At one point or another, most people have dreamt about going on an African safari. They’ve thought about trekking in the jungle or climbing into the back of a khaki jeep. The saturated yellows and rich greens of the savannah come alive in their imaginations before retreating again before a dreary suburban day. There are few people who ever manage to follow that dream. And for most of us who make it to the wilds of Uganda, Zimbabwe or Kenya, it’s a once-off adventure. The trip of a lifetime.
Exploring Gorilla Habitats in Uganda
How many people do you know who have gone gorilla trekking in Uganda? The chances are, not many. The further we stray from the beaten track, the more unlikely are our encounters. The more difficult the journey, the more interesting the people we meet along the way. Standing on the edge of Lake Bunyoni, Africa’s largest crater-lake, take a moment to see who’s standing next to you.
Uganda has a number of reservations including Magahinga and Bwindi National Parks. Observing gorillas in their natural habitat is a rare privilege and visitors are asked to respect strict guidelines. Getting close to gorillas often involves arduous treks into the jungle. There is usually time allotted to taking photographs and watching the gorillas roam and interact, before starting the journey back to the lodge. On route you will be exposed to some of the most luscious scenery on the continent.
Hearing the Roar of Victoria Falls
So many images of Africa are implanted in our minds. We’ve accumulated them over the years from books, TV, movies or the web. Victoria Falls is definitely one of those images. It seems familiar. But we can hardly imagine what it’s like to be near the roar of those falls. It’s located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. At 1700 meters wide and 100 meters tall it dwarves Niagara Falls. It’s said to be the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
While the falls may be the main attraction, the area is rich with activities, any one of which is worth the trip. Safaris here offer a choice of transport. Horse back or elephant-back. The opportunity to spot lions and crocodiles in the wild, the chance to visit hill resorts or go bungee jumping, make this an adventurer’s paradise.
Kenya for the Classic Safari
I suppose we all have that classic image in our minds when we think of an African Safari. It involves a Khaki jeep, a pair of binoculars, gazelle sprinting across the plains and a giant red sun sinking over the horizon. Some of the finest reserves and national parks in the world are located in Kenya, and they certainly fulfill that classic safari experience.
Parks like Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru are difficult to surpass for the sheer amount of wildlife on display. You’ll see lots of big game; large numbers of giraffes, lions, antelopes, and if you’re lucky some endangered rhinos. If you have time to visit Amroseli Reserve there’s an iconic view of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.