The voting on the Seven Natural Wonders of Uganda is under way. Uganda, nature wise, may be most notable for the mountain Gorillas. Is an encounter with the gorillas one of the seven natural wonders of Uganda? What other wonders of nature does the country of Uganda offer visitors, explorers and nature goers. When people think of Africa they are usually thinking of Safaris – does Uganda deliver with the anticipated African safari experience?
What are the Seven Natural Wonders of Uganda?
What wonders of nature throughout Uganda do you recommend? Uganda is home to the mountain gorillas, but there is so much more nature to encounter in Uganda: jungles, rivers, waterfalls, mountains and more. What are your nominations for the 7 wonders of nature for Uganda?
Now, you can share your opinion and help determine the 7 Natural Wonders of Uganda. Voting is free and only takes a few minutes.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: The national park covers 128 square miles (331 sq km) and is home to approximately half of the mountain gorilla population. In addition to serving as the home for the mountain gorillas, Bwindi also features both lowland and montane forests. Located in the southwest part of Uganda, Bwindi is bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Virunga National Park. Bwindi is a haven for nature lovers with 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, and more than 1,000 species of flowering plants. The approximate 340 gorillas serve as the pinnacle nature experience for visitors. Bwindi is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Murchison Falls: Located in the northwest part of Uganda, the falls is part of the Murchison Falls National Park and Conservation Area. This collective area covers over 2,000 square miles (5,300 sq km) of protected land. The Nile River is the source of the falls. Murchison falls plummets 141 feet (43m) after squeezing through a narrow gorge that creates a powerful and magnificent waterfall. The Murchison Falls area features four of the “Big 5” with only the rhino being absent. The government is breeding rhinos and looking to reintroduce them back into area. Wildlife lovers will also find crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, and many other favorites making this a pinnacle wonder of nature.
Mount Stanley: Mount Stanley is the tallest mountain in Uganda and the third tallest mountain in all of Africa. This amazing mountain is part of Rwenzori Mountains National Park, which encompasses 386 square miles (1,000 sq km), features waterfalls, lakes, glaciers and wildlife that enhance this wonder of nature. The mountains of this area or certainly highlights, however explorers of Mount Stanley are in for one special botany treat. There are five distinctly different vegetation zones throughout the area. Wildlife enthusiast will have the opportunity to discover 89 species of birds in addition to the popular elephants, chimpanzees and monkeys. Another unique wonder of nature for Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth National Park: Queen Elizabeth NP is the most visited and popular national park in all of Uganda. The park encompasses 764 square miles (1,978 sq km) and features an abundance of wildlife. Nature lovers can leverage safari options for a chance to view 95 different species of mammals. Some of the more popular wildlife include lions, leopards, elephants, hippos and chimpanzees. One of the highlights for this national park is the famous for black maned and tree climbing lions. Encountering the lions up in the trees is a unique experience for all of Africa. This volcanic region complements the wildlife viewing with deep craters, volcanic cones and crater lakes enhancing this wonder of nature.
Mount Elgon National Park: The park, named after the mountain, is located near Lake Victoria and encompasses 494 square miles (1279 sq km) of spectacular feature of nature. This national park is one of the most eclectic nature experiences in all of Uganda. Explorers have the opportunity to experience waterfalls, gorges, cliffs, caves, hot springs and of course Mount Elgon. This wonder of nature is most notable for the scenery, however wildlife lovers may experience elephants, antelope, and monkeys. One of the biggest draws is the four varying explorable caves. Elephant and other wildlife use the caves as salt licks, and there is a theory that the wildlife actually created to the development of some of these caves.
Kibale National Park: This national park features one of the most diverse and populous collection of primates in all of Africa. Located in south Uganda, Kibale encompasses 296 square miles (766 sq km) of some of the most most evergreen forests. This jungle environment is home to 13 different primate species. Along with Bwindi, this is one of the last remaining places that features both lowland and montane forests. In addition to the primates, nature lovers may also look forward to the 325 different species of birds. Although doubtful to see, the leopard also calls Kibale home.
Semuliki National Park: Encompassing 75 square miles (194 sq km), Semuliki is one of Uganda’s smallest and newest national parks. The park is located in the western part of Uganda and features East Africa’s only tropical rainforest. It one of the most diverse areas for floral and fauna in Africa being home to over 400 species of birds. Semuliki is found in a eco-juncture that results in an array of eco-diversity and micro habitats. Some of the popular animals from the 60 different mammal species include elephants, leopards, hippos, primates, and the flying squirrel.