Best places to see wildlife in Uganda : There are different places in Uganda where wildlife species can be seen and they include the 10 national park, 12 wildlife reserves as well as in the wildlife sanctuaries found in the country.

Wildlife in Murchison falls national park

Murchison Falls National Park is home to various wildlife species which can be seen during tours across its vas savannah plains.

The national park is the oldest and largest wildlife viewing destination located in the north western part of Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park is home to four of the big five wildlife species and the strongest waterfalls.

Over 76 mammal species can be seen during tours among Murchison falls national park and about 451 bird species. Some of the wildlife species found at the destination include giraffes, hippos, buffalos, elephants, warthogs, waterbucks, impalas, hartebeests, impalas, kudu, reedbucks, lions, leopards among others.

Activities such as game drives can be done during the search for the wildlife species in Murchison Falls National Park. These game drives take place in the morning and afternoon and are done in different parts of the national park such as along the Victoria trail, Buligi trail, Albert track among others.

Some of the attractions found in Murchison falls national park include the Victoria Nile which flows through the park. Boat rides take place to the bottom of the Murchison falls during safaris at the destination.

 Nature walks are also done during wildlife safaris in Murchison falls national park and tourists can enjoy seeing wildlife species on foot in the savannah plains.

Mountain gorillas in Bwindi national park and Mgahinga national park

During wildlife tours in Uganda, tourists can also see mountain gorillas in Bwindi national park and Mgahinga national park.

Gorillas are among the popular wildlife species which tourists are interested in seeing during their tours in Uganda. They can be seen during gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation tours around the south western part of Uganda where both gorilla trekking destinations are located.

Bwindi national park and Mgahinga national park are home to 21 habituated gorilla families which can be seen during gorilla treks throughout the year. During the gorilla tours, tourists spend 1 hour with the gorillas in their natural habitat and enjoy watching them closely.

Permits for gorilla trekking tours in Bwindi national park and Mgahinga national parks cost 800 USD per person and are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) for individuals above the age of 15 years during tours in Uganda.

Golden monkeys can also be seen during gorilla trekking experiences around Mgahinga national park

Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth national park

Queen Elizabeth national park is the second largest national park in Uganda which is home to a variety of wildlife species.

Tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector are part of the wildlife species found in Queen Elizabeth national park. Other wildlife species which can be seen during safaris around the destination include elephants, buffalos, impalas, leopards, waterbucks, topis, Uganda kobs, mongoose, hippos, hartebeests, elands, warthogs, hyenas, among others.

Wildlife species in Queen Elizabeth national park can also be seen around the Kasenyi plains where lion tracking is done as well as around the Mweya peninsula. Chimpanzees at the destination are found in the Kyambura gorge. Tourists can also visit the Katwe salt lakes around the national park.

Boat safaris on the Kazinga channel can also be done during Uganda wildlife safaris in Queen Elizabeth national park.

Primates in Kibale forest national park

Kibale forest national park in western Uganda is home to a variety of primate species which are about 13 in number.

Chimpanzees are the popular primate species that tourists visit Kibale forest national park to see during their tours in Uganda. Chimpanzee trekking experiences are done in the morning and afternoon during tours at the destination.

Other primates found in Kibale forest include black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, red colobus monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys, olive baboons among others. There are also over 350 bird species found in the national park in area such as the Bigodi wetlands.

Activities which are done in Kibale forest national park include chimpanzee treks, bird watching, guided forest walks as well as community visits.

Wildlife in Kidepo valley national park

Kidepo valley national park is located in the north eastern part of Uganda and is among the best locations to see various wildlife species.

The isolated national park consists of endless savannah plains where various wildlife species can be seen during safaris. Wildlife species in Kidepo valley national park include lions, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, waterbucks, elephants, buffalos, lions, cheetahs, leopards, elands, impalas, hyenas, kudu, topi among others.

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Activities which are done during wildlife safaris in Kidepo national park include morning and afternoon game drives, guided nature walks, hiking tours, cultural encounters with different semi nomadic tribes like the Karamojong, Ik, Dodoth among others.

 About 75 mammal species are found in Kidepo valley national park which is also home to over 470 bird species.

Rhinos at Zziwa rhino sanctuary

When visiting Uganda during wildlife safaris, tourists can also encounter rhinos during tours to the Zziwa rhino sanctuary which is located in Nakasongola district.

Tourists visiting the rhino sanctuary take part in rhino tracking experiences and can also take part in nature walks, canoe rides, wildlife viewing and also bird watching, the sanctuary is home to the Shoebill Stork which can be seen around the wetlands at the destination where various bird species can also be seen.

Wildlife in Lake Mburo national park

Lake Mburo national park is another destination in Uganda where wildlife species of a variety can be seen during safaris.

During safaris around the destination, tourists can engage in day and night game drives in search for wildlife species such as giraffes, zebras, antelopes, leopards, hippos, buffalos among others. There are also various wildlife species found at the destination.

Other activities which take place during Uganda wildlife tours in Lake Mburo national park include guided nature walks, boat rides on Lake Mburo, horse riding, bird watching, cycling among others.

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