East Africa Tours
According to the United Nations scheme of geographic regions, 20 territories make up East Africa. It sits equidistant from the equator and The Tropic of Cancer. East Africa is a land of vast open spaces and thereby serves as a playground for many unique and fascinating animals.
Our East Africa Tours are brimming with African and Middle-eastern culture complimented by exciting wildlife populations. In this region you will experience the ‘Big Five’ wildlife along with a unique landscape comprising of lakes and mountains. Some of the highlights of East Africa include the colourful Masai Mara tribe along with various national parks. Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya are also popular stops as the two tallest peaks in Africa.
When is the best time to travel to East Africa?
The size and variety in East Africa means that it is a year round destination. However certain highlights are seasonal and are best visited during specific months.
Tanzania is ideal during July and August when the weather is mild. This period is also ideal game viewing conditions in the Serengeti as the animals usually migrate to Kenya’s Masai Mara during the dry season. December to mid March is the calving season (when young animals are born) in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater making this timing perfect for game viewing.
June to October is great for Zanzibar as the temperature is around 28 degrees Celsius perfect for lazy beach days.
Kenya plays home to the migration across the Mara River during July to September. Wildlife usually stay in the Masai Mara until November before heading back to the Serengeti. Typically most travelers enjoy the hot dry months of Jan and Feb as this is great for bird watching. Birds of all species flock in huge numbers to the lakes such as Lake Nakuru which is a hub for flamingos.
Uganda experiences a very dry period during the months of June through to September while April to October are not ideal due to the rainy season.
Highlights of East Africa
Game viewing through East Africa is exquisite, and perfectly combines Africa’s top three national parks. Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Masai Mara National Reserve are rich with fauna and flora. From August through to September, the Masai Mara boasts the incredible wildebeest migration, and is the peak for wildlife and game viewing action. The migration is when almost 1.5 million wildebeest traverse the landscapes along with thousands of zebra, antelope and big cats. Some travelers have even been lucky enough to spot both lion and cheetah kills on their first day in the park!
The Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater lie adjacent to each other and are both wonderful year-round game-viewing destinations. The Ngorongoro was once an active volcano, but is now a caldera with its own unique eco-system. Boasting a diverse range of plant life on the crater floor and rim, which attracts a variety of wildlife and bird species. Drawing in lion, zebra, antelope and other big cats. In the middle of the crater, there are small lakes surrounded by lush marshlands. This areas is home to a wide diversity of birdlife, as well as hippo!
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania offers climbing enthusiasts the opportunity to climb to new heights. The mountain is not only for champion mountaineers. If you’ve got warm clothes, a well-equipped guide and a lot of determination you’re halfway there. Anyone who puts their mind to it can summit Africa’s highest mountain. This exhilarating experience lets you see the sunrise over what seems like half of Africa spread out below.
Alternatively if coming face to face with a family of mountain gorillas is on your bucketlist then Uganda is the place to go. The experience entails you have to find the gorillas which is tricky in the forested, muddy and steep National Park where they live. Once you reach them, you are able to come within a few meters of these amazing creatures and sometimes they even come up to touch you. Watching them as they feed, play and groom lets you marvel at just how human-like these peaceful apes are.
Travel styles in East Africa
We have many options of travel packages offering either camping or accommodated tours. Camping in East Africa lends itself to an authentic experience of everything Africa has to offer. All campsites en-route are well situated and most have flushing toilets. A long hot shower may not always be available to you at the end of each day due to crowds and availability. It may be better to shower upon arrival at the campsite or shower the next morning to avoid peak hours of 7-9. However a budget camping tour to East Africa still offers you the ability to see and do so much while enjoying the raw beauty of Africa.
Alternatively you may prefer your creature comforts in which case we have the perfect accommodated tour for you to East Africa. Get the most out of your tour by ensuring that you have a good night’s rest in the many hotels, lodges or guest houses available.
You will still experience rural Africa and the typical African wildlife roaming around outside whilst you are sleeping. Essentially accommodated tours are the perfect balance allowing you to spend your evenings writing your adventurous memoirs, playing board games or listening to the sounds of Mother Nature.
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