1O Must See Uganda Safari Animals

1O Must See Uganda Safari Animals

1O Must See Uganda Safari Animals

1O Must See Uganda Safari Animals: As a Uganda safari and tour operator, we usually ask our prospective visitors what they would like to see in Uganda. More often than we ask, our guests also ask us which animals they can see on a visit to Uganda’s many national parks and game reserves.

This is our list of 10 Uganda safari animals that we think should be on your bucket list. Uganda has a total of more than 340 species of mammals and more than 1000 bird species living in its parks and game reserves. This makes it really difficult to fully answer the question of what animals should be on a Uganda wildlife safari bucket list.

We have put together 10 animals that most of our visitors as spectrum of nature have loved seeing on their Ugandan safari trips. Is this list enough to cover all the interesting bits? Absolutely not! It is barely scratching the surface. We have complied a shortlist from all the animals our guests think are bucket list- worthy for the world traveler who is coming to Uganda.


The reason why gorilla trekking safaris are highly regarded the world over is that an encounter with the mountain gorillas is a moving experience. The hour spent watching these gentle giants going about their day is more breathtaking than the hike through the lush and dense forest that they live in. seeing and learning about their day is nothing you can compare to another experience. When you read our article about some interesting facts about mountain gorillas, you will learn more about the biggest of great apes. These gentle giants can be seen close in Bwindi impenetrable national forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park.


The African elephant is the largest land animal on earth and can weigh about 6,000 kgs. An elephant is one of the classic African safari animals and seeing one up close is a revealing moment for how big it really is. There are two types of elephants, the massive bush elephant and the smaller forest elephant with downward facing tusks. The best place for elephants is Queen Elizabeth national park, where both the bush and forest species can be found. One can also get to see them close during the kazinga launch cruise.


An African safari wouldn’t be complete without the spotting of lions. Even better is when the lions climb up the trees and mind whatever business lions mind as they over look the land and spot some pry in the lush Savannah grass. Lions are another safari animal that shouldn’t miss on your list because they are found in many of Uganda’s national parks and quick to spot. The tree climbing lions can only be found in the Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth national park.


The Uganda kob is a type of antelope that appears on the Uganda coat of arms as the national animal. Kobs are very common in most of Uganda’s national parks and live in grasslands near water bodies. The safari guide is always eager to tell you all about their ways of life and some interesting facts that are less known. They will most likely be the first animals to welcome you to Uganda’s savannah wilderness. The Uganda kob is so common that it is represented on the Uganda coat of arms as well as Uganda wildlife emblem because they signify the abundance of wildlife in Uganda.


Meet our closet animal cousins. An encounter with the chimpanzees in kibale national park is the best opportunity for one to see how closely related we are to these intelligent beings. Learning about chimps from our experienced guides will make it clear how closely related we are and make you appreciate nature in a whole new perspective?


The elands are the largest antelope species and can be found in only two national parks in Uganda that is Lake Mburo and kidepo valley national park. Mature elands can weigh up to 900 kgs and are said to produce milk that has better milk fat than that of the cow’s.


While theories abound about the zebras and their stripes, and whether any two zebras can have the same exact stripes. Zebras live in small small family groups but are social enough to mix with other antelope species as they feed which also acts as protection against the predators.  They can be found in most of Uganda’s national parks.


Golden monkeys are another primate species that are rare as the mountain gorillas. Golden monkeys can only be seen in DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. Unlike mountain gorillas which can be seen in the two parks, golden monkeys in Uganda are only in Mgahinga gorilla national park. They are very playful and always flying around the various branches which put on quite the show.


A visit to Murchison falls national park means seeing the tall and calm giraffes. Rothschild giraffes can only be found in Kenya and Uganda with Uganda having the biggest population. The size and nature of a giraffe is just a marvel of nature that will astound you farther as you learn about them from the game rangers. A giraffe is one of the big five safari animals and therefore deserves to be on your wildlife checklist.


With more than 1000 bird species, it would be wrong to end this list without a mention of one of the top birds that makes Uganda a true haven for birders. The elusive and prehistoric looking shoebill is interesting both for bird watchers and the non birders. The shoebill can be found in several laces of swamp vegetation such as Lake Mburo national park, Ziwa rhino sanctuary, Murchison falls and most popular of all in Mabamba bay on lake Victoria.

These 10 safari animals should be on your bucket list for a Uganda safari. However, they shouldn’t be the only ones, a great start that is nowhere near enough. All presented itineraries can be customized to suit a person’s budget and needs when they book with us. For more questions and inquiries about where find the top 10 safari animals, simply send us an email on info@exceptionalugandagorillasafaris.com or call us directly on  256775630809 / +256784912876 to speak to our reservations team.

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