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BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK :: KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK :: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Covering an area of 203 sq. miles, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda along the Democratic Republic of Congo border. Known for its incomparable biodiversity, it houses 120 mammal species (including 11 primates), 202 butterfly species, 160 species of trees, and 100 fern species. With its 350 bird species, it is a great place for bird lovers—a birdwatcher can see up to 100 species per day! It is best known as home to almost half of the world's population of endangered mountain gorillas, which are quiet, peaceful vegetarians. There are four habituated mountain gorilla groups, and gorilla trekking to see the gorillas is a popular experience.
Kibale National Park contains one of Uganda's most beautiful tropical forests and is home to over 350 tree species. It houses 70 mammal species but is best known for its 13 primate species, including the threatened red colobus monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, the rare L'Hoest's monkey, olive baboon, and bush baby. Kibale has the biggest population of chimpanzees in Uganda, and visitors stand a good chance of seeing one. It also is a bird lovers' paradise with 375 species of birds. Other animals include bushbuck, leopard, buffalo, warthog, and more.
Founded in 1952 and named to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Elizabeth National Park is approximately 1,229 sq. miles and one of Uganda's most popular attractions. With five levels of vegetation, it contains a diverse ecosystem and houses over 600 bird species and 95 mammal species. Animals seen in the park include lion, leopard, waterbuck, bush buck, jackal, hyena, and more. Within the park, the Kazinga Channel attracts many animals looking for water, including hippo, birds, buffalo, caiman, elephant, and Nile crocodile.
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