What’s the best way to see the Big Five animals in Uganda?

Elephant seen a boat cruise on river Nile in Murchison Falls national park

What’s the best way to see the Big Five animals in Uganda?

Thought the only way to see Uganda’s Big Five animals was via a game drive? Well, although that’s always a great option (and it allows visitors to our national parks to cover a lot of ground and view many different animals), it certainly isn’t the only means of travel. From balloon safaris to horse riding and bike-riding safaris, Uganda really does have plenty to satisfy all interests, with opportunities to enhance an already incredible experience.
Guests are always accompanied by an experienced, professional ranger for complete peace-of-mind.

Game drives

Game drives are a classic way to view animals and our guided tours allow guests to experience the sights and sounds of a safari trip, all from the comfort of an open roof Land Cruiser. Led by a professional wildlife expert, game drives typically last for around two to four hours. The most popular times of day for a game drive is early morning and late afternoon.

Nature walks

As long as guests are accompanied by a professional ranger, it is possible to walk or hike through some of Uganda’s most popular locations. At Lake Mburo, for instance, visitors can walk to a salt lick which attracts a variety of animals, or hike through woodland to see birdlife and other creatures.

Choose from more strenuous hikes or gentle, flat strolls. Whatever your level of fitness, a walking safari allows guests to spot details that they may have missed – such as footprints, the sound of a bird call or a peep inside a burrow.

Boat cruises

Imagine seeing a hippo or buffalo in the water, or spotting an elephant standing on the shoreline. Boating allows visitors to see some amazing wildlife from a completely different vantage point – and also offers a great way for birders to see some of Uganda’s most sought-after species.

Bicycle safari

Combining adventure, exhilaration and animals is an unforgettable experience. Visitors can hire a bike and enjoy a choice of routes all led by a professional local guide. From flat trails to more challenging rides, there really is something for everyone.

Horseback safari

When there is no noise of a car and everything is taken at a leisurely pace, there is chance to see, hear and get close to nature as never before. Rides are adjusted according to ability, so from beginners to advanced riders this is an experience to be enjoyed and an adventure to be remembered for years to come.

Jogging safari

If you love the idea of running wild, a jogging safari is the right challenge for you! Just like all of the experiences offered by Venture Uganda, this activity is led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide – but with a little extra energy thrown in for good measure. All runs can be tailored to suit our guests’ needs and levels of fitness.

Hot air balloon safari

Experience a safari from the air and witness spectacular wildlife vistas from above. Options include a bush breakfast followed by a sunrise hot air balloon safari, short rides for groups or a romantic sunset trip.

Looking for even more safari inspiration? Venture Uganda guests can also enjoy the following activities:

  • Night game drives – in search of nocturnal animals like aardvark, bush babies and pangolin
  • Fossil hunting
  • Romantic bush dinners
  • Private chartered flights over national parks

If you would like to speak to us about arranging any of the above activities or experiences as part of your tailor-made tour of Uganda, complete our contact form or email us at enquiries@ventureuganda.org