This has been the most amazing trip. The Mara Safari Club in the Maasai Mara was incredible. Service extraordinaire plus game drives with the most sensational sights. Zanzibar has been quite an interesting experience. Thanks so much.
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Things to Do and See Kenya and Tanzania
There is something uniquely satisfying about fulfilling a major item on your bucket list. For many world travelers, an East African safari is at the top of that list. The big five game animals of Africa – the African lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the African leopard, and the black rhinoceros - (named such for the difficulty they used to pose to big game hunters, not their size) are all evident in this area. Additional wildlife that you may get the opportunity to view in the wild includes cheetah, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, hippo, baboon, hyena, chimpanzee, crocodile, and many, many other amazing species.
Once you’ve satisfied your desire to see the African wildlife in its natural habitat, you may be wondering what else there is to see and do in East Africa. But there are many wonderful cultural and site-seeing opportunities to be taken advantage of in East Africa.
The beaches of Tanzania and Kenya are alone worth the trip to this part of the world. Reminders of the colonial past and the slave trade are available to tour at Prison Island and other historical sites. You can always follow in Hemingway’s footsteps and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, or hire a guide and immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyle of one of the tribes still living off the land in the back country, just as they have for millennia.
The Climate and Weather of East Africa
Pinning down the perfect time to visit East Africa can be difficult, depending on your interests and those of your traveling companions. The region straddles the equator and generally experiences two wet seasons and two dry seasons, each year.
Weather in the region has become more difficult to predict, thanks to climate change. The long wet season typically runs from March through May. The shorter rainy season runs from November through December, though the rains are typically weaker during this season (if they come at all).
Any time during the dry seasons is a good time to visit for both wildlife viewing and for other activities. Temperature during the dry seasons varies greatly depending on altitude, and where you are in relation to the ocean. It is very hot in this part of the world throughout much of the year, and those with fair skin should take extra precautions against potential over exposure to the sun.
Transportation in East Africa
Getting around in East Africa can be challenging once you leave the comparative comfort of the larger cities. In the cities, taxi services and buses are available for hire. But when touring the backcountry, it is best to hire a seasoned driver, or to book your transportation in advance as a part of whatever safari or other activities you hope to enjoy.
Boat transportation to and from offshore islands can usually be had at reasonable prices. But keep in mind that local operators can and will charge a premium to those without bargaining skills at the ready. Working with our in-country travel experts, you can be assured when planning your East Africa safari with us, your arrangements will be properly taken care of.
East Africa Hotels & Resorts
There are many hotels and resorts scattered throughout both Kenya and Tanzania. And, while true luxury accommodations can be difficult to come by in the cities, many of the resorts that abut the area’s multiple national parks offer a level of comfort more familiar to Western travelers. This is where TravelStore specializes in planning the best in East Africa travel for you: we can select the highest quality safari camps that are best suited to your comfort needs and your budget.
Unique Adventures and Experiences in East Africa
There are many unique experiences to be had in East Africa. If you visit the region during the great migration, a small plane or helicopter tour may top your list of things to do. If you’re interested in the history of Christianity in Africa, a side trip to Ethiopia’s many ancient religious sites might be in order. Here are a few of the many truly unique experiences that await you in Eastern Africa.
Take a trip back in time all the way to the origin of our species at Tanzania’s Olduvai Gorge, where the Leakeys and their discoveries are chronicled in the museum. Who knows – you might stumble upon the missing link while you’re picnicking in the valley!
Step into colonial history and modern romance at The Karen Blixen Museum and the Nairobi National Museum, both of which are located in Nairobi, Kenya. Whether you’re a fan of Out of Africa or are particularly interested in the British colonial history of East Africa, both of these museums are well worth a visit.
Visitors can see enough flamingoes to turn the sky pink at Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya. Alongside rhino, Cape buffalo, crocodiles, hippos, and elephants are some of the best bird watching opportunities of any area in the world. Massive flocks of pelicans, flamingoes, and other aquatic birds visit this Great Rift Valley lake every year.
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