5 Reasons Why Africa Should be Your Next Destination

Africa is a virgin continent with striking natural beauty you cannot afford to miss visiting for a safari. The continent is the oldest and dubbed the mother continent because for the undulating landscapes and beautiful scenery.

Tourism is an important sector for most African countries basing on different points of interest. The majority of visitors traveling to the continent are visitors mainly from Asia, Europe and North America. Below is why you need to include Africa on your next safari

Home to mountain gorillas

In Africa is where you will find mountain gorillas particularly in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. According to the mountain gorilla population as of now, about 1000 individuals are surviving in the whole world and no longer threatened but only shared among the three mentioned countries in East Africa and central Africa.

Mountain gorillas in Uganda are found in Bwindi forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park while in Rwanda they are in volcanoes national park and Virunga national park in Congo. Gorilla tracking is usually the major highlight of an African safari that need prior booking of gorilla permits before travelling from the respective countries.

If you are planning to go on a gorilla trekking safari  you need to book a permit through Uganda wild life authority, Rwanda development board and  visit viruanga.com at a fee of 600$,1500$ and 400$ accordingly to secure your  gorilla permit. Gorilla tracking is a life time experience where you will meet the gentle mountain gorillas in their natural habitat going about their day. mountain gorillas share 97% DNA with human beings which makes them behave more like humans especially when caring for their young one, such beautiful moment should not to be missed and one of the reason Africa should be you next continent to visit.

Abundant wild life

Experience amazing wild life while in Africa that comes natural in its state visiting the national parks and getting up close with wild life.  Africa is exceptional in the wilderness where you experience firsthand safaris. visit numerous parks for the amazing experiences foreaxample Masai Mara and Serengeti national park for the wildebeest migration especially in the dry month of april,may and June, spot the big five animals in abundance while on game drive. Extensive game drives will lead you to spot as many mammal species as possible to mention, wild dogs, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, rhinos, elephats, and many more. Possible countries to visit in Africa for such include krunger national park in South Africa, Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda.

Primate world

It’s only in Africa where you will meet the curious little cousins to mankind in larger concentration. In Uganda a lone there are more than 5000 thousand chimpanzees in kibale national parks, kariju forest, kyambura gorge in queen Elizabeth national park and Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park. Tanzania is also one of the few places on earth where you can witness one of mankind’s closest primate relatives — chimpanzees that dwell within the secluded forests by Lake Tanganyika. The country offers a multi-faceted experience that expands beyond the remote outback. Other notable primates include golden monkeys, black and white monkeys, pottos and galagos, grey checked mangabeys, l’hoest monkeys, olive baboons to mention but a few. Most of these primates are found in tropical rain forests and only in Africa.

Beautiful scenery

No matter what you consider breath taking, Africa has it. Should you desire a more relaxed and rejuvenating setting, Africa has the largest water bodies for example the Kenyan coastline offers pristine stretches of beach edged by the azure blue waters of the warm Indian Ocean. Spend hours wandering the coastline looking for natural gems nestled in tide-ebbing rock pools, or venture out into the water for scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, deep sea fishing and much more. Lake Victoria in Uganda has over 84 islands which are touristic as well as enjoy all water sports activities with beautiful scenery and fresh cool breeze form the lake.  Stunning landscapes, such as Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, ancient volcanoes from the Virunga ranges, lakes and rivers and Complementing the scenery are the many carnivores and herbivores for which Africa is known.

Cultural experiences

Africa is dubbed with 54 countries and each country represents a rich cultural history form the other for example Namibia offers a cultural fusion of the ancient Herero, Nama, Damara, San Bushman and Himba tribes people alongside the 20th century colonial German and Portuguese migrant. African continent is a touched by different cultures with a whole some different experiences, the reason it is safe to visit Africa. Most of the countries were once colonized by the British and French and thus less stranger t the visitors.

The best of Rwanda’s tourism

There are several unique tourism activities to do in Rwanda; this country is long past its war torn days and now it’s one of safest countries visited in Africa. You will feel the real true African country with lots of unique attractions which have attracted many safari tours to Rwanda. This country is extremely small and there is one unique thing about this small country, this is gorilla trekking which is done in volcanoes National park and it has raised increased revenues for the country.
There is the Kigali city which is in the heart of Rwanda, this gorgeous city with great weather can get you taste the history here through visiting the genocide memorials and here you will learn about the turbulent past of this country. You will also have a chance to visit the different local markets which are found in the city as well as the art facts and the craft shops which are found within the city. These have also attracted many safaris to Rwanda.

Thinking about Rwanda makes you come close to the mountain gorillas and these can be spotted in volcanoes National park which is found some few kilometers from Kigali city. You will enjoy a very unique experience taking Rwanda Gorilla  adventure, take this advantage and experience the largest group of gorillas  when you come for a  safari . Gorilla trekking can also be carried out in Uganda and the Democratic Republic Congo.

Rwanda has also got three national parks and these include; Akagera National park, Nyungwe National park and Volcanoes National park, there are many animal species which can be spotted in these national parks and some of these include; the chimpanzees, bird species, elephants, lions, leopards, and the monkeys. Lake Kivu also makes a border between Rwanda and Congo and it’s a great region where the tourists are safe to visit and swim, you will also visit the safari cities like Kibuye and Gisenyi near DR Congo border.
The other attractions which are found in Rwanda include; city tours, cultures, bird species and many wild animal species. The Butare is a cultural hub for the country and was once the most important city before 1965. You will also visit the great national museum which will help you explore the great history of Rwanda.

A Fun But Not Inexpensive Safari in Africa

When you sit down to plan your safari in Africa, you want a fun vacation but not an expensive one and that is where the Internet comes in handy. Many years ago booking a safari to Africa was a hustle given the limited use of internet by African tour operators. Today you can easily book a fun but inexpensive holiday with a local tour operator based in Africa. Here are some important hints you should know before starting your search for your next holiday.

You can search different hotel sites, airlines sites and travel agent sites to find a cheap holiday vacation package that you can afford without going over your budget. You can plan a fun vacation to any location if you do a little searching and plan your vacation in advance. The idea of planning in advance usually offers you lower prices before the hotels and airlines book up for the holidays.

The first thing to do is look around at the different sites offering cheap holiday packages and compare the package deals to the individual deals. You will probably see that booking the entire vacation in one package will save you more money than if you were to purchase everything separate. You can visit sites like TripAdvisor to see what they have to offer as well as some of the other popular sites. You might even find some area hotels that you plan to travel to are offering accommodations and airfare for one low price. You can choose the type of room you need and for how many people as well connecting or direct flights.

By booking early, you will also save some money on your cheap holiday package. Hotels and airlines that are sure about occupancy will try to offer lower rates in anticipation that they will fill up early and allow them to have full planes when taking off for the destination. Buy checking the different sites you can compare and see where the biggest savings will be for you. You do not need to spend a big sum of money to have a fantastic trip to your favorite cheap holiday destination.

The best way to an affordable vacation is by searching around the Internet well in advance of your trip and finding the special that are offered for that particular area. You might even find something that is so affordable you can even afford to stay a few extra days without going over your budget that you have planned for the trip.

Rwanda Development board set to grade 30 more hotels this year

The Rwanda Development Board’s Tourism and Conservation Department will grade at least 30 more hotels this year, following the start of the exercise last year. Using the East African Community’s guidelines for grading and classification of hotels and other hospitality businesses, RDB is reportedly committed to play their part in ensuring that standards and quality of tourism establishments in Rwanda are uplifted to match if not exceed those of their neighbors in the East African community.

Presently only the Kigali Serena Hotel and the Nyungwe Forest Lodge by DubaiWorld hold the coveted 5-star ranking, while a number of other Kigali hotels were graded as 4-star properties, as was the Lake Kivu Serena. A number of other establishments have requested to be put on the list for upcoming inspections to ensure they can also publicly announce and display their star rating once the exercise is complete.

Those already graded will, however, also undergo a fresh audit to ensure that standards established at first inspection will have been maintained to ensure continued high ranking, also giving others the opportunity to attain a further star, should improvement made over the past two years warrant such a decision.

“When you were here last time we discussed the very issue of standards. Rwanda is a niche destination, still largely focused on gorilla trekking. The new products launched over the past two or three years, however, have attracted a lot of attention. Hiking is now a regular activity in Nyungwe Forest, Gishwati Forest, and along the Congo-Nile Trail. Birding has become an important additional niche.

“It is now important to raise our standards so when visitors come to Rwanda as an extension of their Kenya or Tanzania holiday they get the best possible quality, in guides, in infrastructure, and, of course, in hospitality. There is always room to improve, but we have made it our mission to accomplish certain goals sooner rather than later. When the new Marriott will open, it will compete at level terms with the Serena, and that is good for the country as it offers another 5-star choice.

“Our MICE business is growing strongly, too, and that segment of the market in particular is really very much interested in quality facilities. Rwanda is going places,” said a source in Kigali working at a hotel but, for not being the official company spokesperson had to opt for an off-the-record comment.