Best Places To Do Night Game Drives In Uganda
What are the best places to do night game drives in Uganda? 10 national parks in Uganda are considered for several safari activities and among these include those where night game drives can be done. So many national parks do have night game drives but the best are Lake Mburo national park where the activity started, Murchison falls national park the biggest national park in the country, Kidepo valley national park, and Queen Elizabeth national park the second national park in the country.
They are called night game drives because they are done when the sun goes down and the darkness falls on the wilderness within some of the national parks of Uganda. The night game drives are done with a help of spotlights that are used to light up the wat so you shouldn’t wonder how the night game drives are successfully done.
The night game drives must be booked in advance because you will need an armed ranger guide for security reasons. The armed ranger guides used for night game drives are booked at Uganda wildlife authority offices. The armed ranger guides are hired because some of the wild animals can be a threat so hiring one of 2 rangers can help to protect you from these animals in the park.
Where to do best night game drives in Uganda?
Night game drives are one of the exceptional activities that one can do on an Africa safari to Uganda. Most of the national parks in Uganda mainly Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valley national park, Lake Mburo national park and Queen Elizabeth national park do conduct game drives during the night where they get an opportunity to spot different nocturnal animals. Nocturnal animals in Uganda include white-tailed mongoose, side stripped jackal, porcupine, bush pigs, honey badger, hare, bush pig, aardvark, black galago, owls, nightjar, hyenas, and much more.
Night Game Drives in Lake Mburo national park
Located in the western part of Uganda, Lake Mburo was the first national park to conduct game drives after which other national parks started doing the same. Lake Mburo national park is home to different mammals, birds, and also primates. the game drives in Lake Mburo national park give you an opportunity to see nocturnal animals in the park such as leopards, bushpigs, warthogs, mongoose, bush babies, hyenas, wildcats, and many others, the game drives in the park are led by a ranger guide from Uganda Wildlife Authority with torches.
Night Game Drives in Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls National Park is the largest park in Uganda located in the northwestern part of the country covering over 3,893 sq. km. The Park is home to over 76 mammals, birds, and reptiles among which include nocturnal animals. The nocturnal animals in Murchison fall national park can be best seen during the night game drives which are led by an Uganda Wildlife Authority armed ranger. Some of the animals seen on a night game drive in Murchison falls national park include lions, hippos, leopards, hyenas, civets, owls, porcupines, wild cats, jackals, bush babies, owls, Uganda kobs, and much more.
Night Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park is the second largest national park in Uganda and one of the most visited national parks in the country located in the western part of Uganda. The Park is famous for having tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector and also Kazinga channel. Queen Elizabeth national park is home to over 95 mammals and primates of which some can be seen during the night game drives. Game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park are done in Mweya peninsular and will give you an opportunity to see leopards, civets, genet, bush babies, serval cats, lions, white-tailed mongoose, and bush pigs among others.
Night Game Drives in Kidepo valley national park
Located in the remote areas of northern Uganda, Kidepo valley national park is one of the national parks where nocturnal game drives can be done. The game drive in Kidepo valley national park is best done in a 4×4 safari vehicle exposing you to cheetahs, hyenas, reedbuck, guenther’s dik dik, bush babies, lions, and leopards among others
What to carry for a nocturnal safari in Uganda?
You need to carry spotlight torches to help you view the animals clearly, dull clothes which can’t destruct wild animals, a warm sweater to keep you from cold, a camera to take photos, and insect repellents to keep you away from mosquitoes.
How much is a night game drive in Uganda?
A night game drive in all national parks is done by only people who have pre-registered vehicles and it’s a must to use UWA ranger guides. The night game drive in all national parks costs $30 for both foreign non-residents and foreign residents while east African citizens pay shs30,000. Those that don’t have a vehicle will have to hire $40 foreign non-residents and foreign residents while East Africans shs40,000.
What to book with Africa Adventure Vacations?
Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by Uganda Tourism Board and a member of Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla habituation, chimpanzee tracking, birding, game drives, hiking, nature walks and community tours among others. Booking to do night game drives in Uganda can be done at any time of the year.