The big five found in Uganda have made Ugandan safaris to be popularly known worldwide. The word the big five is a tongue slogan for tour operators in tourism industries not only here in Uganda but also all over the world. The big 5 in Uganda wildlife safaris means a lot on strengthening the Uganda tourism hub because it has an impact on Ugandan economy even that’s why is called the pearl of Africa. The big 5 derives from the big game hunters and also refers to giant difficult wild animals to hunt in Africa. Uganda is one of the surviving destinations of the big 5 mammals that one can explore during the wildlife tour in Uganda. They are called big five because of their ferociousness & hunger when cornered and these include; Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffalos, and Rhinos.

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They form a group of 6 to 14 individuals and are commonly known as white Rhinos. The adult male leads mostly solitary lives meeting up with the female only to breed. Male rhinos share their territory with immature males so long as they remain submissive. Adult males often fight outside bulls that trespass on their territory. Rhinos are thick-skinned animals having one to two upright horns on the norsal bride. Rhino trekking safaris in Uganda can be conducted in Ziwa Rhino sanctuary on the way to a famous park well known as Murchison falls national park.

African lions

African lions are carnivorous animals which feed on predators of the African plain. They live in prides of around 15 individuals. Each pride has over 25 to 30 members in their territories where they belong to one king who does not allow other pride to trespass his territory leads a pride. Female lions are the one to hunt for the pride. African lions have beautiful looking with short, tawny coat and stuffed tail which really make it unique nature wild animal on the continent of Africa. Thousands of travelers have visited Uganda to only engage in exploring African lions. Lions are the most dangerous animals that prefer to live in savanna grassland where there are tall bushes covering them with shade ready for predators. Lions can be explored in Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Kidepo valley national park during your holiday safaris in Uganda.

African buffaloes

African buffaloes are one of the big five animals which cannot be found anywhere in Africa unless you visit Uganda safari destinations where you cannot miss to explore more about these mammals and count more species. African buffaloes live in large herds of about 2000 members, herds are mostly fixed gender. They do have a few male herds but they usually consist of old males. Buffaloes are dangerous especially when they are wounded. They live in open savanna grasslands of Murchison falls national park, Lake Mburo national park, Kidepo valley national park, Semliki wildlife reserve, and Queen Elizabeth national park.


These mother elephants are known as herbivorous animals which live up to 12 to 15 years. They have hairless skin, thick, long trunks with long upper incisors curved tusks of ivory, large and corn shaped ears. They are big in size when compared to other species found in any national park. Elephants account for the wide numbers of tourists who come for wildlife safaris in Uganda. Mother elephants can be found Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valley national park, and Queen Elizabeth national park.

African Leopards

Uganda is one of the few countries in Africa where you can find the big 5, almost in all national parks. Thousands of tourists have visited the big 5 mammals basing on the way their lifestyles, social lives, feeding and to adventure more on African mammals which leaves them yearning to come back and spend more days in Uganda. African leopards live up to about 12 to 17 years and are famously known to be herbivorous animals with hunting techniques which are either to ambush prey or to stalk it. They belong to the cat family and are the smallest member of the largest cats category and their numbers are declining to base on the world’s history. In Murchison falls national park it’s where you will explore more of them and is the same park where find 5 mammals popularly known as the big 5 in entire Africa.

While you’re on the big 5 safaris in Uganda,  you can be part of gorilla safaris conducted in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park home of great apes famously known as mountain gorillas which is the best-done activity in East Africa and in the whole world. There is also the chimpanzee trekking, culture encounter, bird watching, hiking, nature walk and many more. Visit Uganda and have fantastic and memorable stories to tell others who have never involved in Uganda destinations. These activities are carried out all year round but the best time will be in dry seasons from the month of August, September, October, December to March.

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