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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.
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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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white sand beaches

 

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

 

4 Off the Beaten Path National Parks in Tanzania

When planning a trip to Tanzania, there are certain places which are high on everyone’s list to visit. Serengeti National park is by far the most famous, followed by the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and Tarangire National Park, but where should you go if you want to get away from the hoards of tourists on safari and experience the untouched natural beauty of Africa? Here’s a list of 4 off the beaten path National Parks in Tanzania which offer pure unspoiled nature, and a one-of-a-kind adventure for those drawn to the wild unknown.

Mahale Mountain National Park

Mahale Mountain National Park is home to a unique spectacle, Africa’s most studied populations of wild chimpanzees. But that doesn’t mean that Mahale Mountain is easy to get to. During the peak tourist season here (June to October) you can reach the park by road from Arusha which usually takes 2 – 3 days depending on the conditions of the road which vary from 4-wheel accessible to impassable during the rainy season. Alternatively, you can take the train which departs 2 – 3 times a week from Dar es Salaam and takes 2 or 3 days. You can also hire a private aircraft to take you from Arusha and arrive in a brisk 3 hours. Anyway you come though, the experience of being amongst the wild chimpanzees with views over the jungle to the Congo are worth it.

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