Elephant in Murchison Falls National Park

What Wildlife is found in Uganda?

What Wildlife is found in Uganda? Uganda that is also known as the Pearl of Africa is recommended among the top destinations where tourists can go to on a wildlife safari because this country has fresh water bodies, swamps, mountainous areas, tropical rain forests, dense forests that all act as natural habitats of different wildlife species. Tourists who travel to Uganda on a wildlife safari always have chances to engage in interesting activities like; gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, bird watching, cultural experience, boat cruises which are best done River Nile, game drives, canoeing in lake Bunyonyi and many others.

Visiting Uganda makes you have the best adventurous experience, which makes it worth your travel by getting opportunities to sight see many wildlife species in Uganda, which are spotted in different areas.

Wildlife species in Uganda.

African Elephants.

African elephants are one of the big five animals in Uganda and this country has is a home to over 5000 elephants and has reserved areas that are highly protected to avoid activities that contribute to the reduction in the numbers of elephants such as poaching. More so, tourists with big interests of looking at these African elephants can easily spot them in places like; Murchison falls national park, Kibale national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Kidepo national park among others.


Chimpanzees are animal species that attract many tourists in Uganda due to the fact they are interesting species because they are known to have similar characters like humans and the unique thing about the chimpanzees it that they share 90% of their DNA with human beings. These chimpanzees are found in places like; Kibale national park which is famously and most visited because of the chimps, Kyambura Gorge, Queen Elizabeth national park, Budongo forest reserve, Semuliki wildlife reserve and in Murchison falls national park among others.

Mountain Gorillas.

Tracking the endangered mountain gorilla species is known as Uganda’s most famous tourist experience and also known as among the best wildlife encounters as tourists are also given opportunities to interact with the mountain gorillas after locating them in their natural habitats as they watch their behaviours, characters and learn about their daily lifestyle. These endangered mountain gorilla species are only found in two places in Uganda such as; Mgahinga Gorilla national park and Bwindi Impenetrable national park.

Golden Monkeys.

What Wildlife is found in Uganda?
Golden Monkeys

Golden monkeys are interesting animal species, which are only found in Mgahinga national park in Uganda. The name of these monkeys is derived from the golden fur that covers their faces and all over their bodies. Tracking these golden monkeys is much easier compared to when tracking gorillas that are known to roam around as much as they can within the national parks where as these golden monkeys are commonly seen jumping around the heights of the bamboo trees within the forests.


Hippos are wildlife species that are easily spotted while on water and the best way of getting chances to see a bunch of them is when one decides to embark on boat cruises activities where they get chances to see other wildlife species such Nile crocodiles. Tourists can get opportunities to see hippos in places like; Semuliki wildlife reserve, Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park and many others.

Buffaloes and Antelopes.

Buffaloes and antelopes are common species that are easily located in all the national parks with savanna grasslands in Uganda. These savanna grasslands are known as the primate terrain for all these African buffaloes and antelopes. More so, Uganda is known to be a home to over 29 species of antelopes  and these animal species are easily spotted during the dry season when they are always spotted as they flock the watering holes  or sitting under the shade of the savannah shrubbery or seen resting alongside the riverbanks, What Wildlife is found in Uganda?


Uganda is considered as a birders paradise because it harbours about 1050 bird species, which are easily, spotted everywhere in Uganda and therefore ranking Uganda as the best destination for bird lovers to visit while on their safari. However, if their individuals who specifically searching for some type of birds, they advised to hire a seasoned birding guide who are always experts in knowing where every type of birds are found and these a big number of bird species are best seen during the wet season when they are main rains as birds migrate from one place to another during this period of time and this is between months of March to May and November.

Big cats.

Uganda as a country is a home to large number of big cats, which are always seen wandering around the savannah grasslands, and these include; Cheetahs, leopards, lions. Tourists with big interests of seeing these species can move to places like;  cheetahs are found with in Kidepo valley national park, Lions which are known to be part of the big five animals in Uganda are located in Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison falls national park, lake Mburo national park, Kidepo valley national park. Lastly, Leopards are found within semiliki valley, kidepo valley national park, Murchison falls national park, and Queen Elizabeth national park.

Contact our trusted tour operators in case you are interested about knowing more wildlife species that are found with in Uganda and Book with our tours and travel companies such as; Achieve Global safaris who offer the best tour packages while you’re on a safari in Uganda. 

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