Wildlife Safaris in Uganda Organized by Turaco Uganda Safaris
Efficient wildlife safaris in Uganda and Rwanda are mostly done when you visit the Savannah national parks. Wildlife safaris in Uganda can also be incorporated in your other Uganda and Rwanda safaris like the mountain gorilla trekking, bird watching safari and cultural adventure safari itineraries by adding extra days to a Savannah national park.
Wildlife safaris packages provide the best way to explore the numerous savannah national parks of East Africa in customized safari vehicles i.e. Safari vans, Land cruisers and the larger coaster buses which are comfortable enough while on the wildlife safari tour in the savannah safari parks.
In Uganda, the Savannah national parks are Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park. In Rwanda, wildlife safari tours are done in Akagera National Park and Nyungwe forest national park which have great opportunities for sighting the different animals while in the comfort of the safari cars.
Where to go for Wildlife Safaris in East Africa
- Queen Elizabeth national park Uganda Wildlife Safaris
Queen Elizabeth National Park found in western Uganda has the greatest biodiversity of any area recorded in all of Africa and is Uganda’s most visited national park. This national park boasts of over 600 bird species, which is the highest of any protected area in Uganda and East Africa.
The southern sector of the park known as Ishasha is home to the tree-climbing lions – often found relaxing in the fig trees after the night and early morning hunting. There are many theories as to why they choose to climb the trees, you can engage your driver guide to learn about some of the possible reasons.
The drive between ‘the main’ Queen Elizabeth i.e. Mweya Peninsular and Ishasha takes about 2 hours depending on the stopovers after sighting different animals en route. Queen Elizabeth national park is home to about 95 mammal species of which some of them will see while on a game drive in the Kasenyi plains, crater area, and Ishasha. Some of the big mammals include Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards, Hyenas, bush pigs, Warthog, waterbucks, bushbucks, and Hippos. It is also home to six monkey species which include the beautiful black and white colobus monkey, baboon and Chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge.
- Murchison Falls national park Uganda Wildlife Safaris
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda with a stunning semi-arid habitat for a variety of wildlife which makes for amazing game drive experience. The game drives mostly happen in the Delta area near Lake Albert but the entire northern bank of the river Nile is great for game drives especially early mornings and evenings for possible sightings of predators like lions, hyenas, and Leopards.
The park has numerous tracks which you can take as you search for the various animals in the area. Murchison Falls National Park hosts the meandering Victoria Nile with its source in Jinja off Lake Victoria and thundering Murchison falls which fall about 43 meters and an almost resident rainbow at the ‘Top of the falls’.
It is Uganda’s oldest park and largest national park supporting herds of Elephants, Cape Buffaloes, and Antelopes, Giraffes, Lions, Leopards, and many others It is also home to a rich birdlife and was named number nine best birding spot in Africa.
- Lake Mburo national park Uganda Wildlife Safaris
Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest of the Savannah parks in Uganda and the only park with an entire lake within its borders. Game drives in Lake Mburo are not for long compared to other parks because of their small size. Many prefer to have walking safaris in this park as opposed to game drives.
The other option to game drives are the horse rides and cycling tours in the park past the various animals grazing or resting. Even with its small size, it is surprisingly home to a diversity of plants and animals protecting several species of mammals and birds. It is also the only home to the Impala in Uganda.
The iconic animal of Lake Mburo has to be the Zebra with all its beauty and calmness. More mammals to look out for include the newly re-introduced Giraffes, Buffalos, Antelopes, Leopards, and Hyenas which are mostly seen during a night game drive.
- Kidepo Valley national park Uganda Wildlife Safari Tours
Kidepo Valley National Park is the hidden treasure with the most beautiful wild experience in Uganda. It is semi-desert with two seasonal rivers namely Kidepo and Narus in the rainy season. It was voted as one of the best parks to visit in Africa by CNN travel with such beautiful sunrises and sunsets across the scenery.
It has one of the largest prides of lions and herds of buffaloes. It is home to over 77 mammal species that can be seen. During the rains, you are able to easily find animals all over the park and in the dry season, you move towards the water points.
The Kidepo valley is all dry during the dry season and a pleasure to visit and walk through the sand which is usually the river bed during the rains. While on a game drive in Kidepo valley national park, you have chances of sighting Lions, buffaloes, giraffes, Zebras, Cheetahs, Kobs, Elands, etc.
- Akagera national park Rwanda Wildlife Safari Tours
Akagera National Park is located in eastern Rwanda with great views of the plains and animal sightings. It hosts the entirety of Lake Ihema within its borders. The park is home to about 500 bird species and several mammals with the notable ones being Lions (recently re-introduced), Giraffes, Elephants, Bushbucks, Buffaloes and many more. The game drives happen in the northern part of the park but note that the park entrance is in the south.
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