We specialise in safaris, predominantly in East Africa, as this is the area that we know and love. There is just so much to see here and the landscapes change dramatically, from steep-sided volcanoes to rich verdant rainforests to the spans of savannah stretching out before you. The myriad wildlife in each place is incredible and there is so much to learn about the history, tribes, and culture of each destination.
If there is another African destination that you would like to visit, we are more than happy to help to put an itinerary together for you. and we can provide a few suggestions along the way!
Kenya has one of the most diverse landscapes in Africa, from the spectacular cleft of the Great Rift Valley and its chain of lakes to the great swathes of Savannah in the Maasai Mara, the snowcapped peaks of Mount Kenya, the heather-lined moorlands of the Aberdares and the blue mountains and parched desert of the Northern Frontier - and not forgetting its pristine sandy white beaches and azure Indian Ocean. Each landscape lends itself to its own unique range of flora and fauna and because of this, there is no other country in Africa that can provide the immense variety of birds and animals. Not only this, but its diversity of tribes and cultures provides you with an experience not easily forgotten and this is why Kenya has been synonymous with safaris for over a century.
Our favorite safaris combine a mixture of private canvas in the Northern Frontier and the Maasai Mara, with a few selected lodges or camps in between while the camp moves location. It might be added that there is nowhere else in Africa where there are so many privately - owned areas of wilderness where you are able to have the privacy and seclusion, away from the crowds.
There is also an amazing range of activities that you can incorporate into your safari, from a walking safari with camels in the North, to flying by helicopter onto the slopes of Mount Kenya for a spot of fly-fishing, or quad biking or horse-riding to a fly camp to spend a night watching acres of stars. A perfect way to end a safari is to add a few nights on Kenya’s coast, to soak up the Swahili culture, balmy ocean and bountiful seafood.
Home to world-renowned locations such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, Tanzania has a huge amount to offer. The sheer size of the country allows for an enormous breadth of landscape and diversity of flora and fauna. The seasons - wet and dry - also completely alter the surroundings so that, should one travel in different seasons, it is as though you were travelling to a new destination.
During the greener months - from December to May - the great wildebeest migration takes place in the southern Serengeti and on the short grass plains of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where the animals in their tens of thousands come to calve. This incredible spectacle is played out on the vast horizonless plains and makes for an unparalleled safari experience. Combined with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world, and Olduvai Gorge where the Leakeys discovered early hominids, your safari will yield an unforgettable encounter with Africa.In the dry season - from late July to mid–October - in the Serengeti, the vast herds of wildebeest make their journey north, across the Mara River and into Kenya. This is where the crowds of humans gather too - to witness the river crossings where the vast crocodiles sate their appetites. If you prefer to be away from the madding crowds, southern and central Tanzania come into their own. Our favourite dry season areas in Tanzania include Ruaha, Tarangire, Katavi, and the Selous.
Western Tanzania yields a totally different and unique landscape, where the Mahale Mountains National Park rises up from the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika. This area is home to chimpanzees and though the distances to travel are great to get there, it is well worth the effort to see these amazing creatures so close to our own genetic make -up. The surroundings are like nothing else in Africa and dhow trips up the lake, fishing, or watching the fish - and the occasional hippo - swim through the impossibly clear water is pure magic.
Zanzibar, with its long history of trade, is a fascinating destination to end a safari and provides an incredible insight into the Swahili culture. You can head into the forests and learn more about the spices are grown there or kick back on the beach and watch the world slowly pass you by.
Rwanda is a fascinating destination, not least because it is the best place in the world to see the endangered Mountain Gorilla. The thickly forested slopes of the Parc National des Volcans in the north, where the borders of Rwanda, the Congo, and Uganda meet, are one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the species. With their survival under threat, it is truly a privilege to see them in their natural habitat. Sitting amidst these amazing apes must surely be one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences.
For the ornithologist, botanist or primate enthusiast, Nyungwe Forest, which borders Lake Kivu, is well worth a visit. The vast tract of montane forest boasts a quarter of Africa’s primate species, hundreds of bird species, and over a thousand plant species. Mammals abound although they are shy, and you rarely see them in the thick undergrowth, but it’s good to know they are there!
Rwanda’s recent history is a tragic one and it is inspiring to see how determined the Rwandans are to move on from the genocide of 1994; this is a country that has enjoyed impressive economic growth of late and is looking firmly forward to a brighter future. A visit to the genocide memorial in Kigali is highly recommended, but it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Rwanda can easily be combined with a Kenyan or Tanzanian safari to add a totally different facet. If you truly want to do a private safari, then combining the Mahale Mountains in Tanzania to see chimpanzees, followed by Rwanda's Mountain gorillas is an opportunity too good to be missed!
Uganda has been described as the “Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill in his writings in My African Journey. The country’s warm tropical climate and fertile land provide a perfect habitat for the chimps and gorillas that the country is best known for, but it is also home to a profusion of lesser-known wildlife, flora, and fauna.
Kidepo National Park in the north with its lions, elephants, kopjes and vast herds of buffalo contrasts greatly in the landscape, with rolling plains dotted with sausage trees and punctuated by white sand rivers.
In search of the source of the Nile, the Ruwenzori's, or the "Mountains of the Moon", host the rivers that flow into Lake Edward and Lake George. The Nile feeds into Lake Albert below the mighty Murchison Falls and these combined flows head off towards the Sud and the vast deserts of the Sudan and Egypt. It is here that you can truly understand why it was that the great explorers were awestruck when they happened upon this great source of water - and life!
Uganda is a great country to combine with Kenya or Tanzania. Less populated by tourists, it is a great place to see the Mountain Gorillas. The climbs are steeper and harder going but made all the more rewarding when you catch a glimpse of a huge gorilla munching nonchalantly on some bamboo!
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife. On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering drop into narrow Batoka Gorge.
Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley.