UGANDA

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is located in the Southwest part of the rim of the Rift Valley in Uganda is ranked as top tourist attraction that one shouldn’t miss and here is why;

Bwindi offers an amazing experience for visitors to stand just meters away from the gentle giants – the mountain gorillas. There are over 300 mountain Gorillas found in this impenetrable forest of which an estimated 116 are habituated.  (gorillas that have been trained to withstand human presence and not likely to attack). Bwindi is habitat to more than half the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas.

Bwindi’s mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain-forests that dates back to more than 250 years, comprising of about 400 plant species and over 120 mammals are found there with 350 species of birds recorded, including 23 endemics.

Gorilla Families in Bwindi

Local communities like the Batwa pygmies and Bakiga live around the forest and you can enjoy great cultural encounters after your Gorilla trekking experience. Also Nature walks & hiking along the trails of Buhoma or mountain biking are available for most visitors.

In addition to the endangered impressive mountain gorillas, there are also 346 bird species and more than 200 butterfly species, about 324 species of trees, ten of which are only found in this areas in the whole of Uganda. This is really a destination to explore.

KENYA

Masai Mara (Masai Mara) is a National Park situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. 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 game viewing Eco-system.

The Masai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest’s migration alone involves over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November. There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 bird species recorded on the reserve.

Sunset in the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Wildlife- Nowhere in Africa is more wildlife abundant. The Mara is known as one of the finest wildlife destinations in the world, with an excellent chance of seeing the big five, cheetah, serval, hyena, bat-eared foxes, black-backed and side-striped jackals, hippo, crocodile, baboons, warthog, topi, eland, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, water-buck, oribi, reed-buck and zebra among others.

Best time to visit – Peak season is between July and October, during the migration. Early November and February can also offer excellent game viewing moments.

Activities that take place at the reserve include; Game viewing, camping, night game drives, visits to Masai cultural villages, ballooning, bush dinner, lunch and breakfast. Masai Mara makes for a spot for a destination wedding photographer to engage different scenes with clients.

TANZANIA

With the world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve to the North, the Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Area to the southeast, Ikorongo and Grumeti Game Reserves to the West, the Maswa Game Reserve to the southwest, and the Loliondo Game Control Area to the northeast, you will find the Larger Serengeti Ecosystem which is all connected with free roaming animals which lead to a greater biodiversity. This entire area is considered as one of the most beautiful areas in the world and is a must-see for any nature lover.

The national park is vast and to make it easier it is divided into three areas, each with a large variety of animals and plant life. The Western Corridor is known for the black clay soil which covers the savannah of the entire region. This area is home to the Grumeti River which is featured often in television documentaries on the Great Wildebeest Migration, often showing how the large Nile Crocodiles hunt the animals trying to cross. The area is home to various other animals such as lions, leopard, cheetahs, patas monkeys, hippopotamus and the majestic martial eagles.

Zebras in the Serengeti.

The Northern Serengeti is covered in beautiful open woodlands and is probably the best place in the national park to find Elephants and giraffes. It is one of the best areas to find the dik-dik, which is one of the smallest antelopes in Africa, standing at around 30-40 centimeters (12-15 inches).

The Serengeti Plains is quite spectacular. Almost completely treeless, it provides great views of animals roaming. This area is where the Wildebeest calve from December until May. The influx of young proves to bring about a great deal of predator sightings as they regularly target the easy prey. During the wet season, other large herds of buffalo, zebra, hartebeest and various other animals occur and with the vast open plains which makes the viewing effortless, it is easy to see why the Serengeti Plains is such a popular area for tourism.

A list of more commonly found mammals in the Serengeti National Park. Other carnivores within the area include the very rare African golden wolf, African lion, leopard, striped hyena, spotted hyena, African wild dogs, honey badger, serval, cheetah and many others.

The area is a birder’s paradise, featuring more than 500 different species of birds, ranging from the very large ostrich, the Ashy starling, the Black crake, Ficher’s lovebird, Hartlaub’s turaco, the red and yellow barbet and very small finches. A list of the more commonly found bird species in the Serengeti National Park.

BURUNDI

Rusizi National Park is the most famous National park in Burundi and reserves at the same time being the most visited of all due to the most enriched wildlife & the Crocodiles on River Rusizi. Rusizi National Park is also referred to as Parc National de la Rusizi and it is sectioned into two significant areas which are separated by the Bujumbura-Uvira road.

The larger part of the park lies on the eastern bank of Rusizi River. This flood plain is 2km wide and 45km long with acacia trees, shrubs and grasslands dominating the wild vegetation.

Bird watching at Rusizi

The dry season is June to September and is practically the best time to have safari walks through Rusizi although wild fires are common.

Rusizi National park is great for bird watching, Game Drives and Nature walks, its ranks as the best destination for Wildlife viewing in Burundi.

If you tour this place, you will enjoy a lot in this park as you can explore various unique species of flora and fauna and the environment also supports the existence of these unique species. Wildlife species in Rusizi National Park include hippopotamus, antelopes and monkeys along with numerous species of colorful birds.

RWANDA

Volcanoes National Park also known as Parc National des volcans in French and Pariki y’Igihugu y’Ibirunga in native Kinyarwanda sits on the northwest province of Rwanda in a small town known as Musanze formerly known as Ruhengeri. It is apparently the oldest national park in the entire African continent.

It harbors the endangered mountain Gorillas of Rwanda that are always available for tourists that would love to carry out gorilla tracking and besides its huge population of mountain gorillas, it also harbors the endangered golden monkeys, a primate species that apparently offers the best diverse tourism activity within the national park.

Accommodation in Volcanoes National Park.

The park also shelters eight volcanoes of the Virunga mountains which are; Mt. Karisimbi, Mt. Bisoke, Mt. Muhabura, Mt. Gahinga and Mt. Sabyinyo all covering over 16km2 of bamboo and rainforest.

The prime attractions of the park are the endangered mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) with a lot of mammals which include golden monkeys, buffaloes, black fronted duiker, hyenas then bushbucks. 178 bird species, with about 12 of the main species and 15 of the subspecies being endemic to the Virunga conservation area.

Even when travel is still restricted, you can still pop a bottle of bubbly, and get ready to plan some getaways in the wild. To book your bus ticket to any of those countries, simply download the Ugabus App or visit their website at www.Ugabus.com.