While every creature is important to the overall health of a habitat, most people who go on safari want to see the Big Five—lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros. In addition, people enjoy seeing hyenas, creatures with a complex social hierarchy that are proficient hunters.
Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to four of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo), plus a good number of hyenas. However, most African safaris won’t necessarily guarantee a sighting.
Protected areas like Queen Elizabeth National Park are large, leaving plenty of areas for elusive animals like leopards and hyenas that are primarily nocturnal to hide. Fortunately, the Uganda Carnivore Program offers a unique opportunity for visiting tourists to see lions, leopards, and hyenas on their visit to the park.
UCP offers what is known as experiential tourism, where you can ride along with Dr. Siefert or another member of the of the team to have a carnivore encounter. Not only will you get up close and personal to get that amazing photograph, you will also learn about the work of UCP, including human-carnivore conflict prevention, scientific research, working with local communities, and the history and challenges that Queen Elizabeth National Park faces. What’s more, part of your fee to go on an experiential tour with us goes directly toward future carnivore conservation.
By taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you are becoming part of the solution while having the opportunity of a lifetime to see these incredible creatures. If interested, please book directly with the Uganda Wildlife Authority at the Mweya Visitor Center. Your tour guide is also welcome to contact UWA on your behalf to book your experience with us in advance.
We look forward to seeing you on safari!