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4 African Tourist Destinations a Must to Visit
There are many tourist attractions to visit in Africa. It is a hard task to make up your mind which place to go if the budget does not allow traveling to several different places.
From North Africa to West Africa passing through East Africa and finally landing in South Africa, there are bound to be tourists’ attractions or destinations from ancient buildings or civilizations to the diverse culture, each tribe with its customs and traditions.
The following are four tourist destinations you might consider when you are preparing for tourist destinations to visit.
Masai Mara is a must place to visit as it provides a breathtaking view of the Big Cats hunting the wildebeest for food. One will be able to watch from a distance as the cheetah, the fastest animal in the world chasing a young wildebeest for a meal.
Not only will one be able to watch predator-prey action, but also have a chance to see the world’s largest animal migration. This happens during the dry season from July to October as about 1.5 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras prepare the longest migration from Serengeti plains in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya. As they cross Mara River, the breathtaking view goes a notch higher as they have to cross the river infested with Nile crocodiles and hippopotamus.
The Masai Mara reserve located southwest of Kenya on the border with Tanzania was established in 1961 in order to protect wildlife from poachers. It is the most visited place in Kenya affording it the highest tourist attraction in Kenya.
Among the animals one will be able to see include: lions, cheetah, leopards, impala, giraffe, crocodiles, hippos, baboons, topi, buffaloes, warthogs, zebras and wildebeests.
Masai Mara reserve has no fences thereby affording a clear view of wildlife within its boundaries or outside the area. The outside area of the reserve is inhabited by Masai who normally seem to live at ease with these wild animals.
Maasai, one of the over forty tribes in Kenya is one of the few tribes that has been to keep its custom and traditions intact, thereby it will be fun to learn one or two things about them.
There are various ways of watching the animals, either from the comfort of a vehicle or from a hot-air balloon.
One of the greatest natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls also offers a breathtaking view.
The Victoria Falls is found between Zimbabwe and Zambia in Southern Africa. One can be able to watch the falls at close range taking pleasure in the noise, the full force of the spray and the always-present stunning rainbows.
There is a free-will onto which side one would want to watch the view of the falls. On the Zimbabwe side, one can be able to watch the Victoria Falls by standing opposite the falls and see them face-to-face.
Zimbabwe provides value for money in terms of accommodation and infrastructure. The hotels are luxurious and infrastructure is good.
Nevertheless, on the Zambia side it is more affordable than in Zimbabwe. The tickets to enter the park are cheap and accommodation is less expensive in the town of Livingstone.
In Zambia one can watch the falls from above or below.
The best time to sight the Victoria Falls is from March to May which is a rainy season. At this time the falls are striking to watch.
As About.com puts it well, “There is nothing quite like getting a thorough soaking from the roaring, powerful Victoria Falls. The spray is so impressive from the look-out points, it feels like you are in the middle of a torrential rainstorms.”
It is estimated there are less than 900 mountain gorillas alive.
A half of the mountain gorillas, 480, occupy an extinct volcanic region. This region called Virunga Range is along the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The rest of mountain gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
In Uganda, there are two national parks, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Gorilla National Park.
Bwindi, located south-west of Uganda houses half of mountain gorillas. The park has dense rain forest which covers approximately 200 square miles.
The other park, Mgahinga is located south-west of Uganda on the slopes of the Viruga Mountains. The size of the park is 28 square miles. Despite its relatively small area, there are plenty of other animals to see apart from mountain gorillas. They include: golden monkeys, buffalo, leopard and bush back.
In Rwanda, there is one park situated on the north of the country which shares in the population of gorilla. The park is known as Parc National des Volcans or Virunga National Park. The size of the park is 46 square miles.
Lastly, a part of Virunga Range or Virunga Mountains Park is situated in DRC. The park known as Parc National des Virunga houses some of the mountain gorillas. The population of the gorillas in DRC is not many as many of them were chopped to death in the year 2007.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak mountain in Africa at a height of 19,340 feet provides a superb sight to behold. A volcanic mountain, it is also termed as one of freestanding mountains in the world.
This mountain on the equator capped with snow is an adventure travel destination. It will take six days to conquer this mountain to the top, not an easy task but fun. Unlike other mountains, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro does not require a lot of expertise or technical climbing experience. It is possible to walk to the peak without ropes and one does not require special climbing equipment.
The best time to enjoy this moment of a life-time of conquering this mountain is from September to October, and January to March. During this time weather conditions are favorable making it safe to climb the mountain.
A trekker will move through five different climatic zones to reach the summit.
If you are intending to visit tourist destination, you might consider reviewing the above tourist attractions for breathtaking views and adventure of a lifetime.
If you make up your mind to visit any of the above tourist attractions or any other not mentioned in this site, you are warmly welcomed.
In Kiswahili, the common-understandable language used in East Africa and surrounding countries to welcome visitors is, “Karibu.”