Few places in the world can boast better attractions than Kenya. It has a flawless coastline, with its palm-fringed, casuarina-shaded silver-sanded beaches. Sunshine at the coast averages eight hours a day throughout the year. Above all, Kenya is the home of the "Big Five" the elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, and leopard, which can be seen in most of the magnificent game sanctuaries. However, while Kenya's game parks and reserves are incredible, its place in human history and culture will also impress you. Visit the Maasai, a tribe whose lifestyle hasn't changed much over the past 10,000 years, or tour Kenya's archaeological sites, where discoveries have gone a long way towards establishing the origins of man. Visiting Kenya may very well be visiting the birthplace of humankind.
Rwanda will enchant you with its mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the calls of many colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, alongside the grunts and rustling from one of the most important residents, the endangered mountain gorilla. Rwanda will provide you with a truly magical introduction to the wonders of the African bush. Rich swampland, shimmering lakes, rugged grasslands are all entangled with wild acacia woodland. Rwanda received much international attention due to its 1994 genocide, in which 800,000 people were killed. Since then the country has made a remarkable recovery and is now considered a model for developing countries, in particular its sustainable ecotourism trade. Primate trekking, cultural treasures, and truly amazing reserves and parks await you in Rwanda.
Tanzania will delight any traveler with its wildlife populations, the Serengeti Migration (one of the 10 natural wonders of the world), and the corals and spices of Zanzibar. Both experienced African adventurers and people viewing true African beauty for the first time will relish watching buffalos, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, and hartebeests graze the grassland, while elephants roam the wooded areas, and hippos gather in marshes and ponds. Lions, spotted hyenas, and golden and black-backed jackals are easy to find, and Tanzania is also home to cheetahs and black rhino. But many say it is the Tanzanian people and their culture that make them plan their return trip before their safari is over!
Where else but in this enchanting country can you venture into open savannah and observe lions relaxing under an acacia tree in the morning, then in the afternoon cruise down the Nile to see hippos and crocs enjoying the cool waters? The adventure doesn't stop there, for the very next day you could journey into the lush rainforests to track chimpanzees and take a guided swamp walk to see the extremely rare and endemic Shoebill stork. The highlight of the safari may be a visit to see one of man's closest relatives, the mountain gorilla. Staring deep into the eyes of these endangered apes will be a time treasured and not easily forgotten. Winston Churchill described Uganda as "the pearl of Africa" and it is easy to see why!