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Highlights of East Africa

I just confirmed a great custom safari in East Africa for two Wildland travelers that I'm calling the ‘Highlights of East Africa’ combining some of the best of Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. Recently I've received interest from several guests who have 20 or more days for their African safari vacation which gives me an opportunity to plan a really diverse and in-depth itinerary to many different habitats and to visit several native communities. In this recent case, they called to share their interests and style of travel; they are active people who like to take photographs, walk, hike, take pictures, visit local schools and markets and they were really keen to stay long enough in each country to really get a sense of the people and culture. They described themselves as adventurous but mentioned that they also enjoy the creature comforts of good food, beautiful camps and lodges and a warm bed with full bathroom facilities. We discussed a few of our standard itineraries and they liked parts of several trips on our website including the Masai Mara (south Kenya) and the Samburu region (north Kenya) on our Exclusive Kenya Safari. In addition they wanted to visit the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater from our Serengeti Wilderness Safari, and they wanted to see gorillas which we offer on our Rwanda Primate Safari and our Ultimate Uganda Gorilla Adventure.

So we talked about their style of accommodations, their particular interests in seeing mountain gorillas, Masai Mara, the Giraffe Center, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and doing some walking safaris along the way, that they had up to three weeks, and the fact that they wanted to end their trip on the beach in Zanzibar. So I suggested starting in Rwanda to get in the primate trekking, then flying to Kenya for stops in Samburu and Masai Mara Reserves before continuing onto Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Zanzibar in Tanzania. After some discussion about dates and timing per their schedules at work and ability to get time off, we decided on the best way forward with each of these stops and highlights included and I proceeded with securing the space at each of the lodges and camps for their booking and luckily was able to confirm availability for the itinerary as we had planned.

I like this safari itinerary we came up with because they will have amazing encounters while trekking for Mountain Gorillas, walking with the Samburu and Maasai warriors on the open Savannahs and a few romantic days on the white beaches on Zanzibar. I know they will especially enjoy the private guiding, watching sunsets in the Serengeti, the numerous days exploring the wilds of East Africa by both vehicle and bush walks as well as some of the cities and local communities throughout the region. As the guests described when we discussed planning this custom trip, this was to be an African safari the way they wanted to experience it and wanted to include as much as possible into three weeks.

You'll find many safaris in Africa including luxury African safaris on our website. As the Wildland Adventures African safari experts, Jeff Stivers and I can talk any of these African tours, but we also really enjoy helping plan custom African safaris in East Africa or anywhere in Southern Africa as well.

Your friendly Africa expert,

Nick Bay
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