Wildlife Game drive Safari refer to a drive through the savanna parks in an open roofed car to see different wild animals. Wildlife Game drives are one of the top activities and best African safari experiences that every visitor on a safari to Uganda should not miss out. Game drive Safari offer the best means to tour and explore the beautiful savanna parks and their inhabitants.
African Savanna wildlife game drives are done early in the morning, late afternoons and at night where there are better animal sightings than other times of the day. Visitors interested in wildlife game viewing safari can do self-drives to the savanna parks but it’s advisable to have an armed park ranger guide for their safety in the wilderness.
In Uganda wildlife game drives are done in 5 out of the 10 national parks and these include Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Kidepo valley national park, Lake Mburo national park and Semuliki wildlife reserve. Visitors get to view animals like the big five that is Leopards, elephants, rhinos, lions and buffaloes. Other animals seen during game drives include zebras, giraffes, waterbucks, hyenas, kobs, bushbucks, warthogs, antelopes and so many more.
Murchison falls national park
It is Uganda’s largest and oldest national park located in north western part of Uganda. The park boosts the large four and visitors usually visit Ziwa rhino sanctuary on the way to Murchison falls national park to complete the big five. Game drives in this park are mostly done in the northern part of the park that has the greatest concentration of wildlife. The wildlife game drive safari here last up to three hours and some of the animals seen include elephants, buffaloes, leopards, lions, waterbucks, giraffes, antelopes, Uganda kobs and so many more. Visitors can see more animals during the boat cruises along river Nile.
Queen Elizabeth national park
This is the second largest and most visited park in Uganda. The park is found in western Uganda and well known for the ishasha tree climbing lions. Game drives can be done in both the northern and southern parts of the park that is the Kasenyi area, crater area and Ishasha sector. Visitors get to learn about the history of the park and more information about animals like tree climbing lions. Some of the animals that can be seen here include lions, elephants, buffaloes, hyenas, leopards, warthogs, hippos, topi, bushbucks and many more. In the Kyambura gorge there are primates like chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons and vervet monkeys.
Kidepo valley national park
Kidepo national park is the most isolated national park but so beautiful, fascinating and offering the true wilderness experience. Being far from Kampala, Kidepo receives few tourists so taking a game drive in the park allows you have almost the whole park to yourself. The wildlife game drive safari in Kidepo national park is done in the Narus valley and a number of wild animals are seen such as giraffes, buffaloes, elephants, zebras, jackals, elands, hartebeests, hyenas, cheetahs, leopards, lions and so many more. You will also be able to see ostriches.
Lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo national park is the smallest savanna park in Uganda located in western Uganda closer to the capital city than any other park. There are a number of track routes where the wildlife game drives are done for example search for zebra in, kazuma, kigambira and rukoko tracks. A number of animals are seen including zebras, impalas, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, hyenas, leopards and more. Impalas are only seen in lake Mburo national park. The morning and late afternoon game drives are so rewarding.
Semuliki Wildlife Reserve
Great wildlife that call semuliki national park their home can be seen during game drives such as savanna elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, crocodiles, warthogs, Uganda kobs and many more. On a few occasions leopard, bush babies and pygmy hippos can be seen.