The Big five animals have for long formed the basis for African safaris and those intending to take up Safari in Uganda would be glad to know the key sites.
The destination Uganda is rich in bio-diversity due to her varying habitats that range from savannah to forested, water logged and highland environments. Talking of Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga where Uganda gorilla safaris are undertaken, Chimpanzees along with other primate species in the verdant forests of Kibale, Kalinzu and Budongo, extensive wild game in the open savannah landscapes of Kidepo, Murchison, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks, the Nile crocodiles and Hippos in the major water bodies including Lake Victoria and River Nile, one can admit that Uganda is indeed gifted by nature.
The African Big five animals thrive in the savannah rangelands and though some members of this group are scattered in various Uganda safari parks including Kidepo, Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks, no single park that independently contain these five species in its boundaries.
Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley National Parks are home to four of the Big five namely; Lions, Leopard, Buffalo and Elephants. Lake Mburo National Park is home to three of the Big five namely; Buffalo, Leopard and Lion (rarely seen).
The Rhinos are currently thriving only in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary following their re-introduction in 2005. And because of the Ziwa’s close proximity to Murchison, that’s why it is common to regard Murchison Falls National Park as the home to the African Big five safaris in Uganda.
Therefore, on even 2 – 3 days short Uganda wildlife safari to Murchison, one has an opportunity to view the African fig five with a stop en route at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. But travellers with medium (from 7days) to longer days, have got the liberty to combine the Big five in Ziwa Sanctuary and Murchison with the remarkable Chimpanzee and Gorilla trekking experience in Kibale and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks respectively.
4×4 Self drive Safari Cars hire rentals are always available for any traveller who wishes to take on a relaxing Self rive Safari to track down the big five.