Africa is a home to very many wildlife National Parks that one would love to visit for a holiday. Today, CNN ranks the most best 5 national parks which include the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Virunga National Park which are famously known for the endangered mountain gorillas in the mist. With Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park having the high population of gorillas and followed by the Virunga mountains that contain of Virunga, Volcanoes and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Most of the travelers visiting Africa combine wildlife and gorilla safaris, visiting Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda or Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is found in southern Uganda and it is much easier to visit gorillas in this park and after via Kisoro cross to Democratic Republic of Congo at Goma border to see the mountain gorillas and unforgettable Mountain Nyiragongo Hiking Treks in Virunga National Park. More so in the nearby time to come most tourists taking 7 Day Uganda – Congo Gorilla Safari taking double gorilla trek in Africa in both the UNESCO heritage parks will be connecting from the Bunagana border and if you are travel to Africa in 2017or in future customize your adventure with the most reliable Africa tour operators in Uganda.
If you are to travel to Africa, think of the travel documents and it is advisable that every tourist going to Africa should have a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Card, passport, and visa and if you are to travel to Uganda and Kenya you can get yourself an East African Tourist Visa which cost $ 100 USD for 90 days. But each region cost a single visa at $50 USD and then for the Democratic Republic of Congo situated in Central Africa cost its tourist visa at $ 100 USD which is valid for 7 days stay and effectively from January 2018 Rwanda introduced easy way of acquiring Visa upon arrival regardless of nationality without advance application as before.
For your visit to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Virunga National Park for gorilla experience plan in advance as it requires to arrange with your travel company and buy the gorilla permits in time as they are served on first come first serve and both destination offers affordable gorilla permits price costing $ 600 USD year round and then in DRC Congo costing $ 400 USD high season and $ 200 USD low season Mid – March to Mid – May every year and this applies only in Virunga. Democratic Republic of Congo offers Eastern Lowland gorillas permit costing $400 USD which are found in Kahuzi Biega National Park and if you have more time you can too experience the Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary in this park.
Also in the Virunga National Park you can take an amazing adventure hiking the mount Nyiragongo Volcano which is a 2 day trek and this experience starts from Kibati point and it takes 8 – 9 hours hiking depending on the speed of participants. When you reach the top you can have unforgettable scenic view of Goma town, and it is a must while on the top of the summit you have to experience rain falls and you spend a winter night in your shelters. The mountain has 12 shelters and accommodating 24 travelers, if you are traveling on a budget level carry your own sleeping items, warm clothes, own food, water, among others. But if you want to travel at an affordable trek spare an $ 80 USD and book a Mikeno package and this include sleeping items like sleeping bag, rain gears, sweaters, water and snacks of the day while hiking and on this fee you have a dinner on the summit from the Mikeno Lodge chef. The Nyiragongo permit cost $ 300 USD and this include accommodation in the shelters. The descending of the mount is so flexible sloping down but fitness is a paramount factor to take this adventure holiday.
With all that details about the primate parks, travelers also visit the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya and here you can experience the hot air balloon carries tourists during the annual wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara game reserve.
Maasai Mara National Reserve, has been honored by the World Travel Awards, and named after its ancestral inhabitants; the Maasai people, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southwest Kenya. In addition to an impressive population of big cats, rhinos and elephants, it plays host from July through to October each year to one of the world’s more spectacular movements of wildebeest. Known as the Great Migration, the phenomenon involves more than 1 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of gazelles, zebras and other animals, which migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
Some 150,000 visitors from across the world come annually to witness the wildebeest migration and river crossings. This experience is much rewarding and tourists sometimes experience it from Masaai Mara Reserve, Kenya or Serengeti National Park, Tanzania with the adventurous hiking of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park.
The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
A small river flows through palm-lined shores in a lush Savannah grassland in Serengeti National Park. Serengeti National Park was established in 1951, making it Tanzania’s oldest national park. The park is arguably one of the most famous in the world and covers 5,700 square miles of grassland, Riverine forest, woodlands and Savannah.
This park is famously known for its beautiful scenery, wildlife variety and its part in the impressive annual migration of more than a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of other animals. It was listed in 1981 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and hosts an average 90,000 visitors each year.
The Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park was established as a game reserve in 1898 and is home to a vast number of species, including more than 500 types of bird and more than 100 reptiles. It also boasts a huge diversity of trees and flowers.
The park is also known for big game, as well as more than 255 recorded archaeological sites. Several rivers traverse the park from west to east, including the Sabie, Olifants, Crocodile, Letaba, Luvuvhu and Limpopo.