Wildlife Safaris in Uganda

Wildlife safaris in Uganda are the best safaris that visitors can take while visiting the country. It is blessed with unique wildlife including wild animals like elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, lions, leopards zebras, waterbucks, hippos, Uganda kobs, Jackson’s hartebeest, bushbucks, elands, topi, oribis,  primates like gorillas, chimpanzees, olive baboons, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys,  bird species like the elusive shoebill stork, great blue Turaco, saddle-billed stork, black crake, handsome francolin, pied and malachite kingfisher, vegetation types among others which makes it one of the visited destinations in the world. 

Wildlife Safaris in Uganda

There are 10 national parks in Uganda namely; Murchison falls national park and Kidepo valley national park which are located in the northern parts of the country.  Lake Mburo national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Semuliki national park, Kibale national park, Rwenzori national park  are all situated in the western part of Uganda while Mount Elgon national park is located in the eastern region of Uganda. Mgahinga gorilla national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park are situated in the southwestern part of Uganda.

Wildlife safaris in Uganda can be done on a game drive, night game drive in the park, boat cruise, horse riding in Lake Mburo, hot air balloon in Murchison falls national park and Lion tracking in Queen Elizabeth national park. You can also view wildlife during a biking safari or bird watching tours which help you to explore and enjoy great views of wildlife species.    

Where to go on a Uganda Wildlife safari.

Murchison falls national park

Majority of the wildlife safaris in Uganda are conducted in Murchison Falls national park. It is the largest and most visited national park in Uganda. The national park is bisected by River Nile into two sectors that is the northern and the southern sector and the northern sector is the most visited  sector harboring large concentration of wild animals therefore visitors who want to explore all the sectors will cross River Nile by a ferry. On your wildlife safari in Murchison falls national park in Uganda, you will view various wild animals such as the lions, buffaloes, elephants, leopards, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, bird species like the elusive shoebill stork among others. Various animal and bird species in the park will be viewed during the game drive which is done following tracks like Buligi game track, Albert, victoria track and during the boat cruise which is done upstream to the bottom of the falls and downstream to the Victoria Nile delta.

Queen Elizabeth national park

Wildlife safaris in Uganda can be conducted in Queen Elizabeth national park. It is the second largest national park in Uganda that is located in southwestern Uganda in Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi and Rukungiri districts. The national park is one of the most visited parks in Uganda harboring wild animals like elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, bushbucks and the famous tree climbing lions which are found in the Ishasha sector in the southern part of the park. Wild animals in the park are viewed during the game drive in Kasenyi plains, Mweya peninsular and Ishasha sector or during the boat cruise which is done on Kazinga channel.

Kidepo valley national park

Kidepo Valley national park is one of the best destinations for wildlife safaris in Uganda. It is one of the isolated protected areas located in the remote Karamoja region in Kaabong district. The national park is rich is wildlife species with some species endemic to only Karamoja region. On your game safari in the park you will participate in the game drive where you will view animal species in the open savannah plains and other animals gathered around the water banks during the dry season to drink water. animals that will be viewed include giraffes, zebras, bush pigs, lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, cheetah, African hunting dog, bat eared fox, black backed jackal, hyenas, caracal, aardwolf, greater and lesser kudu, mountain reedbuck, Gunther’s DikDik among others.

Lake Mburo national park

Lake Mburo national park in Uganda is the smallest savannah national park in Uganda. It harbors a variety of wildlife species both mammals and birds alike. Lake mburo national park offers game drives in the savannah vegetation and boat cruise on Lake Mburo where you will view animals around the water banks  and in the savannah plains such as the buffaloes, impala, topi, eland, bushbucks, warthogs, leopards, hyenas, jackals, duiker, bohor reedbuck, Sitatunga, klipspringer, zebra, impala, hippos, giant forest hogs, bird species like brown chested wattled plover, Abyssinian ground hornbill, African fish eagle, saddle billed stork, papyrus yellow warbler, white winged warbler,  pre-historic shoebill stork, black bellied bustard, grey crowned crane, rufous bellied heron among others.

Best time to go on a Wildlife safari in Uganda

Visitors can go on a wildlife safari in Uganda anytime of the year; although the best period is during the dry season in the months of June to September and December to February. during the dry season there is less rainfall in the parks which means that access roads to the national parks will be passable, there will be short grass in the park which enables clear viewing of the wild animals and many animal species will gather around the water bodies to drink water which gives you an opportunity to view abundant animals species and also take great photos.

Visitors can also travel on a wildlife safari in Uganda during the rainy season in the months of March to May and October to November. The rainy season is also known as the low season and during this period there is heavy rainfall in the parks therefore visitors who travel in the rainy season will explore the national parks with less crowds and also save some money in that the luxury lodges offer discounts to visitors as a way of attracting visitors to travel during the rainy/low season.

Wildlife Safaris in Uganda
Wildlife Safaris in Uganda

Where to stay during your Wildlife safari in Uganda

There are a wide range of luxury, midrange, budget and campsite accommodation facilities in Uganda where visitors on a game safari can stay therefore visitors are advised to choose lodges that are near the national parks for easy accessibility.

On your wildlife safari in Uganda you will have breathtaking and spectacular views of animal species like the big four mammals, bird species including the migratory, endemic birds which cannot be found anywhere among others which makes your safari in Uganda unforgettable.

Conclusion: You can now book your wildlife safari in Uganda through a trusted tour operator company like Explore Rwanda Tours and get to enjoy exploring marvelous wildlife safari destinations in the country.

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