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Top 7 African Wildlife Parks

Mountain Gorilla I © Dave Proffer/WikiCommons
Mountain Gorilla I © Dave Proffer/WikiCommons

Volcanoes National Park

By far one of the most exciting and fascinating African national parks, the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is mesmerizing. Needless to say, the most attractive animals around are the mountain gorillas, which draw people from all around the world. Dian Fossey’s research and stories certainly brought international attention on them. Having a face-to-face encounter with these fascinating apes might be the primary goal for exploring the park; however, there are other valuable reasons to stay in the park once you are done with the gorilla tracking. It includes golden monkey tracking.

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This world heritage-listed national park in Uganda is one of the region’s most famous safari tourism parks thanks to its community of mountain gorillas calling the park home. Indeed, set over a steep mountain rainforest, the park counts 360 gorillas to this day. Without a doubt, the ‘impenetrable forest,’ as it’s often referred to, is Uganda’s most impressive tourist destination and one of the continent’s oldest habitats. Also, there is quite an impressive diversity in terms of flora and fauna in comparison to other rainforests. The park is home to around 120 mammals and almost 360 bird species. Lucky travelers might even be able to spot some forest elephants!

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kanungu, Uganda

Zebras at Ngorongoro Crater I © Muhammad Mahdi Karim/WikiCommons
Zebras at Ngorongoro Crater I © Muhammad Mahdi Karim/WikiCommons

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is nothing short of breathtaking. Even the views from above are mesmerizing. However, what really makes this place special is when visitors get down inside driving amongst an incredible concentration of wildlife. This includes not only the world’s highest density of lions in Africa but also of overall predators. No doubt, this natural wonder is considered to be one of Africa’s jewels and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So be prepared when the descent begins to enter a real wildlife paradise!

Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro, Tanzania

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Lake Nakuru

Only a two-hour drive from Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, Lake Nakuru is one of the country’s most impressive national parks. The park is most famous for its flamingos but also for its white and black rhinos, baboons and hippos. If visitors are lucky, they might also come across one of the very rare tree-climbing lions. Here, unlike in other parks, you should attempt to look up instead of down to spot the lions and even leopards! Of course, giraffes, zebras and buffalos are also of the party.

Lake Nakuru, Shauri Yako, Nakuru, Kenya

Hwange National Park

Out of all African parks, Hwange National Park ranks amongst the ten largest in the continent and is also the biggest in Zimbabwe. Around 400 bird species and 107 animal species live in the park, including giraffes, leopards, lions, hyenas and more. The biggest draw of the park, however, is the elephant. With around 40,000 tuskers, this park is home to one of the most important elephant populations. The best time to visit is from July to October when animals gather around the 60 water holes.

Hwange National Park, Hwange, Zimbabwe

Loango National Park

Located in Gabon, Loango National Park is ‘Africa’s last Eden’ according to conservationist Mike Fay. Water streams, thick forest and savannah, lagoons and white sand beaches form habitats for all kinds of species. Better known for its mythic surfing hippo, the park is also home to the most important concentration but also variety of dolphins and whales, elephants strolling around the beach and some rare mammals in the savannah. This park is without doubt a must visit for safari lovers on wildlife watching tours.

Loango National Park, Gabon

South Luangwa National Park I © Joachim Huber/WikiCommons
South Luangwa National Park I © Joachim Huber/WikiCommons

South Luangwa National Park

The South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is one of the best choices in Africa for a combination of scenery, animal species, accessibility and accommodation options. It comprises of varied landscapes, including vast terrains of dense woodland, open grassy plains and oxbow pools, which are home to animals that come in all sizes and shapes — from the small tsetse flies to the majestic elephants. The park also gives the opportunity to visitors to go on walking safaris from June to September. Experiencing wildlife on foot is certainly a must-try experience!

South Luangwa National Park, Mambwe, Zambia

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