Though Uganda doesn’t have as high a safari or national parks profile as it’s neighbors Kenya or Tanzania, there’s still plenty to see and do…and often with far less crowds. As well as the big five, Uganda is home to more than half the world’s remaining mountain gorilla, and plenty of chimps. It’s also recognized as one of the best places for bird spotting in the world.
Most national parks in Uganda have a good range of accommodation, and the parks are easily accessible, making Uganda a great place for a safari.
Use the above map to locate national parks in Uganda. Click the safari icons to see more info about each national park and zoom and scroll the map for more details. Read overviews of each Uganda national park below.
Top National Parks in Uganda
Bwindi Impenatrable Forest National Park
331 km sq. Steep mountain rain forest with wide altitude span.
Kibale Forest National Park
795 km sq. Lush tropical rain forest.
Kidepo Valley National Park
1,442 km sq. Rolling savanna ringed by mountains.
Lake Mburo National Park
370 km sq. Savanna and wetlands surrounding Lake Mburo.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
34 km sq. Tropical rain forest covered extinct volcano.
Mount Elgon National Park
Home to vast caves where elephants and buffaloes go by night to lick the natural salt found on the cave walls.
Murchison Falls National Park
3,893 km sq. The Murchison Falls and Nile river running through thick forest and savanna.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
1,978 km sq. Savanna and gorges bordering Lake Edward.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Established in 1991 Rwenzori was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 due to its outstanding natural beauty.
Self drive safaris are an option in some national parks in Uganda, though you will need access to a 4WD to get the most out the parks due to the clay tracks. If this sounds a little too much effort for you check out our guide to safari tour companies in Uganda to research a driver and guide or full-on tour.
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