East Africa is one great wildlife viewing destination with several national parks in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda. Each of the countries can be visited as single tour destinations or on combined East African safari itineraries.
Whether on a Uganda safari, Rwanda tour, Kenya safari, or Tanzania safari for the large herds, there are most preferable parks for wildlife viewing or game drives. These parks offer the most of the animals in the African wilderness. Here are the top parks for wildlife viewing in East Africa;
The top wildlife viewing parks in Uganda include Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Wildlife viewing or game drives are done in a safari vehicle with Uganda wildlife safari guide and a park ranger in search of wildlife.
Game drives in Uganda can be done either in the morning, evening, and at night. These are referred to as morning game drive, evening game drive as well as night game drives. The day game drives are usually less expensive than the night game drive. A game drive lasts about 2-4 hours within the park.
These parks are not the only parks with wildlife but the best for seeing animals in the wild. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the best destination for gorilla trekking in Uganda whereas Kibale Forest National Park is the best destination for chimpanzee and primate tracking with 13 primate species in the park.
Rwanda may not be the ultimate Africa safari destination for wildlife tours but if you want a scenic tour within a beautiful setting Akagera National Park should be on your list. The park is home to the big five wildlife African game which are the Buffaloes, Rhinos, Leopards, Lions, and Elephants.
Akagera is a much preferable East African destination since it is one of the closest wildlife parks to the country’s national Airport-Kigali international Airport. It is just about a 3 hours’ drive to the park from the Airport. You also spot other wild animals like giraffes, zebras, hippos, and zebras.
Kenya is popular for wildlife safaris because if the Masai Mara National Reserve is home to great kraals of wildlife. The Reserve is within the Narok county of Kenya that is contiguous with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Masai Mara is known for the exceptional population of lions, leopards, cheetahs, and elands. Through Serengeti and Masai Mara is the annual migration of millions of the wildebeest with zebras, Thomson’s gazelle as well as other antelopes.
In Kenya, other national parks with great wildlife to view on a Kenya wildlife safari include Amboseli National Park, Tsavo East National Park, and Tsavo West National Park.
Tanzania is the popular East African wildlife park due to the fact that it hosts great herds of wildlife as well as several national parks. Serengeti National Park is home to the wildebeest and the popular great wildebeest migration that attracts many for Tanzania wildlife safaris. The Serengeti ecosystem in northern Tanzania hosts the second largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world and a scene you shouldn’t ever miss on an African safari.
The top wildlife parks in Tanzania also include the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and Arusha National Park. You can visit either one or all of these parks during your safari in Tanzania.
These are the popular wildlife parks in East Africa for combined safaris but not the least. For an amazing trip, ensure to check out those least popular gems that Acacia Safaris can help you choose.
The Uganda Safari are categorized into 3 major categories namely Short safaris, medium safaris, and long safaris. The short safaris range from 1-3 days, the medium safaris range from 4-6 days and the long safaris range from 7 days and beyond.