The African continent is one of the best places to see wildlife in its natural habitats. With some of the best kept national parks and wildlife reserves, there are lots of wildlife experiences that you cannot miss if you are a wildlife lover! From the popular wildebeest migration to unrated gorilla trekking in the Virunga Forests, there are several wildlife experiences that do not miss on the bucket list of most safari goers! Here are 5 wildlife safaris that will force you to go on an African safari;
Trek to Spot Mountain Gorillas in the Wild
Mountain gorillas are our second closest living relatives! Sharing a lot of human DNA, looking into the pensive eyes of these distant cousins is one of the best wildlife experiences. While on a gorilla trek, you will see the mighty King Kong and meet them right in their natural habitat. This is an experience that will never fade from your memory and you will never forget.
There are just a thousand mountain gorillas left in the world. These great apes are located in only three countries. These great apes are protected in four well protected national parks and these are the only locations where you can do this awe-inspiring trek: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Though a gorilla safari does not come at a cheap price, it is the most popular adventure that travelers seek from Uganda and Rwanda. A gorilla permit costs US$1500 in Rwanda, US$600 in Uganda, and US$400 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The chance to meet the gorillas up close is a life-changing activity that you should not miss.
The Great Wildebeest Migration
Never ever miss the Wildebeest Migration in Kenya and Tanzania! The annual wildebeest migration is one of the unique wildlife safari experiences that you should not miss in Africa. This natural phenomenon occurs in two reknowned national parks; the Serengeti National Park of Rwanda and Masai Mara National Park of Kenya.
Walk With Lions
Walking with lions definitely belongs to one of the craziest encounters you can imagine. There are two major places in the world where you can walk with Lions on an African Safari; Mauritius and Zimbabwe.
Trek with Rhinos in Uganda
After Uganda was struck by the Bush War a few decades ago, rhinos completely vanished from the country. In efforts to bring these fascinating animals back to their homeland, rhinos from zoos all across the world were brought into Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in 2005.
Spread across seven thousand hectares of land, the sanctuary is home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The sanctuary is so big that it resembles their natural habitat and visitors have to trek with rangers for several kilometers in the bush before being able to spot them.