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Africa Wildlife Tours

Africa as a continent attracts millions of people, especially wildlife lovers, to witness the iconic wildlife that calls it home. A continent of 54 countries, it is the second-largest continent in the world, and the second-most populated.

Wildlife lovers can expect to see mega-fauna like whale sharks, humpback whales, penguins, and land mammals like lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, and more! Travelling to Africa offers unparalleled opportunities to see, and learn about animals in their natural habitats. From famous reserves like Kruger National Park, community-run conservancies, game reserves, and iconic spots like the Serengeti, Robben Island, and the Okavango Delta, Africa is a wonderland for wildlife tours.

Where can you go and what can you do on an Africa wildlife tour?

South Africa

The southernmost country in Africa, South Africa is a multi-ethnic country with many different languages, cultures, and religions. There are 11 recognized official languages in South Africa, including Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, English, Swazi, Venda, Southern Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Tsonga, Tswana, and Southern Sotho.

South Africa is ranked 6th out of the world’s 17 mega-diverse countries. Over time, South Africa has also become an increasingly popular destination for eco-tourists. When you visit South Africa, you can expect to see the majority of Africa’s iconic wildlife including lions, cheetahs, rhinos, wildebeest, giraffes, hippos, and more! There are also numerous endemic species in the country including the riverine rabbit.

South Africa is also largely impacted by the loss of natural habitats, mainly within the last 40 years. Growing overpopulation, development, and deforestation, has made way for alien species which threaten limited water resources and native biodiversity.

Travel and make a difference for wildlife by joining a South Africa Wildlife Tour like:

Volunteer with Monkeys and Baboons in South Africa with Oyster Worldwide. This is your chance to learn about the conservation efforts and rehabilitation techniques used on monkeys and baboons that have been injured, orphaned, and rescued.

Join an Endangered Species Volunteer Project with Intern Africa. Here you will work at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and aid in the conservation, rehabilitation, and care of the fastest cats in the world, the cheetah.

Take the opportunity to volunteer with great white sharks & marine wildlife in South Africa with International Marine Volunteers. This is a wonderful chance to work alongside marine conservationists as they study the diverse marine wildlife of South Africa.

Kenya

Kenya is the world’s 27th most populated country with more than 52.2 million people. The country is driven by a large agriculture sector, with tea and coffee being the most traditional cash crops and a growing fresh flowers export. Tourism is also a large economic driver within the country.

When traveling to Kenya, you can expect to see lands that have been protected as wildlife habitats. In the Masai Mara, travelers flock here to see the annual migration of more than a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras as they cross the Mara River.

Kenya is also home to the “Big Five” which includes leopards, lions, rhinos, buffalo, and elephants. The national parks and game reserves are some of the most visited on the country.

Traveling to Kenya offers exciting wildlife tours such as:

Adventure through Kenya on a Masai Mara Interactive Safari with Bamba Experience. This 6-day adventure explores Amboseli National Park and huge populations of elephants, flamingos in the waters of Lake Nakuru, and sprawling landscapes with the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.

Travel with G Adventures on an exciting Kenya safari experience and spend 8 days taking daily game drives, learn about the Maasai way of life, and learn about rhino conservation in the country.

Tanzania

Located in East Africa, Tanzania is the home of the tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. There are more than 100 different languages spoken throughout Tanzania, but no official language is set. The national language of Tanzania is, however, Swahili.

Tanzania values its natural habitats, and has set aside approximately 38 percent of the land area as protected areas of conservation. There are 16 national parks, as well as game and forest reserves like the Ngorongoro Conservation area. You will also find the Gombe Stream National Park  where Jane Goodall began her studies of chimpanzee behaviour in the 1960s.

The great migration of white-bearded wildebeest, zebras, and other bovids, begins in Tanzania’s Serengeti plain. There are also around 275 reptile species and 130 amphibians in the country, many of them endemic and listed on the IUCN Red List.

A wildlife tour in Tanzania can be one of many different experiences including:

A Dolphin research and conservation program in Zanzibar offers you a chance to monitor dolphin numbers, behaviour, feeding patterns, and learn about the conservation initiatives taking place. You will actively be part of collecting data that is provided to partners and the government to plan further conservation actions.

An Intergenerational safari and culture tour in Tanzania is a wonderful opportunity for those looking to fulfill their love of adventure, nature, wildlife, and community. This is a faith-based tour suitable for families.

Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for a good cause and embark on a 12-day adventure that includes community immersion, the chance to learn about Tanzania and the Swahili language, and enjoy a life-changing trek of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

A Seregeti wilderness safari will inspire you as you visit famous national parks and reserves like the Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and of course, the Serengeti. You’ll enjoy game drives, bush hikes, and much, much more.

Uganda

Uganda is located on the East African plateau and home to many large lakes including Lake Victoria, as well as marshy areas. It is home to more than 44 million people and has two official languages: English and Swahili.

After a six-year guerrilla war, the current president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni came into power. He eliminated presidential term limits and age limits, which essentially termed him president for life.

There are 60 protected areas in Uganda, many of them well known in the western world. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park are the most famous to visitors. There is also a number of endangered species including the Mountain Gorilla.

When visiting Uganda on a wildlife tour, you can enjoy experiences like these:

A Big 5 & Murchison Falls Adventure with Home to Africa Tours and Travel will include three action-packed days where you’ll have the chance to see Africa’s iconic Big 5. You’ll also enjoy game drives, a boat ride to the base of Murchison Falls, birdwatching, and rhino sightings at a sanctuary.

Gorilla Trekking and Relaxing at Lake Bunyonyi offers a big adventure with some time to relax at the end. You’ll visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park looking for gorillas in their natural habitats, and then spend some time relaxing your sore muscles at Lake Bunyonyi.

A Primate Safari and cultural experience in Uganda offers a longer duration wildlife tour where you’ll visit Kibale Forest National Park to see chimpanzees, Queen Elizabeth National park for a game drive, and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to see gorillas! You will marvel at the lush green flora of Uganda as you make your way from park to park.

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