Uganda’s savanna national parks include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park offering the most amazing wildlife experience especially which includes the big five wild animals safari experience.

The big five mammals include lions, rhinos, leopards, African elephants and buffaloes. All these animals are available in Uganda and can be sighted in various national parks of the country. The quiet mornings and calm evening game drives in Ugandan national parks will bring the visitors very close to the big five animals.

Enjoying a lifetime experience with the mountain gorillas alongside the big five animal species brings about total satisfaction with the Ugandan safaris.  

ABOUT THE BIG FIVE ANIMALS.

  • CAPE BUFFALOES.

Commonly sighted in most of the iconic national parks in Uganda including Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Park, African cape buffaloes can be seen during the game drives. They are some of the most dangerous animal species to come across and generally have no predators except the energetic lions and water crocodiles.   

  • LIONS.

The proud lion is the most dangerous and deadly of the Big Five animals. Also known as the “King of the Jungle” and is mostly used in African cultures as a sign of bravery and strength. They are commonly found in Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls and in the Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth has tree climbing lions compared to what you’ll come across in other parks. 

  • ELEPHANTS.

Elephants are also one of the most seen and common animal species on Uganda safaris. Elephants are the biggest land mammals and also the biggest among the big five mammals. Savannah African elephant is the most common type of elephant species found in most national parks of Uganda. 

These elephants normally live in social groups led by female elephants. They are very peaceful mammal species until when disturbed and they are deadly. Herds of elephants can almost be seen in most of Uganda’s national parks, especially Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Park. 

LEOPARDS.

Leopards are solitary and nocturnal big cats who hide most of the daylight hours and appear mostly in the night.  They are the most widely spread big five animals and the smallest of the big five animals, though very sneaky by nature. They prefer wooden and rocky habitats and can be sighted in Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls. 

  • RHINOS.

Rhinos also known as Rhinoceros in Greek meaning “rhino” which is a nose and “ceros” a horn, they are herbivorous mammal species characterized by big body dermal horns either one or two and stumpy legs. Famously known for their smell and hearing high capacity compared to their poor vision. The northern white rhino is the biggest of the five rhino species and can only be found in Entebbe Zoo and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.  Rhinos are highly poached for their horns and therefore they are the least widespread of the Big Five animals.  

DIFFERENT NATIONAL PARKS AND PLACES IN UGANDA WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE BIG FIVE ANIMALS.

  • MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK. 

Murchison Falls National Park is the biggest and oldest national park with a wide range of ecosystems in Uganda. Situated in the northern western part of the country in Masindi district. The wildlife spot is one of the best places to see the big five animals including Rhinos, buffaloes, Elephants, leopards and lions. 

Aside from the big five animals, the park is on the other hand endowed with about 75 different mammal species including warthogs, antelopes, zebras, giraffes, duikers, primates like monkeys, baboons and more. 

  • KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK.

Visitors will be required to spend one whole day during the Kidepo safari tour with a stop over at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track the rhinos before proceeding to track the other four animals in Kidepo Valley National Park. A remote savanna rich in biodiversity has been a favorable shelter for the thriving and survival of other Big Five animal species. 

  • ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY.

Ziwa rhino sanctuary was initially established in 2015 aiming at reintroducing the rhinos back to the pearl of Africa’s wilderness after them being widely poached and killed in the 1970s. The sanctuary initially sheltered about six rhinos before 13 white rhinos in 2015 and currently has seen progress to about 30 rhino individuals. 

There are no recorded black rhinos in Uganda and the sanctuary enables its visitors to track and locate rhinos on foot.  Rhinos can live up to 50 years of age and have a strong sense of smell that enables them to avoid danger and search for food. There are over 60 well-trained game rangers alongside other teams that ensure the safety and well-being of these mammal species at the sanctuary.

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