Game drives offer some of the best safari and wildlife viewing availability in all of Uganda. Below are a few of my personal favorites, as well as what you might see upon visiting.
Queen Elizabeth—Perfect for visitors seeking the “classic” African safari experience, this tracks through Kasenyi, the North Kazinga Plains, and the Ishasha Sectory. You are nearly guaranteed to see buffalo, antelope, and elephants, as well as warthogs and baboons. Taking an early morning or dusk guide is the best way to successfully see lions and leopards.
Murchison Falls—A drive around Buligi will help track and photograph the animals of the Nile Valley. Visitors have a great chance of seeing lions, buffalos, elephants, warthogs, and giraffes—maybe even an elusive leopard.
Lake Mburo—Acacia woodland, wetlands, grassy hillsides, rock outcrops, and seasonally flooded valley floors comprise most game drives in this area. Visit in the early morning or late afternoon for the best chance of seeing wildlife. They also offer guided night drives.
Kidepo Valley—Wildlife is relatively scarce in the arid Kidepo Valley, but drives are scheduled to target lion sightings. Visitors must be with a ranger at all times, as they will help spot some of the park’s lions sitting under the valley’s various rocks. You may also have the opportunity to see elephants, leopard, bush duiker, jackal, bushbuck, bush pig, Kavirondo bush baby, and buffalo.
Semuliki—Both smaller forest and larger savannah elephants are regularly seen, along with buffalo, waterbuck, crocodile, warthog, and Uganda kob. Game drives take place in the morning, afternoon, and at night.