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East Africa Safari

East Africa delivers a classic Out of Africa safari with its rolling grasslands, rich diversity of wildlife, colourful Maasai and Samburu warriors, luxurious lodges and tented camps. Visitors are warmly welcomed and the infrastructure is excellent, especially the network of paved roads serving the network of National Parks around the region.

East Africa is home to two of Africa’s most popular safari destinations along with gorilla encounters in the rainforests of Uganda and Rwanda, Kenya, Rwanda and the tropical beaches of Zanzibar. You can find out more about some of East Africa’s best experiences here, a round-up of our clients’ reviews and our own extensive travels in the region.

Uganda: Gorilla trekking & game viewing

Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to endangered mountain gorillas. The gorilla population is growing thanks to a groundbreaking partnership between local communities, national parks and tourists trekking to see them. Gorilla trekking offers one of Africa’s most unique and unforgettable experiences – encounter wild gorillas in their natural habitat, no fences, no interference other than gentle habituation to the presence of humans in the rainforest. Uganda is also a famous bird-watching destination with exotic migrants and abundant resident species. It offers Africa’s best on-foot chimpanzee encounters at Kibale Forest and unique combination safaris featuring big game and big primates in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks.

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Rwanda: Africa’s easiest gorilla trekking

Tiny Rwanda punches above its weight when it comes to an East Africa safari. Fly into the capital Kigali and, within a matter of hours, you’ll be in the emerald world of the Volcanoes National Park, the rainforest home to several mountain gorilla families. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda combines well with safaris in Uganda.

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All our tours are born out of a desire to share authentic African Safari experiences. Offering travellers individual journeys, designed to match your interests, tastes and budget, we provide tailor-made tours to Uganda & Rwanda’s most popular travel destinations. Enquire with our team of experts to start planning your safari journey today.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Gorilla Tracking, Gorilla Trekking - Mountain Gorilla

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Over half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas live here along with a huge range of rare and exotic birds. You can also spot chimpanzee and elephant hiding in this densely forested mountain range. Trekking through this forest is one of Africa’s true adventures. Bwindi is a pristine rainforest on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. The terrain is a string of ridges and valleys covered in very dense impenetrable forest. Read More …

Lion in Kidepo Valley National Park - Uganda Destination

Kidepo Valley National Park

Today, the park scores highly as a wildlife safari destination due to its spectacular, wild, rugged and semi-arid landscape, some 500km from Kampala. Traversed by large sand rivers, the park is renowned for its distinctive composition of wildlife, profusion of big game and over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. In 2013, CNN Travel voted Kidepo Valley National Park Africa’s third best safari destination after Kenya’s Masai Mara and Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. Read More …

Kibale Forest National Park Chimps

Kibale Forest National Park

TKibale is one of the best places in Africa to view many primate species. Visitors can expect to see five or six species in addition to chimpanzees. Species active during the day include vervet, red-tailed, l’Hoest and blue monkey, black-and-white colobus, olive baboon, red colobus and grey-cheeked mangabey. Other mammals including lion, elephant and buffalo are present, but rarely seen. Read More …

Lake Mburo National Park Hippo

Lake Mburo National Park

In the middle of an extensive rich acacia woodland lies one of Uganda’s most spectacular and breath taking game parks. Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda.

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Murchison Falls National Park, Classic Uganda Safari

Murchison Falls National Park

The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert.

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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Silverback

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name suggests, it was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey. Mgahinga’s most striking land features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range … Read More …

Hiking Rwenzori Mountain - Rwenzori National Park

Rwenzori National Park

Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parts of the 120km-long and 65km-wide Ruwenzori mountain range. The national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.

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Semuliki National Park, Hot Springs of uganda

Semuliki National Park

Situated in a remote corner of southwestern Uganda, Semuliki National Park sprawls across the floor of the semuliki valley on the remote, western side of Rwenzori Mountain range. Semuliki protects an eastern extension of the vast Ituri Forest and forms part of a forest continuum that stretches across the Democratic Republic of Congo to the Zaire River. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests, and among the few to survive the ice age.

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Sipi Falls in Lake Mburo National Park

Mount Elgon National Park

Mt. Elgon is an extinct volcano that first erupted more than 24 million years ago. With the largest surface area of any extinct volcano in the world (50 km by 80 km), Mt. Elgon is the fourth highest mountain in Eastern Africa, with the second-highest peak in Uganda (Wagagi Peak – 4,321 metres). Mt. Elgon contains crater covering over 40kms at the top of the mountain, surrounded by a series of rugged peaks. Read More …

Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is arguably the most popular destination in Uganda. This is mainly so because of the park’s diverse ecosystems that include wide open savannah grasslands that contrast sharply to the humid forests in the park.

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Silverback Gorilla Uganda Gorillas & Chimps Tour

Volcanoes National Park (Parc Rwanda, Land of 1,000 HillsNationals Des Volcans)

The gorillas of Parc National des Volcans were first studied by primatologist George Schaller although they were thrust into the international spotlight during the life of Dian Fossey. Whereas most tourists to the park are understandably driven by the desire to have a face to face encounter with real gorillas in the Mist, there is good reason to stay in the area once you have finished tracking. Read More …

Giraffe in Akagera National Park Rwanda

Akagera National Park

The north of Akagera is mostly fairly low-lying grasslands and savannah plains, similar in feel to the ‘traditional’ safari areas of East Africa. To the west are rolling hills and valleys more typical of Rwandan countryside while to the east, the Akagera River feeds into a series of lakes, marshes and papyrus swamps that constitute central and eastern Africa’s largest protected wetlands.

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Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest is rated as Africa’s highest priority for forest conservation. Within the National Park, you will find no less than 1000 plant species including rare endemic orchids, 13 species of primates including more than 500 chimpanzees, 75 species of mammals, at least 275 species of birds and an astounding 120 species of butterflies. Read More …

A View of PNV from Gisenyi

Lake Kivu, Gisenyi

Enjoy the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu, Africa’s sixth largest lake surrounded by extensive tropical gardens. The tastefully open-plan Lake Kivu Serena Hotel offers the ideal destination in Rwanda for an extended holiday or simply a week-end escape all within a few hours drive of both the Rwandan capital, and the glorious Volcanoes National Park (home of the world famous mountain gorillas)  Read More …

Rwanda Memorial Site

Kigali Genocide Memorial Center

More than a memorial for Kigali, more than a memorial for Rwanda and its tragedy, this is a memorial for all of us, marking the Rwanda genocide and many more around the world than never should have come to pass. The Kigali Memorial center is a must for all visitors to Rwanda wanting to learn more about how it was that the world watched as the genocide unfolded in this tiny landlocked country.

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