Among all continents in the world Africa is one of the luckiest which is richly endowed with many different tourist attractions ranging from a rich landscape like water falls, mountains, crater lakes ,unique wildlife, various bird species, rich forestry covered by a variety of tree species, the list is indeed endless. Africa has several magnificent national parks and among-st them are those ranked as the best the world has to offer such as Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve which is close to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Reserve which derived its name from the indigenous locals who stay in the same locality called the Masai people. It is covers 1500 square kilometers of mainly grassland and boosts of a large population of the famous big cats such as the lions, cheetahs and leopards. The Serengeti and Masai Mara National Parks house to the world’s largest annual migration of animals which is commonly referred to as the Great Migration and it’s a period during which tourists to the park ably see all members of the Big Five ,as well as giraffes , hippopotami and crocodiles in and on the river banks and one of the most popular ways of enjoying the park view is by traveling in hot air balloon.
In the same category falls Madagascar’s Andringitra National Park covering 31 000 square kilometers and boosts of more than16 insectivores, 100 bird species, 55frog species and more than 50 species of mammals.On the same list falls Botswana’s Chobe National Park developed in 1967, Etosha National Park in Namibia, Zambia’s Luangwa Valley which comprises of three national parks, the largest being North Luangwa and the South Luangwa National parks.
Following in hierarchy is Uganda’s Kibale National Park a great Uganda safari destination covering 776 square meters of lowland and rain forest and is famously known for being a home to over 13 species of primates, there are almost 230 tree species within the forest and visitors can spend an overnight in a lodge, guest house or a tented forest camp which vary between basic, mid range and luxury accommodation facilities. One of the park’s highlight activities is chimpanzee tracking and during this tourists trek through the thick forests to find and observe groups of the habituating chimpanzees. Next to it is South Africa’s Kruger National Park which is one of South Africa’s the biggest tourist attractions, it’s the oldest occupying about 20 000 square kilometers and possess It has large mammals found in no other African Game Reserve.
The Moremi Game Reserve comes in position number 8 and is among Botswana’s premier National Parks found in Botswana’s Okavango Delta next in position is Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park which is Africa’s most reputable wildlife reserve is commonly known for its annual Great Migration of ,large numbers of zebra and crocodile. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site occupying 15 000 square kilometers and thus lies in three distinct regions, including plains ,the western corridor and the woodlands of the northern Serengeti region as well.
Last but not least is the Virunga National Park found in Congo which too also is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has one of the only two places were the rear wild mountain gorillas still exists. Covering over 7800 square kilometers in the Virunga Mountains with the dramatic Rwenzori Mountains in the north also possess an active volcanic lava lake. It is true that one must note that the Virunga was so much affected by the Congo war but the tourism activities in the park have continuously run well in the previous few years. On a Gorilla trekking safari, a tourist should expect to see the habituated chimpanzees, mountain gorillas as well as several different mammals like the forest elephants and the rare and weird okapi the list is endless.
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