Uganda Game Drive
Uganda Game Drive is an amazing safari activity that 99% of the travelers get to engage in as they explore the wildlife in the different National parks. A game drive in Uganda is one of the highlights of the Ugandan safaris and also ranked among the best in Africa. God has blessed Uganda with a lot of wildlife species and a very awesome landscape which attracts a lot of tourists to carry on safaris here. Different national parks in Uganda are naturally gifted with special species of mammals, birds, reptiles, primates among others. There might not be wildebeests, but Uganda is the best for game drive safaris in the entire east African region and, perhaps, other parts of entire Africa and the world at large.
Game drives in Uganda will put a light on your visit to the wild Savannah national parks in the country. You can visit Uganda for game drives, in particular, however, you can also add the game drive as an activity to your other Uganda and Rwanda safaris such as mountain gorilla trekking, birding watching safaris and cultural safari itineraries among others. Game drives in Uganda offer you the most appropriate way to explore and discover the numerous protected areas in custom-made safari vehicles like open roof Safari vans, Land cruisers, and the larger coaster buses. You can also fly over the vast savannah national park while watching the animals in the field using a hot air balloon; mainly in Murchison falls national park and Queen Elizabeth national park.
Places you can visit for game drives in Uganda
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth national
One of the places you can visit in Uganda for game drive safaris in Uganda is Queen Elizabeth national park. Queen Elizabeth national park is located within the western region of Uganda. Queen Elizabeth national park has been recorded as the most and greatest biodiverse protected area in Uganda and other parts of the world. Queen Elizabeth national park is also the most visited destination of Uganda, perhaps, due to its biodiversity. Queen Elizabeth national park is well known for being home to a great array of birds; it is a home for over 600 species of birds, and it is the only protected area in Africa with the highest number of bird species.
The wonders of Queen Elizabeth national park are totally revealed when you take a game drive to the southern sector of the park. The southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park is well known as the Ishasha sector which is also a home for the unique and rare tree-climbing lions. They are called “the tree climbing lions” because of the characteristics which they possess. These tree-climbing lions of ishasha sector, in Queen Elizabeth national park, are unique in character and often found of relaxing up in the fig tree branches or cactus trees, also called the candelabra trees, after the night and early morning food hunt. The game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park will put to light the other reasons as to why the lions in ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park love hanging in the trees during the day.
The main game drive route in Queen Elizabeth national park is between mweya peninsular and ishasha sector in the southern part of the park. Mweya peninsular is also referred to as the game drive hub in Queen Elizabeth national park; it is also where the kazinga channel is found. Therefore a game drive in mweya peninsular is a chance for you to see all the 95 mammal species which are found in Queen Elizabeth national. You can also enjoy lion tracking in the Kasenyi plains plus some other mammals such as Lions, warthogs, mongooses, hyenas, Elephants, Buffaloes, bushbucks, hippos, sitatungas and Leopards, Hyenas.
Game drives in Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls National Park is another destination for game drives in Uganda. Murchison falls National Park is one of the biggest national parks it joins with Budongo forest and Kaniyo pabidi forest to form the vast Murchison falls conservation area. Murchison falls is famous for the big five trips conducted there. However, Murchison falls misses the rhinos, but its proximity to ziwa rhino sanctuary makes it best places you can go for the big five safaris in Uganda.
A game drive in Murchison falls national park is an opportunity for you to see a lot of wildlife. Murchison falls national park is home to over 70 species of mammals and over 400 bird species. The semi-arid is a habitat for the bio diverse community of wildlife in different forms of life which assures you a very memorable game drive. The Albert delta area is the famous spot for unforgettable game drives in Murchison falls national park, plus the northern banks of the nile which bisects the park into two parts. A game drive in Murchison falls national park is a chance for you to see a lot of animal such as the African elephants, buffaloes, hippos, Uganda cobs, warthogs, antelopes, sitatungas, oribis, waterbucks, among others.
Game drives in Lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo game drives are a chance for you to see the unique zebras; the zebras are not found in any other national parks in Uganda, besides Lake Mburo national park. Lake Mburo national park is located along the Masaka – Mbarara high way and it can be an en-route stopover for travelers to Queen Elizabeth national park. It does not matter the size of the national park but the game drives here will make a lot of meaning to your Uganda safaris. Lake Mburo national park is one of the smallest protected areas with in the savannahs of Africa. It is only in Lake Mburo national park where you will be in an area surrounded by the lake and many other lakes with in the park.
The difference in Lake Mburo national park is, the game drives here will not last for so long as in other national parks in Uganda. It is also in Lake Mburo national park where you can walk freely in the national park; many visitors in Lake Mburo national park prefer the walking safaris over the game drive safaris. There is still a lot more you can enjoy in Lake Mburo national park, the game drives are also awesome, but it is better if you take on a horse ride into the savannahs and enjoy seeing the elephants, the lions, the buffaloes, zebras among the rest.
Other places where you can go for game drives in Uganda
The above national parks are the most famous destinations for game drives in Uganda; however, there are other secrets and undiscovered magical places in Uganda where you can enjoy your game drive safari from.
Kidepo valley national park is magical when it comes to game drives since it is home to unique wildlife. Kidepo valley national park is located on the eastern side of Uganda sharing part of Mbale district, Soroti district among others. Kidepo valley national park is a semi-desert protected area that is mainly covered with two major valleys; kidepo and Narus valley. It is from the valleys that the national park gets its name as kidepo. A game drive in kidepo valley national park is a chance for you so see the biggest prides of lions in the shortest distance of the drive. Also, kidepo valet national park is home to over 77 species of mammals including the rare bat-eared foxes and many hyenas among others. The rainy season here makes the animals scatter all over the national park. However, the dry season collects all the wildlife in kidepo national park around the valley basin, where is water.
Pian upe wildlife reserve is another place where magic can happen during the game drive safari. Pian upe is not so known in the tourism market, however visiting pian upe wildlife reserve offers you a chance to see a lot of unique animals and birds like the huge ostriches, leopards, cheetahs among others. You also can visit the Karamojong communities where you will learn a lot about their authentic culture. The Karamojong women will perform for your cultural dances as well as tell you all the history of their existence and the terrific challenges they have faced.