Wildlife destinations in Africa you need to check out. It’s holiday season and travelling is one of the things that makes it more merrier.
It’s that time of the year where families come together. Or you get an opportunity to have some quality me time if you prefer your own company. All in all, it’s time to just relax and have some good time.
Beaches and big hotels maybe most preferred by many. Enjoying some vitamin D and sand bathing. What if you still get that vitamin D and get to make awesome memories. This is because Africa is hot, literally hot. Vitamin D from the sun is everywhere every day at least twelve hours.
Africa is still developing, so most of it is still in its raw state. Developments are yet to cover all places. So you will be able to get an insight of how things ran many years ago in its remote places. Simply, Africa is full of surprises and very welcoming to everyone in the world.
That said, what are some of these places can you be able to enjoy all these.
Here we go:
It hosts the greatest wildlife estate called Maasai Mara National Reserve. Also known as one of the best wildlife destination in the world. The Maasai Mara Reserve is also where the greatest wildebeest migration takes place.
It’s a home to a variety and good number of national parks and reserves. Not forgetting the historical sites, cultural centres, sanctuaries, nature parks, mountains, among others.
Just like humans, animals too have feelings. I was very happy when I saw billboards advising citizens to respect animals by not being cruel to them. They went ahead to show some of the actions considered cruel while handling animals.
Most people tend to assume that animals don’t feel anything . Or maybe what they may feel doesn’t matter or count. Hence end up mistreating them in awful ways.
Some of the acts may even be due to ignorance. Whereby the perpetrators has no idea of the consequences of their actions.
These actions include:
Feeding pets human foods.
Confiding pets in cages with environment that is not conducive
Did you know that hippos are the new elephants in the ivory world? That’s right and quite sad. So the elephants have drastically reduced in population. And the poachers are looking for alternatives, since it seems they can’t survive without ivory.
Fact:Hippo teeth are made of ivory just like elephants tusks.
It’s very sad that the need for ivory will lead to extinction of more species. Walruses and narwhals are not safe either. In short, any species that have any part of it containing ivory. Is not safe in our planet.
Hippos have already been categorized as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Facing more threats such as:
Being hunted for meat .
Habitat loss due to human encroachment.
Poaching for illegal and unregulated sale of their teeth.
Climate change that is drying up their wetland habitats.
From poachers view, hippo’s ivory is cheap and easy to work on. Hence most preferred compared to elephant tusks. The consumers can not easily distinguish between the two, making it a booking business for the evil guys.
Hippo teeth was traded legally before. The traded teeth had to be from the dead hippos due to natural causes. Hence the trade was open and allowed. This is one of the fuel behind the illegal hippo teeth trade. They are literally killed for their teeth.
The predominant source is Africa including countries such as Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, as well as Zimbabwe. Sadly they are exported via Mombasa in Kenya to Asia. A clear indication that Kenyan hippos too maybe on the same predicament.
Africa if not serious will lose all its wildlife sooner than we thought. Attacking these species aimlessly and caring much on the dirty money we get from it. Will continue to push us to our own grave. The title of being safari destination is slowly fading away.
Just the other day, a documentary showed how the Mara river is dying. So the greater migration will die with it too. And we will no longer host the eighth wonder of the world.
It’s time we scream and fight harder for our wildlife. Not accepting to be blinded by any amount of money presented to us. Invest time to understand and appreciate our natural resource. As we together agree that they deserve protection just like the other citizens.
World Rhino Day is marked on 22nd of September. We get to celebrate this wonderful species as well as recognize it’s importance in the ecosystem.
We lost Sudan early this year and his death promoted awareness around rhinos. More people got to understand some facts about them. From their conservation status to survival rates. More people came out to stand with this species in terms of resources and service.
Foundations, zoos, animal orphanage, conservation areas and even individuals. Have been giving donations for the protection of this species. More research is being conducted in hopes of saving them from extinction.
In Kenya , rhinos are hosted in settled conservation areas. Where each of them has caretakers who guard them around the clock. Unfortunately, some still die under mysterious causes or get poached. So technically, we are yet to provide them 100% security.
The death of the rhinos that were to be trans-located to Tsavo, still remains a mystery. The story died and everyone seemed to have moved on with life. Maybe waiting for another wildlife scandal. This are some of the sad stories surround our precious wildlife.
Rhinos are mainly hunted for their horns . Which sadly contains same material as our nails. But humans have different opinions and beliefs on their horns.
FYI: All the five rhinos species are not safe. They are either vulnerable, endangered or threatened.
Saving rhinos should not be a one day event. But rather a daily routine. Laws have to be strict and penalties be harsh to those who can’t put their hands off rhinos. In fact the poachers should not even be allowed to have a lawyer during the trial. It should be treated like a first degree murder.
What are you doing as a person to save species like rhinos?
There are variety of ways that you can contribute positively towards conservation and preservation of these species. They include:
Tourism – you get to contribute funds to the conservation areas you visit.
Passion is everything. It can help you understand something very well more than someone who had to under education program.
The sun was very hot, very normal for people living in Mombasa. As we made our way to the beach, it was already full despite being a week day.
People are quickly appreciating importance of having holidays and relax from their very busy day jobs. Many of the people here came as families.
It was really impressive to see parents and their children enjoying themselves at the beach. One of the families really caught my attention. Their dad was so funny and lively. He lied down and his wife together with their kids applied the sand all over his body. They covered almost every inch of his body, including his face. He was a big guy with a big tummy. But that seemed not to stop him from having fun.
They were happy to do it to their dad and didn’t stop laughing. It was hilarious. This motivated the other dad’s to request same from their family. The beach looked funny.
We decided to have a ride into the marine park before joining the fun. Several guys approached to offer boat ride services. One of them stood up. He was very persuasive and we decided to take his offer.
He knew the ocean like the back of his hand. From the different parts of the ocean to the different animals. He was a great swimmer and diver. With no equipment but just a pair of shorts.
This must be one of my saddest letter.Why would you pretend to fight for wildlife?Why would you take innocent citizens for granted?Misusing their donations in destroying the same wildlife they think they are conserving.Using conservation agenda to meet your evil hidden goals.Hiding behind big organizations perceived to conserve nature.Coming up with brilliant “evil” ideas that deceive everyone and make you prosper.Claiming to be the voice of the voiceless wildlife, while in real sense. You are taking advantage of them. Completely working to keep them silent forever.In the face you make us believe that you are working towards species conservation. While in real sense , you are working towards their extinctions.You invest heavily and make everyone believe that you are doing a good cause. Build influence and take up important positions in wildlife committees.You make your way into the decision making panels. Hence becoming almost unstoppable. Coming up with policies that are unsuitable to wildlife survival.The innocent make generous donations, knowing very well that they are doing good for the nature. Unknown to them that they are unknowingly contributing to evils being done to wildlife.
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It is believed to be one of the Seven New wonders of the World. Mainly involves two countries, Kenya and Tanzania.
The migration is primarily driven by the search of fresh pasture and water. And has been there for many years now.
For you to enjoy this migration, you have to be conversant with the weather patterns and animals behavior. It includes calving, whereby hundreds of calves are born. This happens in the month of January on the Tanzania side, Serengeti National Park.
The most interesting and famous part this migration happens between June and August. This is the time the animals cross the great Mara river , found in Kenya.
Despite being named Wildebeest migration, it also comprises of other animals. They include zebras, grant gazelles, eland, among others. Wildebeest are usually in big numbers hence the name.
This migration involves over two million animals. And they have been migrating almost the same way annually. No two migrations are the same. Hence it would be great to enjoy it over few years to fully get something interesting out of the migration.
So how do they manage to co-existence together?
All the involved animals are social. They mark their territories and do not join or leave their groups. This arrangement is observed throughout the migration.
Yes, they will migrate together but do it in their found groups. They will continue defending their territories. Ensuring no intrudes and safety of the group.
Togetherness is key during this migration
This migration maybe fun to the tourists. But its a hard journey full of obstacles and death for the animals.
The animals suffer several short comings during the journey and rule of nature prevails. Survival for the fittest is evident during this migration.
Predators such as the lions, hyenas, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles and many others anticipate for this migration. They are able to hunt easily , as prey are in large numbers.
Amazingly, all the animals migrating do wait for each other. They do before crossing any water bodies. Once they are in good numbers then they go ahead to look for a good stop to dive into the rivers. They do so by roaming different spots at the riverside.
Unfortunately, sometimes they can decide to just dive in from any side into the river. And start swimming across the river. Due to how they travel following each other. The ones behind just follow behind and rarely divert.
Mostly they will avoid densely vegetated areas and deep waters for the fear of predators. Since such places act as best hide outs for predators.