For Gorilla trek in Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park should be your first stopover. This Park is not only popular in Uganda but also it’s known globally because of its breathtaking charms.
If you are listing top destinations for your bucket list in Uganda, Bwindi is often the first or second. It is geographically located in the south western part of Uganda along the border shared by Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Park’s lush habitats that consist of the impenetrable forest, Savannah, swampy areas, hills and valleys provide habitat to a wide range of Wildlife species including the shy endangered Mountain Gorillas.
It is one of the two parks that protect Uganda’s Gorillas and of the two, it is recorded with the highest numbers. It is currently recorded with eighteen Gorilla families that are habituated and open to Gorilla trekking excursions.
You can get to this Park from Kampala/Entebbe by road or plane. By road – it is via Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara highway including stopover at the equator and in Mbarara town. The drive usually takes about 8-9 hours.
If not road – there are private charters from Entebbe up to Kihihi airstrip, from here you continue by road for short distance up to the Park suburbs.
Alternatively, you can land in Kigali a gateway to the Western part of Uganda. When compared, this distance is shorter than from Kampala.
Bwindi may be your interest but still not sure of the best Parks to visit after Gorilla trek, that should not be a worry to you, here is the list of those prime parks you can add on your Uganda Gorilla trek Safari.
Queen Elizabeth National Park.
If you fancy to immerse Wildlife including Wild animals like African Big Fives, Primates, birds and reptiles after Gorilla trek, Queen is more than perfect for your interests.
It is also located in the south western part of Uganda. At first it was called Kazinga National Park but later renamed to Queen Elizabeth to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
It is in close proximity with Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, that’s why trekkers in Buhoma sector usually switch to this Park via the Southern Ishasha sector route.
The major highlights in this Park are stunning game drives in Kasenyi plains, Mweya Peninsula and Ishasha sector, visit to the Katwe Explosion crater lakes as well as the magnificent boat cruise along the Kazinga channel.
Kibale Forest National Park.
Popularly known as a hub for Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda, Kibale National Park is another stunning park you can add while in Uganda for a Gorilla trekking trip.
It is located in western part of Uganda near Fort portal, one of the cleanest towns in Uganda. It is recorded with the highest numbers of primates in Uganda including the chimpanzees.
You can connect to this Park from Queen Elizabeth National Park via Mbarara – Kasese – Fort portal road. Visitors to the Park can enjoy chimpanzee tracking, chimpanzee habituation and Bigodi walk in Bigodi wetland.
Lake Mburo National Park.
This Wildlife packed destination is situate along Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara road. It is the closest park from Kampala city. Lake Mburo National Park is a suitable stopover for all travelers visiting the natural wonders in the South western part of Uganda.
It is known mostly for its diverse Wildlife in the Biodiversity. The major draw for travelers to this Park is Wildlife and you explore it by game drives. Another thing not to miss is the boat ride along the waters of Lake Mburo.
Mgahinga National Park.
Mgahinga is the second Gorilla hosting destination in Uganda. It is also positioned in the South Western part of Uganda – part of the Virunga Massif, a region that comprises of three Gorilla parks.
The other two in this region are Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
Besides Mountain Gorillas, this Park is home to the Golden monkey primates. The main activities to enjoy here include Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Golden monkey tracking and the Batwa trail experience.
Murchison Falls National Park.
This is the largest Park in Uganda, it is located in the north western part of Uganda. It is also popularly known for its rich Wildlife and the great Murchison falls. Moreover, this Park is part of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area.
You can switch to this Park from Kibale Forest National Park via Kyenjojo – Hoima road or from Kampala via Kampala – Masindi – Gulu highway.
While in the Park, you can do game drives, boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, hike to the top of the falls or chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest Reserve.