Uganda wildlife: from trekking to safaris

Uganda remains rich in landscape and wildlife. From the barren open plains to the thick jungle covered mountains, popular wild animal species reside.

Though safaris might require hiking through challenging terrain, coming within close proximity to wild animals remains a rewarding experience.

Gorilla Safari

These popular Uganda holidays begin at the Bwindi National Park where vehicles cross lush rolling hills and head for the highlands. While climbing the elevation, the scenery includes the peaks of the Virunga volcanoes of Rwanda. The route then descends into the valley and into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The adventure continues while forging a way through thick underbrush and tall vegetation. Patience remains vital when tracking the mammals. The gorillas often migrate from one location to the next in search of suitable food and shelter.

Once encountered, visitors have an hour to sit and watch in amazement as family members communicate with each other and carry on with their daily activities. The luxury safari includes the opportunity for taking photographs and videos.

Chimpanzee Trekking

Luxury safari options might also include a visit to the Kibale Forest National Park to see the chimpanzees that live there. After arriving at the park, guests receive an informative briefing by park rangers. Rangers serve as guides during this unique excursion.

Besides chimpanzees, visitors might see approximately one dozen other primate species living here. Spectators often catch a glimpse of baboons, red-tailed and Vervet monkeys.

While maintaining a safe distance, guests can enjoy watching the activities of the primates; from the playful antics of the youngest to the lazy demeanor of the eldest.

Later in the day, Uganda holidays continue as visitors embark on a nature walk around the Bigodi swamp where a variety of bird species and smaller primates reside.

Traditional Uganda Safari

The region features hundreds of animal species and Uganda holidays often include visiting a variety of national parks, which provide the chance to view large numbers of these animals in their natural habitat. A traditional luxury safari may begin at Lake Mburo National Park in the western region of the country.

Guests enjoy a scenic boat ride on the lake and keep a look out for crocodiles and hippos that huff and spray water nearby. Watch as water buffalo indulge in a refreshing drink while along the shore.

On the savannah, the view includes herds of Eland, Impala and Zebra. The African Fin Foot, Bush Strike and Papyrus bird species also frequent the area.

Safaris at the Queen Elizabeth National Park provide the rare opportunity for viewing tree climbing lions relaxing in acacia and fig trees. When exploring the Kasenyi region, guests see any number of animals that include antelopes, buffaloes and elephants along with the possibility of spotting forest hogs, hyenas or leopards.

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