Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries

Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries is the first stop in planning your safari in Ugandan national parks and game reserves. Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries is the ultimate guide to planning a safari in Uganda’s national parks, wildlife reserves, Ugandan forests, wildlife sanctuaries and other protected areas. This splendid guide illustrates Uganda’s exquisite and rich tourist attractions by region. The catalogue, in addition to the wildlife experiences, activities and attractions, also focuses on the wider perspective of culture, religion and Uganda’s rich history to offer a diversified tourism experience.

Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries offer ‘traditional’ savanna safaris along with boat tours, forest hikes, mountain climbing and wildlife research activities. Uganda is unrivalled on the continent as a bird-watching destination with over 1,000 species of birds – several of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries is also home to 13 types of primates including over half of the world’s endangered Mountain Gorillas; and our closest relative – the chimpanzee.

Explore the wild Kidepo Valley; spot Queen Elizabeth’s tree-climbing lions; trek up the Virunga Volcanoes; summit the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains; take on Bwindi’s “impenetrable forest”; learn ancient tribal traditions and crafts – or just relax at your lodge surrounded by the wonderful sights and sounds of Africa’s most hospitable destination.

Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries are the ones that define the country’s tourism activities. Uganda boasts of 10 National Parks plus several wildlife reserves, game reserves and wildlife sanctuaries on the country’s tourism thrives. Wildlife safaris and tours to all these tourist attractions are major activities at the wildlife reserves. Several trips in Uganda take place in the parks that are evenly distributed across and represented in almost all regions of the country. Besides the National Parks that the country is proud of, there are numerous Wildlife Game Reserves in Uganda where also tour activities are carried out and they contribute highly to the tourism success. These include: –

MURCHISON FALL Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries (MFNP):

Murchison Falls N.P. is the largest park in Uganda, covering over 400 sq. kms since the inclusion of the adjoining game reserve.  It is one of the most spectacular parks in Africa.  Renowned for its scenic beauty and the spectacular waterfalls from which it gets name.  MFNP has abundant Flora and Fauna to delight the visitor.  From rolling savannah and tall grasslands to thick bush and woodlands, the diversity of this park never ceases to amaze.

No visit to Murchison Falls would be complete without a visit to the magnificent waterfalls.  They can be viewed from the top where the Nile River narrows from 50 meters to crash through a 7-meter gorge, falling 45 meters to the rocks below.  The three-hour cruise to the base of the Falls is unforgettable.  One can experience the majesty of the Nile while onboard, viewing exuberant wildlife along the banks.

The more adventurous traveler may want to hike the trails around the waterfalls, while the avid birdwatcher will want to seek out some of the 424-species identified in the park.  Fishermen can test their skills above and below the Falls, waiting patiently for 20-7kg. Nile Perch.  Other game fish found in the Nile include Barbel, electric Catfish and Tiger fish. On game drives Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbuck are commonly seen.  You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and bushpig.

Large carnivores include lion, leopard and spotted hyena.  Chimpanzees head the list of six species of primates found in the park.  Crocodile and hippo will be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be included Goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork and the rare shoebill stork.  A boat cruise to the delta is a highlight for the avid birdwatcher. White water rafting above the Falls and flat water canoeing on the placid Nile below the Falls may be of interest to the adventure traveler.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FROM KAMPALA:  300KM

ESTIMATED TRANSIT TIME:   4 1/2 – 5HRS

QUEEN ELIZABETH Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries (QENP):

Queen Elizabeth N.P. is one of the outstanding treasures of Uganda.  QENP has recently been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO.  The park covers 2000 sq. kms and includes a remarkable variety of eco-systems; from semi-decidious tropical forest to green meadows, savannah and swamps.  It is the home of the famous tree-climbing lions, the Uganda kob and other antelope as well as elephant, buffalo, hippos, baboons, and chimpanzee.

Over 500 species of birds have been recorded here making it prime target for birdwatchers.  Species recorded include the shoebill stork, black bee-eater, 11 types of kingfishers and a variety of raptors including several falcons and eagles.  In the crater lakes, spectacular flocks of flamingos gather, creating the image of a moving pink carpet.

The launch trip along the Kizinga Channel between Lake George and Edward is a memorable way to view the variety of game in Queen Elizabeth.  North of the main gate is the crater area, one of the most scenic parts of the park.  To the East, in Kyambura Gorge, visitors can climb through tropical forest and catch a glimpse of a variety of primates, including chimpanzee.  In the more isolated Ishasha sector of the park, search the woodlands for the tree-climbing lions perching on the boughs of ancient fig trees.  To the Southeast, travelers can explore newly opened trails in Maramagambo forest.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FROM KAMPALA  440KM

ESTIMATED TRANSIT TIME: 6 HRS

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries:

Bwindi is located in south-western Uganda on the edge of the western rift valley covering 331 sq. kms.  It is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, supporting large number of plants and animals not found elsewhere.  About half the world’s population of 600 mountain gorilla reside in Bwindi.

The vegetation, as the park’s name implies, is composed of tropical rainforest with dense undergrowth.  This rugged terrain makes hiking in search of gorilla strenuous work.  Visitors who trek should be prepared for up to 8 hours of hiking.  Good physical condition is required.  A maximum of only 6 permits per day are available for advance booking, so confirmation 4 – 12 months in advance is required to avoid disappointment.

Along with the gorillas, there are nine other species of primates including chimpanzee, blue monkey, redtail monkey, L’hoest’s monkey, black and white colobus, potto, demidoff’s and needle – clawed galago.

Three hundred and forty-seven species of birds have been recorded in Bwindi; seven species are listed as endangered.  Species of particular interest include the Kivu ground thrush, white-bellied robin chat, red-throated alethe, collared apallis, short-tailed warbler, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, blue headed sunbird, strange weaver and the Shelley’s crimsonwing.  Over 200 species of butterflies have also been recorded here.

Many visitors also enjoy the hiking trails in the park.  The most popular are the Munyaga River Trail, the Waterfall trail and the Rushuura Trails.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FROM KAMPALA  550KM

ESTIMATED TRANSIT TIME; 8-10 HRS

MGAHINGA GORILLA Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries:

This park is in the far south-western corner of Uganda, is the smallest park, only 33.7sq. kms.  As the Ugandan part of the Virunga Conservation Area, where half of the world’s mountain gorillas make their homes, this park shares boundaries with Rwanda and Congo (Zaire).  The park is comprised of parts of three extinct volcano mountains, Mt. Muhavura (4127m), Mt. Gahinga (3475m) and Mt. Sabyinyo (3645m).

The vegetation of Mgahinga is typically afro-montane, with a forest belt, a bamboo zone, an ericacious belt and an alpine zone.  The park supports a variety of animal species including gorilla, rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephant, leopard and serval cat.  There are also over 180 species of bird found in the region.  Among these are the handsome francolin, the Rwenzori touraco and the side-breasted tit.

About 45 mountain gorillas use the Mgahinga sector of the Virunga Conservation Area seasonally. Gorilla trekking is available here when the gorillas are in the park.  They are usually resident in the months of April, May and June and October, November and December.  The rest of the year the gorillas are on the Congo side of the Virungas.  Book 4-12 months in advance to avoid disappointment.  Trekking is strenuous; therefore, good physical condition is necessary.

Mgahinga is an interesting park.  In addition to gorilla trekking, it offers a number of other exciting half-day hikes and the challenge of a full-day climb to the summit of Mt. Muhavura or Mt. Gahinga, or the breathtaking Sabyinyo Gorge.  Also of interest are the three swamps: Rugezi, Kabiranyuma and Kizibakye.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FROM KAMPALA: 510KM

ESTIMATED TRANSIT TIME: 8-10 HRS

RWENZORI MOUNTAINS Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries:

The Rwenzori Park is a splendid world of ice and snow, with its massive ice-rime sculptures and mind-boggling vegetation, and arguably surpasses other afro-alpine areas in its beauty, wonder and interest to mountaineering enthusiasts.  This park, covering 996 sq. kms. provides a magnificent environment for both experienced climbers and casual day hikers.   These legendary mountains exhibit spectacular scenic beauty and provide a unique habitat for many rare and indigenous plants and animals.  The Highest mountain in the range, Mt. Stanley, is the third highest in Africa after Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya.  Its highest peak, Margharita, rises 5109 m above sea level.  The giant lobelia and the groundsell are hallmarks of the Rwenzori.  All of the above make this park an unforgettable visitor destination.

Decreasing temperature with increasing altitude have resulted in marked zoning of vegetation, which is of great interest to scientists and a delightful experience for visitors.  In fact, more people visit the Rwenzori to explore and experience the fascinating vegetation than to climb the peaks and glaciers.

The usual trip lasts not less than 6 days, just long enough to hike the Central Circuit Trail.  Longer and shorter trips can be arranged.  No special climbing equipment is necessary unless you intend to climb one of the summits.  However, hiking the trails is arduous work, and weather conditions are unpredictable and rainy.  The driest months are July, August and December, January and February.  Hiking should be undertaken only by the physical fit.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FROM KAMPALA: 60 KM

ESTIMATED TRANSIT TIME: 6 HRS

LAKE MBURO Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries:

Lake Mburo National Park (260 sq. kms) lies along Mbarara road within easy access of Kampala.  It is ideal for a transit stop to / from the gorilla sanctuaries or QENP.  It is an attractive park of rolling hills and open grassy valleys, interspersed with thickets, woodlands and rich wetlands.

Find here herds of Zebra, Cape buffalo and eland.  Oribi and topi are easily approached.  Along with a game drive, many visitors enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo.  Self-guided nature trails are also available.  Birdwatchers will enjoy the more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FROM KAMPALA: 230 KM.

ESTIMATED TRANSITTIME: 3-4 HRS

KIBALE Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries:

This National Park covers 766 sq. kms and runs contiguous with the northern end of QENP, but Kibale is much wetter with a unique moist forest habitat and an extremely high diversity of animals and plants.

This mature tropical rainforest supports the highest number of primate species in Uganda, and one of the highest primate densities and diversities in the world.  There are 13 species of primates located here which include red colobus monkey, black-and white colobus monkey, redtail monkey, L’hoest’s monkey, mangabey, pottos, olive baboons and several communities of chimpanzee.

About 400 species of birds have been reported in Kibale.  A number of these species are found only in this park.  In addition, over 150 species of butterflies and a large number of moths can be discovered here.

APPROXIMATELY DISTANCE FROM KAMPALA: 350 KMS / 550 KMS

ESTIMATED TRANSIT TIME:  5 HRS / 7 HRS

SEMULIKI Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries:

Semuliki was formerly a game reserve and covering 220 sq. kms is virtually untouched by man.  Its lush tropical lowland habitat provides an inspirational setting for hikers and nature lovers to spend a few quiet days relaxing and exploring unspoiled Africa.

The eco-system of tropical lowland forest is continuous with the Ituri forest of Zaire, divided only by the Semuliki River.  This location, as a kind of stepping stone between East and West Africa, helps explain the great diversity of wildlife in the park, possibly the greatest in all of East Africa.  The park contains elephant, buffalo and vervet monkey.  In addition, there are 400 species of bird and around 300 different species of butterfly.

Enjoy many walking/hiking trails and a trip to Sempaya Hot Springs.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FROM KAMPALA:   400/585 KMS

ESTIMATED TRANSIT TIME: 7 HRS / 10 HRS

KIDEPO VALLEY Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries:

Kidepo is one of Uganda’s most spectacular parks with a wealth of wildlife and scenic beauty.  It lies in the north-eastern horn of Uganda in Karamoja district and covers an area of 1442 sq. kms.  Being drier than Uganda’s other parks, this impressive natural reserve contains a different eco-system from any other area in Uganda, giving visitors a more complete understanding of Uganda’s vast bio-diversity.  Its secluded location provides the traveller a certain air of peace and tranquillity in which to relax and enjoy the dramatic scenery and wildlife of northern Uganda.

With 80 species, Kidepo supports a wider diversity of mammals than any other Ugandan park.  Some of the animals you can expect to see include lion, Zebra, large herds of elephant, eland lesser kudu, dik-dik and Cape buffalo.  Oribi are abundant, as well as the almost -tame Apoka waterbuck.  A surprising 28 of the 80 species are not present in any other park in Uganda.   These include cheetah, greater kudu and Bright’s gazelle.

Enthusiastic ornithologists will be enchanted with the birdllife.  The official checklist includes 462 species.  Both kopjes and forest patches provided refuge for interesting species.  Two found only to Kidepo are ostrich and kori bustard.  Find here five species of hornbill, including the giant ground variety.  Bird of prey in the park includes Verreaux’s eagle, lammergeyer and Egyptian vulture.

ESTIMATE DISTANCE FROM KAMPALA:  400/585 KMS

ESTIMATE TRANSITTIME: 7HRS/10HRS

ELGON Uganda Game Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries:

Mount Elgon is the shell of an ancient volcano.  Its highest peak, Wagagai, reaches 4321 m, making it the 4th highest peak in Africa.  Though much erosion has taken place, the remaining oval shaped caldera now measures roughly 7 by 8 kms, one of the largest in the world.  This 1145 sq. kms park shares its eastern border with Kenya.

One of the primary goals of the park is to conserve and restore the valuable natural resources of the areas including the water shed and the bio-diversity.  Conservation of this land provides an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the wonderfully wild and exciting scenery of this mountainous area.  Its main attractions are its waterfalls, caves once used by indigenous people, Hot Springs, the mountains vegetation, the various peaks, the Suam Gorge and the cladera itself.

Many animals are found in the park, but because of earlier harassment by poachers, they are shy of humans.  You may spot Cape buffalo, bushbuck, black-fronted duiker, tree hyrax and bushpig.  Leopard and hyenas also live in the park, and elephants have recently been returning to the areas from neighbouring Kenya.  Primates that are found there include blue monkey, baboon and black-and white colobus.  Some interesting birds that are often sighted Ross’ touraco, casqued hornbill, gregarious hornbill, crowned eagle and lammergeyer.

APPRIXIMATE DISTANCE KAMPALA: 400KM

ESTIMATED TRANSIT TIME: 5 HRS

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour

Tanzania Game Parks, Tanzania National Parks

Tanzania Game Parks, Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Wildlife Sanctuaries. Tanzania is a feast for the senses. Tanzania Game Parks, Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Wildlife Sanctuaries offers unparalleled natural beauty, unique wildlife viewing, and rich culture. In Tanzania Game Parks, Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Wildlife Sanctuaries, you will Stalk the stalker, watch it pounce upon its prey, see millions of animals crossing a river, live in the wild and discover unusual species while you’re at it. A wildlife safari is one of the biggest charms of any African adventure and Tanzania is perhaps the best country for a journey into the wild. Tanzania’s national parks are designed to suit all kinds of interests, preferences and comfort levels, and you can be rest assured that there is a safari which is perfect for you.

But before you embark on your safari adventure, you need to make one of the biggest decisions – which park to visit and which park to leave out. Serengeti or Ngorongoro feel like the most obvious places to be, but it is equally possible that you have a much better time in one of the lesser-known parks.

The landscape is shaped by extremes. Where mountains, lakes, grasslands, and rainforests are not uncommon to see within the same area. Also safaris in Tanzania are some of the best in the world, with most of them never going without seeing one of the “Big 5” of game animals: lions, leopards, rhinoceros’, elephants, and buffalo. Alongside these wild animals, the Maasai graze their livestock. Making themselves one of the few groups in the world to uphold their traditional, nomadic lifestyles in our modern times.

ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

This National Park is 32km away from Arusha town, which as an area of 137sq kms and was described by Sir Julian Huxley as ” a game amongst parks”. Arusha National Park which is one of the Tanzania Game Parks, Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Wildlife Sanctuaries is often overlooked, is in fat a treasure, a rich tapestry of habitats, teeming with animals and birds. It consists of three spectacular features – the Ngurdoto Crater, the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes, and the rocky alpine height of Mount Meru, where the terrain of the peak is as varied as it is interesting. The best time to visit Arusha National Park is during the dry season from July-November, or after the short rains from December-March. The best time to climb Mount Meru is from June-February, and the best views of Mount Kilimanjaro seen from December-February. Mount Meru, is 4566 meters high scaling can be made through a variety of landscapes, plains, forest moorland, and a lava desert, it is compulsory to be accompanied by an armed game warden because if wild animals. The best month to climb Mount Meru is from July-February.

MOUNT MERU

Apart from organizing treks on Mount Kilimanjaro and Kenya, we also plan for mount Meru trek in Arusha. Like Mount Kilimanjaro and Kenya; Mount Meru which forms part of the Tanzania Game Parks, Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Wildlife Sanctuaries is a volcanic mountain with the height of 4566m, (14,000 ft) altitude above sea level. It can be conquered with a little bit hardship in three days. A four-day ascent is however achieved with less hardship and this is highly recommended for a hiker who wants to attempt this mountain to the summit. If you plan to conquer the highest point of Africa-Uhuru Peak / Hans Mayer Peak, you may consider Mount Meru in order to shape your body in attaining your goal. The hiking is very exciting as you experience many things on your way up including games such as Giraffes, buffalos, warthogs, Zebras, Monkeys and birds.

Mt. Meru (4,566 m.) is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and a much underrated mountain to climb because of its close proximity to Kilimanjaro. It is a horseshoe-shaped volcanic crater with a spectacularly narrow ridge and superb all round views. The cliffs of the inner wall below the summit are over 1500 m. high, and inside the caldera is a subsidiary peak called the Ash Cone (3,670 m.) that last erupted only 100 years ago. There is an immense variety of tree and plant life, adding considerably to the interest of the trek.

Mt. Meru is part of Arusha National Park, and the lower slopes of the mountain shelter a variety of wildlife. The routes below Miriakamba Hut are more like walking safaris than mountain climbs and our guide is an informed and armed park ranger (in case we get too close to some of the animals!). You are almost certain to see buffaloes, warthogs, monkeys, and a variety of birdlife. Giraffe and elephant are also quite common. Accommodation is the two well maintained wooden huts that have spectacular views of Kilimanjaro rising above the clouds. The climb of Mt. Meru is very much justified on its own merits but is also a great way to get acclimatized for Kilimanjaro. The view of Kilimanjaro from Meru, and that of Meru crater itself, gives plenty of inspiration for another mountain climb!

Though often ignored in favour of its big sister, Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is a worthy trekker’s paradise. This massive volcano towers over 3,000 meters above Arusha town, which lies at its foot on its south side. The mountain endured a violent explosion about 200 million years ago. In its wake the explosion left towering cliffs in a gaping U shaped ridge on the eastern side. Today the crater stands in a protected amphitheatre of a sort, thousands of feet below the summit rocks. The craggy top lies at the western most point of the summit ridge and juts boldly into the sky at 4566 mt. (14,979 feet). From the top, one can look out at Kilimanjaro from the highest perch possible…. Perhaps there is no better vantage point to gaze at Africa’s highest mountain, approximately 80 kilometres to the northeast. The trail to the summit follows the northern rim of the natural amphitheatre which forms Meru Crater. The trail skirts the ridgeline, and above the Saddle (between the summit and Little Meru Peak (12,533 ft / 3,820 metres). The route is quite steep, with sections of rock scrambling on one side. At the summit, the cliffs drop almost 1200 meters to the crater floor.

NGORONGORO CRATER

Ngorongoro Crater one of the best Tanzania Game Parks, Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Wildlife Sanctuaries is indisputably one of Africa’s true wonders of nature and an extraordinary place of haunting beauty, with its grand majestic mountain ring and lake, pinkly shimmering in the blue grey haze. Ngorongoro covers an area of (264km/102m) and is the largest intact caldera in the world, its enduring charm stems from its overwhelming physical beauty and the abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. The beautiful Rosy-breasted Longclaw, waders and flamingo can be seen around the lake, whilst on the crater rim the Abyssinian Nightjar is often seen at dusk.

OLDUVAI GORGE

Between Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park lies Olduvai Gorge. This remote spot has become famous as the archeological site where Dr Mary Leakey, in 1959, discovered Ausralopithecus Boisei, the fossil skull of early man dated 1.75 million years ago. Remains of prehistoric elephant, enormous ostrich and giant-horned sheep have been painstakingly unearthed in the high gorge wall, and there is an excellent small museum, which explains the significance of the geology, fossils and artifacts.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

The Serengeti which is (14,500 sq.kms/5,600 sq.m) is undoubtedly the most famous Tanzania Game Parks, Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Wildlife sanctuaries in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of plain game anywhere. It lies between the shores of Lake Victoria in the East and Kenya’s “Serengeti” – the Maasai Mara, to the northwest. Hills rising out of the seemingly endless plain, riversand small lakes, magnificent rocky outcrops and the occasional swamp all add to the park’s fascination. In addition to the vast herds of wildebeest, Zebra, Thomson’s Gazelle and other plain game, the Serengeti is reknown for its lion and other plain predators, including the wild dog, spotted hyena and jackal. Leopard may often be seen along the Seronera River. The wealth of bird and water fowl. During May and June, or sometimes earlier, Lake Ndutu at the foot of the Ngorongoro highlands is the starting point for one of the great natural wonders nature, the serengeti migration. Nearly two million wildebeest and a quarter of a million Zebra move in winding columns several miles in length towards the Maasai Mara to the north and west.

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

In earlier years, Lake Manyara (318Km/ 123m) was a famous hunting ground, now it is one of Tanzania’s most attractive sanctuaries. Nestling into the steep Rift Valley wall, its shallow alkaline lake is surrounded by ancient baobabs, ground water forest of fig and mahogany and open grassland. Buffalo feed in the forest, zebra and wildebeest wander in small group, whilst elephants and the famous tree climbing lions sprawling indolently overhead, enchant all visitors to this park. Birdlife is prolific, with breeding colonies of pink- bellied pelican, ibis, herons and egrets occurring when conditions are favorable.

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Tarangire National Park is also one of the best Tanzania Game Parks, Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Wildlife Sanctuaries which was originally a hunting area, Tarangire lies just 60 km from Arusha, south of Lake Manyara. It takes its name from the river which runs through the Park and which attracts elephant, buffalo, lion and the greater kudu. Tarangire is the only home of the fringe eared oryx in Tanzania. This is a smaller park, particularly attractive because of the lack of tourist vehicles. There is a privately run safari lodge and a new Sopa Lodge.

SELOUS GAME RESERVE

Selous Game Reserve covers over 50,000 square kilometers, it is the largest game reserve in Africa, there are over 51,200 elephants, 109,000 buffalo and big herds of other large and small animals found in Africa, most importantly, some wild dog the Selous is another park with all this hyperbole which is desperately unsold. Selous is one of those places that calls you back, one of Africa’s great parks for sure we also think is one of the most subtle. Selous Game Reserve is the place where people enjoy dosing off to the sound of a fish eagle as much as they do chasing around the bush in search of big game, the winding Rufiji River, sunset over the Beho Beho mountains is what makes Selous a special place, especially when you compare it with the typical race around the Northern Parks of Tanzania.

Unlike most of the other major safari parks of Tanzania, Selous is at low altitude. Being near to the coast, this means that the climate of the area is similar to that prevailing in coastal circuit, which is to say that it is a typical tropical climate, hot and humid all year round. In Selous there are over 789,000 major mammals, 40% of the total in Tanzania and perhaps 9% of the total world Elephant population.

Most of these elephant spend their time in the inaccessible swamps which occupy the majority of the park, but there are usually plenty in the game-viewing areas to the North as well as 2500 – 3500 lion, there are also wildcat, servalcat, caracal and leopard, there are also so many giraffes in some areas, additionally the rivers play host to large populations of hippo and crocodile, as well as an elusive population of dugong down in the Rufiji delta

Selous Game Reserve was first set aside as a wildlife reserve as early as 1905, the park takes its name from renowned hunter and soldier Frederick Courtney Selous. In 1982 the Selous Game Reserve was designated a World Heritage Site. One of the most attractive aspects of the Selous is the incredible diversity of the environments within its ecosystem, miombo woodland (deciduous hardwoodland), open grassland, rocky acacia clad hills, palm woodland, seasonally flooded sand rivers and swamps, lakes and riverine forest. The miombo woodland, second in biodiversity only to the rainforest, contains a plethora of wonderful hardwood tree families such as brachystegia, julbernadia, isoberlina, pterocarpus (bloodwood), dalbergia (blackwood), combretum (leadwood) in fact most of the 2,149 species of trees and plants that are found in the reserve.

It is at its absolute best in the ‘green season’ (December to June); all the trees have new leaves and flowers; all the grasses and shrubs are luscious and in bloom, and consequently almost every flower, animal and bird that it is possible to see in the Selous is there in abundance as such the reserve is ecologically one of the most important habitats in Africa,

The fact that Selous remains a game reserve rather than a national park is one of the main reasons that walking safari is still permitted. This is fantastic news, because to approach animals on foot is a completely different experience than doing it in a vehicle. A lot scarier for one, but very rarely dangerous so long as you do what your guide says at all times. Don’t necessarily expect to see a great variety of large game whilst out on a walk, you usually don’t cover enough ground for that, but enjoy the detail of the flora and fauna, whilst bearing in mind there might be a huge bull elephant around the next corner. The park is pretty seasonal, although as we always say, “there is no bad time to be in the bush.

RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

Ruaha National Park covers an area of 10,300 square kilometers, is the third largest game conservation area after Selous and Serengeti. Located in south central Tanzania, it is a remote a wild place which is way off the routes taken by most visitors to the country receiving a paltry number of visitors each year.

In consequence Ruaha is considered to be one of the great “undiscovered” wilderness areas of East Africa, it is actually at the heart of a much larger ecosystem, which extends across the Rungwa and Kizigo game conservation areas (hunting blocks), which totals an area five times the size, the main feature of the park is the Ruaha river, which rises in the swamps to the south and sweeps north and eastward through the park, turning back south and passing through the Iringa Highlands in deep-cut gorges to reach the Great Rufiji in the region of the Beho Beho mountains in the western Selous, it is the presence of this river which brings life to the broad valleys that make up the main portion of the park, sustaining the wildlife through the dry season, along the northern border of the park runs the Northern Escarpment.

Ruaha is a wonderful place to visit, which if done correctly can offer some superb game-viewing. One interesting little feature down here is the little rope bridge spanning one of the tributaries of the Ruaha, which when in flood cuts off Ruaha River Lodge from the airstrip and was thus installed to make sure that guests could arrive and depart on schedule. It is a pretty precarious affair.

Across the center of the park lies a seemingly endless swathe of featureless dry scrub, made up of combretum and comifora bushes … which you may not have heard of now, but you will get to know pretty well out here. They are remarkable for their red flowers and orange seed pods, which are the largest flying seed pods that we’ve ever seen.

The area immediately around the Jongomeru sand river is a particulary nice section of mature riverine woodland, which presumably plays host to a wide variety of game. Unfortunately everything is so shy down here that it legs it at the first sight of you.One particular highlight in the area is a good hippo pool, with a few dozen chubby chaps and quite a few good sized crocs too.

UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS

Centered on 30o – 41oE and 7o – 48oS, the park falls in the Iringa and Morogoro Regions of south-central Tanzania. the park is bordered by the Great Ruaha River to the north and the Mikumi-Ifakara Road to the east. Park Headquarters are located at Mang’ula, 60km from Mikumi.

The area of the park is 1900km2 or 199,000 hectares. The park is easily included as part of a visit to Tanzania’s southern parks such as Mikumi and Ruaha. The park gate is located at headquarters, 60km south of Mikumi village on the Mikumi – Ifakara Road (see map)

Designated areas of the escarpment and rain forest are currently open to visitors for hiking and climbing. Self-contained accommodation is available near the park gate at the Twiga Resort. For those with camping equipment, three campsites have been established inside the park. Very basic supplies and a market are available in Mang’ula village. You should bring other supplies with you.

MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK  – Tanzania wildlife sanctuaries

Mikumi National Park is located on the northern border of Africa’s biggest game reserve – the Selous – and is transected by the surfaced road between Dar es Salaam and Iringa. It is thus the most accessible part of a 75,000 square tract of wilderness that stretches east almost as far as the Indian Ocean. The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centerpiece of Mikumi, draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains.

Lions survey their grassy kingdom – and the zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo herds that migrate across it – from the flattened tops of termite mounds, or sometimes, during the rains, from perches high in the trees. Giraffes forage in the isolated acacia stands that fringe the Mkata River, islets of shade favoured also by Mikumi’s elephants. Criss-crossed by a good circuit of game-viewing roads, the Mkata Floodplain is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for sightings of the powerful eland, the world’s largest antelope. The equally impressive greater kudu and sable antelope haunt the miombo-covered foothills of the mountains that rise from the park’s borders.

More than 400 bird species have been recorded, with such colourful common residents as the lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated longclaw and bateleur eagle joined by a host of European migrants during the rainy season. Hippos are the star attraction of the pair of pools situated 5km north of the main entrance gate, supported by an ever-changing cast of waterbirds.

About Mikumi National Park: Size: 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles), the fourth-largest park in Tanzania, and part of a much larger ecosystem centred on the uniquely vast Selous Game Reserve. Location: 283 km (175 miles) west of Dar es Salaam, north of Selous, and en route to Ruaha, Udzungwa and (for the intrepid) Katavi.

How to get there

A good surfaced road connects Mikumi to Dar es Salaam via Morogoro, a roughly 4 hour drive. Also road connections to Udzungwa, Ruaha and (dry season only) Selous. Charter flight from Dar es Salaam, Arusha or Selous. Local buses run from Dar to park HQ where game drives can be arranged.

What to do in Tanzania wildlife sanctuaries

Game drives and guided walks. Visit nearby Udzungwa or travel on to Selous or Ruaha. Africa Travel, Tanzania Budget Tours, Tanzania Luxury Trips, Tanzania Air Travel, Mt Kilimanjaro Treks

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KENYA NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES

KENYA NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES

Kenya National Parks and Reserves are some of the top wildlife parks and reserves in Africa. It’s the quality of Kenya National Parks and Reserves that make Kenya the most popular safari destination in Africa, and each has their own best times to visit. Safaris in Kenya are cheaper than anywhere else in Africa, but you can also enjoy an exclusive experience. Kenya is home to a high number of great safari and wilderness destinations. The Kenya National Parks and Reserves exist with the aim of protecting Kenya’s flora, fauna and ecosystems, as well as the diverse wildlife and bird life. With 23 National Parks, 4 National Marine Parks, 28 National Reserves, 6 National Marine Reserves, and 4 National Sanctuaries, there is a wealth of protected areas for travelers to explore in Kenya.

Each of the Kenya National Parks and Reserves destination has its own highlights and attractions. Kenya remains at the forefront of wildlife safari and beach holidays. Whether you’re a newbie traveler looking to dive into the wild or an enthusiast longing for more authentic adventures. While the national parks and reserves aim to protect flora, fauna and ecosystems, the private conservancies give our guests distinctive wholesome experiences that Kenya offers culturally, historically and ecologically.

Kenya National Parks and Reserves

MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

Virtually everyone who visits Kenya goes to this 320-sq. km. of open grassland dotted with flat-topped acacia trees. A visit to Mara is truly a staggering one, and which is likely to have a profound effect on your own feeling of insignificance. This is the Kenyan section of the Serengeti and animals are in abundant. All year round, the Masai Mara, a living tapestry of grassy savanna, spreading thorn trees, rounded hills and tall gallery forests with its abundant wild life draw hundreds of thousands of photographers and visitors from all over the world. The Mara is home to millions of wild game such as wildebeest and gazelle among others and are continuously tracked by Africa’s great predators. The annual migration of these animals is one of the most inspiring sights on earth, and this is the dramatic life and death struggle that tourists come to see. Other animals seen are lion, elephant, cheeter, leopard, zebra, antelope, impala, Thomson gazelle, topi, giraffe, baboon, jackal, warthog, rhino and hyena.

A visit to the Masai village, located inside the reserve. This is a cultural village of the Masai tribe’s people and it is an ideal place to take video pictures, buy trinkets and beadwork. Ballooning Safaris, Hot-air ballooning at dawn as you drift quietly, is the best way of viewing the savanna plains and the animals without the intrusion of vehicles and the dozens of tourists. Accommodation facilities in Masai Mara are plentiful and range from luxurious 5-star lodges to Spartan tented camps. Hot air balloon excursions are available in the Game Reserve.

LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK (THE PINK LAKE)

This is 200-sq. km shallow Soda Lake lying in the volcanic strewn Rift Valley and is one of a chain of lakes stretching the length of Kenya from Tanzania to Ethiopia. It is world’s greatest bird spectacle with millions of pink flamingos and pelicans, birds of prey like vulture, eagle and such animals as waterbuck and black rhino, buffalo, Reedbuck, gazelle, leopard, hyrax, hippos, velvet-monkey, Rothschild giraffe and baboon. This is an ideal place for ornithologists and photographers.

Lake Nakuru National Park lies in the heart of Rift Valley. The Park was gazetted in 1967 as the first bird sanctuary in Africa. Lake Nakuru has been described as a “bird watchers’ paradise”, and is acknowledged to be the greatest ornithological spectacle on earth. Millions of flamingo’s flock here throughout the year and transform the shores of the lake to a pink ‘carpet’ over 300,000 birds can be seen at one sighting. Besides the flamingoes, Lake Nakuru National Park provides habitat for over 400 bird species.

Lake Nakuru National Park, which surrounds the Lake, was established to protect the colony of Flamingoes as well as to provide a sanctuary for such endangered species as the White Rhino and the Rothschild Giraffe. The animals have been placed behind an electrical fence for their safety and surveillance. The Park abounds with other wildlife, notably; Buffalos, Hippos, Giraffes, Zebras, Primates, and many species of Antelope.

LAKE NAIVASHA

This is one of the Rift Valley’s fresh water lakes with different ecology from that of the soda lakes. It is also home to a large variety of bird species. Main activities are fishing (both sport and commercial fishing). The Crater Lake found here is magnificent with lush green vegetation at the bottom of a beautiful volcanic crater. HELL’S GATE Located in Naivasha area, is one of the lowland parks on the country which you can walk through. The looming cliffs and the Hell’s Gate gorge itself are spectacular and home to a variety of birds and such animals as zebra, baboons, Thomson gazelle, antelope, cheeter, and leopard. Another main attraction is the Fischer’s Tower 25-m high calcium of volcanic rock. The Olkaria Geothermal power station, which uses one of the hottest sources of energy in the world, is also a spectacular site, with plumes of steam rising into the air

KAKAMEGA FOREST RESERVE – Kenya National Parks and Reserves

Kakamega Forest is a superb slab of virgin tropical rain forest the heart of an intensely cultivated agricultural area. It is the home to a huge variety of birds and animals and it is real a must sees. Here you will find exotic species like the rare De Brazza’s monkey, other forest primates include the red-tailed monkey the colobus and blue monkey. In the night you will see the hammer-headed fruit bat or a flying squirrel

The biggest attraction to this reserve is the abundant bird life the best months being June, August and October when many migrant species arrive. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded, you are most likely to see black and white casqued horn bill, Ross’s Turaco, greater Turaco. Wild flowers and butterflies are wonderful in October.

This is an excellent place for walking, trails are the best way to appreciate the forest and there are established trails. Places to stay in Kakamega include the Rondo Retread, which was opened recently to visitors, 3km from the main road. This is a church group owned place and they mainly use it for their missionaries in the initial stages but now it has become popular and it is a wonderful top end accommodation in self-contained bungalows. The gardens are very beautiful just the place to go for solitude away from it all.

SAMBURU AND SHABA NATIONAL RESERVES

Samburu and Shaba National forms part of the Kenya National Parks and Reserves, situated in the sparsely populated semi-desert region of Kenya, form one of the most interesting game viewing areas in the country. Samburu National Reserve adjoins the Buffalo Springs National Reserve in the South and Shaba National Reserve to the East. The Game Reserve is traversed by the gentle Ewaso Nyiro river, which meanders, slowly between numerous acacia trees, providing life support to the dry-land animals and a home to many crocodiles and Hippos. The two National Reserves are the exclusive home of some unique wildlife that include the reticulated Giraffe, the Gravy’s Zebra and the Beisa Oryx. It is only in these game sanctuaries that you will find the graceful Gerenuk (sometimes called Giraffe Gazelle), a long-necked Gazelle that stands on its hind legs to nibble on high bushes leaves, and the rare blue-necked Somali Ostrich.

Other animals commonly seen in Samburu and Shaba National Reserves include the Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Eland and a small number of lions. There are over 100 species of birds. Large flocks of Guinea fowls are a common sight. Shaba was the home of Joy Adamson, the world-renowned author, conservationist and artist, together with her lioness Elsa. In Samburu National Reserve lives Larsen, the strange lioness who has, completely out of character, attempted several times to adopt antelope babies.

LAKE BOGORIA AND LAKE BARINGO NATIONAL RESERVES

About 125 km North of Nakuru town lies Lake Bogoria which is one of the Kenya National Parks and Reserves and one of the most beautiful and spectacular of the Rift Valley lakes. It is a shallow soda lake and one ideal for the production of blue-green algae, the stable food for the flamingoes migrate to this lake from Lake Nakuru and elsewhere for breeding. But perhaps more interesting is the breath-taking view of stem jets with boiling geysers which bubble out of natural underground rock. It is a geological wonder one cannot afford to miss. These springs are hot enough to boil an egg within minutes! About 50km in the North is Lake Baringo, a fresh water lake without a surface outlet. Lake Baringo has over 400 bird species. Boat rides past schools of Hippo and a visit to islands on the Lake are popular activities.

MOUNT KENYA AND THE ABERDARES NATIONAL PARKS

Mount Kenya (5,199m) is the second highest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Kenya National Park was established in 1949 to protect the mountain forests and bamboo thickets with their varied wildlife, the alpine moorlands, and the glaciers. The park includes all the mountains area above the tree line. Mount Kenya National Park offers game viewing, mountain climbing, and beautiful scenery with interesting variations of flora and fauna at different altitudes. Wildlife found in this Game Park include Buffalos, Elephants, Rhinos, Leopards, Primates and many species of Antelope, Sightings of albino Zebras have been recorded in this sanctuary.

One interesting establishment close but outside the Game Park is the world renowned Mount Kenya Safari Club whose attractions include a game breeding ranch and the William Holden wildlife Education center. About 95 km to the west of Mount to the West of Mount Kenya lies the Aberdares National Park. The park was set up for the protection and preservation of the indigenous forests as a water catchments area, the prolific wildlife, the moorlands, and for mountain climbing adventures. The most common wildlife in Aberdares National Park include the Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Giant Forest Hog, Spotted Hyena, Eland, and Bush Duiker. The rare and beautiful forest antelope, the Bongo, inhabits the higher bamboo zone.

The most common wildlife in Aberdares National Park includes the Elephant, Buffalo, leopard, Giant Forest Hog, Spotted Hyena, Eland, and Bush Duiker. The rare and beautiful forest antelope, the Bongo, inhabits the higher zone. The Aberdares’ two famous lodges-The Ark and the Treetops- are specifically designed to enable the residents view the animals after dark, both offer floodlit saltlick and ponds that can be observed from some secure areas in the lodges. It was while a guest at the Treetops that Queen Elizabeth 11 of England ascended to the British throne. It is also at the nearby town of Nyeri that lie the remains of Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the boys Scouts movement.

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Amboseli National park is another Kenya National Parks and Reserves which is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya. It is situated close to Kenya. It is situated close to Kenya- Tanzania border, The Park lies at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa (5,896m) whose snow-capped summit presents a splendid view on clear days. Amboseli National Park is often referred to as “The home of Elephants’ some of the largest Elephant herds are found here. The Game Park also contains vast groups of Zebras, Wildebeests, Giraffes, Buffalos, Hippos and Antelopes. Also to be found in Amboseli are lions, leopards, Cheetahs, Rhinos and many species of plain game.

TSAVO EAST AND TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARKS

Tsavo lies mid-way between Nairobi and Mombasa. Tsavo National Park which is one of the biggest Kenya National Parks and Reserves, measuring approximately 22,000sq kms, is believed to be the largest game sanctuary in the world. For administrative purposes, the game park has been split into Tsavo East National Park contains the Yatta plateau, one of the world’s largest lava flows, and the lugard Falls, a favorable haunt for the sunbathing Nile Crocodiles. Outstanding features in Tsavo West National Park include the 8km long Shetani (devil) lava flow and the fabulous Mzima springs, an oasis that has no comparison. Here, a subterranean river of crystal-clear water from Kilimanjaro melting snow gushes out of the ground. The water is so clear and cool that you watch teeming tropical fish, hippo and the crocodile eyeball to eyeball while sitting in the safety of an underwater glass window observatory. There is also Chyulu Hills beneath which lies one of the biggest cave system in the world.

The fascinating physical landscape and its proximity to Kenya’s coast makes Tsavo a popular safari destination. On account of its size this National Park does not have the traffic experienced in other game sanctuaries. Tsavo accommodates a huge population of “red Elephant”-red coming from the rich red earth of the park. Also of great attraction are the maneless Tsavo lions, descendants from the infamous “Man Eaters of Tsavo”-lions that wreaked havoc in the work campus of coolies building the Kenya-Uganda railway at the beginning of the 20th century. Other animals to be found in Tsavo include Buffalos, Rhinos, Leopards, Hippos, Zebras, Giraffes, Primates and Antelopes.

Africa Wildlife Safaris Kenya Tanzania

Africa Wildlife Safaris Kenya Tanzania

Africa Wildlife Safaris Kenya Tanzania geographic diversity means that both countries supports an extraordinary range of wildlife. Witness the abundant wildlife of Kenya and Tanzania on game drives through East Africa’s greatest parks and reserves, pausing to visit a Maasai village and learning of mankind’s origins at Olduvai Gorge.

Africa Wildlife Safaris Kenya Tanzania combines the best of Kenya and Tanzania. Look out for big game in semi-arid Samburu. Be amazed by flamingo-covered Lake Nakuru, and explore the savannas of the Masai Mara and Serengeti. Encounter nomadic tribes and discover the magical Ngorongoro Crater. Transport is by 4WD vehicle with guaranteed window seats making it perfect for game viewing and photography. Accommodation is in lodges or tented camps.

Africa Wildlife Safaris Kenya Tanzania is one of our most popular safari packages. It is not a group tour but a recommended sample itinerary that we can tailor to your requirements. Extra nights can easily be added throughout. Please contact us for further details.

Planning to travel to African for a safari? East Africa’s greatest safari destinations need not be out of budget – we’ve put together some holiday packages to the most famous park with abundant wildlife throughout the year, breath taking sceneries, hot air balloon safaris itineraries, Gorilla trekking safaris and wildebeest migration tours. we use accommodations that’s well located offering excellent game viewing opportunities at low budget.

Kenya or Tanzania? Which to visit? Choose both on this exciting Africa Wildlife Safaris Kenya Tanzania to the best national parks on both sides of the border. You’ll visit gems like Tarangire Park and Lake Nakuru with its population of rare Rothschild’s giraffe.

Then there’s the spectacle of Masai Mara and neighboring Serengeti parks with their infinite wildlife migration – the largest on the planet. Ngorongoro Crater features a world-famous volcano floor hosting its own world of highly concentrated wildlife.

And Amboseli Park is so dense with elephant life you are guaranteed multiple sightings. This is a well-balanced tour spending equal time in both countries. You’ll be able to say you’ve seen and experienced the best of Kenya and Tanzania.

What Parks Does Africa Wildlife Safaris Kenya Tanzania Tour Visit?

Lake Nakuru National Park

Your 10-day safari begins in Nairobi and takes an easy drive through the Rift Valley escarpment and its dramatic landforms. We’ll stop along the way to admire the towering ridges and cliff formations. We’ll also pass other nearby lakes Naivasha and Elementaita on our way to Lake Nakuru National Park.
This is a beautiful park adorned with acacia forest and home to black and white rhino. You can also spot lion, leopard and hippo. Season and weather permitting you’ll be treated to flocks of pink flamingos blanketing the lake.

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Then it’s off to the king of Kenya parks, the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The Mara never fails to impress with its intense concentration of big game wildlife. And during the migration season those numbers of animals significantly increase into the millions. Waves of zebra, wildebeest and eland cross the Mara River creating a spectacle you’ll never forget.

Serengeti National Park

We’ll next cross into Tanzania and delve into bordering Serengeti National Park. The great treeless savannahs here roll out past the horizon. It’s believed the Serengeti hosts the largest population of lions in Africa – reportedly more than 3,000 in this ecosystem alone. During your game drives you’ll also be on the lookout for leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Besides those Big Five predators, your day will be filled with possible sightings of cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thompson’s gazelle, eland, impala, hippo and the irrepressible warthog.

Ngorongoro Crater

We next travel to one of the most special land forms anywhere, the Ngorongoro Crater. This is the world’s largest dormant, intact volcanic caldera. Descending its walls to the crater floor will bring you to a special place of intense wildlife concentration. There are many prides of lion here as well as other big game – rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hippo, cheetah and more.
As if your day couldn’t get any better, we’ll head back up to catch Africa’s most dazzling sunset at the crater rim.

Tarangire National Park

Now it’s a short drive to a very special smaller wildlife preserve, Tarangire National Park, home to hundreds of species of birdlife, magnificent towering baobab trees and great herds of elephants. Even the large termite mounds dotting the landscape impress in this unique natural habitat.

Amboseli National Park

The next day we cross back into Kenya and visit our final destination, Amboseli National Park. Elephants abound here but also prepare to see lion, cheetah, wildebeest, gazelle, monkeys and lots of birdlife.
The park also features Africa’s best views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. In the mornings and early evenings when the clouds clear you may get postcard views of the snow-capped summit of the highest peak on the continent.

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Big Five Africa wildlife safari

Big Five Africa wildlife safari to Africa will include sightings of lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant, and rhino! Big Five Africa wildlife safari offer amazing wildlife viewing, and the best possibility of seeing the Big 5 family while on safari. Arguably Africa’s most famous inhabitant, the colossal African Elephant is Earth’s largest land mammal, qualifying as ‘big’ in every sense of the word.

The Big Five Africa wildlife safari Holiday experience gives you access to Kenya’s superb Wildlife Safari destinations. This is the time to experience the Authentic Kenya Safaris in top 10 Wildlife destinations; Masai Mara, and the great rift valley Lakes. Join our Big Five Africa wildlife safari Holiday tours adventure packages offering you an opportunity to experience some of the best planet nature’s most impressive beasts on a Big 5 safari in Kenya, Tanzania Serengeti among others.

The term big five is quite synonymous with the travelers and will always click to your mind anytime you are looking for a safari holiday, the term the ‘Big Five’ refers to elusive Africa’s most popular wildlife. Take a Kenya safari holiday and get to meet the Members of the Kenya big five Animals: lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros at a very close range in Parks.

The phrase Big five was coined by the then African hunters and refers to the five most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot by then. Today Big Five Africa wildlife safaris are in no way associated with the unethical act of trophy/ canned hunting (banned completely in Kenya and increasingly so in other areas of Africa) but the term is still used by most guides and tourists as an easy term to encapsulate the must-see animals. The Big Five (Big Five Africa wildlife safari) can be found together in East Africa Safari tours when taken; Kenya Budget Safaris, Masai Mara Safari tour Kenya, Tanzania Serengeti Safari and Uganda.

Planning a Big 5 safari in Kenya, East Africa is home to many excellent wildlife reserves that offer all the thrills of Big 5 game viewing combined with bush beach Holidays, with several also being malaria-free on a Kenya Safari Tours is perfect for families with young kids. Browse our independent experts’ recommended Kenya Safari Holidays tour packages on a Big 5 safari packages with a plus added advantage to experience the great wildebeests Migration Safari Adventure ranging from Big 5 safari, Kenya Luxury Safaris, Big five and the great Migration Safari experience, Safari & beach holiday Kenya, Malaria free safari, Private & exclusive safaris to Honeymoon Safari. The Big Five animals are lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros.

Many travelers to Safari Africa dream of spotting all members of the Big Five during just one holiday. If you wish to do this, we recommend going on safari within one of the following wildlife areas – the Serengeti in Tanzania, the Maasai Mara in Kenya, the Sabi Sands and Phinda in South Africa and the Okavango Delta in Botswana. However, please note that, as the Big Five are all wild and unpredictable animals, sightings can never be guaranteed!

Best Big Five Africa wildlife safari Tours (Tailor-Made Big 5 Safaris for those looking for Family Safari in Kenya. If you’re planning a safari holiday, you’ll no doubt have the Big Five on your bucket list. Whether it’s the challenge of spotting them or just the hype surrounding their existence, these fascinating animals provide intriguing facts and stunning pictures. The five fabulous game animals of Africa are guaranteed to make your African Big Five safari tour feel out-of-this-world and totally magical. Below, read more about what our Kenya safari travel adventure in search of the Big 5 animals on a safari entails.

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Africa’s Big Five Animals: What Are They? For a continent that is known for its amazing wildlife, these are the biggest of the big. These magnificent beasts are Africa’s “big five.”

Leopard Big Five Africa wildlife safari

This is the most elusive, and also the smallest, of the five. “I call them ninja cats because they’re just sneaky and they’re harder to spot,” Borrego says.

African lion Big Five Africa wildlife safari

Lions are the only social big cat, but don’t expect to see the king. There isn’t one. These big cats are “not born into a rank,” Borrego says. “They are egalitarian, which means they don’t have a permanent social hierarchy.”

African buffalo Big Five Africa wildlife safari

These hefty, cow-like animals often congregate by the thousands in the Serengeti; forming large groups is one defense against predators. Male and female buffalo both have horns, but the males’ curve upward and fuse together in the center, forming a solid bony plate called a boss. It’s a helpful defense—as is being more than three times heavier than their lion adversaries.

African elephant Big Five Africa wildlife safari

The biggest of the Big Five is the African savanna elephant, which can weigh up to seven tons. The African forest elephant, which is about three feet shorter and lives in the forests of the Congo Basin, was declared a separate species after genetic testing in 2010 showed big differences between the forest and savanna dwellers.

Rhinoceroses Big Five Africa wildlife safari

There are two species—the black rhinoceros and the white rhinoceros—and five subspecies between them left in Africa. Those include the northern white rhino, the southern white rhino, the eastern black rhino, the southern central black rhino, and the southwestern black rhino.

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Amboseli Safari Tour Holiday Package

Amboseli Safari Tour Holiday Package is one of East Africa’s most rewarding safari destinations. Amboseli Safari Tour Holiday Package is a real classic of the Kenya safari circuit. Compact enough to get around easily, filled with wildlife, replete with good accommodation in and around the park, and with the best Kilimanjaro views to be had anywhere on the continent, Amboseli Safari Tour Holiday Package should be on the list of every safari visitor to Kenya. It’s also close to Nairobi, making it easy to visit in a short time frame, and combine it with other parks as well.

Amboseli is the perfect start or end to your safari, a must-see for any traveler visiting Kenya. That classic photograph of an elephant with a snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background that you see on coffee-table books? That’s Amboseli National Park. The swamps here are the only source of water for the elephant during the dry season and the whole west Kilimanjaro/Amboseli ecosystem depends on water from the Amboseli springs and swamp.

The Amboseli Safari Tour Holiday Package captivates international attention with its free-roaming giant elephants along with lions, buffaloes and leopards. The Observation hill in Amboseli Safari Tour Holiday Package infuses a thrilling spirit of holiday in visitors with its grand view of elephants, hippos, buffaloes and marvelous Egyptian pelicans. Amboseli is renowned for its Elephants as well as the stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. This amazing park has large concentration of Buffalo, elephants, cheetah, zebra, and giraffe among others. Amboseli has an endless underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro’s ice cap, which funnel into two clear water springs in the heart of the park. However, the climatic pendulum can swing from drought to flood, and in the early 1990’s ceaseless rain changed Amboseli into a swamp.

Discover The Giants of Amboseli in one of our Amboseli Safari Tour Holiday Package

Top 5 Amboseli Safari Tour Holiday Packages, Road, Jeep / fly in options. The giants here are the great herds of elephants. Hundreds of them. Protected from poachers, they carry their massive tusks with pride as they gather at predictable watering holes, delighting the many who come to Amboseli National Park to view these noble creatures. Amboseli is known as the best place in Africa for getting up close to free-ranging elephants. The population is so robust here that sightings are guaranteed!

It’s just one of many reasons the park is the second most popular in Kenya – only the Masai Mara draws more visitors. Amboseli is also a photographer’s paradise. Those wonderful photos you’ve seen of elephants seemingly posing in front of snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro? They were taken here. Kilimanjaro, the largest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, towers over the park like a stately and photogenic sentinel. And when the clouds burn off at dusk or dawn, you’ll be treated to visions of its snowy peak.

Our Amboseli Safari Tour Holiday Package wildlife trip in 3 Days departs daily from Nairobi city by Road and return back to Nairobi. This Amazing Amboseli Safari Tour Holiday Package trip shall take you to the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. These is the land mark of Amboseli. Spare some time for the visit to one of the nearby Masai villages [ extra cost]. Masai culture is one of the most celebrated in Africa because of their fascinating lifestyle.

Discover the natural wonders of Amboseli National Park with several wildlife safari drives on this comprehensive Amboseli Safari Holiday Package. Against the backdrop of Africa’s tallest mountain, watch elephants and other members of the “Big 5” as they roam across the rolling Kenyan savannas on this unforgettable adventure. Watch wild animals in large numbers. Lions, Leopards, Hyenas, Buffalo, Giraffe, Warthog, Jackals and many more roam free in Amboseli national park. Pelican and other bird species will be seen on the marshy grounds. Game drives will be intensive as you follow the animal trails just to make sure that your wish list is fulfilled.

Book our Amboseli Safari Holiday Package with flexibility – choose your own travel dates & pick up point. You are at liberty to change the safari date should conditions necessitate to do so without losing your deposits. You can also pick one of our other Kenya safari tours as an alternative program. Amboseli Safari Tour Holiday Package will be offered in a comfortable Safari van however you can upgrade these transport modes to a 4×4 grand safari Jeep [at extra cost]

Amboseli National Park is perfect for an overnight safari for those who fly into Nairobi. See elephants grazing in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and look out for wildlife including lions, cheetahs, hippos, wildebeests, and giraffes. Choose from accommodation at three price points to suit your budget and enjoy a personalized experience during this all-inclusive private excursion
Enjoy exclusive Amboseli Safari Tour Holiday Package and hotel deals at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, consistently acclaimed among the best safari lodges in Kenya. A stunning setting in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, curated bush adventures and experiences and superb accommodations, cuisine and service create an extraordinary backdrop for unforgettable safari holidays in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Amboseli is located in Loitoktok District in the Rift Valley. The eco-system is mainly savannah grasslands and spreads across the Kenya Tanzania border.

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Tsavo East National Park is one that is never known to disappoint. Tsavo East National Park beauty and magnificence have seen her steal the hearts of millions of tourists from all over the world. Tsavo East National Park excellent features and attractions guarantee you a far from ordinary Kenya safari experience. We know you have heard about the Tsavo East National Park and if not, chances are that you have read about it and if still not, then here is a chance to hear and experience this remarkable park with us.

Tsavo East and Tsavo West together form one of the world’s largest national parks, covering 4% of Kenya. Tsavo East NP feels wild and undiscovered; its vast open spaces are mesmerizing. The huge, semi-arid wilderness is home to most safari animals, and although wildlife densities aren’t large, spotting animals is always possible here due to the lack of foliage. Find yourself in an endless stretch of grasslands and Savannah. You are in the true wilderness of Tsavo East National Park – the largest park in Kenya and one of the oldest.

Great herds of elephants roll in the red-dust soil here and gather at essential watering holes to sustain life. The images of these giants spraying each other is one of delight and never to be forgotten. The park’s sparse foliage allows for easier wildlife spotting and it’s not uncommon to come upon the unique Tsavo lions whose adult males lack the familiar manes. Tsavo East is the largest protected area in Kenya, a land of unparalleled biodiversity and naturally home to Africa’s “Big Five” – black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, and of course, lion.

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But on your game drives here you can also come upon eland, gerenuk, impala and Masai giraffe. And the birds! Over 500 species like the black kite, lovebird and sacred ibis await your discovery. Here, too, the land calls out to be explored. You can traverse the Yatta Plateau, at 300 kilometers, the world’s longest lava flow. And it’s not all rugged plains that meet the eye – the Galana River flowing through the park creates a lush line of greenery cutting across the dusty savannah. You’ll find pods of hippos, crocodile and waterbuck adding to the diversity in this unpredictable reserve.

Tsavo East National Park is the larger of the two, and is famed for its huge numbers of elephants that gather at the Galana River and wander across the plains. You may also spot lions, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes to complete the “Big Five” of game-spotting, and the park is a haven for a huge range of bird species.

Intriguing facts about the Tsavo East National Park

The Tsavo East National Park was established in 1948, making it one of the oldest park in the region. Additionally, the park covers a whopping 13,747km2 giving it a massive area for exploration and wildlife viewing. The park is located 173 kilometers North West of Mombasa and 333 kilometers south-east of Nairobi. Her proximity to the sandy beaches and stunning tourist attractions of Mombasa and Malindi makes sure that the fun doesn’t stop at sea.

The park is a natural ground with different ecosystems such as dry plains, flatlands, swampy marshlands and thorny bushes. Her annual temperature is relatively constant; this is owing to the fact that she is a few degrees south of the equator. The tropical day temperature ranges from 27 to 31 degrees while the night temperatures range is at 22-24 degrees.
From October to December the weather is good for safaris except for some light rain showers. Humidity in the park is unusually high from December to April.
Activities to Engage in while at the Tsavo East National Park Wildlife Viewing Wild Zebras on Savanna in Tsavo East National Park

Nothing equates to a gaming experience at the Tsavo East National Park. The park has, for many years now, topped as a tourist destination for curious game lovers from the world over. The Park has a lot to offer regarding its game and wildlife. It teems with animals such as the red-dust elephant, Hirola, leopard, rhino, lion, hippo, buffalo, crocodile, Gerenuks, waterbucks, Lesser Kudu, gazelles, giraffes, zebras, and hartebeests. The best time for wildlife watching is early in the mornings and later in the evenings since most animals tend to sleep through the hot midday sunshine.

Birding Swallow Nests in Tsavo East National Park.

Birders should check out the Tsavo East National Park. The park is home to over 500 easy-to-spot birds species. Carry your camera with you for this is the only park that offers you a rare sighting of some of the continent’s unique birds such as the golden-breasted starling, vulturine Guinea fowl, Somali ostrich, Rosy-patched bush shrike, black-headed lapwing, eastern chanting goshawk, and the red-winged lark.

The most exciting co part of it all is that birding can be done all year long. The November to April period is, however, of particular interest to us. The number of birds is particularly significant during this six-month period; this is mainly due to a large number of migratory birds that make their way into the park. You might, however, experience a strain on your bird watching activities due to the short and long rains experienced during the period.

Major attractions at the Tsavo East National Park the Yatta Plateau

High Sky and Clouds Over Plateau. It is out rightly illegal to visit the park and not pay a visit to the world’s most prolonged lava flow. The Yatta Plateau is 290km long, and we guarantee you this, the plateau is as breathtaking as they come.

River Galana in Tsavo East National Park

Nothing beats a visit to the crocodile infested waters of the River Galana. The calm waters are cathartic by all means. Have your breath taken away by the dazzling Lugard’s falls on the river.
Aruba Dam in Tsavo East National Park

Hippos Bathing in Red Mud in Galana River.

This is the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of the birds and animals that you had not spotted earlier. The dam provides water for all birds and animals in the park.

Elephants in Nguila Rhino Sanctuary.

The sanctuary was erected to put an end to the illegal poaching of black rhinos. The park also houses animals such as elephants, hippos, crocodiles, leopards, cheetahs, lions, gazelles and buffalos.

When to Visit the Tsavo East National Park

The park is at best in the months of January, February and right from June to September.
How to get to Tsavo East National Park by Road
This all comes down to your budget. Public transport, commonly referred to as matatus are the cheapest means of getting to the park. A trip from the country’s CBD will cost you half the price it will cost you to travel by a hired top-opened minibus.
Baboon Passes by the Road in Tsavo East.
How to get to Tsavo East National Park by Railway
The railway from Nairobi to Mombasa runs through Tsavo East National Park. The rail is another cheap means of transportation to the park.
How to get to Tsavo East National Park by Air
The park has six airstrips on to her south and 13 to her north all with the aim of making your travel as cheap and as fast as possible. The park also ha chartered air crafts that can land at any place.

Big Five Africa Safari Tour Adventure

Big Five Africa Safari Tour Adventure Comprised of the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino, the Big 5 are the crowning glories and likely the most recognized symbols of Africa. A sighting of one of these five incredible African animals can change your life forever. The mere mention of the one cannot continue without the other! Whether it’s your first safari or your tenth, embarking on a mission to find the famous Big 5 is often the highlight of a trip to the wilds of Africa. From the thrill of tracking elusive leopards and black rhino to the sheer splendor of gazing upon herds of bathing elephants and watching grumpy Cape buffalo seeing off a pride of hungry lions, there’s nothing quite like an African safari. African Kenya Big Five Safari Holidays experience gives you access to Kenya’s superb Wildlife Safari destinations.

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Kenya is one of the best destinations to spot the Big Five, and the experienced guides and world class game reserves make for a holiday of a lifetime. The “Big Five” is a term that is used to refer to the 5 African animals that early big game hunters considered most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot in Africa. These animals include the African elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros. Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa are optimal for that up-close and personal encounter with Africa’s Big Five and witnessing these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.

Big Five Africa Safari Tour Adventure

The Big 5 are Africa’s undisputed super stars and the reason tourists set out eagerly on dawn and dusk game-viewing excursions. There can be no argument that giraffe and zebra are prettier creatures than buffalo, or that cheetah can be easier to find than leopard, but seeing any of the Big 5 living wild and free in their natural habitats remains an unforgettable thrill at the top of most travelers’ safari tick list.

The term ‘Big 5’ was originally coined in the 19th Century by big game hunters who listed African elephant, Cape buffalo, African lion, leopard and rhinoceros as the five most dangerous creatures to hunt on foot in Africa. Fortunately, the Big 5 are now protected in national parks and private game reserves, and the term is synonymous with photographic safaris. Today’s tourists contribute directly to the conservation of these magnificent animals across encroachments like poaching, wildlife trafficking and habitat destruction.

Big Five Africa Safari Tour Adventure

If you’re planning a safari holiday, you’ll no doubt have the Big Five Africa Safari Tour Adventure on your bucket list. Whether it’s the challenge of spotting them or just the hype surrounding their existence, these fascinating animals provide intriguing facts and stunning pictures. The five fabulous game animals of Africa are guaranteed to make your African Big Five safari tour feel out-of-this-world and totally magical.

Our Big 5 safari destinations range widely and we advise planning carefully with your safari expert to ensure your expectations are met. Safari first-timers would do well to choose Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater or Masai Mara which deliver virtually faultless Big 5 safaris where you’re more than likely to tick off each of the Big 5 after a couple of game drives. we know how important it is to see Africa’s signature animals, which is why on our recommended Big 5 tours and safaris you have a good chance of seeing all of Africa’s Big 5. We also know where to go and at what time of year to find the Big Five Africa Safari Tour Adventure:

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Tanzania wildebeest Migration Safari

Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari, Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari, Wildebeest Migration Safaris, Serengeti Wildebeest safari is the largest single movement of wild animals in the world. Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari is deservedly listed as one of its eight Natural Wonders and an exceptional inspiration for a dream nature tour of northern Tanzania. Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari is one of the most amazing events one should never miss out, nothing is thrilling like watching the Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari in big numbers running up and down in the grasslands and crossing rivers, it gives an unforgettable experience in the wild. On your Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari you’ll track the movements of the vast herd while also visiting three of Tanzania’s most famous national parks.

Tanzania wildebeest Migration Safari is an annual migration of wildebeest from the Ndutu region of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in southern Kenya. Tanzania wildebeest Migration Safari or Serengeti migration best time in Tanzania will be June/July 2019 Great Migration safari so anyone willing to track the wildebeest migration 2019 this is the best time. The wildebeest migration 2019 dates timing of the migration depends upon the annual rains and renewal of fresh pasture which may seasonally occur earlier or later in some years.

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But the spectacle is worth the effort to make a photo safari in Tanzania as multitudes of wild gnus pour across the plains, driven by instinct or necessity in such a way that they act as one entity, pursuing their destiny, to rut, mate, dare and die on this impossibly perilous journey, which, nevertheless, ensures the ultimate survival of the wildebeest and the continuance of the Serengeti ecosystem of which they are the mainspring.

Together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park, the Serengeti forms part of Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Serengeti plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.

Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari is one of the most amazing events one should never miss out. The Tanzania wildebeest Migration Safari or Serengeti Wildebeest Migration is Africa’s great migration and happens every year where by large numbers of wildebeests and other animals like the grant’s gazelles, impalas, zebras and Thomson’s gazelles migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya. Nothing is thrilling like watching these animals in big numbers running up and down in the grasslands and crossing rivers, it gives an unforgettable experience in the wild.

Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari

Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari is one of the most stunning events that you could ever wish to see. Wildebeest migration is a well-documented spectacle that you have probably heard from one source or another, but it is difficult to comprehend just how breath-taking this display is without witnessing it first-hand. On top of this it’s not just wildebeest that you will be watching, expect to see all the diverse wildlife that Africa has to offer whilst embarking on your Wildebeest Migration safari with Cheetah Safaris.

Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari

Tanzania wildebeest Migration Safari is a Natural phenomenon that occurs in Serengeti and Masai Mara National Park and nothing all over the world but few can compete with the annual Masai Mara/Serengeti wildebeest migration. The numbers alone are hard to believe: up to two million animals – wildebeest as well as zebra and gazelles – move clockwise around this enormous ecosystem, driven by ancient instincts to find fresh grazing and water.

The Great Wildebeest Migration – the annual migration of giant herds of grazers across Northern Tanzania and Kenya is a truly spectacular event. You can see the Great Migration in Tanzania all year round – they migrate in a circular motion around the Serengeti National Park as such it is an ongoing event.

Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari

The wildebeest migration covers a huge area of the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem, and despite the varying weather, putting together a migration specific itinerary is not as difficult as one may at first think. Knowing the best location for specific times of year is of paramount importance. The exact route of the migrating herbivores depends on the weather and where the grass is greener, be it in Kenya or Tanzania. However, the migration does tend to follow the same, or a similar, pattern year after year, which means that you can have a good idea of where to locate yourself. Each area is good at different times of the year, the Serengeti seeing the migration for around nine months and the Mara for just three.

Month by month: Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari

November

The short rains begin around early November. A little after this, in late November and December, the herds of the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari arrive on the short-grass plains of the Serengeti. These are south and east of Seronera, around Ndutu and include the north of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Dispersed across these plains, wildebeest and zebra are everywhere – feeding on the fresh, nutritious grasses.

January, February and March – Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari

They stay here through January, February and March, with most wildebeest calves born in a short window around February. Gradually they spread west across these plains, then around April Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari start their great migration north.

May – Wildebeest Migration Safari

By May the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari all seem to be moving north, migrating to seek fresh grazing and water. The area around Moru Kopjes and west of Seronera is then hectic with a series of moving columns, often containing hundreds of thousands of animals – joined by many zebra, and a scattering of Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles.

June

Some of the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari then head due north of Seronera, but most are usually further west. Around June the wildebeest migration is often halted on the south side of the Grumeti River, which has some channels which block or slow their migration north. The wildebeest then congregate there, in the Western Corridor, often building up to a high density before crossing the river.

The river here is normally a series of pools and channels, but it’s not continuous – and so whilst they always represent an annual feast for the Grumeti River’s large crocodiles, these aren’t usually quite as Africa Photography Safari Package spectacular as the crossings of the Mara River, further north. The wildebeest migration continues moving northwards during July and August, often spreading out across a broad front: some heading through Grumeti Reserve and Ikorongo, others north through the heart of the Serengeti National Park.

September

September sees the herds spread out across the northern Serengeti, where the Mara River provides the migration with its most serious obstacle. This river gushes through the northern Serengeti from Kenya’s adjacent Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Watching the frantic herds of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River can be very spectacular; there are often scenes of great panic and confusion. It’s common to see herds cross the Mara River north on one day, and then back south a few days later.

By October the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari herds are migrating again with more accord: all are heading south, through western Loliondo and the Serengeti National Park’s Lobo area, returning to the green shoots which follow the rains on the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti in November.

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Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tours Safari

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tours Safari is such a thrilling primate experience that any visitor on Uganda safari shouldn’t miss out. Though Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tours Safari is a very captivating activity, it is important to plan well your trip through Claudious tours and Safaris a local tour company with hands on expertise to plan this once in a lifetime experience.

Before you embark on this life changing adventure, you need to be well-prepared and that is why the tips provided below will guide you appropriately as you plan your visit to the gorillas in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tours Safari is a magical journey into the isolated jungles of East Africa where you should expect an experience like no other. Being close to a family of wild mountain gorillas in the deep misty jungle of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is utterly magical.

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Where to go for Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tours Safari

With fewer than 1004 mountain gorillas that still exist on earth today, Uganda is a home to half of all these massive creatures making it one of the only three countries in the world where mountain gorilla trekking is conducted. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in two national parks. The are 18 gorilla families that have been habituated and already set for tourism purposes, 17 of which are tracked in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and only 1 is found in Mgahinga National Park.

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On every East African Safari traveler’s bucket list is Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tours Safari in the tropical jungles of East Africa. We have been in the forefront of creating unforgettable memories of seeing the mountain gorilla in the last decade and we celebrate this achievement by continuing to take our travelers through thick, misty, wet and impenetrable jungles to spend those memorable 60 minutes with the mighty giant cousin and his family.

When to Go to See the Mountain Gorillas in Africa?

Although Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tours Safari can be conducted all year round in these two countries (Uganda & Rwanda) due to the somewhat damp seasons experienced by the national parks in which these gorillas stay, the majority of tourists prefer visiting from June to September as well as from December up to February. You can visit Bwindi at any time of the year, the low season calls for cheaper gorilla permit price.

Our Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tours Safari is all about incredible gorilla safaris and wildlife adventures. We plan, organize and implement bespoke gorilla tour packages to Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo all designed to meet our clients travel expectations. We are a one-stop shop for exceptional gorilla tours and wildlife safaris in East Africa for memorable affordable holiday packages which leave our price sensitive travelers happy to travel with us again and again.

Our customized gorilla trekking tours lead you deep into Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national parks in Uganda; the Virunga wilderness in DR Congo and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda for the most incredible and affordable gorilla trekking safaris in the East and central Africa. Our professional driver guides guarantee travelers safe and comfortable transfers to all tourist spots all over Africa.

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With over two decades’ hands-on experience, we organize memorable Africa wildlife tours and primate safaris including chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National park or Kyambura gorge; golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National park, tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector south of Queen Elizabeth Np, white water rafting at the source of the Nile, mountain climbing to Mount Rwenzori, Mt Elgon and the Virunga Volcanoes. Travelers are assured of exceptional gorilla trips and other tourism experiences in East and Central Africa with Gorilla Trek Africa all attributed to our teamwork spirit.

Join our Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tours Safari deep into the jungles of Bwindi Forest, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda Virunga national park in Congo and Mgahinga gorilla national parks the only gorilla destinations in the world. Besides gorilla trekking, AAS offer you exceptional chimpanzee tours, forest walks, cultural tours, eco-tours, bird watching, cycling trips, game viewing in the open savannah parks and mountain climbing tours among other adventures in all parks of Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania all designed around clients’ travel interests and time.

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Enjoy the best of our customized Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tours Safari tracking adventures and game viewing experiences with us. If you think of an African safari holiday, the pearl of Africa is naturally gifted with rolling emerald hills, snow-capped mountains, misty forests and deep, crystal clear lakes which reward you with an exceptions African Safari.

Obtain your gorilla permit early enough

Given the high demand for gorilla permits, you are advised to secure your gorilla trekking permit at least 6 months before you set off for your actual trek most especially if you are looking to taking a gorilla safari during the peak months of June – September. In Uganda, gorilla permits cost $600 per person-for foreign non-residents, $500 for foreign residents and UGX 250000 for East African residents. You can secure one through a trustworthy, reliable ground tour operator in Uganda or through reservation office at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). In case you wish to embark on gorilla habituation experience, you need $1500 to help you secure permit which gets you the whole day and 4 hours of magical encounter with mountain gorillas.

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