Wildlife & Animals – Toro-Semliki WR

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Wildlife densities in the park are low. Only the Uganda kob is common. Buffalo, elephant and waterbuck are around, but irregularly seen. All wildlife is quite skittish and hard to approach by car. Lion and hyena are around, but are rarely seen; it is much more common to hear them at night. Leopard are sometimes spotted on night drives.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantOccasional
HippoRare
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraNone
LionVery Rare

Wildlife Highlights

A troop of chimpanzee can be tracked; however, they aren't very habituated, so sightings are very hit-and-miss. Their distinctive pant-hooting calls can often be heard from far away. Some primate species regularly seen include vervet and red-tailed monkey, the beautiful black-and-white colobus and olive baboon. Some of the more unusual primates which inhabit the forest include the Central african red colobus, Dent's mona and the De Brazza's monkey.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time for wildlife viewing in Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve is during the Dry season (December to February) when animals are concentrated around predictable water sources. Some of the roads become impassable after heavy rain.

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