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FIVE AFRICAN COUNTRIES YOU MUST VISIT IN 2018

Africa is a destination that requires first hand experience and local knowledge. Millions of travelers going to Africa for Safari rely on local contacts or the Internet to get first-hand information or make decisions on which countries to visit. Here are the top five countries you should visit next year- 2018, and why you should visit.

1. UGANDA, THE PEARL OF AFRICA

For anyone looking to discover someplace beautiful and off the beaten track, Uganda is a top tourist destination with something for everyone. Uganda offers Africa as you’ve always imagined it - wild, verdant, beautiful, and just waiting to be explored. Uganda is very nearly the most complete safari destination in Africa – boasting both the Big Five, the enigmatic mountain gorilla, and the ever-popular chimpanzee. Uganda’s Big Five are represented across the country’s top ten national parks.

Thousands of travelers come to Uganda looking for an up close and personal experience with its most famous primate residents - the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the chimpanzees of Kibale National Park. Uganda’s national parks like Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park offer the best Wildlife viewing safari in the world.

Gorilla Tracking in Uganda

There are only 700 - 880 Mountain gorillas remaining on earth. The majority live in the Virunga Mountains that straddle Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of the gorillas live a wild existence, far from human reach. However, a handful of groups have been habituated and can be tracked and observed by small numbers of visitors under the watchful eyes of park rangers.

Uganda’s Gorillas can be tracked in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Both Parks are best known for Mountain Gorilla populations and gorilla trekking but Bwindi also offers some of the finest montane forest birding in Africa and is a key destination for any birder doing a Safari to Uganda. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also the best place to see the endangered Golden Monkeys. There are seven habituated gorilla groups located in different parts of Bwindi. The groups range in size from 10 to 20 individuals, each with one or two silverbacks.

2. TANZANIA - THE WILDEBEEST CAPITAL

Thousands of tourists visit Tanzania every year. Thousands more planning their safari to Africa are wondering whether to choose a Tanzania Safari. It’s hard to totally narrow down why every traveler should visit Tanzania when there is so much to see. You probably need an entire year to explore Tanzania, a country with unbeatable natural resources, stunning landscapes, spectacular wildlife, historical and cultural riches, watersports, highest mountain in Africa and the deepest lake in Africa. Here is why you should visit Tanzania in 2018.

i.) Explore Tanzania National Parks

Tanzania has the largest concentration of wild animals in Africa. Visit the Ngorongoro Crater during your Tanzania Safari. This 2000 feet high rim of Ngorongoro Crater has the largest concentration of fauna on the African continent. There are over 30,000 mammals: buffalos, lions, leopards, pods of hippopotamus, varied ungulates, elephants, giraffes, black rhinos. Serengeti and Tarangire are must-visit parks in Tanzania. Guests can also go to Selous, the largest reserve in Africa, with over 3000 lions, over 120,000 elephants, close to 2,000 rhinos and herds of buffalos roaming its wilderness.

ii.) The Annual Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti

The Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular park, and the Serengeti migration has also recently been proclaimed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. This annual event is when visitors can bear witness to over six million hooves pounding across the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeests’ trek for fresh grazing. Wouldn’t you want to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Our expert guides will guide you to one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas and an ongoing source of inspiration to writers, filmmakers and photographers.

iii.) The Maasai Culture Tours

The Maasai are most famous of Africa’s people, these fierce warriors are still practicing their ancestral way of life and are known for their pastoral traditions, living off their herds of cattle, sheep, goats, and donkeys. Traditional Maasai life centers around their cattle, which is their primary source of food. An adventure to the Serengeti National Park wouldn’t be complete without meeting the enchanting Maasai. This wonderful cultural excursion will immerse you in the fascinating ancestry of the Maasai. At the Maasai village playing host to your tour, you will have the opportunity to meet with a Maasai family, visit a traditional boma, the village huts made of cow dung and clay plastered over stick frames.

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iv.) Climb to the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa with three volcanic cones – Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination. Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any technical skills or special equipment. However, the challenge is not to be taken lightly. Thousands of people have stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Contact us to start planning your safari to the highest mountain on Africa.

v). Be Inspired by the Magic and Beauty

Tanzania has seven official World Heritage Sites. Teeming with diverse wildlife and a spectacular sight, Ngorongoro is the largest unbroken and unflooded volcanic caldera in the world. Serengeti is the breathtaking outback venue of the annual migration of millions of wildebeest combined with an evolutionary trip to Olduvai Gorge, Laetoli and the Kondoa Rock Art Cave Sites takes you back to your human origins. Selous, Ruaha and Katavi are unspoiled remote wildernesses, home to thousands of elephants and bovines, and packs of rare African wild dogs and other diverse predators. Lake Tanganyika is among the most beautiful lakes in the world. Silver beaches and limpid seas set off the wonderful Swahili architecture of Stone Town in Zanzibar, important as a significant trading port, a heady blend of cultures and focus of the abolition of slavery.

vi.) Indian Ocean Beach Vacation in Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar is famous for its glorious white sand beaches and remarkable coral reefs. The island is a beach and sun lover’s paradise. Endless miles of unspoiled white, sandy beaches backed by lush tropical forests are lapped by the limpid azure waters of the tepid Indian Ocean. Zanzibar has a wide range of accommodation choices and plenty to see, do and discover. It is the perfect place to relax after an exhilarating safari.

3. RWANDA - THE LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS

Rwanda is situated in the African great lakes region. Rwanda has healed the wounds from a devastating genocide more than two decades ago, it has emerged as one of East Africa’s premier travel destinations. The mountains in the west and savanna to the east of the country are visited by thousands of tourists every year. Rwanda is known for its transformed capital city – Kigali, wildlife adventures in its national parks and the famous mountain gorillas. Here are five reasons you should visit Rwanda in 2018.

i.) Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda

Rwanda is one of only three places in the world where you can trek some of the world's remaining 880 mountain gorillas. Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is the most famous destination in Rwanda. It has become synonymous with mountain gorilla trekking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates.

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Volcanoes National Park, one of Africa's oldest national parks, and you'll be led on a daily guided gorilla trek that tops out at eight visitors. There is no other wildlife experience quite like an encounter with mountain gorillas. That precious hour spent in their company – watching the group playing, sulking, teasing each other, eating, or dozing just like we do – is extraordinary. And the gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park are among the best in Africa.

There are ten Gorilla families living in the Volcanoes National Park that are fully habituated and available for visits by the public (whilst others are habituated for scientific research purposes only) . Each family consists of at least one Silverback (but sometimes as many and four), along with several females and a group of youngsters.

ii.) Genocide Memorials

No one would want to reminisce genocide on their vacation but the Genocide Memorials in Rwanda are one of the top visited attractions. Don’t miss the visit the Memorials for stories that make it seem like the Genocide happened last night. Rwanda has made a huge progress since the 1994 genocide but, it is vital that the visitors and the people, who live here, know about the horrific incident that shook eastern Africa. The Rwanda people this will among other things help prevent future similar occurrences. You will visit a site of over one million genocide victims, churches which were also the sites for the horrendous massacre, a school that was also one of the sites to the genocide and also visit a museum which contains preserved bodies of the victims and a detailed history about the outbreak of the genocide.

iii). Safety and the Lakes

Safety is a priority for almost all travelers. Rwanda is one of the safest countries not just in Africa, but in the world: In 2015, Rwanda country ranked fifth globally and first on the continent in Gallup's Law and Order Index, which measures how safe people feel walking home at night. Violent crime is near nonexistent, and the terrorist threats that have plagued other East African destinations have not affected Rwanda.

Due to its location in the Great Lakes region of Africa, Rwanda is a natural paradise surrounded with many pristine and charming lakes and lake beaches. Five volcanic lakes lie on the border of Rwanda and Congo and are full of great attractions. The lakes are bordered by mountains and provide a great place for trekking, hang gliding and water skiing etc. The surrounding forests are also great for a marvelous gorilla safari.

iv.) Wildlife Viewing Safaris

Rwanda’s Akagera National Park is an amazing wildlife safari destination in Rwanda. It is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, Savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.

Notable plains game in Akagera National Park include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bushbabies often seen on night drives. Akagera is an important ornithological site with nearly 500 bird species, providing a fun-filled game viewing tour in Rwanda. Look out for the rare and elusive shoebill which shares the papyrus with other rarities such as the exquisite papyrus gonolek and countless other water birds that inhabit the wetlands in large numbers. Proceeds from your safari in Akagera National Park go to improving and preserving the park for future generations.

v.) Growth in Kigali City

The capital and the largest city in Rwanda, Kigali would remind you of a typically European town with clean streets and paved roads. Founded in 1907, brought down by the genocide, Kigali is on the move. Kigali also enjoys a cool subtropical climate, which ranges between 27 to 15 degrees throughout the year. Enjoy locally roasted coffee from and city Cafes, visit the Arts Center or take a mini-hike on Mount Kigali which is the highest point sitting atop an elevation of 1,850 meters above sea level. The above attractions are just a handful of the several places you can visit in Rwanda. Rwanda is indeed unlike any other African country you might have visited.

4. THE MAGICAL KENYA

Kenya is known as the safari capital of the world because of its amazing wildlife, beaches, birds and weather. Visitors to Kenya are spoiled for choice - you can choose to visit any or all of the twenty three national parks or the thirteen national reserves. Millions of travelers go to Kenya to witness the Great Migration or chase the Big Five. The ‘Big 5’ – the elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard, and cape buffalo – can all be found in Kenya’s parks, with other popular animals such as the giraffe, cheetah, and zebras. Kenya is a great country for a day safari or a multi-park tour. Headlined by the world renowned Masai Mara National Park, some of its parks located mere hours from the city center.

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In addition to the opportunity to see some of Africa most iconic animals in their natural habitat, Kenya also offers visitors the chance to go on cultural safaris. The Maasi culture tours are rated as the best culture tours by thousands of travelers. Kenya's diverse landscapes ranging from snow-capped mountains to stunning volcanic springs, and from sun-parched deserts to verdant Savannah and forests, a safari tour of Kenya is as much a chance to soak in unique landscapes as it is an opportunity to see wildlife whose concentration can't be found anywhere in the world.

5. MALAWI

Malawi may be one of Africa’s smallest countries but when it comes to exploration and adventure, it has tremendous amounts to offer; from grasslands and forests, mountaintops, unspoilt wildlife parks to Africa’s third largest and most beautiful Lake! Situated on the Great Rift Valley, Malawi is dominated by Lake Malawi, a magnificent body of water, 365 miles long and 52 miles wide (hence sometimes referred to as the calendar lake!). It’s teaming with life including over 400 species of cichlid fish, a lot of which are endemic to it. Most of Lake Malawi’s astounding underwater diversity is protected within the Lake Malawi National Park which is a World Heritage site and also one of the first in the world set aside for the protection of freshwater fish.

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The wildlife parks in Malawi are picturesque as well as diverse in game. Also unlike other African parks these have a very exclusive feel to them with only a few lodges operating in each. Reserves such as Majete Wildlife Reserve, are virtually undiscovered by tourists thus visiting it feels more like an expedition; making for unique and exciting safaris. Majete is also the only official Big 5 Park in Malawi. A visit to see the Northern sector of the country will give you a good mix of dramatic terrain, game and the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi.

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