TOP MOST VISITED DESTINATIONS IN EAST AFRICA.
East African region comprises of 7 countries which include, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and Democratic Republic of Congo. East Africa is home to 4 of the 5 fastest land animals in the world. These include; the lion, cheetah, the Thomson’s gazelle, and the wildebeest. The region is also home to the big 5s which include, the lion, rhino, elephants, African buffalo and leopards. However, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania offer the best safari experience in East Africa.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park- Uganda.
Bwindi impenetrable national park is a UNESCO world Heritage site. The park has over 300 bird species, 200 butterfly’s species, over 120 mammal species and over 200 tree species. The park is one of the best places you can go for gorilla trekking in Uganda.
The park is famous for its magnificent Gorilla trekking experience in Uganda. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park, Bwindi being the most popular for gorilla trekking because of the highest number of mountain gorillas, it harbors inclusive of 14 habituated groups. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is done in four sectors of buhoma, nkuringo, rushaga and Ruhija.
Buhoma sector is located in the northern part of the park and is the most popular trailhead for gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park, offering treks to 32 tourists per day. It harbors the first habituated family of mountain gorillas called Mubare started in 1993 after a three-year habituation process, to date Buhoma sector is the easiest to trek. Gorilla trekking in buhoma sector lasts between 1-8 hours depending on how far the gorillas have moved.
You are given a maximum of one hour with the gorillas after finding them. Here you can take photos, ask the guide any question. There also animals and birds you can see in the buhoma sector apart from the gorillas.
Kidepo valley national park- Uganda.
Kidepo valley national park is located in the north-eastern part of Uganda found in the district of kaabong, seated on 1,442 square kilometers. Kidepo valley national park is one of Africa’s great wildernesses remotely located in the savannah landscape in the northern corner of Uganda near South Sudan and Kenya. The park is dominated by the mountain forests within the high areas near River Lorupei, the land is covered with tiny hills and rocky outcrops making Kidepo valley national park the best and unique safari destination.
Kidepo valley national park has a wide range of unique carnivorous animals you can luckily spot while on a game drive, these include; the hunting dog, cheetah, caracal, bat-eared fox, aardwolf and the stripped hyena.
Other animals you can see while on a game drive in Kidepo valley national park include; waterbucks, bushbucks, zebra, giraffe, buffalo. The park has animals that can only be found there, these animals include; the cheetah, Lesser kudu and Eland.
Kidepo valley national park harbors over 400 bird species like the Karamoja Apalis, red-cheeked cordon-blue, black breasted barbet, scarlet chested sunbird, mosque swallow, superb starlings, vinaceous dove, Nubian woodpeckers among others.
There are two sectors for game viewing, the Kidepo sector and the Narus valley river sector. Kidepo valley national park has dry seasons between the month of September to March, then it rains from April to August.
Kibale national park is a rainforest located in south western Uganda and easily accessible from Kampala city. There are thirteen different chimp species that are found in kibale national park. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale national park is conducted twice a day at 8 am in the morning and 2pm in the afternoon which lasts for about three hours depending how far the chimps have travelled, when you spot them, you are given maximum of one hour to see the chimpanzees, you can take photos as you want but avoid using camera flashes.
Chimpanzee trekking in kibale is easy because the chimps can easily be seen and are many.
Before you kick start your trek, guides will brief you on what to expect during the trek, like very loud noise from the chimps, see them hunting for food, fighting, playing and much more. Be prepared for a strained neck because chimps love being on top of the trees, be aware of falling fruits, and sometimes urine from the chimps.
Maasai Mara national park- Kenya.
Masai Mara national park comprise of preserved savanna wilderness located in south western kanya along the Tanzania boarder. The park harbors animals like; the wildebeests, lions, cheetahs, hippos, zebras, elephants, African leopards among others. The park was recently voted as the 7th wonder of the world because of its spectacular natural diversity. Herds of wildebeests migrate during dry seasons to Serengeti national park in Tanzania looking for fresh pasture and water. They face an obstacle of the Mara River while closing to Serengeti. You can add gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park on you safari to Masai Mara connecting flights are available.
Serengeti national park- Tanzania.
Serengeti national park is a world heritage site by UNESCO established in 1951. The park is located in northern part of Tanzania. it is home to over 4000 lions, white tigers, 550 cheetahs, over 1000 leopards, and about 500 species of birds, wildebeest, gazelles, zebras, Africa wild dog, hyenas among others. Serengeti national park is the only place in Africa where a lot of land animals’ migration still taking place, has the largest number of lions in Africa, and over 1.5 million blue wildebeests. Get a chance to experience the great annual animal migration at always move to Masai Mara national park from Serengeti national park and then back. The park is famous for its five-star luxury camps that offer the best accommodation for travelers.
Zanzibar is an island off the coast of Tanzania, it is known for the palm-fringed sandy beaches. Many tourists visit Zanzibar because of its beaches, stone town, and the bustling capital. Zanzibar consists different islands that will make your visit fun and memorable. On top of your trip to Zanzibar, you can add on a gorilla trekking trip to Uganda in Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Ngorongoro conservation area- Tanzania.
Ngorongoro conservation area is dotted with highland plains, forests, and savanna woodlands. The conservation area is home to the famous Ngorongoro crater which is the world’s largest caldera and the Olduvai gorge. The crater forms a series of extinct volcanoes that ounce stood as high as mountain Kilimanjaro, they are said to have erupted two million years ago which created a big crater. The crater harbors the highest concentration of mammals in the world, the outer slopes inhabit a large population of elephants, ungulates and a large proud of lions.
Volcanoes national park- Rwanda.
The volcanoes national park in Rwanda is famous for its gorilla trekking experience. The park is small but be sure of a great experience that awaits you, you can get 2.5 hours drive from Kigali. Apart from gorillas, the park is home to a lot of primates like the golden monkeys and a lot more. The park is home to over 180 birds, buffaloes, elephants, bushpigs, antelopes, giant forest hogs and so many others.
Planning a tour to one of the destinations, contact Engagi safaris for a tailor-made tour package made for you to fulfill your needs.
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