Schools to Promote Tourism through Wildlife Clubs

Uganda Schools have been advised to form wildlife clubs, among other academic clubs in an exertion to save environment and wildlife to develop the tourism industry.

This, as per the Wildlife Clubs of Uganda (WCU) chairman board of trustees, Prof. Eric Edroma will help increment the foreign exchange earnings.wildlife-clubs-uganda

“Tourism is the fastest developing industry and foreign exchange earnings of different economies of the world. This is our opportunity since Uganda has been ranked as the one of the good tourism destination in the world,” Edroma said.

“In the event that at least 60% of all of the schools in Uganda had wildlife clubs by the end of next year, it might help reduce the problem of poaching and environmental degradation,” he added.

He made the comments on Wednesday throughout the seventh yeally Wildlife convention celebrated in remembrance of the UN World tourism day 2013 at Entebbe SS. A total of 17 schools from the nation over participated.

They incorporated; Air Force SS, Kawempe Moslem, Mbogo High School, Masaba SS, Ryakasinge Centre for Higher Education from Sheema District and Kitante Hill School. Others schools were Jinja SS, Wanyange Girls, Kisasi College School, Baptist High School, Comprehensive SS, Jinja College, St. Mark’s College Namagoma, Makerere University-Wildlife Club, Nkumba University-IDEAS and Entebbe SS.

Dr. Chris Bakulata, the chairperson of Wildlife Clubs of Uganda (WCU) additionally urged youth to begin acknowledging issues of environment and tourism since they are significant to the development of any nation.
Bakulata additionally said there is need for government to review the teaching syllabus to cater for the tourism subjects where students can like the significance of tourism industry to the development of the nation.

“Students can’t manage the environment well when they are not enabled and exposed to it through such activities of the clubs. Let peripheral things not stop you (students) from joining clubs since you are the essential beneficiaries,” Bakulata said.

Schools should arrange trips to different tour destinations around East Africa like in Bwindi Impenetrable national park where there is gorilla trekking activity the main tourist attraction, Kibale Forest for chimpanzee tracking, Murchison Falls National Park and many others.

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Some of the Africa’s Most Endangered Animals

Africa is among the richest continent in terms of fauna. Unfortunately some of animals are at the edge of extinction due to human economic activity and greed. We can still see some critically endangered and endangered species while on a safari in Africa.

Different African governments where these animals live are taking appropriate steps to save these animals.

Rothschild’s Giraffe
Rothschild’s giraffe is a standout amongst the most endangered giraffe subspecies, with just a few hundred individuals left in the wild. All of those living in the wild are protected areas in Kenya and Uganda. Today you will find around 700 Rothschild’s giraffes in wild. Poaching, Populace isolation, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict are the major dangers to these amazing animals.

Chimpanzee
chipanzees-africaLike humans, chimpanzees are highly social animals, look after their young ones for quite a long time and can live to be more than 50. Actually, chimpanzees are our closest cousins; we share around 98% of our genes.

In their environment in the jungles of east and central Africa, chimpanzees spend most of their days in the tree tops. When they do come down to earth, chimpanzees normally move on all fours, however they can walk on their legs like people as far as a mile. They use sticks to get termites out of mounds and bunch of leaves to sop up drinking water.

Currently there are around 150,000 in the wild. They are regionally extinct in Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin and Gambia.

African Wild Dog
The African wild dog is a canid local to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is the largest of its family in Africa, and the only surviving member of the genus Lycaon, which is recognized from Canis by its less toes and dentition, which is highly specialized for a hypercarnivorous diet. It is classed as endangered by the IUCN, as it has vanished from much of its original range. Currently there are over 3,000 to 5,500 African wild dogs. You will find these animals in southern African countries like Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. Disease outbreaks, habitat fragmentation, human persecution, and conflict with humans are threatening their existence.

African Penguin
These animals are found in the south western coast of Africa on 24 islands Algoa bay and Namibia, east of the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Currently there are only over 52000 nature animals and their population is declining rapidly.

Grevy’s Zebra
Grevy’s zebra also known as the imperial zebra is the largest and among the most endangered zebra species. You won’t find more than 2,000 Grevy’s zebras on the planet earth today. They live in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. Reduced water sources, Habitat degradation, hunting, diseases, loss from overgrazing and competition for natural resources are killing them.

The Best way to Discover Tanzania

mangabey-monkey-udzungwa-mountainsThe Northern Game Parks in Tanzania are well known for the wildlife migration which proceeds with its yearly cycle through the Serengeti National Park and the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya. Lake Manyara offers the rare chance to find tree climbing lions and a range of experience activities from the cliff neglecting the lake.

Tanzania is turning out to be significantly checked out and deservedly so, however there is significantly more to Tanzania than the Northern Circuit of parks. Most tour operators need to incorporate the Great Migration as it is so amazing and it is the world’s last making it through fabulous migration. There is an issue that the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and Kilimanjaro have ended up being popular to the point that drastic steps are being taken to divert people elsewhere in Tanzania.

Tanzania has quite a lot more to offer than just the Serenegei National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. In the remote and almost unattainable Western Tanzania is the amazing Katavi National Park. This park is magnificent, remote and astonishing.

There is also the Selous Game Reserve in the southern part of the country and this wildlife reserve is huge and remote, albeit more easily accessible than Katavi. The wildlife in this reserve is really wild as they have not had chance to become habituated to people and safari vehicles. The safari lodges right here are couple of and fantastic quality and they give a game safari along the marvelous Rufiji River. From this game reserve there is a short air travel to Mafia Island which gives a remote Island vacation with awesome diving and protected white beaches.

For the vigorous there is the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, this is a national park that gloats no roads and great tropical rainforest. This park was established mostly to protect the flora instead of animals.

There are West and East Usambara Mountains where the world’s loved flower the African violet was found. Saadani Bay is the place the bush satisfies the sea, lions and elephants have really been found on the beach, a really amazing experience along the East African Coast.

The list could go on. Tanzania offers a lot you could invest a life time exploring this corner of East Africa. This country has a variety of mysteries and contradictions. To discover it, to consume in the rich culture and varied landscapes includes moving the country, not racing from one area to another. To do this will prompt safari tiredness. Choose reasonably and take as much time as necessary to discover, slowly is the only technique to enjoy and come to know, just a little, the magic that is Tanzania.

Go on Safari in Africa to help stop Poaching

elephant-poachingAs tourist numbers in east and southern Africa fall due to terrorism fears, local incomes and anti-poaching patrols drop too – which is when the poachers step in

Read the Foreign Office advice on travel to Kenya and you’d be forgiven for keeping away from the spot altogether. Words like terrorism, theft, hijacking and violence are splattered through it such as bullets. Despite the fact that this counsel alludes to the coast and Somali border, the whole nation is suffering. According to the government statistics, British tourist numbers have dropped by more than a third since 2012 (from 185,976 to 117,201 in 2014).

A tour guide for a certain Kenya based Tour Company, says: “If the tourists don’t go on tours, there is no one watching over wildlife in parks and local people don’t get paid. Then poachers use that chance.”

Goldstein was stunned last November to find an Elephant killed with its tusks removed by poachers, in the Maasai Mara National Park: this would have been inconceivable a year before.

Proving a connection between the drop in tourists and rise in poaching is difficult, however the fact that the presence of visitors, help protect wildlife what something Zimbabwe learned in the most difficult way possible when the nation slid into economic crisis between 2003 – 2008 and tourists stopped arriving in the country. Poaching for meat, and cash, took off. Makonzi Mike of African Jungle Adventures Ltd, who runs safaris there says he saw the heavy price paid by wild animals: “When people are hungry, they don’t care about wildlife conservation. The wildlife gets left being taken care of by poorly motivated and badly equipped bureaucrats.”

During the time when Tanzania shut its border with Kenya between 1977 and 1983, tourists to the Serengeti National Park dropped from 70,000 a year to about 10,000. The loss in government revenue brought on a 60% decrease in anti-poaching patrols and hence a rapid increase in poaching. Rhinos where killed, elephant numbers dropped and meat poaching soar. Same things are currently happening in northern part of Mozambique, where the government supported survey has assessed that half of the nation’s elephants (almost 10,000) have been unlawfully killed in the past five years.
Like many in the tourism business, Mike thinks Kenya’s conservancy activity is its brightest hope. This has seen large areas of Kenya protected by small landowners

In the same way that others in the safari industry, Butcher believes Kenya’s conservation work is his great hope. This has seen vast areas of Kenya protected by small landowners promising land in communal protection zones. Franchisees Safari Camps pay the landowners according to the number of visitors they take. “Communities put aside land for wildlife since it is financially to their greatest advantage,” says Boucher. “However, without tourists, poachers give incentives.”

A report in March by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) highlighted the lack of information on the economic value of wildlife tourism in Africa, yet surveyed information from 48 government bodies and 145 tour companies from 31 African nations and concluded that poaching “threatened the tourism industry’s long term maintainability”. Be that as it may, only 50% of the tour operators were directly anti poaching activities or participating in conservation projects.

Encouraging them and receiving many visitors backup is important. Jonathan Scott, who presents the BBC’s Big Cat Diary and has lived in Kenya for a long time, says: “If the world is serious about prevent poaching, we need those visitor dollars.”

Comparison between Monkeys and Chimpanzees

Similarities between chimpanzees and monkeys

Both chimpanzees and monkeys are primates.

Both are intelligent and they have the capacity of using objects like stones, sticks among others.

Chimps and monkeys have hairy bodies for warming purposes

Both are wild animals though some people have started domesticating them for fun or security reasons.

Chimpanzees and monkeys are capable of climbing trees though monkeys does it better.

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Difference between chimpanzees and monkeys

Chimpanzees do not have a tail while monkeys do have.
Chimpanzees are bigger than monkeys
The more upright body posture of chimpanzees is adapted for walking than for climbing as in monkeys.
The chimpanzees have a better vision than the sense of smell. However some new world monkeys have color vision. Also in both monkeys and chimpanzees, the eyes are placed at the front of the face enabling them to have an improved binocular vision.

Chimpanzees possess a larger brain relative to the body size than the other primates hence they are more intelligent.
However, the five digits in the fore limb with opposable thumbs are considerable similarities between these two types on primates. Existence of many species of monkeys in the world today depicts their better ecological adaptability than the chimpanzees.

Monkeys and Chimpanzees are closely related – both are primates However, chimpanzees are evolutionary more related to the humans than the monkeys. Both have big brain capacity in both these animals making them very intelligent and tactful in finding food and shelter to live among others.

The monkeys are adapted to climb and jump among trees. They do not stand in the upright posture but walk with all four limbs most of the time. Only the new world monkeys have a prehensile tail and colour vision in their eyes. All the monkeys have five digits with an opposable thumb in limbs. Additionally, they also have the binocular vision as the other primates. The lifespan could vary from 10 to 50 years, depending on species of the monkey.

While chimpanzees are a type of apes and very closely related with humans, gorillas and orang-utans. There are only two species of chimpanzees in the genus Pan. An adult chimpanzee could weigh up to 70 kilograms and can be as tall as more than 1.6 metres. They have long arms and well suited for walking on the ground than climbing on trees. Their broad soles and short toes of the hind limb are helpful feature for walking and also they can stand in the upright posture as humans. Chimps have a dark colored coat and possess excellent eyesight with binocular and colour vision. Chimpanzees have five digits in each hand with an opposable thumb. Unlike the monkeys and other mammals, chimpanzees do not have a tail. They live up to 40 years in the wild and sometimes up to 60 years in captivity.

About the Author:
Mathias is a specialist in East Africa tourism and a senior tour consultant, organizing tour packages in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. He is currently climbing Mount Margherita, the third highest point in Africa found in Rwenzori mountains standing at 5110 meters above sea level.

Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda

queen-elizabeth-national-parkEarly this month, I went on a Uganda safari and visit on of the unique wildlife park in the country. During the game drive in this park, I came to observe the following about the Queen Elizabeth National Park in the western part of Uganda. The park is among the famous homes of the major predators in Africa. It is also home to the rare tree climbing lions that live in the Ishasha sector of the Park.

The big population of lions in the park is found in the northern part of the national park in light of the fact that the most of their prey feeds from this park. Lions live in a pride and in Queen Elizabeth National Park, there are several prides that is to say South Kazinga lion pride and territory with 64 males, 6 lionesses, and the number of cubs is yet to be known, the North western Kazinga lion pride and territory which has 3 males, 5 lioness and 3 cubs, said our safari guide who was clarifying the facts about the park, Northeast Kazinga lion pride and territory with 5 lions, 9 lionesses and around 15 cubs. This is the biggest pride in the national park.

While on a wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth National park the most love and visited national park in the country, you must be extremely observant in light of the fact that the animals keep in their hiding places. You can identify a lions by its ear notches. Lions get notches in the sensitive part of their skin on the ears or you might find some with ear labels darted on them by the researchers, Scars that result from there usual hunting. They develop unique scars on there bodies which might be a spot for identity. Near the muzzle are stubbles which identify it as a cat. For the tree climbing lions, you need to look keenly in the tree branches that you pass by because as it rests, either the tail or the legs jut through the branches.

Challenges to African Gorilla Population

Gorilla trekking is the major tourist activity in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The activity earns a lot of foreign exchanges to the mentioned nations especially Uganda and Rwanda. DR Congo’s political instabilities hinder smooth running of gorilla tourism in the country but the destination has big gorilla groups in Virunga National Park. However, mountain gorillas are endangered and their population is highly affected b the following;

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Political unrest in Democratic Republic of Congo has greatly reduced the number of Mountain Gorillas – seasonal rebel attacks in the order of the day and in the process of chasing them, the DR. Congo army exchange fire bullets with the rebels which some times kill Gorillas in Virunga national Park. Some times rebels do malicious killing of Gorillas to disorganize the country’s economy – that is why tourism in Democratic Republic of Congo is ragging behind among the three countries.

Malicious killing of Gorillas by the local people – some people claim that Gorillas are a threat to the people in the nearby communities – thinking they will kill people, destroy their crops among others so, they find it better to isolate them by killing.

Ignorance of the local people – In the past, responsible bodies in Uganda, Rwanda and DR. Congo did little in sensitizing people about the importance of Gorillas to the economies of their countries. The good news today is that, there are local sensitization campaigns going on in all destinations, aiming at informing the local communities about how they benefit from Rwanda tours especially gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park. In this way, the will join the struggle to conserve the gorillas and their natural habitat.
Rampant poaching also reduced the number of Gorillas in their natural habitat. Some people set traps to catch Gorillas and other animals.

Hunting of Gorillas for food – it is believed that some tribe in Democratic Republic of Congo do eat Gorillas. In the process, the number of Gorillas reduces.

Catastrophes or natural calamities like volcanic eruption, floods, and strong winds among others – the 2002 volcanic eruption in Democratic Republic of Congo contributed to the decline of Gorilla population in Virunga region. The eruption of Nyiragongo did not only kill Gorillas but even some few people and their properties perished.

Weak government laws towards the protection of wildlife – some government laws are weak to protect the lives of wild animals and birds where by some poachers are not given serious punishments to curb the habit.

Diseases like Ebola, Cough among others have greatly killed Gorillas while in their natural habitats. In the past, some people go trek gorillas with out advance medical check ups which increased the transmission of diseases from man to Gorillas.

The increasing numbers of predators like Leopard and Python among others. Such predators kill Gorillas leading to the decline in the number of Gorillas.

Fights amongst Gorillas in their natural habitat – during power struggle, male gorillas fight to overthrow others in order to take control of a given Gorilla family. In the fighting process, some weak Gorillas die leading the reduction in the number of Gorillas.

Must see tourist attractions in Rwanda

Must visit places in Rwanda – Things to see in Rwanda

Rwanda is the land of a thousand hills and a hundred mountains – therefore, it is inevitable to visit Rwanda minus viewing the series of Virunga ranges which include Sabyinyo Volcano, Karisoke Volcano, Karisimbi Volcano. Bisoke and Mountain Gahinga.

Mountain Gorillas: A holiday to Africa is incomplete with visiting the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat of Volcanoes National Park Rwanda.  This is the chief tourist attraction in Rwanda and should not be missed too. Volcanoes national Park hosts ten habituated gorilla groups and more are to be habituated. Among the currently habituated groups include Susa, Karisimbi, Umubano, Ugenda, Hirwa, Group 13, Sabyinyo and many more. Gorilla trekking trips are conducted daily in Volcanoes National Park.

Golden Monkeys: These are second to Mountain Gorillas – both co-exist in Volcanoes National Park though trekking prices differ. Currently, the cost of gorilla trekking permit is US$ 750 and US$ 100 per person for golden monkey permit.

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Lake Kivu: It is situated in western Rwanda – the nearby towns include Kibuye and Gisenyi these are basking towns for leisure. Visitors can spend overnights at the shores of Lake Kivu and day time swimming, boat cruise, sun bathing, sports fishing among others.

More than 13 primates are found in Nyungwe forest national park. Primates include Chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, Vervet monkeys, mona Monkeys, owl- faced monkeys among other. The amazing tree canopies leave a lot to be desired! The amazing canopy walk aimed at seeing birds and so on.

Akagera National Park is also a must visit destination in Rwanda- the park hosts animals including antelopes, Lions, elephants and buffaloes. There are also a number of bird species like Ring-necked Francolin, Madagascar Pond-heron, Shoebill, Pallid Harrier, White-spotted Flufftail, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Red-faced Barbet, Papyrus Gonolek, Carruthers’s Cisticola, Leaf-love, White-winged Scrub-warbler, Sharpe’s Pied-babbler, Green-throated Sunbird, Bronze Sunbird, Red-chested Sunbird, Baglafecht Weaver, Black-billed Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, White-collared Oliveback, Swee Waxbill, Western Citril, Thick-billed Seedeater among others.

The twin Lakes: – these are Burera and Buhondo – the view of the beautiful sceneries of the twin Lakes leaves a lot to be desired. You can visit the twin lakes after or before Gorilla trekking but should not be missed when you visit Rwanda.

The genocide memorial museums: – The mass killing of 1994 ended with the creation of Genocide memorial sites in Rwanda. Genocide memorial sites are places where bones of the killed people are kept for future generation to see. Genocide memorial site include Gisozi, Nyamata, Murambi, Bisesero, Ntarama among others.

Butare (Huye): This is the cultural hub for the country and was once the most important city before 1965. Here you will find a great national museum that will show the great history of Rwanda and also it’s entrance into the modern world. Visit the nearby Nyabisindu (Nayanza) where you can find the impressive royal palace of Rwanda’s feudal monarchy.

Who to Travel With?

Explore Rwanda and all her hidden treasures through credible tour and travel companies such as Gorilla Expeditions Limited, Africa Adventure Safaris, Abacus Africa Vacations, African Jungle Adventures, Lets Go Tours Rwanda, Volcanoes Safaris, Primate safaris and Virunga Expeditions among others.

A wide variety of Rwanda holiday packages packages available online offered by the tour companies above. Feel free to contact any of them for best quote at excellent services.

Getting Around

Rwanda is located in East Africa, currently with one airport known as Kigali International Airport (KGL) on the edges of Kigali Capital. Many International Airlines operate on Kigali Airport and these include Ethiopian Airlines (EAL), Rwanda Air, Kenya air Ways (KQ), KLM, South Africa Airways (SAA), British Airways, Emirates and Brussuels Airlines among others.

Rwanda can be accessed by road from neighbouring countries like Burundi (Kanyaru boarder), Uganda (Katuna and Cyanika boarders), DR Congo (Goma Boarder) and Tanzania. There are buses operating along these routes.

African Jungle Adventures to protect Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

The main International Non-Government Organization involved in conservation of mountain gorillas is the International Gorilla Conservation Programme, which was established in 1991 as a joint effort of the African Wildlife Foundation, Fauna & Flora International and the World Wide Fund for Nature. Conservation requires work at many levels, from local to international, and involves protection and law enforcement as well as research and education. Dian Fossey broke down conservation efforts into the following three categories:

Active conservation includes frequent patrols in wildlife areas to destroy poacher equipment and weapons, firm and prompt law enforcement, census counts in regions of breeding and ranging concentration, and strong safeguards for the limited habitat the animals occupy.”

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African Mountain Gorillas

Theoretical conservation seeks to encourage growth in tourism by improving existing roads that circle the mountains, by renovating the park headquarters and tourists’ lodging, and by the habituation of gorillas near the park boundaries for tourists to visit and photograph.”

Community-based conservation management involves biodiversity protection by, for, and with the local community in practice this is applied in varying degrees. The process seeks equity between meeting the needs of the local population and preserving the protected areas and involves local people in decision making processes.

A collaborative management process has had some success in the Bwindi National Park. The forest was gazetted to National Park in 1991; this occurred with little community consultation and the new status prohibited local people from accessing resources within the park as well as reduced economic opportunities and the number of forest fire was deliberately lit and threats were made to the mountain gorillas.

To achieve this, three strategies were implemented to provide benefits from existence of the forest communities and involve the local community in park management. They included agreements allowing the controlled harvesting of resources in the park, receipt of some revenue from tourism and establishment of a trust fund partly for community development. Tensions between people and park have been reduced and now there is more willingness to take part in gorilla protection.

Surveys of community attitudes conducted by CARE show a steadily increasing proportion of the people in favour of the park. More than that there have been no cases of deliberate burning and the problem of snares in these areas has been reduced. The introduction of ceremonies such as KwitaIzina (in 2005) has also had some impact in drawing attention to gorilla preservation and its importance to local communities.

While community-based conservation bears out individual analysis, there are significant overlaps between active and theoretical conservation and a discussion of the two as halves of a whole seems more constructive. For example, in 2002 Rwanda’s national parks went through a restructuring process. The director of the IGCP, Eugene Rutagarama stated that “They got more rangers on better salaries, more radios, more patrol cars and better training in wildlife conservation. They also built more shelters in the park, from which rangers could protect the gorillas”.

The funding for these types of improvements usually comes from tourism – in 2008, approximately 20 000 tourists visited gorilla populations in Rwanda, generating around $8 million in revenue for the parks. In Uganda too, tourism is seen as a “high value activity that brings enough profits to cover the costs of park management and contribute to the national budget of UWA.“ In addition, the number of visitor arrivals conducted by park rangers also allow censuses of gorilla sub-populations to be undertaken concurrently. Contact African Jungle Adventures for more information / guideline to book a gorilla tour, they are specialists in Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking adventures, also offer other wildlife safaris, cultural trips, primates tracking and beach holidays around East Africa.

Additionally, other strategies for sub-population conservation can be applied and these include ensuring connecting corridors between isolated territories to ensure movement between them easier and safer.

Amazing safari experience in South & East Africa

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

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Cheetahs in Kruger National Park – South Africa

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)

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Chobe National Park Animals – 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 in Africa

Victoria Falls in Africa

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)

masai-maraThis 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

Rwanda Mountain Gorillas in Africa

Rwanda 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.

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