Uganda is on the list of top destinations to go for African Big fives while in Africa for your discoverable Wildlife Safaris; The African Big Fives include Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions, Leopards and Rhinoceros.
They are called the African Big fives because they were very difficult to hunt on foot by local hunters and very dangerous to human life, these Wild animals contribute highly to boosting of Uganda’s Wildlife attracting in more tourists from different countries of the World particularly Wildlife lovers.
Planning for a visit to Uganda “The Pearl of Africa” but more interested in the African Big Fives, listed below are the major and best recommended places to go and meet with these Wild animals granting you opportunities of taking enough nice looking and enticing photos of these Wild animals.
Queen Elizabeth National Park. This exciting Park is popularly known for its stunning Wildlife offered on a visit including the famous tree climbing lions which are found in the Ishasha mostly sighted while resting up in the branches of fig trees.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a haven for Wildlife Safaris in Uganda mainly focused on game viewing. It is geographically located in the South western part of Uganda along Uganda’s border with Democratic Republic of Congo stretching from Virunga Mountains in the South to the Rwenzori Mountains in the North.
Queen Elizabeth National park includes the two lakes Lake Edward and Lake George which are connected by the Kazinga Channel, this Park is characterized with thick tropical rain forests, Savannah, grasslands, shrubs and fertile swampy areas which provide habitat to a wide range of different Wildlife Species including Wild animals, Primates, Reptiles, different insect species and different bird species including endemic and non-endemic species.
While in Uganda, it’s possible to see some of the African Big Fives including Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions and Leopards.
Murchison Falls National Park. Most of tourists received in Uganda for tours and Safaris like spending most of their time in Murchison Falls National Park, it’s also popularly known for its stunning Wildlife plus the great falls.
Murchison Falls National Park is geographically located in the North Western part of Uganda stretching from the shores of Lake Albert up to Karuma falls; Murchison Falls National Park also includes the Budongo Forest reserve.
This Park is characterized with thick tropical rain forests, bogs, shrubs, Savannah, grasslands and Woodlands plus swampy areas which are mostly characterized along the shores of the falls.
Among the ten Uganda’s National Park to go, Murchison Falls National Park is ranked to be the largest covering a total area of 3893 km2, this Park is recorded with wide range of different Wildlife species including Wild animals, Primates, Reptiles, different insect species, aquatic species plus different species of both water birds and forest birds.
Visitors to usually access it by road transport means or air transport means; traveling by road usually Kampala- Masindi- Gulu highway is the best route of reaching this Park. If not road transport you can go by air transport and always private charters are arranged from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip up to Pakuba airstrip in Murchison Falls National Park.
Kidepo Valley National Park. This is the far most isolated park in Uganda which is geographically located in the North Eastern part of Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park is popularly known for its stunning Wildlife including the unique species which are not sighted elsewhere in Uganda.
Kidepo Valley National Park lies along Uganda’s border with Kenya, most of its area is covered by Savannah grasslands and Woodlands although some forested areas appear but not on wide range, Water areas are characterised mostly in the Narus valley.
This Park can be accessed by either road transport means or air transport, travelling by road two route options can be used including Kampala- Masindi- Gulu highway or Kampala- Jinja- Mbale highway.
Travelling by air transport means, usually private charters are arranged from Entebbe airport up Apoka airstrip in Kidepo Valley National Park. Some of the African Big Fives in Kidepo include Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions and Leopards.
Lake Mburo National Park. This exciting Park is geographically located in the Western part of Uganda; it’s ranked to be one of the nearest Parks when coming from Kampala Uganda’s capital city.
Lake Mburo National Park is located near Mbarara town which is ranked to be the largest city in Western Uganda, Lake Mburo National Park is also popularly known for its stunning Wildlife which is habited in its tropical rainforests, Savannah, grasslands, shrubs and Swampy areas within the Park.
Visitors to Lake Mburo National Park access it usually by road transport means, when coming from Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park, Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara highway is the best route of reaching this Park including en route stop over at the equator for some brief explanation about it, photographs when posing and snacks.
The best way of sighting some of the African Big Fives while in Lake Mburo National Park is by game driving around the Park, boat rides can also expose you to some Wild animals which visit the shores in need of some water.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This is a protected area in the central part of Uganda located within the Kafu river basin in Nakasongola district, this exciting place to go is popularly known for the species of White Rhinoceros.
It was established majorly to provide habitat to the species of Rhinoceros after being reintroduced or exported from Solio ranch of Kenya, other breeds of Rhinoceros were donated by the Disney kingdom of animals of United States of America. While in Uganda this is the only place to go for these species of Rhinoceros.