- Posted by Nelson Tumwesigye
- On March 7, 2015
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Following the recent Ebola crisis on the continent of Africa, about Nine thousand people died sending the image of the continent to grass. The continent’s tourism industry was decimated heavily with most tourists canceling their safari plans. According to Julie McIntosh of The Classic Safari Company, it was worse than September 11 attack on the World trade center, worse than the Zimbabwe crisis, and even worse than the Kenyan bombs of 2014.
Despite the Ebola epidemic being in one small part of the continent particularly the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the whole continent felt the pinch. For example Liberia is even closer to France (6300km) than it is to East Africa particularly Kenya (7760km).
Thanks to God and to the combined world effort for calming down this epidemic and now the continent is again back and alive with its plenty of attractions to offer to those that call it a strange land.
As business begins to pick up once again, travelers are getting a ‘bloody nose’ in choosing the exact destination to visit as the entire continent is quite fascinating with captivating sceneries, breathtaking wildlife and astounding ancient cultures.
The southern part of the continent offers plenty of attractions ranging from stunning deserts to wondrous waterfalls, ancient cultures and some of the most astounding wildlife populations in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.
The northern part beckons with the great ancient tribal histories and civilization stories in Ethiopia and Morocco and the great pyramids of Egypt that have survived through ages. The Sahara desert and its common animals like camels will be a great spectacle as you are reminded of the ancient trade with Arabs across the land. You can’t afford to miss out on Morocco’s ancient cities Fez’s Medina which is one of the oldest medieval Islamic cities.
The East African region has overwhelmingly plenty to offer. One of the rarest species, world’s most ancient tribes, refreshing geography and welcoming people are only a sample of what the region offers to its visitors.
A visit to Rwanda is like no other with opportunities of coming up close with the continent’s icon; the mountain gorillas whose entire population in the world is less than 900 individuals and only exists in 3 countries of this region with the others being Uganda and Congo. The continent’s greatest and most popular dark history (the 1994) genocide can be evidenced and re-echoed in this land of a ‘thousand hills’ as Rwanda is commonly know. The genocide monuments and literature in the country as well as the different historical sites that remind the visitors of the worst tragedy in the country’s history are all well spelt out.
Visiting Rwanda will leave you with nothing much but more appetite to see yet more with the immediate neighbor (Uganda) at a glance. A stone throw away from the Volcanoes national park, is Mgahinga and Bwindi national parks in Uganda that shelter more than half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. The country is Africa summarized being an ecological junction where the East African savanna meets the West African rainforests. With over 60% of Africa’s bird species, about 1037 species great diversity of mammal species including all members of the big five as well as the continent’s most welcoming and hospitable people, Uganda is no wonder the pearl of Africa as seen through the eyes of the former British prime minister Sir Winston Church hill.
The ethnic diversity is quite amazing and the bond of brotherhood quite exceptional while their love for strangers makes many feel at home while on their safari. The country was the first in the region to concentrate on eco tourism, and as for those who want to enjoy a safari with less inconvenience and good serenity, look no further than Uganda.
The geography is quite scenic with the Rwenzori snow caps in the west while the largest intact mountain caldera in the world on Mt. Elgon strides the border with Kenya in the east. The magnificent waterfalls at Murchison are undisputedly the strongest and most powerful of its kind in the world while the second largest inland fresh water lake (Victoria) is one of the disputed sources of the longest river on the planet; the Nile. For the adventure seekers, kayaking and white water rafting are well catered for on this river in Jinja area.
As the safari temperatures rise higher and one begins to worry only about his time in this area elapsing, Kenya gives more hope that one won’t leave without a good test of the coastal life in Mombasa and Malindi. The Masai Mara national park as well as Amboseli as some of the wildlife zones that will leave no stone unturned in displaying the best wildlife species that you may have not yet seen. The great tuskers that are still struggling against extinction by poachers, the cat family members that control wildlife population as well as the cultural fascination of the Masai people are all great to see on your East African safari.
The greatest wildlife migration on planet earth unites the two Countries of Tanzania and Kenya as 2 million wildebeests, two hundred thousand zebras and about five hundred antelopes follow the fresh pastures from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara while the carnivore population gets their greatest feast of the year.
In Tanzania, Tarangire, L. Manyara and Serengeti national parks shelter some of the greatest wildlife concentration and diversity. The wildlife migration that starts as early as June and July see mass movements of wildlife move across Mara river into Kenya as pasture becomes scarce in the Serengeti.
If you are a cultural enthusiast or a history scholar, you do not have to miss out on a safari to Tanzania. Whereas there has been debates on the evolution of human beings with some following the evolution theory while other hail the biblical theory of creation, the first human beings are known to have inhabited Tanzania. The historical excavation of the human skull (Zinja Thrompus) at Oldvai gorge could have raised doubts on Tanzania and East Africa as a whole to be the disputed Garden of Eden, but the existence of the Hardzabe people crowns it all.
The Hardzabe people sometimes called Harza are an aboriginal tribe known to have no genetic links with any other tribe in the world and are believed to be descendants of the first human beings.
Visiting this hunter-gatherer society in such a technology- driven era, will leave you in awe. You will wonder about such a tribe who have no relationship with time and follow no calendar. They hunt and gather fruits at any convenient time with no time limitations.
With the current single visa entry policy to the region, the East African region smiles gladly to tap on the ever increasing tourism market now that the epidemic is over.