The Best Uganda's National Parks (Part 2)

Rwenzori - the most picturesque, beautiful, mystical, and diverse mountain in Africa.
The Rwenzori Mountains are located on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park is a Ugandan National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

"The Rwenzori Mountains are the highest and most permanent source of the River Nile and are a vital catchment of water.

Their multitude of fast-flowing rivers, magnificent waterfalls, and layered vegetation make the property exceptionally picturesque and beautiful."

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1. Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Head west from Kibale towards the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and you will find the mythical Mountains of the Moon, officially known as the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

This 385-square-mile park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Ramsar Wetland, incorporates the highest peaks of the Rwenzori Range, including the third highest peak in Africa.

It seems impossible that an alpine habitat complete with snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and lakes could exist within a few miles of the equator, and yet here it is.

An abundance of endemic alpine flora, including giant heather and prehistoric-looking lobelias, adds to the surreal beauty of the region.

The Mountains of the Moon are most popular as a destination for multi-day hikes and technical climbing.

2. Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park is located in the extreme northeast of Uganda, between the borders of South Sudan and Kenya.

It is the most remote national park in the country, an unspoiled nature that is well worth the trip to get there.

At 556 square miles, Kidepo is defined by semi-arid valleys supported by two seasonal rivers, the Kidepo and the Narus.

In the dry season, the rivers disappear, leaving behind a series of pools that act as a powerful attraction for the park's thirsty wildlife.

This includes more than 77 species of mammals and around 475 different types of birds.

On safaris and nature walks, keep an eye out for the endangered Nubian giraffe, as well as elephant, buffalo, and lion.

3. Lake Mburo National Park

In southern Uganda, the compact Lake Mburo National Park revolves around the lake that gives it its name, one of 14 regional lakes that form a rich system of wetlands that stretches for 30 miles.

Five of these lakes are within the limits of the park; 20 percent of the park is wetlands and the rest is mainly forest.

Hippos and Nile crocodiles thrive in the lakes, while ungulate species (such as water pigeons, buffalo, and oribi) abound.

Lake Mburo National Park is the only park in Uganda with a population of impala and one of only two where zebras and eland can be seen.

Those who dived into the frog stork at Murchison Falls also have a second chance to see it here.

4. Mount Elgon National Park

Located in the east of the country, on the border with Kenya, Mount Elgon National Park takes its name from the extinct volcano that lies at its heart.

Once the tallest mountain in Africa, it has eroded over the 24 million years since its first eruption, reaching 14,176 feet in height, and is now the eighth highest peak on the continent.

Round trips to the summit last four to seven days, depending on which trail you choose, and include a 15-square-mile caldera descent.

As you climb, look out for the majestic bearded vulture, which can often be seen flying overhead. Along with 300 species of birds, the park is home to forest elephants and buffalo, wild pigs, and leopards.

5. Semuliki National Park

Semuliki National Park covers 85 square miles on the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, near Kibale National Park and the Mountains of the Moon.

It protects the only area of ​​true lowland tropical forest in East Africa, an extension of the former Ituri forest of the Congo.

The latter was one of the only arboreal survivors of the last Ice Age. Semuliki, more of Central Africa than East Africa, offers bubbling hot springs and forest walking trails, and 60 percent of the bird species that live in the Ugandan forest.

Among these are 46 species most commonly associated with the Guinea-Congo biome and are consequently not seen anywhere else in East Africa.

Mammal sightings include forest elephants and pygmy antelopes, tusked deer, and the Central African red colobus.

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