What Wildlife can I see in Uganda? If this question still lingers in your mind, this article will offer you all the information you need to know about wildlife in Uganda. When planning a safari to the pearl of Africa, there is a lot to think about and some of them are what exactly are you going to see or spot during safaris – What Wildlife can I see in Uganda?
For one or other reason, Uganda is undoubtedly a superb safari destination for wildlife enthusiasts. The country is home to a wide range of wildlife including the famous “African Big Five Animals” – (Lion, Leopard, Elephants, Buffalos, and Rhino). Safaris to Uganda have never disappointed with guaranteed sighting of the big game in top safari destinations and parks.
Uganda is one of the most bio-diverse countries in Africa, and the wildlife of Uganda is composed of its flora and fauna. With a wide variety of different habitats, including mountains, hills, tropical rainforest, woodland, freshwater lakes, swamps, and savanna with scattered clumps of trees, Uganda offers supper refuge to different wildlife species both native and foreign.
The safari insider boosts about ten national parks and several National Reserves and Sanctuaries where you can spot different forms of wildlife. The country is home to the big five animals that can be spotted in National Parks like Murchison Falls National Park. For those in absolute search of primates, Uganda is a must-visit destination since its home to about 13 different primate species.
Your adventure in the pearl guarantees wildlife sightseeing, 345 species of mammals have been recorded in the country, along with 1,020 species of bird (around half of the total number found in Africa), 142 species of reptile, 86 species of amphibian, 501 species of fish and 1,242 species of butterfly. Uganda is not just a mere safari destination to many but a dream destination where everyone yearns to visit before they retire.
According to the recent Mountain Gorilla census, Uganda recorded up to 550 individuals, nearly half of the mountain gorilla population in the world lives in the country’s tropical rainforests of Bwindi and Mgahinga. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is not only home to gorillas but also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees, and birds such as hornbills and turacos.
Adventures to Murchison Falls National Park are more than worthwhile in Uganda. The safari park is the largest in the country and is home to over 70 different mammal species the commonly spotted include; Carnivores – Lion, Leopards, African wildcats, cheetahs, and many more. Herbivores – Buffalos, elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, rhinos, Zebra, Antelope, Uganda Kob, and many more. Reptiles – Crocodiles, pythons, snakes, monitor lizards, chameleons.
The safari park is home to a great number of bird life that you will enjoy watching in the diverse range of eco areas. A single visit to Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park will combine a range of interesting safari activities like game drives, chimp trekking, hiking and boat cruises, hot air balloon rides among others.
Uganda’s second largest National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to 95 different species of mammal, including African buffalo, Ugandan kob, hippopotamus, Nile crocodile, African bush elephant, African leopard, lion, and chimpanzee. And thus safari here will allow you to witness the plethora of wildlife in different corners. Queen Elizabeth National Park is also famous for the tree-climbing lions – at the Ishaha sector of the park. Adventures in this enchanting safari park are worthwhile.
Talking about primate adventures, the primate capital Kibale Forest National Park is a must-visit in Uganda. There are 13 species of primates recorded in the national park that can be spotted during safaris here. These include several habituated communities of the common chimpanzees, as well as several species of Central African monkey including the Uganda mangabey, the Ugandan red colobus and the L’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates that are found in the park include the black-and-white colobus and the blue monkey.
The fact that the Kibale Forest National Park is adjacent to Queen Elizabeth National Park, it has created a corridor and the population of elephants travels between the park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Other terrestrial mammals that are found within the National Park include red and blue duikers, bushbucks, sitatungas, bushpigs, giant forest hogs, common warthogs, and African buffalo. The carnivores that are present include leopards, African golden cats, servals, different mongooses, and two species of otter. In addition, lions visit the park on occasion.
While on safaris here, Birdlife is also plentiful, and the commonly spotted include the olive long-tailed cuckoo, the western tinkerbird, two species of pittas (African and green-breasted), and the grey parrot
Lake Mburo National Park is the closest park to Uganda’s Capital – Kampala. The national park has a great number of different mammal species that can be spotted in during safaris and game drives. The safari park is home to animals that are not easily found elsewhere in the country, from Uganda’s only population of impala to Burchell’s zebra. While elephants are absent in the park, there are plenty of other mammals to see. Safaris with Acacia Safaris Limited will guarantee wildlife sightseeing adventures in Uganda.
What animals can I see in Uganda?
The commonly spotted wild animals in Uganda include; Carnivores – Lion, Leopards, African wildcats, cheetahs, and many more. Herbivores – Buffalos, elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, rhinos, Zebra, Antelope, Uganda Kob, and many more. Reptiles – Crocodiles, pythons, snakes, monitor lizards, chameleons. Birds- African eagle, vultures, turacos, and many more