As you might expect, wildlife safaris are the lifeblood of Kenyan tourism, and the infrastructure for travelers is impressive. Jeeps, buses and light aircraft fan out daily across the country to safari lodges and tented camps, some simple and rustic, others lavish and opulent. Refreshingly, you can enjoy close encounters with nature even on a budget, with walking safaris run by tribal guides and economic tented camps that scrimp on creature comforts, but not on creatures.
Tanzania boasts some of the most beautiful national parks in Africa and is one of the most popular destinations for travelers to observe the extraordinary wildlife of the continent. The Serengeti National Park covers over 5,000 square miles of land, and is home to thousands of animals such as zebras, lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos and many more. In addition to the Serengeti, there are 15 other national parks in Tanzania, and almost 38% of the country’s land is under conservation. The stunning beauty of this nation doesn’t stop there, it is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro, which has a summit of nearly 20,000 feet, making it the tallest mountain in Africa. The capital city of Tanzania is also a sight to see, Dar es Salaam is located right on the Indian Ocean, it is the country’s financial hub and its main port. And if safaris and cities aren't your thing, you can easily escape to the beautiful island of Zanzibar for a tropical getaway.
Uganda is a landlocked country bordered by Kenya and Tanzania, but is home to a large portion of Lake Victoria, which is the largest tropical lake in the world. Uganda also features 60 conserved areas and 10 national parks, so there are plenty of options to take a safari and observe all the natural beauty Uganda has to offer. While Uganda is a poor nation, it continues to improve each year and boasts less crowds and cheaper prices than other African nations.
Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a sovereign state in central and east Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Though small in size, Rwanda is a beautiful country located near the equator. The nation is covered in mountains and is at a very high altitude with the lowest point being 3,000 feet above sea level. Visitors can enjoy a temperate climate all year round due to its high elevation, and a plethora of wildlife. Among the three national parks there is plenty of natural beauty and animals to be seen on a safari. The capital city of Kigali has also become more cosmopolitan and features a buzzing nightlife and shopping.
Found on the horn of Africa, Ethiopia is a landlocked country divided by the Great Rift Valley. Here you can visit the lowest place on the African continent, the Danakil Depression and also climb 3000 meters up the Simien or Bale mountains. It is one of Africa’s most underestimated wildlife locations with exotic animals like the Ethiopian wolf, gelada monkeys, elephants, crocodiles and more. You can find ancient history and culture in Ethiopia that dates back over 3 million years. From Lalibela's 12th-13th-century churches to Aksum's ruins containing tombs and castles, there’s always something to discover here.