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10 Best Sanctuaries In East Africa

10 Best Sanctuaries In East Africa

10 Best Sanctuaries In East Africa

10 best sanctuaries in East Africa are particularly found in countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and is found in the eastern part of the African continent.File:Impala, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya (32921970948).jpg

East Africa is a popular destination for tourists seeking a diverse range of experiences as it is known for its diverse cultures, stunning landscapes, and variety of wildlife.

Here are the 10 best sanctuaries in East Africa;

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

This is one of the 10 Best Sanctuaries in East Africa, and its located in Uganda the Pearl of Africa.  Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary was established in 2005 as a collaborative effort between the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU), and several international conservation organizations with and its primary mission aimed at protecting the highly endangered white rhinoceros.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is one of the major of the two sanctuaries in Uganda and its known for rhino tracking. Visitors are guided by experienced rangers on foot to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. It offers a unique opportunity to get up close to these gentle giants and learn about their behavior, biology, and conservation. Rhino tracking is one of the activities you must do at the sanctuary.

In addition to rhinos there are various activities that you can do at the sanctuary for instance birding. The diverse habitat, including swamps and savannas, supports over 300 bird species, making it an excellent spot for birdwatching. For you to have an excellent bird watching experience, you will need to carry  drinking water, sunscreen, closed shoes,  long pants, insect repellent, and your camera.

Guided nature walks are  also available for visitors who want to explore the sanctuary’s flora and fauna. It’s a chance to see various other wildlife species, such as antelopes, monkeys, and reptiles, as well as indigenous plant life

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary offers accommodations ranging from basic campsites to comfortable lodges. Staying overnight in the sanctuary allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the experience and maximize their time tracking rhinos. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary can be visited year-round. However, it’s recommended to check with the sanctuary in advance to confirm the availability of rhino tracking activities.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

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Ngamba Island is part of the 10 best sanctuaries in East Africa, located on Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria. It is approximately 23 kilometers (14 miles) southwest of Entebbe, Uganda’s international gateway. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established in 1998 as a collaborative effort between the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC), the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), and several other organizations.  It is majorly for chimpanzees

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is one of the sanctuaries found in Uganda the pearl of Africa and provides visitors with opportunities to participate in activities-like chimpanzees  viewing, nature walks and bird watching as it  has a variety of different bird species. The sanctuary also offers educational programs  to raise awareness about chimpanzee conservation and wildlife protection, volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in participating in various aspects of chimpanzee care and conservation. additional activities day trips, sunset cruises and fishing.

The sanctuary is open to visitors year-round and can be accessed by  boat ride typically takes around 45 minutes to an hour, from Entebbe , the weather conditions and the type of boat used. The boats are equipped for passenger comfort and safety.

Ngamba Island offers accommodations for those who wish to stay overnight. These accommodations range from basic tents to more comfortable cottages.

The Taita Hills Sanctuary

The Taita Hills Sanctuary is also among the 10 best sanctuaries in East Africa, situated in Taita-Taveta County, approximately 220 kilometers (136 miles) from Mombasa and about 400 kilometers (248 miles) from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. The sanctuary covers an area of about 28,000 acres (approximately 11,300 hectares) within the Taita Hills.

Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary - Wikipedia

Taita Hills wildlife sanctuary is one of the best sanctuaries in Kenya and is a home to a wide range of wildlife, including elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and various species of birds. The Common activities in the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary include game drives, guided nature walks, visiting Taita hills museum and birdwatching.

The sanctuary is accessible by road, with various lodges which range from basic tents to more comfortable cottages  located in the vicinity and the town of Voi serves as a convenient base for exploring the sanctuary.

Taita Hills wildlife sanctuary offers accommodations to tourists ranging from luxury to mid range for example salt lick safari lodge and Taita hills safari and spa.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust(SWT) Sanctuary

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) is a well-known and respected among the 10 best sanctuaries in East Africa, and is located within Nairobi National Park, making it one of the few wildlife sanctuaries situated within a major city. Nairobi National Park is only about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) from Nairobi’s city center in Kenya. The organization was founded in 1977 by Dame Daphne Sheldrick and her husband David Sheldrick.

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It is majorly known for elephants and rhinos and offers activities like game drives, guided nature walks, and birdwatching. The diverse ecosystems provide opportunities to encounter a wide range of flora and fauna.

Nairobi offers a wide selection of hotels, lodges, guesthouses, and Airbnb options. Many accommodations provide transportation to and from the sanctuary as part of their safari packages.

The Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is accessed via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is the largest airport in Kenya and serves international and domestic flights. The sanctuary is also easily accessible by road.

Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary

This is among the 10 best sanctuaries in Eat Africa, and is located  in Taita-Taveta County in southeastern Kenya, near the border with Tanzania. It is part of the larger Tsavo ecosystem and is adjacent to Tsavo West National Park. It covers an area of approximately 125 square kilometers (48 square miles).It basically known for its diverse number of wildlife for example, elephants, leopards, lion, giraffes, zebras, impalas, water bucks, and other smaller animals including a great diversity of birdlife that offer bird watching to the visitors at the sanctuaryFile:Group of Loxodonta africana next to a dirt road south-west of Salt Lick Game Lodge in the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Kenya 5.jpg - Wikipedia

The Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary offers a range of activities that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and wildlife of the area for example game drives, night game drives, guided nature walk, guided birdwatching tours, photography

There are several lodges and campsites within and near the sanctuary where visitors can stay, ranging from budget-friendly options to more luxurious lodges. These accommodations often offer wildlife viewing opportunities right from the comfort of your room or tent.

Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary is accessible by road, and it’s located not far from Voi, a town that serves as a gateway to Tsavo National Park. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is approximately 300 kilometers (186 miles) away.

Overall, the best time for wildlife enthusiasts and those looking to see a wide range of animals is during the dry season, from June to October, however, the green season offers unique opportunities for birdwatchers and those who appreciate lush.

Mount Meru Game lodge and Sanctuary, 

This is also known among 10 best sanctuaries in East Africa,  located in northern Tanzania, in the town of Arusha. The sanctuary covers a substantial area of natural wilderness, offering a serene and scenic environment.

Mount Meru Game lodge and Sanctuary is one of the lesser-known national parks in Tanzania and is majorly known for having a diverse range of wildlife for example the Elephants, Leopards, Lions, Giraffe, Zebras, Impalas and Waterbucks. It is also known for having a stunning landscapes which enables it to offers a range of activities such as game drives, nature walks, canoeing on the Momella Lakes, guided hikes up Mount Meru.

The lodge offers comfortable accommodations, including guest rooms and cottages, surrounded by lush gardens and wildlife. Some rooms provide stunning views of Mount Meru.

Arusha, where the Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary is located, is easily accessible by road and has its own airport, Arusha Airport (ARK). This makes it a convenient gateway to the northern safari circuit of Tanzania.

The best time to visit the lodge and sanctuary depends on your preferences. The dry season, from June to October, is ideal for wildlife viewing, as animals are more concentrated around water sources. The green season, from November to May, offers lush landscapes and excellent birdwatching opportunities

OI Pejeta Conservancy Sanctuary

This is also known among 10 best sanctuaries in Eat Africa,  located in Kenya and is one of the largest and most famous wildlife conservation areas covering approximately 360 square kilometers (90,000 acres) of land.

Ol Pejeta is particularly famous for its population of endangered black rhinos and is also a home to a diverse range of wildlife, including the “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros), Chimpanzees.

Ol Pejeta offers a variety of tourist activities like game drives, guided walks, night safaris lion tracking and horse riding.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy offers a range of accommodations to suit different preferences and budgets for example Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Sweet waters Serena Camp, Pelican House and is accessible by various means of transport

Kisumu Impala Sanctuary

This is also known among 10 best sanctuaries in East Africa,  located in Kenya covering approximately 38 hectares (94 acres). It is primarily known for its population of impalas which are graceful and agile antelopes a haven for impala.

In addition to impalas, it is also a spot for other animals such as giraffes, zebras, hippos, buffaloes, and various bird species. The sanctuary offers activities like wildlife viewing, nature walks, picnicking, Birdwatching, photography

Kisumu offers a range of accommodation options to suit various budgets and preferences Acacia Premier Hotel, The Vic Hotel Kisumu, Kiboko Bay Resort. Kisumu Impala Sanctuary is located near the city of Kisumu in Kenya, making it relatively accessible by various means of transportation.

Giraffe Center

The Giraffe Center is a well-known as one of the 10 best sanctuaries in East Africa. located in Lang’ata, approximately 20 kilometers from Nairobi. It was established in 1979 by Jock Leslie-Melville and his wife Betty Leslie-Melville with the aim of conserving the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe and educating the public about these graceful creatures.

Giraffe Centre - Wikipedia

The Giraffe Center’s main attraction is the opportunity for visitors to feed the giraffes. It also offers a variety of tourist activities like game drives, guided and education programs.

Nairobi offers a wide range of lodging options, including hotels, guesthouses, lodges, and Airbnb rentals, to suit various budgets and preferences.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is also among the 10 best sanctuaries in East Africa, located in northern Kenya near the town of Isiolo. It covers an expansive area of approximately 65,000 acres (about 260 square kilometers) and is situated to the north of Mount Kenya, near the town of Isiolo.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is one of the leading private wildlife conservancies in Kenya and is known for its significant role in the conservation of black rhinos, white rhinos, Grevy’s zebras, and other threatened species.

In addition Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is also a spot for other other activities such as such Game drives, guided walks, and cultural visits are some.

Lewa wildlife conservancy offers a range of accommodations to suit different preferences ranging from luxury lodges to budget lodges budgets for example Lewa safari camp,

Other Wildlife Sanctuaries In Africa

Bambelela Wildlife Sanctuary

Bambelela Wildlife Sanctuary is also well-known among the 10 best sanctuaries in Africa, located in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. It is situated near the town of Bela-Bela (formerly Warmbaths) in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. The sanctuary is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and care of various primate species, particularly vervet monkeys and baboons.Bambelela Wildlife Care & Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation

The sanctuary offers guided tours and educational programs for visitors and internship for vet students, nature tours and field guide training providing insights into the lives of rescued primates and the challenges they face. Visitors can observe the animals and learn about their stories.

Bambelela offers accommodations for volunteers or individuals interested in participating in their programs. These accommodations provide an immersive experience for those interested in contributing to the sanctuary’s mission. It also has or offers self catering services to guests by renting them with space.

Wild Is Life Sanctuary

This is one of the 10 best sanctuaries in  Africa located in Zimbabwe near the capital city Harare. Its basically for elephants. It was founded in 1998 by Roxy Danckwerts after seeing the need to look after the injured and abandoned animals. It has a variety of animals ranging from Elephants, monkeys, bush babies, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, warthogs, impala and wildebeests.

Wild Is Life sanctuary offers activities like meeting and learning about pangolin, feeding giraffes, watching plain game graze, lion and cheetah viewing which give tourists a memorable experience.

The sanctuary is easily accessible with the road from Harare international  Airport.

Accommodation facilities are also available ranging from luxury to budget and are particularly found in the near by town of Harare.

SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary

SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary is is one of the 10 best sanctuaries in Africa located in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. It was founded by Louise Joubert in 1997 to rehabilitate and release animals back into the wild when possible.

SanWild  Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the prominent sanctuaries in South Africa, and is a home to a diverse array of wildlife species, including big cats (such as lions, cheetahs, and leopards), elephants, rhinos, various antelope species, and numerous bird species. They often receive animals that have been injured or confiscated due to illegal wildlife trade or habitat destruction.

The sanctuaries offers various activities to clients such as guided tours, nature walks, game drives and bird watching since it accommodates a variety of bird species.
The sanctuary provides accommodations for visitors, including campsites. Staying within the sanctuary allows guests to immerse themselves in the natural surroundings and enjoy wildlife viewing opportunities.
Frequently asked questions

2.What safety precautions should I take when visiting a wildlife sanctuary in Africa?

  • Maintain a safe distance from the animals as specified by the sanctuary.
  • Stay within designated viewing areas and paths. Avoid going off-trail, as this can disturb wildlife and increase the risk of encounters with dangerous animals.
  • Maintain a low noise level to avoid startling or disturbing animals.

2.Can I participate in conservation efforts or volunteer at the sanctuary?

  • Start by researching the specific sanctuary you’re interested in.
  • Look for information or contact them directly to inquire about volunteer opportunities and conservation programs.

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