Top place not to miss visiting on a road trip to Southwestern Uganda
A lush region of clear lakes, thickly forested islands, and misted mountains, the southwest part of Uganda offers a taste of the best of the country. Whether you’re on world-class treks along the western Rift Valley or preferring the placid escapism of Lake Bunyonyi’s numerous islands, this gorgeous and diverse area should not be missed. Terraced hills and farmland cover much of the region. But it’s also Uganda’s top wildlife-watching destination and one of the best places in the world to spot primates. Below are some of the best places to visit on a South West Uganda self-drive Road Trip:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park:
Nestled in the southwestern district of Kanungu, Bwindi is one of the most visited national parks not only in Uganda but all over East Africa – where Uganda lies. The Park is most famous for its mesmerizing residents – the endangered mountain gorillas. The Park resides almost half the population of mountain gorillas in the world and this lures a mammoth number of tourists to go visit this remarkable Park in southwestern Uganda.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park:
Located in Kisoro district, within proximity to Bwindi, Mgahinga is also among the only four national parks in the world possessing any portion of mountain gorillas. Mgahinga is the smallest national park in the country but too touristic and it annually welcomes a mammoth of tourists all over the globe who go there to take pleasure in its majestic attractions. Besides the mountain gorillas, the Park also inhabits golden monkeys.
Queen Elizabeth National Park:
Located in the Kasese district, also close to Bwindi and Kibale Parks, Queen Elizabeth is a must-visit place in this region of the country. It is one of the best national parks in the country. The Park comprises so many beautiful attractions that lure tourists each and every year, among them, including the varied wildlife such as lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, and so many antelope species. More attractive in the Park is the unique tree-climbing lion species that take every tourist’s breath away once came across. The beautiful Kazinga Channel in the middle of the Park attracts so many wildlife species, thus being a tourist’s darling.
Kibale Forest National Park:
Nestled in the district of Fort Portal, Kibale is a Park you should not return home minus visiting, especially if you’re a primate lover. The Park protects over 1,500 chimpanzees – more than any other Park in Africa and also boasts 13 primate species – the utmost number for any African national park. The other primates in the Park include; black and white Colobus, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Olive baboons, and so many others.
Lake Mburo National Park
This is the smallest savannah national park in the country, covering an area of 260km2. located in kiruhura district, about 240km from Kampala, and about 30km east of Mbarara, The park is home to animals such as Zebras, hippopotamus, impalas, warthogs, common elands, African buffaloes, jackal, giraffes, African leopard, and over 300 bird species. On record, Lake Mburo national park is the only park without elephants.
The Equator is an imaginary line halfway through the northern and southern hemispheres. Visit the place to take photos and have an experiment to show you the difference between the northern and southern hemispheres.