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A holiday like no other in East Africa

A holiday like no other in East Africa

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East Africa are countries where you can come face to face with lions and watch a cheetah take its midday nap. It’s a land where elephants have right of way. And it’s a place where the sunset chorus from the waterhole will beat Adele’s latest album hands down.
The world’s best safaris
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African Safari Adventures

Let’s face it, The East African heavyweight rarely crops up in a sentence without the word ‘safari’ in it. The Big Five are undoubtedly Kenya’s biggest draw, and within the country’s borders, and south into Tanzania, you’ll find world-famous parks like the Masai Mara National Reserve and The Serengeti National Park. They are home to lions, elephants, leopards – and the rest. Plus, the jagged peak of Mount Kilimanjaro as its cinematic backdrop.

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Walking in the Footsteps of Early Man

East Africa got a few lesser-known highlights, too, starting with the capital cities, Nairobi, Dar-ee-Salaam, Kampala & Kigali. With all its markets and bazaars, the city are the place to pick up everything from artwork to hand-painted fabrics. Souvenir shopping is sorted all over the cities, although the stand-out here is the coastline, and the string of postcard-worthy beaches that run along it.

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East Africa’s beaches are serious competition for the Caribbean. Blockbusters like Zanzibar, Bamburi and Diani are the places to pull on your wetsuit and explore the nearby coral reefs – or you can just park yourself on the sand. And at the quieter ones like Galu, the only thing to disturb you will be the monkeys eyeing up your lunch.

Diani Beach:

Diani Beach is a large resort on Kenya’s southern coast, about 30 kilometres south of Mombasa. It’s an upscale sort of place with a gaggle of high-class hotels and restaurants, and the beachfront bars give out a relaxed, friendly vibe. But as the name suggests, this spot’s popularity is all down to the beach – you’ve got a whopping 25 kilometres of tropical white sands to play with here.

Watamu:

Most people’s idea of paradise looks a lot like Watamu. On Kenya’s coast, 150 kilometres north of Mombasa, this isolated village is surrounded by plantations of coconut trees and mangrove creeks. It’s got a supersized white beach, perfect for lazing by day and romantic walks at dusk. And just off the shore is a coral reef that’s part of the Watamu Marine National Park and teeming with all creatures great and small.

Bamburi Beach:

As resorts go, Bamburi Beach is pretty modest. Just north of Mombasa on Kenya’s south coast, it’s a purpose-built place that lets the hotels take care of things on the eating and shopping front. It’s quite small, but when you do get out and about you’ll find a really friendly African welcome in the bars here

 

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A Guide to Traveling Tanzania

A Guide to Traveling Tanzania

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Tanzania is the ultimate place to visit for a one-of-a-kind vacation. With an abundance of activities and safari packages, you will be able to plan your perfect getaway. No matter what type of vacation you are looking for, you can find it in Tanzania. Enjoy relaxing and lounging on a sandy beach under waving palm fronds, or go on an adventure and hike to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Everyone will find an ideal vacation in Tanzania. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary and spectacular.
 

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The Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

Adventure awaits on the slopes of beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro. This mountain is known as the “Roof of Africa.” It is the highest mountain on the continent as well as the tallest walkable mountain in the world. It is the ideal place for a unique and unforgettable vacation adventure.Mount Kilimanjaro is the perfect mountain for a climb. Though challenging, no equipment or previous experience is needed in order to reach the summit. Anyone can get to the peak simply by walking, though being in healthy physical condition is recommended for a truly enjoyable experience.


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The White Sand Beaches of Tanzania
When people imagine a safari in Tanzania, they often picture rolling plains and vast herds of animals wandering through the grasses. They imagine dry and dusty riverbeds being flooded by spring rains and ferocious predators stalking through the shadows cast by lone trees.While Tanzania does feature all of this and more, it is also one of the best places on earth to visit a tropical beach. There are places where white sand meets cool surf, and palm trees sway in gentle breezes. Tanzania is not only a great place to go to experience a safari adventure.

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Visit Arusha National Park
Though Tanzania is filled with beautiful landscapes and exotic wildlife, you will rarely find as wide a diversity oftopographies and animals as you will in Arusha National Park. It may be one of the smallest parks in Tanzania, but Arusha is full of amazing sights.One of the most striking features of the park is Mount Meru. This volcano rises to an elevation of 4566 meters, and its slopes are covered in rich volcanic soil that supports lush forest and all of the birds and animals that call the trees home.

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Honeymooning in Tanzania
A honeymoon is one of the most important getaways that you will ever take. It’s a chance to spend some quality time with your new spouse and set the flavor of your marriage.Why not make it an intimate adventure by embarking on a honeymoon in Tanzania?   Tanzania is a beautiful country filled with amazing sight for you and your spouse. You will truly feel as if you have escaped the world when you enjoy the golden beaches,luxurious accommodations, and pristine wilderness of Tanzania. And no matter what you want to do on your honeymoon, Nature Bound Africa is there to help.

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A Guide to Safari Tour Pricing
A safari is a great way to get away from your everyday life an experience something amazing. Going on a safari is an adventure that will provide you with a lifetime’s worth of great memories. It is completely worth it, and Nature Bound Africa provides competitive pricing on amazing packages that will give your trip that extra bit of magic.   Several safari packages are available from Nature Bound Africa. These packages are perfect because they provide you with everything that you could ever want on a vacation without you having to put hours and….Read More

 
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African summer holiday trip

African summer holiday trip
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Serengeti National Park

Guidance for African summer holiday trip

Are you planning and looking for African summer holiday trip –want to go out a week somewhere exotic, interesting or just plain sunny! Here at Nature Bound Africa like to help you to plan your dream trip of this summer, whether that’s a budget break for the whole family or a couples’ retreat exploring a romantic city!

For some Folks, your summer holidays can not be enjoyable without a pool, a sandy beach and cocktails at sunset – if this sounds like you, we certainly have some sunny breaks that you’ll enjoy!

Indian Ocean Summer

As the Indian Ocean summer in the tropical countries is especially favorable for recreation, in September – August. We suggest you go to the Tropical resorts: you are offered unspoiled beaches of Zanzibar and Mombasa, soothing beauty of Lamu and of Stone Town amazing excursions, surfing in Mombasa and Aphrodite Festival in Lamu. In addition, in September – August the best time to visit Mombasa and Zanzibar.

What to Consider When Planning a Safari

What to Consider When Planning a Safari for your Family

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Looking for ideas for your next family holiday? Forget Disney World why not consider something fun and educational at the same time.  Take your children miles away from TV, video games and computers and get back to nature with an African safari with Nature Bound Africa.

Not only will children will be exposed to incredible wildlife but also a vastly different culture. Imagine your children seeing a magnificent Maasai warrior for the first time or learning to make a fire from wood and stone! What may appear to be a daunting process, planning a safari for the whole family is not as difficult as it may first appear.

Here are some things to consider before booking:

1.Countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania have more experience in dealing with families so they should possibly be your first port of call.

2. The safari peak season is June to Oct. If you are looking to save a few pennies and you are tied to travelling during the European school holidays (ie the peak season), consider visiting Rwanda or Uganda which are the exception – having their low season during these months.

3.If you are worried about long flights consider East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) where the flights are shorter (around 8 hrs from Europe).  In saying that, an overnight flight and with the time difference either 1 or 2 hours (depending on time of year) there is no jet lag to contend with.

4. Not all safari lodges take children or allow them onto game drives. You may need to consider a private vehicle or babysitting services. Nature Bound Africa know’s the lodges which are child friendly offering specially tailored child-centred activities which will give parents a break and provide endless hours of fun and learning for the children.

5. Consider which East African countries require vaccinations and malaria tablets.

6. Don’t plan for too long on safari, if you are away for 2 weeks combine your safari with a beach break in the likes of Zanzibar or Mombasa. Most of the resorts or hotels on the beach offer kid’s clubs, brilliant activities and water sports as well as family rooms.

7. Nature Bound Africa has experience in planning family holidays to East Africa in order that it is expertly organized.

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Natural Wonders Of Tanzania

Natural Wonders Of Tanzania

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On February 11, 2013, the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa were officially declared in Arusha, Tanzania. These wonders of nature were determined by insights from experts from around the world with a key focus on conservationists such as members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Mount kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and tallest free standing mountain in the world. Reaching over 19,000 feet in the air, it is easy to understand why Mount Kilimanjaro is the pinnacle wonder of nature for Africa.
Quick Facts:
  • Tallest mountain in Africa at 19,340 feet (5,895 m)
  • Tallest free standing mountain in the world
  • 7 peaks with Uhuru Peak being the highest
  • Kibo peak features a 1.5 mile wide crater 
  • Greatest view of earth’s surface in one view

Mount Kilimanjaro was officially declared as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa February 11, 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania. Votes were cast by experts from around the world who noted the key statistical significance. Mount Kilimanjaro is the pinnacle wonder of nature and is affectionately known as the rooftop of Africa.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the largest stratovolcanoes in the world reaching 19,340 feet (5,895 m) into the air. As the tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is also the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is a composite volcano that includes layers of lava, tephra, and volcanic ash. The volcano is currently inactive with no known history of eruptions.
Mount Kilimanjaro has seven distinctive peaks with Uhuru Peak accounting for the mountains highest elevation at 19,341 feet (5,895 m). A 1.5 mile wide crater is featured as part of the Kibo portion of the mountain.
The high elevation and proximity to the equator allows visitors to experience a variety of climate types. Kilimanjaro also features a year round snow-topped peak. Although the volcano is isolated, it is part of the line of volcanoes that reach across northern Tanzania. You can visit our Kilimanjaro Resource page for more information and access to resources to experience this natural wonder.

Where is Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania just south of the border between Tanzania and Kenya. Specifically, it is located at the coordinates of latitude: 3°4′33″S and longitude: 37°21′12″E. Mount Kilimanjaro is found just outside the city of Arusha, Tanzania. Although many people fly into Arusha when visiting Tanzania, there is an international airport near the mountain appropriately named, Kilimanjaro International Airport.


Best way to see and experience Mount Kilimanjaro

The best view of Mount Kilimanjaro comes from approaching the mountain from the northern Kenya side. The majority of pictures seen in magazines and travel guides feature this view. However, the best way to experience Mount Kilimanjaro is through taking a trek up and around the mountain.

The six official trekking routes include Machame, Marangu, Lemosho, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe. The easiest trek comes from the Rongai route, however this is also the least scenic. Machame is one of the more challenging treks, however it does offer the most attractive and scenic views. No matter which route you take, you will need to plan at least 5 to 7 days for the trek allowing for both travel and more importantly acclimation to the altitude.

Visitors who plan to trek up Mount Kilimanjaro need to evaluate their own physical abilities. It is imperative to understand that even experienced trekkers will fall victim to some level of altitude sickness. The summit of Kilimanjaro is high enough that either high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) or high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) can occur. You should at least expect to experience shortage of breath, headaches and some elements of hypothermia. Taking 7 days versus 5 days creates a better chance for you to acclimate easier and reduce the altitude effects.

Further note: Although the summit of Kilimanjaro can be reached through a walk and is not technically a climb, it is still a strenuous trek. According to the Kilimanjaro National Park, only 41% of trekkers actually reach the peak. Plan, prepare and train if you look to explore Mount Kilimanjaro and experience this wonder of nature to the fullest. Visit our Kilimanjaro Resource page for connection to additional information and services for climbing Kilimanjaro.


Kilimanjaro Wildlife

For all practical purposes, you should plan on experience the trek and the views versus encounters with wildlife. Although in the forested area of the mountain there are reports of baboons, civets, leopards, mongooses, honey badgers and servals, they are rarely seen. You could see blue or colobus monkey as they scamper the trees.
Your best bet is to focus on the trek, views and acclimation to the altitude. You will have a better chance to view wildlife after getting down from the mountain and exploring Ngorongoro Crater or the Serengeti.


Kilimanjaro Climbing and Exploring Resources

If you follow this page, you will find a list of resources that will help you learn more about Mount Kilimanjaro as well as discover resources to help you climb and explore this wonder of nature. These resources are members of Seven Natural Wonders reflecting their commitment to protect the natural wonders of Africa.

Mount Kilimanjaro is neighbors with the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater which are both havens for wildlife. If time permits you should plan on visiting both the crater and the plains of the Serengeti. Ngorongoro Crater can be experienced in a day and this unbroken caldera serves as a wildlife sanctuary with a chance of seeing the Big 5. Learn more through our Kilimanjaro Resources page.

Serengeti migration

Featuring over 1.2 million wildebeest, over 800,000 zebra, and thousand of gazelle, the Serengeti Migration is the largest land migration in the world. The wonder of nature is shared between Tanzania and Kenya and is one of the most spectacular wildlife feats.

Quick Facts:
  • Migration crosses Tanzania and Kenya
  • Spans 18,641.1 square miles (30,000 sq km)
  • Longest and largest over land migration in the world
  • The name Serengeti means “endless plains”

Serengeti Migration

The Serengeti migration is the longest and largest over land migration in the world. The Serengeti plains account for over 18,641 square miles and the migration itself travels 500 miles on the path from Tanzania to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya. Approximately 80% of the Seregeti plains are protected by the Tanzanian and Kenyan governments.
The Serengeti is home to over 70 larger mammals and approximately 500 different types of birds. Probably the most impressive part of the migration is the herds of wildebeests that blanket the plains. The migration will kill off around 250,000 wildebeests each year.


7 Natural Wonders of Africa: Serengeti Migration

The Serengeti Migration was officially declared as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa February 11, 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania. Votes were cast by experts from around the world who noted the key statistical significance. The Serengeti Migration is a wonder of nature shared between Tanzania and Kenya. The Serengeti Migration received the most votes along with the most #1 votes making it the most recognized wonder of nature.


Best way to see and experience the Serengeti Migration

The most intimate encounter with with wildlife of the Serengeti and the migration will come from the exploration inside a safari jeep. If you are looking at watching the wildebeest and other animals crossing the river, then you will need to plan on having patience. The animals may graze for hours and days on end before taking the swim across the river. It may mean just sitting in your Land Rover or other safari vehicle and watching.

If you are fortunate to experience the river crossing, keep your eyes peeled to river banks and wildlife swimming because the crocodiles have been waiting and know they are coming. Witnessing a crocodile capture a wildebeest and wrestle their prize home is an exhilarating experience.

The same could be said for following the migrating animals. The lions and other predators know the season and in the hunting mode. Keep your eyes on the stragglers and loners because the predators have their eyes on those too. Witnessing a lion hunting and killing part of the migration is usually more exciting than the crocodiles making their kill. All of this usually requires lots of patience and watching.
Another serene experience is ballooning over the Serengeti. This adventure allows you to recognize the grandeur and size of both the Serengeti itself and the expanse of the migrating wildlife. The balloon will usually land somewhere with a breakfast waiting for you out in the Serengeti. Visit our Serengeti Resources page for more information and resources to help you plan your trip.

Visiting the Serengeti

For those traveling to the Serengeti, you probably have questions about where to stay, what to do, and how to best experience the Serengeti migration. For more information on the Serengeti, the migration, and the tourist resources available to help you experience this natural wonder of Africa, you are invited to visit our Serengeti Resources page.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It is often considered the Garden of Eden of Africa or the Cradle of Life. Home to 5 of the Big 7 and many other animals, Ngorongoro Crater serves as an intimate encounter with nature.

Quick Facts:
  • Largest unbroken caldera in the world
  • Also referred to as “Africa’s Garden of Eden”
  • Crater is 12 miles (19 km) across and covers 102 square miles (264 sq km)
  • Rises over 2,000 feet above the caldera floor
  • Home to over 30,000 animals including the rare black rhino

Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest unbroken caldera. Often referred to as “Africa’s Garden of Eden,” the crater is home to over 30,000 animals including elephants, lions, cheetahs, wildebeests, buffaloes, and the rare black rhinos. View Wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater to learn more about the wildlife and View Birds of Ngorongoro Crater to discover some of the many species that are found in the area.
 
 
Ngorongoro Crater was created from a volcano that exploded creating the caldera wilderness haven. The crater is 12 miles (19 km) across and consumes 102 square miles (264 sq km) of wilderness. The rim of the crater rises just over 2,000 feet (610 m) above the caldera floor reaching an elevation of 7,500 feet (2,286 m).
 

7 Natural Wonders of Africa: Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater was officially declared as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa February 11, 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania. Votes were cast by experts from around the world. Voters referenced the largest unbroken caldera statistic along with the unique encounter with wildlife as the primary factors drawing their votes. Ngorongoro Crater joined the Serengeti Migration and Mount Kilimanjaro as wonders of nature that call both Africa and Tanzania home.
 

 
Best way to see and experience Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater as the largest unbroken caldera in the world, it serves as a wildlife haven. It is considered one of the best wildlife encounters. The caldera is home to the Big 5, however the leopard tends to be atop the crater and in the jungle along the outside of the crater.
 
 
The best way to experience Ngorongoro Crater is by leveraging the expertise from one of the local guide or safari services. Most of the crater lodges have professional guides as part of the safari and accommodation experience they provide to you. Your vehicles may vary, but you should be in a safari vehicle that has a removable or raisable roof that allows you to stand inside the vehicle and look out over the wildlife. Ideally, there will just be no more than 3 or 4 in the vehicle or you might be squeezing and wrestling for space when it comes to viewing some of the wildlife you might encounter.
 
More than likely, your guide will have secured a packed lunch to take along with you so that you can explore the crater floor the entire day. There is a great watering hole that features a place to stop to take a break and enjoy your lunch. Don’t close your eyes and continue to pay attention because you may encounter more wildlife. Learn more through our Ngorongoro Crater page.

 
Ngorongoro Crater Places to Stay
The Ngorongoro Farm House is a colonial style farm house and actual working coffee plantation. The cottages are nestled in the grounds and gardens of the plantation. Learn more through our Ngorongoro Crater page.
 
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