Road Safaris
Close & Personal By Road
A safari by road is a tour that uses specially built safari vehicles to transport guests around a pre-set safari route which may include both traditional safari lodges and luxury tented camps. Usually, such safaris begin and end in the same destination, which is usually the site of a major international airport. Accommodation is provided in traditional safari lodges, tented camps & city hotels (on arrival and pre-departure). We can also plan tailor-made road safaris for individuals, families and specialist groups.
Air Safaris
Close & Personal By Air
For those who are short of time, want to pack more into their time away, or wish to avoid some of the more ‘rugged’ aspects of the African terrain (uneven road-surfaces, dirt roads etc), we recommend safari by air. We’d also like to point out that by travelling by air, you can enjoy such ‘extras’ as; stunning game-viewing opportunities – flying over vast herds of elephants, spotting rhino and lion from the air and exclusive ‘meet and greet experiences. We offer safaris by air in both Kenya and Tanzania. We also offer combination safaris – using road and air.
Romantic Getaways
Whether your dream honeymoon is pure relaxation and luxury in the most romantic of surroundings or a high class safari adventure, or possibly a mix of the two, you can rely on us to make sure your honeymoon is an unforgettable experience. You can choose to spoil yourself and your loved one with a trip back to old-fashioned elegance with a stay at an exclusive and intimate camp or lodge. The excitement of the safari and the tranquility of leaving the world behind is truly unique and magical. Likewise you could choose to honeymoon by the beach on an exquisite Indian Ocean island in private romantic seclusion.
Family Safaris
Entertaining The Young Ones
African safaris make great family holidays – there is simply so much to see and do, that every member of the family, from the adventurous to the timid, the oldest to youngest, can have a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. Introducing your children (or grandchildren) to the thrill of an African safari is both great fun and an unforgettable experience. We take exceptional care to ensure that yours is a truly family safari by including sites, accommodation and activities that appeal to adults and children alike – while giving you the chance to relax and recharge. Many family oriented lodges and camps have family rooms that host you comfortably and have facilities such as swimming pools that help children burn off excess energy. Child meals can be provided early and some lodges/camps even have child meal menus. We can also organize visits to local schools and children orphanages. For the very young ones you can hire baby car seats from Nairobi before embarking on your tour. Interesting activities for children of all ages include: Build your own mini Masai homestead, learn to make a fire with a pair of sticks, catch and study the brightest butterflies, plant a tree and help bring back the rains, cast big cat tracks from the real thing, make friends quiver with your own bow, learn how to identify birds of all feathers, bush orienteering, first aid, snakes, bird identification, tree identification, mammal behavior studies, and guided bush walks. What to bring: Puzzles, playing cards, books to read, footballs, binoculars for spotting birds and wildlife. Books and footballs can also be given to Kenyan children in the villages.
Beach Holidays
Sun, Sea, Sand
The Indian Ocean coastline of East Africa is one of the most beautiful in the world. Silver sands, year-round clear-blue waters and tropical palms. Known as the Swahili Coast, thanks to the unique mix of African, Arabic and Portuguese people who typify it, it also offers; a wide range of ancient cultural sites; mosques and ancient Swahili towns; a vibrantly colourful cuisine; a wide range of marine parks backed by coastal parks and the last remains of the African equatorial rain-forests; endless water-sports, child-friendly pursuits and nightly entertainments for all tastes; and one of the world’s most famous barrier reefs. As for the accommodation, thanks to its long-established tourism infrastructure, the choices range from 5-star resorts and world-class spas, to simple palm-thatched chalets on the beach
Balloon Safaris
Basket Aerial View
At dawn you take off, rising as the sun rises and float in whichever direction the winds of the morning take you. The balloon’s lift comes from hot air from powerful gas burners, the hotter the balloon the faster it rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the coloured canopy, you’re off for a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. Your balloon pilot can precisely control the altitude of the balloon: sometimes flying at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below. The balloon floats up to approx. 1000ft but can reach a maximum height of 12,500ft above sea level. Depending on the size of the balloon, they carry up to 12 passengers plus the pilot. Get to enjoy the absolute stillness: the silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers. The flight lasts an hour or so, drifting wherever the air currents take you, and with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. A champagne breakfast in the bush after you land, adds to the buzz you will get from the early morning air and the sights and sounds. The balloon safari ends with some leisurely game viewing on the way back by road to your camp or lodge. Balloon pilots have aircraft pilot licenses and have undergone extensive professional training and possess good safety records. There are no special requirements for participation in a balloon safari. Children must be a minimum of 8years of age, and children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Other parks where you can do a balloon safari in East Africa are Tarangire and Serengeti in Tanzania.
Mountain Climbing
Come and watch the sun rise from the top of Africa’s highest mountains, the magical Kilimanjaro or trek amid solid rocks and explore Mt Kenya’s rugged beauty.
Climbing Mount Kenya takes you through varied ecosystems and awe-inspiring scenery. With its volcanic ridges and glacial valleys radiating across the land like spokes from a wheel, the massive bulk of Mount Kenya straddles the Equator yet is permanently crowned with snow. The 588 square-kilometre National Park, surrounded by 2000 square kilometres of Forest Reserve, is dominated by the twin summits of Batian (5,199 m) and Nelion (5,188 m) whose jagged snow-capped peaks are all that remain of a gigantic volcanic lava plug that once thrust another 300 meters into the sky. The 2000-square-kilometre Mount Kenya Forest Reserve, meanwhile, is the largest forest reserve and water-catchment area in Kenya and features magnificent stands of buttressed and lichen-draped juniper, podocarpus and African olive trees whose dense canopy provides the ideal habitat for vast herds of buffalo and elephant as well as a bright kaleidoscope of birds and other wildlife including elephant, buffalo and monkeys with even the moor lands offering a long list of mammals including the rock hyrax, the nearest living relative of the elephant. Of the three main peaks only point Lenana can be reached by trekkers and the other two being only for technical climbers. Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest walkable mountain. You go through 5 different climatic zones to reach the summit. It is the world’s highest free-standing mountain and towers majestically over vast open plains with a permanently snow-covered peak which, on a clear day, can be seen from over 150kms away. With its gleaming glaciers providing a stunning back-drop for safaris in the surrounding area, Mount Kilimanjaro is comprised of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo 5895m (19340ft), Mawenzi 5149m (16896ft) and Shira 3962m (13000ft). Its imposing bulk looms 4800m over the surrounding region that averages 1000m above sea level. The Marangu and Rongai routes are wildly tipped as the “easiest” trails, and the Machame route is particularly renowned for its stunning scenery. Routes from Umbwe, Lemosho and Shira offer more challenging options. However, it is the duration of a climb that is as important as the ease of the route. Other mountains that can be climbed in East Africa include Mount Meru (Tanzania), Mount Ruwenzori (Uganda) and Mount Elgon (Kenya).
What To Bring
Tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag, emergency foil blanket, big rucksack and day pack, torch, sunglasses, trekking poles, headlamp/flashlight, spare bulbs and batteries.
Jacket(s), outer shell/waterproof jacket and pants, shirts, trousers, shorts, sun hat, woolen hat and gloves.
Walking boots, training shoes, sandals, socks and gaiters.
Horse Riding Safaris
The Thrill, The Adventure, The Speed on Horseback
Many of the lodges, hotels and private reserves of East Africa offer horse-riding facilities. Typically, the venue will have its own stables, and horses will be provided according to the proficiency of the riders (with safety helmets etc). Rides can be as short as one hour, or as long as a day (with picnic lunch). Game-viewing by horse is a very special experience, especially because many animals, especially elephant, are habituated to horses and will allow them in close proximity. Some of the private reserves also offer horse safaris, which typically travel through the region for a number of days, arriving at their own private camp every night.
A Typical Riding Safari
Essentially, this is an adventure safari on horseback. Provided with experienced guides and syces (grooms), it enables the visitor to explore the more remote and inaccessible areas of East Africa, where vehicles cannot venture. Staged in areas of breathtaking scenic beauty, such safaris also offer an unprecedented opportunity of viewing wildlife close up
The Practicalities
Riding safaris vary greatly, typically however, you commence your ride in the cool of early morning, often stopping along the way for a bush breakfast and lunch. Accommodation is provided by means of either permanent or semi-permanent camps, which will be established in advance of your arrival. Afternoons can either be at leisure, include more wildlife rides or feature guided walks. As night falls, the campfire will be lit, drinks will be served and visitors can enjoy hot showers before enjoying a candle-lit bush dinner.
The Horses
Typically, the horses are provided either by the established lodges of the region, or by private stables. Well-cared for and carefully trained, they are often retired polo ponies or racehorses. All ‘tack’ is provided, as are hard hats. Horses will be provided according to the specific riding capabilities of the guests. Well-versed in providing horses to those with only limited riding ability, the stables can also provide children’s ponies as well as horses suited to being ‘led’ by the accompanying syce.
The Accommodation
Depending on the exact itinerary of your riding safari, accommodation may be provided in permanent or semi-permanent bush camps (with full safari kitchens, mess tent, WCs and hot showers), or in luxury lodges. Often a combination of both is used – so as to allow days of rest and luxury between the rides.
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