Where will you go for an African Safari?
You are planning for a year or 2 years or even 5 years to go on an African safari. You have worked hard, sometimes double shifts or 2 jobs to save the money for a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy a safari in Africa. This life chance of a traditional big five safari requires proper planning through a knowledgable tour operator or safari agent, preferably a local travel agent native to the destination you choose is what we recommend. Because no one knows the local communities, roads, native languages like a local operator. Even the international agents partner with local rangers, guides, companies to produce successful safaris. It is well known that Marco-polo first travelled through Tanzania and Kenya for safari. Well known expeditionists from the royal geographic society applauded East Africa for its greatest wildlife show down which really engineered top class safari evolutions.
Where to go.When you talk safari; you think of three destinations: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda any thing more in East Africa is artificial in nature of setting and execution.
Kenya: is a lovely destination without a doubt one of the best destinations in the great East African Rift Valley. This land is blessed with amazing landscapes, a fantastic coast line with good beaches, National parks and reserves. It is a historical nation with famous history like the Mau Mau rebellion; this escalated because of land that was being grabbed from the locals by British colonials in the name of investments. Though great, Kenya is unpredictable security wise. Kenya has got some of the strong willed tribes in East Africa and because of this strong will they often act and react before thinking. This has resulted in events like the 2007/08 events of political interests that saw some 2,645 people dead. Kenya has recently come out of this with one of the 2 main political party winning the recent election. When you choose to go to Kenya on safari, be sure to enjoy very good lodges, professional local travel agent/guide services and seeing game is as simple as seeing a sheep in Newzeland. Because of the savannah plains and dis-organized off track driving in Masai Mara-this is brought about because of the weakness in conservation effort, soft game park rules, high competition among the operators and the strong will that comes from the tribes.
Tanzania, a beautiful land blessed with the Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater, Kilimanjaro many other parks such as Katabi, Selous, Manyara all of these parks are a haven of wild life. Laid back and peaceful, Tanzania would be the absolute safari destination for a lover of wildlife. In Tanzania you will take a traditional safari and kayak if you want. The locals are reserved with a poor command of spoken English making communication a burden. The distance between attractions is discouraging especially if driving on poor infrastructure. But a compensation of Zanzibar brings Hawaii close if you factor in a beach holiday while in Tanzania.
Uganda "the pearl of Africa" of Africa. This land is unmatched in East Africa. A country of great beauty yet undiscovered; one wonders why it receives the least visitors in East Africa. Uganda is the only country in the world where you can take a traditional big 7 safari including mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Uganda maintains intact village settings and culture. It is safe and welcoming for visitors with numerous opportunities to empower local communities. For many that have been to Uganda, they will visit this incredible land every 2 years. The biggest number of visitors to Uganda are returning individuals that have already been to Uganda. It is believed that a single visit to Uganda will never be enough. Having been in the news for all the wrong reasons, Uganda is now a new born with the right reasons to visit as a tourist and as an investor. The opportunities are endless in oil and gas, agriculture, real estate, transport, mining, industry etc. Uganda's weather is the key, being a tropical country, its comfortable weather all year round boosts every aspect of out door activities including safaris, hiking, tracking, cycling, trekking, white water rafting, you name it and you might find it in Uganda.
The recent famous BBC television show top gear showcased Uganda, as they tried to identify the furthest source of the Nile. The telecast shows a little about Uganda's landscape.
10 national parks grace Uganda, in the East of Uganda we embrace mount Elgon and Kidepo national park the only true remote national reserve in the great Eastern Rift Valley nestled among warriors of karamojja the karamajongos distant relatives of the turkanas.
Kidepo is a replica of Serengeti if you like; but with acacia trees as seen in the lion king.
Animals range the land freely, though facing the persistent poaching from South Sudan.
North-west lies Murchison falls the biggest and most beautiful and richest park in Uganda inheriting its name from the might Murchison falls named after royal geographic president sir Rodrick Murchison. In the sames western Rift Valley to the south you find Queen Elizabeth national having the highest concentration of hippos in Africa. To the of Queen Elizabeth national park, well located is Kibale forest known for having the highest concentration of primates in Africa. In the some area you have semliki national park, Rwenzori national park.
Further south your the impenetrable forest of bwindi hosting half the number of mountain gorillas in the world. The makes mountain gorilla trekking the biggest adventure of this park although there are other resident animals in bwindi forest namely chimpanzees, primates, elephants, leopards, lots of birds.
Further south lies mgahinga national park home of the golden monkeys and gorillas still under habituation for touristic purposes in the near future. This volcanic area is well known for trekking and bird watching.
South of Uganda is lake Mburo national park, the only park in Uganda where you become a cow boy as you ride a horse among wildlife. Yes, a horse like in the ones you see in the movies, not a zebra or donkey but a horse. In this park walking safaris are like "Kiko" in gods must be crazy. You will walk and talk to wildlife here.
What Uganda will offer you, mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, cheetahs, Kobs, heartbeest, topi, hippo, white rhinos southern race, monkeys (moans spieces), crocodiles, other cats, other antelopes, 1040 birds, friendlier people with a big smile, tropic fruits, fantastic weather and us at Steady Safaris Limited www.steadysafaris.com
With love for nature.....Carlos Olaaka