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Uganda’s Endemic Species stems from her natural demeanor, her wonderfully matched physical characteristics, and, most importantly, her adorable animals. From the moment you get off the plane at Entebbe International Airport, you have the impression that this region has been endowed with a special type of riches.
Uganda is undoubtedly the place of choice for your well-deserved holiday or safari, with its lush rural plains and historic steep ridged to free-flowing streams and friendly hospitable people. Join Kings Safaris as you visit incredible locations like as the Nile’s source, the Rwenzori Mountain range, and Lake Victoria, among many more.
When it comes to wildlife, Uganda is especially rich in a diverse range of animals and birds that serve as the highlight of many safaris. The diversity is mind-boggling, to the point that you will come across species that do not exist anyplace else on the planet.
So, when you plan your Uganda safari trips or wildlife safari here, make a point of seeing these rare animals that you may never see anywhere else.
Rwenzori Shaggy rat
Ugandan lowland shrew
Nkozi (or Ssese) island Sitatunga
Tolley’s Forest Chameleone
Acuminate Bush Viper
Lolui Island Skink
Lake Victoria toad
Roux’s Puddle Frog
Endemism from the Albertine Rift
These species are found in the montane forests of the rift valley between Lake Tanganyika and Lake Albert. Some of these species include:
Shelly’s crimson wing
Blue headed sunbird
Red faced woodland warbler
Stripe breasted tit
Kivu ground thrush
Red throated alethe
African green broadbill
Congo bay owl
Dwarf otter shrew
Archer’s robin chat
Where to find Uganda’s Endemic Species
The Ruwenzori Mountain range, located in southern Uganda on the boundary of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is one of the most picturesque sites in Uganda. It has beautiful landscapes with montane, forest, and alpine vegetation. This mountain range’s valleys are replenished by pure streams, and its peaks are adorned with gleaming glaciers and snow.
The Rwenzori Mountains are ideal for observing Albert indigenous species, including birds like as the Rwenzori Turaco and Rwenzori Batis, as well as mammals such as the Rwenzori duiker and Rwenzori Shaggy rat. The natural woodlands provide an ideal environment for a wide variety of butterflies, reptiles, and vegetation.
This old woodland is one of the world’s most diversified. It is home to a diverse assortment of flora and animals, including the coveted Mountain Gorillas. The forest spreads throughout the DRC and is ideal for catching Albert unique species as well as a diverse assortment of birds.
Because of its location within the Albertine rift, it is ideal for identifying a variety of endemics. The park also has a diverse primate population, including chimps and golden monkeys. On your wildlife excursion, you will also see some unusual plants, butterflies, and reptiles.
This park is Uganda’s only other place to see Mountain Gorillas. It is situated near the foothills of the Virunga Mountain range, which extends into the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. The alpine forest here supports a variety of rare plants and fauna.
Kidepo valley national park
Kidepo Valley National Park, located in northern Uganda, is ideal for seeing rare animals. Several endemics, like the Karamoja Apalis, as well as numerous almost endemic species, may be found here. The park’s solitude also allows for quiet and leisurely trips.