Uganda Safaris and National Parks

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Murchison Falls National Park: Murchison occupies more than 1, 500 square miles. A grassy savannah on the banks of Victoria Nile. The fast moving Nile River is funneled through a 20 foot fissure in the African bedrock. Then it plunges 150 vertical feet. After it\'s amazing drop, the river continues to its junction with Lake Albert, from which it immediately travels northward and joins Lake Albert. Murchison Falls National Park plains are well stocked with elephants, lions, Ugandan kobs, giraffes, and Jackson\'s Hartebeast. A boat carries visitors on a 7-mile journey to the foot of the falls passing hundreds of hippos and crocodiles.

Bwindi impenetrable Forest: Bwindi is situated in Southwestern Uganda. The park is a hilly countryside with some remnant low land forest. This is the richest forest in Uganda in terms of plant species. It is one of the few areas in East Africa where low land and montane communities merge. There are over 300 species of birds and 200 species of tree shrubs. Dense ground cover is comprised of herb vines, shrubs, and trees. It is best known for Gorilla trekking but also provides refugee to elephants, chimpanzees, monkeys and various small antelopes as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine Rift Valley.

Queen Elizabeth National Park: The park was gazetted in 1952 when Queen Elizabeth II visited the area. It lies to the south of the Rwenzori mountain range and soars upward within a dozen miles of the Northern boundary. It is spread along the eastern shore of the rift valley\'s Lake Edward covering 2, 500 square kilometers. The park\'s northern section is particularly scenic. When the weather permits there are tremendous views of Rwenzori peaks from the plains, which are decorated with giant candelabra trees. In the northeast section of the park is Kyambura Gorge where there are many chimpanzees for visitors to enjoy.

Rwenzori Mountains: The Rwenzori Mountains means the mountains of the moon. It was named by the Hellinic astronomer, Ptolemy for its legendary beauty. They were explored and mapped out by Henry Morton Stanley, Emin Pasha, and Prince Luigi Ameteo-di Savoia. At the center of the range are six peaks capped with ice, snow, and glaciers. The mountains are about 75 miles long. They were forced up during the creation of great rift valley. The highest peak of the mountains is Margherita, which rises to 16, 762 feet. This is the third highest mountain in Africa. A minimum number of 4 climbers with 2 guides on the peaks is advised.

Kibale National Park: This reserve is inhabited by a wonderful diverse community of animals, which include baboon, chimpanzee, monkey, and the grey-cheeked Mangabey. Kbale hosts a population of more than 1, 000 chimpanzees. Common monkey species include the acrobatic red colobus, red-tailed monkey, and blue monkey. These animals have been the subjects of long term research projects. So they are tame and easy to observe. A trail grid has been cut into the forest to facilitate walking. Kbale is located east of Rwenzori, near the town of Fort Portal.

Lake Mburo National Park: It is located 230 kilometers southwest of Kampala, Uganda (3-5 hour drive). It has a varying landscape of open plains, acacia grasslands, and marshes. This park is home to a huge array of flora and fauna. About 68 different species of mammals can be found within its borders. The park has approximately 313 different species of birds, including Uganda\'s National emblem, the Crested Crane.

Kidepo Valley National Park: It is located 840 kilometers northeast of Kampala (1. 5 hour flight or a day drive). It is tucked into the corner of Uganda\'s border with Sudan and Kenya. Kidepo is a truly stunning park boasting a real sense of wilderness that enchants visitors. The mountainous terrain of the park is broken by the Narus Valley in the southwest and the Kidepo Valley in the northeast. It iis more typical of Kenya than the rest of Uganda. The park is large (1, 442 km). Most of the wildlife is concentrated within the Narus Valley revealing fantastic panoramic views of vast herds of buffalo. There are elephants, giraffes, waterbucks, and zebras all grazing alongside. There are a number of predators present including the lion, cheetah, leopard, and spotted hyena.

Semliki National Park: Hot springs, forests, and pygmies are situated within the remote Semliki Valley. It is the site of the Sempaya Hot Springs and named for the river which forms the Congolese border. This 221 km area of park protects an extention of the Congolese vast Ituri Rain Forests. The park is of particular interest to bird watchers since a high proportion of the 400 bird species recorded here are thought to occur nowhere else in Uganda.

Mount Elgon National Game Park: It is set on the Kenya border near Mbale. It encompesses the 4, 321 meter mountain for which it is named and which has the largest base of any extinct volcano. The moorland habitats make this park a rewarding destination for hikers and natural history enthusiasts.

Mgahinga National Park: It hosts habituated troops of the rare golden monkeys.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary: Nagamba Island is part of the Koome group of islands located on Lake Victoria 23km south of Entebbe, Uganda. It consists of approximately 100 acres, 98 of which are forested and inhabited by chimpanzees. Ngamba Island was officially opened to visitors in October 1998. The island is home to 42 orphaned chimpanzees. Ngamba Island is a project of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT). They provide these orphaned chimpanzees with a secure home to live out their lives since a return to their natural habitat is currently not possible. The sanctuary aims to educate visitors and the local community about this remarkable species and the importance of conserving their fragile forest habitat. When you spend time watching chimpanzees as they play and interact with each other, it is undoubtedly one of the many fascinating experiences you can enjoy in Uganda. By visiting the chimpanzees on Ngamba Island, you will have a thrilling experience. When you visit the Ngamba Island, you will be directly contributing to their well-being and overall conservation of the species. This will give additionally meaning to your safari. Rafiki Adventures believes in giving something back to conservation efforts and the local community. The entrance and activity fees go directly toward helping cover the costs of ensuring the well-being of the chimpanzees on Ngamba Island.

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