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5 Exotic African Parks to Visit At least Once in Your Lifetime

Africa is the best safari destination in the world. There are lots of amazing national parks where you can enjoy an African safari. Here are 10 exceptional national parks that you should not miss in while in Africa.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The popular Bwindi National Park is one of the kind national parks that will give you a life time experience. It is the only park with the largest population of mountain gorillas in the whole world. The park is located south western of Uganda measuring 331 square kilometers in the mist-covered hills and biologically diverse rainforests, dating back 25,000 years.  According to most guide books, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the oldest forest and riches ecosystem in the region with different plant and animal species. The park has an estimate of over 400 mountains gorillas,350 bird species and 23 different endemic species of the Albertine rift valley and other 120 mammal species, with plant life there 400 species of plants in the misty Bwindi forest as one of the richest ecosystems in Africa.

Masai Mara National Park

Is one of the richest and most visited national parks in Kenya, the park has a record of the largest population of a pride of lions, the park is also the only one you can have the great experience witnessing the wildebeest migration during the peak season. The park lies south west of Kenya amidst savannah grasslands neighboring Serengeti national park in Tanzania. The park has a wide range of accommodation with exceptional opportunities to get up close views of mammal species including zebras, antelopes, lions, and giraffes.  The best way to view wildlife is through game drives and walks and balloon safaris.

Serengeti National Park

This is the only park with abundant wildlife species ranging from big five family and other small animal species. The park is found in Tanzania neighboring Masai- Mara where you can have an experience of the African wilder beest migration. Serengeti national park has a big concentration lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffaloes, cheetahs, crocodiles, giraffes, monkeys and numerous other animals roaming about. During the dry season you will experience a migration of herds of mammal species crossing over in search of water and food. Game drives balloon safaris are always an ideal for this season as it gives you a clear view.

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Africa. This beautifully maintained park is visited by thousands of visitors each year as it presents everything you would want to see in an African safari and also lets you choose from award-winning lodges that easily beat many 5 star hotels in terms of their comforts and amenities as one of the finest game reserves in Africa.

Volcanoes National Park

Amidst the land of a thousand hills, there is the Volcanoes National Park Rwanda with interspersed bamboo where another population of mountain gorillas call home. Volcanoes national park is found in the heart of Rwanda. Many travelers who come to Africa come to see mountain gorilla and volcanoes is another place to be. The Volcanoes National Park is the second best option for those looking to see mountain gorillas in the wild! A gorilla permit to see the great apes costs US$1500 for a one hour session.

Other than mountain gorillas there is a lot to see like the twin lake of Burera and Burondo golden monkeys and community tours with Iby’Iwacu cultural village.

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