Night Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park : Night game drive refers to an activity done when the sun sets and the night falls in the wilderness. Then your free to go for night game drive that requires use of a strong spot light torch to   watch the animals more clearly in the dark. At night animals like lions shed off their human fear in the night; whereby can easily get closer to your vehicle, the lions can be terrific and the experience is unforgettable. Note, It is good to know the best place where you can book your night game drive viewing that is; The highly recommended place for this activity to see nocturnal species is Queen Elizabeth National Park and other game parks include; Murchison Falls National Park and Lake Mburo National Park, these are the only places where you can book for your night game drive in Uganda.

Night game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park is undoubtedly experience like the day game drives which can either be done in Kasenyi or Ishasha sectors. However, night game drive might not be so common but might be your best choice to adventure the wild cats and feel excited to get close to the King of the Jungle ‘’Lions’’.

Booking for the night game drive

In Queen Elizabeth National Park- night game drive can be booked for at Mweya tourists information center. The night game drive permits in Queen Elizabeth are as low as USD30; this money is exclusive of the entrance fee to the park. Night game drive cannot be done without a strong torch which helps you to have clear view or watch of the big cats on hunt. You can hire a spot light torch from ‘’UWA Offices’’ which is located at the entrance of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Note that, the permit is only given to adults and limited to children under 15 years of age.

In Queen Elizabeth National Park – night game drive can be carried out at Mweya peninsular; located between Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward. Take note, night game drive is not permitted in Kasenyi plains. Kasenyi plains is best site to do day game drive where you can see diversity of animals roaming around or most visited by tourists on the lion tracking. Therefore, prohibiting the nigh game drive help to minimize on the animal in the area.

What to expect from the night game drive?

Night Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Night Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park

During the night game drive at Queen Elizabeth National Park, you have a chance to see many hippos grazing on the short grass. Other chances of seeing herds of elephant moving around, antelopes in the fields, gigantic buffaloes lying down in the grass.  Interestingly, you might get lucky enough and get into a pride of lions as they walk closer your vehicle.  As you drive through the trail and trucks between Mweya Peninsular and Katunguru main gate, you can be able to adventure number of animal species such as waterbucks, Kobs, elephants or even have chance of spotting leopard in a thicket with its night bright eyes.

Well, night game drive at Queen Elizabeth National Park is best done using 4x4WD or any vehicle for self-drive or tour or tour company vehicle. Also, the ‘’UWA’’ Uganda Wildlife Authority tour vehicle are vehicles are perfect for these activities; These vehicles must be in good maintenance, having pop up roofs to help you see animals in far distance and closer.

Tourists on the night game drive are recommended to book an armed game ranger from the ‘’UWA’’ Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices; Game ranger goes at fee USD20. The armed game ranger can help you to adventure the lions patches easier and another thing the game ranger can be knowledgeable enough about the animals and also assuring protection in case of any wild animal attack.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is the best safari destination to do both night drives and day game drive. You can decide to do a combined safari – a night game drive or game drive in Queen Elizabeth or Murchison Falls National Park with a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park -Gorilla trekking experience.

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