Saturday, June 11, 2016

Best times to visit?!

The question I get asked the most when it comes to planning safaris in Kenya and Tanzania....

 "When is the best time to visit?"

In my opinion, there is no cut and dry answer. I feel that it really depends on what your goals are for the trip. What are your "must sees & must dos"? Are you looking to only capture wildlife or perhaps you also want to experience the culture, learn the way of local tribes, climb a mountain, visit a local school or orphanage.

Aside from what you want to experience there is also the point of how you want to experience it. When are the "busy" times? When can you avoid the crowds? When is wet or dry season? Sensitive to heat - what months are cooler? Looking for more heat - what months are the warmest? When you speak with a specialist, like me, you will receive the personalized experience you deserve.  I take the time to learn what is important for your holiday and I am there to support you through your decisions and help make your dreams a reality. AND I will help you keep within your budget. 

A trip to Africa is a special yet costly investment, you want to be sure you are working with someone who has your best interest in mind, not their pocketbook. I go above and beyond to make sure the booking process is as smooth as possible and only work with reputable and professional suppliers, making sure you have fantastic African holiday. 

Here's a short run down for the "best times" to visit the national parks and reserves in Kenya and Tanzania. 

Tanzania Country Highlights
  • Tanzania is considered by many as one of the two top wildlife countries on the continent
  • Front row seats to the spectacle known as Great Migration of Wildebeest across the majestic Serengeti plains. 
  • World class, luxury mobile camping in Tarangire, the Grumeti Reserves and the Serengeti
  • Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest caldera in the world where you will have an opportunity to see the “Big 5” 
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro – the highest peak in Africa
  • Trek chimpanzees at Mahale or Gombe
  • Finish your safari adventure with a beach holiday on Zanzibar Island or one of the charming outer islands offering barefoot luxury such as Pemba, Mafia, or private islands such as Chumble Island
A few fun facts

  • Set between the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean and two arms of the Great Rift Valley, Tanzania is one of Africa’s most beautiful countries and provides some of the most extensive protected areas including the fabled Serengeti
  • The landscape rises from sea level to 19,000 feet at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro 
  • 365,000 square miles, this is about the same size as Texas and Oklahoma combined
  • Population is 36 million and growing
  • Currency is Tanzanian Shilling
  • Kiswahili is the official language – English spoken commonly 

Kenya Country Highlights
  • See the Great Serengeti Migration and game view at Kenya’s most popular game reserve – the Masai Mara
  • Sunrise Balloon Safari over the Masai Mara
  • Opportunity to view the “Big 5” 
  • Amboseli with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background
  • Nature walks with Maasai or Samburu guides
  • Get up close and personal with a baby elephant at Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Indian Ocean beach holiday along Kenya’s pristine coastline

A few fun facts
  • The word “safari” is Kiswahili for journey and Kenya is where it all began. 
  • Desert and arid savannah prevails in the northern frontier and southeast while remnant forests extend over the high country and wetter west
  • 225,000 square miles, this is the same size as Texas or France
  • The population of Kenya is 33 million with 2.5 million in city of Nairobi
  • Kiswahili and English are the official languages 
  • Kenya Shilling is the local currency. 

Get in touch with me today to start learning how easy it can be to plan a trip to Africa, when you are speaking with a specialist. Visit my East Africa website to see all the amazing opportunities that are waiting for you!