Wildlife travel: What animals can I see in Uganda?

Head to East Africa to see such amazing wildlife as the endangered mountain gorilla, the wonderful white rhino, the tallest animal in the world and a truly spectacular sunflower.

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Wildlife in Uganda illustration by Dawn Cooper.
Illustration by Dawn Cooper

 

1. White rhino, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

White rhinos were reintroduced to Ziwa in 2005 and it's still the only location in Uganda where you can see them in the wild. The 7,000-hectare sanctuary is home to 17 individuals.

2. Rothschild's giraffe, Murchison Falls National Park

One of the rarest subspecies, Rothschild's is the tallest animal in the world and has five horns - other giraffes have two.

3. Shoebill, Mabamba Wetlands

With its shoe-like bill ending in a ferocious hook, this is one of the most extraordinary birds in Africa, if not the world. The shoebill is frequently described as a stork, but it's probably more closely related to pelicans.

4. Lion, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Lions in the Ishasha sector of the park are famous for climbing and resting in trees, reputedly one of only two populations in the world tha behave in such a way. Lolling about on a branch may offer the cats relief against the tetse flies or the heat.

5. Mountain gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Mountain - as opposed to lowland - gorillas only became known to the western world in 1902, and are one of the most sought-after animals for wildlife lovers across the planet.

6. Giant groundsel, Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Despite the prosaic name, giant groundsel is a must-see. This member of the sunflower family can grow to 20m (65ft) high, creating candelabra-like structures in the process. 

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