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.

Wildlife in Uganda illustration by Dawn Cooper.

Illustration by Dawn Cooper


1. White rhino, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

White rhino © Eye Ubiquitous / Getty

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

Rothschild's giraffe © Ariadne Van Zandbergen / Getty

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

Shoebill © Arterra / Getty

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

Lion © Rebecca Yale / Getty

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 that 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 gorilla © Danita Delimont / Getty

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

Giant groundsel © Stefan Auth

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. 


Click here to read more of our Wildlife Travel guides

We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here