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Top Ten Most Beautiful National Parks In Africa

Would you like to go back in time and visit earth's primitive forests, filled with vegetation and wildlife? Do such places still exist?

 Well, welcome to Africa..

Africa is like a vast embroidered garment. It's national parks display constant wonders—from colourful sunsets, sparkling star-filled skies, to an abundant variety of animal and plant life.

Still thinking of that perfect place to visit during your next vacation? We're taking a short tour around the top ten most beautiful national parks in Africa. Come along. Don't linger behind in awe. You might be ambushed by a group of rhinos.


1. Etosha National Park, Namibia
Captivating Sunset

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park covers an area of 22,270 square kilometres. The name Esthosa is gotten from the Etosha pan. The Etosha pan which is around 4,760 square kilometres makes up about 23 percent of the Etosha National Park. Habiting the park are hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, which includes several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinoceros.

Lodging and camping accommodation inside the park is organized by Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR). There are five sites inside the park with lodges and four with facilities for camping. All sites are lined with game-proof fences.



2. Lake Nakuru National Park 
Lake Nakuru From it's best vintage point
— Baboon Cliff

Lake Nakuru National Park spans over 188 square kilometers. It was created in 1961 around Lake Nakuru, near Nakuru Town. It is famous for its thousands, sometimes even millions of flamingos along the shores making the surface of the shallow lake hardly recognizable due to the continually shifting mass of pink.
Pink flamingos

 A popular area of interest in the park is a 188 km sanctuary around the lake to protect giraffes as well as both black and white rhinos.

Take note though, not only flamingos are thriving in Lake Nakuru. There are thousands of other bird species that inhabit the lake and the area surrounding it.
Birds that can be found include the African fish eagle, Goliath heron, hamerkop, pied kingfisher and Verreaux's eagle.
Goliath heron
 If you can, climb to the top of the Baboon Cliff, you won't regret it.


3. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Mana Pools National Park
 The Mana Pools Park lies in the region of the lower Zambezi River in Zimbabwe where the flood plain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. As the lakes recedes, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa's most renowned game-viewing parks.

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It has the country’s biggest numbers of hippopotamus and crocodiles and when the lakes recede in the dry season, the region teems with mammal populations of the zebra, elephant and Cape buffalo. Apart from these mammals, the park houses some endangered species such as lions, cheetah and the African wild dog.
African Wild Dog
Leopards and brown hyenas thrive here also.

4. Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Simien Mountains National Park

Due to the large erosion of the Ethiopian plateau, serrated mountain peaks, deep valleys, and 1,500 meters of sheer cliffs have been created over time, making it one of the most awesome scenery in the world.

A good number of endangered mammals call this place home including the Ethiopian wolf and the walia ibex, a wild goat found nowhere else in the world, or you can say in the universe.
Walia Ibex

5. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The striking feature of this park is it being able to accommodate numerous species. This park alone provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and a variety of endangered species. The park is among the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. Impenetrable indeed.

 But it is not impenetrable to the Bwindi gorillas, with only Bwindi Park housing half of the world's mountain gorillas. About 340 mountain gorillas live here.
Mountain gorillas



6. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park

The park is also famous for it's abundance of wildlife and plant species.
Animal species found in Serengeti include migratory animals like the zebra, which numbers up to 200,000, and half a million Thomson's and Grant's gazelle. It also homes the Masai giraffe, waterbuck, impala, cheetah, warthog, and hippos.
Impala

Cheetah

Some rarely seen species of antelope are also present in Serengeti National Park, such as common eland, klipspringer, roan antelope, bushbuck, lesser kudu, fringe-eared oryx and dik dik.

 But the top favourite animals of tourists include;
the East African lion, with the Serengeti hosting more than 3,000.

Then we have the African leopard with around 1,000 roaming freely in the park.

The African bush elephant which mostly are found in the northern region of the park, numbers up to 5,000.

The Eastern black rhinoceros which are found mostly in the center on the parks around kopjes. Recently this species are remaining a few due to constant poaching.

Kopjes

African Buffalo which dominates the last four in numbers, with about 53,000 of them in the park.


7. Kakum National Park, Ghana
Kakum National Park

The striking feature of this park lies is the fact that it was established at the initiative of the local people and not by the State Department of wildlife who are responsible for wildlife preservation in Ghana. The park has a long series of hanging bridges known as the Kakum Canopy Walkway at the forest canopy level to provide access to the forest, which makes it unique in the entire African continent.
Kakum Canopy Walkway

At 40 m (130 ft) height, a visitor can approach the limits and view plants and animals from a good point that would otherwise be inaccessible to people. The canopy walkway passes over 7 bridges and runs over a length of 1,080 ft.

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Endangered species in the park are Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope, yellow-backed duiker and the African elephant.


8. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Volcanoes National Park

This national park covering about 160 kilometers square is famous for being home to the rare and endangered mountain gorilla and golden monkeys and to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Muhabura, Bisoke, Gahinga and Sabyinyo).

A special feature is the "Kwita Izina," known as baby gorilla naming ceremony which is performed annually on September 1st.

Tour guide organized by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) includes;

*Gorillas visits— In January 2015, the park already had ten habituated gorilla groups open to tourists, allowing just 80 permits each day, with each permit costing $1500.
Mountain gorillas

Tourists assemble at the park head office by 7:00 for a pre-tracking briefing. Once tourists meet the gorillas they are allowed to spend an hour with them.
Golden monkey visits.

*Tour of the lakes and caves.
*Visiting the tomb of Dian Fossey.
*Climbing of Karisimbi volcano
*Climbing of Bisoke volcano.

9. Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park has affordable accommodation, including tented luxury camps Wildlife you can expect to see include eland, lions, bushbuck, steenbok, zebras, elephants, gemsbok, red hartebeest, and many others.

Activities such as Safari rides, Game drives, Bird watching, Tour of the Gweta and Bush Walks are also available in this park.



10. Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar
Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

The word, when translated in English, means a place where one cannot walk with barefoot.
Lemurs

The unusual park landscape which consist of base of a tsingy limestone needle hosts a large number of peculiar species of plants and animals that thrive only within really small niches found nowhere else but within the tsingys.

Now I understand Albert Einstein when he said “look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”.

Ever being to Africa? If you are planning to, why not make it a goal to visit one of Africa's finest National parks. Trust me, you won't regret it.