Facts about Uganda

Come Explore Uganda’s Breath-taking Safari and National Parks! Get Ready for Your Adventure with Travel Information & Facts.

Uganda is also well gifted with Mountains that provide great opportunities for Adventure Hiking to take place in the region, Rwenzori Mountain ranges with over 5100m above sea level provide a challenging experience to climb up to the peaks of Margherita, and the Elgon is quite impressive and incredible for a visitor to take a hike to experience the true escape in the Adventure world and you will see in our listed Facts about Uganda

Uganda National Parks:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park:
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda and covers 331 sq km making it one of the largest natural forests in East Africa. As part of the Albertine Rift Valley, the park is one of Africa’s most important conservation areas and was declared a Natural World Heritage Site in December 1994.

Kibale Forest National Park:

Kibale Forest National Park is situated 20 km east of Fort Portal town in western Uganda. This park covers 795 sq km and abuts the northern end of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Kidepo Valley National Park:

This is the most remote of all of Uganda’s tourist destinations. The vast savannah plains and rugged mountain landscape of Kidepo Valley National Park make it by far the most spectacular of Uganda’s parks.

Lake Mburo National Park:

Lake Mburo National Park is the perfect place to break the journey to or from the Albertine Rift Valley. Lake Mburo National Park lies along Mbarara Road and is within easy access to Kampala the capital of Uganda.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park:

An hour spent with a Mountain Gorilla family is a very tranquil & relaxing form of therapy, allowing you to realize how simple life really can be, and just how complicated humans have made their own lives.

Mount Elgon National Park:

Mount Elgon NP is the fourth largest park in the country, but one of the least visited, despite its unique physical features and spectacular views.

Murchison Falls National Park:

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest of Uganda’s ten national parks, covering over 3800 sq. km and it is one of the most spectacular parks in all of Africa, bisected by the Victoria Nile

Queen Elizabeth National Park:

The Park covers 2000 sq. km and includes a remarkable 57 varieties of ecosystems, from semi-deciduous tropical forests to green meadows, savannah and swamps.

Rwenzori Mountains National Parks:

The Rwenzori are relatively unexploited and rarely visited, and thus a visit here provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore East Africa’s mountain wilderness.

Semuliki National Park:

Semuliki National Park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda in the Bundibugyo district along the Eastern side of the River Semuliki. This park covers 220 sq km.

National and other statutory wildlife reserves

Here are some more Facts about Uganda- Nature Reserves and wildlife reserves are areas of prime importance for flora, fauna or features of geological or other special interest. They are managed for conservation and to offer special opportunities for study or research.

Toro Semliki Wildlife Reserve

Was established as a game reserve in 1926 and was among the first protected areas to be gazetted. The main reason was to protect the large numbers of Uganda Kobs in the area. It covers an area of 542 km2. It is located in western Uganda, within   Ntoroko and Kabarole districts.

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Katonga Wildlife Reserve

An area of 207 square kilometres was gazetted in 1964 as a game reserve, to serve as a corridor for migrating wildlife from Western Uganda to Tanzania and Sudan. It became a Wildlife Reserve in 1996 when the former Game Department and Uganda National Parks merged to form Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). Currently, the reserve is managed by UWA under the Kibale Conservation Area administration with a Warden In-Charge based at the Reserve Head Office at Kikorogoto.

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This area was gazetted as a reserve in 2002.

However, in the early 1960s, the Uganda Game Department sought to exert more control over sport hunting in Uganda by declaring certain areas to be Controlled Hunting Areas (CHAs) in which sport hunting could only be carried out by special license, and against carefully set quotas.

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South-west Uganda borders the southeast of the Kazinga Channel and the south shore of Lake George. 0°05’S, 30°05’E. Altitude 700- 1,1 00m Area 15,700ha; contiguous to Queen Elizabeth National Park (197,800ha) and its associated reserves Uganda Land Tenure Government Physical Features The terrain is characterized by small hills and about 10 crater lakes above the east wall of the western Rift Valley (here interrupted by the vast upheaval of the Ruwenzori range)

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In the Karamoja region, just north of Moroto, extending along the border with Kenya. 2°40′-3°07’N, 34°10′-34°50’E. lUCN Directory of Afrotropical Protected Areas Altitude 1,200- 1,600m Area 160,000ha; contiguous to Bokora Corridor Game Reserve (205,600ha) and the eastern Uganda complex of Controlled Hunting Areas Land Tenure Government.

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Western Uganda, adjoining Murchison Falls National Park to the north. Approximately r50’N, 3r45’E.

Altitude 900m – 1,300m. Area 675km2 (82,000ha); contiguous to Murchison Falls National Park 3877km2 (384,000ha) and Bugungu Wildlife Reserve 473km2 (52,000ha)

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Eastern Uganda, north of Mount Elgon and SOkm east of Scroti. I’SO’-I’IS’N, 34”34”05′-34°50’E. Altitude l,000-3,06Sm Area 231,400ha; connected to Matheniko Game Reserve (160,000ha) by the Bokora Corridor Land Tenure Government Physical Features This is a high plateau area of rolling plains with black cotton soil drained by intermittent watercourses flowing westwards into Lake Kyoga. Most of the area is subject to inundation during the rainy season. Mount Kadam (previously Mount Debasien) near the border with Kenya, is the highest point in the reserve at 3,068m. VegetatlonT Most of the area is wooded savanna grasslands with some forest in the north on the margins of a higher ridge.

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Established Gazetted in 1964 to ensure freedom of movement for the game during migration between the Matheniko plains and Pian-Upe Game Reserve.

The reserve was originally part of Central and South Karamoja Controlled Hunting Areas.

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I hope these Facts about Uganda are helpful as you prepare for your visit.