Wildlife

 

Big Five and other game viewing

      

Uganda has all of Africa’s Big Five animals: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. It also has many other species including hippo, a wide variety of antelope, crocodile, wart hog, giraffe, jackal, primate, aardvark, pangolin, honey badger and many more. These can be viewed by:

  • game drive
  • night game drive
  • nature walk
  • boat cruise
  • mountain bike
  • horse back
  • balloon ride
  • from hides and viewing towers
  • in some locations, from your room!

      

Rhino tracking

In the 1960s there were around 700 southern white rhinos in Uganda, but numbers have dwindled drastically since the time of Idi Amin. Now there is only one place in Uganda to see rhinos in the wild. Along with your trained rangers, you can track them on foot and observe them at a safe distance. The sanctuary is also a great place for a nature walk and birding.

Location: Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch

 

 

 

Wildlife Research experiences

Lion Tracking, Mongoose Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts are all available in Queen Elizabeth national park to allow you to get closer to the animals and experience the work of the research teams. 

Experiential tours take 1-3 hours in the early morning, evening or occasionally at night.

 

 

 

 

Conservation projects

Bigodi Tourism

Bigodi is a town neighbouring Kibale forest, in western Uganda. The community are conserving their wetlands, home to a variety of primates and birds, and offer tourists a swamp walk. Revenues go to KAFRED (Kibale Association For Rural and Environmental Development) to support local community projects.

In addition to the nature walks there are also village walks, a snake park, homestead visits and craft demonstrations.

Bigodi has excellent guides including specialist bird guides.

 

Kigaju Forest Camp

Kigaju is a privately owned forest fragment near Budongo forest which the owner is trying to conserve through tourism and conservation education. The forest is home to a family of chimpanzees, some other primates and mammals and a wide variety of birds. It neighbours farmland, sugar cane plantations and community land.

A nature walk here takes you through the forest trails to see the wildlife and learn about the flora and its cultural significance – such as the medicinal plants.  You will also visit the spring (which is open to  community members, to collect water), the community and the campsite.