Your search brings you here, Uganda safari tips from travelers who made the safari mistakes and know-how to ensure that your dream African safari holiday trip brings you the most amazing wild animal encounters you can brag about for years to come. We are also represented on SafariBookings.com  

 

Your best mate returned home from your dream safari adventure, to talk of still nights drinking a beer opposite a viewing waterhole as giraffes, leopards, lions, and elephants wandered down for a nightly drink.

Not being able to stand being a third-party spectator any longer, you save as hard as you can to live the dream yourself and have these wild animal encounters on your very own Uganda safari.

As you prepare to leave, you realize Africa is a long way from home, it’s rough travel, and safaris are expensive. You decide you better do some research, in order to plan and make sure you have the best wildlife encounters of your mate and discovery channel put together.

Your search brings you here, Uganda safari tips from travelers who made the safari mistakes and know-how to ensure that your dream African safari holiday trip brings you the most amazing wild animal encounters you can brag about for years to come.

Uganda Safari Tip 1: Plan your safari to Uganda in advance 

You need to first decide what wild animals you want to see, as some animals are only found in certain parks. For example, if you really want to see chimpanzees then the best place to go would be Kibale National Park. If you want to see mountain gorillas then Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest and the Virunga Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda are the best place to consider. If you looking for the most kinds of wildlife, then speak to our safari experts to help you make the right decisions.

Uganda Safari Tip 2: Not an animal insight :

Research very carefully the optimal seasonal viewing of the game park. In the dry season, the grass is short making it easier to spot wildlife. Choice of drinking water holes for the animals will be fewer, so your chances of watching them socialize at the flood-lit waterhole.

Uganda Safari Tip 3: Game Viewing

Animals are most active at dusk and dawn. It can be very hot in Africa, so during the day, the animals are usually hibernating in the shade. Be sure to do the same thing yourself.

If your excitement is too hard to contain and you go out during the day, the only result will be that you chew up your fuel budget and an eventual visit to the chiropractor for neck strain. Get up early to catch the animals at play, rest during the day, and then go out again just before sundown.

Take a guided night drive. Once night falls you can jump in a pop-up roof vehicle, with a guide to tell you more about what you see as you drive around the park, hearing the sounds of nighttime Africa, and seeing only the red eyes of creatures in the dark.

Take a guided walking safari! Getting on the ground with these magnificent beasts in their territory will get your heart pumping. You can get close to rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en-route to Murchison Falls National Park. If you take a tour please make sure they are eco-friendly and protect the animals and their habitats from these dangerous human encounters.

A horse ride is a relaxing and pleasurable way to see the stunning scenery with friendly herbivores by our side. Lake Mburo National Park is the best place for horse riding through the savannah game park amongst giraffes, buffaloes, zebra, and impalas.

Monkeys in all shapes and forms are hilarious. Sit and watch them and be highly entertained.

Gorilla in Bwindi: Uganda Safari Tip
Gorilla in Bwindi seen on the tour

Tip 4: The African Big 5

The excitement of seeing the Big 5 is very enticing i.e. rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion, and elephant; all these can be sighted on a safari in Uganda or Kenya.  Why these animals are called the African Big 5? It has nothing to do with size, these animals were the most prized trophies of hunters years ago.

Please don’t get fixated on the African Big 5 and think this is all that matters. Remember travel is not about checking things off your list. There are so many different animals for you to discover and learn from, and each is valuable in its own right.

Spend time appreciating them all. I used to even love watching the dung beetles. They were fascinating and I learned so much about them in the process.

 Tip 5: Camera

Do yourself a favor, spend the money to buy a 300mm or a 600mm zoom lens. Animals are scared of you, they won’t come close for a portrait, and you won’t sneak up closer to them. You’ve spent all the money, time, and energy to put yourself in a place of contact with these wild animals, you want to have something to take away from it and keep with you for memories and reflection.

 Tip 6: Safety

Never get out of your car in the wilderness on a Safari, unless in a safe designated area, or with an armed ranger present. Keep a safe distance when you encounter a wild animal and when in your vehicle keep your windows rolled up.
Zip your tent up at night. Nothing beats hearing the roar of a lion in the middle of the night, but you don’t want to invite it in for dinner.

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