Animals Found in Uganda
It’s no secret that Africa is best known for its wildlife wonders, and Uganda takes an impressive chunk of the wild pie with an incredible list of wild animals. Uganda’s untamed wilderness offers a wonderful mix of savannah and forest wildlife. Mountain gorillas and chimpanzees take most of the attention but Uganda has more than 13 primate species offering the best primate viewing adventures in Africa. All the safari BIG Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo, and leopard). You can easily spot lions in all the big savannah parks.
The official checklist of animals found in Uganda includes 342 species, representing both west and east African mammals. 132 of the species occurring in Uganda are large mammals and the other small mammals.
The small mammals consist of 94 bat species, 70 rats and mice, 33 shrews and otter shrews, eight gerbils, four elephant shrews, and a solitary golden mole.
If you’re lucky enough to consider a wildlife-watching experience while on safari in Uganda, visit Uganda’s magnificent wildlife destinations on the western safari circuite. The thrills of a typical African safari are endless.
On a self-drive safari trip, you might have anxious antelopes springing across the road as you approach while their mellower buddies stand there outside your window, twitching their tails in the sunlight.
Suppose you’ve planned an all-inclusive Uganda safari and chosen to hoist yourself up into a safari truck. In that case, you may find yourself chauffeured into the midst of a herd of elephants, their wrinkled hides almost close enough to touch or park right in front of a large herd of buffalo lying in a field on a night drive and experience the adrenaline hike with dangerously skittish beasts like the twinkle of dozens of tiny eyes in the moonlight.
A walking safari among the African bush with an expert local will deliver the right jilt of experience up your spine. Boat trips can offer a front-row seat of watching animals in Uganda, an experience revered by many a traveler.
What follows is an overview of the large and small mammal species found in Uganda, pointing out the distribution and habitat within Uganda’s wildlife destinations. Click on the appropriate link to find a detailed description of the animal.
Later, get familiar with what a traveler may consider the most dangerous animals in Uganda.