by Chris Walker Bush
May 16, 2017

Why Take a Cross Country Safari?

The trip to Africa is a long one for many travelers, and the opportunity to go on safari is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing for a lot of people.

With Africa being such a large place and with so much to see and do, those with the time and the budget often like to combine two or more countries to design a more complete safari.

But if planning a trip to one country is a stressful affair, wouldn't planning a safari to multiple countries be a logistical nightmare?

Different visas and currencies, different parks to consider, transfers and flights... it seems like an impossible task!

That's where Shadows of Africa comes in.

With offices in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Zanzibar - we can do all of the heavy lifting for you. A two, three, or even four country East African safari is as easy as a single country trek!

Why Tanzania?

Tanzania has a lot to offer. As a straight up safari destination, it is far and away the best option in East Africa.

Iconic parks such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro combine with lesser gems such as Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and the untamed 'Southern Circuit' parks such as Selous and Ruaha to create the best safari conditions on earth.

Home to the Wildebeest Migration for the lion's share of the year, Tanzania is the ultimate safari destination.

The Zanzibar factor

And let's not forget a little island by the name of Zanzibar.

One of the most exotic beach escapes in the world, the spice island of Zanzibar is a romantic blend of white sand beaches, unspoiled wilderness, crystal clear waters, world-class hotels, fragrant spices, and history.

Easily accessible from Arusha or directly from some of the nation's biggest parks, Zanzibar is the perfect safari add-on before heading home.

Did we mention Kilimanjaro?

Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, is also nestled in northern Tanzania.

While the best views of the mountain undoubtedly come from southern Kenya, those wishing to conquer the mountain for themselves will need to come to Tanzania.

With hikes ranging from 5 days to 9 days, it can be done before or after a safari.

Why Kenya?

Synonymous with the word safari, Kenya rightfully holds claim to being the safari capital of the world.

With its superior infrastructure, more affordable hotels, and broader mix of activities - Kenya more than holds its own as a safari destination with parks such as the Maasai Mara, Amboseli, and Lake Nakuru known across the world.

Once you add in adventurous Hell's Gate, off the beaten track spots like Tsavo and Samburu, and family friendly safari options like Ol Pejeta, Abedares, and the city of Nairobi, you've got a perfect spot for families and adventurers alike.

Don't forget the Kenya coast!

While perhaps not as famous as Zanzibar to the south, Kenya's coastline is in itself one of the most beautiful beach escapes on earth.

From the bustling city of Mombasa to world-renowned beach playgrounds such as Malindi and Diani, a jaunt across to Kenya's glittering coastline is a great way to wash off the dust.

Why Rwanda?

When you think of gorilla trekking, your mind undoubtedly goes to Rwanda.

The site of Dian Fossey's famous work with the gorillas in the mist, Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park is one of the most sought after adventures on earth.

Rwanda is far more than just its mountain gorillas however, and savvy visitors can chase chimpanzees in Nungwe Forest, look for the Big Five in Akagera National Park, relax along the shores of Lake Kivu, or learn about Rwanda's past in Kigali.

Why Uganda?

We wrote recently about why you should visit Uganda, but let me highlight the key points again for you here.

  • Gorilla trekking - Check!
  • World-class chimpanzee trekking - Check!
  • Walk with rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Check!
  • White water rafting on the NIle - Check!
  • Game drives and big five safaris - Check!

Uganda offers a complete game experience, boasting the big five, chimpanzees, and gorillas in one fascinating package.

While it's a little more rugged and off the beaten path than its neighboring countries, there's definitely plenty of reasons to visit the Pearl of Africa.

The Perfect Mix

Creating the right cross country safari all comes down to your interests.

Wanting to pursue the Wildebeest Migration? Try our 11 Day Odyssey or our 9 Day Amazing Kenya and Tanzania safari.

Want to see the Big Five and gorillas? Try our 9 Day East Africa All in One or our 10 Day Gorillas and Big Five Safari.

You can also combine any of our individual country itineraries or ask one of our safari experts to create the perfect blend for you!

Why Choose Us?

With offices in all four of East Africa's safari destinations - Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania - we are perfectly equipped to take the hard work out of planning.

Our staff on the ground in each country mean you're always taken care of and our intimate knowledge of each destination means we'll be able to design the perfect itinerary for you.

We know all about the visas, the transfers, the flights, and the cultural differences - meaning we can give you all the information you need ahead of your trip.

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