Best lodges for wildlife safaris in Rwanda
An encounter with wild mountain gorillas is certainly the best wildlife safari in Rwanda. About half of the world's remaining mountain gorillas live in the Volcanoes National Park - and the wildlife safaris here are probably the best gorilla safaris in Africa.
Made famous by Dian Fossey's work and the film Gorillas in the Mist, the park offers well-organized gorilla safaris in small groups, led by experienced, English-speaking guides. Watching those rare animals, which are actually among the closest relatives to human, is an impressing experience you won't forget. Read more about gorilla trekking safaris and the gorilla groups.
In more general terms, two other national parks also compete to offer travellers the best wildlife safaris in Rwanda. The enormous tropical forests of Nyungwe National Park harbour further endangered species including 13 primates, from silver and golden monkeys to chimpanzees and we can organize guided walking safaris here. For birding and more 'traditional' savannah species, Akagera National Park can also be recommended.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is just outside the Volcanoes National Park and makes a great base for trekking to see the world-famous gorillas in Rwanda, without sacrificing creature comforts.
The major attraction in Nyungwe Forest National Park are the primates. Here you can see chimpanzees, L'Hoest's monkey, grey managabe, amongst others. There are also over 275 different species of birds and 75 different species of mammals in these lush surroundings.
Rekero was the camp where Jackson Looseyia (of Big Cat Diary fame) first earned his spurs as a spotter and outstanding guide. More recently its first-class lion, leopard and cheetah viewing made it ideal as a base for much of the filming of Disney's African Cats documentary.
Lamai Serengeti is in a great location for the wildebeest migration, which is typically from around July to October in this area. Outside of these months, it still offers great game viewing, with the bonus of very few people!
Nomad Serengeti Camp
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp is a mobile camp that moves several times a year to follow Tanzania’s wildebeest migration. Though the movements of the migration can be unpredictable, the camp tries hard to predict where the main herds will be.
If you’re looking for a wildlife safari in Botswana that focuses on predators, look no further. Kwara’s game and environments are varied, with plenty of tsessebe, impala, zebra, red lechwe, reedbuck, kudu, giraffe, buffalo and elephant – as well as the big cats and wild dogs.
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