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East Africa

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From the vast planes of the Serengeti (hellooo, Big Five!) to the dizzying heights of Tanzania's Mt Kilimanjaro, and from authentic experiences with Kenya's Masai Mara tribes, to face-to-face enocounters with Uganda's gorillas, East Africa is one of the most stunning and diverse corners of the world. Here, rainforests, dizzying waterfalls, some of the best beaches and most exotic wildlife in the world collide.

Our favourite countries to visit in East Africa

It's all about the wilderness in this beautiful country - from the plains of the Serengeti National Park where you can watch wild animals roam, through to the heights of Mt Kilimanjaro, a challenging and rewarding climb. If you're feeling some beach vibes, then look no further than the tropical islands that lie just offshore (home to a marine park too, of course). Tanzania is the perfect place for a wilderness explorer (reference to 'Up' intended). 
A country that inspired the team behind the Lion King, Kenya is a vast Savannah, a tropical coastline, and lush forests all rolled into one. It's home to the Masai Mara National Reserve, so it's a great place to spot wildlife (wildebeest, Amboseli elephants, flamingos - you name it). It's the country that's all about conservation - of it's communities, it's wildlife and it's tourism (they were the pioneers who first used armed rangers to protect their rhinos and elephants). All this and more makes it the perfect place to visit.
Home to one of the natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls, and with the Big Five populating it's national parks (Matobo National Park is a biggie), Zimbabwe is a beautiful country with a sad story. But visit, and you'll find friendly locals, contrasting landscapes, and a sense of adventure around every corner. 
On the border with Zimbabwe (and Victoria Falls) lies another epic country scattered with national parks and safari areas, where the wilderness is raw and rugged. Huddle around a campfire and sleep under the stars, wander deep into the bush, and get up close and personal with the wildlife. 
A ginoromous island nation stretching up almost all of Africa's east coast, Madagascar is as off the beaten track as it is magical. The surreal Avenue of the Baobabs (pictured), wide-eyed lemurs, long, rocky road trips and the paradise of Nosy Be are just a few of the experiences Madagascar offers, that you won't find anywhere else in the world. 

When is the best time to visit East Africa?

The best time to visit the majority of East African countries is between June and October (the main dry season), but if you'd like to go at the beginning of the year, the best/driest countries to visit between January and February are Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. These are the best months to view the wildlife, as they'll be congregating around watering holes. 

Flights to East Africa

The easiest way to get in to East Africa is to fly into Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. If you're flying from London, the flight takes 8.5 hours, and there are plenty of airlines that fly this route. We've got student/youth fares, and book now pay later availability - meaning you can secure your flight now (at a quite cheap price too)!
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East Africa adventure tours

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East Africa Safari| 13 days
Vast National Parks full of wildlife, an orphanage for elephants, a Maasai village and an ancient volcano: this isn't a film plot, it's just a taste of what East Africa has to offer. We've included morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara and Serengeti for your best shot at seeing the Big 5, and even better, you'll be driving through valleys and plains in open-top vehicles and staying in African lodges for a true safari experience.
From £3149
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Nairobi to Zanzibar | 34 days
After leaving Nairobi, you head straight to the Maasai Mara for an incredible 3-day jeep safari, with fantastic opportunities to see the 'Big 5' as well as others. Then cross the border into Tanzania, with safaris in both the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro National Parks, both packed with animals and home to spectacular scenery. You will camp near the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro and explore the local village of Mto wa Mbu. The trip ends with a journey to the famous and evocative tropical island of Zanzibar.
From £995
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Kenyan Highlights | 7 days
From the famous Maasai Mara, the setting for the Great Migration, the foreground to Mt Kilimanjaro and the inspiration for the epic film Out of Africa, Kenya has places that will imprint on your memory and heart forever. This trip sees you riding in an open-top vehicle through National Parks and vast plains by day, and sleeping in safari-style lodges at night. 
From £1,329
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