Underwater Room, Pemba Island Image © Manta Resort

Image © Maniago Safaris.

Image © George Karau

Park Hyatt Zanzibar Image © Annabella Francescon

Experience East Africa

  • East Africa offers exceptional game viewing in some of the largest protected wildlife areas in the world, many of which are World Heritage Sites.

    Highlights include the Mara/Serengeti eco-system which stretches from the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, creating one the best known wildlife viewing experiences in the world. Apart from excellent year round game view, the area also plays host to one of the greatest natural wonders of the animal world - The Great Wildebeest Migration.

    Another highlight is seeing the endangered mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the rain forests of Uganda or Rwanda, a privilege afforded to a few, as a limited number of permits are issued each day.

    Other wildlife viewing experiences include Amboseli National Park and the Chyulu Hills area, with Africa’s highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Wild and arid Northern Kenya where local tribes have formed partnerships with ranch owners to protect the wildlife, game viewing in the caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater, wild and untouched Selous and much more.

  • Breathtaking landscapes and stunning diverse ecosystems.

    From the Great Rift Valley with its beautiful Rift Valley lakes, to the wild beauty of semi-arid desert regions, rainforests, snow-capped mountains, vast savannah plains, white sandy palm fringed beaches and stunning coral reefs of the coast.

  • Good infrastructure and communication throughout the main East African safari circuit.

    With a network of road and air travel from the modern cities and small towns to most of the main game viewing areas, guests have a choice of flying or driving and enjoying the stunning scenery of the countryside or a combination of both driving and flying. For the intrepid traveler getting to off-the-beaten-track areas adds to the adventure. There is also mobile phone connection and Wi-Fi in most of the areas; however it can be slow in some areas.

  • An exciting variety of accommodation options.

    From luxurious hotels, camps and lodges, to good comfortable accommodation, hosted luxury bush homes, tree houses and camping under the stars. There is also an underwater room on Pemba Island!

  • Seamless itineraries through Africa for Incentives and groups - with each day offering special memorable experiences.

    Groups are one of our specialties. Maniago arrange special ceremonies with the village elders so that our groups can actively be a part of the ceremonies and experience these ancient cultures in a special way. Based on your groups interests, our itineraries could include hot buffet meals served in the middle of the wilderness or team building activities which are both competitive and fun, and often we include challenges with the local tribes, inspired by ancient traditions.

  • Family safaris engage both kids and adults and introduce activities that offer new experiences in this part of the world.

    If you are travelling with children, Kids clubs at many of the hotels and lodges offer fun, yet educational activities. Kids learn unique skills like tracking animals, bush survival skills like making a fire with sticks and new cultural experiences through interaction with the local tribes.

  • East Africa offers a variety of itineraries for special interest groups, as it is blessed with abundant natural resources and it is also a rapidly growing economic region.

    Conservation, culture, history, archaeology, diving, water sports including some of the best fishing in the world and active safaris – there is something for everyone. A traditional safari could include elements based on your special interest, like a walking safari, horse riding, camel safari, white water rafting, bird watching or even mountain climbing – you can do anything from an easy day climb at Mt. Longonot, to climbing to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.

  • Experience East Africa’s cultural diversity.

    East Africa has a number of different tribes and even though people in the cities have adopted a modern lifestyle, many of the tribes in the countryside are still deeply rooted in the ancient traditions and cultures. East Africa also has a rich Swahili culture at the coast. For centuries the Arabs, Indians and Portuguese traded in slaves, spices and gold at the shores and their influence reflects in the architecture, food and culture of the coastal areas. Explore ancient towns, stuck in time, like Stone Town on the spice Island of Zanzibar and Lamu in Kenya.

Kenya

Kenya is a fascinating country to visit. Stunning natural beauty in diverse ecosystems, amazing wildlife, the Indian Ocean and its palm fringed islands and year round good weather, are some of what Kenya offers. The country is steeped in history and has some of the most fascinating cultures in the world.

Nairobi, the capital city, is a business and conference centre for East and Central Africa. Unique to this city, is the Nairobi National park, which is home to a wide variety of wildlife and is just a short drive from the city centre. Exciting excursions offer unique opportunities like a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant orphanage to spend time with orphaned elephants or the Giraffe Centre to feed the endangered Rothschild giraffe.

The Masai Mara which is part of the vast Mara/Serengeti eco-system, offers one of the world’s best year round game viewing experiences. The area is also home to the Maasai tribe, who still practice their ancient customs and traditions. The famous Wildebeest migration, where millions of wildebeest and zebra migrate through the vast savannah plains, can only be seen in East Africa.

The Kenyan Coast is popular for its beaches, beautiful coral reefs and diving. The ancient island of Lamu takes you back into time to an era with narrow streets, market squares and no roads, and where the main mode of transport is still dhow, donkey or foot!

Other parks like, Amboseli National Park with Africa’s highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, as a backdrop, Tsavo where your can visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s projects where orphaned elephants are rehabilitated and are in the process of being returned back into the wild and the Chyulu Hills, perfect for walking or horse riding safaris, can all also be easily accessed from the coast.

Kenya’s Northern Region runs from the foothills of Mt. Kenya and has some of the most successful conservation stories, like Ol Pejeta Conservancy which is home to the last two Northern white rhinos in the world and a number of livestock ranches that have partnered with local tribes to protect the wildlife and environment in the area. At Samburu National Reserve the Ewaso Nyiro River runs through the park, providing a lifeline for large herds of elephants and other animals including species unique to the north, like the long-necked gerenuk. The area is also home to several tribes like the Pokot and Samburu.

A variety of accommodation is offered from including luxurious rustic hosted bush homes and even community projects like the Star beds, for a night under the stars. Activities available include guided game walks, cycling, horse riding, camel safaris, ranch visits, conservation activities like lion tracking to collect research data and more.

Kenya offers so much, you could take a boat ride on Lake Naivasha and then go walking with giraffe on Crescent Island, renew your wedding vows in a traditional Maasai ceremony or go Sky Diving in Diani at the coast. For the intrepid traveller there is plenty to do, take an exciting helicopter trip to off-the-beaten-path areas like Lake Turkana, the worlds largest permanent desert lake and interact with little know tribes like the El Molo and Rendille, go fish on the beautiful lakes of Mount Kenya... the list is endless and your itinerary can be tailored to the time you have and your budget.

Image © George Karau

Samburu village Image © Jose Manuel

Image © Jose Manuel

Wildebeest Migration Image © George Karau

Image © Tracey

Jos on the shores of remote Lake Turkana, Northern Kenya Image © Jos Sawe

Carved Door in OldTown Zanzibar

Thousands of calves are born during the calving season in Serengeti.

At Maasai Village Near the Ngorongoro Crater.

Lions Relaxing on the kopjes at the beautiful Serengeti National Park.

Zuri Zanzibar at the Kendwa beach on the Island of Zanzibar

Tanzania

Tanzania is a country known for its vast wilderness areas. The endless plains of the Serengeti National Park play host to the Great Wildebeest Migration and unique game viewing opportunities, like game viewing inside the world’s largest unbroken caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater, make Tanzania a unique destination to visit. Adventurous and seasoned travelers can enjoy the thrill of exploring remote untouched protected wildlife areas like the Selous and Ruaha.

Beautiful beach retreats on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar and the Islands just off the coast (Pemba and Mafia) are excellent dive and snorkelling locations, with stunning coral reefs. Other hidden gems like Mnemba Island offer barefoot luxury at its very best.

The Serengeti National Park is home to large predators like lion, leopard, cheetah, a host of plains game and a wide variety of birdlife. One of the highlights of the Great Migration is the calving season when, in the early months of each year, thousands of calves are born in the short grass plains of south Serengeti.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The area includes the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest unbroken volcanic caldera.. The crater is home to a wide variety of game and an amazing variety of birdlife including thousands of migrating flamingos. Accommodation is offered in properties along the crater rim and in properties nearby, including colonial-style farm houses within working coffee farms. A variety of activities are possible including hiking to other calderas, cultural visits to nearby towns and villages, visit Olduvai Gorge an important archaeological site or day trips to Lake Eyasi to see the Hadzabe Bushmen, one of the few places remaining in Africa to experience the hunter gatherer lifestyle of bushmen. Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions, birdlife and stunning scenery Is nearby.

Some of the other parks include, Tarangire National Park, known for its large herds of elephants and picturesque landscape dotted with large Baobab trees. Selous Game Reserve, a World Heritage Site, that covers a massive 55,000 square kilometers of rolling savannah around the Rufiji river and where a wide range of activities are permitted including game viewing by vehicle or boat and walking safaris.

Visit the exotic islands. As the spice Island of Zanzibar explore Stone Town for an insight into its rich history as a Swahili coastal trading town. Walk through the winding and narrow alleys and see the local bazaars and markets; learn about the old slave markets and see the architecture and sites that reflect the African, Arab and Indian cultures or travel to Mafia Island which is located off the coast of Tanzania and offers barefoot luxury with a laid-back lifestyle. The underwater life is a scuba divers paradise, with over 400 species of fish and beautiful coral.

There are so many more options available depending on your interests. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, or for those seeking the thrill of adventure in a truly wild area explore the remote Greystoke Mahale to see the chimps or Rubondo Island in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria and be part of a pioneering chimpanzee habituation experience, or even explore the area around Lake Natron, a mineral-rich soda lake in northern Tanzania or stay at Singita Grumeti Reserves, spanning over 350,000 acres, for a private game viewing experience with luxurious accommodations…

Tracking mountain gorilla – a trip of a life time!

Seeing the mountain gorilla in its natural habitat is often said to be one of the most thrilling and exhilarating wildlife experiences. Today the highly endangered mountain gorilla can only be found in the rainforests of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda, and in Virunga National Park in the DRC. We offer tracking in Uganda and Rwanda and only a limited number of permits are issued each day, so we recommend that you contact us to book tracking permits well in advance.

There are also a number of exciting experiences you can do in Uganda and Rwanda before or after gorilla tracking.

Uganda

Track other primates like the endangered Golden monkey, named for the golden-orange patches on it back and flanks, take a forest or bird walk, or a community walk where you can interact with the local community to see some of the community projects, how they use bananas to make a local beer and meet a traditional medicine men or you may be interested to visit to the Batwa pygmies and learn about their lifestyle.

A country of immense natural beauty, Uganda was described by Winston Churchill as 'The Pearl of Africa. Uganda also has a number of National Parks and from Bwindi you could take a trip to Ishasha, which is located in the South of Queen Elizabeth National park, and is famous for its tree climbing lions. At Murchison Falls National Park, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge before plunging into the "Devil's Cauldron. Activities include cruises where you may see hippo, crocodile, elephant, giraffe and other game on the river banks. There are several other parks you could visit including Kibale National Park to see chimpanzees and other primates.

For active, adrenaline seeking travelers there is hiking, white water rafting on the Nile in Jinja, Quad biking through farms, past villages and along the banks of the River Nile, kayaking and more.

Rwanda

Rwanda’s attractions include the beautiful Lake Kivu, where you can visit Amashuza Hot Springs or the Nyiragongo Volcano, famous for its lava lakes. The Nyungwe Forest is a haven for chimps and other wildlife and the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhonda, which are separated by a 1km wide strip of land, offer a great place to relax after gorilla tracking.

In Kigali you may want to visit the Genocide Memorial Centre. Although the genocide happened in 1994 and its memory still casts a shadow, at the museum you will also see how Rwanda has managed to find its feet and is now a thriving African country.

There are plenty of exciting new developments in Rwanda including Akagera National Park, which is situated in north eastern Rwanda. The park was founded in 1934 and in 2010 conservation efforts began in an effort to return the park to its former glory. In 2015 lions were re-introduced into the park after a 20-year absence and black rhinos were re-introduced in 2017. The Park also boasts almost 500 species of birds and offers stunning scenery with scenic savannah open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp and grassy low mountains.

Image © Sanctuary Retreats, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Image by Bisate Lodge, Rwanda © David Crookes

Traditional Dancers in Rwanda Image provided by Far Horizons © Nick Hoggett

Gorilla tracking. Tracking in the rain forest Image provided by Far Horizons © Marja Kumpulainen

Image © Sanctuary Retreats, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Batwa Pygmies entertaining in Uganda Image © Sanctuary Retreats, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

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