Game viewing in Uganda
Game viewing involves drives through the national park while watching and studying about different wild animals, vegetation and birdlife. Game drives are one of the highlights of any Uganda safari and are most rewarding in the early mornings and late evenings of the day. So a game drive basically means driving with a safari vehicle in national parks and wildlife reserves searching for the big game.
Safari Game drives involve going into the savannah plains of the national parks with a four WD vehicle with every game drive lasting from 2-3 hours to a full day’s excursion and sometimes wrapped up with a bush breakfast.
Uganda offers the classic African safari of big game viewing, diverse wildlife experiences, beautiful landscapes and breathtaking scenery. The best time for game drives is in the morning hours where there are high chances of seeing elephants, buffaloes, lion and a variety of antelopes and other wildlife and in the evening when the big cats are on parole.
Places where to conduct Game drives in Uganda
Uganda has various national parks and most of its parks offer the game drive activity for tourists to enjoy the wildlife viewing up close, this is an activity that can be added to your gorilla trekking adventure safari and other Uganda wildlife safaris. Some of the parks where you can conduct game drives include:
Game drive in Kidepo Valley National Park
Wildlife is most active in the Narus Valley during early mornings and late afternoon where you will spot some of the park’s lions sitting on the valley’s various rocks.
On your drive to Kanangorok Hot Springs you will enjoy sights of magnificent landscapes and North of Apoka, beyond the river crossing, the road passes between rock outcrops and hills before descending into the Kidepo Valley, crossing the Kidepo Sand River. This is the part of the park where ostriches are most commonly seen and other wildlife including elephants, leopard, bush duiker, jackal, bushbuck, bush pig, Kavirondo bush baby, buffalo and much more.
Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park
This Park derives its name from the Murchison Falls which is bisected by the renowned River Nile into two parts such as the Northern bank and the Southern bank.
Game drives are best done the Northern bank which has a large concentration of wildlife in the Savannah plains whereas the Southern bank a lesser number of antelope herds and other few animals.
Game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest of the game parks with beautiful scenery. The park is home to several species of animals and these can be well spotted out in the open grassland of the park. Animals like buffalos, zebras, leopard, Burchell’s zebra and Eland together with various species of antelopes can all be viewed during the game drive.
Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
This park is known to be the highest concentration of wildlife with places like Kasenyi area of the park, North Kazinga plains offers one a chance to watch plenty of elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, antelope species, the rare giant Hogs, leopards among other animal species, In the Ishasha sector south of the park, visitors can move through the woodland to look for tree-climbing lions hovering on the branches of very old fig trees.
Game drive in Semliki Wildlife Reserve
Toro Semliki Wildlife Reserve is a small forest with three tracks crossing the savannah grassland with views of the larger savannah elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, crocodiles, warthogs and Uganda kobs. With luck, you may even see pygmy hippopotami, leopards and elusive bushbabies alongside nocturnal species such as the white-tailed mongoose.
Game Drives is one of the prime safari activity for game viewing in Uganda offering spectacular landscapes, grassy hills and sparkling crater lakes. Early morning game drives are the best way to view plenty of wildlife, explore the vast beauty of the African savannas and enjoy the magical African sunrise.
Why you should conduct a Game drive on a Uganda Safari?
- A classic Game drive in Uganda provides extensive Savanna Grassland Views, the beautiful morning sunrise on a morning Game drive and in the evening and night game drives nature serves more beauty of the sunset.
- During a Game drive, you get chance of coming up close to the animals on a freelance movement while in the park in your slow-moving vehicle.
- Guided around by a ranger guide, you will learn about the different animals in their free nature all hear the calls of the singing birds.
- Learn about wild animals and their way of life from the professional guide that will accompany you to the park
- Enjoy views of the “Big 5” including the Elephant, Lion, Leopard, African Cape Buffalo, Rhino, and the other big animals including Giraffe, Chimpanzee and Mountain gorilla
Nocturnal Game Drive in Uganda
With over 10 National Parks. Uganda offers various options of night game drive safaris, this is an activity that can be added to your gorilla trekking adventure safari and other Uganda wildlife safaris. In Uganda, one can go for night game drives in some of the National parks, with your safari guide and a ranger guide from Uganda Wildlife Authority with use of a spotlight to spot the different animals.
Night game drives offer a whole new experience to a Uganda safari and allow travellers to experience the mysteries of the real Ugandan bush after dark. Travellers will get a chance to see the nocturnal life such as porcupines, mongoose, leopards and other animals that love the dark.
What you should know before going for a Night Game drive?
- Before conducting a nocturnal game drive, you should note that off-road driving during night and morning game drives is not allowed inside all national parks to prevent vehicle damage to the environment.
- Night game drives offer a great opportunity to spot nocturnal animals that include bush babies, genet cats, mongoose, aardvarks, and owls among others
- Bring sandbags to the steady camera and a good binocular for easy sightings
- Always wear sunscreen and an insect repellent while on a game drive
- When you go for a bush toilet, make sure to ask your guide to accompany you. Safari vehicles used for safari game drives
- If you go on a game drive, make sure you carry your sunglasses and a hat. In case you come back after dark, don’t forget to take something warm to wear.