Best Places to see Zebras in Uganda –

Posted by on November 20, 2018

Wildlife Parks in Uganda where you can see Zebras

Best Places to see Zebras – The Parks where you will find Zebras in Uganda

Best Places to see Zebras – today there are two parks where you can find Zebras.  At one time there were thousands  all over Uganda today there 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, there are only about 100 Plus Zebras remaining.  There are no other parks where you can find them, tough in 2018 some were transferred to the Katonga Wildlife Reserve.

Zebras, Burchell Zebras, are found in two parks 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.

You do not find them in other National Parks since the vegetation, the savannah grass found in those parks is too high in many cases

Best Places to see Zebras in Uganda – the Pearl of Africa I 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 in order 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 the present time with the majority being located in or around Lake Mburo National Park with the remainder in Kidepo Valley Park where zebras seem to have been on the decline due to in part weather and Climate conditions that are a factor in their well-being and survival.

Zebra Factoids:

  • Zebras belong to hoofed animals such as horses.  They have rather thick bodies, rather think legs in comparison, 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 human, 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 the manner in which 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 for 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 serious damage – and sometimes even kill!
  • Their fierce fighting skills and strong social bonds help to protect zebras from predators, which include lions, leopards, hyenas, and cheetahs. When under threat, these awesome animals form a semi-circle facing the attacker and prepare to strike if need be. And if one of the group is wounded or injured, other zebras will circle around 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 a 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 in number enjoy their presence here.

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

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