Uganda – a mecca for wildlife watchers and bird lovers alike.
Spread over an area of more than 240,000 square kilometers (93,000+ square miles) in altitudes of 600 to 5,100+ meters (2,000 to 16,750+ feet) above sea level, a colorful multitude of different animals roam the savannas, rainforests, swamps, and lakes. Over 1,000 bird species have been recorded on Ugandan territory. A place so rich in biodiversity, it attracts visitors from around the world.
Check out our top 8 hotspots for wildlife watching:
Over 500 species of forest and savanna birds, including many species known primarily from West Africa. Good opportunities to look for chimpanzees.
Uganda’s biggest and oldest national park; abundant hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks; many pride lions, leopards and Patas monkeys; huge variety of birds in the wetlands, dry savannahs and open woodlands.
A quiet park set in stunning landscapes of semi-arid open savannas and rocky outcrops. It is famous for its incredible diversity of raptors, including 13 eagle species.
Arguably the best place in the world to see the prehistoric Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex).
Mountain gorillas are the absolute stars here, and the great diversity of Albertine Rift endemic bird species will keep the birder very happy.
Famous for its African Skimmers (Rynchops flavirostris) and tree-climbing lions, this is one of the foremost birding and wildlife destinations on the continent.
13 species of primates (including chimpanzees!) make Kibale a wonder for primatologists, while birders scour the undergrowth for the elusive Green-breasted Pitta (Pitta reichenowi). Image © Rick Bateman
Part of the great Congo Basin lowland tropical forest with myriad species associated with this unique biogeographic zone.
Photos: courtesy of Rick Bateman and Harriet Kemigisha