Best safari destinations Africa – Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda and Rwanda

The best safari destinations Africa – Experience Kenya safari and beach holidays; Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Samburu Game Reserve, Shaba National Reserve, Aberdares, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Mount Kenya, Tsavo National Park, Hells Gate National Park, Kenyan Rift Valley lakes – Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha National Park, Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, Lake Turkana, Mount Kenya climbing and Indian Ocean beach holidays in Mombasa, Diani, Watamu and Malindi.

Best Tanzania places to visit are Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park also known as season of migration to the north, Mount Kilimanjaro climbing and Zanzibar safaris and beach holidays.

Experience Uganda gorilla trekking in Bwindi, chimpanzee tracking tour, white water rafting on the Nile and see the Murchison falls. Visit Rwanda for Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes National Park and Rwanda genocide.

You will personally interact with the local people in this countries. The options are endless! You will almost see all the animals, a perfect way to spy on the animals!

Great wildebeest migration

Wildebeest migration in Kenya is a dramatic story. It takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest migration show on earth.

Thousand of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as the season changes between the open plains of Serengeti and Masai Mara and the circle of life and death continues.

Predators follows wildebeest closely, waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories.

The precise timing of migration changes annually and it is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event.

The calving season takes place in Serengeti between the months of January and mid-March before great migration begins heading towards the western Serengeti in June.

The best time to see migration is usually between June and August when wildebeest congregate and prepare to cross the famous Grumeti River. There are a few excellent tent camps in this area where you can stay to witness this natural phenomenon.

If you are in Masai Mara you can expect wildebeest to make their arrival as early as July, but they generally arrive between August and September and remain in Masai Mara between October and November. Between December and January wildebeest gradually begin their migration back towards Serengeti, Tanzania

Nairobi flying safaris and Hot Air Balloon safaris in Masai Mara, Kenya and Serengeti, Tanzania

Selection of flying safaris are offered from Nairobi to Masai Mara, Amboseli, Samburu, Lewa Conservancy, with combination of Serengeti, Tanzania.

These flying safaris packages may be combined to create itineraries, visiting several parks in Kenya and Tanzania on request.

All safari destinations transfers are by air and game drives from the lodges or camps are done on 4×4 safari jeeps with experienced guides. Return Airstrip transfers are inclusive.

Hot Air Balloon safaris starts in Masai Mara starts early from lodge or camp for the launch ready to take off with the dawn. The Balloon flight lasts approximately one hour.

You fly over the Masai Mara river plains and riverine forest of the Masai Mara in Kenya or Serengeti in Tanzania watching out for all the Big Five including lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant, wildebeest migration and all the plains game.

Watch from above the dramatic great migration show on earth. Landing is followed by a full Champagne type breakfast prepared for you in the bush. You return to the lodge or tented camp by road arriving back mid morning.

Climbing Mount Kenya

Climbing Mount Kenya is a challenge requiring extensive mountain climbing skills. To climb to the highest peaks-Batian and Nelion, one requires ropes, ice-axes and other specialized climbing gear.

The two peaks can be attempted by experienced climbers. Non-experienced climbers have managed to reach point Lenana 4,970 meters ( 16,300ft) commonly called the Tourist Peak.

Nevertheless, most visitors are able to reach the more accessible Point Lenana at 4985m and many visitors enjoy the simple high altitude walks.Access to Mount Kenya National Park is by three routes: the Naro Moru Route; the Chogoria Route; and the Sirimon Route.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is situated inside the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania bordering Amboseli National Park in Kenya. It is the highest mountain in Africa.

There are six routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Each has different elements that reasonably can cause a climber to select one over the other.

There are routes that approach from the west, the north, and the south, and each offers different viewpoints. Climb via Marangu Route, Machame Route, Lemosho Route, Rongai Route, Umbwe Route and Northern Circuit.

Kenya Travel Tips And Advice


All visitors to Kenya are required to have valid passports. All passengers terminating their journey in Nairobi or making domestic connections must pass through passport control desks set up at both arrival terminals.

Visas are also required for visitors who are not citizens of the commonwealth countries in order to enter Kenya.

However, since Visa requirements may change, it is advisable for the visitors to check the current Visa requirements through Airlines, Kenyan Embassies or High Commissions or visit our Kenyan eVisa website from their countries before coming to Kenya.

Visas normally take up to six weeks to process and are valid for up to a three month period.


Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country.

The average annual temperature for the coastal town of Mombasa (altitude 17 metres) is 30.30 Celsius maximum and 22.40 Celsius minimum, the Adventurous city, Nairobi (altitude 1,661 metres) 25.20 Celsius maximum and 13.60 Celsius minimum, Eldoret (altitude 3,085) 23.60 Celsius maximum and 9.50 Celsius minimum, Lodwar (altitude) 506 metres) and the drier north plain lands 34.80 Celsius maximum and 23.70 Celsius minimum.

There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning.

The long rains occur from March to May and short rains from November to December. The hottest period is from January to February and coldest in July and August.


Baggage space on safari is restricted to one medium suitcase per person, plus hand baggage (private safaris where there are less than 7 persons in the vehicle are not subject to this restriction).

Hotels will normally store baggage at no extra cost. Baggage can also be stored at Acquire Adventures Safaris offices.

For domestic air services, baggage allowance is STRICTLY limited to 15 kgs per person, inclusive of hand baggage, in soft bags.

Where very small aircraft is used this may be reduced to 10 kg.


If you are carrying cash US Dollars notes, please take bills dated 2006 or later as old notes (USD series 2005 and older) can be very difficult to change and may not be accepted neither will the banks (as well as torn and dirty bills – the crisper the better!).

You will get a better exchange rate for $50 or $100 US Dollars bills. A number of low denomination US Dollars bills are useful for tipping although some locals in remote areas may prefer Kenyan Shillings, as sometimes it is difficult for them to exchange US Dollars.

Hard currencies can be exchanged in cash at banks all over the country, at forex bureaus in Nairobi and at most large hotels.

US Dollars and Sterling Pounds are most acceptable and will cause the least delay.

As a norm, always ask what commission and charges will be deducted first and prior to transaction.

Banks are usually open Mondays through Fridays from 08.30Hrs to 16.00Hrs, and Saturdays from 08.30Hrs to 12.00Hrs.

Banks remain closed on Sundays and public holidays


VISA and MASTERCARD are widely accepted for tourist services. Payment by credit card both online and locally attracts 3.5% bank transaction surcharge


Since rules concerning disease prevention change from time to time, a check should be made with the nearest Kenyan High Commission, Kenya Tourist Office or any airline flying scheduled services into Kenya.

Malaria is endemic to most parts of East Africa and intending visitors should start taking anti-malarial tablets before departure and continue taking them for the prescribed time after their return.

Insect repellents should be used after dusk and suitable cover up clothes should be worn in the evenings.

Passengers are advised to travel with their yellow fever cards if they come from countries that are required to take the vaccine, otherwise they will not be allowed in the country.

There is a vaccination center at Kenyan Airport – Port health desks to provide such services.

The Port health team ensures a healthy atmosphere within the airport and its environs. They also check the spread of communicable diseases.


Membership of the Flying Doctors Society is strongly recommended. In event of accident or sickness while on safari, the society will fly patients by air ambulance and ground ambulance to Nairobi.

AMREF Flying Doctors can assist in arranging hospital accommodation but are NOT responsible for any hospital bills.

Visitors are advised to acquire International health insurance cover from their countries.

Contact us for Flying Doctors Service for – Emergency Evacuation Cover, charged at small fee for entire booked safari.


Drinking water from the tap must be considered risky. Hotels and lodges usually keep safe water in a thermos flask in guest rooms.

Bottled mineral water is available in every hotel / lodge and supermarkets.


Normal precautions as in any other destination world-wide should be taken.

Visitors are advised not to leave cash and valuables in their hotel rooms but to make use of safe deposit boxes and safes.

One should never carry large sums in cash and women should keep a tight grip on handbags in crowds or busy streets. Jewellery snatching is quite common in city streets.

As in all major cities walking alone or in small groups at night should be considered a hazard and avoided. Reliable taxis are available at all the principal hotels.

Taking photographs at airports, near military installations, of policeman, the president, the national flag, the State House, state lodges, soldiers, prisons and prisoners etc. is prohibited.

Before photographing local people, permission should be obtained first and a fixed price agreed. Seek the assistance of your driver/guide on this matter.


Both mains electricity and generated supply in lodges provide 240 volts AC 50 cycles.

Most large hotels and some Game lodges provide shaving points with 110v 50 cycles. Sockets are normally three pins and of the ‘square’ variety


Although hotels and lodges include a service charge, it is customary to tip porters, waiters, taxi drivers and safari drivers/guides.


Kiswahili is the local common language in East Africa while English is the official language. In addition, most tribes have their own languages.


Keeping in touch by mail and telephone is generally easy. Direct overseas dialling is possible from major centers and increasingly from remote places such as Game lodges.

Call Home Bureaus are plenty in Nairobi as well as Cyber Cafe for E-mail and Internet access.


Kenya has two main ports of entry by air: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Located 16 km from the city center. Moi International Airport, Mombasa. Located 12 km from the town center. Mombasa is the main port of entry by sea.


International Airport departure tax is payable on departure from the International Airports. A local airport service charge is also payable on departure for domestic flights. As this varies from country to country, please check with us on the prevailing amounts payable prior to your flight departure.


Major stores, tourist services, offices and museums open from 8.00 am to 5.00 PM in large towns. In rural areas and out in the bush small shops can open at almost any hour. Souvenirs to take back home can include wood and soap stone sculptures and carvings, ciondos (sisal baskets), beadwork and tribal regalia, masks, textiles and gemstones set in unique jewellery pieces.