With an astonishing 5000 hippos, 2500 elephants and over 10,000 buffalos thriving in its grasslands and shorelines, QENP guarantees sightings of some of Africa’s most iconic species. Hearing the elephants’ calls reverberate around QENP’s crater-filled valleys is a magical experience. Other common animals include warthogs, waterbuck, Uganda kob and topi, as well as the sitatunga antelope.
QENP’s most elusive inhabitants are its felines: lion, leopard, civet, genal and serval cats. Lions are found throughout the park, but the most renowned live in the southern sector of Ishasha. Solitary leopards are nocturnal and well camouflaged, making a glimpse all the more rewarding! The smaller cats are also predominantly nocturnal and best spotted on night game drives.
Ten species of primates enjoy the park’s diverse habitats, the most popular of which is undoubtedly the chimpanzee. Vervet and black-and-white colobus monkeys are easily spotted in the trees, but the boldest of all are the baboons – be sure to keep car windows closed to avoid food thefts!
For a classic African safari experience, the tracks through Kasenyi, the North Kazinga Plains and the Ishasha Sector offer virtually guaranteed buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings, along with warthogs and baboons. Taking an experienced guide in the early morning or at dusk is the most successful way to track down a pride of lions, and maybe even the odd leopard.
The best time for game drives is in the morning hours where there are high chances of seeing elephants, buffaloes, lion and a variety of antelopes and other wildlife you can see safari in Uganda.
Guides are available from 6:30am onwards; morning game drives are booked the day before.