What to see on a safari  in Uganda

What to see on a safari in Uganda,Uganda is the pearl of Africa in that is blessed with abundant wildlife species which are found in the 10 national parks such as Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Kibale forest national park, Lake Mburo national park, game reserves, wildlife sanctuaries among others, hospitable people, rich culture, water bodies like lake, rivers among others. On your safari in Uganda you will a wide range of attractions that you will see such as big five animals including lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants and rhinos, other animals like giraffes, zebras, warthogs, giant forest hogs, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, Oribi, topi, eland, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, birds like the pre-historic shoebill stork, open billed stork, great blue turaco, ostrich, Kori bustard, papyrus canary, African green broadbill, standard winged nightjar, saddle billed stork, grey crowned crane, malachite kingfisher, African sacred ibis, primates like the endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys, grey checked Magabey, blue monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, mountains like Mount Elgon, Mount Stanley, Mount Speke, volcanic mountains like Mount Gahinga, Mount Muhabura and Mount Sabyinyo.

You can also engage in adventurous and thrilling activities in different safari destinations on your safari in Uganda such as gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, mongoose tracking, lion research tracking, birding, nature walk, game drive, community tour, mountain biking, sport fishing, hiking, boat cruise, night game drive  among others to view abundant wildlife as you enjoy your safari.

Safari destinations in Uganda and what to see

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in southwestern Uganda in Kanungu district and it’s a home of half of the endangered mountain gorillas which are found in four sectors namely Nkuringo, Rushaga, Ruhija and Buhoma. on your safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park you will participate in gorilla trekking which is the most done activity in Uganda and spend one hour with the mountain gorillas in their natural environment taking pictures, recording videos and learning more about their habits, behaviors, lifestyles among others. While on a safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park, you can also engage in other activities like birding where you will view different bird species, nature walk, Batwa trail experience where you will visit the Batwa communities who live outside the park and get an opportunity to learn about their lifestyle as well as be entertained through cultural performances like dances, music, stories among others hence making your safari memorable.

Murchison Falls National Park

The national park is located in northwestern Uganda 305kilometres from Kampala city and it’s the largest and most visited national park in Uganda. Murchison falls national park is blessed with abundant wildlife including savannah vegetation, the big four animals namely elephants, leopards, lions and buffaloes, other animals like hippos, giraffes, waterbucks, bushbucks, Uganda kobs which are viewed during the game drive in the northern sector, primates like chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, baboons, blue monkeys, black and white monkeys, vervet monkeys which are viewed in Kaniyo Pabidi, Budongo forest in the southern sector during chimpanzee trekking, bird species like the elusive shoebill stork, open billed stork, papyrus Gonolek among others which are viewed during nature walk, birding, boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and Victoria Nile Delta. Murchison falls national park is  bisected into two sectors that is the northern and southern sector by Victoria Nile therefore visitors who want to explore all the sectors cross Victoria Nile by a ferry.

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo valley national park is an isolated national park situated in Karamoja region northern part of Uganda in Kaabong district. The national park is rich with abundant attractions which can be viewed on a safari in Uganda including animal species like elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, bush pigs, Jackson’s hartebeest, giraffes, zebras, waterbucks, bushbucks, Oribi among others these animals can be viewed when you take a game drive in the park. you can also engage in nature walk where you will view some animals, feel the cool breeze, birding with great views of unique bird species such as Kori bustard, Ostrich, cultural encounter where you will interact with the IK people who live in Morungole Mountain and Karamojong people which gives you extra ordinary experiences during your safari in Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

This is the second largest national park in Uganda located in southwestern Uganda in four districts namely Kasese, Kamwenge, Rukungiri and Rubirizi districts. Queen Elizabeth national park offers a wide range of attractions and activities including game drive in Kasenyi plains, Mweya peninsular, Ishasha sector among others and during the game drive you will be able to view animal species like leopards, elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, warthogs, giant forest hogs, waterbucks, bushbucks, tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector,  bird species among others, boat cruise on Kazinga Channel which joins Lake Edward and Lake George where you will view a wide range of animals gathering along the water shores, hippos and crocodiles in water, water birds among others, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge where you will get an opportunity to spend one hour in the presence of the chimpanzees and also be able to view other primates like L’hoest monkeys, baboons, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys among others, nature walk in Maramagambo forest with spectacular views of the scenery and wildlife, bird watching activity, mongoose tracking among others.

 Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

This national park is located in southwestern Uganda Kisoro district. Mgahinga gorilla national park is one of the incredible safari destinations in Uganda in that it harbors the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. the park is a home of two habituated gorilla families namely Nyakagezi family and Hirwa family which migrated from Volcanoes national park in Rwanda in October 2019 and these two gorilla families are available for trekking daily. visitors on a safari in Mgahinga gorilla national park can therefore engage in gorilla trekking where they will be able to spend one hour with the mountain gorillas in their natural environment, golden monkey trekking where you will spend one hour with the golden monkeys watching them playing up in the trees, feeding, taking photos and recording the moments.

On your safari in Mgahinga gorilla national park you can also participate in climbing of the three Virunga volcanoes for example hiking Mount Mahinga which is 3,474m above the sea level and offers great views of crater filled swamp and giant lobelia, Mount Sabyinyo which is 3,669m above the sea level and on top you will be standing in three countries that is Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, Mount Muhabura which is the highest peak lying at 4,127m above the sea level offering spectacular views of Virunga volcanoes, Bwindi impenetrable national park, Rwenzori peaks, lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth national park on top.

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale national park is located in western Uganda and is also known as the primate capital because it harbors 13 primate species including chimpanzees, blue tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons among others. the national park offers chimpanzee trekking activity which is one of the most popular activities in Uganda where visitors get an opportunity to view and spend one hour with the chimpanzees in their natural habitat, chimpanzee habituation experience where visitors will spend four hour with the chimpanzees learning about their lifestyle, naming chimpanzees, watching them feed among others which is an adventurous activity that gives you exciting and lifetime experiences on a safari in Uganda. There are other attractions in Kibale national park such as bird species which can be viewed during birding, nature walk, animal species which are viewed during nature walk in the park.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo is one of the smallest national parks in Uganda located in western region on Mbarara-Kabale highway. though it is one of the smallest its blessed with abundant wildlife ranging from vegetation types, animals like zebras, impala, jackal, hyenas, bushbucks, warthogs, leopards, eland, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, bird species like African fish eagle, Abyssinian ground hornbill, white winged warbler, shoebill stork, black and yellow papyrus Gonolek among others. On your safari in Lake Mburo national park you can engage in fascinating activities such as game drive, boat cruise, nature walk, night game drive, Birding, horse riding among others which offer you with great views of animal and bird species.

Horseback Riding in Lake Mburo National Park
Horseback Riding in Lake Mburo National Park

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

This is a sanctuary located in the northern part of Kampala in Nakasongola district near Nakitoma village along Kampala-Gulu highway. Ziwa rhino sanctuary is the only destination in Uganda that harbors rhinos therefore visitors on a safari in Uganda should not miss out visiting the sanctuary so as to track the rhinos which are one of the big five mammals and once combined with a safari in Murchison falls national park you will be able to view the big four to make it the big five mammals in Uganda. There are other wildlife species such as crocodiles, hippos, monkeys, antelopes, bird species such as the shoebill stork among others and they can be viewed during the nature walk, canoe ride, birding, guided night walk among others.

Mount Rwenzori National Park

Mount Rwenzori is located in western Uganda in Kasese district at the border of Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo and is also known as the Mountains of the moon. the national park is a home of around 70 mammals including elephants, leopards, otters, bushbucks, primates like chimpanzees, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, bird species such as strange weavers, blue headed sunbird, long eared owl, Rwenzori turaco, slender billed starling, strange weaver, white starred robin, long eared owl, handsome francolin, golden winged sunbird, six different mountains where three of the mountains namely mount Stanley which is 5109m above the sea level, mount Speke which is 4890m above the sea level, mount baker which is 4843m above the sea level are permanently covered with snow. On your safari in Mount Rwenzori national park you will be able to engage in activities like mountain climbing, nature walk/hiking, bird watching among others which give you breathtaking and memorable experiences on your safari.

When to go on a safari in Uganda

Safari destinations in Uganda can be visited anytime throughout the year though the best period is during the dry season in the months of June to September and December to February. During this period there is less rainfall in the country therefore activities like gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, hiking, mountain climbing among others will be successful in that the access roads to the safari destinations and trails in the forest will be passable. safari destinations can also be visited in the wet season during the months of March to April and October to November in that the lodges will offer discounts to visitors hence favoring budget travellers, there will be plenty of food for birds and chimpanzees in the forest therefore you will be able to view plenty of colorful birds and no need of trekking deep in the forest in search of chimpanzees because they will be easily seen plus there will be few crowds in the national parks therefore you will have to whole park to yourself.

Uganda offers wide range attractions to see and breathtaking activities that you can engage in on your safari therefore all you need to do is to choose any safari destination of your choice and Achieve Global Safaris will organize the safari for you at an affordable price.

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