Uganda Gorilla & Big Five Safari
wild nature, breathtaking landscapes, rich biodiversity, and friendly people!
Uganda is a destination of supreme diversity: home to Africa’s tallest mountain range (the Rwenzoris), the source of the Nile, the largest lake in Africa, Lake Victoria, one of the last remaining true rain forests, and some of the most prestigious national parks. The diverse cultural heritage counts of over 50 local tribes and many different languages.
The UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site Bwindi lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley between 1,160m – 2,607m above sea level, covering an area of 321 km2. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants, 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants, antelopes and 350 species of birds. More famously, this truly“impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked by visitors.
Kibale is famously known for Chimpanzee tracking. This park in fact hosts the world’s largest population of chimpanzee and is home to 13 other species of primate and a total of 70 mammal species.
With an area of almost 800 km2, Kibale’s varied altitude supports different types of habitat, ranging from the wet tropical forest on the Fort Portal plateau to woodland and savanna on the rift valley floor, displaying 351 tree species, some rise to over 55m and are over 200 yr.
Uganda’s most visited national park covering an area of almost 2,000 km2 and spans the equator line with the highest point being the Katwe explosion craters at 1,350m above sea level, while the lowest point is at 910 m, at Lake Edward. The park is home to over 600 bird species and over 95 mammal species, being the most common the Ugandan Cob and the Topi. It’s also home to the famous tree-climbing lions, that can only be found on the southern section of the park, in Ishasha area.