Wildlife of Uganda – Unearthing The Pearl of Africa


Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, is rich with a variety of tree species, plant life, beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife, including the great Apes (Chimpanzee & Mountain Gorilla) and the Big 5. Uganda enjoys perfect weather throughout the year, the tropical climate is ideal for wildlife viewing.

It is every traveller’s fascination to visit Uganda and be able to have the once in a lifetime glimpse of the Africa safari big five wild animals (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Giraffe and Rhinoceros).

Well, the big five are not the only animals in Uganda to be marvelled at! Uganda has over 350 species of mammals in all sizes. They range from large (like gorillas, rhinos, buffaloes, lions, and elephants) to small ones (like bats, bush baby and shrews).


Common Animal Groups Found in Uganda

The animals found in Uganda can be grouped into these groups:

  • Primates – mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, golden monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey and many more
  • Carnivores – Lion, Leopards, African wildcats, cheetahs, hyena and many more
  • Herbivores – Buffalos, elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Rhino, Zebra, Antelope, Uganda Kob and many more
  • Reptiles – Crocodile, pythons, snakes, monitor lizards, chameleons.
  • Birds- African eagle, vultures, turacos and many more

When is the best time for wildlife viewing?

Most of the parks can be visited throughout the year, but the best time for viewing Animals Found in Uganda is the Dry season (from June to August and December to February) when animals congregate around near rivers and water points. During the rainy season, the roads can become impassable, hiking trails become slippery and challenging and the overall experience might be compromised.

Popular Questions Adventurers Ask About Uganda’s Nature

Here’s just a few of the most burning questions adventurers like to ask our safari guide experts at Image Travel.

What animals can you see in Uganda?

Uganda is a unique destination offering a wonderful mix of savannah and forest parks. Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking are highlights, but many smaller primates can be seen as well. Uganda also offers great savannah safaris, and all of the Big Five are present. Lion is quite common in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Kidepo national parks, where they can often be found hunting Uganda kob.



What is the biggest animal in Uganda?

Elephants, these are the largest living mammals on land which are found in Uganda’s National Parks or game reserves. An adult African elephant is 3.5m high and weighs over 6,000kgs.

What is Uganda national animal?

The Uganda kob (Kobus kob thomasi) is the national animal of Uganda and features on the Ugandan coat of arms

Are there wolves in Uganda?

In Uganda they are extinct but recolonization though unlikely is not … is the largest canid and the most endangered species after the Ethiopian wolf. … Watching hunting dogs on their hunt is not difficult because they do not mind being watched.

Which Uganda Wildlife are on your Bucket List?

Experience an unforgettable African safari with Image Travel

To begin planning your adventure, feel free to contact us online.


Book your adventure today

Wildlife of Uganda – Unearthing The Pearl of Africa