• The best Africa travel destination for your travel time

    October 4, 2023

    In this post you can find out the best places to travel in Africa by month.

    Where to Travel in Africa in January

    January is an absolutely fantastic time of year to be visiting Africa, with many of our destinations being absolutely beautiful.

    Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda all boast some of their best game-viewing conditions at this time of year.


    Tanzania’s Northern Circuit boasts arguably the best game-viewing in the world during January, as the Wildebeest Migration’s calving season is in full-swing in the Ndutu region of the southern Serengeti.

    With more than 10,000 young wildebeest born each day, predator numbers are especially high, making this an ideal time to spot cheetahs, leopards, and lions on the hunt. Combining the Serengeti and Ngorongoro at this time of year is a terrific choice.

    January is one of the most popular times of year to visit Zanzibar, with conditions being excellent for an extended beach escape.


    While Kenya does not play host to the Wildebeest Migration in January, it is nevertheless still home to its own calving season as many animals give birth in this time of plenty.

    Like Tanzania, the abundance of easy prey makes for a buffet for predators. You’ll have an excellent chance of catching a cheetah or lion on the hunt!

    Conditions on the Kenyan Coast are also terrific for those wanting a beach escape.


    The pleasant weather in January makes for terrific gorilla trekking conditions. With pleasant temperatures and occasional rainfall, it is a good alternative to the hotly contested peak season months of June – September.


    Part of Uganda’s short dry season, January is an absolutely fantastic time to visit the Pearl of Africa. Both gorilla-trekking and game drive conditions are excellent, with the cooler temperatures in Bwindi-Impenetrable making it an especially popular time for the often gruelling gorilla trek.


    January is a terrific time of year to visit Ethiopia, with an average of just two rainy days in the month. This makes it an ideal time to visit the country, whose roads do not always hold up to the rainier months of the wet season.


    Marked by spectacular thunderstorms, January is nonetheless a great time to visit Botswana for two reasons: it is breeding season for the country’s dazzling variety of birds and the overcast conditions make for truly spectacular photography.

    While game drives and game viewing aren’t at their best in January, you can still have an unforgettable safari experience in Botswana, with predators especially easy to spot against the vivid green of the lush grass.


    With rainy season in full swing in Zimbabwe, you won’t have to deal with the usual crowds, but you may encounter less than ideal road conditions in some of the national parks. The thick vegetation does also mean game-viewing can be a little more difficult.

    This translates into good prices, however, with many luxury properties offering competitive rates. If you’re looking to combine your safari experience with some five-star pampering, it’s a great time to visit.


    South Africa

    While rainy conditions in Kruger National Park make for less than ideal game-viewing in January, the hot summer weather is perfect for those wanting to experience the beaches and scenic drives of this gorgeous country.

    Taking a tour of the Garden Route, exploring Cape Town, relaxing on the beaches, or paying a visit to wine country are all ideal activities during January.

    For history buffs, the Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal are a popular choice this month, as it marks the anniversary of such famed battles as the Battle of Rorke’s Drift.

    cape town beach


    Namibia is at the peak of a hot, humid summer in January, which makes it a less than ideal choice if you can’t stand the heat.

    Birdwatching is especially good at this time of year, with the pink flamingos of Swakopmund and the birds of the Caprivi Strip being a popular choice.


    We do not recommend travel to Mozambique at this time of year, as it is the beginning of their rainy season. Cyclones and intense storms are not uncommon along the coast.

    Where to Travel in Africa in February

    February is a time of contrasting fortunes in Africa, with some countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia enjoying terrific conditions, while Mozambique and Namibia are in their least desirable seasons.

    Botswana, South Africa, Rwanda, and Uganda enjoy good conditions at this time of year as well, although each country also has its weaknesses.

    The undisputed king in February is Tanzania, where the Wildebeest Migration’s calving season sees more than 500,000 wildebeest born in a single month!


    The calving season of the Wildebeest Migration is in full-swing come February, making this one of Tanzania’s mini peak seasons. Mobile camps in the Ndutu region of the Serengeti/Ngorongoro do brisk business as people travel from all over the world to see the beginnings of the massive animal movement.

    More than 500,000 Wildebeest are born in the month of February, making it an ideal time to spot both the massive herd and the predators who prey on them.


    While Tanzania is where the action is for the Wildebeest Migration, Kenya is nonetheless worthwhile during the hot, dry month of February. With many water sources within the parks drying up, herbivores and carnivores are forced closer together in order to access water. This is the perfect recipe for those wishing to see a hunt or kill.


    With warm weather and less rain, February is a popular time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking. Towards the end of the month, rains begin to increase again, so it’s a good idea to arrange your gorilla trekking earlier in the month to avoid a slippery climb!


    Like neighbouring Rwanda, Uganda enjoys terrific conditions and sunny weather during the month of February. This is great for gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking, as well as providing excellent conditions for game drives in parks like Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls.


    Dry conditions in Ethiopia make for safe roads and pleasant weather – the perfect opportunity to trekking in the Simien Mountains or observing the antelope migration in Gambela National Park.


    February is a fascinating time in Botswana, with the Kalahari slowly beginning to come to life as the grasslands begin to draw in herds of grazing animals. Ripe figs attract fruit bats and the Okavango well and truly comes alive thanks to recent rains.

    While you will still have to contend with occasional daily rain, the lush greenery and burst of bird, insect, reptile, and mammal life in the region makes this a truly special time of year to be in Botswana.


    As with January, February is part of Zimbabwe’s rainy season. This translates into brilliantly green scenery and lower crowds within national parks, but you’ll need to contend with daily showers and occasionally bad road conditions.

    Game viewing is nonetheless terrific due to it being calving season, and those wishing to raft along the Zambezi River will find conditions quite perfect.

    South Africa

    February is a perfect time to visit South Africa, with conditions in both Kruger National Park and along the picturesque Garden Route quite spectacular.

    With the high temperatures, Cape Town and other beach destinations tend to be in high demand, so you need to either book early or be prepared to pay extra to secure a booking.


    Like January, February does not offer ideal conditions in Namibia. Hot humid days give way to afternoon downpours, but this remains a good time of year to spot flamingos and other bird life.


    The rainy season and cyclone conditions continue in Mozambique through February, making it a less than ideal holiday destination.

    Where to Travel in Africa in March

    March sees the beginning of low season in many countries, which means popular destinations like Tanzania and Kenya see less crowds. Rwanda and Uganda are in the beginning of their rainy season, making gorilla trekking a less pleasant (but still very possible) experience.

    Conversely, Botswana and Zimbabwe are at their very best, making a Southern African safari the ideal solution.


    While not quite as good as January or February, March is still a good option for those wishing to experience the Wildebeest Migration outside of the traditional June – September peak season. The Ndutu and Seronera regions of the Serengeti are where the action is.

    With rainy season on the horizon, prices tend to decrease and crowds are on the wane, making this a good time to capitalize in pleasant weather and less crowded hotels.


    Kenya remains a good option in March, although the lack of the Wildebeest Migration and the approach of rainy season does mean that Tanzania is a much better option for your safari.


    With rainy season beginning, conditions for gorilla trekking decline sharply in the month of March. While it is still possible to venture into Volcanoes National Park or Nyungwe Forest National Park for primate viewing, you’ll need to contend with slippery mountains, ankle-deep mud, and primates who have a lot more places to find water.


    March is low season in Uganda, with rainier conditions making the popular primate trekking activities less appetizing.

    The national parks still remain good for game drives, but those wishing to combine these with primate trekking might be best served waiting until later in the year.


    Ethiopia’s high season begins to wind down in March, but conditions remain favourable for game drives and trekking. It is a terrific time to visit.


    March is a fantastic time to experience Botswana’s Okavango Delta, with the recent months of rain translating into fabulous conditions to experience the wetlands.

    Combining your Okavango experience with a visit to Victoria Falls in neighbouring Zimbabwe is a terrific option at this time of year.


    With the rainy season winding down, March presents perhaps the best conditions in Zimbabwe so far. The country is awash with color, crowds are still relatively low, Victoria Falls is at its peak, and the calving season means there is plenty of activity within the national parks.

    If you can’t afford to visit during the June – August peak season, March is the next best bet for Zimbabwe.

    South Africa

    Safari conditions aren’t ideal in March, but the Cape region and the Garden Route are truly stunning in the month of March.

    With that being said, Kruger and Sabi Sands remain viable safari options. Those looking to combine their trip with neighbouring countries might be best served waiting until later in the year, however.


    While the temperature is finally beginning to drop in Namibia as the rainy season passes, the country is yet to be at its best.

    We’d recommend holding off another month or two if you wish to experience Namibia at its most beautiful.


    With rains easing, March marks the first time of year that Mozambique should be considered. The pleasant change in weather translates into a sudden increase in demand, so be sure to book early if your trip falls in the last half of March.

    Where to Travel in Africa in April

    April makes the beginning of the long rainy season in East Africa, meaning a number of popular destinations in that region experience their low season. While this does mean less ideal game-viewing conditions, it also means you’re getting access to great prices in Tanzania and Kenya.

    With that being said, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Mozambique are our recommendations at this time of year. Conditions are great across all four countries!


    Tanzania enters what we call its Green Season in April, as seasonal rains make for vibrant national parks. The taller grass and denser foliage do mean that game-viewing isn’t quite as good as it might otherwise be, but the trade-off is amazing pricing on luxury lodges.

    If you’ve ever wanted to treat yourself to a five-star safari experience, April (and May) provide the best prices you’ll ever see for Tanzania. While game-viewing isn’t what it is in peak season, you still stand a very good chance of seeing the Big Five.


    Like Tanzania, Kenya’s low season sees rainier days and denser foliage throughout its parks. You’ll also find that prices in Kenya are more competitive at this time of year.

    We still recommend Tanzania over Kenya in April, as you stand a good chance of spotting the Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania.


    We do not recommend visiting Rwanda in April, as the heavy rains make for extremely difficult and slippery gorilla trekking conditions.

    With that said, birdwatchers or those looking to go gorilla trekking without the risk of missing out on permits are going to find Rwanda is still very much open for business.


    While gorilla and chimpanzee trekking conditions are less than ideal in April, you’ll find there are great deals on accommodation across the country’s national parks.

    If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring the width and breadth of the Pearl of Africa on a budget, this is the ideal time to do it!



    The coming rains and the increasing temperatures do make travel in April a bit less pleasant than in earlier months, but it remains a good time to visit Ethiopia and explore its historic sites and spectacular vistas.

    As April marks Easter on the Ethiopian calendar, those interested in observing Fasika (Orthodox Easter) and attending a traditional Mass are in for a treat.


    Botswana is absolutely spectacular in April. With the world-famous Okavango Delta in flood, there are few places in Africa that can attest to being more beautiful than Botswana in April.

    It is still technically low season in Botswana, however, as game-viewing can be hard to predict this early in the year. Still, with our help finding the right camp, you can expect to have a world-class safari at rock-bottom low season prices!


    Zimbabwe just keeps getting better and better as the rainy season tapers off. While not yet peak season, major attractions such as Victoria Falls and Mana Pools National Park are open and provide excellent conditions.

    While the weather is cooler than other times of year, it is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of low season crowds and pricing before the country really begins to open up.

    South Africa

    Safari conditions begin to improve as South Africa’s autumn begins, with the slow loss of leaves on the trees making it easier to spot animals while on safari.

    If you’re looking to go hiking or indulge in some more physical activities, the cooling temperatures provide excellent conditions. Wine tasting or city touring are a delight in the autumn weather, although you might want to rethink your beach plans!


    April marks the last month of Namibia’s rainy low season, with temperatures dropping and weather improving.

    This is the earliest time of year we would recommend visiting Namibia, as conditions are now good enough for you to enjoy famed landmarks like Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, and the Skeleton Coast. Still, if you can hold off one more month, Namibia is about to get spectacular.


    With the weather finally on your side, Mozambique is a gem in April. Clear sunny days and light winds will greet you as you touch down, accompanying you as you explore this often overlooked corner of the world.

    Where to Travel in Africa in May

    With much of East Africa experiencing its heaviest rains, May is not an ideal time to visit popular destinations such as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda – although the poorer conditions do allow for savings on luxury hotels.

    With that in mind, we recommend Southern African destinations such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and South Africa.


    May is the wettest month in Tanzania, with daily rain making for dense foliage and muddy roads. This isn’t to say that you can’t still enjoy a safari, but visitors can expect delays due to poor road conditions.

    If you’re willing to put up with the humidity and the occasional delay, however, you can get amazing pricing on luxury lodges as they look to fill up their rooms during the low season.


    Like Tanzania, Kenya is in the thick of its rainy season during May. You’ll find great deals on luxury lodges, but these come with the trade-off of less ideal safari conditions.


    Gorilla trekking conditions remain poor due to the rainy days, but this can be a good time to get permits if you’re having trouble finding available dates at busier times of year.

    Conditions in Nyungwe and Akagera are less than ideal, but you can still go chimpanzee trekking or on a safari.


    The wet weather can wreak havoc on Uganda’s infamously bad roads, so be prepared for delays if you’re going on safari during the month of May.

    The wet conditions also make the already difficult gorilla trekking conditions in Bwindi Impenetrable even less pleasant, but permit availability is quite good.


    While rainy season is about to begin, Ethiopia is unquestionably beautiful in the month of May. The rains paint the country in vivid shades of green, but certain areas (such as the Lower Omo Valley) do become impassable due to the muddy conditions.


    Botswana is arguably the most beautiful place in the world in May. The Okavango Delta is in full flood and the country is just alive with colour.

    Sometimes called the “secret season”, May in Botswana combines the country’s immense natural beauty with the last of the year’s low season pricing.


    Zimbabwe really starts to come into its own in May. As rains taper off and water levels drop, Victoria Falls becomes absolutely breathtaking to behold.

    With less water in the national parks, wildlife are forced to congregate around reliable water sources. This coupled with the thinning vegetation make for ideal game-viewing conditions, so you’re in for a treat on safari. If you’ve ever wanted to track rhinos in Matobo Hills, this is the perfect time to do it!

    On the flip side, the popular Devil’s Pool (as well as rafting on the Zambezi) are not available at this time of year.

    South Africa

    With the thinning of foliage, Kruger National Park becomes one of the best places in Africa to go on a game drive. In addition, the cooler weather means that exploring Cape Town, the Garden Route, and the popular wine regions are much more comfortable.


    While it is still technically low season in Namibia in May (hooray for lower prices), the cooler weather and the lack of rain make this an ideal time to explore the country.

    For those eager to see Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast, Etosha National Park, and the Kalahari, this is the first time of year where you can do so without running the risk of being rained on every day.


    With the rainy season well and truly behind it, Mozambique is a sight to behold in May. With dry season officially underway, conditions are terrific to explore all of Mozambique’s National Parks and scenic sites.

    Where to Travel in Africa in June

    With rainy season ending and the Wildebeest Migration in full swing, Tanzania takes centre stage for safari lovers in the month of June.

    Across southern and eastern Africa, many destinations offer fantastic safari conditions, meaning you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to planning your big trip.


    The Wildebeest Migration makes its way into the Central Serengeti in the month of June, and while occasional showers are not uncommon, conditions improve as the month winds on – making June an ideal time to visit Tanzania.


    June is still something of a low season in Kenya, as the Wildebeest Migration takes place squarely within Tanzania during the month. With that being said, the end of rainy season does mean that the parks are gorgeous and not too crowded, making it a good time to get a terrific deal on a Kenyan safari.


    The long dry season has begun and that means it is peak season in Rwanda. Gorilla permits are in high demand in the month of June, so those wishing to go trekking should book early.

    Akagera National Park also has ideal conditions for those wanting to undertake a Rwandan safari.


    Like neighbouring Rwanda, Uganda is about to enter its peak season. Gorilla permits sell out early, so be sure to make a booking early if you’re wanting the experience for yourself.

    In Uganda’s safari parks, conditions are right for seeing all manner of wildlife. It is a terrific time to visit the Pearl of Africa.


    The rains come to Ethiopia in June, making for poor conditions both on the roads and in the parks.

    We do not recommend visiting Ethiopia in June.


    With peak season just around the corner, June may well be your last chance to take place of low-season pricing in Botswana before Africa’s most expensive safari destination kicks into overdrive.


    Zimbabwe is quite popular in June, as conditions across the country’s national parks make for great game-viewing.

    Water levels at Victoria Falls are slightly lower, allowing for clearer photos of the spectacular waterfall.

    As June is quite popular in Zimbabwe, you’ll likely have to book early to avoid disappointment.

    South Africa

    June marks the beginning of peak season in South Africa, as the cooler winter conditions make for fantastic safaris. It is dry season in the country’s north, forcing animals to bunch closer together to find water sources.

    The weather does turn wet around Cape Town, which means colder days and less ideal conditions for exploration.


    Etosha National Park has amazing conditions during June, as the dry season forces the park’s wildlife to congregate around a few water sources. Often likened to Noah’s Ark, Etosha is a sight to behold at this time of year.

    All across the country, drier conditions make for excellent travel conditions.


    Mozambique’s peak season officially kicks off in June, as the drier conditions make the country a perfect choice.

    With lower winds, conditions for scuba diving and whale-watching are excellent.

    Where to Travel in Africa in July

    East Africa is the place to be in July, with Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda all being spectacular at this time of year.

    There is honestly very few bad places at this time of year, however, with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Mozambique all terrific as well.


    Tanzania is the place to be in July, as the world-famous Wildebeest Migration begins to make its way north towards the Maasai Mara.

    Game-viewing conditions in Ngorongoro, the Central Serengeti, and the Northern Serengeti are sublime at this time of year, although you’ll likely have to share the parks with others looking to see a river crossing for themselves.


    While the Wildebeest Migration is unlikely to have reached the Mara River so early in the season, the Maasai Mara is nonetheless spectacular in July. Kenya’s peak season kicks off in July, with properties across the country experiencing higher demand due to the ideal game-viewing conditions.


    There’s a perfect storm in Rwanda in July, as conditions are perfect and much of the world begins its summer holidays. You’ll want to book early if you’re thinking of going gorilla trekking in Rwanda this month!

    If you can get permits and accommodation, however, July is the perfect month to be exploring Rwanda.


    Like Rwanda, Uganda experiences a boom in tourism in the month of July, although the country’s sprawling nature and variety of parks does mean that there are always options for those wanting to do more than just go gorilla trekking.

    If you’re visiting Uganda in July, we can’t speak highly enough of taking an extended trip to take advantage of all the country has to offer.


    Heavy rains make travel in Ethiopia unsafe at this time of year. We do not advise visiting Ethiopia in July.


    It is officially peak season in Botswana! All across the country – from the Okavango to Morembi to Chobe – hotels and tented camps fill fast as people flock to the country to see it in all its glory.

    The only exception to this are drier areas such as the Kalahari, which are all but empty (of both guests and wildlife) at this time of year.


    Dry conditions make for perfect game-viewing conditions in Zimbabwe, where animals continue to move towards reliable water sources and come into conflict with one another.

    If you’re planning a Zimbabwe safari, this is the time to visit.

    South Africa

    Peak season continues in South Africa’s safari parks, as the dry conditions continue to bring wildlife together at water sources.
    In the south, where rain continues to fall, places like Cape Town and Stellenbosch are less than ideal.


    Namibia is spectacular in July, with Etosha’s dry conditions continuing to make for excellent game-viewing.

    Dry conditions across the country make for clear roads and clear skies, perfect for photographing the country’s many stunning landscapes.


    Mozambique remains spectacular in July, as conditions remain perfect for exploration both on land and in the water. If you’re keen on fishing or scuba diving, you’re in for a treat!

    Where to Travel in Africa in August

    All things being equal, Tanzania is the unquestioned king at this time of year. With the Wildebeest Migration in full swing along the banks of the Mara River, you can also find world class game viewing in Kenya.

    Like July, there are no ‘bad’ places to be in August, although Ethiopia remains a bit of a no go as their rainy season continues.


    Arguably the best time of year to visit Tanzania, August sees the high drama of a Wildebeest Migration river crossing taking place along the Mara River.

    It’s not just the Serengeti that thrives in August, however, as even the parks of the Southern Circuit (such as Selous and Ruaha) are spectacular. You’re truly spoiled for choice in August!

    hippo tanzania


    Kenya takes the mantle from Tanzania in August, as the Wildebeest Migration begins to cross into the Maasai Mara and bring the park to life.

    Accommodation in Kenya is often booked out early for this special time of year, so be sure to book early!


    The dry season continues in Rwanda, making for great gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking conditions. This translates into huge demand for permits and accommodation, so be sure to book early.

    Rwanda’s only safari park, Akagera, is also quite spectacular in August.


    It’s peak season in Uganda, so you can expect to find gorilla permits are sold out months in advance. Other parks – such as Kibale Forest, Murchison Falls, and Queen Elizabeth – are spectacular in August.

    If you’re looking to avoid the costs of a Tanzanian or Kenyan safari, Uganda is a good, budget-conscious option.

    Lioness lying on a tree. Uganda.


    The long rainy season continues in Ethiopia. Travel is not advised.


    Like July, August is incredibly beautiful (and incredibly busy) in Botswana. If you can get your accommodation booked early, you’re in for a treat.

    The Okavango is in full flood, Chobe and other parks are full of life, and the country is abuzz with international tourism.


    Peak season continues in Zimbabwe, with lowering water levels at Victoria Falls also meaning that white-water rafting can be included in your itinerary.

    Even though it is peak season, accommodation in the country’s national parks is usually available, with only Victoria Falls experiencing sold out accommodation.

    South Africa

    With fantastic safari conditions in the north and the beginning of whale-watching season in Cape Town, August is a terrific time to be heading to South Africa.

    There is plenty to see and do, but you’ll have to contend with other travellers with the same idea!


    Namibia is picture perfect in August. From the conditions in Etosha to the brilliantly blue skies over the Namib Desert and Skeleton Coast, you couldn’t ask for a better time of year to be visiting this gorgeous country.


    While temperatures begin to drop in August, Mozambique remains a great place to be. Days remain warm and tropical, with cooler nights.

    Scuba diving and fishing conditions remain terrific.

    Where to Travel in Africa in September

    September is Kenya’s time to shine, with the Maasai Mara taking centre stage as the Wildebeest Migration arrives.

    All across Africa, conditions are terrific, with even Ethiopia coming to the party as rains taper off and the country begins to open itself up to tourists again.

    For the best bang for your buck, look at combining your Kenyan safari with an extended tour of Uganda.


    While the Wildebeest Migration will likely have made its way into Kenya by now, September remains a fantastic time to be exploring Tanzania.

    With peak season crowds dropping off a little, you can take an extended safari across the plains of the Serengeti & Ngorongoro, make your way down to the Southern Circuit to explore Selous or Mikumi, and finish it all up with terrific conditions on Zanzibar.


    Arguably the best time of year to be in Kenya, September sees the Wildebeest Migration making a temporary home for itself on the Maasai Mara.

    While demand for accommodation in the Mara and other nearby parks remains high, you can explore northern parks such as Samburu without the crowds.


    While dry season is coming to an end, conditions for gorilla trekking remain good throughout September. The occasional rainfall isn’t enough to turn the mountains into a muddy mess, so you can still see the gorgeous mountain gorillas up close.


    September is a fine time to be visiting Uganda, with peak season crowds diminishing but conditions remaining good for game drives and primate trekking alike.


    While the first half of the month is usually rainy and unpleasant, things start to look truly gorgeous by month’s end. With the country looking lush and alive, a late September trip to Ethiopia is a possibility.


    Botswana remains world-class in September, with demand for accommodation remaining high across the country.

    Expect to book early and pay top dollar for your trip in September, but you’ll be getting a spectacular experience.


    While conditions in September remain terrific, the diminishing crowds make September the perfect time of year to be planning your trip.

    As dry season forces wildlife into closer proximity, game-viewing conditions are terrific.

    Attractions such as white-water rafting and the Devil’s Pool are available in September.

    South Africa

    South Africa is terrific in September. Game-viewing in the north remains world-class, while the whale migration along the Garden Route makes it an ideal time to be visiting the country’s south.

    While weather in the south can be a bit wet and cool, the entire country is nonetheless spectacular in September.


    Like August before it, Namibia is just amazing in September.

    From Etosha to Sossuvlei to Swakopmund to Windhoek, conditions are ideal for exploring this oft-overlooked gem.


    As European and American holidaymakers begin to make their way back home, Mozambique remains gorgeous in September.

    If you’re looking to explore the country without contending with the crowds, September is an ideal time to be visiting.

    Where to Travel in Africa in October

    With temperatures begin to climb across southern Africa and the East African nations heading towards their rainy seasons, October can be a good time to avoid the worst of the peak season crowds without having to contend with poor viewing conditions.

    While not as good as the June – August window, October remains a fine time to visit Africa.


    October marks the last month of Tanzania’s peak season before the November rains, but conditions remain terrific across the country.

    From the north of the Serengeti all the way down to the Southern Circuit’s wild and rugged parks, there isn’t a bad place to be in October.

    Crowds tend to be lower than in July – September, so it is a good time to have a bit more peace and quiet on safari.


    Despite still being in peak season, October sees crowds begin to drop across Kenya. If you’re looking to catch the tail end of the Wildebeest Migration or you’re just looking to avoid the worst of the peak season crowds, this is the time of year to do it.


    While the short rainy season does equate to the occasional heavy downpour, the rains shouldn’t be enough to derail your plans to visit Rwanda in October.

    In fact, the sudden burst of hydration tends to make for more gorgeous landscapes and excellent birding conditions.


    It is shoulder season in Uganda, meaning lower prices on luxury lodges!

    Conditions at Murchison Falls and along the Nile are especially nice at this time in comparison to the eastern parks, but the entire country is very much open for business.

    Murchison Falls NP


    With the rains finally behind us, Ethiopia becomes a viable option again in October. The entire country is verdant and alive with life thanks to the rains, making for truly stunning landscapes.

    Crowds remain low, so you won’t be fighting for accommodation, either!


    Temperatures begin to soar in October, but this works in your favour – as herbivores and predators alike are driven to diminishing water sources to escape the heat. If you’ve ever wanted to see a hunt or a kill, you’re in the right place! Conditions across the country remain great for game-viewing.


    If you can handle the heat, Zimbabwe remains a good choice in October. Like Botswana, the heat drives wildlife towards watering holes, making game drives all the easier.

    South Africa

    October is a great time to be in South Africa. The safari parks remain alive with life ahead of rainy season, while the Cape region finally gets a reprieve from the wet, winter weather.

    cape town


    October marks the peak of dry season in Namibia. This means temperatures in excess of 29C most days, but it also means wildlife congregate around what few water sources remain.

    If you can handle the soaring mercury, you’ll find the country is quite gorgeous in October.


    While the temperatures are high in October, it’s the perfect excuse to spend your Mozambique trip relaxing on the coast.

    Scuba diving conditions are arguably at their best in October, so grab a mask and head on in!

    Where to Travel in Africa in November

    November tends to be something of a low season across Africa, although Mozambique, Uganda, and South Africa remain quite good.

    If you’re looking to do your safari on a budget, November can be a great time to score a great deal on luxury properties.


    November marks Tanzania’s short rainy season, with the inclement weather meaning taller grass, muddier roads, and more scattered wildlife.

    If you’re looking to experience a luxury safari on a budget, however, November provides you with an excellent opportunity to capitalize on low season rates without the same level of rain you would find during the longer rainy season (April-May).


    Like Tanzania, Kenya experiences a short rainy season during the month of November, and prices fall almost as fast as the rain. You can get some superb deals on luxury accommodation in November, making it a great time to plan that family safari you’ve always dreamed of.


    The rainy season continues in Rwanda, with short downpours making gorilla trekking conditions a little tougher than in the dry season. Nevertheless, Rwanda is very much open for business, and there is a strange beauty to its mountains and forests in the mist and rain.


    With the worst of the rains having passed during the month of October, Uganda is a green and gorgeous gem at this time of year. Shoulder season pricing, verdant parks, and less crowded tourist attractions make this a great time to be visiting the Pearl of Africa.

    Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking can be a little more difficult due to the muddier conditions and denser undergrowth, but the adventure is still very much on offer.


    November is a terrific time to be visiting Ethiopia. With the long rainy season now a distant memory, the nation is awash with colour. If you’ve ever wanted to see some of Ethiopia’s endemic wildlife, this is the time of year to be doing it.


    Dramatic thunderstorms sweep across Botswana in November, making for some pretty spectacular vistas.

    The less than ideal weather translates into a return to low season rates in Botswana, so it can be a great time to get a fantastic deal in what is a notoriously pricey safari destination.


    Between soaring temperatures and increased rainfall, Zimbabwe isn’t at its best in November. With that being said, low season rates and lower crowds do give you the opportunity to experience the country at a budget rate.

    Birders will be especially intrigue by Zimbabwe in November, as insect hatching season heralds huge numbers of migratory birds looking for an easy meal.

    While the Devil’s Pool and Mana Pools National Park are both closed for much of November, it can be a good time for white water rafting.

    South Africa

    South Africa enjoys terrific weather throughout the month of November. As spring transitions into summer, you can expect warmer days and more pleasant evenings.
    Wherever you’re going in South Africa, November is a good month to be doing it.


    If you’re looking to catch predators on the prowl in Etosha National Park, the November calving season is an ideal opportunity to do so.

    Despite this, the high temperatures and occasional thunderstorms do make for less than ideal conditions across Namibia, so you’ll need to bear that in mind when planning your trip.


    November remains a good time to be visiting Mozambique. Although rainy season begins towards the end of the month, you can still expect hot days, clear nights, and great snorkelling conditions.

    Where to Travel in Africa in December

    With the rainy season underway in southern Africa, the focus turns back to East Africa, where the November rains tend to reinvigorate the parched parks and bring about a rash of changes.

    Christmas through New Year’s is considered peak season virtually everywhere, with higher prices and huge demand for properties. You’ll want to factor this in if you’re hoping to celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve in Africa.


    The November rains tend to mix things up nicely in Tanzania, with parks such as Ruaha, Katavi, and Selous seeing dramatic changes in wildlife movement as they become green again.

    The Northern Circuit – especially the Serengeti and Ngorongoro – remain spectacular in December, with the calving season about to begin.

    Zanzibar resorts institute strict minimum stays from Christmas Eve through January 10th, so be prepared to have to commit to 3-5 nights as a minimum on the island.


    While early December can still be a bit wet, Kenya returns to business as usual by mid-December. The greener conditions do make game-viewing a little more difficult, but the decrease in crowds can make this a great time to have the parks to yourselves.

    Christmas and New Year’s remain extremely in demand.

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    With the rainy season done and a short dry season underway, Rwanda is immensely popular in December. Both gorilla permits and accommodation tend to be at a premium in December, so you’ll want to book early to avoid disappointment.


    Like Rwanda, Uganda is also terrific in December. With both local families and international travellers taking advantage of holidays to travel, you will encounter more competition for rooms and higher prices as a result.

    Still, if you book early enough, December is a fantastic time to be visiting Uganda.


    For those wishing to visit the Danakil Depression – the ‘hottest place on earth’ is considerably more pleasant during the month of December.

    Across the country, dynamic landscapes and diverse wildlife can be seen in terrific conditions. Like November, December is a terrific time to be visiting Ethiopia’s historic sites and natural wonders.


    Wet and hot, December is not an ideal time to be visiting Botswana. This extra rain does translate into brilliantly green landscapes and spectacular thunderstorms, however, so landscape photographers are in for a treat.

    Wildlife is very much out and about due to the boom in foliage, but the taller grass and abundance of water can make game-viewing difficult.


    The wet conditions make for muddier roads and sparser wildlife, so bear this in mind if you’re planning to visit Zimbabwe during December.

    Parks (and accommodation) are quieter and prices are lower, so it can certainly be a fine time to visit if you don’t mind the occasional torrential downpour or long, wet day.

    South Africa

    While game-viewing is not at its best in December, the Cape Town region and Garden Route are sublime in December.

    South Africa is arguably at its most popular at this time of year, with tourists from across the world converging on the rainbow nation for its spectacular weather. Beach properties are in especially high demand, while the Christmas to New Year’s period can be incredibly busy.


    December is a fine month to be visiting Namibia. While temperatures are still on the rise as summer approaches, rains do taper off.

    Etosha National Park and Sossusvlei are both gorgeous at this time of year.


    With hot days, clear mornings, and afternoon showers, Mozambique remains a fine choice in December. While cyclone season is just around the corner, the beaches of Mozambique remain quite spectacular.

    Turtle spotting is especially fine in December.

    With weather being unpredictable in December, we do not advise short trips to Mozambique. You’ll want a few buffer days in your itinerary, just in case the rains ‘spoil’ your day’s plans.

  • Africa Amini: an Authentic Alternative to a Maasai Boma

    August 7, 2023

    The Maasai Boma villages of northern Tanzania are popular tourist attractions. While the idea of visiting one of these settlements may appear intriguing, there is an alternative that allows you to immerse yourself in the essence of Africa while respecting the local communities and supporting sustainable tourism.

    In this post, we will look at the reasons why Africa Amini Life should be your top choice for an unforgettable Maasai adventure.

    Check out our article on why you should reconsider a visit to a Maasai Boma.

    Africa Amini Life's Maasai lodge offers an authentic and ethical cultural experience in the Maasai heartlands.

    Africa Amini Life: an ethical and authentic alternative

    Ethical tourism and sustainable practices

    Africa Amini, located in the heart of Tanzania, embodies the principles of ethical tourism and sustainable practices. Unlike visiting a Maasai Boma settlement, where the intrusion of tourists can disrupt the traditional way of life, Africa Amini Life provides a balanced and respectful encounter with the local culture. The lodge actively collaborates with nearby Maasai communities, ensuring that their traditions are upheld while generating economic opportunities that benefit the entire community.

    Authentic cultural exchange

    At Africa Amini, you have the opportunity to engage in authentic cultural exchanges with the Maasai people. Through organized activities, such as guided village walks and interactive workshops, you can learn about their way of life, traditions, and customs directly from the Maasai themselves. This immersive experience fosters genuine connections, enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of their rich heritage.

    The Maasai experience

    Africa Amini Lodge offers a unique blend of comfortable accommodations and the untamed beauty of the African wilderness. The lodge features earth houses in a replicated Maasai village, each powered by solar energy and with European-standard amenities. With breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe, Mount Meru, the sacred Mount Mukuru, and the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, the lodge really embraces the surrounding natural environment. Unwind and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere surrounded by wildlife.

    Engage in meaningful community projects

    By choosing Africa Amini Life, you actively contribute to various community projects focused on education, healthcare, and social support. These initiatives are dedicated to improving the lives of the Maasai people and the surrounding communities. Through your stay, you become a part of the positive impact, supporting sustainable development and empowering local people.

    Wildlife safaris and nature experiences

    Africa Amini also serves as a gateway to unforgettable wildlife safaris and nature experiences. Located near the Arusha National Park, you can set out on guided tours to witness the diverse flora and fauna, including giraffes, zebras, elephants, and countless bird species. With the guidance of experienced and knowledgeable local guides, you will create cherished memories as you explore the natural wonders of Tanzania.

    Shadows Of Africa recommends

    If you are interested in an authentic Maasai experience, our safari experts at Shadows Of Africa recommend a stay at Africa Amini Life. Based on our extensive experience and the reviews from our clients, the best option for your adventure into the Maasai culture is a stay at Africa Amini.

    When it comes to experiencing the true spirit of Africa, Africa Amini Life stands out as an exceptional choice for travelers seeking an ethical and authentic encounter with the Maasai culture. By embracing sustainable tourism practices, engaging in cultural exchanges, and supporting community projects, you become a responsible traveler, leaving a positive impact on the local communities and environment.

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  • Why You Should Reconsider Visiting a Maasai Boma

    August 7, 2023

    In recent years, the allure of Maasai culture has attracted a lot of tourism to Boma settlements, leading to an increase in visitors seeking to experience firsthand the unique traditions and lifestyle of the Maasai people.

    However, we see that for a lot of travelers, this is not the experience they hoped for. Are you thinking of adding a Boma visit to your Tanzania travel itinerary? Have a read through below and decide for yourself if it is the right experience for you.

    A Maasai Boma is a traditional settlement inhabited by the Maasai people, an indigenous ethnic group primarily found in Tanzania & Kenya. The Maasai are known for their rich cultural heritage, distinctive attire, and pastoral way of life centered around herding livestock. A typical Maasai Boma consists of several small huts, or kraals, constructed from mud, sticks, and cow dung, forming a protective enclosure for their families and livestock.

    While the idea of visiting a Maasai Boma settlement in Africa may initially seem captivating, it is crucial to consider the experience and what your expectations are. Although the allure of experiencing an authentic African culture firsthand may be tempting, it is essential to approach these encounters with a realistic sense of what this type of experience offers.

    In this post, we will look at the reasons why you should carefully consider visiting a Maasai Boma settlement, and look at an enjoyable, ethical and authentic alternative for your African adventure.

    The negatives of a Maasai Boma visit:

    Exploitative/staged tourism practices

    In some cases, visiting a Maasai Boma settlement can perpetuate exploitative tourism practices. Tourist interactions may become commercialized, with staged performances and inauthentic experiences designed solely for visitor entertainment. This commodification of culture can reduce their rich heritage to spectacle and contribute to a distorted representation of their traditions. At the same time, the experience is often disappointing for the traveler.

    A typical Maasai Boma visit takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour. Many Bomas are staged for tourism reception and are not actually inhabited. A tip and/or purchase of materials made by the Maasai women is expected/heavily encouraged on one of these visits.

    A limited glimpse into a fascinating culture

    While visiting a Maasai Boma settlement can provide a small glimpse into the fascinating culture of the Maasai people, it is important to recognize that this experience may not offer a fully immersive understanding of their way of life. Due to time constraints and the transient nature of tourism, interactions with the Maasai community in a Boma setting can often be superficial and limited.

    If you have a deep interest in experiencing the authentic essence of the Maasai culture and forming genuine connections, a more comprehensive and meaningful alternative can be found in the Africa Amini Life Lodge.

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    The positives of Maasai Boma visit:

    Accessibility on a safari itinerary

    The location of the boma’s are adapted to the most popular safari trails. With limited disruption to your program you can have a quick taste of Maasai culture. Depending on the time you have to spend on safari, this could be a good option to add a Maasai experience to your trip.

    Shadows Of Africa recommends: Africa Amini Life, an enjoyable, ethical and authentic alternative

    If you are interested in an authentic Maasai experience, our safari experts at Shadows Of Africa recommend a stay at Africa Amini Life Lodge. Based on our extensive experience and the reviews from our clients, the best option for your adventure into the Maasai culture is a stay at Africa Amini.

    Africa Amini Life’s Maasai lodge offers an authentic and ethical cultural experience in the Maasai heartlands. It offers many things that a standard Maasai Boma visit does not.

    Check out our article on why you should choose a stay at Africa Amini for your Maasai adventure. Africa Amini Life Lodge is an ethical and authentic alternative to a Maasai Boma.

  • Nairobi City Guide - The Vibrant Heart Of Kenya

    July 20, 2023

    Nairobi: a captivating blend of modernity and rich cultural heritage in a bustling metropolis. Come and explore the urban charm and untamed wilderness of Kenya’s fascinating capital city.

    From the moment you set foot in Nairobi, prepare to be enveloped in a sensory feast. This city is a testament to contrasts, where sleek modern skyscrapers stand tall against the backdrop of sweeping savannah plains, and bustling markets pulse with the vibrant rhythms of Kenyan culture. Nairobi's deep-rooted history, spanning from colonial times to the present, beckons you to explore its cultural landmarks, including museums that showcase the diverse heritage of Kenya.

    Kenya, located in East Africa, is a captivating country known for its diverse landscapes, rich wildlife, and vibrant culture. From the iconic savannahs of Maasai Mara to the cultural tapestry of its ethnic groups, Kenya draws in adventurers and nature lovers from around the globe.

    Beyond its urban facade, Nairobi's proximity to remarkable natural attractions, such as Nairobi National Park and the nearby Rift Valley, allows you to embark on unforgettable encounters with majestic wildlife. Whether you seek bustling markets, tantalizing cuisine, vibrant nightlife, or thrilling day trips, Nairobi has something to captivate the heart of every traveler.

    This guide will look at Nairobi’s trendy restaurants and bars, unique accommodations, and interesting things to do and see when you’re in the city.

    Join us on a journey as we unveil the vibrant soul of Nairobi, where the essence of Africa and the spirit of adventure intertwine, immersing you in an experience of a lifetime.

    Eat and Drink in Nairobi

    • The Talisman
      Nestled in Nairobi's Karen suburb, The Talisman is a delightful gem that enchants with its charming garden ambiance. Their diverse menu caters to a range of tastes, featuring locally sourced ingredients and global flavors. Indulge in grilled meats, seafood, and a variety of vegetarian options, all prepared to perfection.
    • Sushi Mitsuki
      Bringing the authentic flavors of Japan to the heart of Kenya. Sushi Mitsuki features a menu of sushi rolls, sashimi, and other traditional dishes (as well as some innovative creations), all meticulously prepared with fresh, high-quality ingredients. This restaurant is a must-visit for sushi enthusiasts and lovers of Japanese cuisine.
    • Peppertree
      The charming Peppertree's menu showcases a range of delectable dishes, from gourmet burgers and steaks to vegetarian options and tantalizing desserts, inspired by diverse international cuisines. The restaurant is committed to using fresh, high-quality ingredients, which is clear in every bite.
    • Beit é Selam
      Beit é Selam showcases the vibrant Ethiopian cuisine in the heart of the city. Their menu features traditional Ethiopian dishes, including injera (a sourdough flatbread), flavorful stews, and a variety of vegetarian options. With rich aromas, bold spices, and friendly service, Beit é Selam brings the essence of Ethiopian hospitality to the heart of Kenya.
    • Hero Restaurant
      Located in the heart of the city, this restaurant offers a sophisticated combination of global flavors with local inspiration. Hero's menu features a creative fusion of dishes, crafted with the finest ingredients and presented with flair. From fresh seafood and prime cuts of meat to innovative vegetarian options, the restaurant caters for everyone.
    • Cultiva Kenya
      Known for their creative and innovative dishes, Cultiva takes pride in using fresh ingredients sourced from their own local farm to create unique flavor combinations. The restaurant's menu showcases a fusion of global cuisines, including many vegan options, prepared with skill and artistry. Their menu rotates weekly with beautifully-plated dishes, enticing desserts, and inventive beverages.
    • Urban Eatery
      A vibrant dining experience in the heart of the city. Urban Eatery's menu showcases a fusion of global cuisines, featuring a diverse range of dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients. From mouthwatering burgers and gourmet pizzas to flavorful salads and indulgent desserts, the restaurant caters to all tastes.

    Accommodations in Nairobi

    • Tribe Hotel
      Tribe Hotel is a luxurious sanctuary that combines contemporary elegance with authentic African charm. With its sleek architecture, stylish interiors, and exquisite attention to detail, the Tribe Hotel creates an atmosphere of refined comfort. Located in the affluent suburb of Gigiri, the hotel features spacious rooms and suites adorned with African-inspired decor, complemented by modern amenities and personalized service. Guests can enjoy the delectable cuisine at the on-site restaurants, unwind at the spa, or relax by the sparkling pool.
    • Giraffe Manor
      A truly unique retreat that offers an extraordinary wildlife experience right at your accommodation. Nestled in a leafy suburb of the city, Giraffe Manor is renowned for its resident Rothschild giraffes who freely roam the property. Guests have the opportunity to interact with these gentle giants up close, as the giraffes often poke their heads through the windows to greet visitors during breakfast and tea time. The manor itself is a charming colonial-style mansion, exuding elegance and old-world charm.
    • Palacina Residence and Suites
      A boutique hotel that offers a luxurious retreat in the heart of the city. With its elegant and contemporary design, Palacina Residence and Suites boasts spacious suites and apartments, meticulously designed to provide utmost comfort and privacy. Guests have access to a range of amenities, including a spa, fitness center, and a high-quality restaurant, for a refined and relaxing experience in Nairobi.

    What to do in Nairobi

    • Nairobi National Park
      Nairobi National Park is a unique gem, located just outside the city center. This remarkable wildlife sanctuary allows you to witness a range of African wildlife against a backdrop of the city’s skyscrapers. Spanning over 117 square kilometers, it is one of the few national parks in the world that exists within a capital city's limits, and is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including lions, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and a variety of bird species.
    • Maasai Market
      For a taste of authentic Kenyan culture, head to the Maasai Market. This bustling open-air market pulsates with vibrant energy and offers a treasure trove of local crafts, traditional artifacts, clothing, and jewelry. Chat with local artisans, haggle for unique souvenirs, and embrace the vibrant colors and patterns of Maasai culture. The market is a haven for those seeking one-of-a-kind gifts and mementos.
    • Uhuru Park
      Find tranquility in the heart of Nairobi at Uhuru Park, a serene oasis that offers respite from the bustling cityscape. Spanning over 12.9 hectares, this iconic public park is a beloved recreational spot for locals and visitors alike. With its lush green lawns, tranquil lakes, and scenic walking trails, Uhuru Park is an ideal space for leisurely strolls, picnics, and outdoor activities. The park also boasts iconic landmarks such as the Freedom Corner, a significant historical site for political gatherings and speeches.
    • Shadows’ Choice: Nai Nami Street Tours
      Nai Nami Street Tours in Nairobi offer a unique experience, providing visitors with a glimpse into the city's vibrant street culture. Led by former street kids who have transformed their lives, these guided tours take you through the bustling streets of Nairobi, showcasing local markets, street art, historical landmarks, and hidden gems. Nai Nami's passionate guides share personal stories, insights, and local perspectives, offering a genuine and authentic encounter with the city's vibrant energy and diverse communities. It's an opportunity to not only explore Nairobi's urban landscape but also contribute to social impact initiatives that empower and uplift the lives of local youth.
    • Sheldrick Foundation
      Dedicated to the conservation and protection of elephants and other wildlife, The Sheldrick Foundation operates an orphanage that rescues and rehabilitates orphaned baby elephants, providing them with specialized care and support. Visitors can witness the incredible work done by the foundation through educational visits, learning about the conservation efforts and even participate in feeding and interacting with the adorable young elephants. The foundation plays a vital role in raising awareness about wildlife conservation and offers a heartwarming experience that highlights the importance of protecting these majestic creatures for future generations.

    Nairobi’s Culture

    • Nairobi National Museum
      The Nairobi National Museum is a treasure trove of Kenyan history, culture, and art. Explore its diverse exhibits with archaeological artifacts, ethnographic displays, traditional crafts, contemporary art collections, and more. The museum also features exhibits on the country's flora, fauna, and geological formations, as well as an impressive collection of fossils, including those of early hominids discovered in the region. Visitors can explore Kenya's diverse cultures, learn about its prehistoric past, and appreciate contemporary African art.
    • Bomas of Kenya
      The Bomas of Kenya is a cultural center located just outside Nairobi that offers a captivating glimpse into Kenya's rich heritage. This unique venue showcases traditional music, dance, art, and crafts from various ethnic groups across the country. Visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant performances of tribal dances, witness intricate beadwork, and see the craftsmanship of traditional homesteads. The Bomas of Kenya also features a fascinating display of traditional artifacts and offers educational programs to promote cultural awareness. It serves as a vibrant hub where visitors can experience the diversity and traditions of Kenya's diverse communities, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking an authentic cultural experience.
    • Fairview Coffee Estate
      The Fairview Coffee Estate offers a unique and immersive coffee experience for both enthusiasts and curious visitors alike. The estate showcases a journey through the world of coffee production. Guests have the opportunity to explore the lush coffee plantations, learn about the cultivation process, and witness the meticulous art of coffee bean harvesting. The estate also features a charming café where visitors can enjoy freshly brewed coffee made from beans grown on-site.
    • GoDown Arts Centre
      The GoDown Arts Centre is a vibrant creative hub that fosters artistic expression and cultural exchange. Located in the Industrial Area, this dynamic space serves as a platform for artists from various disciplines, including visual arts, performing arts, music, and more. The GoDown Arts Centre hosts exhibitions, performances, workshops, and residencies, providing a nurturing environment for artists to showcase their talents and collaborate with fellow creatives. It is also home to several arts organizations, studios, and galleries, contributing to the thriving artistic community in Nairobi. A must-visit destination for anyone who wants to explore the arts scene of Nairobi.
    • Karen Blixen Museum
      Step into the world of the famous Danish author Karen Blixen, best known for her memoir "Out of Africa". The Karen Blixen Museum, located in a serene suburb of Nairobi, provides a glimpse into her life and the colonial era in Kenya. Explore the beautifully preserved farmhouse, stroll through the enchanting gardens, and learn about Blixen's extraordinary life and her connection to the country.

    There’s so much to do in Nairobi!

    …and this guide is only scratching the surface.

    Nairobi, the vibrant heart of Kenya, invites you to embark on a captivating journey where modernity and rich cultural heritage intertwine. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a culinary explorer, or an art aficionado, Nairobi has an abundance of experiences to offer. Embrace the essence of Africa and indulge your spirit of adventure in this truly unique destination.

    Nairobi is a city that seamlessly blends its urban landscape with its cultural heritage, making it an enchanting destination where the essence of Africa and the spirit of adventure intertwine. Whether you're a nature lover, a food enthusiast, or an art aficionado, the city welcomes you to explore its vibrant soul and create unforgettable memories. Let Nairobi weave its spell and create unforgettable memories that will linger long after you've left.

  • Serengeti Safari Guide: Where To Stay

    June 20, 2023

    The Serengeti National Park is an iconic destination in the north of Tanzania. It offers so many experiences for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike, from the heart of the park's vibrant ecosystem to its lesser-explored, but no less stunning, corners.

    Whether you're seeking a luxurious retreat or a budget-friendly getaway, we have created this guide to help you find the perfect accommodation to suit your preferences and budget.

    This guide is divided into four regions of the Serengeti: Central, North, Ndutu & South, and West. We will look at some of the best accommodations in each region of the Serengeti for all budgets.

    Central Serengeti


    Kati Kati Tented Camp

    A comfortable and immersive safari experience in the heart of the wilderness, Kati Kati’s spacious tents with en suite amenities are located on ground level, and the central location makes it incredibly easy to explore the surrounding nature.

    Thorn Tree Camp

    Thorn Tree offers an immersive and authentic African camping experience with comfortable accommodations, delicious cuisine, and guided game drives. The camp features twelve spacious tents with en suite amenities, and is designed to have minimal impact on the environment.

    Tukaone Camp

    Tukaone is a private safari camp with stunning views of the Hembe Hills and endless plains. Their spacious tents with en suite amenities are designed to have minimal impact on the environment, and its location allows for easy access to the annual wildebeest migration.


    Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge

    Kubu Kubu offers modern and comfortable accommodations with stunning views of the surrounding wilderness. The lodge features spacious tents on raised wooden platforms with en suite amenities, as well as a swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar.

    Matawi Camp

    A unique safari experience in a secluded and picturesque setting among endless plains, Matawi features nine spacious tents with en suite amenities, whose unique safari-style designs perfectly complement the beauty of the surrounding nature.


    The Singing Grass Bush Camp

    The Singing Grass is an immersive wildlife retreat, located in a secluded and pristine setting. The camp features spacious tents with en suite amenities, which are each nestled in a private patch of the savannah, making for an intimate experience as you explore the natural and cultural wonders of the Serengeti.

    Meliá Lodge

    This modern and stylish lodge has stunning views of the Serengeti plains. Meliá features spacious rooms and suites with private balconies, a swimming pool, a spa, and multiple dining options.

    Nanyukie Lodge

    Nanyukie sits in a lush grassy savannah, offering eighteen elegant and spacious tent-style suites with private decks, a swimming pool, and a spa. The lodge also features a lounge and a bar, and boasts some incredible views of the surrounding nature.

    North Serengeti


    Mara Kati Kati Tented Camp

    This camp offers comfortable and spacious tents on ground level, with en suite amenities and private porches. Mara Kati Kati is a mobile tent camp and is designed to have minimal impact on the environment.


    Karibu River Camp

    Karibu offers an authentic safari experience without sacrificing the warmth and comforts of home. The camp features ten spacious tents with en suite amenities, a swimming pool, a restaurant, and a bar, all with stunning views of the nearby Mara River.

    Mara Mara Tented Lodge

    This tented lodge boasts breathtaking views over the Mara River, designed and decorated in modern African style, which is “very welcoming but with a touch of luxury”. Mara Mara features twelve elegant spacious tents on raised wooden platforms with en suite amenities, lounges, a restaurant, a viewing deck and a swimming pool.

    Ndutu & South Serengeti


    Ndutu Safari Lodge

    Ndutu Safari Lodge features 34 traditional and authentic safari cottages with en suite amenities, a dining room, and a bar, all overlooking the stunning Lake Ndutu.

    Ndutu Kati Kati Tented Camp

    The camp features ten spacious tents on ground level with en suite amenities and private porches overlooking the savannah. Ndutu Kati Kati is a mobile tent camp designed to have minimal impact on the environment.

    Nyikani Migration Camp

    This seasonal camp offers ten spacious, comfortable and eco-friendly tents with en suite amenities, a dining tent, and a lounge. Nyikani is perfectly positioned to provide easy access to wildlife viewing during the Great Migration.


    Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp

    Lemala Ndutu is a seasonal safari camp offering twelve comfortable and spacious tents with en suite amenities and a dining area, positioning itself perfectly to provide easy access to wildlife viewing during the Great Migration.

    andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas

    andBeyond’s Serengeti Under Canvas is a mobile safari camp offering an authentic safari experience in the heart of the wilderness. The camp features nine luxury tents with en suite amenities, a communal dining area, and makes it very easy for guests to explore the abundant wildlife and stunning landscapes of the surrounding area.

    Sanctuary Kusini Camp

    Sanctuary Kusini is located in a remote and unspoiled part of the park, offering breathtaking views of the plains and abundant wildlife. The camp features twelve spacious and comfortable tents with en suite amenities and a swimming pool.

    West Serengeti


    Grumeti Migration Camp

    Grumeti Camp is located in the Grumeti Reserve area of the Serengeti ecosystem. The camp offers comfortable tent accommodation and an authentic African bush experience with stunning views of the plains.

    Mbugani Migration Camp

    Mbugani offers an authentic safari experience with a range of amenities in their fifteen spacious tents, including en suite bathrooms, hot showers, and daily housekeeping services. The camp is set among the bushland and features a dining room and a fully-stocked bar.


    andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge

    andBeyond’s Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Grumeti River with breathtaking views of the area. The lodge offers excellent game viewing opportunities, stylish accommodation, and exceptional service.

    Singita Sasakwa Lodge

    Singita Sasakwa is a luxurious retreat with a range of amenities and activities that showcase the area's wildlife and natural beauty. The lodge features elegant and comfortable cottages, as well as gourmet dining and a spa.

    For more information on accommodation, check out our comprehensive guide to Serengeti safari lodges and camps.

    Ready to go to the Serengeti?

    Need to know anything else? Get in touch with Shadows Of Africa and let’s plan your Serengeti safari today!

  • Beginner’s guide to a Serengeti safari

    June 20, 2023

    The Serengeti National Park: Tanzania’s most iconic safari destination. The savannah plains stretching all the way to the horizon are home to Africa’s most famous animals, including all of the “Big 5”, and so much more!

    The area is world-famous for the legendary Great Migration, the world’s largest annual movement of grazing animals and predators, with more than 2 million animals migrating north through the park into the Maasai Mara.

    What to do

    Depending on the time of year you arrive, the Serengeti will offer something different. But there are always plenty of things to do and places to see!

    Here are some of the activities available year-round in the Serengeti:

    • Wildlife tours: The Serengeti is famous for its incredible game viewing opportunities. You can go on a guided wildlife tour to see lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and many others, all living their lives together in this stunning landscape.
    • Hot air balloon safari: For a unique experience, you can take a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti to see the wildlife from a different perspective. This is typically done early in the morning when the animals are most active.
    • Walking safaris: If you want to get even closer to the wildlife, you can go on a walking safari with an experienced guide. This is a great way to learn more about the animals and their habitats.
    • Maasai cultural tours: The Maasai people are an indigenous tribe that live in the Serengeti region. You can take a cultural tour to learn about their traditional way of life and see their villages.

    The Serengeti also boasts countless stunning landmarks throughout the park. Check out the unique rock formations at Moru Kopjes, the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, the dramatic Grumeti River, or the picturesque Seronera Valley.

    When to go

    The Serengeti puts on a spectacular show at all times of the year, so whenever you arrive, you will be greeted by something incredible.

    From December to July you will have the opportunity to see the best parts of the Great Migration, with the Calving Season taking place over January and February in the Ndutu region. The Serengeti leg of the migration concludes with the River Crossing, which happens from July to October.

    In April and May, the best wildlife viewing can be found in the Grumeti region, also known as the Western Corridor. This period is usually the rainy season in Tanzania, and you will find that prices are considerably lower.

    From June to September there are always a lot of animals out and about in all corners of the National Park, predators and prey alike, so it’s a great time to go for general wildlife viewing.

    The Great Migration is working its way through southern Kenya in October and November, so there are usually fewer visitors in these months. However, this presents a perfect opportunity to catch the large herds of elephants, giraffes, zebras, antelopes and packs of big cats, who all call the Serengeti their home year-round, without the crowds!

    It’s also important to note that some roads and sites may be inaccessible during the wet season, so certain activities and accommodations may be limited in case of heavy rainfall.

    Overall, the best time to visit the Serengeti depends on your interests and priorities. The dry season is typically considered the best time for wildlife viewing, while the wet season can offer more lush landscapes and fewer crowds. It's a good idea to research the specific activities you're interested in and the conditions during different times of the year to plan your trip accordingly.
    Wildebeest Migration

    How to get there

    The typical starting point for safari trips to the Serengeti is the city of Arusha. The nearby Kilimanjaro International Airport connects the city with many other parts of the world, making this the most convenient city for international travelers to begin their Serengeti journey.

    From Arusha, travelers can make their way north to the park either on the road or by plane.

    By road, the Serengeti is 225 kilometers (140 miles) from Arusha. Depending on which entry point you go to, the trip will take between 5.5-6.5 hours by car. This drive can be done in a safari land cruiser, a mini-bus, a private car, or a shared taxi.

    Flights between Arusha Airport and the Serengeti typically take between 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the destination airstrip. There are daily flights available with several local airlines.

    What animals can you find in Serengeti?

    The Serengeti is a wildlife haven with an impressive range of diverse and iconic African animals calling these lands home. Lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, wildebeests, hippos, rhinos, leopards, buffalos, hyenas, gazelles, warthogs, baboons, crocodiles, and so many more, all coexist in this diverse ecosystem.

    The park's vast plains host the majestic lions and the graceful elephants, while giraffes and zebras create a mesmerizing sight as they navigate the grasslands. From the lightning-fast cheetahs to the incredible wildebeest migration, where millions of herbivores journey across the plains, the Serengeti offers a captivating safari experience.

    Whether it's encountering the elusive leopard or observing the playful antics of baboons, each wildlife encounter in the Serengeti leaves a mark on visitors' hearts.

    Ready to go to the Serengeti?

    Need to know anything else? Get in touch with Shadows Of Africa and let’s plan your Serengeti safari today!

  • What to pack for a gorilla trek

    February 1, 2023

    The complete guide to packing for your gorilla trek to make sure you get the most out of this incredible experience.

    A gorilla trek is a uniquely special adventure. Trekking through the African rainforest, you will witness the fascinating life of gorillas in their natural habitat. 🦍

    However, to properly enjoy the experience, you need to be prepared. What you pack will make all the difference on your trek.

    Protect yourself: In the wilderness, there are many risks and dangers, but with the right preparation, you can easily minimize these risks and they won’t ruin your experience.

    Pack only what is necessary: Trekking through the jungle can be tiring, so make sure you’re not carrying excess weight and your pack won’t become a burden.

    Enjoy your trek: Ultimately, all the preparations you make are to ensure you have a good time (which is the main aim of this article!) 😄

    Here is a list of important items to pack for your next gorilla trek!

    Proper clothing

    Your choice in clothing goes a long way to making your trek safer and more comfortable.

    • Long trousers
    • Long-sleeved shirt
    • Warm, moisture-wicking clothes (if you expect cold weather)
    • Hiking boots: sturdy, waterproof, and worn-in
    • Thick socks
    • Gaiters to protect your feet from insects (alternatively, tuck your trousers into your socks on the trail)
    • Sturdy gardening gloves to protect your hands
    • Hooded rain jacket or poncho
    • Wide-brimmed hat for protection from the rain and sun
    • UV-filtering sunglasses

    Cover as much skin as possible and protect yourself from branches, thorns, insects, and anything else that could scratch you on the trail. Always aim to wear neutral-colored clothing (like light brown, green, or khaki) which is better at keeping insects away and will be less startling for local wildlife.

    It may seem obvious, but it is also important to consider how comfortable your clothes are. Remember, you will be in these clothes for long periods of time, doing strenuous activity. Make sure your clothing doesn’t make the trek uncomfortable!

    Take care of yourself ⛑️

    Apart from clothing, there are several other practical things you will need to consider to protect yourself from the elements.

    • Light pack: the lighter your pack, the more you will be able to carry in it!
    • High SPF sunscreen
    • Insect repellant
    • Personal medications
    • Water bottle
    • Snacks
    • First-aid kit
    • Trekking poles for balance on uneven ground
    • Personal documents: passport, vaccinations, insurance, emergency contact details

    Enhance the experience 📸

    When you have your trekking needs covered, then you can use the space you have left in your pack for optional extra gear that will allow you to get the most out of your trip.

    • Phone and/or camera
    • Chargers or batteries for your devices
    • Binoculars
    • Headlamp for better sight in darker areas

    Ready for your gorilla trek? 🦍

    It is important to do this right - you do not want anything to take away from an experience of a lifetime. Make a checklist for yourself and make sure you have everything you need.

    We at Shadows Of Africa want you to have the best possible experience when you’re out on the trail with us. Reach out to us to book your gorilla trek and we will make sure you’re prepared before we head out together on our adventure!

  • Tanzania Safari Routes Distances

    November 24, 2022

    Tanzania, our incredible home, is always open for travelers! We can’t wait to share her beauty with you.

    Take a look below at what we have to offer: the routes, the accommodations, and the experiences.

    The north of Tanzania is full of incredible sights, every way you look. Most of the highlights of the region are in relatively close proximity to each other, making it easy to travel through all of them on safari. The diversity between the parks in this region gives travelers a broad experience of East African nature, culture, and wildlife.

    The information here will give you a better understanding of the distances and travel times involved in a private safari in Tanzania. It will be useful as you plan yours!

    There is so much opportunity for travel in Tanzania, and your trip can easily include a safari in neighboring Kenya or a beach getaway to idyllic Zanzibar. Get in touch to find your perfect safari!

    Arrival day, Kilimanjaro Airport

    Your guide will greet you at Kilimanjaro Airport, and, depending on your time of arrival, you will either start your safari immediately or go to your lodge in Arusha to get some rest before heading out on the safari trail the next morning.

    Arusha / Kilimanjaro Airport - Lake Manyara National Park

    Distance: 130 km
    On the road: about 3 hours on paved roads from the lodge in Arusha. From Kilimanjaro Airport - about 4 hours (180 km).

    The trip: see the town of Mto Wa Mbu and spend a couple of hours wandering the busy streets. Learn about the lives of the Maasai people and the 100 or so other cultural groups living in the area. Visit plantations, workshops, a local bar (to drink banana beer!), and the market stalls for some local produce. For our lunch, we will enjoy some authentic dishes prepared by locals.

    Arusha / Kilimanjaro Airport - Tarangire National Park

    Distance: 160 km
    On the road: about 3 hours on paved roads.

    The trip: From Arusha it takes about 2 hours, from Kilimanjaro Airport about 3 hours (160 km).

    Arusha / Kilimanjaro Airport - Arusha National Park

    Distance: 50 km
    On the road: from Arusha about 1.5 hours on partly-paved roads, from Kilimanjaro Airport about 1 hour.

    Lake Manyara National Park - Tarangire National Park

    Distance: 100 km
    On the road: about 1 to 1½ hours on paved roads.

    Lake Manyara boasts Africa's highest concentration of elephants.

    Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti Central

    Distance: 210 km
    On the road: 6 hours on roads partly-paved, but mostly sandy and bumpy.

    The trip: drive to Serengeti National Park via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with incredible panoramic views of the Ngorongoro crater below. Eat lunch on the way while heading for the north of the Serengeti. This route goes straight through the heart of the Serengeti in the area of the Seronera River - one of the most thrilling rides in the region.

    Things to do (optional): visit a Maasai Boma settlement and experience how semi-nomadic communities live with their age-old traditions.

    This route may also be covered by airplane. Please contact us for more information.

    Lake Manyara National Park/ Karatu - Serengeti North (Lobo and Mara) / North East (Bolongonya)

    Distance: 290 km
    On the road: 8-9 hours on roads partly paved, but mostly sandy and bumpy. The road conditions here are poor and you will not have a lot of time to spend on game drives. We recommend to spend a minimum of 2 nights in the North Serengeti Region or opt for a flight in/out.

    The trip: the road from Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park goes through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with incredible panoramic views of the Ngorongoro crater below. This route goes straight through the heart of the Serengeti in the area of the Seronera River - one of the most thrilling rides in the region.

    Things to do (optional): visit a Maasai Boma settlement and experience how semi-nomadic communities live with their age-old traditions.

    This route may also be covered by airplane. Please contact us for more information.

    Lake Manyara National Park - Lake Natron

    Distance: 80 km
    On the road: 2 hours on mostly sandy and bumpy roads.

    The trip: an adventurous route to a special, off-the-beaten-track place. The road to Lake Natron takes you through the cultural home of the Maasai people, passing the archeological site of the stone-age settlement Engaruka, as well as the majestic Ondoyo Lengai, the only active volcano in the Great Rift Valley. Lake Natron fascinates visitors with its colors, varying from pink, to lime green, to red. The concentration of minerals in the water makes this place a surreal and breathtaking landscape (which may also include flamingoes!).

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    Tarangire National Park - Serengeti Central

    Distance: 300 km
    On the road: 6-7 hours partly on paved roads, but mostly sandy and bumpy roads.

    The trip: the road from Tarangire to Serengeti National Park goes through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with incredible panoramic views of the Ngorongoro crater below. This route goes straight through the heart of the Serengeti in the area of the Seronera River - one of the most thrilling rides in the region.

    This route may also be covered by airplane. Please contact us for more information.

    Tarangire National Park - South Serengeti (Ndutu)

    Distance: 225 km
    On the road: 6 hours partly on paved roads, but mostly sandy and bumpy roads.

    The trip: the road from Tarangire to Serengeti National Park goes through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with incredible panoramic views of the Ngorongoro crater below. This route includes a great opportunity to spot wildlife as you drive across the southern Serengeti.

    This route may also be covered by airplane. Please contact us for more information.

    Ngorongoro - Tarangire National Park

    Distance: 150 km
    On the road: 2 hours mostly on paved roads.

    The trip: the road from Ngorongoro takes you through Mto wa Mbu before arriving in Tarangire National Park. You can start the day with a game drive in Ngorongoro and head for Tarangire afterwards, or you can head to Tarangire in the morning and take your game drive there.

    Things to do (optional): see the town of Mto Wa Mbu and spend a couple of hours wandering the busy streets. Learn about the lives of the Maasai people and the 100 or so other cultural groups living in the area. Visit plantations, workshops, a local bar (to drink banana beer!), and the market stalls for some local produce. For our lunch, we will enjoy some authentic dishes prepared by locals.

    lions tanzania babies

    Lake Natron - Serengeti National Park North (Lobo and Mara) and North East (Bolongonya)

    Distance: 220 km
    On the road: 7 hours mostly on sandy and bumpy roads. A beautifully scenic day-trip!

    The trip: head out after breakfast with packed lunch boxes towards the north-eastern part of the Serengeti. Leaving the cliff ridges behind, you will be greeted by a majestic landscape and its residents with their cattle along the way. The landscape changes dramatically once you pass through Klein’s Gate and enter the Serengeti. Your road continues through seemingly-endless savannah with huge herds of grazing animals, and the carnivores which follow them.

    wildebeest migration tanzania serengeti

    Serengeti Central - Ngorongoro

    Distance: 160 km
    On the road: 3 hours on sandy and bumpy roads.

    The trip: you can start the day with a game drive in the Serengeti and head for Ngorongoro right after lunch, or you can head to Ngorongoro in the morning and take your game drive there.

    Serengeti Central - Serengeti North (Lobo and Mara) and North East (Bolongonya)

    Distance: 140 km
    On the road: 4 hours, or combined with a game drive about 7-8 hours. This also depends on the weather conditions, since many of the roads are gravel and corrugated. Alternatively, your guide may advise a different route with better roads, heading along the western outskirts of the Serengeti, with more time for game driving in the Kogatende/Lobo/Mara areas.

    The trip: a full-day game drive in the off-the-beaten-track Lobo reserve. This is a relatively remote area of the Serengeti, so you will see real wilderness with rocky outcrops. Here, you will visit the Bologonja Springs, an important watering hole for migrating animals.

    Ngorongoro Crater - Lake Eyasi

    Distance: 90 km
    On the road: about 2 hours on sandy and bumpy roads. These roads may be difficult during the rainy season (November - May).

    Lake Eyasi - Arusha / Kilimanjaro Airport

    Distance: 180 km
    On the road: 4 hours to reach Arusha, partly on paved roads, with some sandy roads. 5 hours (230km) to reach Kilimanjaro Airport.

    hadzabe man lake eyasi tanzania

    Arusha - Zanzibar

    Time: 1¼-hour flight
    From Arusha, you can fly to the Zanzibar archipelago or other beach areas on the coast of Tanzania for a luxurious wind-down after your safari.

  • Tsavo: Kenya’s Greatest National Park

    May 9, 2022

    Have you seen Netflix’s Our Great National Parks series yet? Are you feeling inspired by the episode featuring Kenya’s incredible Tsavo?

    The biggest national park in Kenya hosts an amazing variety of animals, plants, and adventure!

    The new Netflix documentary series, narrated by none other than former American president Barack Obama, shows some of the most beautiful national parks in the world. In the third episode, you are taken on a breathtaking journey through Kenya’s Tsavo National Park.

    The episode follows the animals of Tsavo and showcases the vast natural landscape that they call home.

    Tsavo National Park

    Kenya is famous world-wide among wildlife lovers for the incredible natural beauty in the flora and fauna across the country. As the country’s biggest national park (and one of the biggest parks in the world as well), visitors are treated to a spectacular theater of the wild.

    Tsavo has an enormous amount to offer any traveler, but it is particularly famous for its bright red earth and the legendary “man-eater” lions. The park is also one of the world’s largest game sanctuaries - enormous herds of elephants, giraffes, buffalos, leopards, hippos, kudus, gerenuks, hirolas, and even the critically-endangered eastern black rhinos, all call this special part of the world their home.

    If you are feeling inspired to see more of this natural wonder for yourself, why not come visit and bear witness in person?

    Safari in Tsavo

    There are many adventures to be found in Tsavo. See the red elephants on a four-day trip from Nairobi, or go for three days around Amboseli and Tsavo West parks.

    If your goal is to see more of Kenya, outside of Tsavo as well, take the journey from Bush to Beach, safariing in several national parks and ending with well-earned relaxation time on Kenya’s serene coast.

    On any safari in the region, you are sure to be amazed by the natural wonders of the great Tsavo.

    A safari in Tsavo is great year-round, so there’s no reason not to start planning today!
    Get in touch to take the first step on your safari journey!

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