Set at the equator, Uganda is made up of four regions (Central, Eastern, Northern and Western).
We visited Western Uganda including Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Rwenzori mountains. The fabled “Mountains of the Moon” in Rwenzori Mountains National Park, one of Uganda’s UNESCO heritage sites lies along the Congolese border where the snow-covered equatorial peaks rise to a height of 5,109m and the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland and rich montane forest. Most of the park is accessible only to hikers. As a reptile enthusiast it is an absolute highlight to see the Rwenzori three-horned chameleon, easy to overlook but very present at the foot of the mountains.
Set against the backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains is Queen Elizabeth National Park. Vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved into green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide the famous tree climbing lions.
The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include savanna, humid forests, lakes and wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.