Africa Safaris

Safaris in East Africa

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a fascinating country of contrasting landscapes and absorbing cultural and anthropological interest.

Wildlife attractions in Ethiopia mainly focus on a number of endemic mammals and birds found nowhere else on earth, whilst the topography of the central highlands provides some of the most dramatic scenery on the continent.

On the cultural front, in the northern part of the country religious cultures from the Middle Ages continue to thrive with the 13th century rock hewn churches of Lalibela, the queen of Sheba’s Aksum and the secluded island monasteries of Lake Tana being some of the oldest Christian civilisations in the world.

In the south, the remote and seldom visited Lower Omo Valley is home to some of Africa's most fascinating and ornately adorned tribes people.

As the country is not geared up for high end tourism, much like Rwanda it is more suited to people who have visited Africa several times.

Best times to visit

For the Lower Omo Valley:  June to September

For trekking: October to May

For birding: November to February

For cultural festivals: Leddet -6-7th January, Timkat - 19th January, Meskel - 27th September.

Ethiopia Highlights

Stone hewn churches of Lalibela

Secluded monasteries on Lake Tana

Tombs and palaces of Aksum

Trekking in the Simien Mountains

Hiking in the Bale Mountains

Interacting with some of the tribes of the Lower Omo Valley

 

Rwanda

Rwanda is one of Africa's newest and most exciting tourist destinations.  The country has a diversity of wildlife, birds and habitats that most visitors to Africa will not have seen or experienced and spectacles that are as unique as any on the continent.

Fondly referred to as “The Land of a Thousand Hills”, much of this tiny equatorial African country comprises beautiful rolling mountains capes. The country’s main attractions are trekking mountain gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans and trekking chimpanzees and several other primates in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Despite Rwanda’s horrific past which was the scene of the 1994 genocide this little gem of a country is well on the road to recovery and has enjoyed a high level of political stability since 1995. In comparison to many other African countries it is very clean, it has an excellent infrastructure and its friendly people cannot make one feel more welcome.

Rwanda is no longer a short extension to a safari in Kenya or Tanzania but a fascinating wildlife and a cultural destination in its own rights.

Best times to visit

Rwanda can be visited at any time of the year.

Dry season runs from June to September and wet seasons from March to May and October to December.

Rwanda Highlights

Trekking mountain gorillas in the Virungas and chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest

Birding in Nyungwe Forest

Visiting the ethnographic museum in Butare

Intore Cultural Dancers

Mutzig beer!

 

 

Kenya

Birthplace of the African safari, Kenya with its abundant wildlife, colourful tribes and one of the most diversely majestic landscapes on the continent remains one of Africa's most popular safari destinations.

Apart from the great migration that occurs in the Maasai Mara there are a number of National Parks each of which have their own unique attractions. In addition to the National Parks there are also number of small owner run and managed lodges and camps located on private land that offer a more exclusive safari experience and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

On the cultural side, Kenya is home to over forty tribes, many of whose colourful traditions and pastoral way of live continues to thrive.

Kenya's richness and diversity will satisfy most travellers regardless of whether you're an Africa first-timer or have extensively travelled the continent.

Best times to visit

The ideal times to visit are between December to March and July to October.

For safaris: December to March and July to October

For the wildebeest migration: August to September

For beach and safari: December and January

For climbing Mt. Kenya: January and February

Kenya Highlights

The great migration in the Maasai Mara

Flamingoes in Lake Nakuru National Park

The Chyulu Hills

Climbing Mt. Kenya

Lamu's beautiful beaches

Private wildlife ranches in Laikipia

 

Uganda

Fondly known as 'The Pearl of Africa' - Uganda is way much more than this. Located adjacent to Kenya and Tanzania it is a fertile land of dense rain forests, lakes, rivers and swamps, waterfalls, savannah plains, volcanoes and snow-capped mountains. It is one of Africa's most lush countries and its National Parks reflect its extraordinary diversity of habitats. Depending where you go, wildlife viewing can be as good (if not better) than any of Africa's finest wildlife destinations and like Zimbabwe, you will have many areas you visit almost exclusively to yourelf. Whilst standards of service aren't nearly as slick as in other east African countries it is steadily improving and this is more than compensated for by its uncrowded parks and incredible diversity of wildlife.

 

Best times to visit

Uganda is a year round destination however the dry season runs from June to September and wet seasons from March to May and October to December.

 

Uganda Highlights

Chimpanzee and Gorilla trekking,

Sport Fishing for Nile Perch in Murchison Falls National Park;

Visiting Kidepo,

Semliki and Queen Elizabeth National Parks,

Hiking in the Ruwenzori Mountains,

White-water rafting the Nile,

Phenomenally great birding in Queen Elizabeth NP.