Game drives in East Africa are a safari dream scene set due to the abundance of wildlife and the spectacular savanna landscapes. With gently rolling hills and wide-open plains, this is the quintessential African safari experience. Travellers can expect to encounter large numbers of animals year-round, with big herds of elephant, buffalo and other plains game. It is also common to see a predator in action while on a quiet game drive.
The Great Wildebeest Migration that passes through the Mara for approximately three months each year is the highest peak an East African safari game drive, can it? This classic safari activity may last from a couple of hours to the whole day, with a picnic breakfast and lunch in the jungle with a security escort.
What’s a game drive is like?
With a safari guide (who is usually also the driver) aboard a custom build Land Cruiser with a pop-up roof or open sie, a game drive usually starts at the entry of the national park. The guide will usually have an HF radio to communicate with other guides on where to locate the best wildlife drama and off you go exploring the vast landscapes of savanna plains. Sometimes the driver may drive off the beaten tracks to get you a great view of wildlife. The drive optionally offers onboard refreshment.
Game drives and commonly done in the early morning because at that time wildlife is more active; predators hunting for breakfast and the sun heat is mild enough to allow you to enjoy the views. During the hottest part of the day, the animals mostly hide under trees or bushes and are not easily spotted.
Our advice to spot animals is not to look directly at a bush, but through it in search of any obvious change in colour, shape or form. Waking up early for a morning game drive, returning to your lodge or camp for a late breakfast and in the late afternoon enjoying another round of game driving in the afternoon.
Best time for a game drive
Game drives are usually held in the cooler parts of the day. In the early morning between 6:30 and 9:30 and late afternoon between 3:30 and 6:30. Waking up early for a morning game drive, returning to your lodge or camp for a late breakfast and in the late afternoon enjoying another round of game driving in search of wildlife.