5 Places to Visit in East Africa.

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Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

Masai Mara Game Reserve is wildlife sanctuary of 200 square miles has evolved into a reserve that now spans 580 square miles. While here you’ll have the opportunity to spot the Big Five, hippos, crocodiles, zebras, and, the Mara’s dominant inhabitants, wildebeest. In fact, the Great Wildebeest Migration runs right through the Mara, so depending on the time of your visit you may have the chance to witness this momentous event. Its home too many mammals, it’s also home to over 500 species of bird. If you’re a birder, the Mara will feel like a paradise. From sooty chats to kori bustards to birds of prey like eagles, storks, and vultures, the Masai Mara delivers. Get those cameras out and ready, as you’ll likely spot birds here you won’t see anywhere else on the planet. Learn more about the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve serves as a proper embodiment of the continent for all your introductory needs. Located in the Samburu district of the Rift Valley Province in central Kenya, the Samburu National Reserve is home to a bevy of animals. From lions, leopards and cheetahs to zebra, ostrich, giraffes, and elephants, there is a lot on display here.

In fact, Samburu is supported by the Ewaso Nyiro River which serves as a watering hole for local wildlife. Aside from the various mammals you’ll have the opportunity to observe, you’ll also get the chance to meet and interact with the Samburu people. Close cousins of the Masai, the Samburu are incredibly proud and friendly. While you may come for the animals, you’ll stay for the people. Find out more about Samburu National Reserve.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

What started out as an enormous volcano that erupted and collapsed in on itself has become one of the most unique places to visit in all of Africa. Inducted as a World UNESCO Heritage site in 1979, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to the Ngorongoro Crater and some 30,000 animals including rare black rhinos and black-maned lions.

Commonly referred to as a “Garden of Eden”, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most prehistoric sites in the entire world. The animal and plant life that flourishes here is what earns it the biblical moniker. The feeling you’ll have while standing on the edge of the crater and peering down into its 610-meter depth is indescribable, and a perfect moment to capture for your first time in Africa.

Tourism in this area is heavily monitored to avoid any potential environmental damage. So, as you explore Ngorongoro, remember that your surroundings are utterly precious. The wonders you’ll experience here are unique and indelible.

Serengeti National Park

We can’t mention the Massai Mara Game Reserves without also mentioning Serengeti National Park. Located in Tanzania, the Serengeti was inducted as a national park in 1951 and, due to its biodiversity, is also UNESCO World Heritage Site. If safari game viewings and encounters are what your heart desires from an African safari, then buckle up.

The Serengeti is home to over three million large mammals ranging from the Big Five to Nile crocodiles and over 500 species of bird. Big cats are especially prominent with lions roaming practically everywhere, cheetahs traipsing about the south eastern plains, and leopards hanging out in big trees along the Seronera River. If its animals you want, its animals you’ll get.

There’s plenty to love aside from the animals too. From vast plains to open woodlands and hills to bushy savannahs, the terrain here is varied and gorgeous. Since the park occupies a large area of 5,700 square miles, there’s plenty to explore. If you’re looking for quintessential safari game viewing and scenery, Serengeti National Park is just what you’re looking for.

Gorilla & Chimp Tracking Opportunities

Consider a safari in Uganda or Rwanda to track a family of endangered mountain gorillas

Uganda shines with stunning greenery, deep lakes, soaring mountains and perhaps the greatest natural treasure of all – half of the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla population. Uganda gorilla safari deep into the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and see these incredible, endangered creatures from closer than you ever thought possible. Beyond the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, visit Kibale Forest National Park, known for having the highest primate density of any other region on earth. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, spot plains game, including the rare Uganda Kob, Cape buffalo and lions.

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5 Places to Visit in East Africa.
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