Uganda is a cradleland for big game safaris in Africa. It is home to the famous big five that is to say Lions, leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes and Rhinos. Although Uganda is more recognized for gorilla tracking experience, game safaris are top on the list too.
Murchison Falls National Park
Bisected by the longest River Nile in Africa is lush Murchison Falls National Park. The northern sector of the park at times referred to as Paraa area is the wildlife haven.
An early morning game drive and late evening game drive through Buligi grasslands gives you chance to spot animal like lions, leopards, giraffes, herds of buffaloes, hartebeests, huge herds of elephants, water bucks, forest hogs, warthogs and so much more.
As described by Winston Churchill as “Kew garden and a zoo with unlimited scale” indeed Murchison falls Park still holds its wildlife wealth. Its unique beauty has attracted some film makers like Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in the film featuring in the film “The Queen Of Africa”.
River Nile offers a comfortable home to huge Nile crocodiles, large schools of hippos attend there daily lessons in the Nile. During a Launch trip to Murchison falls, you may have a chance to witness self-service at the crocodile restaurant.
The launch trip is one of the highlights of Murchison Falls National park opening opportunities to see wild animals quenching thirst, others wallow in the marshy mud along the banks while there counterparts cool off the day’s heat with a shower.
Placed on the Albertine rift Valley floor is Queen Elizabeth National Park. Its natural back drop is lovely crafted by snowcapped Rwenzori ranges.
During an early morning game drive in the east of Mweya peninsular, Kasenyi grassland you have high chance of seeing lions, leopards, herds of elephants, buffaloes, birds linger. Lots of dry and wet crater lakes decorate the floor of the rift valley in this area.
On the far South of the park lies remote grasslands of Ishasha where you have high chance of seeing Tree climbing lions, huge herds of elephants, topis, herds of buffaloes to mention but a few.
While on the launch trip on Kazinga channel, you have chances to see thirsty animals move to the shores as well as stokers who wait to grab them for a meal. The shoreline is home to huge Nile Crocodiles, granting hippos, rich avian life too.
Chimpanzees have a home in Kyambura gorge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Getting to them requires you to do some hiking to the slopes of the escarpments to find there community. Other primates like olive baboons, black and white colobus, red tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys find comfort in living on this floor.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Placed in the fur North Eastern corner of Uganda is the famous Kidepo Valley National Park. This park is a basket of wild animals especially the renowned big game like Lions, elephants, Giraffes, elands, hartebeests, hyenas, zebras, cheetahs, large herd of buffaloes to mention but a few.
The park also hosts some of the rarely seen animals like aardvark, striped hyenas, ostriches, cheetahs, bat-eared fox.
When you take a road trip to this park, you may have chance of seeing Nyero ancient Rock painting close to Kumi.
Lake Mburo National park
Situated about 3 hours away from Kampala the main capital of Uganda is Lake Mburo National park. This is the closet National park to Entebbe airport too.
During an early morning game drive, you may have a chance to see animal like zebras, elands, water bucks, impalas, recently introduces giraffes, elephants, buffaloes to mention but a few.
A boat trip on Lake Mburo gives you amazing views of the park, fisher men may be seen some times, rare birds including the famous shoe bill find home here.
Depending on the weather condition, a pair of shorts and comfortable shirt or top to wear while on the game drive. Most of the times game drives are conducted within a vehicle so you have no fear of anything stinging or biting you.
Comfortable shoes or flip- flops can be used to protect your feet in case you get a break out of the car.
A pair of binoculars gives you a clearer view of amazing features and animals that are fur and hidden because off-tracking may not be allowed unless advised by the Authorities.
Sun screen to protect your skin from sun burns as most parks in Uganda receive very high temperature at times.
Masks are compulsory to wear while in the park as the Covid pandemic is still on
Moisturizers will keep your skin moist all the time while in the field as it gets so heated up some times.
A torch to use when at the lodge in case you are not sure about what you have seen in the dark. This is especially for lodges located within the park or very close to the park. Try to avoid getting out of your room especially at night but call for help as instructed by the lodge authorities.
Energy bites are so good to keep you alert while you take the game drives because they sometimes get too long.
Some hard cash to use for local purchases like souvenirs or paying tips in case you wish too.
As you enjoy your Uganda safari in the wild keep in the safari vehicle unless you have been instructed by the driver guide to get out. This is because wild animals may attack you without warning.
Avoid touching wild animals because they are not tamed they are wild. Even the calmest may change.
Try not to litter the pack as this disturbs the eco system
When on self-drive, ensure that you use the tracks designated by the park authorities so that you do not trample on grass
Although you would like to wave or say hallo to the local community, at the moment try as hard as you can to avoid hugs, hand-shakes and other chances that may lead to the spread of Corona.
When in the park follow the car speed advised by the park authorities to avoid injuring any animals.