Safaris are a holiday that most people want to experience once in their lives. There are several things to think about before deciding on where and when you go on safari and the following are some of the questions to ask:
Choose your destination with care. You will be very disappointed if your favorite animal is a rarity in the country that you choose.
Check the right time of the year to go. Parts of Africa have heavy rain making getting around very difficult.
Choose a conservancy for an exclusive experience with wildlife and not fight for position with tour buses for a glimpse of a beleaguered animal. Many of the eco lodges have the benefit of being right in the bush with the wildlife passing right in front of your tent.
Stay longer in each destination for a fuller experience of that Park or Conservancy.
If you can afford it, fly between parks and camps. This particularly applies when the alternative could see you spending 6-8 hours on the road.
Choose accommodation that offers the authentic African experience with the wildlife and local people at the heart of its being.
Pick the right time of the year to see the migrations – animals, birds and whales. There is no guarantee with wildlife but there are norms.
Pack with the right safari clothes and do not pack too much. Many lodges and camps offer laundry facilities.
Read up about your chosen destination and ask someone who knows the area well for advise re the above.
The lesser known of East Africa’s countries, Uganda has a diverse offering in wildlife, scenery and experiences. Where else can you plan to see gorillas in their mountain homelands, watch chimpanzees range through the trees in search of fruit and anything else, see the Big 5 in classic African panorama and finish with a few days on a beach on Africa’s largest lake – Lake Victoria.
Day 1: Kampala
Take time to explore this lake side city and perhaps take a trip out to Mabamba Swamp for some seriously good bird watching. Amongst the highlights would be a good sighting of the incredible shoebill bird with its large flattened beak.
Two nights Kampala
Day 3: Murchison Falls
Next stop is Murchison Falls National Park where the River Nile is compressed from 47 metres wide to squeeze through 6 metre canyon and drop 40 metres making for a powerful view. This Park has all of the main plains animals and some unusual ones such as oribi and Rothschild giraffe. Join traditional game drives and then take a boat cruise to the foot of the Falls known as the Devil’s Cauldron. Going in the late afternoon ensures you will see all the wildlife coming down for their evening drink. Plenty of crocs and hippo to see along the way and over 450 species of bird are found here.
Two nights Murchison Falls National Park
Day 5: Kibale
Your drive takes you along the western rim of the Rift Valley and then to the Kibale Forest National Park. Here you will be guided by the expert trackers/rangers of the Park through the forest looking for the troops of chimps hunting through the trees. There are plenty of other monkeys to be found here, such as the red tailed monkey and grey cheeked Mangabey.
One night Kibale
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Drive on into the Queen Elizabeth National Park and have a game drive looking for giant Forest Hogs on your way to camp. Here you have the conventional game drives looking for the usual plains game and their predators, most notably lion that climb in to the trees. Then take to a boat on the Kazinga Channel home to what is considered the largest number of hippo in Africa. Take a guided walk to the Blue Lake and the caves nearby which is home to millions of bats which in turn feed many python.
Three nights Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Enjoy a game drive as you leave the Park and head to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you will meet the Batwa people who live here. Here you will receive briefing from the Park staff before your guide takes you through the forest to seek out the gorilla family that live here. You will have an hour with these gentle giants before returning to the lodge.
Two nights Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi
Last tour through the forest before heading to Lake Bunyonyi where you can cruise out to Punishment Island where in past days unmarried pregnant girls where abandoned as punishment for conceiving before marriage. Relax in this beautiful location.
Two nights Lake Bunyonyi
Day 13: Lake Victoria
Back to Lake Victoria and a boat transfer to one of the islands on the Lake for some time to relax on a beach.
Two nights Lake Victoria
Day 15: Depart Uganda
Leave Uganda today for the onward or homeward journey.
Picture courtesy of Bethan Evans
Picture courtesy of Bethan Evans
Picture courtesy of Bethan Evans
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Being so close to a family of gorillas, who have accepted you as part of the day, and watching their family interactions. Magical, and worth the climb through the forest even in the wet.
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The 12th of August marks the second annual World Elephant Day. This day was devised in order to create awareness of the current plight of both our African and the Asian elephants. The elephant is a loved, revered and respected animal by a variety of cultures around the world and it is therefore our duty to do whatever we can to ensure their safety and survival for our future generations. World Elephant Day asks you to experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environment where elephants can thrive under care and protection. This being said Pumba Private Game Reserve is thrilled to announce the delivery of a new baby elephant to our conservation reserve. The new addition to the herd was born on Saturday the 26th of July 2014 and is the baby of the Matriarch of the herd. The calf is one of three babies born into the herd since March this year, all from different mothers. The other calves are respectively a male and a female and we are awaiting anxiously to determine the sex of our newest member once the calf is old enough. The herd along with its youngest members have been providing guests with some incredible sightings. Join us on World Elephant day by expressing your concern, sharing your knowledge and support solutions for the better care of elephants across the globe.
We are delighted to pass on this story relating to World Elephant Day on the 12th August. Pumba Private Game Reserve located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa has long since been a favourite amongst our clients and the arrival of any new off-spring is always lovely to hear. If you would like to know more about Pumba, or any other holiday with a wildlife or safari element for that matter, please do not hesitate to call us on 01323 446550, email us on email@example.com, or visit our website at www.experienceholidays.co.uk
Game drives the world over are exciting, full of expectation and often quite bumpy. However there is a new way of seeing wildlife in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Start or end your wildlife adventure on “The Elephant Express”.
Imvelo have launched the railcar that takes you for 70 kms along the border of the Park on one of the straightest piece of track in the world. With seating for just 22 passenger, wide aisles to allow easy access and a chance to view the animals on both sides and comfortable and elegant finishes throughout this is a relaxed and comfortable way to game view as you head to your lodge.
Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safari Lodges photographer Chris Scott
Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safari Lodges and photographer Chris Scott
So shortly after you have landed at Victoria Falls or after your stay there, you will transfer to Impofu Siding which nestles in the shade of ancient teak trees. Sip some cool drink and enjoy some snacks in the shade before setting off across the Ngamo Plains. Gently rattle along in style spotting the animals and birds in the wilderness that surrounds you.
This is a wonderful way to start your safari and there is still all of the excitement of exploring the HwangeNational park still to come.
To make this happen and to put together your trip to the World famous Victoria Falls is a call away. We love finding new ways of experiencing the world and tailoring these in to your holiday.
On Safari in Tanzania – If the latest cold front and the rain is getting you down and you can get away from work for a week or so, then why not settle for something completely different (and 20%cheaper).
Our ground handler in Tanzania has a few places available on safaris of either 6 or 5 days duration. Both take in the World famous Ngorongoro Crater and then you have the choice of either seeing the large herds of elephant in Tarangire National Park or watching the wildebeest migration as it concentrates in the south of the Serengeti National Park.
Both tours start with a night in Mount Meru National Park which gives you a different type of experience with the forest of the mountains all around.
If you have time, add in a week on the beaches of Zanzibar or Pemba if you want to get away from the crowd and go somewhere well off the usual route.
The places on the safaris will go fast so please call as soon as possible to book this bespoke tailor made holiday.
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