Where Can I Do Night Game Drives In Uganda Safari National Parks

where can i do night game drives in uganda safari national parks

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Uganda is among the top upcoming tourism destinations in Africa, with a wide range of safari activities that offer maximum satisfaction to all travelers and are considered a true African safari destination. The night game drive experience is one of the exceptional tourism activities that gives all travelers an incredible memory of the pearl of Africa.

Uganda offers approximately 10 protected and recognized national parks that are valued for a variety of tourism adventurous activities, and within these 10 national parks, there are only 3 national parks offering night game drives, which include Murchison falls national park which is Uganda’s largest national park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is Uganda's second largest; and Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest national park in Uganda.


Night game drives at Murchison fall national park.

Murchison Falls National Park is famous due to the might of Murchison Falls, and Murchison Falls National Park is divided into two sectors: the northern sector and the southern sector, which are mainly occupied by the Savannah grassland and woodland and the forest vegetation that protects a huge number of wildlife species in the jungle. Murchison falls national park wildlife species that you should expect to view during your game drive include the beautiful African elephants, lions, Rothschild giraffes, African cape buffaloes, impala antelopes, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, Oribis, bushbucks, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and chimpanzees of Budongo Forest. During the Murchison Falls National Park Game Drive, travelers can view different bird species that can also be spotted on a nature walk adventure. Murchison Falls National Park’s species include the black-billed bustard, the rare shoebill stork, the open-billed stork, the Abyssinian ground hornbill, and the Papyrus gonolek marabou stork, among others.


Murchison falls national park night game drive is mostly done within the northern sector, which is highly occupied by open savannah grassland that offers clear viewing of the nocturnal animals at night in this African jungle. All night game drives are conducted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) with the availability of an armed ranger guide with a strong spotlight torch and by the use of a UWA vehicle or any tour company safari vehicle. Murchison Falls National park night game drive offers travelers an insight to spot the nocturnal wildlife cat animals which tend to hide in the forest during day time and come out to hunt in the night including the canning leopards, lions, hyenas,  the civet, porcupines, hippos that tend to feed at night on bush babies, nightjar, genets, and as well as viewing the incredible moonlight in the Albertine Nile among night wonders to be enjoyed on your night game drive at Murchison falls national park.


Night game drives at Queen Elizabeth national park?

Queen Elizabeth national park is Uganda’s second largest Savannah national park that comes after Murchison fall national park and it is among the top tourism destinations in Uganda that are considered for the Uganda wildlife adventurous safaris besides Murchison fall national park, Lake Mburo national park, and kidepo Valley national park. Queen Elizabeth national park offers a wide range of wildlife species, as well as top wonders including the kazinga channel, tropical rain forest, and crater lakes all situated in different sectors of Queen Elizabeth national park. Queen Elizabeth national park wildlife species expected include the famous tree-climbing lions, Rothschild giraffes, the huge herds of African buffaloes, waters, massive populations of African elephants, huge populations of hippos, bushbucks, Oribis, the huge mongoose population among others.


Queen Elizabeth national park night game drive has been subjected only to be done in the great Mweya peninsula due to the fact the Kasenyi sector is highly visited by many travelers. Queen Elizabeth night game drive gives travelers an opportunity to see the nocturnal wildlife species such as leopards that do their hunting at night, the civet genal, bush babies, serval cat, and banded mongoose among others.


 Night game drive at Lake Mburo national park?

Lake Mburo national park is situated in Kiruhura district along a Masaka – Mbarara road and Uganda’s smallest national park that is mostly occupied by an open savannah grassland and acacia woodland that makes the night game drive an incredible adventurous safari in the park because it offers travelers a clearer viewing session for the nocturnal wildlife species that cannot be spotted during the day game drive. Some of the nocturnal wildlife species in Lake Mburo national park that can be expected on a night game drive include, side-stripped jackal, white-tailed mongoose, bush pigs, porcupine, honey badger, black galago, the hare, Aardvark, and bush pig, among others.


How much does a night game cost in Uganda?

 Uganda wildlife authority is responsible for the fixed prices for the night game drives in all Uganda national parks offering night game drives. Night game drive costs30 USD per person per night using a private vehicle and a 40 USD for travelers using the UWA vehicle for their night game drive, the above price cost is for both foreign residents and foreign non-residents, and East African residents cost 50,000 shillings on a private vehicle and 40,000 shilling for those using the UWA vehicle.


For all your inquiry and bookings regarding Uganda night game drives please contact Devine African Safaris for an incredible experience of the night game drive adventure in the African jungle. 


What can a traveler carry on a night game drive in Uganda?

Travelers should not carry bright-colored clothes since it destructs wildlife animals at night, travelers are advised to carry dull-colored clothes such as grey, army green, or any clothing that is blended with the natural environment.

Travelers should carry insect repellent which protects the body skin from insects since most insects tend to be so active at night like mosquitoes.


Travelers are recommended to carry warm strong clothing like sweaters since it tends to be cold at night. 

Travelers are advised to carry their cameras and fully charged batteries so as they can take their own photos and videos of these nocturnal wildlife species that tend to feed at night or hunt such as the leopards and many more cats.


Travelers are strongly advised to carry spotlight torches that assist in giving a clear view of these nocturnal wildlife species at night, although these spotlight torches are always provided by the Uganda wildlife authority.


In conclusion, night drives are considered to be among the greatest adventurous activities that are enjoyed by a number of tourists while their Uganda adventure safari, and it offers exceptional views of a wider range of nocturnal wildlife species that cannot be spotted during day time.