Get to Know East Africa

East Africa brings its own magic to a safari. From the jungles of Rwanda and Uganda, to the endless plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara, this destination has something for everyone. East Africa hosts islands too, namely those of Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba; popular destinations for sun, sand and fun. 

East Africa is known for being one of the last true wilderness regions of Africa. The Great Migration that traverses both Tanzania and Kenya is a particularly popular travel destination. However, travel further in land to Rwanda and Uganda is gaining traction as a new tourism hotspot. 

You'll find plenty of rich history and culture in East Africa and the warmth of the people who reside there makes this destination as absolute pleasure to visit. A multitude of wildlife species, birds and varied terrain means that East Africa hides surprises in every corner. Enjoy the Big Five and countless other astonishing species. 

UNESCO World Heritage Sites dot the region, with many of Africa's most famous landmarks unique to the area. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain peak, the Ngorongoro Crater, Virunga Mountains and Stone Town in Zanzibar are among the many must-visit places in East Africa. 


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Why East Africa?

  • Take adventurous hikes up African mountain peaks
  • Tracking wildlife in the Maasai Mara
  • Bunk with giraffes in Nairobi
  • Take a beach break at the edge of the Indian Ocean

Where to Go in East Africa

Kenya

Between August and November each year, Kenya's world-famous Masai Mara reserve hosts the region's magnificent wildebeest migration, but it also has one of the most diversified permanent animal populations. 

The Amboseli and Samburu wildlife parks are two of Kenya's most popular safari destinations. Kenya is a great place to visit if you want to see giraffes up close at Giraffe Manor, hot air balloon over the Masai Mara or just to see some of the best game reserves in the world.

Kenya

Between August and November each year, Kenya's world-famous Masai Mara reserve hosts the region's magnificent wildebeest migration, but it also has one of the most diversified permanent animal populations. 

The Amboseli and Samburu wildlife parks are two of Kenya's most popular safari destinations. Kenya is a great place to visit if you want to see giraffes up close at Giraffe Manor, hot air balloon over the Masai Mara or just to see some of the best game reserves in the world.

Highlights on a Kenya Safari
  • Masai Mara National Park and National Reserve- Masai Mara is Kenya's most well-known park and with good reason. It is famous for having among of Africa's largest populations of the big five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo), as well as seeing the spectacular Great Migration. Masai Mara, which shares a border with Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, sees a large seasonal wildebeest migration.

  • Chyulu Hills National Park and Game Reserve-In Southern Kenya, the Chyulu Hills are an ancient volcanic peak. The steep topography features rivers that flood and nourish the adjacent plains on a seasonal basis, promoting the establishment of native montane forests and healthy grassland.
    There are many animals in the region, including all five of the big cats, cheetahs, giraffes, and different antelopes. The park is also known for its high population of poisonous snakes, which may be seen on guided excursions.

  • Nairobi National Park- The park is so near to Nairobi that on a clear day, you can view it from the city's skyscrapers. Although the park's proximity to the city is a point of contention, it still has a diverse range of species, including lions, African leopards, elephants, cheetahs, eastern black rhinos, cape buffalo, coke's hartebeest, hippo, giraffe, zebra, and baboons.

  • Aberdare National Park - Aberdare National Park, in central Kenya, was established in 1950 and is one of the country's oldest protected areas. The park's plentiful water sources sustain rainforests and bamboo forests in the lowlands, despite its steep terrain and broad range of heights. As a result, a diverse range of animals converge, including the big five, wild canines, side-striped jackals, several monkey species, and uncommon species such as the African golden cat and bongo.

Rwanda

When it comes to an East African safari, Rwanda is truly unique. 

Fly into Kigali, Rwanda's capital, and you'll be in the verdant wonderland of the Volcanoes National Park, the rainforest home to numerous mountain gorilla families, a great area for gorilla trekking.

Highlights of a Rwanda Safari
  • Akagera National Park - This park, on the Tanzanian border, is ideal for wildlife drives, although it lacks the crowds of other East African parks. The park is home to giraffes, zebra,…

Rwanda

When it comes to an East African safari, Rwanda is truly unique. 

Fly into Kigali, Rwanda's capital, and you'll be in the verdant wonderland of the Volcanoes National Park, the rainforest home to numerous mountain gorilla families, a great area for gorilla trekking.

Highlights of a Rwanda Safari
  • Akagera National Park - This park, on the Tanzanian border, is ideal for wildlife drives, although it lacks the crowds of other East African parks. The park is home to giraffes, zebra, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, and impala, as well as a few cautious lions and elephants, with wide savanna on one side, mountains on the other, and wetlands in between. The lakes and marshes are also great for bird viewing.

  • Nyungwe National Park - This is East Africa's biggest expanse of tropical rainforest, covering over 1,000km2 and home to a massive population of chimps, as well as Ruwenzori colobus and L'Hoest's monkeys. There are also 130 kilometres of hiking paths of various lengths. The Igishigishigi Trail is the shortest and goes to East Africa's tallest canopy walk, while the Bigugu Trail climbs to the park's namesake highest peak at 2,950m.

  • Volcanoes National Park - With six active and three dead volcanoes, it's breathtakingly gorgeous, and it's home to the nearly extinct mountain gorilla. The latter is the park's main draw, but this Rwandan part of the Virunga Massif, which crosses the borders of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, offers many additional trekking routes to explore, even if you aren't looking for gorillas. You could see indigenous golden monkeys, forest elephants, or buffalo if you look for them. 

  • Twin Lakes - On the borders of Volcanoes National Park, the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo are located at the base of Mount Muhabura. Take a boat trip out on one or both of them, especially if you're a bird watcher since this lush wetland is home to herons, kingfishers, cormorants, darters, hammerkops, stalks, cranes, and other wildlife. You may also visit several of the islands to meet their modest but hospitable inhabitants.

Tanzania

The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara, Tanzania's most famous safari sites, are all conveniently close to each other on the 'Northern Safari Circuit,' and, together with Tarangire, provide some of Africa's greatest Big 5 game watching and wildebeest migration safaris.

Southern Tanzania is less well-known, although it has some of the best game reserves in the world, including Ruaha, Selous, and Katavi. The unique Mahale Mountains around Lake Tanganyika are intriguing for…

Tanzania

The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara, Tanzania's most famous safari sites, are all conveniently close to each other on the 'Northern Safari Circuit,' and, together with Tarangire, provide some of Africa's greatest Big 5 game watching and wildebeest migration safaris.

Southern Tanzania is less well-known, although it has some of the best game reserves in the world, including Ruaha, Selous, and Katavi. The unique Mahale Mountains around Lake Tanganyika are intriguing for an off-the-beaten-path adventure into the bush, with woods full of chimpanzees and magnificent clouds of butterflies. Other places you can visit chimpanzees includes Gombe Stream which also ranks among the finest places to track charismatic apes anywhere in Africa.

Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, which hosts the annual wildebeest migration between January and August, as well as Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak and the only snow-capped mountain in the tropics. Tanzania is a great place to visit if you want to go gorilla trekking, see exotic beaches like Zanzibar, or visit Kenya's finest parks.

Highlights on a Serengeti Safari
  • The Serengeti National Park - The park's renowned migration is well-known. Imagine the sound of wildebeest hooves pounding the earth. Bound to give anyone goosebumps. The Serengeti National Park is a must-see for anybody visiting East Africa. This park is well-known around the world.

  • The Ngorongoro Crater - is the crater floor of a long-since-extinct volcano. The fauna is exceptional in this area. The lion prides that roam the region are well-known. Mount Kilimanjaro, which stands above the crater, provides breathtaking views.

  • The Lake Manyara National Park -is well-known for its elephants, which it protects and preserves. Thousands of pink flamingos and tree-climbing lions may also be found in the region.

  • Tarangire National Park - This park has a hard time competing with the National Park next door. Tarangire Park is affected by mass tourism in a very sombre way. The wildlife viewing is equally as good as everywhere else, but it's quieter and more secluded. At Lake Manyara National Park, you may have a similar experience.

Uganda

Mountain gorillas may be found in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Because of a new partnership between local people, national parks, and visitors trekking to see gorillas, the number of gorillas is increasing.
Gorilla trekking is one of Africa's most unique and remarkable experiences: see wild gorillas in their native environment, with no fences or any human interference other than mild acclimatization to human presence in the jungle.

Uganda is also a well-known bird-watching…

Uganda

Mountain gorillas may be found in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Because of a new partnership between local people, national parks, and visitors trekking to see gorillas, the number of gorillas is increasing.
Gorilla trekking is one of Africa's most unique and remarkable experiences: see wild gorillas in their native environment, with no fences or any human interference other than mild acclimatization to human presence in the jungle.

Uganda is also a well-known bird-watching location, having a diverse range of exotic migratory and resident species. It provides the greatest on-foot chimp interactions in Africa at Kibale Forest, as well as unusual combo safaris in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks with big game and big primates.

Highlights on an Uganda Safari 
  • Chimpanzee trekking- Chimpanzees can be found in several of Uganda's protected forests, including Kibale, which is home to 13 primate species, including 1,500 chimps; Budongo, where they can be seen best from February to September; and Kyambura, a stunning "underground" forest set in a deep gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. On guided excursions, you'll see additional forest creatures and learn about the ecosystems.

  • Gorilla trekking - Over half of the world's 800 mountain gorillas live in Uganda, with the majority of them living in the mist-shrouded woods of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The most fascinating activity in Uganda is tracking one of the 11 habituated families; a 2-6 hour hike up the steep slopes of the Rift Valley culminates in an eye-to-eye meeting with one of our closest relatives that can take up to an hour.

  • Lake Victoria - The biggest lake in Africa is a sanctuary for birds. The lakeside, especially near Entebbe, is dotted with guesthouses and a monkey-filled botanical park, while the islands serve as beach resorts for Uganda's landlocked population. Ngamba Island (45 minutes by boat) is home to 48 orphaned chimps; visitors may see them interact and learn about their behaviour in the teaching centre.

  • Queen Elizabeth NP - Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is surrounded by huge mountains and pocked with ancient craters, provides some of Uganda's most exciting wildlife watching opportunities. Thousands of hippos and over 600 kinds of birds may be found here, along with four of the Big Five. For a relaxing safari, take a cruise down the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward, or travel to Ishasha to see tree-climbing lions.

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