Great Apes

Ruwenzori Mountains

The Rwenzoris, or the Mountains of the Moon, so named by the Hellenic astronomer Ptolemy, have a legendary beauty. They were explored and mapped out by Henry Morton Stanley, Emin Pasha and Prince Luigi Amedeo di Savoia. At the centre of the range are six An intimidating starepeaks capped with ice and snow and three glaciers. The mountains - about 75 miles long - were forced up during the creation of the Great Rift Valley. The highest peak of Mount Stanley is Margherita, which rises to 16,762 feet, the third highest in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.

Virunga and Murchison National Parks

There are two gorilla parks in uganda which are currently being developed for gorilla viewing. The Kigezi gorilla Reserve, [Mgahinga National Park] on the northern rim of the Virunga volcanoes, was once a prime area for gorilla tracking.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park, covering nearly 2,000 sq. km, is bordered to the North by the Rwenzori mountains and to the West by Lake Edward. The habitats are diverse, from sprawling cacti, savannah, forests, rivers and lakes. The park is steadily regaining the grandeur that inspired Winston Churchill to deem Uganda "the pearl of Africa."

Bwindi Impenetratable National park

Located in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the western Rift Valley. This park is a hilly countryside with some remnant lowland forest. The richest forest in Uganda in terms of plant species, it is one of the few areas in East Africa where lowland and montane communities merge. Bwindi is home to 120 species of mammals, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, and 163 species of trees, making it one of the richest ecosystems in Africa. A young male gorillaLocated near the border Rwanda's Parc National des Virungas, it is also one of the largest (331 sq.