Our safari Overview
With my wife, had amazing African safari last summer, the trip enabled us explore South African cities and three national parks of Marakele, Mapungubwe and Kruger National Parks, then we had a flight Kigali International Airport in Rwanda for mountain gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National park. Here we also visited some genocide memorial museums like Nyamata and Ntarama churches, Gisozi genocide museum in Kigali and the first house.
South African Part of the Safari
It was such a wonderful moment when we arrived at Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) in south Africa. Its such a beautiful city in Africa. We were picked by our tour guide and transferred to Four seasons West Cliff Hotel, one of the best luxurious hotels in Johannesburg.
Marakele National Park is famous for the a number of tourism attractions / activities that include excellent bird watching; Cape Vulture – Marakele park has one of the biggest breeding colonies in the world for this endangered species of cape vultures. The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, as its Tswana name suggests, has become a place of sanctuary for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. We enjoyed big game drives with my family and it was so amazing. The same was with Mapungubwe National Park, this is a World Heritage Site, ideal location for tourists interested in African wildlife, bird life is prolific.
We ended our wildlife safari in South Africa with Kruger National Park, basically a synonym for the word “safari.” Bird life is prolific with over 500 species recorded, 100 reptiles, about 150 mammals, multiple archaeological sites, and a stunningly diversity of trees and flowers, Kruger is South Africa’s flagship national park. Adventurers can explore Kruger National park in a 4×4 safari vehicle, take a bush walk or fly above in a hot-air balloon. It is such a life time adventure experience in southern part of Africa.
Rwanda safari Part of African safari
We also visited so many areas around Johannesburg city before flying into Kigali Airport by Rwanda Air that arrived by ealry evening. We were picked by our tour guide from Gorilla Expeditions, specialists in Rwanda safaris to see gorillas in the wild. We were transferred to Kigali Serena Hotel for dinner and overnight. The next day we were transferred to Gisozi genocide memorial museum in Kigali, Nyamta and Ntarama churches located about 30 – 35 km from Kigali. Later in the evening, we transferred to Parc Nationale des Volcans, located in northern Rwanda, 2 hours drive from Kigali, a home for the critically endangered mountain gorillas in the world.
We checked into Gorillas Nest Lodge, dinner and overnight. The next day was for mountain gorilla trekking adventure where we visited Susa group. We request for this group because reviews show that it is one of the biggest although it is very far. The next day was for golden monkey tracking but we missed it because we were very tired. We had had a very long and strenuous trek while searching for Susa gorilla group. We spent some good time at time at the lodge, and alter we took a community walk to nearby communities and Musanze market. We had fan and interacted with so many local people.