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The 473 square kilometre Bugungu Game Reserve is a minor park that is a component of Murchison Falls National Park. It is located at the foot of the Albertine Rift Valley, west of Murchison Falls National Park, and it protects savannah grasslands. Aside from being the only park where you can see the big five elephants, buffalo, lions, leopards, and rhinoceroses Murchison Falls National Park is also the largest and oldest conservation area in northern Uganda. Unfortunately, the rhino went extinct from the park; however, the government and the Uganda Wildlife Authority plan to bring the rhino back to its original homestead.

Bugungu Game Reserve

Kobs, warthogs, reedbucks, bushbucks, giraffes, sitatungas, elands, hippos, and primates including vervet monkeys, olive baboons, l’hoest monkeys, and patas monkeys are some of the common animals that can be seen in and near Bugungu. This game reserve is recommended for birding since it is home to over 200 different bird species, including egrets, fish eagles, darters, and a wetland that is home to the renowned shoebill.

It is a significant seasonal wetland that extends into the national park of Murchison Falls and is characterised by a variety of thorny acacia tree. The shores of Lake Albert host Bugungu, one of the great African lakes among those with the largest volume of water. The lake offers beautiful scenery and excellent fishing opportunities, and two rivers, Waiga and Waisake, provide life support to the abundant wild life that exists there. Hippos and antelope sightings are common.

Due to their proximity to the equator, Bugungu Game Reserve, Murchison Falls National Park, and Karuma Game Reserve all experience tropical and hot weather. Only two seasons of the year see rain, and the temperatures remain constant. The dry seasons are the ideal times to visit the park. North-western Uganda’s Bugungu region stretches inland into Lake Albert and is centred on the Victoria Nile. The finest things for tourists to enjoy are boat tours, nature hikes, fishing, and wildlife drives. It is advised to wear long sleeved shirts, pants and boots, as well as insect repellent for further protection and sunscreen, while participating in these activities. They can also go to the nearby communities to learn about their way of life, social mores, and cultural traditions.

The wildlife reserve may be visited all year round, but the ideal times to go are between December and February and July and September, when it’s dry. During the wet seasons, the park is constantly muddy and slippery, making it challenging to run through it quickly. Approximately six and a half hours’ drive from Kampala, Bugungu is situated in the northwestern region of Uganda in the Bulisa district, which is bordered by Lake Albert and Murchison Falls National Park. Charter flights can be arranged to Murchison in Kampala, Kajansi, or Entebbe, and the park offers accommodations ranging from luxurious to modest.

Bugungu can be added to a trip’s schedule to Murchison Falls National Park in order to see more animals that the game drives could have missed, as well as to take part in other activities like fishing and neighbourhood walks.

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