Are you looking for that one life-changing safari experience in Africa but you do not know which one exactly to undertake? Well, for a complete safari experience, Africa is among the very few continents in the world that shouldn’t miss in your bucket list this coming season. Whether you are amateur or professional traveler, Africa has got all kinds of life-changing experiences for you to enjoy and you won’t regret thereafter. Among others include;
This is undeniably one of the major safari highlights for most tourists on safari in Africa. There is nothing more breathtaking than hiking through the thick tropical rainforests in Africa and all of the sudden; you strike your imaginations with a group of mountain gorillas relaxed in their habitat. If you have ever imagined or thought of lifetime experiences then don’t wait anymore and count this primate adventure a must in your bucket list and you won’t be disappointed. Mountain gorilla trekking is only conducted in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Today, about 1004 mountain gorillas still thrive in the wild and you can catch a glimpse at them in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park, southwestern Uganda; Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda or the Virunga National Park in the DR Congo. To be part of this lifetime experience, you only need $600 purchase your permit in Uganda and you can obtain one through ground tour operator or through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). In Rwanda, you need $1500 to secure your permit and $400 for you to purchase for your permit in the DR Congo.
When it comes to African safaris, chimpanzee adventures are a few most inspirational and life changing experiences that you need not to miss to be part before you die. In Africa, you can catch a glimpse at these impressive creatures in Kibale Forest National Park in western Uganda-the most popular capital of primates in East Africa and permits can be obtained at $150 if this is your dream destination. Other areas where you can strike your imaginations with these unique creatures in Uganda include Budongo forest in Murchison Falls National Park, Kalinzu Forest Reserve and Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park; Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda. Treks to see these impressive wild creatures are usually done two times a day-early in the morning and in the afternoon and not only does it reward you with breathtaking views of chimpanzees but also several of primates that dwell in most of these forested protected areas especially the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, olive monkeys and others.
There is nothing more exciting than embarking on white water rafting adventure along the mighty River Nile in Jinja0-easter Uganda. This lovely water sport is the most sought-after experience in Africa and it takes you via a 21 kilometers’ raft with a bit of challenging rapids that will leave a memory in you thereafter.
Usually when you think of a safari to Africa, game viewing comes first at the back of your mind. Yes, it is a major safari highlight and allows you to catch a glimpse at the big game in Africa-the cape buffaloes, African elephants, leopards, lions, rhinos and other savanna grassland wildlife species plus bird species. The most popular safari destinations in Africa for wildlife viewing include Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda, the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Tsavo National Park in Kenya, the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro crater, Selous game reserve in Tanzania and many others.
Hiking or Mountain climbing
While most tourists on African safari are left to think that it is only for wildlife viewing, to be honest, mountaineering is that one thing you have always missed in life. If you are adventure enthusiast, hiker and you want to challenge yourself, then count the magical Rwenzori Mountain ranges, Kilimanjaro Mountain, Mount Elgon, Muhabura, Mount Kenya a must to include in your travel plan and you won’t remain the same.
In conclusion, Africa is a true wildlife safari paradise and most significantly, you can combine most exciting safari activities in this continent while on your holiday and you will be filled with the most memorable experiences. Other incredible safari activities include boat/launch cruise, bungee jumping, kayaking, bird watching, ballooning and others.