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Uganda Wildlife Safaris, Uganda Wildlife Safari Tours 2024-2025 Guide

Are you looking for the best tailor-made Uganda wildlife safaris? Discover amazing wildlife from our extensive range of amazing Uganda wildlife safari tours, offering exceptional game viewing tours in Uganda safaris in top wildlife safari parks in east Africa.

Uganda boasts a diverse range of wildlife to see during Uganda safaris. Positioned at the meeting point of the East African Savannah and the Equatorial regions of West and Central Africa.

This unique location creates a rich habitat such as Queen Elizabeth National Park known for wildlife safaris and birds, Murchison Falls National Park Uganda, Lake Mburo National Park, kibale Forest National Park Uganda for chimpanzee trekking, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park, where to trek endangered mountain gorillas, for a myriad of species, including remarkable flora and fauna, forming the foundation for uganda wildlife safari tours.

For those seeking wonderful Uganda wildlife safaris, Uganda safaris offer an impressive variety of African wildlife due to Uganda's geographical diversity. This rich natural habitat of amazing Uganda wildlife safari parks and reserves supports a myriad of species, both flora and fauna, establishing Uganda as a prime destination for wildlife safari tours.

Our popular Uganda wildlife safaris or Uganda wildlife safari packages in pristine Uganda safari parks offer a once-in-a-lifetime journey to see the unique wildlife of Uganda amidst breathtaking natural landscapes of savannah grasslands, rainforests, mountains, hills, woodlands, freshwater lakes, rivers, and wetlands.

Our wildlife Uganda safaris take you to over 10 Uganda safari parks and 12 wildlife safari reserves, where you will encounter 4,500 plant species, 1,074 species of Uganda birds (11% of the world's total species of birds) popularly found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Murchison National Park, Kidepo National Park, Kibale Forest National Park 142 reptile species, 1,253 butterfly species, and 345 animal species, including 20 primate species and the African Big 5, among many others.

Are you looking for the best tailor-made Uganda wildlife safaris? Discover amazing wildlife from our extensive range of amazing Uganda wildlife safari tours, offering exceptional game viewing tours in Uganda safaris in top wildlife safari parks in east Africa.

Uganda boasts a diverse range of wildlife to see during Uganda safaris. Positioned at the meeting point of the East African Savannah and the Equatorial regions of West and Central Africa.

This unique location creates a rich habitat such as Queen Elizabeth National Park known for wildlife safaris and birds, Murchison Falls National Park Uganda, Lake Mburo National Park, kibale Forest National Park Uganda for chimpanzee trekking, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park, where to trek endangered mountain gorillas, for a myriad of species, including remarkable flora and fauna, forming the foundation for uganda wildlife safari tours.

For those seeking wonderful Uganda wildlife safaris, Uganda safaris offer an impressive variety of African wildlife due to Uganda's geographical diversity. This rich natural habitat of amazing Uganda wildlife safari parks and reserves supports a myriad of species, both flora and fauna, establishing Uganda as a prime destination for wildlife safari tours.

Our popular Uganda wildlife safaris or Uganda wildlife safari packages in pristine Uganda safari parks offer a once-in-a-lifetime journey to see the unique wildlife of Uganda amidst breathtaking natural landscapes of savannah grasslands, rainforests, mountains, hills, woodlands, freshwater lakes, rivers, and wetlands.

Our wildlife Uganda safaris take you to over 10 Uganda safari parks and 12 wildlife safari reserves, where you will encounter 4,500 plant species, 1,074 species of Uganda birds (11% of the world's total species of birds) popularly found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Murchison National Park, Kidepo National Park, Kibale Forest National Park 142 reptile species, 1,253 butterfly species, and 345 animal species, including 20 primate species and the African Big 5, among many others.

Below Are The Most Popular Uganda Wildlife Safaris & Tour Packages

Top Wildlife Species in Uganda to See on Uganda Wildlife Safari Tours

4 Days Safari in Uganda

Uganda’s abundant wildlife includes some of the world’s most fascinating species. Game viewing Uganda safari trips offer great apes, monkeys, and snakes inhabit its dense forests, while big game and antelope roam the sweeping savannahs. Some wildlife species are migratory, such as several bird species, while others, like snakes and frogs, may hibernate during the wet or dry seasons, making them less visible during your Uganda safaris.

Here are some of the top wildlife species in Uganda:

Great Apes:

  • Mountain Gorilla
  • Chimpanzee

Monkeys (18 species):

  • Golden monkey
  • Black-and-white colobus monkey
  • L’hoest’s monkey
  • Red-tailed monkey
  • Red colobus monkey
  • Grey-cheeked mangabey
  • Olive baboon
  • Patas monkey
  • Vervet monkey
  • Blue monkey
  • Bushbabies (Galagos)
  • Pottos

Carnivores (38 species):

  • Ground-dwelling lion
  • Tree-climbing lion
  • Leopard
  • Cheetah
  • Spotted hyena
  • Side-striped jackal
  • Black-backed jackal
  • Bat-eared fox
  • Mongoose
  • Otters
  • Caracal
  • Serval
  • African golden cat
  • African civet

Large Herbivores:

  • African elephant
  • African buffalo
  • Southern white rhino
  • Hippopotamus
  • Rothschild’s giraffe
  • Plains zebras (Burchell’s zebras)

Antelopes:

  • Common eland
  • Defassa waterbuck
  • Jackson’s hartebeest
  • Greater kudu
  • Lesser kudu
  • Uganda kob
  • Bushbuck
  • Impala
  • Sitatunga
  • Reedbuck
  • Oribi
  • Gunther’s dik-dik
  • Klipspringer
  • Common duiker
  • Forest duiker

Reptiles:

  • Nile crocodiles

Birds: Uganda is home to about 51% of Africa’s bird species. Notable species of birds include:

  • Shoebill
  • African green broadbill
  • Green-breasted pitta
  • Fox’s weaver
  • Dusky crimsonwing
  • Great blue turaco
  • Rwenzori turaco
  • Jackson’s francolin
  • Nahan’s francolin
  • Grey-crowned crane

Best Uganda Wildlife Safari Activities/Experiences

Visiting Africa and experiencing wildlife in Uganda is magical and especially done during Uganda safari game drives and nature walks in Lake Mburo Park. From dinosaur-like shoebills to the magnificent mountain gorilla, Uganda offers unforgettable wildlife safari experiences. Here are some of the best wildlife safari experiences in Uganda:

Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Gorilla trekking in Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is often described as one of the most life-changing wildlife experiences in the world. Being face-to-face with a wild gorilla -the top attractions in Uganda, is on many people’s ‘must-do before you die’ list. Whether it’s due to their intimidating size combined with their unexpected gentle grace or their human-like behavior, it’s easy to see why gorilla trekking is such an amazing experience.

Chimpanzee Trekking

Chimpanzees in Uganda

Chimpanzees trekking in Uganda (chimpanzee tracking) in Kibale Forest National Park & Queen Elizabeth National Park & Murchison Falls National Park is another unforgettable Uganda tour. Unlike the majestic mountain gorillas that tend to sit and feed, chimps squabble and socialize, climb up and down trees, feed, and fight, keeping you entertained.

Current estimates for the total wild population of chimpanzees range from 150,000 to 250,000, with Uganda home to about 5,000 individuals. Almost 1,500 are found in Kibale National Park, the most popular place for chimp tracking in the country. You can also track chimps in Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu Forest, Budongo Forest, and the Semliki Valley.

Most of our Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda safari holidays focus on Kibale Forest National Park, which has a very high success rate for sightings.

Wildlife Game Drives

9 Days Uganda Safari - Tree climbing Lions in Uganda

During Uganda safaris, a game drive in Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park & Kidepo Valley National Park is a highlight of your visit to Uganda’s savannah national parks while on your wildlife safaris. They provide the best way to explore the parks in custom-made safari vehicles, such as safari vans and Land Cruisers, which are comfortable for a Uganda wildlife safari.

Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Taking a 2-hour boat tour on the Kazinga Channel is a must-do activity when visiting the park. It will give you the chance to view some of the world’s highest concentrations of hippos in Africa, as well as African buffalo, African elephants, and Nile crocodiles on the shoreline.

During majority Uganda wildlife safaris, you’ll also see water birds, including African skimmers, pelicans, white-breasted cormorants, African openbill, saddle-billed stork, glossy ibis, African wattled lapwing, water thick-knee, grey-hooded gull, and white-winged and gull-billed tern. Lake Mburo National Park is another great Uganda safari park where you can enjoy a boat cruide during your Uganda wildlife safari.

Cruising Along the Nile River to The Bottom of Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls Park - Nile Boat Cruise Safari in Uganda

Many Uganda wildlife safari tours include this 3-hour boat ride that takes you on the legendary River Nile more relaxed waters as it joins the Lake Albert delta in Murchison Falls National Park. On the banks and in the water, you see many hippos, Nile crocodiles, and, if lucky, the iconic and sought-after shoebill.

Other birds to look for include African darter, goliath and purple heron, woolly-necked and yellow-billed stork, hamerkop, Egyptian goose, African fish eagle, black crake, Senegal thick-knee, spur-winged lapwing, African jacana, malachite, pied, and giant kingfisher.

Upon arriving at the bottom of the falls, you marvel at Murchison Falls, described as the most spectacular event on the Nile along its entire 6,700 km length. The 50-meter-wide river forces itself through a rocky gap less than 8 meters wide before falling 45 meters to what has been termed the “devil’s cauldron” below, forming a plume of spray marked by a thunderous roar and a permanent rainbow. It is a truly unforgettable Uganda wildlife safari experience!

Birding/Birdwatching

14 Days Uganda Birding Safari

Uganda boasts several fantastic birding sites and an incredible 1,074 species, accounting for 50% of the total number found in Africa and 11% of the species of bird in the world. Uganda birding tours promise to be an unforgettable Uganda wildlife safari adventures popularly done in Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo National Park.

Rhino Tracking on Foot in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

You can get up close to Uganda’s only rhinos in Ziwa Sanctuary. Watching these prehistoric-looking heavyweights on foot is a thrilling Uganda wildlife safari holidays. Proceeds go toward breeding and ultimately reintroducing rhinos into Uganda’s parks, making this a must-visit destination.

Searching for the Tree-Climbing Lions on a Uganda Tour

To spot tree climbing lions during a Uganda tour, the king of the savannah, is always a treat. But can you imagine seeing the biggest, and possibly most clumsy, of the big cats perched high up in a tree?

In the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, big prides reliably spend their days in ancient fig trees. They look quite comfortable until they want to come down. Let’s say, you won’t confuse any of them with a graceful leopard when you see them on your wildlife tour.

Best Time to Go on a Wildlife Safari in Uganda

The best time to embark on a wildlife safari in Uganda is during the Dry seasons, from June to August and December to February. On a Uganda tour wildlife viewing is at its peak, and primate walks in the forest, though inherently wet, often benefit from bright sunshine following heavy rains.

Uganda Wildlife Safaris in Dry Season (June to August and December to February)

  • Ideal time for gorilla trekking & chimpanzee tracking due to drier conditions.
  • Game viewing is ideal because the vegetation in savannah game parks & reserves is less dense, and animals congregate around water sources, making them easier to spot.
  • Parks remain uncrowded even during the high season (June to September).
  • Clear skies, less rain, and more sunshine hence so ideal for a Uganda tour.
  • Gorilla permits need to be booked well in advance.

. Community tour expeditions are very popular during the dry season

Uganda Wildlife Safaris in Wet Season (March to May and September to November)

  • The savannah reserves are greener, and it’s the low season, leading to lower rates.
  • Wildlife spotting is still good despite thicker vegetation.
  • Presence of many newborn animals.
  • Some roads become challenging, and forest trails can be slippery.
  • Gorilla permits are non-refundable even if it rains; departures proceed as scheduled.

Uganda National Parks | Uganda Wildlife Safari Parks | Wildlife Safari Reserves in Uganda, Tourist Sites – Attractions – Destinations

With over ten national parks, Uganda stands out as one of Africa’s top safari destinations. Each park offers unique experiences, incredible wildlife, and stunning landscapes.

Full List of All National Parks in Uganda

These parks are the premier destinations for wildlife safaris in Uganda, featuring diverse flora, fauna, and unforgettable activities such as gorilla trekking and cultural encounters with local tribes.

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  • A Natural World Heritage Site with nearly half of the world’s mountain gorillas.
  • Home to 120 other mammal species, including forest elephants and 11 primate species.
  • Top birding destination with over 351 species, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics and beautiful scenery.
  1. Kibale National Park

  • Lush tropical rainforest with high primate diversity and the primate capital of the wild.
  • Habitat for over 1,500 chimpanzees and 12 other primate species e.g bush babies.
  • Home to 375 bird species, including the rare Green-breasted pitta.
  1. Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Located in the Great Rift Valley, featuring rolling savannah, rainforests, and crater lakes and beautiful scenery.
  • Hosts 95 mammal species and 611 bird species.
  • Highlights include tree-climbing lions and the Kazinga Channel’s hippos and crocodiles.
  1. Murchison Falls National Park

  • Uganda’s largest park, known for the dramatic Murchison Falls (the most stunning waterfalls) and beautiful scenery.
  • Diverse wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, and the iconic shoebill.
  • Popular boat trips to the base of the falls.
  1. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

  • Smallest park, home to mountain gorillas and Golden monkeys.
  • Scenic volcano hikes and cultural experiences with the Batwa pygmies.
  • Excellent birding with about 184 species.
  1. Lake Mburo National Park

  • Closest park to Kampala, known for birding and diverse mammals.
  • Notable species include Burchell’s zebra, Impala, and Rothschild’s giraffe.
  • Activities include birding, game drives, nature walks and boat cruises.
  1. Kidepo Valley National Park

  • Remote wilderness with 77 mammal species and 475 bird species.
  • Unique wildlife like cheetahs, bat-eared foxes, and caracals.
  • Offers a pristine Uganda tour experience with low visitor numbers.
  1. Semuliki National Park

  • Ancient lowland tropical rainforest, rich in flora and fauna diversity.
  • Home to 441 species of birds and rare mammals like the Water chevrotain.
  • Features East Africa’s only lowland rainforest.
  1. Rwenzori Mountains National Park

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site with stunning mountain scenery.
  • Known for snow-capped peaks and unique endemic species.
  • Popular for hiking and exploring diverse ecosystems.
  1. Mount Elgon National Park

  • Named after the extinct volcano, offering hiking and diverse wildlife.
  • Home to over 300 species of bird other animals.
  • Attractions include caves, hot springs, and Sipi Falls.

These parks collectively provide a wide array of activities and breathtaking landscapes, making Uganda an exceptional destination for wildlife safaris.

Here Is The List Of Top Uganda Wildlife Safari Game Reserves In Uganda

Besides the Uganda wildlife safari parks, Uganda features savannah game reserves in Uganda and sanctuaries that support a myriad of Uganda wildlife safaris including the Pian Upe game reserve, Matheniko – Bokora game reserve, the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the Toro – Semliki Game Reserve, the Kabwoya game reserve and the Kigezi game reserve.

Uganda is home to the classic wild game including the Big5 land animals namely; the Rhinos, LionsLeopard, the African Elephant, and the Cape Buffalo. Others include the myriad of antelopes like Impala eland, the greater and lesser KuduJackson’s hartebeest, the Roan Antelope, the Uganda KobsDuikers, the pygmy antelope, Defassa waterbuck, and the Bushbuck, giant forest hogs and other animals.

The myriad of their unique wildlife such as populations of Rothschild Giraffes, the side-stripped Jackals, and the spotted Hyenas among others derive remarkable Wildlife safaris in Uganda experience.

These Are The Most Sought After Game Reserves For Your Uganda Wildlife Safari Tours

  1. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place in Uganda to see the near-threatened (Southern) White Rhinoceros Ceratotherium simum simum in the wild. The 70 km2 sanctuary is home to 32 White Rhinoceros.

Aside from Rhinos, it is home to at least 40 mammal species and over 300 species of birds including the Shoebills, Giant Kingfisher, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Double-toothed Barbet, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Great Blue and Ross’s Turaco.

On your Uganda wildlife safari in Ziwa, you can enjoy thrilling Rhino tracking encounters on foot, Shoebill Trek and Canoe Ride, Bird Watching and Nature walking.

  1. Budongo Forest

Budongo Forest is a 435 km2 tract of intact, virgin tropical forest on the southern edge of the Murchison Falls National Park. It is the biggest Mahogany forest found in East Africa, offering excellent Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and birding to further make your wildlife safari in Uganda amazing.

Budongo is astonishingly bio-diverse with 24 species of Uganda mammals, over 366 bird species, 289 species of butterflies and 465 plant types. The forest is home to about 800 Chimpanzees, one of Uganda’s largest populations and monkeys including Red-tailed, Blue, and Black-and-white colobus monkeys. Tree pangolins, elephant-shrew and gigantic hammerhead bats are also residents.

For birders, Budongo is a key destination for birding in Uganda. Indeed, such is its avian wealth that the track nicknamed the ‘Royal Mile, is regarded as one of Africa’s most rewarding birding spots with fantastic species like Nahan’s Partridge, White-thighed Hornbill, Cassin’s Spinetail, Flycatchers, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Ituri Batis, Tit Hylia, Forest Robin, Narina Trogon, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Black-billed, Plain, Greenbuls, Chocolate-backed, Blue-breasted and African Dwarf Kingfisher, among other species.

  1. Kalinzu Forest

Kalinzu Forest is the second-best destination for Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda after Kibale National Park. Kalinzu covers 137 km2 and it is an extension of Queen Elizabeth Park’s Maramagambo Forest. It comprises more than 400 tree species and at least 300 chimpanzees, including a 40-strong community habituated for tourists and a slightly larger one reserved for research.

Besides chimps, there 5 other diurnal primate species you will encounter during your Uganda wildlife tour in Kalinzu Forest Reserve, including Olive baboons, Black and white colobus, Red-tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys, and L’hoest’s monkeys. Other wildlife in Kalinzu includes 378 species of birds, 262 species of butterflies and 97 species of month.

  1. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is situated in Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and is home to around 52 orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued from elsewhere in Uganda and are being rehabilitated as much as possible on this thickly forested island. Day trips to see the residents are superb. It’s a 45-/90-minute speedboat or motorised canoe ride from Entebbe to get here.

  1. Mabamba Bay Swamp

The legendary Mabamba Swamp is a large 166 km2 wetland on the shores of Lake Victoria in the west of Kampala and is a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, as well as one of Uganda’s 33 Important Bird Areas. The magical species of this location is the endangered Shoebill, Uganda’s most famous and iconic avian resident, sought after by many wildlife-viewing Uganda safari visitors.

A canoe ride along the narrow channels of the swamp also gives you a chance to other bird species like the sought-after Papyrus Gonolek, regal African Fish Eagle, African Marsh Harrier, Black-winged Kite, Lizard Buzzard, African and Lesser Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, Black Heron, Pied Kingfisher, herons, egrets and waterfowl .

Best Wildlife Safari Companies in Uganda to Book Your Uganda Safari

When planning a Uganda wildlife safari, booking with a reputable tour operator can enhance your experience. These companies will arrange all your airport pickups from Entebbe International Airport and other logistics.

Here are some of the best tour operators for wildlife safaris in Uganda:

  1. Prime Safaris and Tours Ltd
  2. Wild Gorilla Safaris
  3. Safari Uganda Safaris
  4. A Uganda Safari
  5. Gorilla Trekking Uganda
  6. Uganda Birding Safaris
  7. Africa Safaris Tours
  8. Gorilla Safaris and Tours

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