East Africa’s (Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda) birdlife is remarkable and few clients or residents can fail to be impressed by the large variety of colorful birds they see and by their relative’s tameness. Bird watching is a science, a sport and art but above all, it is one of the highly rated leisure travel activity. Although many birds can be seen at close range in their regions parks and reserves, binoculars are essentials for bird-watching. Some 1,400 or more species have been recorded in East Africa, which represents approximately 15 per cent of the world’s total. This figure is changing each year as new bird species are discovered particularly in Tanzania.
Tanzania is an amazing bird watching destination in that world boasts at least 1,038 recorded bird species, the 3rd biggest in Africa. Our Tanzania birding safaris are only for keen and enthusiastic birders and naturalists, for people interested in something else than viewing wildlife from comfort of their vehicle. Apart from the usual game drives in the traditional sit in car style, we normally walk with our binoculars in Acacia woodlands and plains in the national parks and reserves’ identifying different bird species normally from only there calls.
Our Kenya birding safaris are best suited for birders seeking a slow but detailed that gives the very best of the Kenyan bird life in Avery relaxed atmosphere. And is especially famous as the temporary home of several migratory species which fly from as far off as Europe (including flamingos and pelicans)
Uganda is arguably the most attractive country in Africa to bird watchers (tour), not only to because of the unusually number of species recorded within its borders, but also because it offers easy access to several bird-rich habitants that are difficult to reach elsewhere. Uganda’s remarkable avian diversity, over 1000 species recorded in an area similar to that of Great Britain. East Africa is probably the best place in the world for bird watching.
No visit to East Africa is complete without exploring the diverse cultures and traditions of the people of this region.
The idea of east African cultural experience (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda) sometimes makes us cringe. It brings to mind superficial tribal dancing and local people day to day behaving and ways of performing their duties in their home stages and villages.
There are about 42 different tribes in Kenya-each of these with its own unique culture, but majority of them with intertwining cultural practices brought about by the close resemblance in the languages, similar environment and physical proximity of the tribes.
On Kenya cultural safari, you will come across Swahili people living along the coast, pastoral societies on the north and assorted social groups in the central and western region of Kenya. The maasai culture has become the most widely known due to the popularity of maasaimara national reserve which is the most visited wildlife sanctuary in Kenya especially during the annual migration often called “the greatest spectacle on earth”. On our trips , always you be able to appreciate the un-interfered with culture especially of the maasai, the Swahili at the coast, the Rendille, borana, pokot, samburu and their ways of dressing, building houses called Manyattas; various festivals like food festivals, Christmas, idd-ul-fitr and Ramathan.
Experience the charm of the friendly Tanzania people first-hand. There are several cultural heritage sites scattered throughout the country where you can spend from ½ day to week with one of the 120 distinct ethnic groups making up the population. At the sites you will encounter natural beauty, including; rain forests, big waterfalls, magnificent views, lots of wild life, and of- course, the charming Tanzanians themselves. Your cultural tour will directly support the villages desire to become more self-sufficient, preserve their indigenous culture, and aid environmental conservation efforts.
Uganda is not only rich in nature and wildlife, but also has an undiscovered, fascinating cultural heritage. Four major kingdoms and well-established chiefdoms found in Uganda, all with their own different habits and lifestyles.
Our cultural trips to Uganda you will not miss to interact with the indigenous people of the forests in Uganda and Rwanda famously known as the Batwameaning pygmies, these are believed to have lived in the fantastic diversity of flora and fauna of bwindi forest home also to the endangered mountain gorillas.
The batwa lived in harmony with the forest and survived by hunting small game using bows and arrows and gathering plants for both food and medicinal purposes. This tribe is also believed to live in the adjacent forests of Rwanda and Congo.
While it might have been the gorillas that entice our clients to Rwanda, it’s the people of Rwanda who have always kept on us making safaris back. Ancient traditions of honor and hospitality run strongly here, and anybody who takes the time to discover Rwandan culture for them will always find a proud and unique people, happy to welcome you into their lives and introduce you their traditions. Music and dance play an indispensable role in everyday life here, and performances range from dashing demonstrations of bravery and powers to humorous songs.
The genocide memorial In Kigali is included on every city tour and its must see. Rwanda’s painful past has haunted the country for years; however, their impressive recovery story has turned them into an inspiration. The genocide memorial acts as a humbling reminder to those present and honor’s those lost. This is always a worthwhile visit for clients who want to gain insight into the history of genocide in Rwanda; it will also help them appreciate how far Rwanda has come.
Basically all East African countries have got similar basics they share and in common that is to stay all have common language spoken all country wide Kiswahili language. Also some practices such as circumcision of the male in some tribes such as the bagishu in Uganda and that of Kenya who live adjacent to Mount Elgon.
East Africa’s plains are home to the last great herds of wildlife in Africa. There are almost 100 species of grazers, compared with Europe’s 13 and North Americas 11. These species, together with a large variety of predators and scavengers, make east Africa the last Eden. Overall, there are an impressive 1116 species of mammal in the region.
Game viewing in East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda), what’s so special? Feel the thrill and adventure of a close encounter with the wilderness composed of the big five. The roar of lions echoing across the endless savannah, the sound of crickets under a star studded sky. This is normally what is experienced on the game drives in the magnificent paradise national parks in East Africa. Although each game park offers its own dimension to game viewing, like Tanzania and Kenya offering trip of lifetime, the annual migration of wildlife between Serengeti national park in Tanzania and Maasaimara national park in Kenya that involves of almost two million wildebeest, zebras and other species is nature’s greatest spectacle on earth between July and October.
At savannah safaris!, we have wide range of carefully designed mentioned safaris above( gorilla &chimpanzee tracking, game viewing, hiking, bird watching , cultural ) safaris and trips to explore the diverse species in east Africa( Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda ) majorly centering in Uganda the Pearl of Africa that gives rewarding safari Adventure. One may choose a safari in any of the countries Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda or Rwanda or better still, combine two or all the countries and has well combining the activities. Besides all the adventure in national park safaris,
If one wants a short beach holiday after a safari then we have always considered the fresh water beach holidays sandy beaches in Kenya, in Tanzania at Mafia and Pemba islands and also Lake Victoria the world largest fresh water body, Uganda in Entebbe and Kalangala islands. More to that we have always made comforting reservations and booking of hotels to our clients and pick-ups and drops to the airport and any other destination of their choice within Uganda majorly and East Africa at large.
Yes, safaris are great and the beaches are diverse and dramatic. But an Africa getaway doesn’t just have to be about 4*4 game drives or lazy strolls on cotton-soft sands by crystal blue waters. If one always is looking to soak up the continents breathtaking scenery, and have an eye for adventure, then there’s only one place to be; at the top.
From the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) , Rwenzori(Uganda), through the forest-clothed slopes of Mount Kenya, to the alpine meadows of the great magnificent mount Elgon (Uganda)extinct volcano dominating the skyline along the Uganda-Kenya border and Virunga Mountains a chain of volcanoes in East Africa, along the northern border of Rwanda, Congo and Uganda.
Making it to the summit of Tanzania’s 5895 meter Kilimanjaro, and you’ll be standing at Africa’s highest point. The majestic mountain is Africa’s most visited trekking destination, attracting tens of thousands of tourists and adventurers every year.
You don’t have to be a technical climber to climb Mount Kilimanjaro; always our clients have been pretty physically fit. We have had more people requesting Kilimanjaro in the last two to three years because it’s something they feel is attainable and due to the fact that it can be combined with a family vacation that’s why I think it’s so popular.
Rwenzori mountains national park the fabled mountains of the moon is world class mountaineering destination. It lies in the western Uganda along the uganda-congo border. The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist montane forest. A nine-to twelve day trek will get skilled climbers to the summit of margherita the highest peak at 5,109 meters.
Mount Kenya; a long –extinct volcano, mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest peak at 5199 meters. Lying just south of the equator, the mountains glacial valleys, successive vegetation zones and diverse wildlife guarantee you spectacular scenery and fantastic trekking experience. The ascent, however, to the mountains steep ice-capped peaks is quite challenging. Mount Kenya is the most technical, probably, in the east Africa area.
At the mountains crest, temperatures rarely rise above freezing point. There several routes on the way to the mountains summit, the majority of which take between three and seven days to complete.
The Rwenzori peaks, Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro are permanently snowcapped and are the only such ones in the Equatorial Africa.
Mount Elgon is a magnificent extinct volcano were you can explorer ancient caves and zip past spectacular cliffs, over which mount Elgon’s streams cascade as dramatic waterfalls. Elgon Slopes are covered in ancient dense forests and spectacular moon-like moorland zone blanketed by tree heaths, massive groundsels and lobelias. There several routes to the mountains peak wagagai and the full trekking circuit takes up to five days. A descent into the vast caldera, at 40 kilometers long and 8 kilometers wide, is also a must.
The Virunga Mountains also known as mufumbira are chain of volcanoes in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda. The mountain range is a branch of Albertine Rift Mountains, which border the western branch of the east African rift.