Africa is rich and a haven of various activities eg tourism, mining etc. Africa is blessed with not only beautiful lash Savannahs but also wild animals that freely live in the ecosystem. These areas have farther been fenced and been gazetted in the various countries in Africa as Nation Parks. National Parks in Africa are part of the heritage of Africans.
Many tourists all over the world visit Africa to catch a glimpse of these national parks. As a result of this, a lot of revenue and jobs have been created in the tourism sector. Economies have been built by the revenues collected as well. Below are the top 10 national parks in Africa.
10. MOREMI GAME RESERVE, BOTSWANA
Named after chief Moremi of the BaTawana Tribe, the national park lies on the East of the Okavango Delta. On the left li es Chobe National Park. The national park is a home of over 500 species of birds, and a vast majority of wild animals eg lions, zebras, hyenas, cheetahs and jackals. In 2008 it was voted as the best national park of Africa.
9. SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA
Located in Eastern Zambia, the national park is famous wildlife sanctuary. South Luangwa is a home of African safaris. The region is a home to Thornicroft giraffes, cape buffaloes and elephants. Moreover, the park is found within the Rift Valley.
The national park also encourages walking safaris. One can choose between a one day walking safari to a one week walking safari. Mobile camps will be set up for beautiful nights under the stars.
8. BWINDI IMPENTRABLE NATIONAL PARK, UGANDA
Located in South western Uganda, Bwindi is derived from Runyakitara language to mean impenetrable. It is extensively full of stands of bamboo amongst the the larger forest hardwoods.
Being the home of almost half of the surviving mountain gorillas. In addition the park is home to estimated 360 estranged gorillas. It contains over 100 species of mammals which is more than any other national park in Uganda.
7. MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE
Mana Pools is a widlife conservation area and national park found in the lower part of River zambezi. The Mana pools attract very many large animals in search of water. This makes it a very common tourist destination in Zimbabwe.
It has Zimbabwe’s largest concentration of hippos and crocodiles. During the dry season it also has a large number of elephants and buffaloes.
6. ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK, NAMIBIA
Found in the North Western part, Etosha was declared a game reserve in 1902 by the governor, Friedrich Von Lindequist. It lies on the Etosha plain. This fact makes it possible for spotting wild animals at watering holes given the open landscape of the region.
Etosha is home to not only the big five but also rare species of animals. It has several birds, reptiles and mammals icluding various threatened species such as the black Rhinoes.
5. MAHALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Lying on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kigoma Tanzamia, it is named after Mahale Mountains range that it borders. Mahale is one of the only two areas where chimpanzees are protected. It has closely to about 1700 chimpanzees. Surprisingly, It the only place in the world where lions and chimpanzees live alongside each other.
Interestingly, the only way through the park is via a boat on the lake. The Batongole people initially occupied the mountain but were relocated in 1985 to conserve the wildlife.
4. AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK, KENYA
Formerly known as Maasai Amboseli National Game Reserve, located in Kajiado, spread across the Kenya- Tanzania border. The place is just magical as it opens to the view of big tasked elephants and the great Mt. Kilimanjaro. Maasais have inhabited the region and their culture couple by the serene Amboseli are great tourist attractions.
Fun Fact: Amboseli is Maasai meaning “salty dust”.
3.SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Serengeti is a Tanzanian National park found in the Mara and Simiyu region. Maasai people named the region Siringet to mean endless. In 1929, Serengeti was made a full national reserve. To preserve the region, the British moved the Maasai to Ngorongoro.
Stretching to 1.5 Million Hectares of land, the region has a variety of wildlife. They include wilder-beasts that are over 2 million and also the big five. The big five includes: lions, cheetahs on the Seneora plains, African leopard, African buffaloes, Eastern black Rhinoes and the African bush elephants. The region also has numerous reptile that range from the Nile crocodile to the African python.
2. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar
Madagascar is the world’s oldest island and approximately 5% of all wildlife species is found here. Andasibe-Mantadia is one of the most exquisite national parks in the country to experience this. It is an accessible rain forest making expeditions fun and interesting.
It is famous for the world’s largest lemur and due to its small size, it can be covered by short walks. The best time to see the indris ( the world’s largest lemur ) is early in the morning between 7 and 11.
1. KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA
Kruger is one of the oldest and largest national parks. It is located in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. It possesses 9 main gates. To catch a perfect glimpse of a leopard, Kruger is regarded as the best. Not only does it have leopard but also mammals and varieties of birds.
Kruger National park is the best for sleep outs and serving of great cuisines in the beautiful lodges.
Come visit Africa’s National Parks and get memories for a lifetime.