The Virunga Mountains / Virunga Volcanoes

The Virunga massif is home to three volcano national parks which are home to the 8 Virunga volcano mountains also termed as mountain ranges. The volcano national parks that are home to the 8 Volcano Mountains include Virunga national park that is situated in the town of Goma in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, volcanoes national park of Rwanda plus Mgahinga gorilla national park that is found in the south western region of Uganda.  These mountains include mount Karisimbi, mount Mikeno, mount Nyiragongo, mount Mahabura, mount Bisoke, mount Gahinga, mount Sabinyo, and mount Nyamulagira.

Mount Nyiragongo, this is one of the active volcano mountains that are situated in the heart of Virunga national park and the mount is part of the 8 mountains in Virunga conservation massif. The mountain is famous for its lava lake which is situated in true summit elevation of the mountain about 3250 meters as well as the composite volcano that is situated inside mount Nyiragongo. Hiking this mountain offers travelers an insight to enjoy the boiling lava scenic views in the lava lake at that top of the mountain.

Mount Sabinyo, this stretches its boundaries in three countries such as Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo, Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and volcanoes national park in Rwanda. The mountain is the oldest and it is found on an elevation of 3674 meters, there are a lot of historical cultural myths that is attached to this mountain and it can easily be hiked from Mgahinga national park.

Mount Nyamulagira, this is also an active mountain that has had about 40 eruptions with the last one happening in 2014 and it is situated in Nord-Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo and it borders mountain Nyiragongo in the north western region. Mount Nyamulagira is stands on an elevation of 3058 meters.

Mount Gahinga, this is situated in Mgahinga gorilla national park of Uganda and it is the smallest Virunga mountain that borders Rwanda. The mountain is at an elevation of 3474 meters. The mountain has caldera swamp that is about 180 kilometer.

Mount. Mikeno, this is a dormant volcanic mountain that is situated in Virunga national park and it is the second highest mountain among the 8 Virunga Mountains that are found in the Virunga massif conservation area. The name Mikeno was given to mountain to due to the poor people who were staying around the mountain.

Mount Karisimbi, the highest mountain in the Virunga conservation massif that is found in volcanoes national park is famous for mountain hiking activities. The mountain offers snow experience in the dry season in the months of June, July, and September and august thus it is worth a visit after the gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda.

Mount Bisoke, this is the fourth highest mountain among the 8 mountains of the Virunga volcano massif area, the mountain borders Rwanda where the summit of the mountains situated in volcanoes national park  and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

All these Virunga Mountains offer hiking adventure experience except mount Nyamulagira and when travelers hike up the summit of the mountain they will enjoy different breath taking views of the surround environment as well getting an opportunity to encounter with different primates like mountain gorillas, golden monkeys among others as well as unique wildlife at slopes such as the forest elephant.virunga Volcanoes

The Virunga Mountain in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda

The Virunga volcanoes/mountains also locally known as Mufumbiro are located in three countries Uganda, Rwanda and DRCongo. They are situated in the same region at the borders of the three countries. In Uganda, they are found in the far southwestern part in Mgahinga national park, in Rwanda they are in the northwestern in part Volcanoes national park and in the DRCongo, they are in Virunga national park in the eastern part of the country.

The word Virunga was derived from the Kinyarwanda word “ibirunga” which means “volcanoes”. These volcanoes are situated close to the western branch of the East African rift valley which is also known as the Albertine rift valley. The Virunga Mountains are also referred to as “the Virunga Massif”. The lower slopes of the Virunga Mountains are covered by tropical forests which are homes to the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. These are the main attractions that have made the three countries great tourism destinations for gorilla trekking. The Virunga Massif also boasts keeping unique species of birds known as the Albertine birds because they areas; found in this region.

This mountain range is made up of eight volcanoes in the three regions of the countries; Mount Nyamuragiira, Mount Mikeno, Mount Nyiragongo in DRC, Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabinyo and Mount Muhabura at the border of Uganda and Rwanda, Mount Bisoke, Mount Karisimbi located on the border of Rwanda and DRC. Mount Karisimbi is the highest and Mount Sabinyo is the oldest of all the volcanoes.

Apart from trekking for mountain gorillas, these mountains are hiked up on to the summits if possible. However, there is no hiking on Nyamuragira in the DRC because the volcano is still active. Nyiragongo is also active but the eruptions there can be predicted and so hiking takes place at Nyiraghongo. All national parks have guides who take tourists through the trails on the mountains. Hiking to the summits of these mountains is an incredible experience, it offers spectacular views of the vast landscape.

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Mount Muhabura

Mount Muhabura is a beautiful dormant volcano of the Virunga Massif. It is situated at the border of Uganda and Rwanda. It is the third highest with steep slopes and this makes it a hard mountain to climb. You are required to be very fit physically to climb to the summit. Those who make it to the top are rewarded with views of the Bulera and Ruhondo twin lakes, the rest of the volcanoes and the wildlife of the area like the gorillas.

Mount Karisimbi

Located on the border of Rwanda and DRCongo, Mount Karisimbi is the highest volcano the Virunga Massif. It elevates at 4507m above the sea level. Hiking to the summit offers views of Nyiragongo Mountain. Hikers are advised to carry heavy clothes because there are normally very low temperatures which sometimes drop to zero degrees.

Mount Sabinyo

Mount Sabinyo is located at the border of all the three countries; the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. This one is believed to be the oldest volcano among of the Virunga Massif. The word Sabinyo means “old man’s teeth”. This mountain was named Sabinyo because of the top that has multiple summits looking like the teeth of an old man.

The mountain is covered by a rich forest which is home to the endangered mountain gorillas, many other primates and various bird species including Albertine birds.

Sabinyo is one of the most difficult virunga mountains to climb becuacs of the challenging g trails.

Nyiragongo Mountain

Mount Nyiragonngo is located in Virunga national park in the east of DRC. It ‘is the most active mountain in the world and hiking on this mountain is allowed. It is quite easy to hike to the summit since the slopes are not sleep. People who are very fit can hike and get back down in the same day.

When you manage to climb to the top, you’ll view the lava lake of the active volcano.

Mount Nyamuragira

There are no hiking activities to this mountain. It is the most active volcano in Africa. Mount Nyamuragira is found in the DRC, about 25km from Lake Kivu. Recently, there was an active volcanic Lava Lake that was formed at the summit.

Mount Mikeno

This is the second highest mountain of the virunga volcanoes. It is a dormant volcano at an elevation of 4,437 above the sea level. Mount Mikeno is located in DRC in Virunga national park. Hiking on this mountain offers an opportunity to see mountain gorillas, a lot op0f forest birds and other animals in the area. It is however one of the difficult volcanoes to climb because of the steep slopes.

Mount Gahinga

Mount Gahinga is also referred to as Mount Mgahinga. It is a dormant volcano located on the border of Uganda and Rwanda. Ghinga means a small pile of stones hence its name since it is the smallest among all the volcanoes of virunga. Mount Gahinga can be hiked in just a day. The main vegetation on this mountain is bamboo and afro montane forests.

Mount Bisoke

Mount Bisoke has its biggest part in Rwanda and a small portion is in the DRC. It is a famous volcano to hikers because of the reward offered on arrival at the summit. The summit has a crater lake of a diameter of about 400m. The mountain has different kinds of vegetation but the biggest part is covered by bamboo forests.

Mgahinga national park

Mgahinga national park is located in the far southwestern part of Uganda. It is one of the two national parks in the country where gorilla trekking is done. Unlike the other park- Bwindi which has which has several; groups of gorillas, Mgahinga has only one group which is found of roaming even up to the border of Rwanda. The name of this gorilla group is Nyakagezi. The park is also has golden monkey and many bird species. The major activities of the park are gorilla trekking, birding, hiking and visiting the local communities especially the Batwa.

Volcanoes national park

This is one of the very few destinations in the world where you can go for mountain gorilla trekking. It is today one of the frequented parks because it is easy to access, just about 2 hrs drive from Kigali. This park provides luxurious gorillas trekking tours and is a good site also for hiking on the volcanoes, bird watching and trekking for golden monkeys.

Virunga national park

This is one of the most biologically diverse national parks in Africa. It is still undamaged since tourism activities have not been taking place for a long time. It has tropical rain forests where you’ll find the endangered mountain gorillas alongside other primates, mammals and lots of beautiful birds. Apart from gorilla trekking, other activities of the park are hiking, birding, nature walks and bike riding.

The highlight of travel to the Virunga Massif is gorilla trekking and hiking but there are other interesting activities to do. These are;

Visiting Dian Fossey’s tomb

Dian Fossey was a primatologist and conservationist who became famous because of the research and call for protecting the mountain gorillas in the Virunga massif. She advocated for conservation of the habitat of the gorillas which had been endangered due to poaching and destruction of their habitat.

Dian Fossey went and stayed on the slopes of Mount Bisoke when conducting her research about gorillas, which she did for 18 years. She was later on murdered by poaches and was buried in the areas of the park at Bisoke.  Her grave is one of the places you ought not to miss visiting if you are in Rwanda.

Trekking for golden monkeys

This endemic primate is found only in the Virunga Massif in Mgahinga national park and Volcanoes national; park. You can trek for it in any of the two parks where the local tour guides will take you through the forests in search of the golden monkey.

Golden monkey trekkingVisiting the communities of the Batwa

The Batwa are pygmies found in the Virunga region. They are the indigenous people of the areas around the forest since they are believed to have lived in these forests as hunters and gatherers for many years. When you go for gorilla trekking or hiking, you can as well visit their communities and get exposed to their culture and their way of living. You’ll enjoy their traditional dances and stories.

The experience of hiking on any of the Virunga Mountains is always thrilling and impressive because of what the mountains offer from the bottom to the top. The slopes are filled with lots of wild animals which you’ll keep spotting as you climb higher. On the top of the summits, you’ll have views of many surrounding areas and other volcanoes.

Dian Fossey Brief Biography

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Dian Fossey was born on 16th January 1932, in San Francisco, California. Her parents divorced when she was still young and she therefore grew up with her mother and her step father. Dian developed love for animals at an early age and at the age of 6 she started horseback riding lessons. She was able to gain a letter on the riding team during her time in high school. At the age of 19, Dian got a chance to work on a ranch in Montana where she fell more in love with the animals but she was later on forced to leave because she had contracted chicken pox.

Dian Fossey later on enrolled for a course at the University of California as a pre-vet student but gave up on the way because of the challenges encountered in some courses of chemistry and physics. She started a degree in occupational therapy at St. Jose State College where she graduated in 1954 and worked with tuberculosis patients at different hospitals in California.

Dian Fossey in Africa

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Dian Fossey’s love for animals forced her to put a lot of effort to travel to Africa after she had been told about the abundant animals of Africa by a friend who had been in Africa on vacation. She did all she could afford to travel to Africa and this dream came to be realized in 1963 when she made her first step on the continent. Among the countries she visited are Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Congo.

While in Africa, Dian Fossey met some of the most impactful people towards her work: Joan and Alan Root who were working on a documentary of African gorillas. They were native wildlife photographers and they considered going with her for a trip where they were searching for primates. This was one of the best moments in her life and her feeling and experience is well explained in the book “Gorillas in the Mist”. Dian had earlier met Louis Leaky and her wife in her earlier days in Africa and he later on invited her for a long-term study about the endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda. Dian took on the study and ended up living in the DRC with the gorillas but due to civil unrest, she shifted to Rwanda where she continued with the study and research.

Dian Fossey encountered several obstacles during her effort for conservation of these endangered primates but that did not limit her from continuing with her work. She established Karisoke Research Foundation in Volcanoes national park to facilitate the primate study. She did fieldwork in the park while taking on her Ph.D which was based on her research at Cambridge University and graduated in 1976.

To save and conserve the endangered mountain gorillas, Fossey’s work and effort led to establishment of the first dedicated ranger patrols. She also destroyed traps and put down dogs of poachers and rejected the plans of game wardens and government officials who wanted to turn the habitats of the gorillas into farmlands and this created some enemies. On the 26th of December, 1985, Fossey was found brutally killed by poachers and her body was lying at her forest camp in Rwanda. She was buried close to the grave of one of her favorite gorilla friends Digit and it is one of the places you can visit on your African safari to Rwanda. However, it is absurd that no one has ever been found to have a hand in her murder for persecution.

Even after her death, her work continued. She had inspired a number of conservationists who took on the conservation work through the Dian Fossey Gorilla Foundation which is still going up to now.

10 Reasons to go on a Safari in the Green Season

Each and every day nature has got something unique to offer and the experience varies depending on which season you have chosen to travel. A lot of travelers have their different perspective and unique reason why they do prefer to go for a safari in the green season. The Emerald season is referred to as the green season and its normally beginning of the rainy season or when transitioning to the dry season. The Emerald season is during the months of November to May.

A Green Season Safari Guide

In the central and southern African countries, the Emerald season is experienced in the months of November up to April; this is in countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana. In the East African countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda, there are two rain seasons experienced, this is the long rainy season from the m0nt of April to May and Short rain season in the month of November.

However, there is lot to consider before deciding when you want to travel, in the dry season, it becomes easy to access the remote areas and there is difficulty if it is a rainy season. The perfect time to go on a safari is during the dry season, when roads leading to various national parks are accessible; wildlife viewing is as well perfect as you will have a chance to encounter with adversity of wildlife that congregate around the permanent water holes to quench off the thirsty among other incredible factors. Alternatively the emerald season or the green season attracts majestic wildlife due to the fresh green pastures alongside other factors which will influence you to travel in the green season. Green Season Safari;

  1. Everything is green and lush

This is one of the great reasons why a lot of travelers choose to travel on the green season. When the rains arrive, the dry vegetation becomes lush the brown color of the green turns to green showing that there is new life, the flowers begin to bloom, the trees flush. This is the opposite of the dry season where the landscape is brown, dry and dull and the general appearance does not give a pleasant appearance.

  1. Offers more Flexibility

When you choose to travel in the green season, you have an insight to take decision that will give you a desired outcome which is a great worthy of your safari consideration. For example travelling the first two weeks of the December is a perfect ideal and you will get a chance to enjoy accommodation prices before the Christmas celebrations arrives, there is rain and the dramatic skies give you an opportunity to take good photos your safari.

In Tanzania, if your interested in visiting Ngorongoro crater as well the majestic wildlife in Serengeti vast plains, we suggest that you travel in the months of April to May and in these months, you will get rains as well as get a chance to visit the Serengeti endless plains as well as explore the Ngorongoro crater without any barriers. Both landscapes, there is a lush vegetation cover, mesmerizing flower displays, enjoy bird watching experiences with common bird being the millions of the flamingos that will be spotted on lake Ndutu, Lake Magadi and the like. At the same time you will stand a great chance of standing of not encountering big crowds of visitors.

Alternatively, you can opt to visit the private reserves in the green season which will allow you enjoy Equal game drive experience like in any other season of the year.

The green season offer unforgettable memories if you visit the Victoria Falls and it offer a might description than in the dry season. The experience can incredible in the month of October, if you take views from the Zambian side.

  1. Better prices

In the green season you will have an advantage to save some dollars, due to the fact it is considered the low season where few tourists are visiting the safari destinations. On this note a lot of Safari Lodges do give discounts and reduce the rate of their accommodation rooms so as to encourage tourists travelling in this season to book with them. This is as well the same with tour operators they have discounted tour packages during the green season if you consider booking with them. Therefore you can choose to stay longer than the planned days due to the better rates in the green season.

  1. Special offers

Both the safari accommodation service providers and all tour operators do have special offers and discounts to all travelers that book with them in the green season of the year. Therefore do not miss out the chance to have your life time dream come true on an African Safari in Kenya. If you don’t have enough dollars in the peak season then the green season can be utilized to achieve your dream.

  1. The days are longer

In the emerald months, there are longer day hours which will give you a great chance to experience a lot on your safari. The dry months of June to October are known to have the shortest days in Southern region of Africa. However this is so different with East Africa due the fact that it is close to the Equator. On this note the game drive time is shortened. On the other hand, the green season offers you longer hours to game drive experience and the day light hours are long.

  1. No single supplements plus the discounted child rates on offer.

The green season is a perfect time to consider if you want to travel as a family. This is because in the peak season rooms are scarce and very competitive, therefore there will be no allowed discounted and offers to the children but in the green season you can be sure of the children discounts and offer due to lack of occupancy at the safari lodge and camps.

  1. Non Crowds

For travelers who do not like encountering crowds of fellow travelers, the green season is an ideal for you to travel, the safari destinations are empty with few safari vehicles.

  1. This is the greet time for enjoy watching birds breeding as well as the antelopes calving.

The green season experiences the coming of the new rains and it offers a great chance to the Antelope families to give birth to millions of antelopes younger ones and in this season, the predator drama is at its climax, it is a great season to experience the impressive numbers Predators who feast on this population of the antelopes alongside other preys.

  1. Leave those dry and dusty days behind you

The roads in the dry season are dusty especially in the months of June to October, the landscape is dry, the atmospheric air is occupied by dusty and the seasonal rivers dry up of stop flowing. However immediately the green season shows up and rain begins to fall, the whole dust is consumed, the landscape is extremely fascinating with its fresh green pastures, the sunrises are more striking, the animals are grazing so happily while celebrating the coming of the rains and this is the season that you will capture the best photos on your safari.

  1. Avoid the cold Mornings

In the southern region of Africa, the mornings are so cold and freezing but this does not apply to other regions like in East Africa as well as some parts of Africa. On this note depending on which safari destination you’re planning to visit, your traveler expert will advise according the kind of right clothing to pack for the perfect experience on your safari.

All can be said but there is some special and unique if you choose to take your safari tour in the green season. And it is important to note that Africa is a  on its own or call it heaven on earth, every season is charming and unique regardless of what time of the year that you have chosen to visit, we therefore advise you not to wait for the changing climatic seasons due the fact that you might miss out something precious.

10 Top Activities While On your African Safari

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Here are some of the safari activities that will enhance your safari excitement and experience. Therefore you use them to select the best that will suit your safari life time experiences when you go for a safari. Here are the 10 Top Activities While On your African Safari;

10 Top Activities While On your African Safari

  1. Game drives and guided walks

This is one of the best ways to explore all safari national parks and reserves. This is one of the must activities that a lot of travelers don’t want to miss out on a safari. It will give chance to view majestic wildlife in its natural environment as enjoy the spectacular vast endless landscape.

Game drives

Game drives are done in either a closed or open 4×4 wheel vehicle of safari standard. It can be shared experiences with either safari specialist driver guide or camp driver guides who will help get exposed to secrets of the wilderness.

Guided Walks

Guided Walks is another alternative you will enjoy exploring the national reserves of forests and listen to untold historical myths about the wilderness environment. They are always offered by your safari camp or lodge and they can as well be organized by your safari specialists. Both game drives and guided nature walks can be done in morning and evening hours depending on your safari itinerary.

  1. Quad bikes and mountain biking

These are some of the great activities to enjoy on your safari and they offer a wonderful experience. They are done in places like Kalahari Game reserve, Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay close to the dunes. Other places include Lake Mburo national park in Uganda at Mihingo lodge, south Luangwa, Mushatu Game Reserve in Botswana and in numerous private reserves in South Africa.

 

  1. Canoeing/ Rafting/ Mokoros / kayaking

This is an adventurous activity that can be considered on the list of all travelers that love adventure experience. While navigating the channels of distinct rivers and lake you will get a chance to experience unique wildlife, enjoy bird watching experience, the open skies and many more unique experiences.

Mokoros

The Mokoros is local dung out Canoe which you will encounter in the Okavango delta that is among the places where you will enjoy the fascinating traditional dugout canoe and other places like Chobe and some areas of Zambia.

Canoeing

You will encounter canoe safaris on the Zambezi river which is above victoria falls and multi-day canoe safari can be found at the lower Zambezi river where you will get chance to exhilarate an extremely exciting adventure experience.

  1. Field guide and Wildlife Courses

There are some travelers who are passionate about wildlife as well as wilderness. On this note there are many training institutions in South Africa that have got guiding courses of various length of time. You will get time and learn more about the wilderness biodiversity in Africa. Understand the ecology and various eco systems, how they relate and how they affect each other. The various courses will help you to build up on your knowledge and experience through the practical lectures and activities in the field of guiding. The coursed vary from 2 to 6 months as well as 7 to 14 days for the bush skills.

  1. Sound safaris

The sound safari takes you to experience the different sounds of unique wildlife with a help experience guides on either guided nature of game drive. You will listen to the night sounds and calling of various bird species as well as cunning animals like leopards, hyenas, listen to the roaring of the lions among other wonderful sounds.

  1. Boat cruise safaris

It is important to note that, whichever place that has water, you will encounter with motor boats and activities like boat cruises are offered. Although boats are used to experience as a means of transport in Africa to access some remote areas, a lot of safari experts do offer wildlife viewing on a boat cruise experience. Boat cruise can be done in areas like Okavango delta, Selous GR, Zambezi River, Lake Kariba among others. It will expose you a diversity of wildlife and birdlife.

  1. Balloon Safaris

Some of the great places to enjoy hot air balloon safaris include; the open plains of Maasai Mara in Kenya, Serengeti national park of Tanzania, the Namib Desert in Namibia as well as on the Okavango Delta on the lush waters among others areas in Africa.

  1. Micro light and helicopter Flights

In almost all African countries, it is very possible to access safari destination by flight arrangements using charter aircrafts. You can as well fly from one safari destination to another or between safari camps. For example from Samburu reserve to Maasai Mara in Kenya. Traveling while using flights you will get a chance to experience a wonderful view from above.

  1. Horse Riding

Horse Riding will give you a chance to explore the Mesmerizing landscapes of Africa enjoy wildlife viewing on the horse back, explore the local communities and feel the adventure experience. It is done in African places like Chyulu hills and Maasai Mara reserve of Kenya, Kruger and Cape Town regions of South Africa, Okavango delta in Botswana, kwa-zulu Natal, Lake Mburo national park and Jinja at the source of the Nile in Uganda among others places.

  1. Photo workshops

Taking photos is almost every one’s hub whenever they travel to a new environment and we encounter interesting wildlife and landscapes. Other travelers are accompanied by photographers and the photo workshop takes about 4 days to 2 weeks. The photographic workshops are what are referred to as photographic tours. They offer a chance to enjoy various attractions with in the region, enjoy bird watching experiences, game drives among other activities.

10 Top Activities While On your African Safari

Vehicle Etiquette on Africa Safari

It is important to acknowledge that most of your time will be spent in the back of the safari vehicle and in most cases you do share the safari car with other fellow tourists. Therefore it is important that you keep a few basic vehicle Etiquette or common sense on your Africa safari, this is part of good discipline. Here are the 10 Tips on Vehicle Etiquette on Safari;

  1. Always be well prepared and on time

This involves being ready to board the safari vehicle in time as agreed in the itinerary and with your safari drive guide. Try to visit the toilet in time before boarding vehicle and this will help you not to abuse the wilderness if nature calls. Double check your back pack and find out if all you need for the day has been packed such as the binoculars, the sunglasses, Cameras, extra batteries, enough water  among others before, you board the safari vehicle.

  1. Be considerate / Courteous

Always be ready to yield to the interests of others tourists that you are traveling with in the group. At the end of it all you might fall in love with them. Don’t be selfish by always rushing to get the best seat, have some simple Etiquette on a safari by giving others a chance to enjoy what you may call the best seat or you can choose to be the last person to board and by doing so, you are considering others.

  1. Be prepared

We argue you out all travelers to be well equipped for the self-supporting gargets that are necessary for your safari experience. This includes the storage cards, warm clothing, binoculars, bottled water for drinking among others to avoid borrowing and inconveniencing your friends.

  1. Talk in moderation

Control you’re talking during the game drive experience since it can disrupt other fellow tourists and you might inconvenience the guide from playing his duties and impact on your safari experience.

  1. Don’t monopolize the guide

It is important and it will enhance your safari experience if you take the courtesy to always ask your guide whatever you don’t understand. However bring the question at a time that will not take all his attention to you forgetting about others.

  1. Talk quietly or whisper

If you see something interesting and you would like to share with a friend, it is important that you whisper than banging the vehicle or shouting which might distract and disorganize the animal’s attention.

  1. To take sudden movements

It is important that you avoid unnecessary movement in the name of capturing the perfect photo while on board in the car because you might be the cause of an accident in the wilderness and don’t get tempted to move out of the vehicle trying to get close to the wildlife animals, they might attack you and you might bring danger to others.

  1. Advice for the smokers

Always be considerate to others, don’t take the advantage of being in the outdoors and use to smoke with a thought that may be your smoking will not bather others. As a disciplined person, you will always take the courtesy to ask for a smoking area and excuse yourself from other fellow travelers that is vehicle etiquette. And remember to properly dispose off your cigarette ends back to the camp.

  1. Advice to family travelers

If a family traveler we advise that hire or arrange your safari with a safari specialist who will be of help to offer you a private vehicle where you will be comfortable with your children. This will save you from the shame of inconveniencing other travelers on the safari if you choose to share the safari vehicle with other travelers.

  1. Be patient

There is some kind of patient that will be required by all tourists and they just need to be very vigilant and inquisitive for the next excellent sighting that is just close to them in the nearby corner.

10 Tips on Vehicle Etiquette on Safari

Okavango delta facts

10 Best Okavango delta facts – The Okavango Delta is one of the famous places in Botswana that hosts majestic wildlife densities and one of the great places for the water based safari tours. It is one of the extremely fascinating places to explore in the country of Botswana. Some of the unique facts about Okavango delta which you did not know include;

  1. The regions is recognized UNESCO Heritage site

Okavango delta was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site on the 22ndJune 2014. 0kaango delta is one of the largest inland deltas on the universe and it doesn’t not flow in the least major Delta systems. Okavango delta is a home to the Okavango River which normally floods in the dry season. In the Okavango Delta you will encounter with unique endangered wildlife animals such as wild dogs, white and Rhinos, cheetahs and lions.

  1. The Okavango Delta was announced one of the seven natural wonder of Africa in the Year 2013

The Okavango Delta was named a natural wonder of Africa due to its true facts that are not difficult to understand. Other natural wonders in Africa include the great wildebeest migration, Sahara Desert, the Red Sea coral reefs, the safari desert as well as Mount Kilimanjaro.

  1. The Delta is found of growing to about three times its size during the flooding season

The Okavango delta increases in size about three times when the flood water comes in the dry winter months of March to August. It esteemed that when the flood water arrives, to a size of about 15000 square kilometers large and during the season of drying up, the delta gets small to about 6000 square kilometers

  1. The delta host over 150,000 island

The Okavango Delta is home to over 150,000 islands where others are tidal and small about 10 -70 kilometers long and 14 kilometers wide. In the private hunting reserve of a chief is great place to spot amazing wildlife in the Okavango Delta. The delta has got elegant luxury safari lodges and camps.

  1. There is a lot of restriction on the tourism in the Okavango Delta with a sustainable goal of keeping it wild for the future generation.

The Okavango Delta is one of the safari destinations that you explore and feel the sense of wilderness and remoteness. This has been possible due to the fact that the Botswana government has put restriction on the number of tourists and camps in the region. Therefore it is unusual that you will find the area overcrowded and there is minimum noise from vehicles to distract the animals’ activities in their natural environment.

  1. There are over 400 bird species in the Delta

The Okavango delta is a haven place for bird lovers and it home to over 400 various bird species which survive in this wetland. Some of the bird species found in this region include the African fish Eagle, the Hammerkops, the lilac-breasted roller among others. Some of the rare endangered bird species include the Pel’s Fishing owl as well as the slaty egret. Bird watching experience in the delta is done on foot from the point of the Mokoro.

  1. The Okavango flood water Arrive from the Angolan highlands

The Okavango delta survives due to the rain water which comes from the Angolan highland traversing through the Cubango river then Namibia and finally in Okavango river Botswana. One unique fact about the Okavango Delta is that about a million years ago, the Okavango river used to flow into lake Makgadikgadi in Switzerland but apparently this lake has dried up it is now the Makgadikgadi salt pans.

  1. The fascination way to way to explore the Okavango Delta is by Mokoro

The Mokoro is one of the traditionally dung out canoe which is normally used by the great fishermen in the delta. A number of the safari lodges and camps offer the Mokoro ride experiences to all interested travelers. On the canoe experience, you will get a chance to spot some tidal creatures which you were viewing from far.

  1. There are about five ethnic groups who live in the Okavango Delta

The Okavango delta is home to about five ethnic groups which include the Dceriku, Wayeyi, Hambukushu as well as the Bugakhwe group.  The two groups are traditional hunters and Bushmen whilst the three groups are fishermen, farmers and hunters.

  1. The Okavango Delta hosts about 260,000 mammals which will easily be spotted in the dry season.

The Delta is rich in a diversity of wildlife which makes it one of the great wildlife viewing destinations. Wildlife that is found in the delta includes the hippos, elephants, lions, rhinos, giraffes, brown hyenas, leopards, wild dogs among others. The most common animals in the delta are the thousands of Lechwe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okavango Delta Safari

Kalahari desert facts

10 Best Kalahari desert facts -The Kalahari Desert is one of the large semi-arid regions that are dominated by sand savannah landscape in South Africa. Despite the name given to the Kalahari Desert, it is does not have desert conditions due to the fact that it receives heavy rainfall that is between 5 to 10 inches per year. However the despite the fact the place receives a lot of rains the water is filtered very fast by the sweeping savannah landscape. The Kalahari region hosts numerous fascination game reserves which include the following;

The central Kalahari Game reserve which is Adjacent to Khutse reserve in the country of Botswana is one of the Kalahari places that are extremely interesting and it is worth a visit on an African safari.

Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park, this is a combination of Kalahari Gemsbok National park of south Africa as well as Gemsbok national park in Botswana Park and the merging gave birth to what is referred to as the Africa’s peace park in the year 2000. Here are the 10 best Kalahari desert facts;

  1. Is the Kalahari Desert hot or cold?

The desert has got extreme temperature therefore the dry season (summer) is very hot and the wet season (winter) temperatures drop to zero degrees Celsius during night. The conditions are characterized by moderately high altitudes, the clear and dry air.

  1. What is the temperature range in Kalahari Desert?

During the dry season which is referred to as summer, the average temperature ranges goes up to 45 degrees Celsius  while in the wet season that is winter, averages temperatures drop to as low as negative 15 degrees Celsius.

  1. How large is the Kalahari Desert?

The Kalahari Desert is esteemed to cover over 900,000 Square kilometers which is equivalent to 350,000 square miles, the landscape is gently rolling that is covered by the sand savannah.

  1. Why is the Kalahari a Desert?

This is a frequently asked question where a lot of people keep wondering if Kalahari is a desert! The truth is the region is a semi desert but the dry areas do receive an average rainfall of about 110 -200 millimeters every year and the wet areas do receive rainfall that is an average of about 500 millimeters annually. An area is referred to as a desert if it receives rainfall that is less than 10 inches every year. A desert is as well described as a region whose evaporation rate doubles the rate of precipitation.  And this only applies in the south western which covers half of the Kalahari region but the north eastern region of the park receives a lot of rainfall that is why the Kalahari region is not entirely referred to as a desert due to the combined climatic conditions.

  1. What countries make up the Kalahari Desert?

The Kalahari region occupies countries such as Botswana, Northern Cape Province in South Africa and the Eastern third in Namibia.

  1. What wildlife can be found in the Kalahari Desert?

There is a diversity of fascinating wildlife that is able to with stand the arid conditions. The northern region of Kalahari region has got high concentration of majestic wildlife, which include; Beisa Oryx, the Less and greater Kudu, the wildebeests, Duiker, steenbok among others and all these are arid adopted wildlife. The Kalahari region is home to other desert specialties such as Bat- Eared Foxes, meekat, the brown hyena, cape Fox, Bat Eared Fox among others. In this region you can spot the three African big cats such as Cheetah, the lions and the leopards.

There is a diversity of birdlife that will be spotted in this region such as the secretary bird, the ostrich, Kori Bustard plus other birds of Prey such as the Giant Eagle Owl, the marital Eagle, kestrels, goshawks, as well as the kites among other.

  1. What kinds of plants are in the Kalahari Desert?

The kinds of plants that are found in the Kalahari Desert region are all drought tolerant bushes, grass tussocks and there are few trees which are scattered. There are other tree species such as Hoodia cactus which was used by the people that stayed in this area as food and to quench off their thirsty. The edible plants that are found in this area include the gemsbok Cucumber, tsamma melons which are consumed by both man and animals.

The scattered trees are found in central Kalahari and this region of the desert receives heavy rains. It harbors tree species such as Acacia tree species as well as scrubs and the savannah grasses. In areas like the north and east but they are dominated by woodlands which are comprise of Camelthorn acacias which are endemic to the Kalahari region. The Camelthorn are very significant in the Kalahari Desert ecosystem where they produce nutrients which are useful in other plant growth. And they are important in offering a shade to the desert animals. Other trees species that grow in this Kalahari region include blackthorn, shepherds, sliver clusters among others.

  1. What type of desert is the Kalahari?

The Kalahari Desert is categorized as a semi-arid sandy savannah desert also precipitation rate double the rate of evaporation which is just enough evidence to qualify it as a complete desert. The Kalahari Desert has got a dense ground cover.

  1. How is the Kalahari Desert related to the African Desert?

The Kalahari Desert is the second biggest in Africa following the Sahara desert.  It is as well the 6th biggest on the Earth and joins with the coastal desert of Namibia.

  1. Where is the Kalahari Desert located on the map?

The Kalahari Desert is situated in the southernmost region of Africa and covers African countries like South Africa in the Northern Cape Town province, Botswana, East third of Namibia among others.

Uganda the pearl of Africa

Why is Uganda called the pearl of Africa?, this is a phrase which was used by Sir Winston Churchill after his visit to Uganda and saw how beautiful it is.

Why is Uganda Called the Pearl of Africa? – The commonly asked questions about Uganda by many visitors visiting the country. When you read this article, it will give an insight or full understanding of the country Uganda. the common questions asked are; Why is Uganda being refereed to as the pearl of Africa? Who first named Uganda as the pearl of Africa? Among others. Find the answers below.

The term Uganda is literally referred to one of the Countries in Africa, Uganda is located in East Africa- the country is referred to the pearl of Africa due to number of factors. when the famous explorer Winston Churchill visited Uganda, he made Uganda famous and referred the country as a fairy tale, with unique environmental attributes and the moderate climate due to the country’s nearness to equator, color, hospitality of the people among others. Puts Uganda a above all the countries in Africa.

During the 1907 Winston Churchill had a trip in Uganda when he discovered that Uganda offers a lot more beyond once imagination. In 1908, he wrote a book entitled ‘’my African journey’’ referring to his trip in Uganda. There are no many wards to describe Uganda, the best thing to do, is to visit the country and you will clearly understand why Wiston Churchill referred Uganda to the Pearl of Africa.

Uganda is a unique country compared to other East African countries, when Wiston Churchill visited Uganda, what he discovered in Uganda, mesmerized him that even prompted him to write a book about he found Uganda.  in his famous quotes, he wrote “For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa.’’

Why is Uganda called the Peal of Africa 

Uganda is referred to as the Pearl of Africa due to its biodiversity ranging from the number of tourist attractions, the people, the different cultures, the weather and climate among others, define the name as the ‘’Pearl of Africa’’. However, for other European explorers and discoverers that visited Uganda felt similar about Uganda just as Churchill described Uganda to be. Many people today in Uganda and in Africa, attribute the name ‘’Pearl of Africa’’ to Wiston Churchill description about what he discovered in Uganda, therefore, the other explorers in Uganda, spoke fascinating things about what they found too in Uganda and too referred the country indeed to be the Pearl of Africa.

Despite the fact that Wiston Churchill may not have been the first explorer to name Uganda the Pearl of Africa, but he is the one given most credit since he put Uganda in the world map when he wrote is famous book about Uganda,’’ My African Journey’’ these book popularized the country since any person can read about Uganda even without visiting the country. We also advise visitors to read the book before visiting the country so as to have an insight about Uganda before you visit the country.

There many explorers that came to Uganda year back before even Winston Churchill arrival in Uganda. they were so acquainted with the country due to its beauty, natural wonders, the people, the color and the climate among other unique features that can describe Uganda. and later when modern transportation came to existence, today, may tourists visit Uganda all year round thank you to the great deeds of Wiston Churchill that made Uganda one of the great countries In Africa that is a must Visit. Many tourists have visited Uganda and many have visited more than Twice in their life time, Uganda is in deed the ‘’Pearl of Africa’’.

In 1858, john Hanning Speke and Richard Burton ventured through the Buganda Kingdom and were so amazed by what they discovered, he was famed for being the first explorer to visit Lake Victoria and named it as the source of the Nile. He also discovered various things a bout the Buganda region, the local cultures, the way of life of people, he travelled much through the western safari circuit in Uganda and he was impressed by what he discovered in Uganda.

Later his journey while in Uganda, was popularized through the movie ‘’mountains of the moon’’, whereby his discovered where no believed until when it was proven Samuel Baker and Florence Baker when they visited Uganda. later John Hannington met his sudden death.

Henry Morton Stanley, was the earliest explorer to visit Uganda before Wiston Churchill and first referred Uganda to the ‘’Pearl of Africa’’. He ventured in to Uganda twice before the arrival of Winston Churchill and dic0vred a lot about Uganda.

Later Fredrick John D. Lugard, the British explorer that saved Uganda from the French and later was colonised by the British, also wrote, Henry Stanley was much amazed with what he found in Uganda and spoke a lot about the country and even referred it as the’’ Pearl of Africa’’ in 1893 than John Speke had been during his visit In Uganda.

Why is Uganda called the Peral of Africa? Defining the Pearl of Africa in the 21st Century 

Uganda in a unique country in its setting and gifted by nature compared to any other country in the whole of Africa. The country is Biodiverse nation in the world offering variety of tourist attractions, inform of natural features, the many traditional cultures, the climate and the weather of the country regulated by its nearness to the equator.

Listed below are some of the reasons why Uganda is indeed the pearl of Africa.

Stunning scenery that continues to Amaze visitors to Uganda just as Wiston Churchill got amazed by Uganda.

Uganda lies along the East African plateau, it is a land-locked nation but as defined by Sir Winston Church Hill in 1958, “Gifted by Nature’’ from the beautiful scenery / landscapes, amazing animals, bird life, community and welcoming people really present it as the “Pearl of Africa,” making Uganda so famous as one of the great African safari tours.

The beautiful scenery of Uganda is special in that it contains green rolling hills, trees, waterfalls, streams, snow-capped mountains, rivers like the Nile River and large paths of the Savannah grasslands (National Parks). Visiting all these sceneries should take you to a range of attractions, the scenery is different compared to other places in Africa, for the people who have visited Uganda, truly have a lot to say about Uganda and would a agree with what is written here in this content.

Lonely planet calls Uganda as, Africa condensed in to one Country. And was the reason why lonely planet choosing Uganda as the ‘’best country to visit’’.  In 2012.

Also, CNN international, travel chose Bwindi Impenetrable forest in Uganda as one of the ‘’most Beautiful place in the world’’.

Uganda offers a wide range of attractions including, the Bunyonyi lake, the Rwenzori mountains (mountains of the moon), Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Uganda also is the base for the Nile river flowing to various countries in Africa, and pouring its waters up to the Mediterranean Sea. The Virunga volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National park, just as Weston Churchill described Uganda in his words ‘’ The scenery id different”. Reason enough to refer Uganda to the Pearl of Africa. Come Visit Uganda you will fall in love with this Country.

The Uganda Weather is very Good

Another best reason as to why Uganda is referred the Pearl of Africa, is the best climate and the weather of the country. Uganda’s climate is different and serves as the best Holiday weather in the all of East Africa. Looking at the climate of the country, Wiston Churchill wrote, ‘’the climate is different…from all of Africa’’.

Uganda’s climate is excellent all year around and you can visit the country any time of the year. Due to the fact that the country is located on the equator the climate is conducive but also because of it Elevation, and the natural features, like the lake Victoria, the Virunga volcano, the Rwenzori mountains, as regulated the weather of the country thus making Uganda one of the best safari destination for your life time experience. Visit Uganda and enjoy the best climate in east Africa.

Uganda experiences two rainy seasons in the year, the short rains and the longer rainy season. The longer rains are received from March to May and through October to November and light rains are from November to December with average annual temperatures from 26 degrees Celicious.

Uganda is a very diverse country

Uganda is small and locked country but rich in biodiversity its among the top ten countries in the world when it comes to Biodiversity, Uganda is indeed gifted by nature. Uganda offers a variety of attractions to see. Ranging from the prolific wildlife distributed in different national parks, Uganda indeed is a home of not only the big five game, but the Big 7 wild game that is the elephants, Rhinos, Leopards, Buffalos, lions and the additional huge number of the mountain Gorillas and the Chimpanzee. There also others like the giant crocodiles, the Nile crocodiles, and over 1,160 different bird species, Uganda is a bird watching paradise. Also, the endangered Nubian Rothchild Giraffes, The tropical forest, the lush savannah vegetation, lakes and rivers, the rolling hills and many more. Visit Uganda and you will discover far beyond your imagination.

The Ugandan people are warm, friendly and very welcoming

Almost everything in Africa is different, the scenery, the weather and the climate among others and most especially the people, the hospitality of the people is different form else where in whole of Africa. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by the happy and joyful people you meet at the airport.

Ugandan’s are some of the most welcoming and friendly people, they joy of receiving a visitor in one’s homes is clearly shown in their faces and mostly in the hearts of the people. The friendly welcoming of the visitors in Uganda, follows the tradition n]and the different cultures in Uganda where the host assumes full responsibility of the visitor, the visitor is given all the respect he derives from the time of his arrival and the departure from the home he visited.

Don’t warrior about language barrier while in Uganda, Uganda is one of the best English specking countries in Africa even Wiston chill noted that in his book. You will definitely feel at home while in Uganda because we got you covered.

A tropical paradise- Uganda fruits

Tourists from far and wide gracing Uganda’s lands have regularly complimented the fertile soils and fruit-friendly lands as their healthy living encounters have been top-notch across their land tour.

Uganda is really Africa’s Fruit Basket, more than 50 kinds of bananas, pineapples–that is simply the Best, Passion Fruit, Mangoes, Watermelons, Jackfruit, Papayas, Citrus Fruits, Star Fruits, Avocados and even Apples–Uganda is Africa’s Fruit Basket. Uganda is home to the finest avocados contained throughout the world, too. This is a big field in which their industry thrives in fruit growing as is the majority of the population. There also different kinds of bananas grown, Uganda is indeed the tropical fruit paradise

Depending on the time you visit the country, you will find fresh fruits, harvest time in Uganda is always done several times in unlike in many other countries.

 

 

 

The Best Insect Repellent for your Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

The Best Mosquito Repellent

Insect Repellents For Africa Safari-For your safari visit in Uganda, we recommend that you carry insect Repellent for your safari in Uganda-Rwanda. Africa is a continent with various attractions and activities to do in various countries in East Africa, some of the best safaris are wildlife, primate safaris, birding, water sport activities among others. While most of these activities are carried out in thick tropical forests, the forests also harbour an abundance of bugs, flies, mosquitoes and Tsetse flies.

During your safari visit in Uganda or Rwanda, we recommend that you carry an insect repellent to protect your skin from the insect bites that and contacting infections that may infect your safari visit in the pearl of Africa. Therefore, here we list some of the best insect repellent you will need to use to protect yourself so that you can enjoy your safari in the heart of Africa.

Many travellers in East Africa, often use Dee-Based products including; Cutters an insect Repellent for the travellers that mainly come from the UK, America and Europe. Others use natural products such as Citronella, Soybean oil, rosemary oil, lemon eucalyptus among others. There is also Nivera Blue Body lotion, is also recommended as the best for insect bites. You can apply these repellents on your skin as you enter the forest most especially travellers of Gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking since the forest is thick and dark and harbours many of these dangerous insects that may cause infectious diseases to you.

The common insects that may be of threat to you in the forest are the flies, Mosquitoes, Tsetse flies causing sleeping sickness. The use of Deet -based products, works best on mosquitos and flies but does not work for Tsetse flies. Also, the colours of the clothes you wear, lessen the chances of you being the target of these insects. Bright colours, attract insects, therefore, we recommend that you wear dull colours in the forest so that you will enjoy your safari without insects bothering you.

Recommended insect Repellent for the tourist in East Africa.

The best insect Repellent we would recommend our clients in Africa to use, is the Australian RID its has been top-rated as the best insect repellent to protect your skin against the insect bites. The distinction with RID has been residing in Australia for a long time since the mid-1950’s, growing up among Australians. It was the famous magenta kit used in medical cabinets everywhere and was intended to repel biting insects.

Using a proprietary combination with the best quality DEET paired with a fly repellent and heal ant antiseptic product component, RID also successfully regulates the usage and repels insects, mosquitoes, and other insects’ bites that may cause damage and infections to your skin. RID is also taking care of ordinary people and safeguarding them in real life. It is Australian-made and Australian, most specifically. Regardless of whether you are fishing or walking safaris, hiking among others these repellents prevents insect bites.

RID -Insect Repellent, works repelling both Mosquitoes and Tsetse flies among other insects

RID is best for the safaris in Africa, it prevents the mosquito’s bites and Tsetse flies during the safaris in topical forested areas that tend to harbour these insects. All you need when planning for the safari in Uganda or any country in Africa, pack the RID insect Repellent, it will work for you, besides other many types you know, the truth is that, it has worked for many on safaris in East Africa.

The best clothing on safari protects against insect Bites. 

Safaris in Uganda or Rwanda, most especially hiking and walking safaris, in savannah parks, for example Gorilla trekking in Bwindi tropical forest and volcanoes in Rwanda, a void blue, black clothing, they attract Tsetse flies, blue clothing too attracts the insects. We recommend Jeans, Khaki

During the Night, or while having Dinner outside, a void wearing bright clothing, that attract mosquitoes, you will need to wear long trousers, long shirts or tops while sited outside to prevent the mosquito bites. It causes Malaria. You do not want to have the worst safari tour in East Africa, prevent this and enjoy your stay in the Heart of Africa.

Proper clothing especially in the tropics, not only prevent the insect bites, but you also prevent your self from thorn pricks, nettles, thorny bushes and long branches that may cut you. Its best you wear long trousers, long sleeved shirts or blouse for ladies to prevent the worst from happening. Just like many rangers in Uganda and Rwandan national parks wear, we advise visitors to do so.

The Reality about Insect that Bite in Africa and Disease:

Many thick forests in Uganda, harbour dangerous insects such as mosquitoes, mosquitoes cause malaria. The female mosquitoes are the only ones that cause malaria. Mosquitoes bit one person to another infecting them with malaria virus, whereas mosquitoes do not fly longer distances, they infect people within the same tent, cottages or rooms but in case you are far from one cottage or room to another, you may not catch the infection. The female anopheles’ mosquito is one that infects humans with malaria.

While you on safari, remember you away from civilization and close quarters, malaria spreads faster in congested areas like slums reason is that these areas harbour stagnant water, and breeding grounds for the mosquito. But malaria has never attacked any client on safari in Uganda, its arrear case.

Also, there Tsetse flies but you can prevent it although there are no cases of any visitor in Uganda getting infected by sleeping sickness caused by the Tsetse flies, but its always best to wear insect Repellent while you hide out in to the forest.

Extra prevention, you can spray your room with Doom

You can also prevent the insect bites by not only using the insect Repellents, but you can also use the insects ide treated Mosquito nets, also you can spray your room with Doom, while your going for Dinner, you can purchase the Doom, while in East Africa.it works on all kinds of insects, crawling or flying. Many luxurious lodges actually spray visitors’ rooms while they have gone out for Dinner. Doom helps to kill some of the insects such as mosquitoes, spiders, including the Elephants cockroaches that mainly invade the bathrooms.

You can also purchase some of the products while here in Uganda when you are going for the safari.  such as mosquito coils, Citronella candles, it also works on mosquitoes, also keep doors and windows close to avoid insects from getting inside your room.

There is nothing annoying than trying to take a nap and the solitary mosquito, buzzes around your eye, head so disgusting- prevent this try Doom.

10 best places to visit in Kenya for a Safari – Kenya is a country that is home to great diversity which is both culture and physical. Kenya is highly ranked among the African countries as one of the best and most popular safari destination due to many several facts and wonders that it hosts in her motherland. In this country, you will have an insight to explore its mesmerizing beaches, the spectacular mountains, the outstanding majestic wildlife, the profuse forests, sweeping vast savannah landscape, as well as other intriguing endless places that you will encounter when you visit Kenya. The following are some of the most beautiful and and interesting places to visit on a Kenya Safari;

  1. Mount Kenya

This is the second largest mountain in Africa following Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and it sits on an elevation of about 5,199meters/17057feet. This composite volcano was formed around 3 million years ago when some portion of the east African Great Rift Valley opened. Apparently the rolling slopes of the mountain is dominated by lush forests of bamboo, the known African rose wood tree species and this mountain supplies water for over 2 million population of people in Kenya. The mountain has got rough snowy peaks and the glaciers which are found along the upper slopes make Mount Kenya to be one of the beautiful spectacular places to visit on a safari. Travelers that would like to visit this most beautiful mountain in Kenya will enjoy activities such as mountain hiking or climbing so as to access Lenana point which is among the three peaks of Mount Kenya. Alternatively you can opt to climb to highest peak which is known as Batian peak but this will require some fitness as well as technical experience while climbing.

  1. Chyulu hills

The Chyulu hills are situated in the southeastern region of Kenya and they are mountain ranges that stand on an elevation of 2,188m above sea level. It is one of the youngest volcanic mountains that are about 500 years old. The Chyulu hills are home to the longest lave tube in the world known as leviathan Cave. In the wonderful Chyulu hills national park you will find wildlife such as cheetahs, bush pigs, steenbok, lions, giraffes as well as black Rhinos. Part from wildlife viewing, you can enjoy activities such as rock climbing, hiking, horse riding among others. Due to the lush hills found in Chyulu hills, it has been considered one of the most beautiful and interesting places to visit in Kenya.

  1. Ol Pejeta

This is one of the conservancies in Kenya where you can spot all the African big five wild animals and it is located on the foot hills of the beautiful Mount Kenya. The Ol Pejeta conservancy is popular for its success in the conservation initiatives. The conservancy is remembered in the history of wildlife as being the place where the white Rhino from Sudan had died in the year 2018. Fortunately the last female which is a sub species of this white Rhino is still alive and being taken care of in the Ol Pejeta conservancy. Close to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the Sweetwater Chimpanzee sanctuary which is also found in the Laikipia conservancy. This sanctuary has provided home to orphan chimpanzees which have been rescued from the black market. The Ol Pejeta is one of the great, beautiful and most interesting places to visit in Kenya. When you visit this place you will have a chance to learn about the amazing relationship that is between wildlife and people with in this area, you will as be exposed to the challenges that are encounter in the conservation industry. Other activities to enjoy include; lion tracking, night game drives, bush walking safaris among others.

  1. Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru national park is a famous home to huge numbers of bird species and the most common species being the millions of flamingo flocks although these have been witnessed reducing for the previous few years. Lake Nakuru is among the Rift valley lakes and the birds spotted at this lake are attracted by the impressive levels of algae which are found in the water. Other bid species that will be spotted include the Pelicans, the African Eagle, the Cormorants, Goliath heron, Verreaux’s eagle, Hammerkops among others. In Lake Nakuru national park you will have a chance to spot impressive numbers of hippos, lions, the Rothschild giraffes, cheetahs among other wildlife.

  1. Diani Beach

The Diani Beach is one of the most beautiful shores in Africa; it is located about 30 kilometers south of Mombasa city although a short flight can be taken from Nairobi. It has got white sands which are wrapped by the genius Indian Ocean that is backed by the grass covered forests where you will enjoy a nature walk, if you are tired of sin bathing or alternatively enjoy kite surfing. At the dean beach is a great destination to enjoy water sports activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, the sunset Dhow cruise among others. Due to the fascinating experience at the Diani beach, it has been considered as one of the most beautiful and interesting places to visit in Kenya.

  1. Lamu Town

Despite the fact that, Kenya is known for its outstanding reserves and the majestic savannah landscapes, it is also famous for its mesmerizing Indian Ocean coastline. The Lamu Archipelago is one of the most interesting places worthy a visit in Kenya and it is an area that is full of fascinating history. Lamu town is believed to have been created in 1370 and it acted as a Swahili port that later became home to the Europeans, Persians, and the Indians among other foreign cultures. In Lamu Town, you will encounter about 23 mosques, the traditional old dhows boats, as well as the ancient 19th century fort. It is surrounded by beautiful, unspoilt and peaceful beaches. It is a great place to take a break after your long bush safari in Kenya.

  1. Samburu Game reserve

The Samburu reserve is situated in northern Kenya and it is ranked among the best safari destination worthy a visit in Kenya. The place is home to the indigenous Samburu people, the different tribes of people which are famed and smartly dressed in their multicolored beaded jewelry attires. In the Samburu conservancy, you spot wildlife such as the Elephants, leopards, lions, giraffes, and cheetahs among others. It is one of the birder’s paradises with over 450 bird species. You will as well as encounter with unique wildlife sub species such as the Grevy’s zebras, East African Oryx, reticulated giraffes, gerenuk antelopes as well as packs of the wild dogs.

  1. Amboseli National Park

Amboseli national park is adjacent to the Tanzanian border and it is east of Mara. Its hosts the white Snow Caped mount Kilimanjaro in its background. Mount Kilimanjaro is known to be the world’s Highest Mountain and it offers a dramatic scenic beauty and a wonderful appearance to Samburu reserve which is one of the reasons why it is one of the best and most beautiful places to visit in Kenya. The other famous reason is the outstanding herds of healthy impressive populations of elephants that have got intriguing giant tusks. The reserve is as well home to the interesting wildlife such as the lions, wild dogs, impressive numbers of buffaloes, cheetah’s giraffes among other. You will encounter various bird species such as the Pelican, blue cheeked bee Eaters, marital Eagle among others.

  1. Maasai Mara National Reserve

The might Maasai Mara national reserve is one of the most popular safari destination in Africa that is home of a lot of wildlife wonders. The reserve is bordered by the private concessions where you will enjoy a diversity of fascinating activities such as night game drives, bush walking safaris among others. The Maasai Mara national reserve is one of the perfect places where you will spot the African big cats such as lions, cheetahs, leopards among others.  These can easily be sight without taking a long search in the reserve. The reserve hosts one of the world’s great natural wonder that takes place every year at the Mara River where you will have a chance to witness millions of wildebeest struggling to cross the Mara River. The wildebeest crowd is accompanied by millions of antelopes, million herds of zebras, Thomas Gazelle all coming from Serengeti national park of Tanzania meandering looking for fresh pastures and water. This happens in the dry season in the months of July to September and lot of crowds of wildlife migrates to Kenya.

  1. Aberdare National Park

The Aberdare national park is situated within the Great Rift Valley region of Kenya. The park is dominated by rivers, valleys, forests, waterfalls which have all together favored the survival of wildlife that is found in the park such as the elusive antelopes, black leopards, the black serval and the eastern Bongo among others. the place is famous because it was in this place that Queen Elizabeth 11 heard of her death before she was declared the Queen of England.  In this park queen Elizabeth was staying at the treetops hotel that became popular to travelers ever since then. Therefore it is one of the most beautiful and interesting places to visit on a safari.