Step out into the vast land of East Africa and you suddenly feel very, very small. And so you should. You’ve just joined one of the largest, wildest animal populations in the world. Wilde beest, monkey, antelope, lion, cheetah, crocodile, gazelle, and flamingo – they are all out there.
Many travelers are flocking to Uganda’s to discover its beautiful mountains and enjoy all the opportunities that Uganda safaris offer. From gorilla trekking, game viewing in savanna parks, opportunities to see various primates such as chimpanzees, golden monkeys etc and local community tours, Uganda has much to offer to a discerning traveler!
Revered by anthropologists as the ‘cradle of humanity’, Kenya is wild. If you’re adventurous, it promises the globe’s most magnificent wildlife parks, unsullied beaches, thriving coral reefs, memorable mountain scapes and ancient Swahili cities. The Swahili word safari (literally, journey) wouldn’t mean much to most people if it wasn’t for this east African adventure land. No matter how many Tarzan movies you’ve seen, nothing will prepare you for the annual mass migration of wildebeest in the Masai Mara.
Kenya’s capital is cosmopolitan, lively, interesting and pleasantly landscaped. Its central business district is handly compact and it’s a great place to tune into modern urban African life. Often touted as the birth place of humanity, Nairobi has artifacts galore in some very classy museums.
Amboseli National Park; at 392 sq km, Amboseli has huge herds of elephants, and to see a herd of them making their way sedately across the grassy plains, with Tanzania’s mountain Kilimanjaro in the background, may be a real African cliché but it’s an experience that certainly leaves a lasting impression.
Lamu is a place of fantasy and other-worldliness wrapped in a cloak of medieval romance. With an almost exclusively muslim population, kenya’s remote and self-contained oldest living town has changed little in appearance or character over many centuries. This once thriving port town is now a gloriously relaxing destination. No other swahilli town, other than Zanzibar, can offer you such a cultural feast and un corrupted traditional style of architecture.
Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara is the most popular wildlife park in Kenya. Abounding with wildlife and joined to the Serengeti, this 320 sq km reserve is anything but plain. Few visitors miss roaming at least part of its vast open savanna grasslands – or leaping out of the way of the annual wildebeest stampede. The western border of the park is the spectacular esoit Olooloo (Siria) escarpment where the concentrations of wildlife are the highest. Lions are found in large prides everywhere and it’s not usual to see them hunt. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras, antelopes and hippos also exist in large numbers.
The largest port on the coast of east Africa, Mombasa is hot, steamy and historical. Its earliest history dates back to the 12th century. Mombasa proper sprawls over Mombasa Island which is connected to the mainland both north and south of the city. A Muslim haven for centuries, it was attacked by the Portuguese in 1505 and burnt to the ground. It was quickly rebuilt only to be reduced to rubble again by an embattled Mombasa ruler during the long fight against the Portuguese. Mombasa’s old town is testament to this tumultuous era.