Our safari in Southern African combined with Eastern Africa went through countries like South Africa where we visited Cape Town and Kruger National Park, and then to Botswana where we visited Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. In East Africa, we Masaimara National Park in Kenya, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro crater / conservation area through Olduvai gorge in Tanzania. Our trip ended with mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. In fact, this was the highlight of our safari in Africa, it was a great privilege for us to see the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. This is the only place in the world where once can come and see the last remaining population of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat?
Kruger National Park Tour
We started with Kruger National Park the largest in South Africa. Kruger Game Reserve is 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 Jeep, 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. There are over 20 National Parks in South Africa but your venture to any of the South African National Parks will transfer you into another world.
Our South African Experience in Kruger National Park was enhanced by our fantastic choice of staying at Lukimbi Safari Lodge. This is 5 star family-friendly lodge in Kruger game reserve. It is all about African-inspired dreams come true in this Park. We experienced magnificent game viewing, ultra-luxurious accommodation and thematic décor inspired by the country’s rich and diverse cultures, puts this lodge on top of the list for any visitor to the park.
Chobe National Park (Botswana)
From Kruger National Park in South Africa, we connected to Chobe National park in Botswana, still in southern Africa. Even with the start of the rain season, Chobe river front area of the Chobe National Park offer an amazing array of wildlife. Buffalo and Elephant herds are numerous, with zebras, giraffes and antelope herds to be seen daily. We had a fantastic river cruise and big game drive in Chobe National Park that was so rewarding.
The Park’s riverfront is one of the most impressive safari experiences on African Continent. We stayed at Chobe Game Lodge that boasts the best location from which to explore this incredible wildlife spectacle.
Chobe is a five-star lodge, a fantastic luxury tour option for clients whose interest is to visit and explore Chobe National Park, the Victoria Falls and the other surrounding areas. While at Chobe Game Lodge, we felt more like joining a family rather than simply being a guest in Botswana. The lodge has a dedicated team of professionals who welcomed us through the doors and were there with a smile to ensure that every moment of our stay is a special one.
Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls offers no shortage of interesting and exciting activities to make any visit to this spectacular destination worthwhile. If you feel the need for adventure, bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge before walking with lions or riding on the elephant back through the wilderness. It was such amazing experience with my Family. Then we continued to East Africa, arrived at Jomo Kenyatta National Park in Kenya.
Masai mara and Serengeti National Parks Exploration (Kenya and Tanzania)
This is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves, and Kenya’s most popular national parks famous for the wildebeests migration. Masai Mara Park is located in south-west Kenya. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system. We had fantastic big game drive in Masai Mara park and Serengeti national Park in Tanzania where saw lots of animals. We also had community tours with local people like the Masai people, and we got involved in local activities like digging, Milking, singing and Dancing among others. It was such unforgettable experience.
In Masaimara National park we stayed at Mara Serena Hotel, Set high on a bush-cloaked hill with fantastic views over the savannah and down to the winding coils of the hippo-filled Mara River, it stands centre-stage to one of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas, with a ringside seat for the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’, the legendary migration of the wildebeest. In Serengeti we stayed at Kirawira Serena Camp, all were so amazing.
Volcanoes National Park – Home of Mountain Gorillas
From Tanzania we connected to Rwanda by RwandAir through Kanombe International Airport. This was the last destination on our African trip to Southern and Eastern Africa. Here we had fantastic gorilla trekking experience and golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. The trek in search for mountain gorillas is quiet strenuous and you must be physically fit. However, we managed to successfully do the trek and each of us was awarded a certificate for surviving the trek. We ended with a visit to Gisozi genocide memorial museum in Kigali, Nyamata and Ntarama churches that were gazetted into genocide museums.
We stayed at the Magnificent Virunga lodge, perched high on a ridge, with stunning views of the magnificent Virunga Volcanic mountains and the beautiful twin lakes Bulera and Ruhonda. After such a long safari in Africa, mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda was the high, and I advise anyone taking a safari into Eastern Africa not to miss this adventurous activity. We traveled with African Jungle Adventures and we booked two gorilla permits for different days and we therefore had 2 gorilla treks with different gorilla families. Special thanks to African Jungle Adventures Limited for organizing such a fantastic trip through Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.