenous and exotic plant species, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and researchers alike. The Entebbe botanical gardens are also a stunning destination that encapsulates the richness and diversity of the country’s natural landscape.in this article we will delve into the location of the gardens, its attractions, activities, size, management, wildlife and accommodations.

Entebbe Botanical gardens

Budongo Forest

Budongo Forest

Kalinzu Forest Reserve

Kalinzu Forest Reserve

Sipi Falls

Sipi Falls