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25 Most Beautiful Places in Africa, Visit, Stay & Explore

Africa is the world’s second largest continent hosting 54 countries. It is a continent that has something for everyone; from the dry Sahara Desert of Algeria and other countries in the North through to the iconic urban skylines of South Africa. The wildlife, spectacular landscapes covered with Savannah and others with water bodies and rolling hills. Not convinced yet? Below are 50 most beautiful destinations that shouldn’t miss out on your bucket list as you plan to travel to Africa.

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The Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls are one of Africa’s tourist attractions and one of the world’s most stunning falls forming the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. These falls are found on the Zambezi River, Africa’s fourth longest river and were first viewed by Scottish explorer and missionary David Livingstone in November 1855.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its thunderous roar can be heard 40km away while the mist and spray from the falling water rises to the about 400m which can be seen from a distance of 50km by travellers. The locals were right to call it Mosi-oa-Tunya which means ‘Smoke that Thunders’. Whether you viewing the falls in Zambia or Zimbabwe, you will still have an unforgettable experience while there.

Bo-Kaap, South Africa

Bo-Kaap formerly known as Malay Quarter is a distinct neighbourhood found in Cape Town situated at the foot of Signal Hill.Bo-Kaap is covered with bright colored houses which were formerly rental houses that were constructed and leased to slaves, they were painted white then but when that rule was eventually lifted, the slaves were allowed to purchases these properties and hence decided to paint their houses with bright colours as a sign of their freedom. There is so much to see, explore and taste while there including the Bo-KaapMuseum on the oldest building in Wale Street.

Rhumsiki, Cameroon

This is a situated in the Mandara Mountains approximately 3km from the border with Nigeria and 55km fromMokolo in the Far North Province of Cameroon. Its scenery is breathtaking and hence one of Cameroon’s famous tourist attractions with scenery. This spectacular surrounding is created by the volcanic pugs, MandaraMountains, and the Basalt outcroppings. One that iseye-catching to tourist is the Kapsiki Peak standing at 1,224m high. There are also craftspeople such as potters, blacksmiths, traditional dancers, weavers and spinners.

Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Lake Naivasha is a scenic freshwater lake and lies northwest of Nairobi in the District of Nakuru approximately 10km from Naivasha Town and 90km from Nairobi. It is a shallow lake about 5m deep and 13km across. It hosts incredible numbers of over 400 bird species and wildlife such as hippos, provides breathtaking boat trips and near it are many accommodation options that suit all budgets therefore that is why it is good stop for various tourists especially families.

Alley or Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

This is one of the beautiful places to see Baobab trees in Africa, also referred to as a natural monument.This avenue is a collection of baobab treesspreading along the 260m dirt road in the region known as Menabebetween Belon’iTsiribihina and Morondava. This is an impressive road surrounded with about 20 to 25 baobab trees and one of Madagascar’spicturesque, popular and most visited places with stunning sunsets.

Abu Simbel, Egypt

Abu Simbel is a village in Nubia where two massive ancient rock temples are found, in the southern part of Egypt near the border with Sudan. These were originally cut into a solid rock cliff during the reign of Ramesses II around. The larger temple contains four colossal statuesof a seated pharaoh Ramesses II

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Situated in the Virunga Massif which hosts 8 ancient volcanoes, which are shared by 3 countries Rwanda DR Congo and Uganda.This is Africa’s oldest National Park and home Rwanda’s endangered Mountain Gorillas, it also hosts charming golden monkeys with striking bamboo forest that make the park’s scenery spectacular. It is a 2hours drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park hence easily accessed by tourists.

Lake Abbe, Djibouti and Ethiopia

Also known as Lake Abhe Bad, is an extraordinary salty small lake which lies among the chain of 6 connected lakes, it is shared by two countries; Djibouti and Ethiopia. It is filled with water form Awash River that flows from the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. It is surrounded by with strange, lunar, and spectacular landscapes.

Giza, Egypt

Giza is the capital of Giza Governorate and the third largest city of Egypt. It is a plateau located along the western bank of River Nile outside the outskirts of Cairo. It hosts the Great Pyramids which are a landmark of the ancient Egypt and are among the 7 wonders of the ancient world hence are a must see. They are 3 Pyramids named Khufu (the greatest pyramid), Khare and Menkaure.

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar is a beautiful island found in the Indian Ocean, it is among the Zanzibar archipelago which is comprised of 50 islands. Also known as the Spice Island,Zanzibar is a “must visit” destination with rich culture, history and white sand beaches with lazily swaying beautiful palm trees in the sea breeze. It hosts Stone Town a small town with great history and mall alley of streets and other attractions.

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen is a magical area in the Northwest of Morocco also known as the “Blue City”. It was established by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa in 1471, it served as a fortress for the slaves from Spain and as years went by more people including the Christians and Jews were welcomed to this place with blue buildings. It is surrounded by Rif Mountains which has created a dramatic scenery while there hence it’s a photographer’s paradise.

Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

Located in the Northeastern part Mpumalanga Province in South Africa, Blyde River Canyon is part of the Drakensberg escarpment and one of South Africa’s most spectacular views. It is the 3rdlargest canyon in the world however, the largest green canyon in the world. Activities range from swimming and hiking to taking scenic drives, this is an unforgettable experience.

Bwindi Forest, Uganda

Situated in southwestern Uganda, Bwindi forest is one of the Earth’s biologically diverse areas and among Uganda’s old rainforests dating backing to over 25,000 years. It is a World Heritage Site and home to about 400 endangered mountain gorillas which is half of the remaining number on the earth. It also harbors over 120 mammals, about 350 species of birds, and also an indigenous tribe called the “Batwa” who have a unique culture.

Ahaggar Mountains, Algeria

Also known as the Ahaggar Mountains are located in the south of Algeria in the vast Sahara region. It is from them that the Ahaggar National Park was established, it covers an area of 450,000sqkm; it is made up a rich ecosystem such as the jagged rock mountains, undulating sand dunes, Ahaggar Mountain, Sahara Desert, perennial grasslands, the lush oasis of Tamanrassetamongo thereye-catching features. It also hosts wildlife such as the desert cheetahs.

Okavango Delta, Botswana

This is Africa’s largest inland delta found in the northwest of Botswana. It has a rich ecosystem including permanent swamps, seasonally flooded grasslands, and wildlife species like Cheetahs, Lions, African wild dogs, Leopards, large herds of Buffaloes and Elephants, all sharing the floodplains among others. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and can be explored while on a game drive,on foot or by a mokoro (local canoe). Amazingly the delta’s water drain into the Kalahari basin desert sands since there is on outlet to the sea.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Established in 1952, Serengeti hosts the greatest wildlife sight on earth, this includes the famous Annual Wildebeest Migration which involves over 1.5 wildebeests and over 250,000 zebras crossing to the Mara of Kenya in such for food and water. It is an exciting time to watch the migration. Other animals found here are lions, elephants, crocodiles, cheetahs, giraffes, as well as beautiful bird species.

Sossusvlei, Namibia

This possibly the popular and most spectacular attraction in Namibia. It is located in Africa’s largest conservation area (the Namib-Naukluft NP. Sossusvlei is a vast, white-salt and clay pan and attracts tourist from all walks of life and is an all year round open destination. It is comprised of large red dunes of which most of these dunes are some of the world’s highest reaching almost 400m high. What the photographic enthusiast receive here whether in the morning or evening are wonderful images.

Ganvie, Benin

It is a Lake village situated in the lower southern region of Benin lying in Lake Nokoe. It is possibly Africa’s largest lake village and attracts several tourists. It was established in the 16th century by the Tofinu people that chose to take the lake avoiding Fon warriors who captured slaves for sale. It accommodates about 20,000 people and about 3,000 homes all built on stilt water.

Praslin, Seychelles

Praslin is Seychelles’ second largest Island situated 45km northwest of Mahe. It is great tourist destination covered with tropical forests with different birds species, sand beaches, resorts and hotels, it also host the Praslin Island Airport.

Ngorongoro Crater

Once a gigantic volcano, Ngorongoro Crater is found in the Northern region of Tanzania and is the world’s largest caldera. Some people say that before its eruption, Ngorongoro would have been higher than Kilimanjaro which is Africa’s highest mountain peak. It is a vast highland area with a 600m deep Crater as its main point. It is home to the most attractive wildlife in the world including the buffaloes, zebras, giraffe, wildebeests, black rhinos, elephants, hippos among others.

The Skeleton Coast, Namibia

It is Namibia’s northern region of the Atlantic coast, it is the world’s largest ship cemetery stretching 500km long and 40km wide. As per its name, the Skeleton coast is one of the country’s beautiful areas with great scenery and various skeletons of both animals and ships, it where you found the shipwrecks of the Dunedin Star.

Fontainhas, Cape Verde

According to National Geographic, this fairy tale village is among the villages with most the beautiful view in the world. It is found in the north of the island of Santo Antao. It is a picturesque area made up of colored houses that are found at the edge of deep cliff, it’s also surrounded by green mountains with great sea views. It is a place to visit.

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Standing at 5,896m tall, Mountain Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest free standing mountain and still among the continent’s wonderful natural sights. It is a snowy mountain located in the North of Tanzania near Moshi town, it is a protected area and regulated carefully for mountain climbers. And by the way this magnificent mountain is in Kilimanjaro National Park and over 75,000 travelers hike the mountain yearly.

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

The Bazaruto Archipelago is famously known for its diverse ecologies and pristine beauty. It is found in Mozambique, made up of 6 islands which include; Bazaruto, Banque, Magaruque, Benguerra, Shell and Santa Carolina. In 1971 this archipelago was established as a national park and its unspoiled coral reefs harbor over 2000 fish species hence has in plenty the butterfly fish, reef fish, surgeon, Moorish idols, angel and parrots. Also whale sharks, manta, game fish, sea turtles are usually spotted. This area is a great place for the snorkelers and divers.

Table Mountain, South Africa

The Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain with the main feature as the level plateau which stretches about 3km from side to side with extraordinary cliffs on the edges, attracting millions of tourists from all over the world. It overlooks the city of Cape Town hence a very significant tourist attraction for South Africa. It forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, and just at its eastern foot are the impressive Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. It is home to over 2,200 plant species, it is SouthAfrica’s most photographed attraction with many surprises found when you visit it.  Most visitors use the cable car or they hike to the top.

 

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25 Most Beautiful Cities and Towns in Africa

Africa as a continent is known for its stunning vast deserts, extraordinary wildlife, rolling hills, highlands, and beautiful savannah grasslands. It also hosts extraordinary towns and cities that are enriched with culture, history and other activities.Below are our top cities and towns.

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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is an exciting, outstanding and colourful citywith amazing culture history and fantastic restaurants or hotels. It is located at the base of the beautiful Table Mountain with some of Africa’s best vineyards and stunning beaches. The mountain offers scenic views on a clear and sunny day and hence you can take a cable da ride to its top at sunset or sunrise to have an experience there and take a number of photos.

They city is covered with modern skyscrapers, basically Cape Town’s skyline gives you a picture of some major cities in NorthAmerica.You can also visit the boulder’s beach which is home to beautifulAfrican Penguins, visit Kirstenbosch a botanical garden near the table mountain, signal hill an many more other existing shops, bars, streets, markets among other thing in Cape Town.

Stone Town, Zanzibar

It is a Swahili coastal trading town located in the Indian Ocean of the Tanzanian coast is Zanzibar which is home to crystal clear waters, amazing white-sand beaches and a rich history and of course the Stone Town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar. Many visit Zanzibar and engage in various water sport activities but are always thrilled when they visit Stone Town. It is an authentic town and has been in existence for over 200 years and just a few things have changed in this old city.

The winding alleys, Sultan’s Palace, carved wooden doors, animated bazaars and the narrow streets make Stone Town an attractive place to visit. It is not a surprise that it is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lamu, Kenya

This is a small coastal town found on LamuIsland in Kenya. It is located 341km by road northeast of Mombasa. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 23 mosques including one that was constructed in 1900 called the Riyadha Mosque.

Lamu is a donkeysanctuary and travellers can spend most of their time walking around thee amazingnarrow alleys, historical places in this town. This town is among the best places to relax from and adopt a coastal way of life.

Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira is one of Africa’s most beautiful towns you should visit. It hosts lustrous fortifications and ancient medina which have existed since the 28th century and stunning beaches. It also has a fish market you could visit. This town is great place for kitesurfing and windsurfing because of the strong currents and wind, the peace and tranquility in this town is far better than the chaos in most big cities in Morocco.

Furthermore, Essaouira is a paradise for watersport lovers and a picturesque coastal town.

Djenné, Mali

This is a beautiful and fascinating place with mosques and mud-brick houses plus a history you wouldn’t want to miss hearing. It isone of the country’s oldest places dating back to around 250 BC. It is a unique holiday destination for tourists with the world’s most creative and largest mud-made buildingsand hosts the Grand Mosque.

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

This fascinating city lies on the shores of Lake Tana in the Amhara region. Bahir Dar landscape is madeup of stunning river views and lines palm trees. It hosts some of the oldest churches and monasteriesin the world, and these are a must to visit while in Ethiopia.

Travellers can also enjoy boating trips, this can be combined with visiting the Blue Nile Falls which are an outstanding sight for travellers to see and are located just a few kilometers from Bahir Dar.

Luxor, Egypt

Luxor city is found in Upper Egypt and its Luxor Governorate’s capital. It was once an ancient City of Thebes and over the years since the 19th century, this place has attracted big numbers of Egyptologists and tourists who come in search for ancient wonders which up to now cover the city’s landscape.

The word ‘Luxor’ means ‘palaces’, today Luxor is a vibrant and beautiful city with stunning desert and Nile scenery landscapes. It is also where the tombs where the remains of the pharaohs are, it also hosts the beautiful temple of Karnak, the spectacular Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut.

Windhoek, Namibia

It is a modern and tidy city with spectacular traditional German houses and pastel-painted buildings. It is Namibia’s capital andlargest city with a history and a number of historic locations. Moving around the Windhoek immediately reveals its beauty, visit craft shops and buy souvenirs.In the night you can’t miss out the unforgettable Nightlife in this beautiful city, you could visit bars or casinos.

The city is pedestrian friendly and quite walkable. You could also visit the Germancastles, neo-baroque cathedrals and modern skyscrapers which dominate the city’s skyline.

Stone Town, Mozambique

This is situated at the Northern part of Mozambique’s tiny 3km long Island and the island as a whole was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by 1991 due to its extraordinary architectural unity. Stone Town was once an important trading post for the Portuguese and hence in 1507 it was named the Portuguese East Africa capital.

This island is one of the region’s attractive locations with interesting local culture and traditions plus the architecture which reflects the birth of the different cultures present over the years, this means that while here you can feel the influence of the Arabs, Indians and the Portuguese on this island.

Johannesburg, South Africa

This is one of Africa’s wealthiest modern cities and the biggest in South Africa followed by Cape Town. It hosts the world’s largest man-made forest and also one of the best airports in the world. It is well developed, with a number of international hotels, shopping malls and beautiful attractions including the Apartheid Museum and the City Deep- world’s largest dry port. Of course Johannesburg is one of travelers’ finest and number one choice cities in Africa.

Agadir, Morocco

Agadir is situated in mid-southern Morocco, it is a major city and the largest seaside resort in the country which attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. The city was rebuilt after it was affected by an earthquake in 1960. And today the city is served by a highway and low-cost flights from Tangier.

Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi is the largest and capital city of Kenya. It is one of Africa’s most leading cities thefinancially and politically. The city has high skyscrapers in the downtown which gives it the country a modern look. Also the modern architecture and traditional African styles plus culture and historical sites makes Nairobi different and unique, and on the continent it is among the cities with the best infrastructure.

Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali is regarded as one of Africa’s cleanliest cities, it is the country’s central business center with a number of modern architecture such as the New Kigali Tower, and it also hosts the Kigali Genocide memorial site, moderate weather, hospitable citizens, hotels, restaurants among other things.

The interesting thing about Kigali is its location, it is well situated near most touristattractions including volcanoes national park; which is only a 2hurs and 30minutes drive from Kigali to the Park, this means that a tourist can travel to the park to track Mountain Gorillas and come back to Kigali in the same day.

Kampala, Uganda

Kampala is Uganda’s business center and capital citybuilt on 7 hills, most people around the city speak English and are friendlyhence it is not a problem if you need to interact with a number of them. It hosts various traditional sites, religious sites, craftshops, rewarding nightlife, affordable transport means,international hotels, restaurants, events and festivals, banks and ATM machines.

Gaborone, Botswana

Located in the southern part in Botswana, Gaborone is a beautiful city and the capital of the country with economic strength and politically stable. It is among the world’s largest rough diamond producers however you shouldn’t expect to find or pick a diamond along the street.

It hosts the Art Gallery which displays cultural artifacts and the National Museum. It is also famous for the Gaborone Game Reserve which is home to wildlife such as impalas, wildebeests plus the migratory and resident birds.Just in the south western part of the city is Mokolodi Nature Reserve which hosts giraffes and rhinos.You could also climb to the summit of Kgale Hill to have more exciting views of the city.

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is the largest city in Egypt and the Arab world,built on the River Nile banks, Cairo is regarded as “the city that never sleeps”. It is surrounded by several regionswhich have some of the world’s longest recorded history.

It is here where the second largest university in the world is found.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

This is the capital of Ethiopia and is said to be “the political capital of Africa” since it hosts very many political organizations.

It is a relatively safe city to live and is the center of most of Ethiopia’s economic activities.

Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos was said to be Nigeria’s capital city up to around 1972. It is the country’srichest and largest city with a large economy and hosts several large corporations

It is in this city that most musicians and actors that want to make it in the film of music industry come.

Accra, Ghana

This is Ghana’s most popular and Capital city. It is the country’s Centre of financial and economic activities and above all the seat of the government.

There are several architectural structures in the city that reflect itsrich history, over the years, there has been improvement and construction of many modern building in Accra.

Port Louis, Mauritius

The city’s architecture, history and cuisine have drawn tourists from all walks of life, hence Port Louis is mainly populated by tourists that come to unwind and see the architectural wonders and museums plus the cuisine in the city.

It is the capital of Mauritius and the main economic and political base for the citizens in the country.

Algiers, Algeria

Situated along the Mediterranean Sea shores, Algiers hosts a number of beaches which are great relaxing places for both visitors and the residents. The city also has some of the amazing monuments that were constructed to mark important eventsand dates in Algeria’s history.It is the heart of Algeria’s economic and political activities.

Tunis, Tunisia

Tunis is the Capital of Tunisia and offers shopping centers, sandy beaches, nightlife, traditional markets, cuisine and historical architecture which therefore make it avery famous destination. Most citizens migrate from different regions of the country to Tunis to improve on their standards of living.

Abuja, Nigeria

Abuja is among Africa’s fastest growing cities yet it was built inthe 1980s, not everyone in Nigeria can afford the standard of living in the city.

The large monolith found outside Abuja and the impressive architecture that houses Nigeria’s government corporations andministry will leave the tourist in awe.

Jinja Town, Uganda

It is located in the Eastern part of Uganda on the Lake Victoria shores approximately a 2hours drive from Kampala.It has lots of attractions to offer such as the source of the River Nile, Itanda falls, Bujagali Falls, Samuka Island and also various activities can be enjoyed including the adrenaline pumping ones like bungee jumping and white water rafting. There is no adventure tourist that missesout on visiting Jinja.

Luanda, Angola

Most Angolans have flocked to Luanda in search for employment in the carious oil and manufacturing companies found there and since it is the capital of Angola it’s a place to be.

In Luanda is where the country’s main seaport is found which is where exportation of diamonds, sugar and coffee plus other goods is done. Today the city is undergoing new developments andhence a place to visit.

 

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The East African Tourist Visa, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda

About the East African Visa.

What is the East African Tourist Visa?

This idea of the single regional East African Tourist Visa is to make it so easier and attractive financially for the tourists to be able to visit the whole east African region. You will be able to visit the three countries on a single tour. On this exact blog, you will find more details about the East Africa tourist Visa application process for Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Even though these three countries share a tourist Visa, the application process will differ according to the country where you will start your East Africa travels.

Without this visa, it means you will spend a minimum of $180 to be able to visit the three countries: Rwanda $ 30, Kenya $ 50 and Uganda $100. These fees are also single entry and this means that a return visit to nay these countries will imply paying the visa fee again. It was launched in 2014 and was implemented slowly but now it’s been spread across the whole region.

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“The owner of the tourist Visa will enter from one country which gave the visa and then move within the two other countries without applying for another visa or to pay for another visa fee.

With the East African Tourist Visa, you can enjoy all the countries including: Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.

  • Which countries does the tourist Visa apply?

It includes like Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda and many more will join in future.

  • The Cost of the East Africa tourist Visa.

 

It costs only $100

This visa is free of charge to the foreign residents especially those with a valid working permit. This applies to the three countries of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The foreign residents as well as the citizens of these countries are required to travel with a valid passport or the national ID or the student ID as well as an interstate pass at the border.

 

  • How long does the tourist Visa last?

 

For 90 days only

  • Is there any limit to the number of times that you visit the country?

 

No, this is a multiple entry Visa, according to the coordinator of East African Tourism platform, this visa enables the traveller to only 90 days constant travel in and out of these three countries.

 

Note:

This east Africa tourist Visa is only a multiple entry with in the east African community and in case you go outside the region, you will need to apply again.

  • Is it possible to extend my East Africa tourist Visa?

It’s not possible to extend your Visa and in order to get a new one, you shall need to exit the region and then apply afresh.

  • Can I also work on an East African tourist Visa?

Work is forbidden.

  • How to apply for the tourist Visa?

The process of buying this visa is different to each and every country, and in case of any questions, contact the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Uganda, Kenya and Uganda.

  • How do I apply for the EATV in case an entering from Kenya?

In case Kenya is your first point of entry, you can then connect with a local Kenyan embassy for more details on how to buy the East Africa tourist Visa before starting your safari. Another alternative might be to purchase the Visa on arrival in Nairobi or Mombasa. You can get the form on arrival at the airport and also pay in US Dollars.

It’s advisable that the application process is still so unclear and so the EATV can be got at any nearest Kenyan embassy before you travel.

  • How do I apply for the EATV in case an entering Rwanda?

In case Rwanda is your first point entry, you can use Rwanda online Application system to be able to apply for the class T12 East Africa Tourist Visa. Under the icon “Type of Visa ‘you can select East Africa Tourist Visa. You will also find an online application form as well as the guidance that is necessary for applying for the East Africa Tourist Visa.

More so, in case you have flexibility in the itinerary, you can enter the East Africa tourist Visa area via Rwanda, this is because it has got the simplest application process with the fantastic guidelines.

  • How do I apply for the EATV in case am in Uganda?

In case Uganda is your entry point, you can also request for the visa any of the local Ugandan embassy. You can also buy the Visa in US dollars upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport. There is also the Uganda Electronic Visa / Permit application system that was propelled in July 2016, you can also use this system for buying the EATV. At the airport, immigration might also assert you to give a copy of an itinerary that gives on ward travel in East Africa. The itinerary might not be a requirement in order to get the Visa, but you will need to carry it with you.

EATV, East African Tourist Visa

  • What is about the interstate pass and how do I apply for it?

The Nationals of Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda are free to move between these countries with just an ID cards instead of the passports. There are no visas needed and it has no charge. Those with a work permit can also travel with the interstate without wanting to pay for the visa.

The main advice to the east African residents and the nationals is that they should use the national ID or the expatriate pass or the work permit to move to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda for free.

In The same case, the nationals as well as the expats are given an interstate pass document that when they give their ID/ Passport and them leave one of the three countries. This is also free and it’s given at the border.

  • Which other countries that will join the EATV?

Tanzania:

Tanzania is yet to join the East African Tourist Visa you shall require Visa from the Tanzania Immigration Board.

Burundi

It’s sad that there are few people going to Burundi due to the present political situation. We pray that the situation improves and we welcome them on board.

South Sudan

This county will also join in future

  • About the real situation of the east African Tourist Visa on the ground.

The fact is that you can only access the EATV when you first come to East African region, it can be either with advance online or at the embassy/ the diplomatic mission and it can also be on arrival at the airport for Uganda and Kenya.

There are currently four main points of entry for the East Africa Tourist Visa.

  1. Rwanda at Kigali international Airport
  2. Uganda at Entebbe International Airport
  3. Kenya at Nairobi, Joma Kenyatta international Airport
  4. Kenya at Mombasa, port of Mombasa and at Moi international airport.

The other fact is that you can only get the east Africa tourist Visa when you enter the different East Africa countries and it’s a disadvantage for some of the people who may arrive in one of the country without having made the travel plans. It’s also common for some of the tourists to come without the itinerary. Someone might come to Uganda to track the gorillas and can decide to travel to Kenya coast. More so, having a tourist Visa can protect you time crossing from Uganda into Rwanda and Kenya.

The notes from family and friends as regards the East Africa Tourist Visa.

Currently the EATV is not malleable as it could be especially for the backpackers as well as the budget tourists who make up their travel plans.  Right now, you would have to pay $100 to enter into the pearl of Africa, $ 50 to enter Kenya and then $ 100 to be able to return in order to get the flight home. I know of people who have come to Uganda on a single country visa and then decide to travel to other east African countries. And when you are traveling by road, the situation is less clear.

With the Cyanika border at Rwanda or Uganda, you can access the EATV when you cross in to Rwanda by road.

At the Busia boarder of Uganda and Kenya, you can’t access the EATV when you cross into Kenya by the road and returning to Rwanda at the same border post.

Also at Entebbe Airport, the immigration might ask you to bring out a copy of an itinerary that provides an on ward travel with East Africa. This might not be a requirement of the EATV, but you are advised to bring with you, if you have one. You can also use the bradt for your guiding on your Rwanda or Uganda safaris.

African Lion Safari

If you ever come on an African wildlife safari and you never see the famous African lions, then you seriously need to redo your safari itinerary. The lion is the King of the Jungle in Africa and has reigned in colonies called prides in the southern Sahara and in wild savannahs in East and Southern Africa. The beastly creatures are nocturnal predator and play a major role in maintaining wildlife eco-systems throughout their habitats.

Many other small predator and birds like vultures take the spoils of killings done by the fearsome Lions. Lions have sharp claws and teeth, strong for limbs and strong sight which they used positively to advance towards their prey even when 10km away.

African LionThey are magnificent animals and have already been the subject of some television documentaries but looking at them on Television is not enough if you want to know these animals better. To really enjoy your visit they are facts and details you require acknowledging about African lions. The African lions habits the open thick savannah grasslands specked with few woods, rocky outcrops and trees from where they love to lounge in the mid-day heat.

Lions are the only cats that live in groups, also called prides. Just about all prides consist of three males, approximately a dozen females, and the cubs. Male cubs drop the pride if they may be older, building their very own prides or becoming a member in one other. Male African lions are distinguished with the locks of hair all-around their head, and also the lionesses would be the hunters of your pride. They may be ready to topple creatures significantly larger than themselves considering that they hunt in groups.

Lion safaris in Africa

The lion prides in east Africa are the most famous and are particularly screened in many documentaries. Kenya loin safaris are a good start with trips to Samburu game reserve and the famous Masaai Mara game park. East Africa is renowned for large migrations of lion prides thank to the migrations of other animals like wildebeest, hartebeest, zebras, and antelopes from which they get their daily prey. Visit Kenya in July during the time of the annual migration of wildebeest and you’ll savor prides of them on the banks of river Mara as they impatiently wait to devour the weak and hesitant prey crossing the river.

Serengeti national park is famous for large prides of lions of up to 16 members. Tanzania lion safaris are good in the wildlife crammed crater park of Ngorongoro from where they can prey on the many mammals in the park. Lions are sighted in the Kilimanjaro national park at the foot hills of Africa’s rooftop mountain. Check out Lake Manyara National park for its mystical tree climbing lions that can also be found in Queen Elizabeth National Park on a Uganda Lion safari tour. Lions are mainly nocturnal and are reputed to rest for about 20 hours a day in thick undergrowth, in a shady tree or near shades of rocky outcrops.

The rare white lions of Kruger National park, South Africa are something ghostly in the African wild. These lions are not common and are bred in South Africa with specifications for local inhibitors and are mostly reared in zoos.

African Lion safari tips

African lion safaris are not only pleasurable, they are also educative but you have to strictly follow safety precautions of your lead game ranger. The rangers have been with the animals for year and surely know their behavior, how they act in the presence of humans and where they live. An African lion safaris led by expert game ranger are secure, provided you pay attention to the rules and guidelines that you are given.

Lion safari game drives are the most interesting ways to sight lions; you’ll find many lion families in a short time. Carry you pair of binoculars and camera on the game drive for easy sighting fro a far. Do not stand up in any car or even make abrupt movements as this may irritate the lions and in defense, they’ll charge to attack. Walking out of your car is suicidal, stop if you meet the lions at close range and proceed driving slowly

You can even find these lions on the park’s track and routes resting in the roads. Understand that these lions have been born here in the wilderness or just near t by and may be familiar with the vehicles on an African lion safari game drive. The smell of petrol and exhaust fumes conceal the human odor, so feel safe the lion does not look at your vehicle being a carrier for their next meal!

In case of are on lion safaris by foot, do exactly as your guide says to avoid attacks and don’t make noisy that will provoke the lions to attack. African lion safaris offer you a genuine view in the lion’s habitat and ways in which they get by. Before considering booking a vacancy at a lion safari camp, very carefully examine African lion safari review articles to decide on the places and packages suitable for you.

Africa Big Five Safari, The Big Five Animals of Africa

Africa safari are often highlighted with sighs of several African game, both five and small. To some people if you are describing an African wildlife Safari, they will loosely translate it into Big Five Safaris or hunting of the big five animals

What are the big five animals?

Thinking…the big five game found in the African wild are probably the hardest animals one can hunt on foot or follow on animal spoors for several miles. The big five animals are dangerous too and should be tracked cautiously.

The big five animals consist of Lion, the African elephant, leopard, Cape buffalo and the rhinoceros. Meeting all big 5 in one parks is not easy but you will meet them all in Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

The African elephant is almost seen in every wildlife park in Africa, except in the Sahara. The large elephant, some called forest elephant and others bush elephants are almost hairless, with long trunks, with long curved Ivory tusks and have fan shaped ears.

The rhinos are steadily growing to be an endangered species especially with the black and white rhinos. The Cape buffalo or called African buffalo are also a regular sighting in the savannah grasslands. The leopard is a large spotted predator often found in the savannah and forested areas. Within sight is the Lion, a popular animal on Africa wildlife safaris.

Lion safaris are often a favorite for tourists to Serengeti Park in Tanzania, Kruger park in South Africa, some tree climbing species found in Lake Manyara Park in Tanzania and from Queen Elizabeth National park in Uganda.  The males have black mane on their heads living in prides of up to 20 members.

The best time to visit Africa on Big Five safari and enjoy game viewing, is all year around. Each time you decide to visit, you will see these animals. The dry season are a plus for predators form the big 5 (leopard and lion) as they stalk on the various prey that visit the different water points. Night Game drives are good for the predator hunt often finding them feeding on an unfortunate prey animal like antelopes

Big 5 safari tips

As you prepare your Big five African safari, pack the right safari clothes. Clothes that will give all the comfort you need as you explore the park. Examples of safari clothes include jeans, vests, Khaki, shirts, jackets, hats, shoes and boots. Avoid bright colors; you may be easily identified by the animals. Take natural colors such as khaki and other colors that blend well with the environment. A safari jacket with many side packets will help you carry small items such as cameras, binoculars and many others.

To get the most adventure of safari, plan for a game drive, this will give the opportunity to see large concentrations of hippos, crocodiles and other animals. Early morning is the best time for seeing the animals and because of the heat; they are usually resting in the afternoon or are only discovered at the shores of the lake.

When planning a safari to Africa, many visitors will often want to include the famous “Big Five” among the list of wildlife animals to watch.  Regarded by most trackers as the most difficult  and dangerous African mammals to hunt on foot, they include the Lion, Leopard, African elephant, Cape buffalo and the rhinoceros. Travelers can track the Big five in  Uganda, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya , DR Congo , Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Before embarking on a big five safari to any of the above mentioned destinations, its vital to know some info about these species, where they are located, feeding habits and ways of living plus so much more in order for you to enjoy your trip with prior knowledge about what animal your tracking .

The African Lion

Ranked second largest cat after the tiger, a male lion weighs between 150- 225 kg and female weighs between  120 – 150 kg. lionLions normally inhabit the savannah grasslands and forests living up to 20 years in the wild but less than 10 years for the males who continuously fight reducing their longevity .   Female lions hunt in packs during day and sometimes in the night mainly killing mainly hoofed mammals like buffaloes, antelopes, wildebeests &  plain zebras. The rare tree climbing lions found in the Ishasha sector  of Queen Elizabeth park, Uganda’s largest national park attract hundreds of wildlife enthusiasts and the huge populations of lions in Serengeti and Ngorongoro parks  make Tanzania a wildlife haven in East Africa .

African Elephant

The largest living animal regarded as the “king of the beasts” , Elephants  can be found in Eastern, Western and South Africa inhabiting dense forests , woodlands and deserts.  elephant-ugandaFemale elephants weigh about 2200- 3500 kg and males weighing up to 6300 kg female  eating up to 400 kg of vegetation moving in group including ten females, off-springs led by an older female called a matriarch. Tracking an African elephant is relatively easier in East Africa due to increased populations of the huge beasts due to reduced levels of poaching in most parks.

Cape Buffalo

Weighing between 250- 850 kg  and measuring  up to 420 cm in length , the African buffalo is slightly related to the domesticated wild Asian buffalo. They are quite some intriguing species that can be tracked in Kidepo and along the Kazinga channel plus in the Serengeti plains of Tanzania due the large herds recorded in these destinations.

African Leopard

The smallest of the  four “big cats” with a male weighing  up to 90 Kg and female weighing between 30 – 60 kg with a long body measuring up to 300cm. leopard-Tanzania leopards are agile animals climbing trees often  with their kills to eat in peace.  They have been listed on the IUCN Red list among the  near threatened species of the world mainly because of poachers who kill them for their beautiful skins which are sold highly on the market. Tracking a leopard is not easy as they are always hiding in trees and camouflaging in the bushes to stay hidden during day…Kidepo and Lake Mburo park  offer the best views of these rare cats but you also find them in Serengeti plains and Kenya’s Amboseli park .

 Rhino

One of the largest mega fauna species , herbivorous, hoofed with a thick strong skin and an adult rhino cna way up to 1400 kg growing to a length of between 350 – 450 cm . However bad news is that rhino horns are highly demand on the black market for their market value and healing properties  hence they have been poached on for many years leading to Rhinos extinction in some parts of Africa,  they are highly endangered species which are highly protected in sanctuaries and reserves before introducing them to the wild. Zziwa Rhino sanctuary is the only place a tourist to Uganda will have chance to watch the black and white rhinoceros while one can track the black ones in Kenya and Tanzania’s Serengeti park .

 

Getting A Cheap & Affordable African Safari, 10 Tips For Best Bargain

Taking a wildlife safari in Africa is an adventure which will certainly fascinate you and won’t easily be forgotten.

It is a great experience to take deluxe safari holidays, however they primarily cater to visitors doing short vacations of about one week and later return to their well paying jobs.

With all that said, below ate some methods that will help you save some money while on a safari in Africa, as well as the affordable ways too explore the various game sanctuaries to see the wildlife.

Note: In case you possess a private car, or you have a friend who is ready to drive you, this will largely reduce the costs. This could be challenging and for that reason I concentrated on tips that will help someone without a car.

1. Get a Group

You will normally pay for the whole vehicle (which is in most cases a van or a land cruiser, that can carry up to eight people.) if you are organizing a safari, coordinating a travel group is crucial with regards to saving on transport costs. Look around and check for other people interested in traveling to the same destinations as you.

2. Flexibility – Don’t reserve in Advance

Reserving your safari in another country through a travel agent online is the most costly way to have your safari. Have time as well as flexibility to try and workout things without making prior reservation at the very start so that way you can reduce on the costs.

3. High Season / Low Season

In Kenya, you will realize that the safari prices are significantly different during the high and the  low season. although the low season seems amazing, be careful since during that time the chances of seeing wildlife are somewhat minimal. But you can consider taking the safari close to the end of the low season just before the high season starts.

4. Visit the National Parks that are near

In case you are in Nairobi, consider visiting Nairobi National Park, situated not far away the capital Nairobi. It is a nice place to enjoy views of different wildlife and it won’t require you to drive far or even spend a night in the park.

5. Park Entrance Fees are paid for each Day

Because the pay entrance fees are paid per day, endeavor to make the most of that day you visit. Drive around the park for as long as you can, particularly during the peak months to see the different animals in the early mornings and the late afternoon.

6. Don’t stay inside of the Park

Look for accommodation on the outskirts of the national park. Normally the hotel and camp prices within the park are really high. More to that, you will also have to pay a minimum of two days park entrance fees. You will find more affordable accommodation options on the outside of the park gates.

7. Go Camping

A number of the national parks offer alternatives of being accommodated in tented camps or many allow you to set put up your own tent. This may save some money since most of the hotels are pretty expensive. Actually it’s a great adventure Camping during your stay in Africa

8. Eat At the Driver’s Canteen

The Safari driver’s as well as the hotel staff have to eat as well, and they do not dine on the pricey menu that offers Western foods plus snacks. Move around the hotel premises and you will certainly find some nice local food offered at the local prices (normally at the workers’ quarters)

9. Carry Your Own Food and Drinks

Food plus drinks are items that are usually overpriced since they are requirements and there aren’t so many options in a National Park. A number of safari packages will definitely include food, however a nice way to save cash is through carrying your own.

10. Hire a Matatu in Kenya) or a Dalla Dalla in Tanzania

Those public buses which traverse the streets bumping unbearable tunes could be agreeable to take you for your safari! Find out how much a tour company would charge, and with their rate in mind, you could request a friend to talk to the bus / van driver.

Note: keep in mind that this is better applicable to national parks found near such as Nairobi National Park If you are in the capital Nairobi.

11. Less Famous National Park charge Less

Whoever is interested in visiting the renowned Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater or even Serengeti NP, you should be prepared as these parks charge some of the highest fees. Although they are renowned for the right reasons (lrge numbers of wildlife and the wildebeest migration), you will find some other parks that present the same views of wildlife. Think about Tsavo West, Mikumui, Amboseli, Selous, Samburu, Tarangire, Meru and Ruaha National Park in Tanzania, or in Kenya Nairobi National Park in Kenya and. Make good inquiries!