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The Herbivores you can find in Uganda on your Safari

Posted by on July 28, 2019

The Herbivores you can find in Uganda on your Safari

The Various Herbivores – Plant Eating Animals, found in Uganda

The Herbivores you can find in Uganda – Information, Background, Parks and Wildlife Reserves where herbivores such as Elephants, Giraffe, Buffaloes, Zebra, and Rhinos, Warthogs, Bush Pigs,  are found in Uganda.

Here are The Herbivores you can find in Uganda on Safari

African Elephants:

This is the largest land animal in the world, and at the same time, one of the most intelligent ones and to watch a herd of Elephants can be most fascinating.  An adult elephant grows as tall as 3 1/2 meters and 6000 kg in weight.

The females live in close groups, and the oldest female is in charge as the matriarch of the family.  A mother-daughter relationship can last up to 50 years long.  The young males leave at the age of 12, and they can be on their own or be part of a herd of bachelors.

In Uganda, you can find two kinds of elephants, the Forest Elephants that are smaller and hairier than their savannah cousins – the, though there can be interbreeding and the savanna elephants.  You can find elephants of either the forest or savanna kind in all savanna parks except Lake Mburo.

African Buffalo:

Uganda has many buffaloes found in many of the game parks such as Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and others.  You can find them in forest areas and the savannahs of Uganda.  They are adaptable to a variety of habitats, and you can even find some hybrids which are a cross between the red buffaloes of the West African Forests and the savannah buffaloes of East Africa.  These can be found both in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Buffaloes live in large herds in the savannah areas of Uganda and smaller herds in the forest areas.  Within those herds, there are smaller family clans, and you can often find a lone Buffalo.  The females tend to kick out males who are no longer welcomed by them


Uganda is home to 29 species of antelope, including the Eland antelope – the world’s largest antelope, which can measure up to 180cm at the shoulder.

Other abundant species include the greater kudu, which has long, elegant spiral horns and white side stripes; Jackson’s Hartebeest – an unusual, flat-faced creature found only in Uganda, and the Shaggy Waterbuck – often found near rivers and lakes, as their name suggests.

Fascinating yet rarely seen is the Semi-Aquatic Sitatunga antelope, whose splayed hooves are adapted for life in the papyrus swamps. Much more common are Grant’s gazelle, which can live in herds of hundreds of individuals, and the attractive Uganda Kob – Uganda’s national antelope.


Uganda was home to both the black and northern white Rhinoceros.  Poaching and the war years took their toll, and today you can only find them in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, and from there the plan is to release stocks into places such as Murchison Falls National Park in the future.

A visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is an excellent addition to any safari that takes in Murchison Falls Park and can be done either while going to or coming from Murchison Fall National Park.

Tracking Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is one of the highlights of a safari in Uganda. It is also a close-up encounter in the Wild. You get as close as 10 meters to the Rhinos.


Large animals, responsible for more deaths in Africa than any other mammal, you will find them not just in National Parks but along rivers and lakeshores throughout Uganda.

The highest concentration of hippos in Africa is found in Queen Elizabeth Park along the Kazinga Channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George.  You can also see vast numbers of them as you take a Nile Boat Safari at Murchison Falls National Park.

One thing many people do not realize is that hippos do not swim but bounce on the bottom of rivers and lakes.

They graze at night consuming a large amount of grass per day and wipe out vegetation if they are high in numbers as they are in Queen Elizabeth Park where in the late 1950s a hippo cull took place to restore the plant and cause other wildlife to return to the area.


Rothschild or Nubian Giraffes:

This is the tallest animal in the world.  They can grow up to 5 1/2 meters, and they live in semi-structured groups, but you will find them often in more massive herds moving through the savannah areas of Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo and Kidepo Valley Park grazing in the trees.

They move gracefully with their massive bodies, it is a humorous sight when you watch them coming to a watering hole and as they crouch down and partake of the water.

In Uganda, you will find the Nubian or Rothschild Giraffes, also known as the Uganda or Baringo Giraffes.

Wild Pigs such as Warthogs:

The one you will see most often in Uganda’s game parks and wildlife reserves is the lovable warthog.  Grey in color, beautiful tusks, seen in family groups, trotting around with their tails raised, it just makes you smile.  They are most often found in savannah parks such as Lake Mburo National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Parks.

Though harder to spot because of its nocturnal ways, the Bushpig is common.  It is a bulkier and hairier, and you can find them in all National Parks except Rwenzori National Park in Uganda.

Then there is the Giant Forest Hog which is the largest of the wild swine found in Africa.  Again they have nocturnal habits and live inside of the forest. You might be able to spot them by day in Queen Elizabeth National Park along the Channel drive.


This lovely, stubborn, striped horse is found in two national parks in Uganda, which are Lake Mburo and Kidepo Valley National Park.  The Burchell Zebra is commonly found all over eastern and southern Africa.  You can see them in large groups, but they are usually variously made up of family groups consisting of one stallion, five mares, and offspring.

Though the zebras are lovely to look at and many people enjoy watching and viewing them, they have a grumpy and quite feisty disposition, and when colonialist tried to use them as domestic animals, they failed.  I think it is much more beautiful to watch them in the wild then maybe on some farmyard.

For most, the best park to see the Zebras is Lake Mburo National Park in Western Uganda.

Ankole Cattle:

Ankole Cattle are Herbivores that you will see on a Safari in Uganda, especially Western Uganda. They are domestic animals, but their appearance makes them a definite tourist attraction.  No safari to Uganda is complete without some pictures of Ankole cattle.

They are an endangered species today due to cross-breeding, In recent years there has been the importation of milk cows from Europe and limited grazing land, and they have been crossbred with Ankole cattle or replaced Ankole Cattle.

The Ankole Cattle Herbivores are part of most Safaris.  Even if you do not see them, you might taste them as you devour a steak on Safari.  We think that they are worth including in a list of Herbivores in Uganda that Tourists see on Safari.

Mountain Gorillas:

Gorillas are a specialized type of herbivore called a folivore.  They mostly feed on leaves. Vegans point to them as proof that one can grow into a large, and powerful animal that lives on a plant-based diet.

Gorillas at times deviate a bit and eat some ants here and there, but their mainstay is a plant-based diet in spite of their size.  This is to the delight of vegans and vegetarians.

Leaves, however, are the mainstay of a Gorilla Diet.  They also chew on driedBark for their salt intake.  Leaves, however, are the staple of their diet.

The reason that we included them in our list of herbivore that you might see on a Safari in Uganda and most Visitors are drawn to the country because of Mountain Gorillas.

The Herbivores you can find in Uganda -The herbivores are most often seen on game drives in Uganda’s National Parks, but even outside of parks – Uganda is home to both Forest Elephants, and Savanna Elephants, both which can be seen on Game Drives and Nature Walks in the Parks.

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