Where can one see wildlife in Uganda? : Uganda which is known as the “the pearl of Africa” is a rich blessed country that many tourists from various countries worldwide,  while they are planning a safari tour to Africa, Uganda is first thought about as the best destination to travel to. Uganda is most visited because of its beautiful landscapes of the savannah grasslands, beautiful lakes, rivers, waterfalls, mountains and tropical forests that act as homes to the wonderful wildlife creatures of the country.

Uganda as a country has 10 national parks and 5 wildlife game reserves but there are four national parks that are famous for offering great opportunities to tourists to sight see the wildlife creatures and these places are; Lake Mburo national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valley national park.

Best places to view wildlife in Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Queen Elizabeth national park is the most visited national park for a wildlife safari. This Park is located in the Eastern region of Uganda in Kaseese district covering a total surface area of 1980 square kilometers and it is famous for its tree-climbing lions. Tourists travelling to Queen Elizabeth can access the park can take a drive of about 5-6 hours from Kampala city, take domestic flights from Entebbe International Airport, or from Aero link Uganda that leads you to Mweya Airstrip.

Queen Elizabeth National Park attracts many tourists on a wildlife safari because it is see as a home to primate species, 95 mammal species, and 600 bird species. This park has beautiful landscapes, sprawling savannah wetlands, shady forests, beautiful lakes, fertile wetlands and the highest peak points of this park are the katwe explosion craters. Queen Elizabeth National park harbours many wildlife creatures like; the giant forest hog, Leopards, rare tree climbing lions, spotted hyenas, Nile crocodiles, lions, African Elephants, chimpanzees, African buffaloes, and the Uganda kob. More so, it’s the best destination for bird lovers to visit due to the fact that it has numbers of different birds within the park and these include; Common sand martin, Grey- winged robin- chat, African skimmer, African fin foot, yellow throated cuckoo, white-backed night heron, great blue turaco, yellow-bellied wattle-eye, African hobby, Broad-billed roller, spotted redshank, pink backed pelican and many others. These birds can be easily spotted in the Ishasha sector within the park.

Where can one see wildlife in Uganda?
Queen Elizabeth wildlife Safari

Murchison Falls National Park.

Murchison falls national park is the biggest national park in Uganda covering a total surface area of about 3,893 kilometers. It is located in Masindi district in the Northern part of Uganda. this park is also known to be among the oldest national park within the country because it was established as a national park in 1952 and one can access park through taking a drive from Kampala city to reach the park  and tis journey takes about 4 to 5 hours and travelers can use the northern fate or southern entrance gate to access the park or alternatively they can decide to book chattered  flights from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airfield  and head to Chobe airstrip or Pakuba which are situated within the park.

Murchison falls national park is seen as the best destination for one to visit while on a wildlife safari in Uganda because it is a home to 76 mammal species which include; Buffaloes, Bushbucks, waterbucks, duikers, hippos, antelopes, elands, Giraffes, Nile crocodiles Uganda kobs, elephants, warthogs, hyenas, hartebeests, and Uganda kobs. More s, it is a home to over 450 bird species therefore,  bird lovers can also get a chance to see birds like; the rare shoebill stork, red- throated bee-eater, palm-nut vulture, Malachite kingfisher, Goliath heron, blue-headed casual, swamp flycatcher, squaco heron, speckle-fronted weaver, pink-backed pelican, African Qualifinch, Black-billed barbet, African jacana, Abyssinian ground hornbill and many others. However, there are a plenty of other attractions in Murchison falls national park that attract many tourists such as; the Nile Delta-lake Albert, Karuma falls, Rabongo forest, Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, Paraa, River Nile, the Murchison falls, Kanyiyo pabidi forest and many others, Where can one see wildlife in Uganda?.

Kidepo Valley National Park.

Kidepo valley national park is situated in the Northern part of Uganda in Kaboong district whereby it is stands at an elevation of 900-1200 meters above the sea level covering a total surface area of 1442 square kilometers.

Kidepo valley national park harbours over 77 mammal such as; elephants, leopards, bush pigs, jackal, bush duiker, lions, buffaloes, with Numerous ostriches and cheetahs that are commonly seen while giraffes have the largest number within the park. More so, this park is also a home to over 475 bird species that bird lovers get to sight see and these include; Rufaous chatterer, Black breasted barbet, Yellow- billed shrike, ostriches, Karamojs Apalis, Taita Fiscal,  and these birding activities cost 30 USD per person.

Lake Mburo National Park.

Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest national park in Uganda, which covers a total surface area of 370 square kilometers, and it is located in the East of Mbarara city in the Western region of the country. This park can be accessed through driving from Kampala city to Mbarara and this journey takes a distance of 240 kilometers. Tourists visiting Lake Mburo National park can be able to see plenty of wildlife animals due to the fact that it is a home to over 69 mammal species such as; leopards, oribi, elands, Zebras, hyenas, defassa, African leopards, Warthogs, water bucks, antelopes, Black and yellow papyrus ganalex, topi and while on water, they sight see crocodiles and hippopotamuses.

Where can one see wildlife in Uganda?
Lake Mburo National Park wildlife

More so, Lake Mburo national park has 13 lakes, which offer great opportunities to tourists to involve on boat cruise activities and visit the swampy valleys and forests within the park. This park harbours over 313 bird species, which ranks Lake Mburo National park among the best destination for bird watching.  While on these boat cruises, tourists sightsee birds like; the red- shouldered cuckoo shrike, the brown parrot, the emerald-spotted wood- dove, the rare red faced-barbet, Grey crowned heron, Brown- chested lapwing, Coqui francolin and many others.

However, tourists visiting Uganda on a Uganda wildlife Safari can also be able to see various numbers of animals and birds in other places like Bwindi Impenetrable National park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Kibale national park Rwenzori Mountains, Semuiki national park, Mount Elgon national park and many others.

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