Night game drives vs Day time game drives : If you are going for a Uganda safari in the East African region you will most certainly have a game drive in one of the many game parks in the region. East Africa is home to over 2000 animal species living in the region’s beautifully assorted vegetation that include savannah vegetation, acacia plains, bushy grasslands, semi-arid plains, woodlands among other vegetation.
The animals in the region include but not limited to: – the famous big five – lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and Rhinos; and also the zebras, wildebeests, warthogs, antelopes, baboons, monkeys, and the famous primates the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.
The famous game parks in the region include but are not limited:- Akagera National Park in Rwanda, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo National park in Uganda, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, Maasai Mara game reserve, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Nairobi National Park in Kenya. These are just but a few of the game parks in the region where you are sure to have a game drive on your visit.
Game drives are activities that involve driving through the park to view the numerous wildlife in the park. Game drives can be done during day time or night time. And all experiences give you a different feel of the wild.
To help you get an insight in all the game drives here is an over view of both the day time game drive and the night time game drive.
Night time game drives
- Nocturnal animals
During night game drives, you have a chance to see more nocturnal animals like lions, leopards, hyenas among others. This is because they are active at night. However you will see less diurnal animals as most of them will be sleeping and usually they sleep in the hide out that can not be easily seen in the night.
- Less crowd
Since most people go for day time game drives you will usually have the park to yourself during the night. If you are a person who loves the quiet and serene this is the best time for you to have a game drive.
- Safe but Risky
The night safaris are usually safe, you’re in a strong car with a guide and just driving through the park but they can also get risky if the animals start getting attracted to the lights of the car and start coming towards you; but they are really not harmful.
- Cannot see Flora well
Night game drives will not give you the opportunity to enjoy the flora of the wild because during the night you can’t see its beauty well. It’s only during the day that you can truly enjoy the beauty of the flora, Night game drives vs Day time game drives.
Day time game drives
- Go on for longer
Because they are done during the day they can go on for as long as you wish – especially if it’s the only thing on the itinerary. You’re not limited by time or the risk of the night.
Also because its day time you get to see all the flora and nature in its full beauty. The landscape, the vegetation, the water streams and all the details of the flora that complement the wild.
- Diurnal and Nocturnal animals
During the day time game drives, you get to see both the diurnal and nocturnal animals, of course you will the diurnal animals more but you’re well assured to see the nocturnal animals sleeping or resting in their territories.
- Company or Crowd
Some may call it a crowd others company, but during the day time game drives you will have the chance to meet other people on game drives too, so you may say you will have company or you will enjoy the game drive in a crowd.
Well, the truth is on both game drives you get to see most of the wild animals, so which game drive you choose will come down to your preference.