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Unforgettable Uganda

Gorillas in the wild, tree-climbing lions and the largest group of chimpanzees in the world: there is no lack of rare animal species in Uganda.

Discover Uganda
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Uganda, there is a good chance that this country in Africa does not immediately evoke an image in your mind, and that is a shame. The country lies west of Kenya and is often referred to as the ‘green pearl of Africa’. Here you will find not only ten national parks, but also the rare mountain gorilla and one of the largest waterfalls on the continent. We’ve put together a few highlights for you.

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Murchison Falls National Park

The powerful River Nile

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Murchison Falls National Park is the largest and oldest park in Uganda and is divided by the powerful Nile. At one point, the river squeezes through a chasm only seven metres wide, resulting in the impressive Murchison waterfall. With thunderous force, the water mass plunges 43 metres down.

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The river and its banks are also the perfect place to spot wildlife. During a three-hour boat tour, you sail past hippos, Nile crocodiles, giraffes and buffalos.

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Kibale Forest National Park

Planet of the Apes

Hundreds of chimpanzees inhabit the trees of the small-scale Kibale Forest National Park, home to the largest number of primates in the world and the reason why this park is referred to as the Planet of the Apes. For many people, the apes are the main reason to visit Uganda. Not only are there chimps here, but also olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys and black-and-white colobus monkeys - not to mention forest elephants.

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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Seven gorilla families

Even more monkeys, but the largest species, can be found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The name itself gives away its uniqueness. This virtually inaccessible park is home to one of the most diverse rain forests in Africa and around 320 mountain gorillas - slightly more than half of the world’s total gorilla population. Unfortunately, deforestation, war and poachers all threaten these fabulous animals with extinction.

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Seven gorilla families live in Bwindi. A limit of only eight people can ‘visit’ each family daily, so it is advisable to arrange one of these highly coveted gorilla treks well beforehand.

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Tree-climbing lions

Do lions climb trees? Not usually, but they do in Uganda. In Ishasha, the southern part of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, lives one of two lion populations in the world that observe their domain from the trees. The reason for this behaviour is not known. It’s said that the animals may seek out heights due to all the tsetse flies on the ground or to escape the heat. Either way, it’s a fascinating sight to see lions lazing away in fig trees.

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