Tanzania and Kenya are where safaris started: wide open plains, volcanoes and mountains provide dramatic back drops to some of Africa's best wildlife viewing. In addition, the tropical coast allows for post-safari "beach time". The standard of accommodation in East Africa varies a great deal. For our itineraries, we have selected operators who run small, well-managed lodges and camps in prime areas for wildlife and cultural interaction.
The key to a great East African safari is not when you travel there, because every month is potentially great – if you visit the right areas. We only offer custom designed itineraries to East Africa. (In our experience, a group tour with a fixed itinerary doesn't allow you to get the most out of your trip.) Each of our custom itineraries is designed to match the wildlife movements at that time of year, giving you the best East African safari possible.
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Katavi National Park is one of the great wildlife experiences of the world. Miles from anywhere, it has almost mythical status, and, it's thought, a greater density of mammals than any other Tanzanian reserve.
Chada Katavi Camp is ideally used in combination with Greystoke Mahale Camp on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, where tracking for chimpanzees is the order of the day.
On a far-flung beach along the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, below a huge story-book tropical forest, is the tiny sanctuary of Greystoke Mahale. The water is clear as gin, the air scented, and the living very easy.
Greystoke Mahale combines well with Chada Katavi or at the end of a Serengeti safari.
The Selous Game Reserve, at a massive 50,000 kilometres square, (that's bigger than Belgium) is a wilderness on a huge scale - the largest, in fact, in the whole of Africa. Set on a wide curve of the great Rufiji River, Sand Rivers Selous is both expedition base, and safari retreat. The lodge is small but beautifully formed, with an imposing mess, swimming pool, excellent cooking and careful, at-your-whim service.
Sand Rivers is very accessible from Dar es Salaam and combines well with Zanzibar and a Serengeti safari.
A luxury 6-night safari at two of Kenya's most luxurious lodges - Saruni Masai Mara & Saruni Samburu. Enjoy spectacular game viewing, cultural interaction with the Masai and Samburu people and unwide in exclusive accommodation.
This safari combines well with Amboseli, the Kenyan coast or Tanzania.
Following game trails you will make a 12 day crossing of the immense wilderness of Tsavo, Kenya, in a true explorer's style safari. The route will take you along the courses of both the Tsavo and Galana Rivers, moving camp every day, and experiencing Africa's unique wildlife and birdlife. Tsavo is big game country: elephant, Cape buffalo, hippo, lion and leopard.
The camps are stylish, food is gourmet and camp staff have 25 years safari experience behind them.
Iain Allan of Tropical Ice has spent most of his life in Tsavo, and will guide every Great Walk departure.
Vehicles move the camp and personal belongings every day, and your days on Tsavo's rivers will be gloriously full: Walking the mornings; resting away the afternoons; game-driving the last hours of daylight in specially designed 4x4 safari vehicles.
This is truly one of Africa's finest adventures.
3 nights and 4 days in Rwanda, with two treks to see the Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park. Several accommodation options are available including Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge, Gorilla's Nest Lodge & Virunga Lodge.
This itinerary can be easily added to any East African safari in Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda.
3 nights at the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with two gorilla treks. Accommodation can include Buhomo Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp or Engagi Lodge.
This itinerary combines well with a Kenya safari.