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What to Consider When Planning a Safari

What to Consider When Planning a Safari for your Family

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Looking for ideas for your next family holiday? Forget Disney World why not consider something fun and educational at the same time.  Take your children miles away from TV, video games and computers and get back to nature with an African safari with Nature Bound Africa.

Not only will children will be exposed to incredible wildlife but also a vastly different culture. Imagine your children seeing a magnificent Maasai warrior for the first time or learning to make a fire from wood and stone! What may appear to be a daunting process, planning a safari for the whole family is not as difficult as it may first appear.

Here are some things to consider before booking:

1.Countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania have more experience in dealing with families so they should possibly be your first port of call.

2. The safari peak season is June to Oct. If you are looking to save a few pennies and you are tied to travelling during the European school holidays (ie the peak season), consider visiting Rwanda or Uganda which are the exception – having their low season during these months.

3.If you are worried about long flights consider East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) where the flights are shorter (around 8 hrs from Europe).  In saying that, an overnight flight and with the time difference either 1 or 2 hours (depending on time of year) there is no jet lag to contend with.

4. Not all safari lodges take children or allow them onto game drives. You may need to consider a private vehicle or babysitting services. Nature Bound Africa know’s the lodges which are child friendly offering specially tailored child-centred activities which will give parents a break and provide endless hours of fun and learning for the children.

5. Consider which East African countries require vaccinations and malaria tablets.

6. Don’t plan for too long on safari, if you are away for 2 weeks combine your safari with a beach break in the likes of Zanzibar or Mombasa. Most of the resorts or hotels on the beach offer kid’s clubs, brilliant activities and water sports as well as family rooms.

7. Nature Bound Africa has experience in planning family holidays to East Africa in order that it is expertly organized.

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Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe Stream National Park is the smallest of Tanzania’s national parks: a fragile strip of chimpanzee habitat straddling the steep slopes and river valleys that them in the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Its chimpanzees, habituated to human visitors, were made famous by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall, who in 1960 founded a behavioral research program that now stands as the longest-running study of its kind in the world.

Size : 52 sq km (20 sq miles).

Location: 16 km (10 miles) north of Kigoma on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania.

Chimpanzees share about 98% of their genes with humans, and no scientific expertise is required to distinguish between the individual repertoires of pants, hoots and screams that define the celebrities, the powerbrokers, and the supporting characters. Perhaps you will see a flicker of understanding when you look into a chimp’s eyes, assessing you in return – a look of apparent recognition across the narrowest of species barriers.

The most visible of Gombe’s other mammals are also primates. A troop of beachcomber olive baboons, under study since the 1960s, is exceptionally habituated, while red-tailed and red colobus monkeys – the latter regularly hunted by chimps – stick to the forest canopy.

The park’s 200-odd bird species range from the iconic fish eagle to the jewel-like Peter’s twinspots that hop tamely around the visitors’ centre.

After dusk, a dazzling night sky is complemented by the lanterns of hundreds of small wooden boats, bobbing on the lake like a sprawling city.

What wonders of nature throughout Rwanda do you recommend?

What wonders of nature throughout Rwanda do you recommend?

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wonders of nature throughout Rwanda

If all you think about is the movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’ when you think of this country, then you are missing out. Volcanoes National Park which is home to mountain gorillas is only a taste of the wonders of nature Rwanda delivers to visitors. Is Volcanoes National Park the best wonder of nature in Rwanda? Does it deserve to be one of the 7 natural wonders of Rwanda? If not, what should be in its place.

What are the 7 Natural Wonders of Rwanda?

What wonders of nature throughout Rwanda do you recommend? Rwanda has mountains, jungles, volcanoes, rivers and more. This country is home to the mountain gorillas which makes for one of the most iconic encounters in nature. What are your nominations for the 7 wonders of nature for Rwanda?
Now, you can share your opinion and help determine the 7 Natural Wonders of Rwanda. Voting is free and only takes a few minutes.

VOTE NOW

1. Email your vote or nominations to vote@sevennaturalwonders.org
2. Place Rwanda in the SUBJECT field of the email address:
3. Please record up to 7 votes ranking for #1 (best) down to #7 (you can vote for as few as 1, but no more than 7)

Notable Natural Wonders of Rwanda

Check back here to see what nominations have been made. You will also find pictures and captions talking about the wonders of nature from Rwanda.

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4 Off the Beaten Path National Parks in Tanzania

When planning a trip to Tanzania, there are certain places which are high on everyone’s list to visit. Serengeti National park is by far the most famous, followed by the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and Tarangire National Park, but where should you go if you want to get away from the hoards of tourists on safari and experience the untouched natural beauty of Africa? Here’s a list of 4 off the beaten path National Parks in Tanzania which offer pure unspoiled nature, and a one-of-a-kind adventure for those drawn to the wild unknown.

Mahale Mountain National Park

Mahale Mountain National Park is home to a unique spectacle, Africa’s most studied populations of wild chimpanzees. But that doesn’t mean that Mahale Mountain is easy to get to. During the peak tourist season here (June to October) you can reach the park by road from Arusha which usually takes 2 – 3 days depending on the conditions of the road which vary from 4-wheel accessible to impassable during the rainy season. Alternatively, you can take the train which departs 2 – 3 times a week from Dar es Salaam and takes 2 or 3 days. You can also hire a private aircraft to take you from Arusha and arrive in a brisk 3 hours. Anyway you come though, the experience of being amongst the wild chimpanzees with views over the jungle to the Congo are worth it.

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The voting on the Seven Natural Wonders of Uganda

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The voting on the Seven Natural Wonders of Uganda

The voting on the Seven Natural Wonders of Uganda is under way. Uganda, nature wise, may be most notable for the mountain Gorillas. Is an encounter with the gorillas one of the seven natural wonders of Uganda? What other wonders of nature does the country of Uganda offer visitors, explorers and nature goers. When people think of Africa they are usually thinking of Safaris – does Uganda deliver with the anticipated African safari experience?

What are the Seven Natural Wonders of Uganda?

What wonders of nature throughout Uganda do you recommend? Uganda is home to the mountain gorillas, but there is so much more nature to encounter in Uganda: jungles, rivers, waterfalls, mountains and more. What are your nominations for the 7 wonders of nature for Uganda?
Now, you can share your opinion and help determine the 7 Natural Wonders of Uganda. Voting is free and only takes a few minutes.

VOTE NOW

1. Email your vote or nominations to vote@sevennaturalwonders.org
2. Place Uganda in the SUBJECT field of the email address
3. Copy the link to your favorite wonder from the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa
4. Please record at least 3 and up to 7 votes

Seven Natural Wonders of Uganda

Natural Wonders are determined by statistical and traditional significance, uniqueness and the eclectic nature experience they afford visitors. Below are the leading 7 Natural Wonders of Uganda. Take a look at these candidates and cast your vote to confirm or recognize another wonder of nature from Uganda that you believe is more deserving.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: The national park covers 128 square miles (331 sq km) and is home to approximately half of the mountain gorilla population. In addition to serving as the home for the mountain gorillas, Bwindi also features both lowland and montane forests. Located in the southwest part of Uganda, Bwindi is bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Virunga National Park. Bwindi is a haven for nature lovers with 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, and more than 1,000 species of flowering plants. The approximate 340 gorillas serve as the pinnacle nature experience for visitors. Bwindi is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Murchison Falls: Located in the northwest part of Uganda, the falls is part of the Murchison Falls National Park and Conservation Area. This collective area covers over 2,000 square miles (5,300 sq km) of protected land. The Nile River is the source of the falls. Murchison falls plummets 141 feet (43m) after squeezing through a narrow gorge that creates a powerful and magnificent waterfall. The Murchison Falls area features four of the “Big 5″ with only the rhino being absent. The government is breeding rhinos and looking to reintroduce them back into area. Wildlife lovers will also find crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, and many other favorites making this a pinnacle wonder of nature.
Mount Stanley: Mount Stanley is the tallest mountain in Uganda and the third tallest mountain in all of Africa. This amazing mountain is part of Rwenzori Mountains National Park, which encompasses 386 square miles (1,000 sq km), features waterfalls, lakes, glaciers and wildlife that enhance this wonder of nature. The mountains of this area or certainly highlights, however explorers of Mount Stanley are in for one special botany treat. There are five distinctly different vegetation zones throughout the area. Wildlife enthusiast will have the opportunity to discover 89 species of birds in addition to the popular elephants, chimpanzees and monkeys. Another unique wonder of nature for Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth National Park: Queen Elizabeth NP is the most visited and popular national park in all of Uganda. The park encompasses 764 square miles (1,978 sq km) and features an abundance of wildlife. Nature lovers can leverage safari options for a chance to view 95 different species of mammals. Some of the more popular wildlife include lions, leopards, elephants, hippos and chimpanzees. One of the highlights for this national park is the famous for black maned and tree climbing lions. Encountering the lions up in the trees is a unique experience for all of Africa. This volcanic region complements the wildlife viewing with deep craters, volcanic cones and crater lakes enhancing this wonder of nature.
Mount Elgon National Park: The park, named after the mountain, is located near Lake Victoria and encompasses 494 square miles (1279 sq km) of spectacular feature of nature. This national park is one of the most eclectic nature experiences in all of Uganda. Explorers have the opportunity to experience waterfalls, gorges, cliffs, caves, hot springs and of course Mount Elgon. This wonder of nature is most notable for the scenery, however wildlife lovers may experience elephants, antelope, and monkeys. One of the biggest draws is the four varying explorable caves. Elephant and other wildlife use the caves as salt licks, and there is a theory that the wildlife actually created to the development of some of these caves.
Kibale National Park: This national park features one of the most diverse and populous collection of primates in all of Africa. Located in south Uganda, Kibale encompasses 296 square miles (766 sq km) of some of the most most evergreen forests. This jungle environment is home to 13 different primate species. Along with Bwindi, this is one of the last remaining places that features both lowland and montane forests. In addition to the primates, nature lovers may also look forward to the 325 different species of birds. Although doubtful to see, the leopard also calls Kibale home.
Semuliki National Park: Encompassing 75 square miles (194 sq km), Semuliki is one of Uganda’s smallest and newest national parks. The park is located in the western part of Uganda and features East Africa’s only tropical rainforest. It one of the most diverse areas for floral and fauna in Africa being home to over 400 species of birds. Semuliki is found in a eco-juncture that results in an array of eco-diversity and micro habitats. Some of the popular animals from the 60 different mammal species include elephants, leopards, hippos, primates, and the flying squirrel.

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