Visit Southwestern Uganda: destinations you need to know

Planning a safari to southwestern Uganda is sure to enjoy paradisiacal scenery, open weather all year round, and being in contact with a very active and lively animal in the many national parks in the region, that is, it is a guarantee of fun days full of activities.

In case you are already in the process of organizing a Uganda safari and still thinking of which part of the country to visit, get the time and read through this article you will get to the conclusion that visiting southwestern Uganda is the best option – the only challenge you will get is to decide which attraction or national park to visit first.

1. Kabale Town

Kabale is a town in the southwestern part of the country it’s a perfect place from where you can spend a night when going to visit any destination in western Uganda. Near the town, there is Lake Bunyonyi which is found just a 30-minute drive from Kabale. The lake is the main attraction near the town and acts as one of the birding destinations with a variety of water-loving birds. Still, the lake offers an impressive cultural encounter, and visiting one of the Islands in the late is an amazing experience.

2. Bwindi Forest National Park

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or just Bwindi, as it is affectionately called, is mostly known as home to half of the remaining population of mountain gorillas in the whole world and is located about 475 kilometers from Kampala the capital of Uganda. To access Bwindi Forest you will need a 4×4 vehicle, but don’t let this be the reason discourage you from visiting this amazing destination. In fact, it is to motivate you even more to visit this paradise. This is because this difficulty of access makes Bwindi quieter and guarantees a certain exclusivity.

Gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park – Uganda

Kabale is the nearest city where you can get most of the services are concentrated, such as hotels, restaurants and bars forex bureau, banks, supermarkets, and other. It’s around 65 kilometers from Kabale to Bwindi Forest park entrance.

Among the most popular activities you can enjoy in Bwindi Forest National Park are gorilla trekking, bird watching, forest walking, Gorilla Habituation, The Batwa cultural experience, and cultural tours among others.

3. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Your safari to southwestern Uganda will never be complete without visiting Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which is the second habitat to the rare and endangered mountain gorillas in the country. A visit to this 33.7 square kilometer and the smallest national park in the country offer a chance to compare gorilla trekking in both parks. Mgahinga Gorilla Park was first established by the British administration as a game sanctuary in 1930 and later in 1991, it was then gazetted as a national park to protect the mountain gorillas and other wildlife species in the park.

4. Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth national park in the western part of the country is one of the most popular and most visited national parks in Uganda. The park is found north of Kasese town the nearest town to the park and southwest of Kampala Uganda’s capital. Queen Elizabeth National Park was made famous by its variety of wildlife that include; African elephant, hippopotamus, African buffalo, leopard, waterbuck, kob, giant forest hog, topi, warthog, Nile crocodile, spotted hyena, chimpanzee, and lion. The park is believed to be home to over 93 different species of mammals and over 600 bird species. This makes the park most loved by both wildlife and bird lovers. The Ishasha Sector in the park is famous for hosting tree-climbing lions.

5. Fort Portal Town and Kibale Forest

Kibale Forest National Park