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Leopard in Uganda – tips on where to look

When on safari in Uganda the lion and leopard is on the top of many visitors’ wish list for the game-drives, targeting to see a leopard in Uganda. The more elusive leopard is trickier to get a sight of than the lion so it is really a highlight to see a leopard in Uganda.  If your dream is to see a leopard make sure to tell your guide so the game-drive can be adapted to the areas where chances of seeing one are bigger.

leopard sighting in Uganda
leopard sighting in Uganda

Parks in Uganda where leopard can be seen

Leopard in Queen Elizabeth National Park: In Queen Elizabeth national park if the target is to spot a leopard there are some special places to look, one being the track called the leopard loop. The beautiful cat is also known to be seen by the adventurous channel track, Kasenyi research track around the crater at Queen’s pavilion (recently seen with a cub here) and by the old mating ground in Kasenyi. There is as well a resident leopard around Kyambura Gorge. In the Ishasha area, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park, it is to go for the Kigezi game reserve or for Ntungwe mating ground in the morning or late evening if the aim is to see a leopard in Uganda.


Leopard in Murchison Falls National Park: If your safari takes you to Murchison Falls national park chances are to spot a your Uganda leopard by the palms towards Tangi gate, along Buligi track in the elephant corridor and by Queen’s track through the sausage tree areas.


Leopard in Kidepo Valley National Park: Leopards in Uganda are as well found in Kidepo Valley national park as you go exploring this untouched wilderness.


Leopard in Lake Mburo National Park: Here the leopard search should focus on Warukuri track, Zebra track and Lake side drive in the evening. There is as well a resident leopard around Mihingo lodge and Rwakobo Rock lodge. In Lake Mburo national park it is also possible with a night game-drive with spotlight to search for this rare great cat; the leopard in Uganda.


The elusive leopard lives a solitary life spending the day up in the trees and hunting at night. The search for a leopard in Uganda itself is exciting as you are driven out on the savanna keeping your eyes open to spot a leopard and the search reminds you that Uganda’s animals are living in a vast wilderness enjoying their freedom.

leopard sighting in Uganda



Have time to explore Queen Elizabeth National Park, go for  a boat-cruise on Kazinga channel, enjoy an early morning game-drive, trek chimps in Kalinzu forest and relax by the lodge enjoying the magnificent view over Queen Elizabeth National Park.

7 DAYS Uganda Safari

During this popular safari you’ll experience the amazing mix that Uganda can offer with game drives on the savannas in Queen Elizabeth national park and Lake Mburo National Park as well as trekking of Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

12 DAYS Uganda Safari

Search for the Big 5 and trek for mountain gorillas as well as chimps. Four of the Big 5 roam freely in National Parks in Uganda, this is the lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant. The 5th of the Big 5 is the rhino, that was hunted to extinction in Uganda in the 80’s, but is now being reintroduced thanks to the great efforts of Ziwa Rhino sanctuary.

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