Article from the series: Frequently Asked Questions about Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo
“After our hike in Uganda we may go for some days of a Tanzanian safari — does that make sense?” a future visitor just asked.
Sure, the grandeur of the world-famous wildlife areas in Tanzania or Kenya is worth considering. But hordes of wildebeest tend to come with hordes of tourists, and that’s not very appetising. If all you wanna do is some savannah add-on, staying within our region may well prove to be the better option. (Not just for you but for the environment as well.)
Wish to see what is available? We are showing you four national parks through the cameras of three recent travellers of ours.
The sunrise image that invited you into this story is from Ishasha, the southern part of Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth NP.
In the northern sector of the national park, the boat safari is the best way to approach its many species. About 3,000 elephants call this park their home.
Even more numerous are hippos. The Kazinga channel, a natural connection between Lake Edward and Lake George is teeming with them.
If you don’t mind driving for another day, you will reach the majesty of Murchison Falls. The River Nile squeezes through an opening of merely 7m/23 ft here, and the water power is astounding.
While finding a lion in Queen Elizabeth or Murchison NP is pretty standard, a leopard sighting is more random. You do need to be quite skilled at handling your camera to catch this fast cat in action!
The slow elegance of the giraffe is another story altogether. Beautiful women are compared to this striking creature.
A full day’s ride south from Murchison (or some hours to the east from Queen Elizabeth), Lake Mburo NP has always been compromised because of cattle keeper needs. But their long-horned beasts are a highlight too!
People check on Lake Mburo because of its zebras and giraffes but we have chosen to show you the mighty warthog instead …
… because the iconic black and white stripes have been selected to represent Akagera NP in eastern Rwanda, not far from Lake Mburo.
The one thing you shouldn’t miss in Akagera are the gorgeous mountain areas. The topi is posing for you here some three hours from Kigali, the aviation hub of our region.
featured photo by Tomaž Malovrh