The typical African Big five has always outlined Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Cape buffalo and Rhinos. Uganda has over the time evolved as a destination of travelers from all over the world to view Africa’s big five but has also at exposure the best Africa has got to offer such as Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees and even more such as Forest Elephants and Forest Buffaloes. The Big 5 was established by the Big Game Hunters in another time, big 5 was not just the size of the animals but the difficulty of hunting them.  Nowadays the term is used by Safari companies and Safari travelers to Africa and usually the only hunting is with a camera lens.

A typical safari in Uganda will offer you not only the Big Five, but Big Five plus including Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Forest Elephants, Forest Buffalos, Giraffes and other wildlife.

Lions:  The King of the Jungle is found in various parks in Uganda such as Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park where you can also find the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and in the remote Kidepo Valley National Park and Semuliki National Park.  There have been also sightings of lions at Lake Mburo National Park.  If you don’t have to go to traditionally one of the most sought after of the Big Five. Wildlife viewing safaris are organized to the above national parks throughout the year with unlimited number of tourists.

The Leopard:  The quick and elusive leopards are found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Mount Elgon National Park.  They are mostly nocturnal, but you can take a nocturnal Game Drive at Queen Elizabeth Park and just might spot some.  You just might spot one during an early game drive in some of the above parks.

Elephants:  Uganda has both the Savanna Elephants and the Forest Elephants which are a bit smaller and hairier than the Savanna cousins and you can find them in many of the National Parks and various settings such as the savannas and in and near forests.  Elephants of the Savanna or Forest variety can be found in all National Parks but Lake Mburo.   The best places to see Elephants include Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Buffaloes: Not only can you find the Cape buffalo in Uganda but also the smaller more reddish Forest Buffalos. They are quite powerful and can be found in many of the National Parks of Uganda such Lake Mburo Park, Murchison Falls Park, Queen Elizabeth Park and Kidepo Valley Park.  They are powerful animals and it is no wonders that they were included in the Big Five list.  They are simply powerful and awesome animals to behold.

Rhinoceros: Uganda was home to thousands of Rhinos, both black and white but the civil wars, poaching fueled by the demand for Rhino horns for medicinal purposes in the East and dagger horns in places such as Yemen wiped them. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a private nonprofit making project was set up in Uganda where there is an active Rhino rehabilitation program. A large reserve that allows the Rhinos to roam in the wild and yet in safety.  There is Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which is located near Masindi on the way to Murchison Falls National Park.

The Plus

Mountain Gorillas: Not normally included in the Big Five, the Mountain Gorillas are sought out by thousands each year and its featured attraction since it is the only East African country where you can find not only the Mountain Gorillas but a diversity of other African wildlife such as the Big Five Animals listed above.  The parks where Mountain Gorillas can be found are Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Chimpanzees:  There are lots of chimpanzees found in Uganda and Best Park to track them is the Kibale Forest National Park which is one of the only jungles in East Africa.  A fabulous setting with more primates than any other place in East Africa.  You can also track chimpanzees in Budongo Forest near Murchison Falls National Park, at the Kyambura Gorge at Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kalinzu Forest near Queen Elizabeth National Park and Semiliki National Park. You can also participate in a Chimpanzee habituation project for chimpanzee that will last all day long and this is only carried out in Kibale National Park

You can also visit Ngamba Chimpanzee Island where orphaned Chimpanzees can be seen close and actual interaction with chimpanzees can be arranged.  Don’t miss the Chimpanzees of Uganda.

You can book a Uganda Safari and have a chance to view the Big Five plus the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Feel free to contact us without obligation for information and best places to visit and we will create that personalized Uganda Big 5 plus Safari for you from Budget to Luxury Style accommodations creating lasting memories of your Big Five plus Safari in Uganda.