The 10 National Parks of Uganda
In this section, you find all the information you need when you want to visit the National Parks of Uganda:
- Park entrance fees
- Overview of Uganda's National Parks
- How to organize your game drive
- Camping in the bush
How much are the park fees in Uganda?
The park fees as of 2018, per person / 24 hours are as follows:
- USD 40 for non-residents
- USD 30 for foreign residents
- UGX 15,000 for East African Citizens (in case you go with a driver, that is the rate you will pay for him)
- Entrance fee for your roadtrip rental vehicle is UGX 30,000 per (multiple) day visit.
- Park fees for Kidepo, Semuliki, Mount Elgon and Mount Rwenzori are slightly cheaper at USD 35 / USD 25 and UGX 10,000.
You simply buy your entrance permit at any park gate. You can pay in cash, either US Dollars or Ugandan Shillings. When you go gorilla or chimp trekking in Bwindi or Kibale Forest national parks, the park entrance fee is included in your trekking permit.
The 10 National Parks of Uganda that you must visit
From dramatic mountain peaks to wild waterfalls, great savannah plains to lush rainforest, a safari in Uganda has it all… Uganda has 10 National Parks, which are managed by The Ugandan Wildlife Authority. Each park has its own unique features, making all of them worth a visit.
Below is a quick overview of Uganda's national parks. For more information, refer to our Roadtrip Africa Travel Blog. We keep our blog updated with the latest information for each of the national parks.
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
The queen of Uganda's national parks, boasting the highest biodiversity rate in Uganda.
- Murchison Falls National Park
Uganda’s largest national park. Named after the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the Nile river explodes violently through a narrow cleft. Magnificent wildlife viewing with large herds of elephants, giraffes and predators.
- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
A centuries-old impenetrable rainforest, home to the beautiful and rare mountain gorilla.
- Kibale NP
In this tropical rain forest and swamp, you search for chimps, birds and bush elephants.
- Lake Mburo National Park
This park is a little gem, famous for its many hippos, zebras, impalas and leopards. Various activities such as walking, cycling or horseback safari are available.
- Kidepo Valley National Park - Toyota Landcruiser or Hilux only
Uganda’s last great wilderness comes with a thrilling sense of supreme isolation.
- Mount Elgon National Park
Endless hiking possibilities. Combine a visit to Mount Elgon with beautifull Sipi Falls.
- Semuliki National Park & National Reserve
Hardly visited, you are likely to have this birders' paradise all to yourself.
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
The smallest National Park in Uganda protects the Ugandan section of the Virunga Mountains.
- Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The Rwenzori Mountains are popular among climbers, whilst remaining largely untouched by tourist groups.
Organise your game drive
Some tips to make the most out of your self-drive safari:
- Get yourself an UWA Ranger as a guide. You can arrange it on the spot at the park entrance or headquarters. Although you can easily do a game drive by yourself, these rangers know every corner of the parks and can lead you to the best places to spot predators. The costs for a ranger are $20 for a morning or afternoon. A tip of around $10 is highly appreciated though.
- Go bush camping. You can arrange your bush camping permit at the park entrance, and they cover a ranger who will show you the area and accompany you in the night. Murchison Falls National Park is particularly a wonderful place to go bush camping. The price includes night and morning game drives with a knowledgeable ranger.
- The early bird bird catches the worm - wake up early. You will increase your chances of spotting hyenas, lions, leopards and other wildlife if you’re among the first in the park (7 AM).
- Take it slowly, max 25 km/h.
- Respect the animals, especially the buffalo and elephant. Lone buffaloes are aggressive and easily annoyed. Elephants are extremely protective of their young. Always be alert and drive as if you would expect animals around the corner. Never try to drive towards elephants intentionally. Heavy ear flapping, trumping and bluff charging are signs that the elephant is a bit pissed off by your company. When you encounter an elephant on the road, do the following: make sure you have an escape route in mind (reverse), always leave your engine running, stay calm, keep your voices down and most of all - enjoy the experience!
Planning to go camping in a National Park?
Read our travel blog, with advice to take at heart for a safe camping trip on your safari in Uganda.