Best African Safari Holiday Vacation Trips Destinations

African Safari Holiday Vacation Trips Destinations 

Exploring Africa is an item frequently found on everyone’s lifetime bucket lists. Explore Africa on a Serengeti or Maasai Mara adventure safari holiday across their vast plains, trek up Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Kenya, or tiptoe past endangered gorillas in the dense mountain jungles of Rwanda and Uganda, explore the Great Rift Valley – a place where scientists have discovered some of the oldest evidence of human life, anywhere on the planet! Africa offers adventures of all kinds, and the chance to relax on sensational island beaches too.

Africa is a truly massive continent comprising over 20% of the planet’s available land, Africa is indeed home to the world’s largest desert, its longest river, its hottest temperatures, and hundreds of dialects and cultures spread among a billion people.

People come to Africa for its natural beauty, wildlife, and sunshine, and few ever leave disappointed. With its immensely varied terrain supporting a rich diversity of fauna and flora, the region offers a correspondingly diverse range of experiences.

But as mind-boggling as it seems at first, you’ll be amazed how intimate it feels once you get to know it. With miles of vast open spaces, here one can experience an abundance of wild life encounters from traditional walking safaris to exhilarating game drives. The continent's spectacular natural waterways provide a playground for everything from an adrenaline pumping activity to a leisurely family outing as well as an unforgettable luxury holiday.

Africa’s exciting cities, coastal drives and islands, wildlife conservancies and national parks, ensure there is something to appeal to every type of holidaymaker.

Kenya and Tanzania are synonymous with safari and offer some of the best wildlife spotting opportunities in the entire continent. Rwanda and Uganda are famed for the great viewing opportunities of the endangered Mountain Gorillas.

Zanzibar Island Archipelago and the beaches of Kenya and Tanzania are renowned for their powder white sandy beaches, rich historical culture and a wide variety of exciting water sports activates off the Indian Oceans Coast Sea.

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Kenya Safari Holiday Vacations Destinations

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 With over 40 national parks and reserves as well as numerous game conservancies, Kenya offers some of the best unique wildlife viewing opportunities in the world.

The best known game park in Kenya is, the Maasai Mara Game Reserve – a seventh wonder of the world and the subject of many wildlife documentaries and movies, with its wide open rolling savannah and majestic big cats. People flock here every year between June and September to witness what is hailed as the ‘greatest show on earth’; the annual wildebeest migration. The Annual Great Wildebeest Migration is the largest mass movement of land mammals on earth, over one million stampeding wildebeest, zebras  and other grazing herbivores journey the 300 miles from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve. A rough pattern occurs each year as the herds follow the rains to secure a good water supply and fertile grass.

But there is far more to Kenya than the Great Migration and the Mara, with just as much on offer for experienced wildlife enthusiasts as first-time safari goers and every visit is a new experience with new found memories. Venture to the giants of Tsavo East and Tsavo West for wonderfully varied landscapes.

Visit beautiful Amboseli National Park, home to great herds of elephants dwarfed by magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro that is best seen from here, or seek out the unique and dramatic wildlife and landscapes of Samburu National Park and Shaba Game Reserve, such as the long-necked gerenuk or reticulated giraffe.

Bird lovers will delight in The Great Rift Valley’s Lakes – Lake Naivasha attracts over 400 species of bird, whilst Lake Nakuru can see flamingo numbers rise to over one million.

For the ultimate private VIP exclusive luxury bespoke safari experience away from the touristic crowds head out to the private conservancies and game ranches in Kenya to Ol Jogi Game Ranch Wildlife Conservancy, Boran Ranch, Ol Lentille Private Wildlife Conservancy, Chyulu Hills, Loisaba Wilderness and Maasai Mara.

There are many ways to discover Kenya. Travel around by minibus, 4x4 custom luxury land cruiser jeeps, by light aircraft or by helicopter; choose a scheduled safari or tailor-make your own; join a group or opt for a private vehicle.

You can stay in national parks or neighboring conservancies; and choose from rustic camping safaris to the ultimate in luxury lodges. For something extra special, opt for a hot-air balloon ride at sunrise, drifting over the vast plains as the first signs of life appear below or even a walking or horse riding safari or even better opt for an exclusive use wildlife conservancy or beach house all for yourself friends and family.

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Tanzania Adventure Safari Holiday Vacations Destinations

Elephants Embrace Tanzania Adventure Safari Holiday Vacations 

 Tanzania offers a wide range of National parks as well as little visited game reserves and Private wildlife conservancies and concessions and not forgetting the sandy beaches and the remote Islands of Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island, Mnemba Private Island and Mafia Island in the Indian Ocean and Rhubondo Island in Lake Victoria.

The incredible endless plains of the Serengeti  always attract many visitors, eager to see its prides of lions lazing in the shade and catch a glimpse of the elusive leopard, or to witness the herds of thundering wildebeest during the Great Migration. The breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater is rarely left out of a first-time itinerary. As the home of Africa’s largest concentration of wildlife, that not only offers sightings of black rhino, hippos and lions, but far-reaching views and wonderful sunsets.

Tanzania is also popular with experienced and private safari-goers thanks to its more remote southerly parks, which remain largely untamed and lesser-visited. Selous is Africa’s largest game reserve and offers a true wilderness adventure, with game viewing from vehicles, on foot or by boat along the mighty Rufiji River. Ruaha also offers a safari experience away from the crowds and is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Saadani is a coastal wildlife sanctuary, whilst Katavi sees few visitors to its wide-open plains.

Tanzania safaris also include visits to a Maasai village, and Olduvai Gorge is one of the world’s most significant archaeological sites. And for the more active, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro provides extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

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Zanzibar Islands Archipelago Destinations

Zanzibar Islands Archipelago Destinations Boat on the beach 

 Zanzibar beach holiday options are many, but broadly, the island can be divided into six holiday destinations: Stone Town Main capital City, Nungwi in the north, The East Coast, The South-east, The West Coast, and a few offshore islands.

Two or three hours’ drive from Stone Town, the village of Nungwi marks the northernmost tip of Zanzibar. Surrounded on three sides by turquoise-blue ocean, Nungwi has long been a magnet for visitors seeking paradise. Some come for some good diving and beaches, and proximity to a lively village where there's always a lot going on.

Zanzibar’s East Coast is lined with long, powder-white beaches. To the north, numerous small resorts boast similar beaches, yet all are quite different. Offshore you're find the magical exclusive Mnemba Island – the ultimate island lodge for those who can afford it!

Continuing along Zanzibar’s South-East Coast, the beaches remain stunning: powder-white sand with a barrier reef, lots of palm trees and a significant tidal range. The villages become a little sleepier and more relaxed as you head south, and Jambiani, in particular, is very relaxed indeed: for an authentic visit to a friendly village, you can't beat it.

In south-west Zanzibar, the Fumba Peninsula is a very laid-back and friendly corner of the island, with two good lodges, while offshore is the award-winning eco-resort on Chumbe Island.

A 30-minute flight north-east of Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island is comparable in size, but far more traditional in outlook, and tourist numbers here are tiny. Apart from a handful of honeymooners, most come for the diving, which can be excellent – although it’s really best suited to advanced divers.

Equally magical, although not part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, is the Mafia Archipelago. More remote, and quieter, than many places on Zanzibar, Mafia Island offers some superb diving and snorkeling in its own marine park, served by just a few small lodges.

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Uganda Adventure Gorilla Trekking and Safari Holiday Destinations

Uganda Adventure Gorilla Trekking and Safari Holiday Destinations 

 Nicknamed the “Pearl of Africa” Uganda is renowned for its stunning greenery, deep lakes, soaring mountains and perhaps half of the world's last remaining mountain gorilla population.

Uganda gorilla safaris, travel deep into the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park enabling viewing these incredible, endangered creatures from closer than you ever thought possible.

A visit to the Kibale Forest National Park is worthwhile known for having the highest primate density on earth.

In Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will spot plains game, including the rare Ugandan kob, buffalo and lion.

Climb the snow capped equatorial peaks fabled and renowned as ‘The Mountains of the Moon’ The Ruwenzori Mountain Ranges.

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Rwanda Active Adventure Holiday Destinations

Rwanda Active Adventure Holiday Destinations 

 Rwanda has been indelibly associated with the horrific genocidal events of 1994. Now undoubtaby one of the safest places in Africa, this tiny nation is now attracting growing more visitors. Rwanda is small and easy to get around despite the hilly terrain. Good tar roads wind through fertile hillsides terraced with tea and coffee plantations making it is known as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills!' Most places are within three hours drive from Kigali, the capital.

Most travelers come to enjoy a Rwanda gorilla safari in the Volcanoes National Park with the rare chance to see some of the last wild population of mountain gorillas. The natural habitat for the gorillas is the high altitude rainforest of the Volcanoes massif which is home to roughly half the world's estimated population of 700 mountain gorillas. There are 8 habituated mountain gorilla groups in the Volcanoes National Park so this is one of the best places for a clear sighting. Other highlights of a Rwanda gorilla safari include visiting the research centre of the late Dian Fossey (the renowned primatologist featured in Gorillas in the Mist) and also tracking the rare Golden monkeys.

Other ‘must sees’ include the ancient high-altitude forest of Nyungwe National Park in the southwest which is a paradise for primate fans. Ruwenzori colobus monkeys and chimpanzees are among the 13 different primates to be glimpsed on forest walks. The largest protected mountain forest in Africa, Nyungwe is home to 310 bird species (26 of which are endemic) including the great blue turaco, and a startling array of orchids and butterflies.

If you need to stay a night in the pleasant and safe capital of Kigali, the immensely moving Kigali Genocide Museum is well worth a visit as well as the King’s Palace once home to Rwanda’s last king. A good place to relax between chimpanzee and gorilla trekking is the beautiful freshwater Lake Kivu in Western Rwanda.

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Lake Logipi Flamingoes, The Great Rift Valley Lakes, Kenya Destinations 

 Lake Logipi is a saline, alkaline lake that lies at the northern end of the arid Suguta Valley in the northern Kenya Rift Valley. It is separated from Lake Turkana by the Barrier volcanic complex, a group of young volcanoes that last erupted during the late 19th Century or early 20th Century.

Lake Jipe Views, Kenya Destinations 

 Lake Jipe is an inter-territorial lake straddling the borders of Tanzania and Kenya. On the Tanzanian side, it is situated within Mwanga District, in Kilimanjaro Region while on the Kenyan side; it is located south of the village of Nghonji.

Dry Crusted Lake Magadi Bed, The Great Rift Valley Lakes, Kenya Destinations 

 Deep in the heart of Southern Kenya’s Maasai land and north of Tanzania's Lake Natron is the unearthly Lake Magadi a shallow alkaline lake and one of the hottest places in Kenya. This 104 sq km soda lake is completely surrounded by vast natural salt flats. It is a wild area with a number of Maasai communities, after the Salton Sea in the USA. Scenery is dramatic, there is only one small but spectacular lodge luxury – this is a place for the truly adventurous.

Sunrise at Shompole Conservation Area Magadi, Kenya Destinations 

 The Shompole Conservancy a large privately operated conservation area lies 120 kilometers south of Nairobi on the border with Tanzania in the heart of the Great Rift Valley between Lake Magadi to the north and Lake Natron to the south, two Soda Ash alkaline lakes. It is owned by the local Maasai community and its establishment has helped to both protect this stunning natural habitat and directly benefit the community.

Nguruman Escarpment, Kenya Destinations 

 Nguruman Escarpment is an escarpment in southern Kenya forming the western wall of the Great Rift Valley. The escarpment is around 50 kilometers long and elongated in N-W direction. Its northern edge is approximately 120 km southwest of Nairobi, while the southern edge is near the Tanzanian border, at the northwestern corner of Lake Natron.

Loita Hills Views, Kenya Destinations 

 The Loita Hills are one of Kenya's last remaining true wilderness areas and an area protected by the World Conservation Union. Rarely visited and as a result it is widely believed that the most deeply rooted traditional Maasai culture exists here not forgetting the rare bird and flower species.

Lake Victoria, Kenya Destinations 

 The largest of Africa’s Great Lakes and the second largest freshwater lake in the world named after Britain’s Queen Victoria. Lake Victoria is a haven for bird watchers and fishing enthusiasts. The rare bird life and shoals of colorful fish are often primary reasons for visiting – often combined with a trip to the Maasai Mara – but you can also discover quiet port towns, unspoilt islands and a rich culture.

Kisumu City Publice Park, Kenya Destinations 

 Kisumu was formerly called Port Florence and was a landing point on the British flying boat passenger and mail route from Southampton England to Cape Town. Today Kisumu has a population about a half million people making it the third largest town in Kenya and the primary city of western Kenya.  Kisumu has been named the first Millennium City in Africa by the United Nations placing it in the forefront of diplomatic and economic reforms to become a ‘model’ aimed at bettering life in Central and Eastern Africa.