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Kagera Safaris is a tour company based in Kampala – Uganda offering great travel experiences in Uganda and Rwanda. Our tour packages of Gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, wildlife safaris, birding tours are made unique by experience of time spent in the communities.

We organize cultural and community experiences for travelers like home stays where one experiences community life more personally by living with a local family for a night a more. This contributes highly to conservation and also ensures the local communities befit from tourism directly.

Victoria Falls is locally is one of the seven wonders  of the world which have amazing features like rainbows. The Zambezi River meanders through the southern part of central Africa where it creates one of the most spectacular wonders of nature at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls was established as one of the 7 Wonders of Nature because it represents the largest waterfall in the world. The length and width of the falls makes it the largest single sheet of flowing water. In addition to the statistical significance, Victoria Falls is one of the most beautiful scenes in nature.

Visitors can explore and experience the falls from either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side of the falls, but the best experience requires taking the time to witness the falls from all of the different vantage points.

Victoria Falls is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and serves as the Ambassador to the wonders of nature of Africa.

From the Zambian side, visitors can enter into the national park and take trails along the top of the falls. The trails will allow you to look down into the gorge, across the top of the falls and up the Zambezi River. During the dry season, the more adventurous can explore out into and across the top of the falls actually looking down into the gorge from atop the falls.

A secondary trail follows along the falls from across the gorge allowing visitors to come face to face with this magnificent marvel of nature. During the rainy season, there is so much mist and spray from the splashing falls that it almost appears as rain in a rainforest on the other side of the gorge. It is wise to travel with either rain gear, an umbrella or some combination. If you are a photographer, you will want want some way to protect your camera as you seek to capture different images of the falls.

From the Zimbabwean side, visitors can experience a more comprehensive view of Victoria Falls. From this position, you can see the entire falls at one time. Visitors can cross the border fairy easily and experience the falls from the various perspectives.

Probably the most impressive view or experience of the falls comes from the air. Visitors can take to the skies either by helicopter or microlite. The microlite is the more adventurous route and provides the more intimate encounter with the falls. In addition to viewing the falls, it is possible that visitors may capture glimpses of elephant, hippo or some other wildlife found in the area. The falls are worth the experience all on their own, but an encounter with wildlife only enhances the experience.

One of the amazing features of Victoria Falls is the ever present rainbows.  With the right water volume and sunlight, there is a spot along the trail where visitors can witness a rainbow that makes almost a complete circle.  If you visit Victoria Falls at night under a full moon, you could see a rainbow at night referred to as a “moonbow.”

 

 

 

 

The Okavango Delta is truly a wildlife haven however much of the larger mammals are only present seasonally.  The rainy summer season falls during the months of December through March.  The drier winter season is more noticeable during June, July and August and it is during these months that the best game viewing is experienced.

The Okavango located in Botswana and is created by seasonal flooding, the Delta a natural wonder of Africa that features one of the best encounters with African wildlife. Every year the delta emerges as the Okavango River empties into a swamp like area of the Kalahari Desert.  This desert basin traps much of the water where much of it evaporates versus draining into the sea.

The Okavango Delta is home to the Moremi Game Reserve which is a national park that covers much of the eastern side of the Delta.  The Big 5, including the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo can all be found at the Okavango Delta.  Other favorite wildlife including the cheetah, hippo, giraffe, crocodile, topi, baboon and hyena are all accompanied by over 400 species of birds.

Okavango Delta is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa.

 

 

 

Travel Logue in Serengeti

We arrived there around midday – it was hot, dry and we were tired, but I was armed with a bottle of water, a cameras and my binoculars, and nothing could dampen my spirits when I saw the vast plains of the Serengeti expanded around me. The name comes from the Masai word “siringet”, meaning endless plain. This terrain was simply perfect for spotting wildlife. It is almost hard to imagine that so many animals thrive here – it looks simply too barren and dry. But even here, the drama of the natural world unfolds day after day – you just need to know where to look for it.

Our first major spot came just as we entered the national park boundaries. It was a lion – a beautiful, strong female, seeking shade from the hot African sun…nestling on the thick bough of a huge tree! I had hoped to see a tree-climbing lion, but was fully aware that this is a very rare spot. I was utterly delighted to see such a beautiful specimen, dozing contentedly and occasionally glancing down at us with her golden eyes.

Continuing further into the national park, we spotted another big cat. This time, it was a leopard. We stopped for minutes on end to take pictures, look through binoculars, and simply gaze at this sleek and adaptable hunter. Leopards are notoriously shy and elusive creatures, and we knew we were lucky to have spotted one. It was starting to seem like there was a surprise for us around every corner!

Our suspicions were confirmed when we happened upon a huge clump of deep green doum palms, impossibly shiny and succulent in the dry heat of the Serengeti. Wanting a closer look, we drove on, only to find a veritable oasis in the heart of the Serengeti. There were hippos – and plenty of them. Hippos in the water, hippos on the banks, hippos in the grass, and hippos wandering on the huge rocks. Amongst the much larger hippos in the group there were also a handful of juvenile hippos which looked miniature when standing side by side with their elders. However, even these younger specimens simply dwarfed the other species at the watering hole – crocodiles. The hippos were utterly unperturbed by the presence of these prehistoric, sinister and utterly motionless creatures, sometimes even nudging them out of their path to the water!

After another day of sheer wildlife wonder, we decided to head for camp. Along the way, we passed the same tree where we had spotted a leopard earlier that day. Only this time, the leopard was resting on the ground beside the tree. Puzzled by this unusual behaviour, we glanced up into the higher reaches of the tree and spotted a crumpled shape stuffed between the branches. It was a gazelle – the leopard’s kill. Knowing that the leopard – a highly adaptable and opportunistic hunter – had pounced on this unsuspecting gazelle during the course of our safari day, only made the whole experience more real, and more wonderful.

 

Tarangire National Park
It was my first day on safari, and naturally I was excited. Upon arrival at Tarangire, you are immediately faced with the sight of vast baobab trees which pepper the landscape as far as the eye can see. The sight of a huge elephant, somehow dwarfed by the sheer size of one of these majestic trees, is something which needs to be seen to be believed.

After some sightings of zebra, elephant and many birds in the morning, I settled down to have lunch at the top of cliff that overlooked the Tarangire River – patchy and muddy, but still the only permanent source of water here. From this great height, I could see silhouettes of different creatures in the distance – impossibly long legs here, large flapping ears there, clouds of dust rising into the air and the distant sound of hooves…I could take an educated guess at what I was looking at, but I knew I had to get down to the river to really appreciate the wildlife scene which was playing out before me.

With my guide, I descended into the valley where the muddy river was languidly winding, and was delighted and amazed to see a large herd of elephants enjoying a mud-bath in the midday sun. It was both entertaining and warming to see the elder females taking care of a tiny baby, leading it to the water and trying to coax it out again as it rolled happily in the mud. Just down from the elephant mud-bath was a group of giraffe, front legs splayed, heads down, drinking enthusiastically from the brown water. And, up on a small escarpment, a huge group of zebra were wandering and grazing.

We were happily watching these amazing animals and enjoying the peace and quiet, when we spotted two zebra carcasses further down river. We drove to have a closer look, and it was very apparent these were fresh kills. It was then that was spotted two lionesses coming around the bend of the river bed – sleek, golden and extremely full! We gazed in amazement as these stunning creatures sought shade under a lone rock in the dust. Continuing further down the river, we saw a total of maybe seven lions – some walking slowly, some sleeping under a tree, some drinking at the water’s edge.

 

The Ngorongoro Crater
The ascent to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater was intense and exciting. Our vehicle was climbing the steep walls on dirt tracks, and to the left we could see thick mists which seemed to roll and unfurl around thick, verdant foliage. It was early, there was a chill in the air, and the atmosphere was electric.

When we reached the rim of the crater, I got out of the vehicle to stretch my legs, and could hardly believe the view in front of me. A perfect watercolour patchwork of golden savannah, shimmering green grass, sparkling water, thinning mists and dense pockets of riverine foliage opened out before me. It was like something out of a dream! I could simply not wait to get to the crater floor and really explore this wonder of the world.

The crater walls provided the perfect picturesque backdrop for the many great animals and birds which I saw there. After a morning spent spotting lion and elephant and looking up birds in our birding guide, we stopped to observe a large group of flamingo, gathered at the lakeshore to feast on the algae of the shallow waters. One minute all was calm, and the only sound to be heard was the soft clicking of flamingo beaks, the muffled sounds of ruffling feathers, and the occasional grunt from a distant buffalo. It was tranquil and stunningly beautiful.

Suddenly, the flamingo had scattered into the air – something had startled them. All of a sudden, a hyena emerged from the crowd of birds, carrying a flamingo between its powerful jaws. Surrounding the hyena were a couple of jackals – opportunistic scavengers who had been waiting for a larger predator to catch something tasty. The jackals circled, scampered and darted, trying poach the hyena’s kill, and they did not give up! Eventually, one of the jackals managed to steal a scrap of meat, and he and his companion darted off into the distance, just as backup from more hyenas was arriving.

Within the space of 5 minutes, the whole astonishing scene had ended, and the action area was deserted. Only the flamingo remained, looking exactly as they did when we had first arrived on the scene – flamboyant, fabulous, and blissfully unaware of the danger they were in!

A safari is an overland journey, usually a trip by tourists to Africa. Traditionally, the term is used for a big-game hunt, but today the term often refers to a trip taken not for the purposes of hunting, but to observe and photograph animals and other wildlife. There are some other things that a safari can be used for, such as hiking and sight-seeing.

History

In 1836 William Cornwallis Harris led an expedition purely to observe and record wildlife and landscapes by the expedition’s members. Harris established the safari style of journey, starting with a not too strenuous rising at first light, an energetic day walking, an afternoon rest then concluding with a formal dinner and telling stories in the evening over drinks and tobacco.
Literary genre

Jules Verne’s first novel Five Weeks in a Balloon published in 1863 and H. Rider Haggard’s first novel King Solomon’s Mines published in 1885, both describe journeys of English travellers on Safari and were best sellers in their day. These two books gave rise to a genre of Safari adventure novels and films.[citation needed]
Cinema genre

The safari provided countless hours of cinema entertainment in sound films from Trader Horn (1931) onwards. The safari was used in many adventure films such as the Tarzan, Jungle Jim, and Bomba the Jungle Boy film series up to The Naked Prey (1966) where Cornel Wilde, a white hunter, becomes game himself. The safari genre films were parodied in the Bob Hope comedies Road to Zanzibar and Call Me Bwana. An instant 15-minute helicopter safari was shown in Africa Addio where clients are armed, flown from their hotel and landed in front of an unlucky and baffled elephant. Out of Africa has Karen Blixen and Denys Finch Hatton travelling, with Denys refusing to abandon home comforts using fine china and crystal and listening to Mozart recordings over the gramophone while on safari trip. Tourists must also have appropriate clothing such as hats, long-sleeved shirts and blankets for when the night gets very cold.
Safari style

There is a certain theme or style associated with the word, which includes khaki clothing, belted bush jackets, pith helmets or slouch hats, and animal skin patterns—like leopard’s skin. There is also a term of safari chic that followed the film Out of Africa.[3] This not only included clothing but also interior design and architecture.
Modern safari

Safaris have today diversified considerably from the initial fledgling expeditions of the pioneering European explorers and colonialists. Tourism is becoming an increasingly prevalent economic factor for many Eastern and Southern African nations, in several regions surpassing traditional industries such as agriculture. Lending to specific conditions such as relative infrastructure or inherent geography countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Uganda, South Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe advertise locally specialised safari experiences ranging from guided safaris, mobile safaris, walking safaris and fly-in safaris to more niche concepts including elephant back safaris, river safaris, primate safaris, horseback safaris, balloon safaris photographic safaris, mobile tented safaris, and accessible safaris for those with disabilities.

Secondly: Safaris are a form of Eco tourism in which the public can become educated on the ecosystems and animal kingdoms of indigenous regions like Africa and Australia on expeditions by vehicles and stations. Through the use of professional guides tourists are provided safe transportation, certified educational services, discovery, photography and expanding the countries exploitation. The many common uses of Safaris are photography, video shooting, Eco and Adventure tourism, hunting, and discovery in which a customer cannot provide for themselves in the wilderness regions of places such as Africa or Australia.