Big five Safari Uganda : Africa big 5animals in Uganda – Uganda’s National Parks offers one of the most fabulous wildlife adventure, including the big five animals which can be spotted on a game safari to Uganda in Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Queen Elizabeth national Park.

You will go for the big fours in Murchison Falls, Kidepo Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda and Rhinos to make up a big 5 mammals at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary- the only place in Uganda where you can go for Rhino tracking experience.

 The term African Big5 was referred in the 1800s by trophy hunters and the big fives are considered as the most dangerous and challenging animals to hunt on foot, as they include the African Elephant, Lion, Leopard, African cape buffalo and the Rhinos. Today, the term big five, is mostly used with Uganda Safaris who now shoot the big five with the camera rather than a killing weapon.

The African big5 animals in Uganda are all present in Uganda and can easily be seen in all savannah game parks. Today, they have impacted on Uganda Tourism.

Where can you find the Big five animals in Uganda?

Besides from the Northern White Rhino which can only spotted in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Entebbe Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, tourists have a high chance of seeing the other members of the Africa Big animals in any of the four Uganda savannah game parks.

In fact, a game drive in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Valley and Lake Mburo National Parks is such perfect and unforgettable, as you visit in the Centre of nonchalant herds of cape buffalos, African elephant, a hunting pride of African lions and elusive leopard. If you want to view more of these mammals, engage in the late evening savannah game drive.

African Lion ‘’Panthera Ieo’’

African lion is known as the largest and the most African carnivore and the most dangerous member of the Big 5 animals in Uganda. The African lion –commonly known as the King of the jungle’’ live in loosely structured feelings of pride of five to 15 individuals.

Lions have special cultural significance in most countries on the continent. The name ‘’King of the jungle’’ are popular symbols of royalty, strength and bravery.

Big five Safari Uganda

Uganda lions are majorly found in the three largest savannah national parks which include; Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park.

In Queen Elizabeth National Park –  Ishasha sector is famously known as home for their unique climbing lions and have been branded as the ‘’Ishasha tree climbing lions’’ by tourists who flock this sector to have sight of this rare behavior.

African Elephant ‘’Loxodonta Africana’’

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

Facts; They are very intelligent

They are deadly and very dangerous mammals.

Leopard ‘’Panthera pardus’’

African leopard is the most elusive and the smallest of Africa big 5 animals.

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

This solitary big cats haul large kills like antelopes into a tree to eat alone, in peace.

They are found in habitats which offer adequate cover and are present in most Ugandan savannah parks and forest reserves.

On Uganda safari, leopards can be seen in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Kidepo Valley, Lake Mburo, Mountain Elgon National Parks and Toro-semiliki Wildlife Reserve.

African Cape buffalo

This is one of the most dangerous animals to come cross and commonly see mammal on Uganda Wildlife Safari. They are mostly adventured in Kidepo Valley, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest and Lake Mburo National Park.


Rhino is known as a large animal, herbivorous identified by its characteristic horned snouts.

The word ‘Rhinoceros’ comes from the Greek words ‘’Rhino’’ nose and ceros –horn.

Fact; they easily recognized by their massive bodies, stumpy legs and either one or two dermal horns.

They are famous for having poor eyesight but their senses of smell and hearing are highly developed.

 The largely surviving species in Uganda, can only be seen in the massively protected Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe – commonly referred to as the ‘’Zoo’’.

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