Game Viewing Uganda – What’s so special? Feel the thrill and adventure of a close encounter with the Big Five… The roar of lions echoing across the endless savannah, the sound of crickets under a star studded sky. this is what you will experience when you visit one of the fine reserves teeming with wildlife in Uganda.
Did you know? In the Murchison Falls National Park only closed vehicles are permitted and off-road driving is strictly forbidden. Night drives in Murchison may only be conducted by park rangers in large park vehicles.
Uganda is a wildlife paradise offering umpteen numbers of national parks and wildlife reserves. Although each game reserve offers its own dimension to wildlife game viewing, one common factor ties them all together: the regal big five of the Pearl of Africa wild world – Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Lion and Buffalo.
Game Viewing in Uganda is done either in closed vehicles (mostly in the National Parks of which Queen National Park is the most famous), in open safari vehicles in the Private Game reserves and both day and night game viewing is available in some of these private reserves. Tracking game on foot is also an option available in some parks and reserves like Lake Mburo NP and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Game Viewing in Photos
In the national parks, the driver and tracker who accompany you on excursions are expert rangers and they are in contact with the other vehicles on game drives, greatly increasing your chances of finding the wildlife that you want to see.
Horseback Game Viewing
And for the avid horse rider, Lake Mburo National Park ‘Game-viewing on Horseback’ is an option. Wildlife Safaris on horseback are an extraordinary experience as the game see you as part of the horse and don’t frighten easily which affords you the opportunity to get up close to the animals.
Off The Bitten Path
Vehicles in some national parks like Kidepo Valley, may also leave the road to follow animals into the bush and provide opportunities to witness behaviour and interactions you might not see otherwise. Night drives in some national parks are also exceptionally good opportunities to spot game not usually seen during the day.
Morning Game Drive
Wild animals are mostly active in the early mornings and late afternoons. That’s why the Game Drives always start early, about 5 o’clock in the morning. Game drives last 3 to 4 hours and include an extensive breakfast. Coffee and snacks are also included in the Game Drive.
Afternoon Game Drive
At around 16:00 o’clock the ‘afternoon game drive’ sets off, and also takes about 3 to 4 hours. Stops for snacks and drinks are often included, drinks appropriately called ‘sundowner drinks’, considering you’ll enjoy them simultaneously with the sunset. Afterwards, you’ll continue the ride in the dark, after the sun has set. This enables you to admire the animals in both day and night. The Game Drive safari can be wrapped with up by a Ugandan dinner, where you can relive and share your experience beneath the starry African night sky. A Game Drive is a must when visiting Uganda!
Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel
This is by far the highlight of a wildlife game viewing safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kazinga channel is the longest and widest natural channel in Africa and has the highest concentration of hippos in the whole world. There are privately operated scheduled (11am, 2pm and then 4pm) boat cruise on Kazinga channel which run for two hours. Uganda Wildlife Authority does the same at 10am, 3pm and 11pm.
Muchison Falls Boat Safaris.
Murchison Falls National park is not only popular for its game drives in the northern part of park but wildlife game viewing Boat safaris Uganda to the delta or the base of Victoria falls are truly rewarding. Paraa Lodge, Baker’s Lodge and Uganda Wildlife Authority run boats to the base of the falls where many water animals can be spotted. You get to see the hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and so many other birds. The boat climaxes at the base of the falls where river Nile waters squeezes through a narrow gorge as it falls down stream. To understand this experience better, one has to combine this boat cruises with a hike to the top of the falls.
If you miss out of this boat safari to the base of the falls, then you should compensate this with the delta cruise which will take you downstream to witness how the Nile slows down as it joins Lake Albert.