Wild animals and where to find them in Uganda

My first Safari

FINALLY I made it! Although my stay in Uganda was my 5th visit to the African continent I was never able to go on Safari. Now I made it, it was a one-day safari and definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I remember back in 2010 when I saw my first African sunrise I cried. I admit I did it again when I saw my first lion and elephants in the wild. I can’t describe those feelings, I feel so humble and greatful for being alive on our amazing planet.

My project team and I went on Safari, we had to do some research in the Western part of Uganda, close to Kasese and the Queen Elizabeth National Park. There we met a beekeeper who owns a flourishing business, and we visited a woman group who crafts baskets and a coffee farm! It’s great to get to know a country by exploring their businesses. After those exciting days of work we headed to the National park to finally see some animals ❤

The Queen Elizabeth park is close to the Congolese border and at the feet of the famous Rwenzori mountains. Unfortunately we couldn’t make it to the mountains, but if you have I encourage you to go, the landscape looks amazing on pictures! The park is famous for it’s many hippos and the lions who climb into trees! Within the park you will find a wide variety of landscapes from deep forests to savanna there is everything. In the background there are high mountains and lots of rivers and lakes are within the park. There are even eleven communities living within and at the border of the park! So during your boat trip you will see one of the villages and people busy fishig and selling their goods on their market.

How we planned our safari

Luckily beekeeping business man we interviewed and visited for a few days knew a reliable driver and this driver brought along a wildlife guide who explained a lot to us about the nature and the animals. I highly recommend him! If you contact him he also plans your safari with and for you I think in whole East Africa. Feel free to contact him either via his website or just give him a call (+256788166311), Julius is a really knowledgable and friendly guy! He also knows many drivers and can arrange transport for you.

I highly recommend you to do the boat trip when you are in this National Park, you see the animals really close especially if it’s dry and they come to the river to drink. Aside I also just love it to be on the water:) Unfortunately we had some rain during the game drive in the morning, but we were lucky with loads of sun in the afternoon. In total we saw: buffalos, antilopes, one lonely lion, birds, hippos, crocodiles and elephants which was my highlight. This park unfortunatley is not a home to zebras nor giraffes.

Some inspiration:

Those are the costs we spend for one day in the park:

Entrance fee park: 40 USD per person

Wildlife guide (for 2 hours): 15 EUROS

Boat Safari: 30 USD per person

Driver whole day: 45 EUROS

If you have the chance to do a Safari in Uganda then do it! The money is worth invested in my opinion. Of course there are also plenty of tour offers out there there if you don’t like to organise it yourself. I got told that if you want to experience a “real” Safari, the more Southern African countries should be visited or Tansania or Kenya. But nevertheless I really enjoyed our day out in the Ugandan wild!

Wherever you go-go with all your heart ❤

18 thoughts on “Wild animals and where to find them in Uganda

  1. Hey Franzi,
    thanks for taking me with you on the journey through the national park in Uganda. It really reminds me of my safaris in Tansania and South Africa. It’s always fascinating to see the animals you used to know from zoos in Germany in their natural habitat. Compared to other African countries the safari prices in Uganda seem to be quite fair. And the pictures really look good. When reading your text I immidiately get itchy feet, want to pack my bag and go to Africa again.


    • Hey Claudia,
      Thank so much for your kind comment, oh nice I didn’t know the Ugandan prices are cheaper than the ones in SA and Tansania. Good to know 😛

      But so true, there is something so magical about seeing those wild animals! I would very much pack my bag as well asn tag along!


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  3. Ooh Franzi wie schön von deinen Uganda Erlebnissen zu hören!!! Da werden viele Erinnerungen an meinen Backpacking Trip dorthin wach. Und ich war sogar auch im Queen Elizabeth Nationalpark – hab dort übrigens meine ersten Löwen in freier Wildbahn gesehen. Außerdem machte ich die Bootssafari – einfach traumhaft!
    Ich wünsche dir noch ganz viel Spaß in Uganda und freue mich auf weitere Berichte von dir!
    glg aus Ecuador


    • Hey Michaela 🙂 Hab gerade deinen Artikel zu deiner Backpacking Tour durch Afrika gelesen! 🙂 bin auf dein e-book gespannt weil du sooo viel gesehen hast was ich auch noch unbedingt erleben will 🙂 Viel Spaß in Ecuador!


  4. Ich liebe ja Safaris. Als ich noch Reisegruppen durchs südliche Afrika begleitet habe, gehörten sie dort zu meinem Alltag. Für mich gibt’s nichts spannenderes als auf einer Safari Ausschau zu halten nach wilden Tieren. Dabei kommt’s mir nicht unbedingt darauf an, die Big Five zu sehen. Viel spannender finde ich es, scheue und selten zu sehende Tiere zu entdecken.


  5. Beautiful pictures, Franzi and great stories too. It reminds me of my first safari in Kenya. I was so excited seeing those animals. And I found the fact that all those lions look the same. They were not looked like living in wildlife, since they’re looked lazy, bored and lonely all the time 😁😁

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