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Uganda National Parks

National Parks
Most of Uganda's wildlife is concentrated in its protected areas, of which there are three main categories: National Parks, Wildlife Reserves, and Forest Reserves. The conservation and management of these areas falls under two principal agencies, the Uganda Wildlife Authority under the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry and the Forestry Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources. Uganda has established 10 National Parks, enabling tourists to enjoy the pristine wilderness environment. Uganda is an unspoilt and largely unexplored tourism destination, but the stunning lushness of our national parks provides the setting for some of the African continent's most memorable visitor experiences. Mountain gorilla tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers the best viewing opportunity in the world for these rare primates, and is the highlight of any trip to Uganda.

Murchison Falls National Park
This is located in northern Uganda and is the largest National Park in the country - covering 3,480 sq km - and one of the most spectacular in Africa. At the Murchison Falls, the river Nile plunges through a narrow crevice and over a 40- metre drop. In the eastern sector of the park, before the Murchison Falls themselves, are the Karuma Falls, where the Nile cascades over a breathtaking 23 km of rapids, creating some of the most exciting white-water rafting opportunities in Africa. A cruise upstream the Nile to the falls is an unforgettable experience. On the banks, prolific wildlife including elephant, crocodile, hippopotamus, lion, giraffe, buffalo, and countless antelopes and birds. By road it is a 3-hour drive from Kampala and the park can also be reached by air. In the southeast, Rabongo Forest is home to chimps and other rainforest creatures. The Nile itself hosts one of Africa's densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world's most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork.




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