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Best Places to see Zebras in Uganda –

Posted by on July 13, 2020

aWildlife Parks in Uganda where you can see Zebras

Best Places to see Zebras – The Parks and Wildlife Reserves where you will find Zebras


Best Places to see Zebras.  Today there are two parks and two Wildlife Reserves where you can discover Zebras.  At one time there were thousands all over Uganda today there are 3,000 plus Zebras remain, the majority of Zebras are found in and around Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda’s foremost Zebra Park. 

In the northeast corner of Uganda in Kidepo Valley Park, about 100 Plus Zebras are remaining.

Zebras, Burchell Zebras, are found in two National Parks and two Wildlife Reserves in Uganda.  The remote Kidepo Valley Park in the Northeast Karamoja region and Lake Mburo National Park in Western Uganda and the closest wildlife park to Kampala and Entebbe. Katonga Wildlife Reserve near Kibale Forest in the West and Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve in Eastern Uganda near Mount Elgon National Park

You do not find them in other National Parks since the vegetation and Terrain are not suited for Zebras.


Best Places to see Zebras in Uganda – the Pearl of Africa is home to the most common Zebra – the Burchell or Plains Zebras.  The Plains Zebras prefer grassland and wooded Savannah.  For their safety, they prefer grass that is not too tall to see approaching predators.

The decline of Zebras in Kidepo Valley Park is in part due to different vegetation that came about due to climate change.

There are approximately 3,100 Plains Zebra in Uganda at present, with the majority being located in or around Lake Mburo National Park with the remainder in Kidepo Valley Park, Katonga Wildlife Reserves and Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve.

Zebras have been on the decline in Kidepo Valley Park due to Weather and Climate conditions that are a factor in the well-being and survival of Zebras.


Zebra Factoids:

  • Zebras belong to hoofed animals such as horses.  They have rather thick bodies; instead, think legs in Best Places to see Zebrascomparison, their tail is tufted, they have a long head and neck with a rather short mane.  What, however, stands out the most is the black and white striped coat.  In some cases, the black is browner in color.
  • Why do Zebras have stripes? No one knows for sure. It is thought that the stripes might confuse predators and keep insects away from them.  Zebra stripes are much like fingerprints are to humans; each Zebra’s stripes and pattern are unique to them individually.  Another thought among scientists has been that one purpose of the stripes is that it is how Zebras recognize each other.
  • Zebras are Herbivores, and they spend most of the day eating grass, but will also eat leaves and even, shrubs, even twigs, and bark at times.
  • Zebras are always on the move for fresh pastures and water to drink. They will travel long distances in search of water and grass.
  • Zebras are social animals and live together in large groups, called herds. As they migrate to new feeding grounds, ‘super herds’ may form consisting of hundreds of individuals.
  • Within a herd, zebras tend to stay together in smaller family groups, made up of a dominant male, several females (called ‘mares’), and their young (called ‘foals’). When they are between one and three years old, males (or ‘stallions’) leave to join ‘bachelor herds’ (all-male groups), where they stay until they’re old enough and strong enough to compete for females.
  • Zebras may look adorable but can be aggressive animals, too! Stallions fight for females with piercing bites and powerful kicks that are strong enough to cause severe damage – and sometimes even kill!
  • Their fierce fighting skills and healthy social bonds help to protect zebras from predators, which include lions, leopards, hyenas, and cheetahs. When under threat, these remarkable animals form a semi-circle facing the attacker and prepare to strike if need be. And if one of the groups is wounded or injured, other zebras will circle and attempt to drive off the hungry attacker. All for one and one for all!

Best Places to see Zebras in Uganda

 Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is the best Park for sure sightings of Zebras with the largest herds found in the country both inside and outside of the Park.

Whether you on in a vehicle, doing horseback, or Mountain Bike Safari or nature walk, you will not miss seeing Zebras.  The Zebras found here are the Plains variety.  They originally came here from Tanzania and have thrived ever since.

Zebras are so numerous here that some have been translocated to other areas such as Katonga Wildlife Reserve.

The Park is halfway to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, close to Kampala and Queen Elizabeth Park.

Lake Mburo is the best Park in Uganda where to find and see Zebras.


Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park is the most remote park in Uganda and is also one of the best places in Uganda where you can see Zebras on the vast Savanna Plains f Kidepo Valley Park.

The Zebras in Kidepo Valley Zebras originally came from Kenya and are not the same as in Lake Mburo Park, where the Zebras originally came from Tanzania.  In Kidepo Vally Park, the Zebras have developed into sub-species, and their distinguishing feature is that they become almost maneless as they mature.

Since the El Nino Weather pattern change, zebras in this Park have had a harder time surviving and have decreased in numbers, something which is being studied presently.  In the meantime, visitors to the Park, which are few, enjoy their presence here.

Kidepo Valley Park- one of only two parks in Uganda where to see Zebras.


Katonga Wildlife Reserve:

Zebras are a new addition to the Katonga Wildlife Reserve. The existing population was brought and translocated from Lake Mburo National Park. Oddly, the first batch found their way back to Lake Mburo Park. Subsequent translocated Zebras has found a home in the Katonga Wildlife Reserve.

The Terrain and vegetation are right for the Zebras, and they have adapted well to the Wildlife Reserve. They are a welcome addition to the wildlife reserve. Visitors will enjoy the additional wildlife the Reserve.

This another positive conservation move by Uganda Wildlife Authority that will benefit both the Reserve and visitors alike.

The Reserve is not too distant from the Kibale Forest area and can be included in a Safari. As of this time, no midrange or luxury is losing near the Reserve.


Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve:

The Common or Burchell Zebra is found here in the Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve. The Reserve is located in Eastern Uganda near Sipi Falls and on the way to Kidepo Valley Park. It is part of the Karamoja Region of Uganda.

Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is off-of-the-beaten Tourist Path. A reserve that most visitors to Uganda have to discover. Its rugged, natural beauty is overwhelming, and the Reserve provides the perfect setting for Zebras.

The Reserve is even more remote than the Kidepo Valley Park. There are no midrange or luxury lodging facilities.  However, provisions can be made to include the Reserve in a Safari that includes Kidepo Valley Park and Sipi Falls.

The Zebras are thriving in the Reserve, and the conditions to do so are just right for the Zebras there.


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