Africa’s Best National Parks
Africa has some of the most spectacular and popular National Parks in the world. Here are some of the continent’s best national parks that offer the best tourist attractions.
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Maasai Mara National Reserve gets its name from its ancestral inhabitants, the Maasai people and is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Kenya. The reserve has a remarkable number of the big five; leopard, lion, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo.
The reserve is popular for hosting the 8th world wonder which is the wildebeest migration. This great migration involves more than one million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles which migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It takes place from July all the way to October.
More than 150,000 tourists from different places around the world come each year to witness the wildebeest migration. And this experience is heightened by the hot air balloons that tourist ride to watch the migration.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest national park and it was established in 1951. The park covers 5,700 square miles of grassland, woodlands and savannah.
Serengeti National Park also shares the wildebeest migration frenzy with the Maasai Mara National Reserve. It also offers a diverse wildlife and very spectacular sceneries.
The park is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site and hosts about 90,000 tourists each year.
Virunga National Park, DRC Congo
Virunga National Park was established in 1925, and this makes it the oldest national park in the continent. It’s located in the eastern part of Congo.
The park was established to protect mountain gorillas and it covers over 3000 square miles. It also hosts savannas, forests, active volcanoes from the Rwenzori Mountains.
The park protects some of the world endangered species which include the mountain gorilla and the okapi and it was listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1979.
Virunga was a tourist favorite in the 1970s and hosted about 6500 visitors yearly, but it was affected terribly by poaching and armed conflict in the country. However, the park is currently trying to re-establish itself.
Bwindi Impenetrable Nationa Park, Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable Nationa Park is home to a significant number of birds, butterflies and some endangered species such as the mountain gorilla. The park is home to 300 gorillas and this is almost half of the gorilla world population.
Gorilla tracking is the main tourist attraction and it generates a lot of income for the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Bwindi park collects an estimated 15 million a year from gorilla visits.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park is home to a large number of species which include 100 types of reptiles, 500 types of birds and very many species of trees and flowers. The park was established in 1898 and
Kruger national park is also known for the big five and has well over 255 known archeological sites. The park has several rivers going through it from West to East and this includes the Sabie, Letaba, Livuvhu, Olifants and Limpopo.