Wildlife safaris to Uganda are most thought of by most travelers to the pearl of Africa – one that never disappoints with incredible sightseeing experiences in different safari destinations in the country. What is the biggest wild animal in Uganda? If this question still lingers in your head, the African elephant is the biggest wild animal in Uganda and can be found in different national parks within the country. Book your wildlife viewing safari with Acacia Safaris Limited and enjoy incredible wildlife viewing experiences in Uganda’s top safari parks. We guarantee a sightseeing experience.
A must-see on wildlife safaris in Africa, the African Elephant is one of the Big Five Animals. The Big Five animals were the most deadly animals to hunt on foot in Africa and they included the lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo, and the African Elephant. Uganda is one of the 36 African Countries where you can spot these massive mammals during game-viewing safaris.
African Elephant is Uganda’s biggest wild animal and the world’s largest land mammal and perhaps the most enduring symbol of nature’s grace and fragility. An African elephant is also one of the most intelligent and entertaining to watch animals in the wild. Wildlife safaris in Uganda guarantee elephant and other wildlife spotting opportunities in different safari parks like Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Kidepo Valley National Park, among others.
African Elephants have large ears that allow them to radiate excess heat, the upper incisor teeth develop into tusks in African elephants and grow throughout their lifetime. There are two species of African elephants—the savanna (or bush) elephant and the forest elephant. Savanna elephants are larger than forest elephants, and their tusks curve outwards. In addition to being smaller, forest elephants are darker and their tusks are straighter and point downward.
A fully grown male African elephant has an average weight of 6300 kilos, however, the smallest adult male rarely dips 4000 kilos twice more than the average family SUV. The female elephants however on normal conditions weigh just over half of the weight of the male.
The height however varies slightly more than the weights with the tallest male being 4 meters tall and the tallest female 3.4 meters. The other obvious difference apart from the overall size between the female and the male is that the female has got an angular forehead while the male’s forehead is more rounded. An elephant is remarkably known for having the largest brain of all other live mammals which can weigh up to 6killos.
In Uganda, African elephants can be spotted in Murchison Falls National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park, however, for greater sightings, a boat safari to the Nile in Murchison and Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park offers great chances for sightings.
What big cats are in Uganda?
Uganda is home to Five canid species—wild dogs, wolves, foxes, and other living and extinct species—that can be found in Uganda. Seven are feline species, or wild cats, such as the golden cat, lynx, cheetah, leopard, and lion. The striped hyena, the spotted hyena, and the aardwolf are the three members of the hyena family.
Does Uganda have wild Animals?
With over 345 mammal species registered here, 142 reptile species, 86, amphibians, 501 fish species, 1,242, butterflies, and higher plants (4,500), Uganda is one of the most bio-diverse countries in Africa. The commonly spotted wildlife species in Uganda include; mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, golden monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, and many more. Carnivores – Lion, Leopards, African wildcats, cheetahs, hyenas, among others.