Looking to exploring Uganda, the pearl of Africa? Though less known to African big game safari seekers, uganda is an amazing country when it comes to wildlife safaris.
While in Uganda, you can enjoy some of the best wildlife safari experiences;
- Gorilla safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
- Game Viewing Safaris in several national parks
- Chimpanzee Tracking Safaris in Kibale, Budongo Forest,
Located in east Africa, Uganda is known to many as the Pearl of Africa and others describe it as Africa in one. All those descriptions are very true because Uganda is a very outstanding destination blessed with a variety of wildlife attractions compared to her counterpart tourism destinations. There are various areas that make Uganda an outstanding destination and they include the following.
The Mabamba Swamp
This is among the top birding destinations in Uganda located along the shores of lake Victoria in Entebbe. This swamp in habits a large number of birds and while on a canoe ride along the swamp one cannot miss out on seeing the rare Shoebill stork, African Jacana, purple heron, white winged black tern, common moorhen, African fish eagle, black headed weaver birds, pied kingfisher, grey headed kingfisher, white winged tern, malachite king fisher, blue breasted bee eater, swamp fly catcher and so much more.
A birding safari in the Mabamba swamp is very adventurous especially while in the canoe and it enables tourists to explore Lake Victoria. Most of the bird species here can be easily seen in the morning as they hunt their prey for meals.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
This is located in western Uganda in Kasese district. Wildlife safaris to Queen Elizabeth National Park introduces tourists to various wild animals that include the rare tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector, elephants, waterbucks, Topi’s, crocodiles and hippos along the Kazinga channel, chimpanzees in the Kyambura gorge forest and a number of birds. While here, you can also see a number of geographical attraction features that include craters, crater lakes, a gorge and many others. This national park can be best explored while on game drives along the major trails or while on a boat cruise especially along the Kazinga channel, which has the highest hippo population in east Africa.
Wildlife activities in this national park can be carried out at any time of the year and the safari guides are well informed with enough wildlife information a tourist maybe interested in.
Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary
It’s the only place in Uganda with white rhinos in the wild. The Zziwa rhino sanctuary is located in Nakasongola district just 7 kilometers from the main road. There are 15 rhinos here as well as other wildlife species including birds like the shoebill stork, animals like the water bucks and other small antelopes. This sanctuary offers rhino tracking experiences, nature walks and canoe trips along the swamp to view the rare shoebill stork. The Zziwa has a standard accommodation facility (Amuka lodge), which offers great accommodation services, but one can also get camping facilities while at the sanctuary.
Murchison Falls National Park
Also located in western Uganda, Murchison is the largest national park in Uganda with a number of wild animals. Wild animals like elephants, buffaloes, hippos, Oribi, giraffes, warthogs, hartebeests, Nile crocodiles, lions, waterbucks and many others can be seen while on game drives and while on a boat cruise along river Nile.
Murchison falls are also outstanding tourist spots and are toured by most tourists in this national park especially while on a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and a hike to the top of the magnificent falls. Murchison falls national park also has a forest reserve (Budongo forest reserve), which harbors a number of primate species as well as birds. Budongo forest has over 650 chimpanzees and its one of the chimpanzee tracking destinations in Uganda. Other primates that can be sited here include monkeys and a number of baboons.
This national park is one of the best savanna wildlife destinations and wildlife safaris there are very rewarding and adventurous.