African Big Five Adventure safaris in Uganda offer an exceptional opportunity to travelers to visit some of the most prominent safari destinations in the country. The African Big five animals were the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot, and the term was coined by big-game hunters in the colonial era. In Uganda, Big five Animals cannot be seen in a single safari destination however, the adventure will take you to the top highlights of the country’s tourism spots. For Big Four (leopard, lion, buffalo and elephant) safaris, Uganda offers two options in its western region. These options will take you to the country’s largest and second largest conservation areas, Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is the best reserve in the country for wildlife diversity and its famous tree-climbing lions, and Murchison Falls National Park for large herds of elephant, giraffe and buffalo.
The pearl also offers another Big Four adventure safari to Reserves that lies in a remote area of northern eastern Uganda. Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda’s most rugged wilderness, with unmatched beauty. In addition to the Big Four, it conserves species found nowhere else in Uganda, such as caracal, cheetah and aardwolf. For a complete Big Five Adventure safari in Uganda, one has to visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to see the Rhinos, regardless of where you opted to do your big four adventure. Acacia safaris offers exceptionally well planned African Big Five Adventure Packages in Uganda at affordable rates.
African Lion (Panthera leo)
An African lion is the largest and most imposing African carnivore. The lion is remarkably the most sociable of the large cats which live in loose structured prides typically of about five to fifteen animals. In different cultures, lions have different significant importance and in Uganda, they enjoy the reputation of being the kings of the beasts, and are popular symbols of royalty, strength and bravery.
In Uganda, lions can be seen in Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park that is famous for its Ishasha tree climbing lions
African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
An African Buffalo is an ox species that is adaptable and a widespread creature that lives in large herds in the savanna and also in smaller herds in the forested areas. An African buffalo is reportedly the most dangerous of all African game species most especially when it is wounded or solitary, thus its reputation manifests it being recognized as Big five worldwide.
African Buffalo occupy the Africa’s woodlands, riverine valleys, marshlands sub-Tropical savanna, Eco tones of broadleaf montane forests, which are usually associated with abundant tall, sweet grasses, ample surface water, mud bath and sufficient shrub and trees for refuge. African Buffalos, however try to avoid areas of open plain grasslands without woody shelter. They are remarkably social and congregate in herds that range from a few individuals to over a thousand buffalos, and basically form two types of mixed herds , the one with mixed-sex and the other having mixed-age.
In Uganda, the Buffalos live in the almost all the National Parks, however in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Fall you will have a chance to see the Hybrid of the savanna Buffalo of East Africa and the red buffalo of west Africa on your African big Five adventure safari.
African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana)
African Elephant is the world’s largest land mammal and perhaps the most enduring symbol of nature’s grace and fragility. An African elephant is also one of the most intelligent and entertaining to watch. An elephant is remarkably known for having the largest brain of all other living mammals which can weigh up to 6killos. In Uganda, African elephants can be spotted in Murchison Falls National Park, queen Elizabeth National Park, however for greater sightings, a boat safari to the Nile in Murchison and Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park offers great chances to sightings.
Leopard (Panthera pardus)
The leopard is the most common Africa’s large felines and often lives in close proximity to humans, however they are rarely seen because of its secretive, solitary nature. According to the ecological and ethological attributes, the leopard is an exceptional adaptable predator.
In Uganda, leopards are predominantly sighted in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Mt Elgon National Park and Toro- Semiliki Wildlife Reserve
The rhinoceros are commonly known as the rhino. A Rhino is a large herbivorous mammal that is commonly identified by their horned snouts. Rhinoceros have got massive bodies that can be internationally recognized with stumpy legs and either one or two dermal horns. Rhinoceros vary in species and some species, the horns may be short or not obvious.
In Uganda, the common are the Black Rhinoceros and the White Rhinoceros and can be found in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, which is under the protective and watchful Uganda wildlife Authority (UWA). Above 24 Rhinos live here.