Unspoilt and enchanting, Uganda is blessed with thriving rainforests and ecosystems abundant with wildlife, possessing remarkable opportunities to see everything from the Big 5 to the endangered mountain gorillas which inhabit the high montane forests. Here’s our pick of wildlife encounters that promise to remain forever etched in your memory.
Divided by the Nile, Uganda’s oldest and largest national park, Murchison Falls National Park is characterised by open, wooded savannah and gushing waterfalls. Avid birders will be drawn by the impressive array of over 460 recorded species, including the elusive shoebill stork. Cruise along the spellbinding falls on a boat trip to spot the hippos and crocodiles that inhabit the area too.
Where to stay: Bakers Lodge
Discover habituated chimpanzees as they move through rich swathes of trees at Kibale Forest National Park, which has one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa. Here you’ll also catch a glimpse of Red Colobus Monkeys, black faced vervet monkeys and bush babies. You may even spot the seasonal forest elephant if you’re lucky.
Where to stay: Kyaninga Lodge
Take an exhilarating game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park to witness some of Africa’s most popular inhabitants: the tree-climbing lion, African Elephant, leopard and Cape Buffalo as they forage for food and seek shelter in this sprawling savannah dotted with the occasional fig tree.
Where to stay: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
A visit to Bwindi National Park is a must for one of the most magical wildlife experiences on earth; gorilla trekking. Persevere through the slippery rainforest for an intimate look at these gentle giants as they munch on bamboo and slowly travel through the forest with their troop.
Where to stay: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp