Kenya & Tanzania, East Africa
Situated in close proximity to the equator on Africa's east coast, Kenya and Tanzania has been described as "the cradle of humanity".
In the Great Rift Valley paleontologists have discovered some of the earliest evidence of man's ancestors. In the present day, both countries ethnic diversity have produced a vibrant culture.
The incredible diversity of landscapes, cultures, wildlife and activities mean endless opportunities for visitors to Kenya and Tanzania. They offer a diverse range of environments all within relatively close proximity to one another, and have an excellent domestic travel infrastructure. Kenya and Tanzania’s rich diversity of wildlife means that no two experiences in the wild are ever the same. Visitors can experience and see completely different things. In a single trip, you can visit tropical forests, beautiful beaches, and deserts, climb mountains and explore the wild. In both countries, it is possible to plan a safari that blends adventure and relaxation, luxury and natural simplicity, social experiences and solitude.
We can help build your perfect itinerary or simply select and plan yourself using our East Africa Route Planner.
The diversity of game in both Tanzania and Kenya is simply astounding. From the big five to the small five, game parks, reserves and other wildlife protection areas host some of the wildest game thus the reason why this is home for the safari. Dotted in their unique landscapes, geographical features, a vast array of game ensues.
The icing on the wildlife cake is the annual Wildebeest Migration, which begins in the Serengeti (Tanzania) around April time, as they start their great migration north. During September sees the herds spread out across the northern Serengeti where the Mara River provides the migration with its most serious obstacle. This river gushes through the northern Serengeti from Kenya's adjacent Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Watching the frantic herds of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River can be very spectacular; there are often scenes of great panic and confusion. It's common to see herds cross the Mara River north on one day, and then back south a few days later.
Mobile camps are set up by the river to offer guests a chance to see this spectacular natural phenomena. Feel free to contact us and we will help organise your experience.
The Serengeti is Africa's most famous park. Renowned for its incredible concentrations of predators and the Great Serengeti Migration of two million wildebeest, the Serengeti guarantees an exceptional safari. The endless grassy plains (Serengeti in Maasai) are the richest grazing grounds on the continent, and therefore home to the largest herds and the highest concentrations of predators on the planet.
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
The jewel in Ngorongoro's crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest un flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder.
Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Lake Manyara National Park is based around a shallow lake in the Great Rift Valley, just an hour’s scenic drive from Arusha and Kilimanjaro. Ernest Hemingway famously named it the ‘loveliest lake in Africa’. Lake Manyara National Park is 329 sq km, and the lake’s waters are incredibly alkaline and cover 231 sq km of Manyara National Park.
Selous National Park, Tanzania
Located in southern Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve is Africa's largest game reserve, with beautiful wildlife viewing areas. It really is a hidden gem! The rivers and lakes of the Selous are the lifeblood of a park that hosts some fabulous game, including elephant, wild dog, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and fantastic prides of lion.
Tarangire is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania and is best between July and December when large numbers of elephant and other animals migrate there from Lake Manyara. The park is famous for huge baobab trees, large herds of elephant and tree climbing pythons. Tarangire National Park covers 2,850 sq miles and is thick bush – well worth a visit and demonstrates perfectly how diverse East Africa is.
Laikipia & The Mathews (northern Kenya)
Laikipia, is so wild and raw and offers so much freedom to walk, ride or game drive whilst on safari.
We will soon have a list of luxury camps and lodges in Laikipia and the Mathews Range – or please do not hesitate to contact us, and we can help put together a tailor made itinerary in Laikipia and the rest of the region. There is plenty of scope and we can help organise it all through our local ground agent.
Massai Mara, Kenya
Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system. See our Route Planner above, for a wide range of luxurious accommodation in the region.
With an Italian-sounding name, some of the best pizza in all of Africa and, well, plenty of Italian tourists, it would be easy to dismiss Malindi as just another European holiday resort. Until, that is, you wander through the alleys of the atmospheric old town, stop for fresh oysters beside the Indian Ocean and pause for Swahili cakes on Jamhuri St. Malindi, it turns out, is quite the charmer.
Elephant Watching, Amboseli, Kenya
In Kenya, some of Amboseli’s lodges and camps can arrange for special elephant focused game drives with a highly qualified guide. The “Elephant Watching” trips will introduce you to a single herd, individual by individual. The morning or afternoon is then spent in their company, watching the interactions between the herd members. This is an excellent opportunity to do some intensive game viewing, and learn more about these highly intelligent, highly social creatures. For an opportunity to view elephants without leaving your accommodation, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti features an animal watering hole just metres from the central infinity pool where guests are often able to enjoy watching visiting elephant families, just metres away.
As the migration covers many months, this wonderful site can be seen from both Tanzania and Kenya and one of the best ways is via a hot air balloon. Should the migration be away from the balloons cruise you will still see the spectacular wilderness on a once in a lifetime experience. A balloon safari offers the visitor a fantastic view of the great plains of East Africa and the chance to drift unobtrusively over animals and herds below. Contact Adventures Aloft Balloon Safaris to make your booking in either Tanzania or Kenya at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the camp or lodge to make the booking for you.
A privately escorted foot safari is one of the best ways to really experience the African bush at its best. Walking through the wild allows you to explore the Tanzanian and Kenyan wildness at its most pure. As you track big game, you become aware of every sight and sound, the smell of the earth and the touch of the wind.
Various camps and lodges have guides available for game and birding walks into the bush. Whether you are a keen birder, or would like to get close to game on foot, this is the perfect way to explore the East African mainland. The guides have an excellent local knowledge and are well versed at tracking and approaching game.
Getting to and around Tanzania and Kenya
Qatar Airways offer a 5 star daily service into Kilimanjaro, Dar es salaam and Nairobi, with easy connections through Coastal Aviation to camps and lodges featured on our East Africa Route Planner. Should you not wish to use a ground handler, you will need to alert camps or lodges booked of your travel arrangements to ensure on time collection. For your convenience, find below links to our partners and please contact us for any advice on our camps or lodges:
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