Animals you expect to see in Uganda

Animals you expect to see in Uganda : Uganda the pearl of Africa, is a beauty like no other; when you visit you Uganda you expect to see a lot of things from the beautiful nature, diverse wildlife, culture and history of the land and the people. However, what most tourists visiting Uganda are most excited about is the variety of animals one will see, when they come to the country.

Most people booking Uganda safaris are very eager to see what animals the country has and where they can see them at. Uganda is home to over 500 mammal species, 1000 bird species, 500 amphibian species, and 500 butterfly species among others. Almost 90% of these creatures live in their natural habitats in the wild and 10% or less live in the ZOO at the Uganda wildlife Educational Centre.

We know that you most interested in the animals in the wild so here are some of the animals you expect to see on you visit to Uganda.

Mountain Gorillas

Mountain gorillas are the most sought after animals in Uganda. Uganda is one of the three countries in East Africa that have mountain gorilla habitat and Uganda has the highest percentage of the gorillas, almost half of the mountain gorilla population is in Uganda.

Animals you expect to see in Uganda
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

When you visit Uganda you will have a chance to see these mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park in south western Uganda. Mountain gorilla trekking safaris are done all year round in Uganda.

On a mountain gorilla trekking trip you will spend an hour with the mountain gorillas and the rest of the time trekking, while at either of these parks you can also engage in other activities like hiking, birding and community tours. Mountain gorilla trekking permits cost USD 700.


After the mountain gorillas chimpanzees are the second most sought after apes in Uganda. Uganda still has the highest number of chimpanzees in East Africa with over 1000 chimpanzee living in Kibale National Park alone.

Tourists interested in chimpanzees have a chance to go chimpanzee trekking in any of the chimpanzee habitats in Kibale National Park, Kalinzu forest, Budongo forest and Kyambura gorge. Chimpanzee trekking in all these locations is done all year out and trekking permits for each place vary in price.

Depending on which place you are trekking at, you can also engage in other activities like birding, nature walks, forest walks, community tours, boat rides among other activities.

Big Five

Big five animals are the lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Uganda is a fortunate to have all these animals spread across its national parks. If you are a fan of the big five you will visit Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will also find tree climbing lions, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo National Park and the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. These are the main places known for having the big five animals however there are also other parks and game reserves that have the big five animals too. A visit to any of these parks will not just give you a chance to see the big five but also give you a chance in engage in other fun activities like water activities, nature walks, community tours and many more.

Animals you expect to see in Uganda
Big 5 Animals in Uganda

Other animals

Other animals you expect to find in Uganda include the zebras, Uganda Kobs, cheetahs, warthogs, topis, Impalas, antelopes, giraffes, monkeys, waterbucks, hippos and many more. These animals are found in game parks and reserves spread all over the country. These parks include but not limited to:- Lake Mburo National Park, Semiliki National Park, Semiliki Game reserve, Pain Upe game reserve, Mt Elgon National Park, Mt. Rwenzori National Park among others. These game parks and reserve also have other interesting activities that you can engage in including nature walks, hiking, community tours, zip lining etc.

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