East Africa is one destination gifted with splendid places to visit. They include;
Uganda is home to over 400 Mountain gorillas. These endangered primates are found in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks. When you see these gentle giants, it is such an exhilarating experience.Gorilla Trekking can sometimes be strenuous.Gorillas usually migrate from one place to another. When you finally come face to face with them, the tiredness is replaced with a smile. Gorilla Permit $600.
The Bwindi forest is a habitat of other species of mammals and endemic birds. On a lucky day, a visitor might see chimpanzees, monkeys, duikers, forest elephants and the rare Africa forest hog.
Gorilla tracking is available all year round. However, best times to visit Bwindi are the dry months of June to September and December to February. Dry trails easy for trekking. In April to May, heavy rainfall, makes trails very wet thus making trekking more challenging.
The Serengeti and Ngorongoro areas are associated with the great migration.Here large herds of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras move long distances in search of green pastures. Their journey is not free from challenges. It involves crossing crocodile infested waters and predator territory especially through the Serengeti to Masai Mara. The predator and prey encounters are mouth- watering scenes. These destinations are endowed with plenty of wildlife which includes the Big five.
At Ngorongoro, crater views welcome you. You can also see wild animals that include the Lions, Zebras, Rhino and elephants and Thomson gazelles. The Denham’s bustard bird is common sight at the conservation area.
Uganda is home to an estimated 5,000 chimpanzees across the tropical forests. Kibale Forest National park is considered the primate capital of East Africa. It is home to 1500 chimpanzees and other 12 resident primates, is an ideal place to include on your safari. Chimpanzee tracking is the common activity at the park. You can track these playful primates and sometimes hunters of other primates. Enjoy 1 hour viewing them. It costs $150 or enjoy an all-day chimpanzee habituation experience ($220) 2018-2019 rates. With habituation you will learn more from researchers about their behavior, family structures and reproduction.
Habituation is a process of taming wild animals to accept close range interaction with humans.Uganda should be your favorite destination for chimpanzee trekking or habituation experience.
Crater lake tours and swamp walk can be added to the trekking experience near the Kibale Forest Conservation Area.
Masai Mara is a natural gem that is a must visit. Roaming wildlife welcomes you. The accommodation blends well with the natural environment. Get close to the big cats (lions, leopards and cheetahs). The variety of wildlife is so plenty for the visitor. With about 95 mammals and 400 bird species recorded, you are spoilt for choice. The big five (leopard, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, elephant) are seen in the game reserve.
During the great migration from Serengeti Tanzania, the wildebeest will be seen in the months of July to October. It is considered one of the best natural spectacles. November to February offers more excellent game viewing on the East Africa safari.
Murchison falls is home to the powerful waterfall. It is a spectacular scenery to behold. Watch the River Nile waterfall squeeze itself through a narrow gorge before it further heads to Lake Albert. The waterfalls mesmerized Sir Samuel Baker who later named them after Sir Roderick Murchison the President of Royal Geographical society at the time.
This National park hosts a variety of mammals like; elephants, Giraffes, Lions, leopards, Hartebeest. Birds include African fish eagle, storks, love birds and Kingfishers.The iconic Shoebill bird can be seen during the dry months of January to March.
A boat safari to the bottom of the falls rewards you with amazing views of the hippos and crocodiles basking in the sun. Hiking to the top of the Falls is another exciting activity. A misty water splash and deafening sound of the waterfall welcomes you at the top. The hiking trail was used by Winston Churchill in 1907.
Famous visitors to the park include Ernest Hemingway, Sir Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt.
CNN travel describes Kidepo the hidden gem. It hosts about 77 mammals and 500 bird species. The largest herd of buffalos lives here. The park has great scenery attractive to the visitor. Although the furthest park to the northeast of Uganda, it can be reached by road with stop overs along the way or by inland flight.
The park offers excellent game viewing. Predators like Lion, cheetah, leopard can be seen in the park. Other animals include the elephants, bush duikers, bush bucks and ostriches.
Available add-ons to the wildlife safari may include a visit to the Karamojong village to learn their way of life.