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Admire impressive landscapes and experience unparalleled wildlife encounters in the stunning region of East Africa. Trek through exotic rainforests, come face to face with majestic mountain gorillas and marvel at the world-renowned annual migration on safari. Towering mountains, spectacular waterfalls and lush rainforests are waiting to be explored.

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Kenya

When most people think of Africa, it’s Kenya they are generally imagining. It’s the home of the original safari holiday, the “Out of Africa” landscapes, and the world-renowned annual migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya’s Masai Mara.

Perhaps the most famous game reserve in the world the Masai Mara is a land of vast savannahs. It is home to Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo) and the Masaai people. The reserve offers excellent game viewing throughout the year and not only during the migration; which can be unpredictable as it does not fall on a specific date and depends on when the rains fall.

Visitors to this region are spoilt for choice with luxury safari camps available either in the park or surrounding conservancies that offer a more exclusive experience including game walks and night drives.

Rwanda

Spending time with mountain gorillas is a true bucket list experience! Volcanoes National Park is home to about half the world’s mountain gorilla population, making Rwanda a top choice for a gorilla trekking safari. As for the setting, the country is extremely beautiful with its steep slopes covered in dense tropical rainforest. Don’t limit yourself to gorilla trekking as Rwanda has many other highlights worth exploring; it’s also a safe and welcoming country with friendly people and a growing tourism industry.

Uganda

Known as the pearl of Africa, Uganda is a dramatically beautiful country with deep lakes, towering mountains, spectacular waterfalls and verdant rainforests. There are 10 national parks in Uganda, the best known of which is the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – home to around half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.

Gorilla trekking is a true bucket list experience and Uganda’s biggest drawcard! But this small East African country has many other highlights that are also worth exploring. Go chimpanzee tracking in nearby Kibale National Park, and visit Queen Elizabeth National Park for a classic safari experience. While up north, the Nile River thunders through a narrow chasm creating the incredibly powerful Murchison Falls.

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When to visit

Kenya

  • Summer - The most popular months are January and February when the weather is hot and dry and the wildlife tends to congregate around waterholes.
  • The Migration - From June/ July to October the Migration takes place and it’s an extremely busy (and exciting!) time to visit.
  • Winter/ Rainy season - During the long rains from March to May travel isn’t recommended.

Rwanda

  • Dry season(s) - For gorilla trekking, we recommend travelling during one of Rwanda’s two dry seasons: mid-June to September or December to February.
  • Rainy season(s) - For chimpanzee trekking, the rainy season produces lush greenery so chimps move about less and are easier to track.
  • The short rainy season – October and November – is great for birding and photography. Rains normally come down in short, heavy bursts.
  • During the long rainy season – March to mid-June – gorilla trekking can be tough and muddy.

Uganda

  • Dry Seasons (mid-December to February / June to September)- Gorillas can be seen at any time of year. However, since gorilla trekking tends to involve steep slopes and thick mud it is more comfortable to travel in one of Uganda’s two dry seasons. Remember that the gorillas do live in rainforest so conditions will still be humid and wet. And don’t forget your gaiters!

 

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Official language
Swahili, English (Kenya and Uganda) | Kinyarwanda and French (Rwanda)
Currency
Kenyan shilling (Kenya) | Rwandan franc (Rwanda) | Ugandan shilling (Uganda)
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