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Top 5 Wildlife Safari Experiences in Africa

Planning to go on an African safari? There are lots of safaris on offer from different tour operators. Given that most travelers look for wildlife safaris in Africa? Here are top wildlife safari experiences that you should seek for from Africa;

1. The Great Migration

There’s no safari experience that is quite interesting like the Great Migration. Every year, this unique phenomena happens in Serengeti and Masai Mara National Park where millions of zebras, wildebeests and other antelopes gather up their young to migrate across the plains of East Africa.

These wild animals move from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, in search of better grazing. Waiting for them as they cross the Mara River is one of the world’s spectacle. This migration is a year-round process that never stops. They move from south to north and back again, in a never ending loop. There are updates about the wildebeest migrations!

River crossings are especially dangerous and spectacular to witness. Herds gather in their thousands to forge the waters of the Grumeti River in Tanzania and the Mara River in Kenya – both with strong currents and lurking crocodiles. Crocodile kills and hordes of panicked animals mean that the crossings are not for the faint-heartened however, they undoubtedly offer some of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife encounters.

These migrating herds also attract some of the continent’s most renowned predators, ensuring that if travelers are following the Great Migration, big cats, crocodiles, and hyenas will never be too far behind. The Great Migration is by far the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe and has been listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

2. Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! This memorable adventure is one of the most thrilling wildlife encounters that you could ever take in the wild. Well regulated by ecotourism, gorilla trekking is an amazing adventure that you can take in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

There are two most popular national parks for gorilla trekking; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Other destinations for gorilla trekking are Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

To meet these great apes, it is very important to book a gorilla permit in time. Gorilla permits cost USD 600 per person in Uganda, USD 1500 per person in Rwanda and USD 400 per person in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

3. The Big Five

The Big 5 are a group of mammals which are endemic to Africa, and are said to be the hardest to hunt on foot. Whilst you won’t be doing this, it’s still fun to try and spot them. They are the lion, cheetah, cape buffalo, elephant and rhino. The latter unfortunately may be the hardest to find due to its decline in numbers.

Spotting the big five is the ultimate goal for many travelers. I would personally recommend not to expect to spot all five, since many travelers haven’t seen them all, and then at least you will be surprised if and when you do see them all.

Plus, there are so many other animals worth spotting! I personally can’t wait to see some giraffe or a hippo!

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Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Watching the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda is one of the top highlights of most journeys into East Africa. This rare experience is one the magical things that Rwanda offers to its tourists!

Rwanda is home to a couple hundred mountain gorillas. Nearly half of the total remaining world population of the gorillas live within the Volcanoes National Park. Unfortunately, these gorillas are currently endangered and thus require maximum protection. However, they can be easily seen in a few places including Rwanda. They are very intelligent creatures capable of using tools and communicating amongst themselves.

They are now accessible to people who wish to see them and spread the word about their plight. There are several tour operators in Africa that offer amazing trips to the gorillas. These Rwanda Safari Tours take people to view troops of mountain gorillas. A person who goes on this tour will journey into the forested hills and mountains through lush vegetation tracking traces of gorillas.

Gorilla trekking is a one of a kind experience to be able to follow and view these amazing creatures. This kind of vacation is perfect for anyone who cares about gorillas and nature or wants a once in a lifetime opportunity for an amazing experience trekking through Rwanda. Also, by visiting Rwanda for a gorilla tour, one can help support Eco-tourism and a sustainable economy that can help the gorillas.

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Lowland Gorilla Safaris in Kahuzi Biega National Park

In Democratic of Republic Congo, Kahuzi Biega National Park is a protected area near Bukavu town in eastern part of Congo situated near the western bank of Lake Kivu and the Rwandan border. Bukavu is a city in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), lying at the extreme south-western edge of Lake Kivu Kahuzi Biega is one of the biggest national parks in the country hosting both mountainous and lowland terrain. Kahuzi Biega National Park is the last major sanctuary of Grauer’s lowland gorillas and it is one of the last refuges of the rare species of the Eastern lowland gorilla and endangered species category under the IUCN Red List.

Kahuzi Biega is one of the best wildlife protected area in Democratic Republic of Congo, safe and well managed national park. The gorilla trekking tour experience is less tiresome compared to the Mountain gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes. Our best experience ever was with the low land gorillas of Democratic Republic of Congo located just from Bukavu town south east of Democratic Republic of Congo bordering Rwanda in the west. The eastern lowland mountain gorillas in the park are well managed and visited them was facilitated through Budget Gorilla Trekking. If you are in south Kivu for a weekend then I recommend the experience of visiting the gorillas in their own habitat.

This is to say about the trekking of Low land gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park in southern Kivu province, which is a perfect experience like the same when trekking mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes and Bwindi Forest parks.

Bukavu and Kahuzi Biega are very safe for tourism. Beautiful view of Lake Kivu, short distance to the lowland gorillas, I advise all tourists in the region to come and visit the Kahuzi Biega National Park. This place is unique, just one hour and half driving from Bukavu. The rangers are very dedicated and professional as they are in the Virunga National Park in North Kivu but in Kahuzi Biega they receive fewer visits. Apparently, not many people know that this park is safe for tourists and that offers gorillas trekking, camping and hiking. It is also less expensive than in Rwanda and Uganda.

The beautiful drive from Bakavu to the park skirts Lake Kivu enters highland tea plantations and is a good way to get a feel for rural life. The hike into the mountain of south Kivu leads to the undisturbed jungle habitat of wild silver gorillas.

Once you are in the park, walking to meet the gorillas can surprisingly be quite fast and will definitively much cheaper than in Rwanda and Uganda. By picture you could realize how this animal is really nature with amazing and has its unique look and family nature with mountain gorillas. This region must continue taking of these animals and it should keep safe the security enforcement.  The gorilla encounter itself is beyond description, truly a once in a lifetime experience to be so close to these gentle giants and to have a chance to see them interact with their environment and each other in ways that are both humorous and tend to witness behaviors that are so very human. It is good wear long and light clothing to protect yourself from thorny bushes and the many mosquitoes and ants, take water and be prepared to walk and get your shoes wet, so trekking waterproof shoes are recommended.

A boat cruise on lake Kivu is very beautiful, lake Kivu covers part of Congo and Rwanda which diversity of very clear outlooks of the islands, vegetation and birds of the air that are always feeding on small fish in the waters whole singing softly which enables everyone that takes on such an experience to enjoy it extensively throughout their stay around Congo.

Given that the DRC doesn’t have a lot of tourism like other neighboring countries, this might be the cheapest gorilla visit you will find. Still this means $400 per person if you are not a DRC resident. The visit  includes a security briefing  and a small story about gorillas that live there and then you go for a walk with a park ranger to see them. Make sure to take your yellow fever card as they will ask for it everywhere. The Congolese people are friendly and helpful and the eastern Congo is a lush and enormous landscape of beautiful mountains and lakes. A visit to Kahuzi Biega National Park is a thrilling adventure travel to an environmental paradise.