Located within Njombe Region of the southern Highlands of Tanzania, at the northern end of Kipengere Range (Livingstone Mountain Range) is a Protected Area known as Mpanga-Kipengere Game Reserve. It is nestled partly within Wanging’ombe District and partially in Makete District, on the northern edge of the Volcanic Livingstone-Kipengere Mountain range.

Tributaries of the Great Ruaha River that start from this Game Reserve such as Ipera, Mlomboji, Mbarali and Kimani River all flow mainly northwards. The altitude of the Reserve ranges from 1800 meters (5906 feet) above sea level to 23000 meters (75,459 feet) above sea level but also extends for an area of 1574 square kilometers (608 square miles).

It is known for its extraordinary flora and fauna, cultural Heritage and breathtaking scenery within the Kimani waterfalls and Nyumba Nitu Forest that are undeniably very attractive for nature tourism. On top of the conservation and preservation of wildlife species, Mpanga-Kipengere Game Reserve is considered a significant catchment Area for the headwaters (source) of a number of Rivers like Ipera, Mbarali, Kimani and Mlomboji that feed into the mighty Ruaha River that supplies water to the Usangu wetlands.

When it comes to beautiful sceneries, this Reserve cannot be surpassed with the Mpanga Highlands, Kipengere ranges (south-west highlands of Tanzania at the northern edge of Lake Nyasa and Matema beach near Malawi border but runs south-east being part of eastern rift valley escarpment reaching Mozambique), Chafukwe and Lugala Mountains providing sceneries of green mountains, remarkable valleys and plains. The Chafukwe Mountains are particularly perfect for recreation where visitors can relish the breathtaking views of the lush mountains ranges and surrounding areas. Additionally, there are several natural wonders around these areas including rivers, cascading waterfalls and breathtaking flowers such as tuberous orchids.

While at the top of Kipengere mountain range, tourists can clearly relish the views of Lake Nyasa and Matema Beach (one of the popular beaches within Mbeya region). An exceptional Montane Forest type within Tanzania (Southern Rift Montane Woodlands) covers the largest part of the Game Reserve

Attractions within the Game Reserve

This area is rich in both flora and fauna including numerous species of mammals (totaling to 28 indigenous species) such as primates (yellow baboons and black and white colobus monkeys), rodents as well as bird species including the Denham’s Bustard, migratory birds like the Abdimis Storks and Blue swallows and reptiles among others. This area is known for numerous endemic species like the nosed chameleons, the rare Fufumka bird, the marsh widow, Kipengere seedeaters and Njombe Cisticola among others.

Tourist Activities within Mpanga-Kipengere Game Reserve

Activities to enjoy within the Game Reserve include mountaineering, hiking, trekking and walking around the Chafukwe Mountains.

Therefore, Mpanga-Kipengere Game Reserve is famous for spectacular landscapes in form of Chafukwe and Lugala mountains, Mpanga highlands, Kipengere ranges and magical valleys as well as mammals, birds, reptiles and Amphibians among others.

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The second largest continent on the globe, Africa is far more nuanced and diverse than many mainstream media accounts imply. A broad array of vibrant groups and cultures call the continent “home”. Africa is a continent with immense and iconic ecological diversity as well. Over the past century or so, lots of this beautiful land has fallen under state protection in the form of national parks and game conservatories. Here are some of the most extraordinary among them.

The Serengeti, Tanzania

The Serengeti is one of the most famous regions of Africa. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and many consider it to be one of the top 10 wonders of the world. A lot of wildlife lives here, and the Serengeti National Park serves to protect and preserve it. One of the most exciting events that takes place here each year is the great wildebeest migration, where six million of these animals partake in this 40 km long ritual that has existed for millennia. In addition to witnessing this magnificent aspect of nature, Serengeti National Park maintains the natural balance of predator and prey. You can see lions, serval cats, and aardwolves on the hunt here as well.

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, is the southern most of three national parks in the valley of the Luangwa River, and is a world-renowned wildlife haven. It supports large populations of Thornicroft’s giraffe, herds of elephants and Cape buffaloes often several hundred strong. The Luangwa River supports abundant crocodiles and hippopotamuses. It is one of the best known national parks of Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park in South Africa was established in 1898. The park boasts of containing African wildlife’s ‘Big Five’, which include; lions, rhinos, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards. Here you can even go on an elephant back safari. Like many of the national parks on our list, Kruger prides itself in its grassroots animal breeding and conservation efforts. There are also unique historical and archaeological sites within the bounds of the park where you can see things like ancient bushman rock paintings. If you aren’t able to make it to the park, you can also keep track of what’s going on through the park’s live webcams.

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Deemed ‘the bird watcher’s paradise,’ Lake Nakuru National Park is home to a type of algae that attracts staggering numbers of pink flamingos to feed on the algae in Lake Nakuru each year. Sometimes these numbers reach into the millions. The park harbors an ecologically broad spectrum of species beyond the iconic flamingos as well, including white rhinos, baboons, warthogs, cheetahs, giraffes and more. Established only about 55 years ago, the park was recently enlarged to help provide sanctuary for the rare and endangered black rhino. Some of the other bird species worth watching out for at Lake Nakuru National park are the pied kingfisher, African fish eagle, and the Goliath heron.

Queen Elizabeth Park, Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most visited parks in Uganda.  It it is the perfect park when combined with gorilla tracking at Bwindi Impenetrable forest. One can, in five or six days visit the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, see the tree climbing Lions in the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth Park, and take a Boat Ride Safari on the Kazinga Channel with its abundant wildlife, hundreds of birds, and the highest concentration of hippos in the whole wide world. You can also include chimpanzee tracking in what BBC called the “lost valley”, which is part of the Western Rift in Uganda, also known as the Kyambura Gorge. Queen Elizabeth Park is simply a tapestry of natural wonders in the western region of Uganda. Queen Elizabeth Park is filled with lots of wildlife. Besides its lions, leopards and other cats, it has elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and more species of birds than any other Ugandan Wildlife Park. In this same national park, you will also find the scenic Katwe explosion craters and the Maramagambo forest where you can go hiking, birding, and also enjoy the cultural visits of the region.

Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

If you’re in search of biodiversity, head to Virunga National Park. It is the most biologically diverse part of the continent. You’ll find rain forests, volcanoes, mountains with glacial peeks, savannas, swamps and more. From the top of the Nyiragongo Volcano, you can see a full view of the largest volcanic lake in the world. Virunga the national park, does a lot to protect the mountain gorillas that live here and are nearly extinct. Chimpanzees and lowland gorillas live here as well. A dedicated group of forest rangers run the park and ward off poachers.

Tsavo National Parks, Kenya

Approximately 150 miles south of Nairobi, this park boasts of Wildlife that includes; Leopard, Cheetah, Buffalo, Rhino, Red Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine, among others. Together the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks form one of the largest national parks in the world, covering around 4% of Kenya’s total land area. The emerald-hued Galana and Tsavo Rivers run through the area, with the Nairobi-Mombasa highway and railroad separating the two parks. The river banks are a great spot for viewing the wildlife, especially the African Elephants that flock here in large numbers. The Lugards Falls are a major attraction as well, with the Galana River flowing through eroded rocks and pooling to form a haven for some monster crocodiles.

Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Amboseli National Park contains over 400 species of birds and 47 species of raptors, thanks to the presence of a large system of swamps. It is said to be one of the best places in the world for viewing birds and other wildlife. Come and marvel at parades of elephants as they pass by, and against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro which makes up a large portion of the horizon. In fact, this is also one of the best places in Africa to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures. The park originally began as a reservation for the Maasai peoples, and there is legislation in the works to afford them more control over park activities and upkeep.

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

If you’re looking for the world’s tallest waterfall, head to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Here you will find Victoria Falls. Hwange National Park was named after a celebrated leader of the local Nhanzwa tribe. Over 500 species of animals and birds reside in this unique ecosystem of forests at the edge of the Kalahari Desert. Elephants in particular tend to thrive in Hwange National Park. Unfortunately, the park has experienced some poaching issues in the last few years, including the tragic death of the famed lion named Cecil. The park authorities are actively doing what they can to prevent such awful acts on this beautiful and biologically diverse land.

Lake Manyara is a Tanzanian national park that is located both in Arusha region and the Manyara region in Tanzania. These two regions have no authority over the parks. The national park is ruled by the Tanzania National parks Authority. The main park land area is a narrow strip that runs between the gregory rift wall to the west and lake Manyara which is also an alkaline or soda lake to the east. This national park is over 330km and covered with land, forest and the soda lake that covers as much as 220km ofland.

Lake Manyara national park is also known for the many flamingos that live in the lake. In the wet season, they live the edges ofthe lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so present during the dry season. There are more than 400 bird species that live in the park and many remain throughout the year. Since this lake is also good for bird watching, the visitors to the park can expect to see over 100 different species of birds. The other animal species also include; the Masai lions, leopards, blue monkeys,elephants, dik-dik, gazelles, the Masai giraffes, zebras and the Impalas. There are also the hippos at one end of the park where the visitors can get out of their cars and see from a safe distance. The lions and the leopards are also known to laze in the trees while not hunting for the prey.

 The park is located 26km south west of Arusha andcan be reached by the car in an hour and half. This national park can also be reached easily from Bahati the capital of Manyara region. The national park is also close to Tarangire national park.

The Mantara region is also one of Tanzanian’s 30administrative regions, the regional capital is the town of Bahati. This region has a population of 1,425,131 and it’s the 22nd most densely populated region in 32 people per square kilometer. Lake manyara is the northern part of the region and its bordered to the north by the Arusha region,to the north east by the Kilimanjaro region, tto the east by the Tanga region,to the south by the Dodoma region, to the south west by the Singida region, and to the northwest by the simivu region and its highest mountain is Mount Hanang.

Lake Manyara is also a shallow lake in the NatronManayaraBalangida branch of the eastern African rift with in the Manayara region in Tanzania. This region is also home to variety of land scape andwildlife. The name Manyara also comes from the Maasai word Emanyara that meanseuphorbia species of the plant that is grown into a hedge around a family homestead.

The lake also covers 89km though the area changes widely with seasons and the dry spells expose large areas of mud flats. The region is also known for the baboons, the lake and the environs a home to the herbivores like the hippos, elephants, buffaloes, warthogs and the giraffes.There are also the giant fig trees and the Mahogany that is seen in the groundwater forest around the park gates. To the south, there are the acacia woodlands. The leopards are in abundance as well as the lions. The lake also gives a chance for the ornithologists who like to view and also observe over300 migratory birds including the long crested eagle, Flamingos, and the grey headed kingfisher.

Rwenzori National park is situated in south-western Uganda on the eastern side of the western African rift valley. It also lies along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and the boarder of DRC along  the border of Virunga National park. It’s also located in the districtsof Kabarole, kasese and Bundibugyo. The park was established in 1991 and was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 due to its natural outstanding beauty. Its 1,000km in size and has got the highest mountain peak with waterfalls,lakes as well as glaciers. This national park is known for its fantastic plant life.

The park also as most of its centre and the eastern half of it covered with Rwenzori Mountains. This mountain is the highest mountain range in the whole of Africa with also Africa’s highest mountain peak, six peaks including mount Stanley, Speke, Gessi, Emin Pasha, Luigi da Savoia and Mount Baker. The main peaks here can also be compared to those of Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. This national park has also got glaciers waterfalls, lakes, snowfields, and it’s one of the most beautiful mountains inAfrica.

This national park has also got 217 bird species, 70mammal species, 19 albertine Rift endemics and the world’s rarest vegetation cover. These are also known as the mountains of the moon. The equatorial snowpeaks also include; the third highest point in Africa, with its lower slopesthat are covered in the moorland, bamboo, the moist montane forest, the colourful mosses, the huge tree heathers and these are swathed across the mountainside with the giant lobelias as well as the everlasting flowers that create a very charming fairy-tale scene.

These are also world class hiking and mounteering destinations, you can enjoy a 9 to 11 day hike with the skilled climbers to the summit of the Margherita which is the highest peak.  This mountain is only 80 miles but has one of the most theatrical diversities of the ecosystems in the world. It has also got5 different zones of the habituation generating a world of great biodiversity.

This mountain range was named Rwenzori by the European explorer Henry M Stanley , the mountain has also got different vegetation including; the African savannah, with animals including the zebrasand the elephants, the rain forests, bamboo forest, Heath zone, and Alpine  Zone, The main tourist activities here include; Bird watching which is also a great opportunity with in the montane forest and some of the species hereinclude; the bee eaters, the Robins, sun birds, the barbets and some of the 217species that are found in Rwenzori Mountains National park. There are also the cultural encounters were you discover the farming villages of Ruboni which is home to over 2000 Bakonzo with in the foothills of the mountain. You walk with the villagers as they show their daily activities including tending to the animals and crops to preparing meals with the freshest ingredients. The other activities also include; hiking and the nature walks, mountain or volcano climbing, and many more.

East Africa is a collection of 5 countries which include Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi. This region has an estimated 436 million population of people and each country has got unique history, culture and wildlife. Such diversity is attributed to the successful regional economic cooperation and tourism sector has brought all that together as Destination East Africa. The single East African tourist visa allows travelers to visit Destination East Africa including Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya with free entry and exit. Some of the famous safari parks like Bwindi for gorilla trekking, Masai Mara and Serengeti for wildebeest migration, East Africa is now as a single destination.

In this big destination East Africa a city means a lot about a country and the diversity East Africa has to offer as a whole region. Here are the top 5 cities to visit in East Africa.

  1. Kampala

Vibrant nightlife, culture and heritage sites, friendly people, and food are just few of the reasons to experience Kampala. The capital of city of Uganda, the pearl of Africa, Kampala has one of the most unique locations, set over 21 hills along the shores of Lake Victoria in central part of the country. It is home to Buganda, one the largest traditional kingdoms in Africa with its well preserved heritage sites including the 130 years old Kasubi Royal tombs, a UNESCO world heritage site.

The people that make up Buganda are the Baganda, however Kampala as a business centers, has a growing population of 1.4 million people from all around the country and houses Ugandan parliament and many banks. It is located 40 km away from Entebbe international airport, Uganda safaris begin in Kampala and that is a great opportunity to visit the city before going to any other part of the country.

Ugandans are one of the hospitable and friendliest people in the world. Thus Kampala is a friendly city where foreigners can walk around or live peacefully with people they don’t even know.

Nightlife experience

The city is best known for its vibrant night life and culture heritage, encompassing the night clubs and cocktail bars in the city center, and sections of the city such as Kololo, Kabalagala, Nakasero. There’s National theatre and various music and live band theatres. Partying and clubbing in this fast paced party city is a custom, it’s hard to resist going out to a club, bar or show and Kampala has been nicknamed the sleepless city of East Africa.

Fun and easy shopping

The city is also great for shopping in Kampala is fun, with plenty of modern shopping malls like Acacia, Aponye, and many supermarkets like Shoprite, food markets like Nakasero, and various craft markets around National Theatre. Visitors will find a wide range of items, products and souvenirs.

Kampala has got modern infrastructure, and though its transport service may not be very efficient, you will never be bored to find lots of Boda Bodas (motor cycles) that can get you through traffic jam and big crowds. You will see what I am talking about as walk around city square or going through downtown to Mengo Royal palace.

Sightseeing

A guided tour in Uganda allows visitors to visit some of the interesting attractions including the Uganda national museum, places of worship, tempting shopping craft markets. Sightseeing bus tour is explores some of the great landmarks such as the ivory tower at Makerere university main building, Mengo Palace, the independence monument and Gaddafi mosque set on old Kampala hill has a 50 meters tall tower, a view point which offers views of the entire city.

2. Kigali -Rwanda

The capital of Rwanda, Kigali is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. In 1962, Kigali had a population of 6,000 people which grew to 1.1 million by 2012. The high population growth rate is attributed to a number of factors ranging from peace and stability, economic development, social and environmental conservation.

Kigali is the 2nd green and clean city in Africa after Windhoek Namibia. Situated in the Albertine rift valley in the heart of Rwanda, Kigali is surrounded by hills such as Mount Kigali and Nyurugenge hill which constitutes the oldest site of the city (now turned into a museum) established in 1907 by Kandt a German imperialist.

Today Kigali Kigali has modern infrastructure and efficient transport service providing easy access to tourist destinations within the country such as volcanoes national park home to gorillas, Lake Kivu as well as those in the neighboring countries like Bwindi impenetrable forest south western Uganda and Virunga national park in easterner DR Congo.

For the business travelers, Kigali city offers world class MICE facilities such as the Kigali convention center with conference facilities along with 5 star accommodation Marriot and Radisson blue hotels.

Kigali international airport is the gateway and a perfect place to embark on Rwanda adventure safari. Travelers upon arrival will be able to find everything from forex bureaus, shops and malls, coffee shops, restaurants, craft markets, as well as get more information at the Rwandan development board offices.

Kigali city tour needs time to enjoy the city’s places of interest such as the Gisozi genocide memorial, natural history museum, art galleries. For the outdoor activities, Nyarugenge Lake has got golf course grounds, biking both on maram and dirt tracks, swimming at Hotel Rwanda.

3. Nairobi- Kenya

Nairobi, the capital city Kenya is near Nairobi national park home to black rhinos and tourists can have wonderful safari memories there. For example, just 10 minutes by car from the city center, a half day tour provides a great safari experience. You can do game drive safari with the guide taking you to particular zone of the park. Depending on the animals you wish to see against the backdrop of the city such as black rhinos, lions, jackals, zebras, giraffes.

If you want to experience Nairobi by a game drive, then you may also want to do a city tour if you have just 4 hours to spare.

Nairobi being the 4th largest city in Africa and with the biggest population of 4 million people in East Africa, the city is established as hub for airlines and business in the region. Due to this economic development, the modern city center has seen its skyline changing. The Jomo keyatta internation convention centers, the parliament building, are examples of modern architecture. You can also find the Nairobi city market filled with colorful souvenirs, the national museum with displays of culture and wildlife, the snake park, the 7th memorial park.

Tourists can get their dinning and shopping fix done right. Some of the great places to do so include the Stanley with restaurants, bars, swimming pools, safari park, and 5 star hotels such as Nairobi Serena.

Of course there are many landmarks and attractions in Nairobi city including the national railway station museum. The one you should never miss is the National achieves museum for those who want to read African books and films. The good modern roads and public transportation makes it easy to get to visit the attraction nearby the city such as the wildlife trust, giraffe center, Bomas of kenya, beads factory and Ngong hills.

If that is not enough, Nairobi international airport is the gate way to most of Kenya’s wildlife destinations such as Masai Mara game reserve famous for the wildebeest migration, the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth.

4. Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is located on the shores of the Indian Ocean and thus offers water adventures including surfing, diving, snorkeling, beach and island hoping.

It is the largest city and economic center of Tanzania. It is a port of trade and a location for Tanzania government big offices, as well as diplomatic embassies including the UN East African region headquarters.

Dar es Salaam is famed for its multiculturalism, including Swahili speaking, Arab, Indian and Thai. Therefore it offers a variety of lifestyles and culture to get immersed in on your vacation. For instance dinning in Dar es Salaam range from restaurants that prepare local cuisine to those that prepare international cuisines such as the thai food restaurant where you can enjoy views of the large and tall buildings that dominate its skyline.

Perhaps the most amazing are the white sand beaches and islands off the coast of Indian Ocean like Zanzibar and Bongoyo, as well as fish markets, residential and industrial areas, nature reserve.

Don’t’ miss a visit to the Azania Lutheran church; beautiful both in and outside. From this church it is easy access to various tourist attractions such as Askari monument, national museum of Dar es Salaam, Karioke market.

5. Zanzibar

Zanzibar town is located 25 km off the main land Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. It is made up of two large islands; Zanzibar and Pemba along with other small islands. Though it is a popular honeymoon vacation destination, Zanzibar has much to offer for the travelers. Its waters are home to dolphins while the forests are filled with monkeys, butterflies. Wildlife lovers can enjoy flora and fauna of the islands.

Beach lovers can unwind on its white sand beaches, cool and romantic tropical island climate. Zanzibar is a water spots adventure paradise with activities ranging from snorkeling, swimming, surfing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, water skiing, kite surfing.

Zanzibar hosts different cultural backgrounds including African, Arab, Indian and European. It is a great place to experience culture, heritage and religion. Especially in the Stone Town a UNESCO world’ heritage site, boasts diverse architectural styles of both old and new buildings including mosques, churches, temples and forts.

Africa is the mother of all wildlife safaris. There are lots of national parks to visit for game viewing in Africa. Here are 10 less known national parks to enjoy wildlife safaris in Africa;

  1. Masai Mara National Reserve

The Maasai Mara national Reserve, also known as “The Mara,” is the venue for arguably the most astounding wildlife spectacle on earth.

Every year during the great migration an estimated 2.5 million animals make a round-trip journey of 2,000 kilometres across the Serengeti ecosystem between Tanzania and Kenya.

The Mara has been described as the most prolific wildlife real-estate on earth and is perhaps Africa’s greatest safari destination.

Similarly, the Serengeti, which is contiguous with The Mara to the south, is one of Africa’s truly untamed wildernesses, with seemingly endless expanses of swaying savannah where plains herds graze and lions and cheetah maintain a vigil from their lookout kopjes

2 Liwonde National Park, Malawi
Game boma in Liwonde National Park (Dreamstime)

Recognising the economic benefits of national parks and game viewing, the Malawi government has made it a priority to rehabilitate Liwonde National Park. Their aim is to make it a Big Five park again, re-introducing rhino, lions and elephants for the first time in decades.

Located beside the Shire River, the park offers the opportunity to track rhinos with researchers, as well as go on walking safaris.

Sunset cruises along the river are popular too, affording great sightings of elephants, hippos, crocs, waterbucks and abundant birdlife.

3 Tiwai National Park, Sierra Leone

You’ve probably seen the forests of Tiwai National Park on television without realising it. The park is a long-term favourite with wildlife documentary-makers, the go-to place for footage of chimpanzees and Pygmy hippos living undisturbed in an environment that hasn’t changed for centuries.

Tiwai remains pristine because it sits on an island on the Mao River, largely cut off from the rest of Sierra Leone. The island is reached by motorboat from Kambama and accommodation is limited – just tents and a shared bathroom – but the advantage is that monkeys frequently stroll through the camp.The park is a UNESCO-listed site, recognised for its lush rainforest, unique and rich biodiversity, and a high concentration of endemic species.

  1. Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

A good place for lion spotters and best for untamed, limitless desert wilderness and the tough Kalahari lions.
Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve is Africa at its rawest. The San Bushmen have lived here for an estimated 30,000 years and the first explorers knew this area as “the plains where courage fails.”

There are only a few lodges that allow an opportunity to explore the reserve without the safety net of a full-blown four-wheel drive expedition vehicle and in this area you could not feel farther removed from the crowds and tour buses of other parks.

In the heart of the Kalahari you camp within earshot of roaring lions, in the certain knowledge that there will rarely be anyone else within 50 kilometres.

  1. 5. Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda

For all your adrenalin-producing needs and is good for: Spectacular landscapes and great buffalo herds.
With sprawling savannah and soaring mountains, Kidepo National Park might be the most picturesque park in Africa.

Sharing borders with Sudan and Kenya’s Northern Frontier District, it is Uganda’s most beautiful, remote and least-explored park. Kidepo was once the playground of the late president Idi Amin and you can still visit the haunting ruins of a lodge that could just as easily have been designed as a massive bunker.

Those who take the trouble to get here are rewarded with phenomenal wildlife sightings and a level of exclusivity that can rarely be had at any cost in neighbouring countries.

  1. Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania

Near guaranteed sightings of the “Big Five” (elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard).
Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater could be the most compact wildlife venue on the planet. From the first spellbinding glimpse of the crater and the stomach-churning descent down the inner walls, your senses are assaulted by Africa at its most intense. During a single morning you can easily rack up unforgettable sightings of elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard.

If this is your first time on safari it can be the perfect choice but aficionados complain that this amazing little “lost world” makes it all too easy. 

  1. Etosha National Park, Namibia

Best for Cheetah spotting and waterhole stake outs.Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premier wildlife venue and one of Africa’s most hypnotic landscapes.

The park takes its name from a local word meaning “Great White Place” and the startling white pan (which was a lake bed 12 million years ago) covers about a quarter of Etosha’s 22,300 square kilometres.

The key to wildlife spotting here is to focus on the waterholes that dot these lizard-baking, mirage-haunted plains.

Etosha is home to the Big Five, vast herds of gazelle and antelope and (depending on season) more than 300 species of birds.

  1. National Parks along Gambia River,

Best for: Bird watching and West African aquatic wildlife.
The Gambia is effectively little more than the opposing banks of West Africa’s greatest river, but the six national parks strung along Gambia River constitute one of Africa’s most unexpected safari venues.

The country has traditionally been written off by safari connoisseurs as “hunted out” but its reputation as a safari destination has been sadly understated.

Not only is it a paradise for bird-watchers (with almost 600 species) but its bush is home to monkey, baboon and chimpanzee, and its crocodile-infested waters offer rarer sightings like African otter and manatee.

  1. Ahaggar National Park, Algeria

Best for: Tuareg nomadic culture and vast, sweeping Sahara land scapes.On a map of North Africa, Algeria’s Ahaggar National Park is where the “H” would be in “SAHARA.”

This immense park is 40 times the size of the entire Gambian nation but, far from being a massive wasteland, the center of the world’s greatest desert is a diverse area, boasting classic dunes and a 3,000-meter mountain range.

Despite its reputation, security is rarely a problem in this area: as the local Tuareg people are quick to point out, in this vast country you’re further from Algiers than you would be if you’d stayed in London.

  1. Kruger National Park, South Africa

One of Africa’s more convenient parks and for: best Accessible wilderness.
Kruger National Park, South Africa’s flagship park, is famous for the great diversity of habitats (16 macro eco-zones have been recognized here) that can be found in the 300 kilometres of wilderness that lie between the Limpopo and the Crocodile rivers.

Kruger is the most accessible and best equipped of Africa’s great parks and makes an ideal venue for self-drive safaris, since it is well signposted, well maintained and even boasts restaurants and gas stations.

Apart from wonderful wildlife sightings, other great adventure draw-cards of Kruger are its range of multi-day hiking trails and mountain-biking tours.

One of the adventures not to miss while on a safari in Africa is gorilla trekking, a wildlife experience that can be done in a few countries. Here are the best places where to see the gorillas in Africa;

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The famed Bwindi national park is located in southwestern part of Uganda on the western arm of east African Rift valley, just about 530km from Kampala the capital city of Uganda taking an estimated travel of 10 hours on road. Despite of the travel hours, the park can still be accessed by air, connecting from Entebbe airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to Kisoro which is close to the southern part of Bwindi. This is one of the two national parks in Uganda that offers the ultimate gorilla safari experience.

The park is divided in to two parts the northern, close to Kihihi and the southern close to Kisoro district. The unique aspect about this park is that activities are done in relation to the sectors such as the Nkuringo sector that lies close to the Buhoma sector which is well known for its impenetrable forest and also offers the best experience for community walks such as visiting a traditional healer, rural homestead, blacksmith and brewers. The Gorilla families that are found in this sector are Nkuringo and Katwe which is the recently opened group for tracking.

The Ruhija sector which is famous for its bird species apart from the gorillas is considered to be the most remote sector among the four sectors. The gorilla families in this sector include; Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguriro.

The Rushaga sector is well known of having the highest number of gorilla families such as Mishaya, Nshongi, Kahungye, Busingye and Bweza. This sector lies between Kabale and Nkuringo.

The major activity done in Bwindi impenetrable national park is gorilla trekking which is limited to a number of 8 people per particular gorilla group.Other activities include guided forest walks, birding and the primates viewing. One of the most interesting activities is the Batwa cultural experience which is picking up at a high speed since it was introduced in Bwindi national park.

MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK

Mgahinga national park is located in the southwestern Uganda on the border with Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. The park covers 33.7 sq. kilometers, and one of Uganda‘s prime habitat for critically endangered mountain Gorillas which move within the park under the forest looking for food. Mgahinga national park is one of the places in the world where the mountain gorillas can be found hence attracting many people to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking safaris.

In addition to that, the park has enough food for the gorillas that’s the reason why some of the families from Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo even migrate to Mgahinga national park making it easy for a visitor to see them in their natural habitats.

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

In Rwanda one can only see mountain gorillas in the volcanoes national park, which is a section of the Virunga Mountains with an approximated number of 400 mountain gorillas residing on an altitude of 2300 to 4500 meters on the southern part of Virunga massif.

The park also has 10 habituated gorilla families that are open for trekkers to visit. Among these groups are; Susa group which Dian Fossey did her research with, Karisimbi family, this family separated from the initial Susa and today it is called Susa b having 15 individuals, Sabyinyo gorilla group is headed by Guhondo a strong Silverback, Amahoro gorilla group is the most peaceful group and it has seventeen individuals, Umubano group which was initial under the Amahoro but separated, the Agasha group, Kwitonda family, Hirwa Group, Bwenge family, and the Ugenda family.

KAHUZI BIEGA NATIONAL PARK

Kahuzi Biega national park is another prominent park in D.R. Congo and it is found 50km west of Bukavu town near the western side of Lake Kivu and the Rwandan border. The park was gazetted in order to protect the eastern lowland gorillas, the largest gorilla species in the world.

The park was stretched from to 6000 sq. km to protect the mountain forest and also the virgin forest found in the lower altitudes. The Park is named after the dormant volcanoes Mount. Kahuzi and Mount Biega. Unlike other parks in this region, Kahuzi-Biega is home to only the rare eastern lowland gorillas.

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK

The Virunga national park is located in the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo, south of Lake Kivu and the Rwandan border. It is a home for the mountain gorillas and part of the Virunga Massif that is associated with Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park and Uganda’s Mgahinga national park.

Gorilla tracking at Virunga national park is an extraordinary experience with worthy gains that can be achieve by undertaking a tour to this virgin destination.

Remember that in this national park tracking depends on the time you encounter with the gorillas because finding them depends on their location and daily movements but one is given only one hour to interact with the gorillas after meeting them.

Discover the beauty of Virunga national park, coupled with varied vegetation types, views of Nyiragongo volcano, beautiful scenery and a number of primates, mammals and bird species that inhabit this park.

Are you interested in exploring more about gorillas but you do not know where to find in Africa? Well, with fewer unique tourist attractions that exist on earth today, gorillas are among the very few exceptional creatures you shouldn’t miss to strike your imaginations with while on safari in Africa. They are a few most intelligent, powerful, magnificent and very gentle creatures in the world that you need to explore while on African safari. The famous species for you to strike your eyes with in Africa include the western and eastern gorillas. These unusual primate species are widely distributed within the tropical rainforests in Central and East Africa. Depending on what your travel interests are in Africa, the best places for you to visit to see these remarkable and giant apes include;

Uganda

If you are interested in mountain gorillas then Uganda is one of the only 3 (three) African states where you can catch a glimpse at these rare species in the wild. Note that, nowhere in the world that you will find these rare creatures not even in the zoo but only in the wild. To trek to see them in Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park should be a must in your travel plan. The two parks are located in southwestern Uganda just along the Albertine rift valley. With about 1004 individuals of these critically endangered apes still thriving in the jungles of Africa, Uganda is a home to about 480 individuals making it a true gorilla highland. Besides, about 17 groups have been habituated and can be tracked in Uganda with permits costing $600 per person. For ultimate gorilla adventures in Africa, consider this country a must to include in your travel plan and you won’t regret in life.

Rwanda

This popular Land of a Thousand hills doesn’t only boast for its rolling hills but also for its rare mountain gorillas. In Rwanda, you can find them in Volcanoes National Park, northwestern part of the country. This park consists of about 10 habituated families that are set for visitors to track every day and you can obtain a permit at $1500. Gorilla safaris in this protected became more popular at a time when Dian Fossey was conducting her research on the same Great Apes within the Virunga Conservation Area.

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

The DR Congo is one of the few unique countries in Africa and not only does it boast as a home to critically endangered mountain gorillas but also the Eastern lowland gorillas. Mountain gorillas in the DR Congo can be trekked in the Virunga National Park and if you are interested in Eastern lowland gorillas, then you must head to Kahuzi Biega National Park.

Gabon

With about 13 national parks that exist in this country, most of its habitats offer refuge to western lowland gorillas. Habituation project for western lowland gorillas was conducted at Mikongo conservation center in Lope National Park and it ended in 2010 but you can still catch a glimpse at them plus several other wildlife species. The other areas include Moukalaba-Doudou National Park with intense gorilla numbers and Loango National Park that also comes with Atlantic beach and rainforest.

Nigeria

In Nigeria, Cross River National Park is the best place for you to catch a glimpse at the western lowland gorillas as well as variety of wildlife species and not to forget thousands of chimpanzees. This country is ideal for cross river gorillas and they are mostly spotted within the cross river state.

Angola

Angola is also popular for western lowland gorillas and only spotted in Maiombe forest. This area is generally unexploited and still remains remote thus offering authentic travel experiences.

The other areas include the Republic of Congo especially the Mbeli Bai area a popular refuge to western lowland gorillas and Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, Cameroon in Campo Ma’an National Park for western lowland gorillas, Central African Republic for western lowland gorillas at Dzanga Ndoki National Park and most importantly, the World Wildlife Fund has also succeeded in habituating family of these creatures meaning, you won’t have challenge in taking pictures or exploring more about their behavior.

In conclusion, when you think of which country to visit to see gorillas in Africa, think beyond Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Africa is a home to distinct gorilla species and all of them are worth exploring.

South west of the smallest country in East Africa, Rwanda, is where you find the tropical rainforest of Nyungwe. First established as a forest reserve in the 1930s, the Nyungwe forest national park is one of the country’s finest destination if you were to visit Rwanda, being one of Africa’s pure tropical natural rain forests, the park is well protected and well gazzeted to just suit your experience. It is located in the Albertine rift and just of late, the park received a national park status making it the largest high altitude rain forest in East Africa that is protected.

With over 300 bird species, Nyungwe is one of the best and magnificent bird destinations still remaining on the continent with approximately 280 bird species, 25 of which are facing extinction, their beautiful and wonderful features and sounds just comfort you and make you feel at home while in this forested amazing park. The species include the great blue turaco, the green naked weaver, the blue headed hornbill, the brown headed horn bill as well as all other bird species that are a must watch while at the park.

Nyungwe is also home to one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of man’s closest friends and that is none other than the great chimpanzees with their beautiful light brown coloureed face, coupled with a variety of other primates for example the colobus monkeys and white haired monkeys,The most amazing of the monkeys are the magnificent golden monkeys and the owl faced monkey, actually if you are looking for where to find these extinct creatures, then look nowhere else but the Nyungwe national park, their playful moves and stunning noises just wrap up your experience in this tropical gazzeted climate.

While at the park, you can have a handful of stunning activities that will just make your visit to the park a must tell when you return home, have yourself the;

Nature walk and the Community based eco-tourism.
The wonders in the in the park are the most amazing while in the park and you will have a must to tell experience when you go for a nature walk and community based tourism with in the forest while viewing a variety of beautiful butterflies, orchids, monkeys and wonderful insects as well as other stunning animals. Of late the park also has 4 Cultural villages that provide wonderful experiences that just even go beyond wildlife viewing where you will be able to experience the mixture and love of people with their culture.

Primate tracking
Another stunning activity in the park is the primate watching, this begins early morning after enjoying your morning breakfast at your favorite lodge where you will be able to see the thirteen species of primates that appreciated Nyungwe Forest to be their home, what will be a must see are the closest relatives to man, the chimpanzees, the owl-faced guenons and Angolan black and white colobus monkeys that will come your way and tracking these creatures is acceptable to 4 to 6 people per track just making a memorable experience.

Bird watching.
Since the place is covered with thick vegetation coupled with tall tropical trees what would you expect? Of course beautiful birds that harbor in these trees,Nyungwe is home to almost 278 bird species, 25 of which are endangered and running out of existence .well prepared with your binoculars and your protective gear, you will have to see and listen to the sweet sounds of the Great Blue Turaco, the Crowned Hornbill and the Blue-Headed Sunbird, green headed weaver and other astonishing birds.

Hiking
Here we are, at the top of your experience ,the place also offers almost 13 hike trail and the most amazing one is the“Igishigishigi”, just as you hear its name so funny and unique, the experience you will get while hiking is also fun as its name after hiking for 1.7 km beginning near the Uwinka Reception Centre. The name Igishigishigi is in Kinyarwanda but translated in English, it means a tree fern. The trails range from fair to complex and from 1.7 kms to 10.6 kms in their length and if you really want to describe Rwanda, then go for hiking in the Nyungwe forest national park.

Accommodation will just wrap up your experience at the park and you will leave to tell when you have your stay in the Nyungwe forest lodge, Gisakura guest house and their beautiful and wonderful rooms and services.

In Africa, you will find a lot of forests that are home to a wide array of flora and fauna, deserts with scotching sun that witness some of the most dangerous sand storms and a wide array of historical and cultural landmarks that bear testimony to the changing fortunes of the continent. A single trip to the African continent is not adequate to explore the continent; it requires many tours to see the major Africa tourist sites that range from renowned safari parks like Masai Mara, Kruger, Serengeti, Chobe to amazing off the beaten path destinations like Bwindi Impenetrable Foest National Park, Gombe, etc. Some of the top tourist sites of Africa are;

  • Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe/ Zambia,
  • Obudu Ranch in Nigeria,
  • Anse Lazio in Seychelles,
  • Ingall in Niger,
  • Cape Town in South Africa,
  • Pyramids of Giza in Egypt
  • Masai Mara in Kenya.

Anse Lazio in Seychelles

The Anse Lazio in Seychelles is one of the finest beaches of Africa and even of the world in general. From finest sand and lush surroundings to clear turquoise-blue water and lovely granite borders, this beach destination has it all to make your vacation memorable. It is the most popular beach in Seychelles, add this to your basket of tourist site selections, you will forever remember your visit to this natural antique.

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe/ Zambia

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe/ Zambia is one of the most popular natural wonders of the world and countless number of tourists from all over the world visits the site every year. The spray of the waterfall is amazing and makes you feel that you are in the middle of a torrential rainstorm. The experience of visiting the Victoria Falls cannot be expressed in words; you have to come to the site and experience the magic of Victoria Falls.

Ingall in Niger

Now, If your interest is in the indigenous culture of the African continent, then do not forget to visit the Ingall in Niger. Located on one corner of the Sahara Desert, it is the site, where the Touareg and the Fulani nomads come together every year for once a week. This is the ideal time to witness their dance, costumes, culture and music. This particular event is called the’ Cure Salee’.

Obudu Ranch, Nigeria

Again, it will be incomplete for you to end up your vacation in Africa without paying a warm visit to the Nigerian great Obudu Ranch. Obudu Ranch is a decent home to many African wildlife, birds etc. If you are probably coming with your children, you must have in mind that they will always ask for a revisit of this wonderful and memorable tourist site, located away in a very peaceful and serene environment in the heart of Nigeria, in West Africa.

Loango Lope, Gabon

We now proceed to the eastern side of Africa to the country called Gabon, which is sometimes referred to as “a haven for wildlife”. Gabon houses a lot of unimaginable tropical beaches and scenes, where elephants, whales, dolphins, hippos graze and swim around in total freedom. Some of the great tourist sites in Gabon includes, Loango, Lope (the home of gorillas) and many others.

The Loango Park is possibly one of the most outstanding wildlife destinations in African and the world as a whole. It conserves miles of unspoiled beaches fringed by freshwater lagoons and dense equatorial forest. At the Loango Park, you will see hippos, buffalo, leopards, elephants and gorillas walk along the sand, just as natural as you may think of.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

If you love nature and the primates, don’t miss to pay a visit to the Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga National park in Uganda, Virunga National Park in Congo (former Zaire), Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Lope park in Gabon. Bwindi, Mgahinga and PNV offer the best locations for mountain gorilla trekking, while Congo and Gabon are the best places to see the lowland gorillas. You will be amazed at the sight of different species of primates, both mountain gorillas and lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys, mandrills and other species of monkey. Also expect to see beautiful singing and colorful birds.

Cape Town, South Africa

We now take a journey to the Southern part of Africa, where South Africa is situated. Cape Town in South Africa is a good representative of the modern and progressive Africa. Anyone who visits the city falls in love with it for many reasons, which cannot just be expressed by mere written words. The city boast of a table-shaped mountain smack in its middle, and it is surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches and world class vineyards.

Egyptian Pyramids

Northern part of Africa, is another wonderful tourist destination, it is the part where modern technology and mathematics seem to evolve, it serves as the world’s first center for learning, research and development. Any tour of Africa is incomplete without Egypt; it is the home to the Pyramids of Giza, the only extant Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. The whole site comprises of over 2 million blocks of stone weighing in at over 2 tonnes each, a very perfect architectural display. It was built to honor the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu in 2650BC.

Masai Mara National Park

Returning back to East Africa, we now take a look at the world home for Antelopes and mountains, Kenya. Masai Mara, Kenya is the place for you, if you are obsessed with wildlife. The ideal time to visit the place is during the period between July and October. It is the only place in the world, where you can witness the spectacle of migration of more than a million wild beasts from a hot-air balloon. The place offers unparalleled glimpses of wildlife, especially gigantic and terrifying Antelopes, so do not forget to visit the place when you visit Africa.

But then, that is not all, travel sites in Africa are inexhaustible and there are numerous other breathtaking tourist sites scattered throughout the continent.