East Africa is home to two of Africa’s most popular safari destinations – Kenya and Tanzania – along with gorilla encounters in the rainforests of Uganda and 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.Kenya: Samburu, migration & Masai MaraKenya’s world-famous Masai Mara reserve is the setting for the region’s spectacular wildebeest migration between August and November each year, but it boasts one of the most diverse resident wildlife populations all year round. Kenya safari highlights include the Amboseli and Samburu wildlife reserves. Kenya combines well with gorilla trekking, tropical islands like the Seychelles, and Tanzania’s top reserves.
Kenya safari and Tanzania Maasai, migration & natural wondersTanzania’s most famous safari destinations – the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara – lie conveniently close to each other on the ‘Northern Safari Circuit’ and, along with Tarangire, deliver some of Africa’s very best Big 5 game viewing and wildebeest migration safaris. South Central Tanzania is less well known and offers uncrowded game viewing in superb reserves such as Ruaha, Selous and Katavi. For an off-the-beaten track experience into the wilderness, the exotic Mahale Mountains along Lake Tanganyika are fascinating – you’ll find forests full of chimpanzees and glorious clouds of butterflies. When it comes to travel bucket lists, Tanzania is home to both the Serengeti – the setting for the wildebeest migration between January and August – and Africa’s highest peak and the only snow-capped mountain in the tropics, Mount Kilimanjaro. Tanzania combines well with gorilla trekking, tropical islands like Zanzibar, and Kenya’s top reserves.
Uganda: Gorilla trekking & game viewingUganda’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.