Africa game safari is one of the dramatic wildlife experience one would love top experience. Lots of animals ranging from the big five that is to say lions, elephants, Rhinos, leopards and buffaloes. Lots of huge primates also have home in Africa although some like the mountain gorillas live in just 3 countries in the entire world.
Uganda is one of the endowed game safari destinations one must include on the bucket list. You just need the right itinerary put together for you so that you maximize your holiday time in Africa and make memories too
Some of the most endowed wildlife game parks include
Murchison Falls National Park
Bisected by River Nile the longest River In Africa is Murchison Falls National Park. This is home to some elusive variety of wild animals like the lions, Rothschild giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes, hartebeests, warthogs, wild dogs, hyenas, water bucks, bush bucks, topis, elands to mention but a few.
The park has forest woodlands that is inhabited by chimpanzees in Kaniyo pabidi they have been habituated to tourists visits.
The super launch cruise to the bottom of the falls is the cherry on top of the icing as you get closer to the point where River Nile miraculously forms clouds as it squeezes through a narrow bend.
During this boat cruise, you may get to see the huge collection of Nile crocodiles basking under the sun, schools of hippos grant may spill water to form a fountain like appearance.
The banks of the river Nile are bordered by high up escarpments that are homes to several birds that nest in small holes constructed on the escarpments.
While you sail, you may notice several animals moving down the river to quench thirst. Elephants take the lead, solitary buffaloes or huge herds of buffaloes, hartebeests, warthogs all flock a shore to enjoy the cool water of the Nile.
Ziiwa Rhino sanctuary is a few miles before the park entrance so one can pay a visit to the rehabilitated rhinos before or after enjoying Murchison falls. These are being reinstated after they were wiped out by civil wars, poaching and encroachment from the local community.
This royal National park is indeed worth visiting as almost everything one would love to see while on safari is placed here.
Game drives conducted early in the morning may give you a chance to see wake up drama as animals rise from there night hide-out. Animals like lions, buffaloes, elephants, bush bucks, leopards, warthogs, Uganda Kobs,mangoose are in plenty.
Birds that flock the park are uncountable as you have chances of identifying over 70 bird species in a day. Even foreign migrants make there way to this park as it is one of the RAMZA sites in the world. Birds like the fish eagle, fish skimmers, greater and lesser flamingos, African Fly catcher, shoes bill, the horn bills the list is endless can evidently be identified with little stress.
The park is punctuated with several volcanic crater lakes both dry and wet craters. You can also visit the oldest salt lake Katwe in Uganda that has existed for several millenniums. It has the special blue lake, Lake Nyamunuka that acts as the animal hospital and produces a putrid smell that you can definitely notice while you drive.
In the back drop of this park is erected Rwenzori ranges that are spectacular. Mountain Rwenzori is the second highest mountain in East Africa after Mountain Kilimanjaro. On a clear day, you can ably see the snowcapped top of the mountain. Mountain climbing can be arranged too.
The chimpanzees also have home in this pack and chimpanzee tracking can be arranged if one is interested. The chimpanzees live on the slopes of Kyambura gorge together with other primates like the black and while colobus, olive baboons, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkeys to mention but a few.
Launch cruise on Kazinga channel is the highlight of a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is the moment you get to see majority of the animals that the park inhabits. Several of them flock the shore to quench thirst and also enjoy a day bath as this park get hot during the dry seasons
For wild film makers who wish to include wildlife with the dinosaur, close by is the cycad village where food that is thought to be a delicacy for the dinosaurs can be found. This specie is one of the protected species by the IUCN. Just a few are existing in the world.
The topography of this area is also favorable to the construction of a wild filming set.
Kibale Forest National park
Anyone interest in primates will find this park so interesting as it is home to biggest number of habituated chimpanzees in Africa.
Some of the primates include black and white colobus, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, bush babies, l’hoest, olive baboons the list is endless.
The park is haven for birding too as several species can ably be identified like blue headed sun bird, purple-breasted sunbirds, African pitta, yellow spotted nicator, little greenbul, blue-breasted kingfisher, brown chested alethe, Abyssinian ground thrush, crowned eagle, black bee eater to mention but a few.
In case you are a botanist, this park has a number of natural trees and plants that exist in it. You can easily identify some of them as you move along.
Famous Bwindi forest is one of the still surviving prehistoric forests in the world. It is believed to have existed during the ice age period when the dinosaurs dominated this world. It is hosts the biggest number of mountain gorillas in the world.
Gorilla tracking is the main activity in this park but limited in number for conservation reasons. Each day only 8 trekkers are allowed to see the mountain gorillas per family.
You need to pack some gorilla tracking gears like tracking boots, longer trouser, a flashless camera to mention but a few. Birding is another great activity you may be part of during your
Africa safari visit. Areas like Ruhijah are homes to a variety of birds including the rare albertine endemics of which about 23 of the 24 bird species may be identified while you visit Bwindi Forest