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The best East African wildlife reserves

Experience the once-in-a-life-time thrills of East African wildlife reserves.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Where?: Uganda Among the usual suspects (elephants, leopards, Cape buffalo, hippos and an abundance of birdlife) you’ll find black-maned, tree-climbing lions and man’s closest genetic relative, the chimpanzee. 

South Luangwa National Park

Where?: Zambia Villagers living on this park’s unfenced perimeter tolerate the roaming wildlife – except, perhaps, for greedy elephants, which are known to plunder their mango plantations at night. 

Amboseli National Park

Where?: Kenya Sparse vegetation renders game conspicuous here – if you can tear your eyes off Africa’s highest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro, which soars heavenwards just across the Tanzanian border. 

Volcanoes National Park

Where?: Rwanda It takes determination to find the primates sheltering in this mountainous, forested parkland, but a face-to-face encounter with a wild silverback rewards like no other. 

Ngorongoro Crater

Where?: Tanzania Game-viewing is made easy by the caldera walls that form a natural barrier, encouraging wildlife – one of the densest concentrations in Africa – to stay on the plains.

Masai Mara National Reserve

Where?: Kenya Kenya’s most famous wildlife sanctuary is a swathe of golden savanna dotted with flat-topped thorn trees and bristling with wildlife that crosses freely across the border into the neighbouring Serengeti. 

Serengeti National Park

Where?: Tanzania Millions of wildebeest gather here to give birth and graze before departing on one of the greatest migrations: the perilous journey across crocodile-infested rivers to Masai Mara in the north.



Once-in-a-lifetime