This blissful activity is a real treat if you wish to watch how the park’s ecosystem allows 77 mammal and 475 bird species co-exist without running extinct/endangered. These include huge herds of elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, kackson’s hartebeest, topi, Uganda kobs, olive baboons, patasmonkies…the list goes on.
Forget about zoos, the 20 predator species here are 101% real are go against all sorts of odds to survive. They include cheetahs, black-backed jackals, leopards, lions and bat eared foxes. One of the things they share in common is that nothing comes on a silver platter for them. It is usual to come across lions as they pursue big herbivores without hesitation, even when they know they could die trying.
Due to this park’s remote location around Uganda’s border with Kenya and South Sudan, the numbers of tourists here are very few. As a matter of fact, you might not find any vehicles as you explore its open savannah plains, acacia woodland, and forest of borassus palm trees and jagged mountains. This offers you that feeling of being hundreds of miles away from polluted cities as you pursue night game drives.
All cars in our fleet are 4WD customized for off-road adventures, as such, you won’t have a hard time even as you are driven through bumpy stretches of the trails. That’s only half the story. They have pop-up roof thus allow easy viewing of game.
The advantage of a night drive is that it happens at a time when the park’s weather is cool, so animals don’t have much reason to shy away into shade. On the contrary, they stay in open plains as it doesn’t have much vegetation which would have provided cats’ perfect camouflage for hunting.
Even better, the park’s flat topography makes it easy to spot wildlife that is far. In seasons when the moon is not seen, lots of prey with poor night vision stand where the car’s headlight is flashing. They do this with the hope of seeing invading predators in time. It is such a fascinating experience to watch huge herds of giraffes and elephants stay deep asleep while standing on their feet.
How we shall get you there
There is a choice of air travel, as the park has its own airstrip, which is accessible through a domestic safari airline that flies there twice every week. If you prefer travelling by road, the park is a day-long drive Northwards from Kampala. To make the trip less exhausting, it will take a road trip format with lots of stopovers for you to refresh yourself.