Distances between Ugandas national parks

The size of Uganda is 241,038 km² and it takes about 12hrs to drive across the country from border to border. Uganda has ten national parks as the main tourist attractions where you will be able to do a whole range of activities including; gorilla tracking, chimp and other primates tracking, forest walks, wildlife viewing safaris, boat cruises, site seeing, adventure activities, mountain trekking up to 5109m high on the snow caped Rwenzori montains, cultural encounters and may more activities.

To be able to plan your trip around Uganda, you will need to know the distances that will be involved on the daily travels around this country in order to plan properly. Most visitors will want to visit the national parks, wildlife reserves, main towns and the surrounding attractions close to these areas. Uganda has one city, Kampala located around 4okm from Entebbe airport. At the moment, most international travelers landing in Uganda will land through Entebbe as the only international airport. Only visitors taking a local flight from Kajansi or Entebbe to the respective national park, will not reach Kampala. So if you plan your trip by road after landing in Entebbe, start your distance calculation from Kampala.

Here are the distances from Kampala city to each of the ten national parks.

From To Distance (km) Driving time (hrs)
Entebbe Kampala 40 1hr 27m
Kampala Lake Mburo national park 255 4hrs 52m
Mount Elgon national park, Mbale 226 4rs 57m
Murchison falls national park 282 4hrs 23m
Kibale national park 292 4hr 50m
Semuliki national park 331 5rs 30m
Rwenzori mountains national park 374 6rs 36m
Queen Elizabeth national park 372 6hrs 27m
Bwindi Impenetrable national park 469 8hrs 43m
Mgahinga gorilla national park 480 9rs 11m
Kidepo valley national park (Apoka lodge) 692 10hr 54m

Here are the distances between the national parks on the different safari routes around Uganda.

From To Distance (km) Driving time (hrs)
Murchison falls national park Kibale national park 284 6hrs 30m
Kibale national park Rwenzori mountains national park 107 2hrs 22m
Kibale national park Semuliki national park 87 1hr 57m
Rwenzori mountains national park Queen Elizabeth national park 48 1hr 4m
Queen Elizabeth national park Bwindi impenetrable national park 129 3hrs 35m
Bwindi impenetrible national park Mgahinga gorilla national park 134 4hrs 17m
Lake Mburo national park Queen Elizabeth national park 207 4hrs 4m
Lake Mburo national park Bwindi impermeable national park 250 6hrs 11m
Lake Mburo national park Mgahinga gorilla national park 288 6hrs 23m
Mount Elgon national park Murchison falls national park 434 6hrs 28m
Mount Elgon national park Kidepo valley national park 380 6hrs 37m
Kidepo valley national park Murchison falls national park 369 6hrs 12m

Common route-plans for trips around Uganda

  • Route 1: Kampala – Murchison – Kibale – Rwenzori – Queen – Bwindi – Kampala
  • Route 2: Kampala – Rwenzori – Kibale – Queen – Bwindi – Kampala
  • Route 3: Kampala – Mburo – Bwindi – Kampala
  • Route 4: Kampala – Elgon – Kidepo – Murchison falls – Kampala
  • Route 5: Kampala – Elgon – Murchison falls – Kampala
  • Route 6: Kampala – Kidepo – Kampala

You can choose to take one of these routes or make one of your choice based on the distances provided above. Mid-way to every national park, you will find wildlife reserves that you can add on your trip for a day or night break of the journey. I will publish a list of Uganda wildlife reserves next, please look out for it here or contact us for a link.

Every route has community and cultural encounters that add allot of value to your trip, off the beaten track. These include community tours, workshops and demonstrations, cultural experiences or community accommodation lodges, home-stays and campsites. contact us for a list of these community encounters.

In case you need any help, feel free to contact us and we will provide advice on how best to plan your dream trip.