Many people associate African wildlife vacations with game drives in stunning locations uch as South Africa’s Kruger National Park and the Shamwari Game Reserve. Yet the continent offers much more than these well-known destinations.Zimbabwe gives you both luxury accommodation and high-quality safari experiences while Rwanda, in East Africa, also offers game drives in the likes of Akagera National Park and trekking to view mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat
The most popular destination in Zimbabwe is the Victoria Falls, right on the border with Zambia. The grand waterfall is also known as Mosi-oa- Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’ in the local Tonga language, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s here that many visitors sight their first imbabwean wildlife. Vervet monkeys dart back and forth seeking food from human visitors. You can get good wildlife photos without placing yourself at risk.If you want to see more of the country it makes sense to go southwards towards Hwange National Park where you get a fine opportunity to spot the so-called Big 5 that is, rhinos, buffaloes, elephants, lions and leopards.Another of Zimbabwe’s highlights is Matobo National Park, south of Bulawayo.
The landscape in Rwanda is, by contrast, significantly lush. Over the past couple of years increased numbers of wildlife enthusiasts have been drawn to Nyungwe Forest,in the south of the country, thanks to a new treetop walkway and rainforest trekking trails. Remarkably, 13 primate species live within the forest, including vast troops of Ruwenzori colobus monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabeys, as well as 275 di!erent types of bird. Guided chimpanzee treks are among the highlights of this region. To view mountain gorillas, you can join guided treks in the north of the country, on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. Both Zimbabwe and Rwanda offer unique experiences to travelers keen to spot African wildlife;and even in their remote national parks, you can enjoy stylishly designed luxury accommodation.
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