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When considering East Africa, the first options popping to mind are Kenya and Tanzania! One thinks of vast open plains; dotted picturesque acacia trees, grazing herbivores and Africa's ever fierce predators. Yes, East Africa is well known for big game and the game-viewing here is definitely geared around the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra through the greater Serengeti eco-system. Anything from 1.4 million wildebeest and a few hundred thousand zebras moving through the Serengeti (Tanzania) and Masai Mara (Kenya) in search of good grazing, which in turn attracts and excites the territorial predatory population along the way.

In addition to Tanzania and Kenya, East Africa also includes new and exciting options for travel to Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda. To complete a full circle of biodiversity and cultural immersion, I would recommend combining a number of these destinations into one journey; or ending your safari experience on the stunning island of Zanzibar to bathe away your safari dust in the crystal clear Indian Ocean.

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TANZANIA

Undoubtedly one of our most popular safari destinations, and more recently becoming a family favourite. It's themed in movies, and home to some of Africa’s most significant icons; Mt Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

In a storybook setting; Tanzania offers an abundance of game second to none on the African continent, and is home to the “great migration”, which in turn benefits and supports an impressive lion population.

The migration is a continuous phenomenon, as the one-million-plus herbivores continue a never-ending search for palatable grasses. The process takes roughly a year to traverse the greater Serengeti eco-system, which includes the Maasai Mara in Kenya. A vital component in planning a Tanzanian safari is choosing properties within close proximity to the majority herds location.

No Tanzanian northern safari circuit is complete without a visit to some of the other impressive conservation area's, including; Manyara with the tree climbing lions, the Ngorongoro Crater in search of some of the planets last remaining black rhino and Tarangire, which has the most abundant elephant population for this area.

Tanzania also offers a southern circuit consisting of the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park, and a western circuit centring on Katavi and Mahale National parks. These are less travelled areas for the family experience but offer incredibly diverse safari experiences for the adventure seeking wilderness fan. Mahale is sometimes referred to as the premier chimp viewing destination in Africa.

Lastly, for the ultimate adventure-seeking enthusiasts, Tanzania is home to the nineteen thousand plus feet Mt Kilimanjaro, which is nearly 6,000 meters above sea level.

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KENYA

If one could say, 'this is where safari was born", it would be Kenya. An authentic safari experience in a vastly diverse of landscape offering abundant and exhilarating wildlife experiences.

The Maasai Mara is generally the building block for any Kenyan safari experience, and from there you could build into the itinerary a visit to the Amboseli with the magnificent Mt Killmenganro backdrop and majestic 'Tusker' elephants, or alternatively hop over to Rwanda or Uganda for their ultimate primate experiences.

Kenya offers great diversity in the safari experince, from unimaginable luxury to walking safaris operating fly-camps in wilderness zones for small groups and families.

Like the Serengeti in Tanzania, Kenya's Maasai Mara becomes part of the 'great migration' on an annual basis, and knowing when and where to book is an essential aspect to your successful migration focussed safari. The Mara River crossings with scavenging crocodiles are the most prominant happenings associated with this mind-blowing event.

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RWANDA

Rwanda has recently opened up the world of convenient primate viewing if one were to consider the experience against other areas. The gorilla trekking here caters for many individual levels of fitness and can be tailored to your needs. Some exciting new accommodations are now available, with some still in progress, and visitors are guaranteed unspoilt wilderness, pure luxury and exceptionally high chances of seeing the protected mountain gorilla.

Rwanda hosts thousands of plant species, over 650 bird species and a plethora of reptiles and amphibians, and even with the impressive 151 mammal species including no less than 15 primates, it's the people that create the experience.

A vibrant and freindly culture with an incredible story to tell. Rwanda holds much in her peoples' history, and the value of tourism and conservation to this incredibly diverse land is positively unquantifiable.

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