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Astounding animals in Kenya

Astounding animals in Kenya

Kenya is dream safari territory and you will encounter astounding animals in Kenya safari adventure, where you can watch leopards slink through the tall grass, lions laze in the shade of acacia trees and huge elephant herds trundle across the wide-open dusty plains. The Big Five grab the headlines here, but take a closer look and you’ll find that there’s more to Kenya’s wildlife than its majestic beasts. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite lesser-known species to spot on a Kenya holiday.

Astounding animals in Kenya
Gerenuk

The gerenuk is one of Samburu’s special five. With its long neck, large ears and unique way of feeding on its hind legs, it’s like a giraffe-gazelle hybrid – in fact its name translates to ‘giraffe-necked’. The gerenuk joins the Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe to make up the special five. These dry country animals can be found in the arid reserves of Samburu and Meru in the north of Kenya – try and spot them all on our Samburu & Maasai Mara fly-in safari.

Astounding animals in Kenya

Lilac-breasted roller

We think that the lilac-breasted roller is Africa’s most beautiful bird. The Kenyan government is on our wavelength; this rainbow-coloured roller is the country’s national bird. You’ll first come across this little bird as a flash of colour as it flits between trees to scan for prey; zoom in your binoculars to see its pastel plumage and long narrow tail. The lilac-breasted roller is just one of Kenya’s spectacular birds; spot large species from marabou stork and the statuesque kori bustard (Africa’s largest native flying bird) to the gloriously-named superb starling. There’s great birding in many of Kenya’s National Parks. Amboseli has more than 400 bird species and is one of our favourite places to spot the rare Taita falcon.

Astounding animals in Kenya

Pangolin

These shy anteaters are scaly from tip to tail and roll themselves up into a ball when threatened; inquisitive lions can often end up playing pangolin football. Pangolins are solitary nocturnal creatures. They’re also the world’s most illegally trafficked animal. Like rhino horns, pangolin scales are mistakenly thought to have healing properties. Also like rhino horns, the scales are made from keratin – the same substance as our hair and nails. Pangolins are heavily protected and it’s rare to spot one, but they can be found in areas of western Kenya including the Maasai Mara.

Astounding animals in Kenya

Flamingo

From the air, some of Kenya’s lakes appear to have a bright pink border. It’s not an illusion – look closely and you’ll see that thousands of greater and lesser flamingos line the shores. Watching the birds take flight en masse is a magical sight. These hot-pink- feathered birds are flighty and they migrate between the lakes that have the most algae – hope to catch them at Lake Bogoria, which you can reach from Loldia House or Lake Elmenteita.

Flamingos

Rothschild’s giraffe

You can recognise the Rothschild’s giraffe by its long white socks – it’s the only giraffe species that has no patterning below the knee. This is one of Africa’s most endangered giraffes, but thanks to initiatives like the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi – which has successfully released giraffe into nearby National Parks – numbers are on the rise. At Giraffe Manor there’s even a resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffe that pop their heads into the breakfast room to start the day with you. The Giraffe Centre isn’t Nairobi’s only place for ethical wildlife experiences – we love the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery, where rescued baby elephants are hand-raised and released into Tsavo National Park.

Rothschild's giraffe

Sea turtle

Away from the rolling plains, Kenya’s waters are surprisingly marine-rich. There’s great snorkelling and diving close to Mombasa, where marine parks up and down the coast include the Mombasa Marine Park. Among the psychedelic fish, seahorses and rainbow reefs, you can spot hawksbill turtles chomping around the coral and popping above the surface for air. Some hotels, like AfroChic, even have protected areas where you can see turtles nesting on the beach and watch as tiny turtle hatchlings make their way to the ocean for the first time.

Beach Destinations in Kenya & Tanzania 

Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge

Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge

Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge

Explore the endless plains of the Serengeti

Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge is the latest addition to the portfolio of properties of Tanganyika Wilderness Camps. This camp is strategically located to ensure that all areas of the Serengeti are within reach of our guests, including legendary locations like the famous Maasai kopjes, the Museum of Olduvai Gorge, Seronera and the Grumeti River.

The camp has been designed with a modern African decorative style that creates a fresh and bright atmosphere, but very cozy and with the right amount of luxury. Guests can attend to the show of the Great Migration from the comfort of their tents.

Accomodation

Elegant tents built on raised wood platforms with an en-suite facilities and an outside shower. After a day on safari guests can enjoy a refreshing shower under the stars. Each tent has its own private terrace from where to enjoy the landscape and the environment. The family tent consists in two tents interconnected and a shared bathroom and private porch. Book Now

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Beautiful Beaches in Africa

Beautiful Beaches in Africa

Watamu Beach, Kenya

Just on the shores of the Indian Ocean, located in the small Kenyan town of Watamu is the Watamu beach. This is one of the more undeveloped areas along the coast, much of its natural beauty has been preserved. The beach has fine white sand, crystal clear waters, and beautiful coral formations.

As such, snorkelling is a popular activity in Watamu Beach. A quieter beach, this is an excellent place to relax in general: take a refreshing dip in the water, go for a walk along the shore, or watch the sunrise or set.

Clifton Beaches, South Africa

A wealthy suburb of South Africa’s Cape Town, Clifton boasts a set of four beautiful beaches and a luxury real estate which looks out into the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. These beaches are favorited by locals and tourists – thanks to its white sand and picturesque cliffs. The beaches are popular spots for sunbathers and sporty adventures (surfing on the waves and volleyball on the sand).

Buffalo Bay Beach, South Africa

Buffalo Bay Beach is an excellent choice if you will be travelling with family, especially kids. It has waters that are safe to swim in. This beach sports white sand surrounded by bush located in South Africa. Tourists and locals visit the beach to swim, surf, fish, and boat. It is also a perfect spot if you are working on your tan. The natural beauty of the area is protected as the beach sits within the Goukamma Nature Reserve. If you want to walk and take in this beauty, take a stroll along the beach to nearby towns.

Paje Beach, Zanzibar

Located in Zanzibar, Tanzania is the Paje Beach, which is a long strip along the Indian Ocean with beautiful white sand and clear turquoise waters. If you are looking to get away from the crowds, Paje Beach is a good choice as it is one of the island’s quiet beaches. This fabulous beach is excellent for surfing and kitesurfing. For snorkelers, enjoy the clear waters as you spot moray eels, starfishes, and turtles. When you are hungry, there are beachside eateries where you can enjoy a meal with astounding views.

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge

An Aromatic and Sensory Experience at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge lying on the gently rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant town of Arusha. It is here on the outskirts of this town, hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, that you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven for relaxation either before or after any East African safari.

PLANTATION COTTAGES – A HAVEN FOR RELAXATION

Comprising of 30 Plantation Houses that radiate out into the evergreen coffee fields, Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner’s home that dates back to the early 1900’s.

NEVER FAR FROM THE AROMA OF COFFEE

The theme of coffee permeates throughout Arusha Coffee Lodge, reflecting in the colours and textures of the delightfully comfortable accommodations with beautifully appointed en suite bathrooms.

THE MAIN PLANTATION HOUSE – AN IDYLL OF WARMTH

The homely feel of the Lodge is by no means accidental as the origins of the homestead continue to emit glimpses of times-gone-by. The friendly and personable staff help create an ambiance that continues to draw appreciation from all those who visit and stay.

Within the main Plantation House reside an ‘a la carte’ restaurant, an intimate cafe bistro and a cozy lounge, all of which have inviting open log fires to warm you from the cool night air.

With an enclosed, intimate swimming pool, a popular garden terrace, and acres of lush coffee plantation, Arusha Coffee Lodge encourages exploration and discovery at every turn.

THE PERFECT BEGINNING AND END TO ANY AFRICAN SAFARI

From the industrious coffee pickers gathering in the harvest to the aromas of the morning brew emanating from the main Plantation House as breakfast is being prepared, Arusha Coffee Lodge is full of sensory experiences that revitalizes the body and soul for the adventures and excitement that lie ahead.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Safari Experiences in Arusha

Undoubtedly, Arusha Safari Adventure Experience  are magical. It’s a dream for an outdoor adventure enthusiast, dotted with vast landscapes, abundant wildlife, and natural attractions. The town is the gateway to a wide variety of national parks in Tanzania; thus, it provides a unique type of safari experience, which you can truly get immersed in when exploring the ecosystem.

1. Walking Safari

While walking seems like a basic activity humans do daily, a walking safari comes with many exciting promises. You would be walking down wonderful terrains of natural greenery and be able to sight some animals. If you were on a walking safari at the Arusha National Park, for instance, you are likely to spot some buffalos, zebras, baboons and other monkey species. It is important to obey the ranger’s instructions to stay safe. Don’t get carried away with taking pictures and overstep. The walking safari in Arusha is so ideal because most parks do not have an artificial feel of caging animals within a space to them. You get to see the animals in their natural habitat.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Walking Safari 

2. Biking Safari

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience walking safari, bike safaris are guided and usually organized by a tour agency. Indulge in a bicycle tour across the Tanzania Northern Safari circuit, through the Arusha mountain and forest biking trails. Arusha is a mountain bike paradise as it is perched at the altitude of 4,600 feet (1400m). You can expect an adventurous time biking through the wild and natural environment of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. You should expect a game drive first which familiarizes with you with the terrain of the park where the bike safari is to be held. Then, you would be led to the bike trail. It is important to remember that even though this is about biking, it is not a competition and you should not try to lose others in your company especially your guide in a bid to win. The biking safari is more about discovering the fauna and flora around you at close quarters. As with most physical activities, you should try to stay hydrated especially since it can get pretty warm in Arusha depending on the season.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Biking Safari 

3. Game Driving Safari

This involves driving around the parks and conservation centers in Arusha Safari Adventure Experience in a Jeep or any other vehicle compatible with such a trip. This kind of safari is best suited for older persons who may not be able to indulge in higher impact activity such as biking or walking long distances. You would have a guide to take you close the animals and to give you interesting information about areas you visit. However, the Jeep safari can also be a self-drive if you are up to it. But it is still advisable to procure the services of a guide to avoid getting lost or missing out on some important locations and activities.

4. Horseriding Safari

This is another adventurous safari that takes you the closest to the wildlife as you can ride in more closely and observe. You can start your horse riding tour from the horse base on the outskirts of Arusha Town. The area offers a perfect environment for horse riding and offers a magnificent view of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru from the stables. Exploring the remote African wilderness from the back of the horse is quite exciting and fascinating. Obviously, this kind of safari is only for skilled horse riders and not amateurs. Thus, it is not an occasion to learn horse riding as any little mistake made when riding in the wild could be costly.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Horseriding Safari

5. Birdwatching Safari

Arusha is a great destination for bird watching as Tanzania is home to over a thousand species of birds. This kind of safari differs from the rest and is only for people keenly interested in birds and not generally other mammals. A bird-watching safari in Arusha would likely take you through the Acacia forests and savannahs of Sinya to the mountainous woodland of the Arusha National Park down to Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Manyara and possibly ending at the Serengeti plains. You would likely spot birds such as parrots, plovers, turacos, flamingos, weavers, sunbirds and starlings. Depending on your package, some bird watching safaris can be up to 4 to 14 days.

6. Balloon Safari

The Balloon Safari is often a side-safari for most people since the hot air balloon actually takes you high up in the sky away from the close view of the wildlife and natural foliage you want to observe. You can enjoy a Balloon safari in two of the most spectacular wildlife parks in the world – Tarangire National Park and Serengeti National Park. From Arusha, you can organize a trip to these parks for a lifetime experience in the wilderness. It gives you a bird-eye view of everything that you would not notice while on the ground. You would notice some birds and other animals perched in trees. The balloon safari is quite expensive in comparison with the other kinds of safaris. If you are in the balloon during the migration period, you would be able to get excellent views.

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Balloon Safari

7. Camping Safari

Camping safari will give you an opportunity to be immersed in the wildlife parks around Arusha as you explore the mesmerizing landscapes, travel on jagged roads and see abundant wildlife. This type of safari is more extreme but exciting as you will be camping in the middle of the wilderness – experiencing nature at its peak. You’ll sleep in tents with hundreds of dazzling stars above your head and wake up amongst the beautiful scenery. It’s an ideal way to experience East Africa’s nature in an affordable and comfortable way. Camping safaris are perfect for those who love nature and looking for a break in the East African wilderness.

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Camping Safari 

In the end, whichever safari you decide to choose in Arusha, it will be worth it. As the wildlife experience in Tanzania is one of the most authentic across the world.

Enjoy Your Tanzanian Safari

Arusha has so much to offer so we have no doubt you will find the perfect safari experience for you. All that’s left for you to do now is choose and book!

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

At a Glance

A 5 star colonial lodge situated on a picturesque hill with spectacular views onto Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge and the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. The lodge is elevated with 360 degree views that extend all the way to Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara. The property is set on 40 acres of pristine lush green gardens and local vegetation with over 130 species of birds.

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Deluxe rooms and the Livingstone Suite
All 50 Deluxe rooms and the Livingstone Suite have infinite views of the surrounding area. All rooms are tastefully decorated with all the amenities one would expect in a 5 star luxury lodge. The spectacular stone main house has all the luxuries including main lounge, grand central hallway, dining room, spa, boutique, conference room, media (TV) room, outside fire place, rim flow pool, billiards room, internet café and children activity room.

Ngorongoro Oldeani

Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Activities & Excursions

While a short one night stay is spectacular, it is recommended at lodge for 2, 3 or even for nights. The lodge is more than just a safari stop over, due to its location and design it is a destination too and it offers several interesting safari game drives and excursions that start early and end at the lodge just before the magical sundowner at the lodge. The sundowner at the Lodge is one of it kinds. The ever inviting fireplace pit by the swimming pool where the Swahili lessons with fun are offered by our staff.

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Ngorongoro Oldeani Masai dance

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge is located 130kms from Arusha, 9kms from Ngorongoro Gate, 54kms from Mto wa Mbu Village, 43kms from Lake Manyara Airport

covid-19 Travel

Covid-19 Travel

The U.S. will ease covid-19 travel restrictions for international visitors who are vaccinated against Covid-19 in November, including those from the U.K. and EU, the White House said Monday.

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Noncitizens visiting the United States will have to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of departure, said Jeff Zients, who is leading the nation’s Covid response efforts for the White House.

The changes will take effect in early November, which the airline industry expects will spur holiday bookings.

“They must show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a U.S.-bound airplane,” Zients said during a press briefing.

Airlines and other travel industry groups have clamored for the U.S. to lift the restrictions for months. The Trump administration had first issued the rules, which now apply to more than 30 countries, in March 2020. President Joe Biden upheld those rules in January, shortly after taking office.

The British Government has announced a move to remove the traffic light system in favour of a simplified approach for international travel, which comes into effect on 4 October 2021.

A red list of countries will remain with travel restrictions still in place, but we are slowly starting to see more destinations beginning to re-open for travel and testing requirements being reduced for fully vaccinated travellers.

For anyone who has a holiday due to depart in 2021, please be assured that our team will be calling you to talk to you about your booking and advise about the options available to you for your forthcoming trip.

We will be working through all bookings on a departure date order and will be working on a rolling 3 week basis ahead of departure

If you have a query regarding your booking which is due to depart in 2022, then please email  info@natureboundafrica.com or call +255 784 737 413 and one of the team will be able to assist you.

 

Information for travel from United Statess can be found here https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus

Information for travel from Scotland can be found here https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/exemptions/

Information for travel from Australia can be found here https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Information for travel from United Kingdom can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Information for travel from Canada can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

To find out more, please visit Africa Travel blog to get updates regarding covid-19

Safari Styles Experiences

Safari Styles Experiences

When thinking about African safari holidays, you probably think about seeing plenty of wildlife in big reserves from a 4×4 vehicle, luckily there is many options of safari styles experiences to chose from.

But a safari can be so much more and organising a good safari can be daunting.

There are so many safari styles experiences and destinations to choose from.
That is why Nature Bound Africa exists.
We will help you put together the ultimate safari experience all according to your needs and desires.
Once you’ve made your choice, we will make sure everything is booked and organised exactly as you want it.
As you will see when you scroll down this page, we have something to choose from for everyone and even interesting specials.

FAMILY SAFARI

Safari Styles & Experiences

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W E L L N E S S S A F A R I

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We are delighted to offer bespoke safari options for those who wish to create their own golf and safari holiday.

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A variety of optional supplements are available, all of which can be added on to any golf safari. These include:

  • Helicopter flights

  • Horse riding

  • Polo lessons

  • Golf lessons

  • Cultural tours

  • Community tours

  • Private conservancy tours (to the Maasai Steppe Conservancy)

  • Spa treatments

  • A visit to the Shanga workshop