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Game Drive in Uganda

Game Drive Vs Gorilla Trekking

Game Drive Vs Gorilla Trekking

Game Drive in Uganda

Game drive/ Game viewing is among the top tourists’ activities in Uganda. A game drive is an adventure that entails viewing wildlife while on the vehicle. For memorable game viewing, we recommend to use a comfortable 4×4 open safari vehicle with a pop-up roof for clear viewing and excellent photographing.

A game drive is one of the most popular ways to see wildlife while on a safari in Uganda and it’s done in the five savanna parks namely:

  1. Lake Mburo National Park
  2. Kidepo Valley National Park
  3. Murchison Falls National Park
  4. Semuliki National Park
  5. Queen Elizabeth National Park

Murchison falls National Park is the largest in Uganda and famous for protecting over 76 mammal and 451 bird species including the Buffaloes, Jackson hartebeests, Antelopes, Lions, Kobs, Giraffes, Hyenas, Bushbucks, and Warthogs among others. They are widely spread all over the Savannah grasslands, grazing or hunting for prey. This makes the park’s landscape so amazing for game viewing/game driving.

Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest savanna national park is known for its attractive 158 square miles acacia-dotted savanna of Olea and Boscia is home to 68 mammal species. The Park contains an extensive area of wetland and harbors several species of mammals not found anywhere else in Uganda, including zebra and impala. The 315 bird species include the rare Shoebill Stork and African Finfoot.

Kidepo valley is known as a true African wilderness – over 86 mammal species including spotted hyena, lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, giraffe, zebra, African buffalo, bat-eared foxes, Rothschild’s giraffe — as well as almost 500 bird species.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second largest in Uganda – Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its wildlife, including African buffalo, Ugandan kob, hippopotamus, giant forest hog, warthog, Nile crocodile, African bush elephant, African leopard, lion, and chimpanzee. It is home to 95 mammal species and over 500 bird species.

Semuliki National Park is known for protecting some of Uganda’s amazing tourist attractions like the Hot spring among others. The park is a habitat for over 60 mammal species, including African buffalo, leopard, hippopotamus, mona monkey, water chevrotain, bush babies, African civet, African elephant, and the Pygmy scaly-tailed flying squirrel among others.

In preparation for game drives in Uganda, consider hiring a ranger guide to show you clear trails and the most amazing animal colonies. For night game drive ensure that your vehicle has sport lights and maintain rules and regulations to avoid accidents and off tracks which can lead to penalization.

On the other hand, Gorilla trekking is the number 1 tourists’ activity in Uganda. It’s done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in south western Uganda. Uganda is known for hosting half of the world’s mountain Gorillas.

Gorilla trekking involving walking in the forests to search for the amazing Gorillas in their natural environment.  It’s done all year round and always begin with briefing at the park headquarters. During briefing, the guests are equipped with Dos and Don’ts while in the process.

For successful Gorilla trekkers, move with porters, walking stick, hiking shoes, long sleeved sweater, water proof clothes, hut and drinking water among others.

Below are some of the Gorilla trekking rules and regulations:

  1. Maintain 7 metres distance between Gorillas and you (Guests)
  2. Do not litter and the park (all rubbish should be put in the bins provided.
  3. Keep low voices when near Gorillas
  4. Do not eat or drink near the gorillas. They are wild animals and can turn harmful to you
  5. A void Flashing Cameras. Gorillas may charge and turn against you
  6. When Gorilla turn upset, please leave them as instructed by the ranger guides
  7. If you want to ease yourself please dig a deep hole and burry all the wastes
  8. Trekkers are given a maximum of one hour to stay with Gorillas.
  9. Do not touch the Gorillas. They are wild animals
  10. A maximum of eight people is allowed to meet each Gorilla family.

After seeing Gorilla, trekkers are supposed to keep low voices until when they are in 200 meters from the gorilla group. Reach the starting point and a warded a certificate of completion.