You may wonder if there is a big difference between staying on the Zambian or Zimbabwean side of the Victoria Falls; i.e. the towns of Victoria Falls vs Livingstone? With a whopping 75% of the Victoria Falls seen from Zimbabwe, and 16 different viewpoints bisecting the rainforest, you’d think it’s an obvious choice. Well yes, at certain times of the year it may well be. But there are a number of pluses for both sides to check out before your decision.
There can be few more moving experiences than meeting the brown-eyed gaze of the hugely endangered mountain gorilla. This is what makes gorilla tracking in Africa one of many people’s top ‘bucket list’ experiences. You must be prepared to trek for up to 6-7 arduous hours for the reward of an encounter with a 220kg ‘silverback’. But the anticipation is matched only by the euphoria after the hour-long audience. Uncontrolled hunting and the accelerating human encroachment into its habitat mean that the mountain gorilla is on the brink of extinction. Due to conservation efforts, numbers are once again slowly increasing. Now about 700 individuals in the wild.
Roughly half live in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the remainder in the volcanic Virunga Mountains. Gorilla families can roam freely in the Virungas, crossing borders between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda has been set up to protect both the Virungas mountains and its wildlife. Here a handful of family groups have become habituated to limited human contact.
This blog post is written by Cedarberg Africa, a specialist Safari company for Southern and East Africa. Contact us if you would like us to assist you with your Africa safari planning…
‘What shall we wear on safari in South Africa?’ is one of our most frequent questions. So what safari clothes are right for South Africa (and our other safari destinations) and how does this differ by season?
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Neutral colours on Safari?
If you don’t own any clothing in neutral colours, it is not really necessary to buy it just for the safari. UNLESS you are intending to do a walking safari. Wildlife sees a safari vehicle as one huge animal or unit. So a flash of a brighter colour on a guest will not trigger any associations. A walking safari is a different matter. You are invading their territory and will now be smaller than many of the animals you are viewing. The ranger will expect you to dress appropriately in bush colours i.e no white or bright colours at all.
However, there is another consideration. If you are staying at one of the smarter game lodges, many fellow guests will have the classic safari gear (in khaki or green). You may want to blend in with your fellow guests and not just the wildlife. But this is a matter of personal preference.