There are four National Parks in Uganda that offer the opportunity for Wildlife drives; they are Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth and Kidepo Valley. Wildlife drives enable sightings and watching of animals further afield especially those that do not live in the periphery of the parks and wildlife reserves such as solitary and rare animals. In this too, each park is unique and has something extra. For instance, the greatest variety of wild life is to be seen on a drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park as it has the highest number of wildlife species-95 mammal species, more than any other park in Uganda. However, Murchison Falls, north of the Nile offers the larger mammals concentration and fast-recovering populations of Giraffes not seen in Queen Elizabeth National Park although Topi is only seen at Queen Elizabeth.
At both parks, Elephants, Bushbucks, Buffaloes and Kobs are easily seen and although it’s not so easy to spot predators because most are mainly solitary and nocturnal but some are conspicuous during the day, at Queen Elizabeth, one can see Lions while Leopards can be seen with a bit of luck. In Kidepo Valley National park, much of the wildlife is found within a short walking distance of the Apoka Rest Camp and so wildlife drives may not be so necessary. However, to have the opportunity to spot Cheetahs, Giraffes and the Bat-eared Foxes, the drive may be necessary as it entails venturing further afield. Lake Mburo National Park is the only park in Uganda that is home to the Burchell’s Zebra which can be seen as you drive into the park.