UGANDA AND RWANDA NATIONAL PARKS

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QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Queen Elizabeth National Park covers an area of about 1978 km2, with a magnificent view of the Rift Valley floor that occupies Lake Edward and Gorge. It is habitat to about 95 mammals along with 612 species of birds.Queen Elizabeth National Park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world, over 500 different bird species and about 100 mammal species.

The grassland plains supports a variety of wildlife safari animals which can be viewed from a vehicle on the network of tracks designated in the park. About 20 predators are found in the park such as lions, leopards, side stripped jackal and spotted hyena among others.Common Antelopes species include the kob, bush buck, topi and water buck. Other animals which can even be found at Mweya peninsular are buffaloes, elephants, warthogs and hippos. There are also various primate species available in the park including chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkey, black and white colobus monkey, olive baboons among others. The Ishasha sector is famously known for its tree climbing lions and it is also known to host the world’s highest concentration of hippos.

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Bwindi is situated in the Southwestern part of Uganda, on the border of the Great Rift Valley. Bwindi is habitat to more than 350 mountain gorillas which today are perhaps the most remarkable animals found on the African continent. In addition the park has approximately 346 bird species and more than 200 butterfly species. 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. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. The main tourist activity within the Bwindi Forest is Gorilla trekking and there are 4 groups today available to be visited by tourists daily. The Mubare group has 10 members with 1 silverback and was opened in 1993 to tourism. The Habinyanja group has 8 members, 2 silverbacks and was opened for tourism in July 1998. The Rusheguru group with 10 members and 1 silverback was ready by July 2002, and on the other hand the Nkuringo group with 19 members and 2 silverbacks was ready by April 2004. Tracking Gorillas in the Bwindi forest can be quite challenging and requires physical fitness to accomplish.

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

This is the biggest national park in Uganda protecting a vast expanse of unspoiled African savanna intercrossed by the great river Nile. It was named after the spectacular Murchison Falls where the mighty River Nile- the longest in the world, bursts thunderously through a small gorge in the Rift Escarpment and spectacularly drops over 40 meters below. Since the 1980’s poaching, the number of wildlife in the park has steadily increased and tourists often encounter large numbers of Antelopes, elephants, giraffes plus buffaloes.

Fortunately the number of lions in the park has also increased and today the chances of seeing them have much increased. The great Nile itself is habitat to one of the largest populations of hippopotami and crocodiles in Africa, plus a great array of birds like the most sought after uncommon Shoebill stork.The vegetation is characterised by savannah, riverine forest and woodland. Wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees, and many bird species.

KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Kibale National Park is located in southern Uganda, protecting moist evergreen rain forest. It is 766 square kilometers (296 sq. mi) in size. Kibale is not only so popular for its big population of Chimpanzees but is definitely the best place for Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and one of the best in Africa. Over 80% of the Chimpanzee trekking activities in Uganda take place in this park and its strategic location to Bwindi and Queen has also impacted positively to its statistics of visitors. I believe if this park was far away from the two it would definitely sell out all those Chimpanzee trekking permits like it currently does annually. The main activity in this park is Chimpanzeetrekking but there other activities like birding and forest walks. Kibale is the fourth most visited national park in Uganda.

LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

Lake Mburo National Park is located in Kiruhura District in the Western Region of Uganda. The park is about 30 kilometers (19 mi), by road, east of Mbarara, the largest city in the sub-region. This location is approximately 240 kilometers (150 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. Although it is small, it is a great place for wildlife viewing and happens to be the only park that harbors the most Zebras in Uganda and Impalas.

It harbors several species of mammals; Zebras, Impala, Buffaloes, and birds comprising bill storks which are found nowhere else in the country. Its sculptured landscape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic lake shore has a varied mosaic of habitats forest galleries, seasonal and permanent swamps and rich acacia wood valleys which all support a wealth of wildlife. The park has about 313 different bird species including the rare Shoebill stork and White-winged Warbler.

Rwanda National Parks

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Volcanoes National Park  lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The "Parc National de Volcans"- in French (or PNV as it's known by locals) lies along the Virunga Mountains, with 8 ancient volcanoes, which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just a short two hour drive from Rwanda's capital of Kigali, the park is a central location for exploring some distinctly Rwandan experiences. While a visit to the mountain gorillas is often at the top of visitor, the dramatic landscape also offers thrilling hiking and visits to the fascinating golden monkeys. The national park is known as a haven for the rare and endangered mountain gorilla and golden monkeys. PNV is also one of Rwanda's conservation epicenters, where many non-profit organizations base their operations. Visitors can pay homage to the legendary scientist and gorilla advocate Dian Fossey with a hike to her tomb or a visit to the Dian Fosse Gorilla Fund that continues her legacy of research and advocacy to this day.The park was the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey. 

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