Safari Experiences Not to miss on An East African Tour

Destination East Africa has several tourist wonders that offer unforgettable safari experiences. The region is famous for its wildlife wonders that are usually enjoyed by tourists visiting the diverse wildlife destinations.

Tourists Visit East Africa to be part of the unforgettable safari experiences most describing them as once in a lifetime. Let us explore some of these never-ending safari experiences and adventures East Africa offers.

Gorillas are apes with about 95% DNA similar to humans. They live in the forested mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable forest and the Virunga massif along the border of Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC.

Mountain gorilla tracking safari experiences have over the years gained popularity as tourists seek to meet one of man’s closest primate species. Gorillas live in families headed by a dominant male called Silver-back. Meeting these primates in the wild is very interesting as you get to know more about their ways of life.

While on a visit to East Africa, ensure not to miss out on the mountain gorilla tracking safari experiences. You can choose to track mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park also home to many other primates and wildlife. If in Uganda you can track gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla park. For DRC, Virunga national park is a place for gorilla tracking and this can be accessed through Rwanda.

Rwanda Mountain gorilla. Wildlife Safari Experiences
Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes NP Rwanda. Photo by Klaas Jan Jonkman

This annual animal migration takes place in the savanna ecosystems of Serengeti and Masai Mara. Serengeti National Park is located in Northern Tanzania while Masai mara game reserve is located in southern Kenya. Together these form the Masai mara and Serengeti ecosystem.

The wildebeest migration is one of East Africa’s wonders and offers adventurous safari experiences not to miss. It involves a movement of over 1 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, Thompson gazelles, and other antelopes. These move across the border in search of fresh pastures and later make their journey back.

The migration attracts a number of predators like lions, and leopards that attack especially the young and weak ones. The ecosystem is traversed by the Mara River home to deadly crocodiles that await their prey. This journey is a life and death conquest for the grazers though many make it thanks to their number of births.

Ensure not to miss the wildebeest migration in either Kenya or Tanzania while on a visit to East Africa. For perfect sightings book during the right season as the migration can be well witnessed at different points in different months of the year.

Wildebeest Migration. Tanzanian Safari Experiences
Wildebeest River Crossing. Photo by George the Explorer

Birding is a very great deal in wildlife tours and makes up for adventurous safari experiences in East Africa. The region’s being blessed with various bird species makes it a prime area for birding safaris.

From the misty forests in Rwanda and Uganda to the open savanna plains in Kenya and Tanzania, a birding safari here can never be regretted. East Africa has a number of bird species endemic to the region meaning it is the only place where you can see them.

There are also migratory birds in East Africa from December through April coming from Europe and North Africa. This is also the best time for birding safari experiences as some safari destinations are not crowded.

Some of the notable birds in East Africa include the shoe-bill stork, fish eagles, hornbills, Ruwenzori Turaco, and great blue Turaco among others.

Shoebill Stork at Mabamba Swamp. Safari Experiences
Shoe-bill stork at Mabamba Swamp. Photo by Ryan Wilkes

Classic African safaris feature traditional game drives where you see a number of wildlife. In east Africa while on game drives you will see wildlife including big cats and big five mammals.

A number of national parks in the region have a variety of these making game drives the commonly done safari activities. Examples include Nairobi National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda, and Akagera National Park in Rwanda. Game drives are best done early morning to catch up with the early risers and the morning sunrise.

In the evening you can also enjoy game drives concluding the day with enjoying the sunset. While on game drives you can also see a number of birds. In classic safari experiences you can have boat cruises in areas with lakes or rivers getting to enjoy wildlife like Hippos and crocodiles.

Lion Cub in Olare Motorogi Conservancy Kenya
Lion Cub in Olare Motorogi Conservancy Kenya. Photo by Yarin Klein