It’s incredible how much varied wildlife lives in Uganda. In fact, it’s surprising that its borders don’t bulge with it all! From rare primates like mountain gorillas to glorious showy birds like the grey crowned crane to large beauties like the Big Five – the country is home to a fascinating cast of characters that everyone with a bit of nous wants to visit!
Below are some of the country’s most beautiful, rare and unusual animals in pictures, just to give you a visual intro to the wildlife that helps Uganda to live up to its name as the Pearl of Africa.
Primates of Uganda
Uganda is flush with many rare and fascinating Old World primates. The undoubted stars of the show are the critically endangered mountain gorillas, which live in the dense, misty forests of the southwest. But there’s also chimpanzees, black-and-white colobuses, patas monkeys, Uganda mangabeys, golden monkeys, vervets, and many more. Just take a look …
The best way to see Uganda’s primates is on a guided walk or hike. On gorilla and chimp treks, you’re almost guaranteed to see a troop.
Wildlife you can see on safari
There are many wonderful game parks throughout Uganda where you can go to see large game and other wild animals. Uganda has the Big Five, though to see its endangered black rhinos you must stop by Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, which we encourage you to do. The very best game parks for seeing large game include Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks in the west, Lake Mburo National Park in the south, and Kidepo Valley National Park in the north.
A Uganda safari is one of the best treats you can give yourself. And Uganda not only offers game drives – you can also go on boat, walking and mountain biking safaris!
Below are some of the gorgeous wildlife you can look for on safari in Uganda …
Varied and beautiful birds
Uganda is the best African country for birding. We say this because of its wide range of bird species and its varied and remarkably accessible habitats (savannah, rainforest and semi-desert).
Some of the best spots for seeing birds in Uganda include Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Semuliki National Park, the Rwenzori mountains, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Kibale Forest. Over 50 species of raptor have been sighted in Kidepo Valley National Park. These are all places we regularly take visitors, and are incredibly beautiful.
Uganda has a total of 1,066 confirmed bird species as of May 2020. For comparison, all of Great Britain has just 622 species, and Russia has just 804!
So if you love birds, then be sure to make plans to visit Uganda pronto. And if you’re not all that fussed with feathered things, we think the pics below could start to sway you! 🦉
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