Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda sharing the border with Congo, it is one of the only two national parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the world, it is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda sharing the border with Congo, it is one of the only two national parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the world, it is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas.
What is the best time for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi?
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is done throughout the year and The best time for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is during June to October and December to March during this time it is a dry season in Uganda with mild rainfall making it easy for the treks in the Forests, as well during this time the vegetation is not fully grown and it is easy for viewing the primates offering great sights for photographs. During the other months of April, May, and November which is normally a wet season this makes the vegetations grow high making the sightings unclear however during this time the treks tend to be shorter given the fact primates don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available in the forest compared to the dry seasons. Seeing gorillas in Bwindi is possible throughout the year given the fact it is a very well-organized activity and you have 99% chance of seeing them in their natural habitats.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is located in western Uganda covering the districts of Kabarole, Kyenjonjo, Kamwenge, and Kyegegwa. Kibale forest national park is a tropical forest and is a habitat of a number of forest wildlife, about 1500 chimpanzee individuals, bird species, Tree species, reptiles, monkeys, butterflies, Mammals, and other wildlife. The road trip from Kampala/Entebbe is about 4-5hours drive. Visiting Kibale forest national park is the biggest advantage to enjoying thrilling experiences such as chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation as the most sought activities. Chimpanzees are among the endangered species in the world, Kibale National park is referred to as the Primate capital having about 20 primate species which is the highest density in all of Africa. Chimpanzees are the second most famous primates after the Mountain Gorillas, and they also have 95% human DNA.
What is the best time to visit Kibale Forest National Park?
Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park is best done in June to October and December to March during this time it is a dry season in Uganda with mild rainfall making it easy for chimpanzees trekking in the Forest, as well during this time the vegetation is not fully grown and it is easy for viewing the chimpanzees offering great sights for photographs. During the other months of April, May and November which is normally a wet season this makes the vegetations grow high making the sightings unclear however during this time the treks tend to be shorter given the fact chimpanzees don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park can be done throughout the year given the fact it is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing the Chimpanzees.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National park is located in the southern part of Uganda neighboring other national parks that is Kibale Forest National and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, it is ranked as the second largest conservation area in Uganda after Murchison Falls National park, as well it is one of the best savannah national parks in Uganda for viewing wildlife and with this you have chances of seeing all the Big 4 animals on your safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park
By Flight: Flight to Queen Elizabeth National Park is the easiest means of transport to access the park which only takes you approximately 1hr 15minutes to get there. Queen Elizabeth National Park can be accessed by flying to Kasese Airport, Mweya Airstrip or Kihihi Airport; this will depend on the availability of the domestic flight operator and the routing available you plan to use. All the mentioned airstrips you will need to drive a short distance for you to access the park, with approximate time from the airstrips to Queen Elizabeth National Park being 1-2 hours from Kasese Airstrip, 45 minutes from Mweya Airstrip (this depends on the Lodge you are staying at) and then the long one is 3-4 hours drive from Kihihi Airport. Flights to Mweya Airstrip and Kasese Airport are highly recommended give you will get to the park earlier that when you fly to Kihihi. All flights start their journeys to Queen Elizabeth National Park from either Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airfield with this it will depend on the operator you have booked with to decide which place you will start your flight to Queen Elizabeth National Park from.
By Road: You can get to Queen Elizabeth National Park using two main routes, one through Fort portal to Kasese and proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, then the other route is from Kampala via Mbarara through Busenyi and Ishaska then proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is also known as Kabalega National Park popularly known for having the world’s most powerful water falls Murchison Falls. It was gazetted as a game reserve in 1926 and later raised to a national park status in 1952. Murchison Falls National Park is one of the largest and oldest protected areas in Uganda covering an area of 5072 kmsq it also shares boundaries with Karuma and Bugungu wildlife reserve as well as Bundongo Forest home of chimpanzees and various primate species. The park is home to 76 species of mammals and over 400 bird species. The park is divided into two sections by the Victoria Nile that is the northern and southern section, the northern side is home to many wildlife animal species than the southern side.
Best time to visit Murchison Falls National Park
The best time to visit Murchison Falls National Park is during dry season from June to September and December to February every year. The park can as well be visited all year around and you will be able to see the wildlife and do a safari in Murchison Falls National Park, dry seasons offer great sighting of wildlife compared to wet seasons.
Where to Stay in Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison falls National Park has a variety of accommodation choices where you can stay while on your safari. The lodges range from high Market Luxurious to Budget Lodges. It is always advised to choose Lodges depending on the airstrip you are flying too for easy accessibility. For top Luxurious Lodges include Chobe Safari Lodge, Nile Safari Lodge and Bakers Lodge. Kabalega Wilderness camp, Paraa Safari Lodge, Murchison River Lodge are among the midrange Lodges. For budget lodges, you can stay at Pakuba safari Lodge, Pumba safari Lodge, Red Chili Hideaway lodge and many others. Contact us with a lodge of your choice and we tailor your itinerary or even suggest for you the best option depending on your budget.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Rwenzori Mountains National Park was gazette in 1991 and was recognized as a world heritage site in 1994. The park is home to 18 mammal species, 217 bird species, 9 species of reptiles and 6 species of amphibians. Large mammals include elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, bush bucks, chimpanzees and rare leopard commonly found in the forest zone but rare to see. Mountain Rwenzori hiking is one of the unique adventure experiences in Africa that interests every adventure traveler visiting Africa, the wide variety of plant and wildlife species in the Rwenzori Mountains and the hike through the different vegetation zones creates the unique experience and lifetime memories. The plant life varies from heavy tropical rain forests, Bamboo forests, and montane forests to alpine vegetations creating breathtaking sceneries, the wildlife range from mammals, primates and reptiles which you will have a chance to see along your hike up to the Rwenzori mountain peaks.
The Rwenzori Mountains are said to have been formed three millions years ago. It is composed of a group of mountains commonly referred to as massifs; these are separated by deep gorges and valleys which have lakes in between and vegetations. The massifs include Mount Stanley (5,109 metres), Mount Speke (4,890 metres), Mount Baker (4,843 metres), Mount Emin (4,798 metres), Mount Gessi (4,715 metres) and Mount Luigi di Savoia (4,627 metres). Rwenzori Mountains is about 120 Kilometers long and 60 Kilometers wide.
The reference to Mount Rwenzori as Mountains of the Moon came from Greek explorers trying to locate the source of the Nile. A merchant called Diogenes reported that the source of the Nile came from a group of mountains which the indigenes of the land called Mountains of the Moon because of their snow-capped whiteness. Unfortunately this snow-capped whiteness has been reducing and is likely to stop existing.
How to book Rwenzori trekking
Happy Lion Safaris will help you book for you the Rwenzori trekking safari, Contact us about your planned hiking to Rwenzori Mountain and we tailor a package that suits your budget, time and interest we will need you to send us your planned dates of travel so that we check availability of accommodation and all services after we will let you know to move to the next step of booking. Once you confirm you’re booking with us, we shall send you an invoice for payment so that we secure all the services for you trip in advance. We shall pay for hiking and entrance fees at the park headquarters for you to be allowed to go on the hike to one of best peaks of Rwenzori Mountains.
When to book a hiking expedition to Rwenzori Mountains
A Hiking expedition to Rwenzori Mountains can be booked any time throughout the year. Hiking Mountain Rwenzori is tough especially those climbing the main peaks like Margherita peak the highest peak of Rwenzori Mountain, apart from the steep sections and the bogs, at the lower levels of the glaciers these are becoming more hard as they are melting and changing faster than in the past probably due to climate change. But the guides are well trained and experienced in the use of ropes that will help you all through during the trek up and down the mountain.
Best time to hike or visit mountain Rwenzori
Rwenzori Mountain can be visited throughout the year, given the fact this is located along the Equator which experiences wet and dry weather the mountain still has the ice glaciers on top making it one of the unique attractions along the Equator. located in the tropics and with this they all experience tropical and montane climate and weather throughout the year, both national Parks Bwindi Forest, Virunga, Volcanoes and Volcanoes national parks are prone to receiving uncertain rains any time of the day or week, good months to visit are dry season months which occurs in the months of December, January, February, June, July, August and September during these months it always easy to walk through the trails which are drier compared to the wet months then as well the vegetations is not fully grown and this makes sighting of gorillas easy and more clear. Other months which are slightly wet that is March, April, May, October and November most travelers avoid visiting gorillas during these months because the vegetation is fully grown and trails are much slippery making the trekking much harder.