Big five adventure in Uganda ; Uganda as the Pearl of Africa has got several game parks where to explore the big five animals such as; Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Queen Elizabeth National Park. One adventuring these big five mammals on a safari in Uganda is quite privileged experience.

For Rhino tracking is done at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, view elephants walk Infront of your safari vehicle on a game drive in one of the mentioned game parks.

Africa Big 5 is a term got way back in the 1800s by trophy hunters referring to what they considered the most challenging and dangerous animals to hunt on foot includes; African Elephant, Lion, Leopard, African Cape buffalo and the Rhinos. Today the term of African Big fives has become the most famous on Uganda Safaris.

Where to find the Big Five animals in Uganda?

The big5 animal in Uganda are perfectly seen in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Valley and Lake Mburo National Park and these big fives can be adventured while on game drive and big5 animals to see include; herds of Cape buffalo, African Elephant, a hunting pride of African lions and elusive Leopard, a relaxed and late evening savannah game drive may lead you to its hunting joints.

African Lion (Panthera Leo)

The largest and most imposing African carnivore but the most dangerous member of the Africa big 5 animals in Uganda. The African Lion, is the most sociable of the large cats, living in loosely structured feelings of pride of 5 to 15 animal species. In most countries on the earth, Uganda is one of the destinations where you can enjoy a reputation as ‘King of the jungle’ which is a popular symbols of royalty.

Uganda lions are mainly found in three largest savannah parks which are; Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks. In Queen Elizabeth National Park is also home to the rare tree climbing lions – Ishasha tree -climbing lions which are inhabit is Ishasha sector. While on game drive in the Ishasha sector you will be able to see them hanging on the tree branches of the figs.

The African Elephant ‘’ Loxodonta Africana’’

This is the biggest land mammal and in Uganda there are two types of African elephants; the savannah African elephant which can be seen on safari game drives in Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park.  The African forest Elephant is rarely seen in Uganda but lives in Kibale Forest and Bwindi Forest National Park

African Elephants are one of the big five mammal in Uganda and they are deadly and very dangerous.

Fact, elephants are very intelligent and have intense emotions.

They display deep social bonds all the times,

Elephants are believed to have the biggest memory and others.Big Five Adventure in Uganda

Leopard ‘Panthera pardus’

These are the most elusive animals and one of the African big 5 animals.

Leopards are sneaky and harder to see and naturally shy. Leopards are exclusively nocturnal and spends many daylight hours hidden.

They are solitary big cats haul large kills such as the antelope.

They are present in most of Uganda National Parks and forest reserves.

They can be spotted in Toro- Semliki Wild Reserve, Mount Elgon National Parks, Kidepo Valley, Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest and others.

African Cape Buffalo

This African cape Buffalo is one of the most dangerous animals to come across.

The best time to see this animal is; morning, Afternoon or overnight game drive while on a game safari in Uganda.

They have no predators a part from the real brave and hungry.

African cape buffaloes can be seen in Kidepo Valley, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale forest many more.


Rhinoceros are herbivorous mammals identified by its characteristic horned snouts.

Rhino is ‘’a Greek word’’ – Rhino ‘nose’ and ceros ‘Horn’s.

They are universally recognized by their massive body’s stumpy legs and either one or two dermal horns.

They have poor eyesight but their senses of smell and hearing respectively.

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