National Parks

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 need to 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 pay in cash, in USD or Ugandan Shilling. When you go gorilla or chimp trekking in Bwindi or Kibale Forest, 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, Uganda has it all…Uganda has 10 National Parks which are managed by The Ugandan Wildlife Authority. Each park has its own unique features that makes them worth visiting all.

Herewith a quick overview. For more information, refer to our Roadtrip Africa Travel Blog. We keep updating our blog with the latest information for each of the national park. 

  • Queen Elizabeth NP
    The queen of Uganda's national parks, as it boasts the highest biodiversity rates of Uganda.

  • Murchison Falls NP
    Uganda’s largest park. Named after the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the Nile river explodes violently through a narrow cleft. Magnificent wildlife viewing with large herds of elephant, giraffe and predators. 

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
    A centuries old impenetrable rain forest, that is the home to the beautiful mountain gorilla.

  • Kibale NP
    In this tropical rain forest and swamp, you search for chimps, birds and bush elephants.

  • Lake Mburo NP
    This park is a little gem, famous for its many hippo's, zebra's, impala's and cheetah. And the possibility to undertake various activities such as walking, cycling or horseback safari.

  • Kidepo Valley NP - Toyota Landcruiser only
    Uganda’s last great wilderness areas, with a thrilling sense of supreme isolation.

  • Mount Elgon NP
    Endless hiking possibilities. Combine a visit to Mount Elgon with beautifull Sipi Falls.

  • Semuliki NP & NR
    Hardly visited, you are likely to have this birders paradise all for yourself.

  • Mgahinga Gorilla NP
    The smallest National Park in Uganda protects the Ugandan section of the Virunga Mountains.

  • Rwenzori Mountains NP
    The Rwenzoris are popular amongst climbers, whilst remaining largely untouched by tourist groups.

Organize 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 arrange your bush camping permit at the park entrance, and they cater for 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. Price includes night drive and morning drive 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 buffalo's are aggressive and easily annoyed. Elephant 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 Roadtrip in Africa. 

Uganda's top national park, Kidepo, off the beaten track