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East Africa Safari Destinations

EAST AFRICA SAFARI DESTINATIONS

KENYA – WHY GO

Kenya is the original home of safari – Swahili name for embarking on a journey. From the 1920’s when Earnest Hemingway made his way to the incredibly vast Savannah plains of Kenya and President Roosevelt came hunting for lions, Kenya has maintained its allure attracting wildlife lovers all year round. The country is blessed with beautiful highland scenery’s, lakes, mountains wildlife filled plains and one of the most attractive coastlines in the world. The famed friendliness of the Kenyan people makes a visit to Kenya an attractive holiday and safari destination for individuals, families, couples on honeymoon and culture lovers.
With well-developed tourism infrastructure, a fairly developed road network, airstrips dotting all areas of the country and 3 airports, 2 of which are international, the Kenya tourism scene caters for all budgets, from luxury safari seekers to budget conscious travelers.

WHAT TO DO IN KENYA

All forms of adventure travel are available in Kenya including;
• Wildlife safaris
• Photography safaris
• Archeological safaris
• MICE
• Cultural and heritage safaris
• Hiking
• Biking
• Golf safaris
• Balloon safari
• Mountaineering – mountain climbing and trekking
• Flying safaris
• Water sports – White water rafting, diving, kite surfing, big game fishing

WHEN TO GO:

The climate in Kenya is pleasant throughout the year. Temperatures range from 28 degrees on hot days to 12 degrees centigrade on cool days. Wildlife safaris can be done in Kenya throughout the year. There are animals in the parks all year round so there is no time a safari cannot be done. Most popular safari times are between December to March and June to October, the latter being most popular due to the great wildebeest migration in Masai Mara.
The rain season falls between late March to April and late October to November. These are the least popular times to visit the national parks but at the same time are the best dates to get great bargain prices on safaris and see lots of wildlife without too many tourists in the parks. Other seasons are warm and dry thus making the climate ideal for safaris.

GETTING TO KENYA

By Air
There are 2 international airports in Kenya;
Jommo Kenyatta International Airport – This is the main international airport hub to get into Kenya and the largest airport within East and Central Africa. It’s located in Nairobi, 18 Kilometers from the capital city of Kenya and is the most popular airport to land in when coming to Kenya. It is served by 49 major international airlines which fly in from Europe and the Middle East. Most popular airlines include – Kenya Airways, KLM, Emirates, British Airways, Air Arabia, Etihad, Qatar Air, Air France, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Airlines, Precision Air, Lufthansa has recently returned to JKIA replacing Brussels Airlines. China Southern Airlines has also started 3 weekly flights from Guangzhou to Nairobi in 2015.
Mombasa International Airport also caters for persons coming into Kenya mainly for beach holidays and water sports. Airlines landing here include – Kenya airways, Etihad Airways, Turkish Airways, Condor Airlines and KLM

By Road
You can get into Kenya by road through;
Tanzania – Isebania, Namanga or Taveta or Lunga Lunga or Vanga or Lokichogio
Uganda – Busia or Malaba.
South Sudan – Lokichgio.
Ethiopia – Moyale.

TANZANIA – WHY GO

Tanzania is one Africa’s largest countries and is blessed with an abundance of wildlife, world heritage sites, beautiful beaches, archeological sites and Africa’s highest free standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar is a beach lover’s paradise. Tanzania is best loved for its wildlife. The world famous Serengeti National Park is home to millions of wildebeest, zebras and antelopes which form the world’s largest overland animal migration that is most of the year based in the vast Serengeti National Park before migrating to Masai Mara in Kenya for 3 months and back to Serengeti in the never ending cycle of life. You will be able to witness the migration most of the year in Serengeti. A Tanzania safari is not complete without a visit to Ngorongoro Crater where man and wildlife has coexisted since the beginning of time. Home to the Oldupai Gorge archeological site where human footprints have been preserved by volcanic rock over the millennia, this is the true cradle of mankind – where it all began. Cultural and heritage visits where you are able to interact with the Masai who have for centuries herded cattle within the Ngorongoro Conservation area are an eye opening experience of one of Africa’s oldest warrior tribes. Enjoy cultural dances, village visits and get regaled with tales of the old days when boys killed lions, armed with only a spear to become real men.

Further south are the Selous and Ruaha national parks, vast lands where elephants roam free in pristine African jungle.

For trekkers and mountain climbers, Mount Meru near Arusha, Ol donyo Lengai and the majestic Kilimanjaro will provide great mountaineering experiences.

WHAT TO DO IN TANZANIA

All forms of adventure travel are available in Kenya including;

  • Wildlife lodge and luxury camping safaris
  • Fly Camping
  • Boat and canoe rides
  • Balloon safaris
  • Archeological safaris
  • Cultural and heritage safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • Mountain climbing and trekking
  • Horse riding
  • Photography safaris
  • Beach holidays

WHEN TO GO:

You could visit Tanzania all year round. The rain season is late March to late May. All other seasons are great for a safari in Tanzania. Similar to Masai Mara in Kenya, June to October is favored by most wildlife enthusiasts who wish to see the wildebeest migration. The December to January safari season is also ideal for wildlife safaris.

GETTING TO TANZANIA

By Air

There are 2 international airports in Tanzania;

The Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es salaam, Tanzania is best when you want to visit the southern parks like Ruaha and Selous regions or Zanzibar Island. Airlines flying into the airport are Kenya airways, Ethiopian air, Quatar air, KLM, Emirates airlines, Air France fly in through Kenya airways.

Alternative is the Kilimanjaro International Airport otherwise known as KIA. It is located between Arusha and Kilimanjaro thus it serves as the best airport to pass through if you are interested in visiting the Nothern Tanzania national parks including, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Kilimanjaro. Airlines that serve this airport include Kenya airways, Emirates, Turkish Air, Ethiopian Air and Lufthansa

By Road

You can get into Tanzania by road through the following border crossings;

Kenya –

Horohoro – Lungalunga

Namanga – Namanga – Most popular route that goes to Arusha

Sirari – Isebania

Holili – Taveta

Bologonja – Sand river gate – border crossing is currently closed

Tarakea – Loitoktok

Uganda –

Mutukula – Mutukula

Mirama hills

Kikagati -Bugango point – Mbarara

Rwanda –

Rusumu – Rusumo

DRC –

Bubanza – Rusizi river west of Mt Zina

Cibitoke

Burundi –

Bujumbura – Kigoma

Kobero – Kabanga