Top Most East African Safari Activities
The annual wildebeest migration is acknowledged as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world and the greatest wildlife spectacles. It is a repeated movement of over 1.5 million wildebeest and other animals through the Serengeti Masai Mara environment searching for greener pastures and water. This movement is influenced by the response to weather patterns. The great wildebeest migration can be experienced at any time of the year. The early months of the year offer views of the birth of the newborns making them prey to the predators. Close to July, the herds move northwards, central Serengeti making the first crossing of the river and in August they cut across into Kenya’s Masai Mara. As the ear approaches to end, they migrate back to Serengeti as they prepare for calving.
Ngorongoro Crater drive
It is the largest caldera in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Ngorongoro crater provides excellent wildlife viewing throughout the whole year with highlights of the famous big five Empakaai and Olmoti craters and sights of pink flamingos. Discover and learn about the culture of the Masai, the keepers of the land by visiting a typical traditional homestead. It is the only park where humans coexist with wildlife.
A safari highlight in Uganda and Rwanda is the gorilla trekking experience. As much as gorilla trekking is expensive, it is worth the money and the effort. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and in Rwanda, one can see mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. The mind-blowing experience requires physical fitness since you have to hike through the forested areas to encounter the gentle giants as they go about their day. The hour spent with the mountain gorillas gives you an insight into their behavior and different characteristics. Watch them feed their young ones, play, and copulating.
This is one of the famous wildlife activities, Chimpanzees can be encountered in Kibale National Park, Budongo forest, Kyambura gorge in Uganda, Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda, Mahale National Park, and Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Chimpanzee trekking can be done all year round though the dry season is the best recommended. During this time the trekking trails are dry and less slippery ad this enriches your experience. Prices are different for different destinations. The Chimpanzees are humans’ closest relatives, they are very playful and therefore can be seen jumping from one tree to another.
Hot air Balloon Safari
This is one of the best ways to experience wildlife in East Africa. Each hot air balloon experience is unique in the different destinations and it is best done when the sun is rising. The great paranomic views in the hot air balloon offer perfect photographic moments and also best to view animals from above as they roam in the savannah grasslands. Enjoy a hot air balloon safari in Tanzania in Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park then Murchison Falls National park in Uganda.