Wildlife in Uganda

Uganda is the only country with both savannah and forest national parks. To date, the main attractions that the majority of visitors long to see in Uganda are the chimpanzees and mountain gorillas. Other smaller primates include patas monkeys, golden monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, I’Hoest monkeys, and Ugandan red colobus monkeys.

Uganda offers wonderful savannah safaris in addition to mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, giving visitors the chance to see the big five as well as additional animals like hippos, warthogs, and antelopes.

Uganda offers mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, African elephants, golden monkeys, big cats, antelopes, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, lions, African buffalo, birds, spotted hyenas, Nubian giraffes, warthogs, bush bucks, and waterbucks.

Top safari animals in Uganda that visitors can see

Mountain Gorillas of Uganda

Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are the primary locations for mountain gorilla tracking. The majority of tourists find this pastime to be the most alluring and popular thus far. The pleasure of getting close to mountain gorillas while they are in their natural habitat makes for an unforgettable travel experience for the guests participating in this activity.


The gorilla trekking in Uganda begins very early in the morning, at 7 a.m., with a briefing by your certified guide on the rules and regulations of trekking gorillas in Uganda at the park headquarters. Following the briefing, you are split into eight groups of four and sent into the bush to begin the hike. Depending on where the gorilla families are or have gone to graze, the hiking will last anywhere from one to eight hours.

Chimpanzees of Uganda

Uganda’s chimpanzee trekking takes you to the western region of Uganda, in Kibale Forest National Park. Chimpanzee trekking in this park begins at 7 a.m. with a briefing at park headquarters with the assistance of your certified guide, who provides you with the guidelines and procedures for trekking gorillas. Following the briefing, you are split into eight groups of four and sent into the bush to begin the hike. Depending on where the chimpanzee families are or have gone to graze, the hiking could take anywhere from one to eight hours.

The golden monkeys of Uganda

The golden monkeys, which can be easily identified by their golden orange patch on their upper flanks and back, are thought to live in social groups of up to 30 individuals. The golden monkeys, which are subspecies of the blue monkey, resemble these blue monkeys in every way. Typically, these primates can be recognized by a golden orange patch on their upper flanks and back.

Big cats

Uganda is among the top nations with the greatest concentration of large cats. The large cats in question include lions, leopards, and others. Many of these massive cats can be found in the park’s savannah grasslands.

African elephants in Uganda

Uganda, the “pearl of Africa,” is currently the top nation with more than 5000 African elephants, the highest population of walking animals on Earth. One may identify these animals by looking at their trunks, which are employed for most of their activities, including gathering food and communicating. The excess heat is radiated from their ears, which you can also observe.

Hippopotamus in Uganda

Uganda offers large semi-aquatic mammals with brown and muddy-gray skin. These animals are mainly found in Africa, and boat cruises in the morning and afternoon are the best times to see them. During the dry seasons, you can also spot these animals while they are in a flock. These hippos are also regarded as the second-largest mammals after elephants.

Crocodiles of Uganda

In Uganda, crocodiles can be viewed from the Nile system, which serves as their unique habitat. However, Murchison Falls National Park is the destination with the highest concentration of crocodiles, especially when taking a boat tour. The majority of them are in the water, though others choose to sit and warm up on the riverbanks.

Antelope species in Uganda

African antelopes can be observed grazing in the savannah grasslands of the parks during the early morning and late evening game drives. They can also be seen in large groups during the dry season when they are drinking from bodies of water. Over 29 different antelope species can be found in Uganda, which is home to several national parks in Africa.

African buffalo

The African buffalo is a sizable sub-Saharan African bovine, it is not domestic cattle. It may have never been domesticated due in part to its erratic disposition. One of the great animals that is typically seen in the savanna and in smaller groups in the forest is the African buffalo. It is also among the most hazardous creatures in savannah parks, especially if attacked and injured, which is why it is one of the “big five” species.