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big five uganda wildlife safaris

The Big Five Uganda Wildlife Safaris are Famous because of the term big five that was derived from the big- game hunters and it refers to the five most difficult wild animals to hunt in Africa. Uganda is one lucky destination which is home to all the “Big 5” African mammals that you can explore during a wildlife tour in Uganda. The following are the Big 5 mammals to look out for on a Uganda safari

The African Cape buffalo is one of the big five and anyone on a game drive in Uganda’s savannah parks won’t miss spotting them. They are communal and live in large herds of up to 2000 members! Both sexes have a separate hierarchy, with males ruling over females. Cape buffaloes have the status of being so dangerous when they are wounded. In Uganda, cape buffalos are found in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Toro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve. They are among popular wild game explored on safaris in Uganda.

The African Elephant; a gigantic herbivore with thick, hairless skin, and flexible, long trunk, with long upper incisors protruding as curved tusks of ivory, and large, corn-shaped ears. These present hunting challenge due to their enormous size and ability to camouflage in tall savannah grassland. They as well charge easily compared to other species. Found in Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth and Kidepo Valley National Parks, Elephants account to a huge pull of tourists for wildlife tours in Uganda.

The Rhinos; these are equally large, thick-skinned animals having one or two upright horns on the nasal bridge. In Uganda, Rhinos are only found at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary on the way to Murchison Falls National Park. With a total of 19 Rhinos, the sanctuary is the only place where Rhino trekking safari in Uganda can be done.

The African Lion; it is a carnivorous animal with a short, tawny coat, a tufted tail, and male lions are distinguished by a heavy mane around their neck and shoulders. Lions are dangerous animals that prefer to live in savanna where tall grasses, shrubs, and bushes obscure them and cover them with shades. The lions can be encountered in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Kidepo Valley National Parks during holiday safaris in Uganda Africa.


The Leopard; it is fairly large, carnivorous animal with tawny fur, dark rosette-like black fur. Among the big five, it is most difficult to hunt because of its nocturnal and secretive nature. They are always fierce and seemingly not scared of anything. Leopards are found in Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth and Kidepo Valley National Parks.

The Big five Uganda wildlife safaris can as well be explored as part of comprehensive Uganda gorilla safaris that also include Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, culture, birds and remarkable scenery, though they cant be found in Uganda’s gorilla park of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.


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