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.
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.