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Best Places to see the African Forest Elephants in Uganda’s Rainforests

Posted by on July 13, 2020

Here are Best Places to see Forest Elephants

Forest Elephants and the places in Uganda where you can see them

Best Places to see the African Forest ElephantsThe Best Places to see the African Forest Elephants are parks such as Kibale Forest. The Rwenzori Mountains Foothills, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Semliki Park, Mount Elgon, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth Park, where you will find Savannah, Forest Elephants, and Hybrids.

Most Visitors are unaware of Forest Elephants. When they think of Elephants, it is the Savannah Elephant that comes to mind.

Uganda is a bio-diverse country, is blessed with both the Forest and the more common Savannah Elephants. Forest Elephants can be seen in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, Mount Elgon, and along the wildlife corridor that passes from the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth Park to Kibale Forest.

Best Places to see the African Forest Elephants

Uganda is not only home to the African Savannah Elephants but also to its smaller brother, the African Forest Elephant.

Most likely, you will not see the differences between the Elephants unless you pay close attention.  They have five toes on their front feet and four the back ones.  They have a covering of hair and are gray.

They have smaller tusks. Tusks that are straight and point downwards so that they can navigate around the tropical rainforest. It helps them to navigate through the jungles of Uganda. In Uganda, there are native ones and the migrant ones that enter through a wildlife corridor from the Democratic Republic into the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth Park and extends as far as Kibale Forest.

Even though the Forest Elephants are smaller than their Savannah Cousins, they are still massive and weigh up to three tons – the length of their body is between 3 and 4 meters.  They have large rounded ears.  When you come across them in the southern sector of Bwindi, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, and Kibale Forest, they are a sight to behold. If you have a useful guide, they can even point out their trails that the Forest Elephants set up and lead to their watering holes and grazing areas.  Forest Elephants will feed on large quantities of grass, leaves, fruit, and other vegetation.  They will also dig into the soil in search of mineral salts.  As far as a drink, they can take a draw in up to 15 liters of water at once.

Forest Elephant Tusks are of the highest quality. Ivory Poachers favor them because the ivory is more complicated and yet retains its elastic qualities – unfortunately, poaching is rampant in the Democratic Republic of Congo and on the increase in Uganda and Elephants are killed for their ivory, and that includes Forest Elephants.

This kind of Elephants communicates with others over long distances through calls that most often are too low to be heard by humans.  As far as living in harmony with the ForestForest – these elusive animals of the rainforest can cause much more destructive manage than their Savannah cousins – taking down trees, digging up the ground, destroying the underbrush for their trails.

Forest Elephants can breed any time of the year – the gestation period is 22 months in length and typically give birth to a single calf. As far as predators are concerned – the main ones are humans, both poachers and those who infringe into the parks destroying the Forest Elephants habitat.

Best Places to see the African Forest Elephants. The best park to see them is Kibale Forest. Still, you might spot them other parks such as Rwenzori Mountain Foothills, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Semliki Park, Mount Elgon, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and definitely in the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth Park.  The Rainforest Elephants of Uganda – another reason to visit the Pearl of Africa.

Best Places to see the African Forest Elephants 


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