For most of us, the tales told by world renowned author Karen Blixen of her life in Kenya, through her novel Out of Africa, remains a major motivation for visiting the iconic countries of East Africa! Who can supress the surge of emotion when they hear the phrase “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills”? However, the promises of these tales makes you not want to go Out of Africa, but rather, Into Africa! Working with strategic partners based out of the major tourism centres in East Africa, our expertise of Southern Africa continues through to our East African tailor made itineraries.
Tanzania is home to 38 wilderness areas classified as national parks or game reserves. The most famous of these include the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Mt Kilimanjaro, Tarangire, Selous, Ruaha and Mahale. The country is so large and so diverse that it is impossible to see it all in one go! Tanzania is probably most famous for the incredible grass plains of the Serengeti, and the hundreds of thousands of animals that these plains support. It is quite hopeless to try to convey the sight of animals as far as the horizon will allow, or the characteristic grunting and moaning of a million plus wildebeest lasting no less than 20 hours as they slowly migrate past. Not to mention the massive resident herds of plains game and predators that remains behind when the great migration moves on. The breath-taking view when standing on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and looking down to the base of the caldera, or looking up at the towering Mount Kilimanjaro, leaves one feeling insignificant and obsolete against the great wonders of the world!
Kenya is arguably the most amazing mix of wildlife and cultural experiences! The Maasai Mara forms part of the natural cycle of the annual wildebeest migration, but before the great herds can gain access they must cross the perilous Mara River in the most gripping of natural events. One can also get a unique sense of the Mara wilderness by seeing it from the air aboard a colourful hot air balloon at dawn. For a more human approach, seeing the distinctive dress and understanding the intricacies of the Maasai and Samburu cultures gives a fascinating insight into age old traditions. There are other highlights too! There is Mount Kenya whose difficult and technical climb to its 5199 meter summit will challenge the most devoted of climbers. Lake Turkana is a UNESCO world heritage site, longer than the entire Kenyan coastline, and a centre for early hominids and important anthropological discoveries. East Tsavo National Park, Amboseli National Park and Samburu National Reserve add to making this a prime destination.
In addition, both Kenya and Tanzania have remarkable coastlines and off shore islands that make for a healthy beach holiday. An enchanting mix of stunning beaches, clear blue waters, marine parks, underwater wonderlands to discover by scuba and an aromatic blend of tastes, sounds and smells the result of Arab influence.
Uganda, too, forms part of the exciting opportunities that await in East Africa. Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. Where else but in this uniquely lush destination can one observe lions prowling the open plains in the morning and track chimpanzees through the rainforest undergrowth that same afternoon? Then the next day navigate tropical channels teeming with hippos and crocodiles before setting off into the misty mountains to visit the majestic mountain gorillas? Uganda is the only safari destination whose range of forest primates is as impressive as its selection of plains antelopes. Besides the wide mammal biodiversity, Uganda is also blessed with a vast birdlife population of more than 1,000 species.
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