Kenya

  • We Plant Trees. Together, Planting a Forest

    Vika
    October 19, 2022

    Travel with us, and we plant a tree in your destination.

    Shadows Of Africa has partnered with One Tree Planted to maintain and restore our beloved continent.

    By supporting reforestation in the delicate ecosystems of our African home, we are making sure that this beautiful land will be around for much longer, so that it can continue to give life to its inhabitants, and that we can continue to enjoy its wonder.

    Our partners at One Tree Planted have a mission to rebuild animal habitats, restore biodiversity, and improve the lives of the communities who rely on these forests by promoting sustainable forestry practices.

    Trees are critical to protecting Mother Nature. They provide habitat for countless creatures, they filter the air we breathe, they clean the water we drink, and they play a big role in the fight against climate change.

    Take a trip to Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, or Uganda, and we will plant a tree on your behalf!

    Traveling with Shadows means that you leave Africa greener than when you arrived!

  • Our Top 5 Tips for Your Second Safari!

    Vika
    October 10, 2022

    Recovered from your first African safari? Start getting ready for round 2!

    The magic of safari is this: no two safaris are ever the same. Once you’ve been on your first safari, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be coming back for more! Trust us - we know from personal experience.

    First-time safari-goes usually head for the more famous places, like the beautiful Serengeti or Maasai Mara National Park. The second time opens up more opportunities - once you have had your first taste of this unique experience, you naturally feel more comfortable exploring the less-beaten paths.

    Here are our top 5 tips for your second safari:

    Tip #1: Really enjoy the safari

    You’ve already ticked off all of the Big 5, now you can relax and really enjoy! For those coming back again, we recommend taking it more slowly this time.

    For most people, the pressure of having to spot all the animals is now off. If you do all of this on your first safari, and tick off everything that you wanted to see, now you can just relax and take everything as it comes.

    Spend a few nights at one camp to appreciate the sunsets and sunrises. Spend a few hours with a family of elephants and watch how they spend their days. Focus on the quality of wildlife sightings, rather than the quantity.

    A lot of the African wilderness’ beauty comes from its spontaneity. Of course, if you have a clear goal in mind (and a good safari guide!), you can certainly do everything you want. But on the other hand, if you head out on safari with an open mind, you will see many things you didn’t even know you wanted to see!

    Tip #2: Make time for more than wildlife

    Adding some cultural activities to your itinerary can make for a much more immersive African experience.

    It should go without saying that Africa is incredibly rich in culture and history. It is well worth it to spend some time exploring the uniquely interesting life of the African continent and her people.

    Of course, the African wildlife is what draws many people to the continent, but if you have already seen a lot of these majestic animals, you probably won’t feel the need to spend the extra time looking for them again. So why not go for something new!

    Tip #3: Save money on accommodation to add more activities

    Naturally, once you have spent some time with Africa’s wild animals, you will feel more comfortable being around them. Even if the idea of sleeping among lions still doesn’t excite you, you might be more open to spending your nights under the stars.

    The money you can save on accommodation will mean that you can add more activities to your itinerary. Instead of opting for that luxury lodge, why not go on a balloon safari!

    There are plenty of comfortable ways to save money on accommodation, so that you can add more to your adventure!

    Tip #4: Visit in a different season

    The Serengeti in the dry season is a completely different place than the Serengeti in the rainy season. The golden savannahs make way for lush green grass.

    Animal behavior is different at certains times of the year too. From the Calving Season of the Great Migration, to the River Crossing in Maasai Mara, to the Whale Shark Season on Zanzibar, and even the Bird Breeding Season, where birds show of their spectacular breeding plumage to attract a mate - the timing of your trip can determine what kind of show nature will put on for you.

    If you want to get the timing just right to see the landscape at its most vibrant or witness the special moments of an animal’s life cycle, talk to one of our experts and they will make sure you don’t miss out!

    Tip #5: Check out another country or region

    If you have been to eastern Tanzania for your first safari, you may not realize just how different Uganda’s natural environment is.

    East Africa is a very biodiverse region. There are many animal and plant species that only exist in very specific areas. In fact, if you were to drive from Dar-Es-Salaam to Kigali, you may feel like you passed through many different worlds.

    On top of the differences in wildlife and nature, East Africa is a region with very diverse cultures. This diversity exists between countries, but also within countries, as different communities have their own unique histories and ways of life.

    If you visited one country or region on your first safari, don’t make the mistake in thinking that other places are the same!

    uganda

    Come back again!

    The second safari is often even more enjoyable than the first. There are so many reasons to return to this great continent for another adventure.

    You feel a well-earned sense of accomplishment after your first African safari adventure, but the second trip opens up many new and unique opportunities, making it well worth coming back!

    Of course, the main point here is: you can’t see everything Africa has to offer in one trip, nor even in one lifetime. On the plus side, this means there will always be something new and exciting to greet you every time you return!

    How was your first safari? Feeling like it missed something? Or just interested in knowing what else you can see in this endlessly-fascinating continent? Don’t hesitate to get in touch - our safari experts will make sure your second trip is even more memorable than the first!

  • Six Ways an African Safari Will Change Your Life

    Vika
    October 10, 2022

    African nature is an incredibly powerful force. It leaves a profound impression on everyone who sets foot on these lands.

    The pure and exhilarating natural beauty of the African landscape and all of its inhabitants is not something you easily forget. The experiences you have here will live on in your memory, but also in your spirit.

    There are many ways an African safari can have a life-changing effect on you!

    #1: You’ll reconnect with Mother Nature 🌍

    You’ll get a glimpse at what it means to be truly wild. Seeing animals roam free as Mother Nature intended and without human interference is something special, and Africa may be the best place in the world to find that experience.

    The best way to open your eyes to the full wonder of this planet is to fully immerse yourself in its nature: feel the breeze on your skin as it blows across the savannah, your hair waving like the grass; watch the sun set behind the Kilimanjaro, birds flying overhead; fall asleep to the sounds of nocturnal animals singing out through the jungle; wake up to the smell of fresh morning dew on the greenery around you.

    Even simply standing in the broad plains, just being among everything that makes Africa so special is enough to feel changed. It reminds you of the fact that the human race is part of something much larger than itself.

    You’ll feel a kind of reset in your body, and this can have a profound effect on a person. An African safari is good for the mind, body, and spirit. It opens your eyes to the true wonder of this planet, and makes you feel more connected to everything around you.

    Elephants in the Great Ruaha River

    #2: You’ll learn to appreciate new things 🐘

    It is hard to fully grasp the size and majesty of the African landscape from watching nature documentaries. Nothing compares to being here in person. Seeing these scenes in real life will definitely exceed your expectations.

    You may come for the elephants, but you will leave with a deep appreciation for much more than that. These experiences will live in your memories and conversations for a lifetime.

    Whatever expectations you had going into your first African safari, when it comes time to plan your next adventure, you won’t settle for anything less than spectacular. Your local zoo will never be the same again. 😉

    #3: You’ll reassess your priorities 🌱

    See the world in a new way. You’ll ponder this planet and your place in it while bearing witness to its wonders.

    Stepping outside of your comfort zone always leaves you changed on a spiritual level. Whether it is realizing that the material things you once valued are not actually so important, or realizing that you need to make a change in the direction of your life, Africa has the power to make people really think about their lives on a profound level.

    The peace you find by slowing down to the pace of Africa, watching herds of animals calmly drinking from a watering hole in the early hours of the day, will be a welcome break from your life at home.

    You may just find that life makes sense again after your African safari…

    #4: You’ll address your fears 🐍

    Being in a totally new environment with totally new creatures can be a real shock to the psyche. The best place to address your fears is outside of your comfort zone.

    By spending time with unfamiliar animals and in unfamiliar environments, you will get more comfortable, and suddenly you’ll realize that you understand these things better.

    Your fear of snakes, spiders, or big cats will disappear when you see how they live, and you learn to appreciate their lives and their important place in the habitat. They won’t seem so scary any more after that!

    Overcoming these fears comes with a great feeling of accomplishment, and one that lasts forever!

    #5: You’ll contribute to wildlife conservation 🏞️

    Making a positive difference to the planet makes a positive difference in your life (since you also live on this planet!).

    Most safaris actively contribute to local conservation initiatives. The funds gained from these safaris go towards protecting the precious nature that we are lucky enough to enjoy on this continent. Many local communities rely on funding from international travelers to support conservation efforts.

    African safaris are good to help you understand the natural world and the role of humanity in protecting and maintaining it. Ethical ecotourism is a great way to support conservation efforts, all while giving you the trip of a lifetime!


    And finally…

    #6: You’ll want to come back 🧳

    You will never forget this experience. It’s something you can’t quite get anywhere else.

    You will miss the friends you make on safari, whether the local people or the wildlife. You will miss the African sun on your skin. You will miss the incredible experiences you had here. You will long to return, to revisit your experiences, but also to discover new ones.

    Unfortunately, you can’t see everything Africa has to offer in one trip, nor even in one lifetime. But the good news is: this means there will always be something new and exciting to greet you every time you return! There’s still so much to do and see!

    Africa is waiting for you!

    We know from traveler reviews that we have already helped many people have a life-changing experience in Africa.

    Everyone who is lucky enough to come to this great continent forms a connection to the land. It engages all the senses in ways that you cannot find elsewhere. The wild teaches us how to coexist with the world and everything in it.

    It affects everyone in a different way. The moment your food touches the ground for the first time, you feel something new and refreshing. As you experience life here, in all its many diverse beauties, that new feeling becomes clearer, and by the end of your trip you will understand something you didn’t before.

    That feeling is forever.

  • What Vaccinations Do I Need to Travel to Africa?

    Chris
    September 27, 2022
    What vaccines do you need ahead of your safari adventure? We highlight the vaccines and medications you should look into ahead of your trip to Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, or Tanzania.
  • Tsavo: Kenya’s Greatest National Park

    Vika
    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!



  • Plastic-Free Safari

    Vika
    April 19, 2022

    It has long been a thorn in the side of travel agencies like us to send out safari vehicles packed with single-use plastics.

    Our Tanzania team has already found and implemented a solution: we have now installed refillable water canisters in our safari vehicles.

    We designed custom brackets to fit the reusable canisters in the back of our safari cars, so everyone out on the trail with us has constant access to drinking water, without any unnecessary plastic footprint.

    All of our travelers get their own reusable water bottles as a gift.

    ♻️ Reduce your carbon footprint with us ♻️

    So when you’re going on your next safari with us, you will get your own reusable drink bottle. You can refill your bottles on our safari vehicles.

    All you need to do is email us in advance and we will bring one for you. We appreciate you returning this at the end of the safari - we would like to recycle and minimize our waste as much as possible.

    East Africa is a world-leading region on minimizing waste and banning single-use plastics. Travelers are not allowed to bring plastic bags when traveling to Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda or Zanzibar.

    People here realize the harm that single-use plastics can cause, so we expect everyone visiting to keep this in mind as well. Help us create a plastic-free Africa.

    Our Shadows team is always striving to minimize our impact on the natural environment that we are lucky enough to call our home. We want to do everything possible to make sure our visitors can have a plastic-free safari too.

  • When to Spot Whales in Mombasa

    Vika
    October 27, 2021

    Spotting whales along the Kenyan coast

    In early June, after travelling some 4000 kilometres from Antarctica, majestic humpback whales enter the waters along the East African shore and swim into warm tropical inner reefs to calve and mate.

    Large numbers and their playfulness make them easy to spot, and offer an unforgettable sight. Imagine a 15 metres long, 30 tonnes huge creature jumping a summersault for its mate. And for you, too!

    Whales can be spotted from the Kenyan coast as close as 500 metres from the shore. On a dedicated whale-watching safari you can easily see them. With a pair of binoculars, of course. So don’t miss out on a whaling trip when you are visiting Mombasa.

    Your real adventure starts after boarding a whale-watching boat. Specialists behind the rudder and watch guards on shore combine their knowledge and lead you to one of what will surely be an unforgettable encounter.

    More than ten species of whales and dolphins have been reported being seen along the East African coast. Besides the humpbacks, you may see the Bryde’s whale, both of the baleen whales, the toothed whale species orca or the killer whale and the sperm whale or cachalot, which is the largest toothed predator.

    Whales are being thoroughly researched but remain a mystery; a new species was described only in 2019. They constitute an infraorder of Cetacea, an entirely aquatic group of mammals, along with dolphins and porpoises.

    Since they have to breathe air, they have to surface - their surface behaviour was observed and described in detail. From anywhere in Mombasa you can start your whale watching tour to witness this behaviour for yourself.
    Far less understood is their communication with sound - they sing the most beautiful songs and their sounds travel far, so you might even hear some.

    For about a decade, a series of non-profit organizations in Kenya have been sharing their knowledge and responsibility to protect these mysterious mammals and ensure respectable and environment-friendly whale watching expeditions, just as the one that you’ll join.

    Whales begin their journey back in late September and October, to the cold waters with an abundance of sardines and krill, a small shrimplike planktonic crustacean of the open seas.

    So, if visiting Mombasa or staying anywhere on the Kenyan coast between June and October - don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity of encountering these mysterious, gigantic and yet gentle and highly intelligent creatures.

  • Top 5 Safari Parks to Visit from Mombasa: The Best Places for a Short Safari from Mombasa

    Vika
    October 27, 2021

    A great advantage of Mombasa is that the tropical beaches are close to such famous parks as Arabuko Sokoke National Park, Amboseli National Park and many others. Even the famous Maasai Mara is only a short flight away! Hence why you should not miss the chance to add a short safari to your beach holiday. You will ensure your trip to remember for years to come.

    Which are the best parks to visit from Mombasa?

    We prepared our Top 5 best destinations for a short safari from Mombasa. You can choose the offer that suits you best and spend an unforgettable time visiting the wild. On you go!

    Tsavo East National Park

    One of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya covers an incredible 14000 square kilometres and is also one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Truly an impressive scale! Tsavo East is known for its grand elephants and the legend of the Maneaters of Tsavo.

    When staying in Mombasa, you are just a short drive away from elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions and other wild animals. On your safari, you will have the chance to get acquainted with the habitat of giraffes, caracals, cheetahs and zebras. Bird lovers will be especially interested - about 500 bird species are residing here!

    Amboseli National Park

    A truly legendary place. This park gained worldwide recognition thanks to its elephant population, the most studied elephants in the world. From the very first minute upon entering the park, you will feel all the power of African nature and the mystery of a safari. Amboseli National Park is where you can spot Kilimanjaro on a clear day. The combination of Kilimanjaro as a backdrop and the elephant population has made Amboseli become a darling for photographers and filmmakers.

    The name of the park is consonant with the name of a small unstable lake, which is formed due to heavy rains and finds its recharge in the underground vapours of Mount Kilimanjaro. The papyrus swamps located in the park are the principal source of water for animals, which is why you have the opportunity to see a cluster of unique specimens together.

    Maasai Mara National Reserve

    With a limited amount of time, not a minute should be wasted. We suggest taking a flight from Mombasa and visiting Maasai Mara - a reserve of world importance and incredible wealth of nature. With a lucky coincidence, you will be able to witness a unique and impressive phenomenon - the migration of wildebeests through the park. Imagine: over a million copies are moving en masse in one direction, isn't that worth your attention?

    Arabuko Sokoke and Shimba Hills

    Arabuko is located a hundred kilometres from Mombasa and is a must-see for all tourists from this island. And the path to it lies through the Shimba Hills, so both locations are being offered as one trip. What will be remarkable for you? These two national reserves contain the largest coastal forests in East Africa, both sites are important for bird conservation and are listed as 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world. Are you ready to pass by such a sight?

    Tsavo West National Park

    Another option for a short safari trip from Mombasa is the second national park from the Tsavo nature reserve, located in the coastal province of Kenya. Breathtaking landscapes, wild animals, springs of Mzima - this is not the whole list of richness that Tsavo West beholds. Ideally, you can combine two parks in one day, and Africa will open up for you even deeper and more informative.

    That is just a short description of what you will hopefully see with your own eyes very soon. Do not waste time book tours and enjoy unexplored places! There are so many interesting and incredible locations in the world!

  • 10 Reasons to Go on a Beach Holiday to Kenya This Winter

    Vika
    October 12, 2021

    Have you ever thought of setting off to Kenya for your holiday? Kenya has become a popular beach destination relatively recently, but it already boasts some of the best resorts in the world! That is not surprising because Kenya has something difficult to find in other places - a combination of luxurious beaches with turquoise water, tall palm trees, warm, pleasant sun. And, of course, the opportunity to visit the best safari parks in the world is just a stone throw away. Although the advantages go on and on, we have highlighted the main ten points that will make it difficult to resist visiting Kenya yourself.

    1. World’s best beaches

    As mentioned earlier, Kenya's beaches are incredible. The white, clean sand is washed by the Indian Ocean. The beaches offer a blend of tropical serenity and fun activities: making it a haven for couples, families or travelling with friends.

    The northern beaches offer an array of pastimes, both water and land-based, including golf, tennis, snorkelling, squash, diving, fishing and other sports. Whereas the southern beaches offer a more of a serene tropical experience.

    2. Go from beach to bush in a day!

    The proximity to some of the safari parks makes Mombasa your gateway to a real African safari. You get to see what exists only in Africa: elephants, giraffes and other rare wild animals in their natural environment. The closest park Shimba Hills is only 45 minutes drive from Mombasa!

    3. Kenyan national parks

    Kenya is the Mecca for safaris and wildlife enthusiasts and it is easy to see why. Nowhere else in the world can you find such a diversity of wildlife experiences. These are our favourite parks:

    • Amboseli National Park
    • Tsavo East National Park
    • Tsavo West National Park
    • Maasai Mara National Reserve
    • Nairobi National Park
    • Aberdare National Park
    • Shimba Hills National Reserve
    • Arabuko Sokoke National Reserve

    Choose yours and enter deep into the wild!

    4. Great wildebeest migration

    On the top of the bucket list of every wildlife enthusiast: the Great migration. Fly from Mombasa to the very heart of the Maasai Mara and ensure that you have the best possible chance to see this miracle.
    There are direct local flights from Mombasa to the Maasai Mara - where the herds are from January till March.

    5. Snorkelling, diving, and all the watersports!

    Well, what about water entertainment and activities? A beach vacation without those will not be a vacation! In Mombasa, you can enjoy diving, sailing, snorkelling and exploring the underwater world. Which is as rich and varied as the outside one! Definitely worth your attention.

    6. Spot the Big five

    The Big Five is the name for the five most extraordinary wild animals that live in Africa. These are buffalo, elephant, rhino, lion and leopard. Seeing them with their own eyes is a dream of probably every person on the planet. And we help to make it happen! Just ask your safari expert to add a safari to your beach holiday - we know how to fulfil your wish.

    7. Learn more about Maasai people

    Visiting a new country means also getting to know a new culture, new people and living through new experiences. To touch the life of Africans, to try yourself in the role of a resident - all this can be done in Kenya, and we think, it's a must. And it will be another great experience in your life that you will be eager to share with your friends and family.

    8. Go whale watching

    Whales are another advantage of Kenya's waterways. They are safe and kind, and watching them is incredibly interesting and entertaining. And most importantly, you will not need to go anywhere far - after all, you are on the ocean shore.

    9. African sunsets

    This argument is difficult to describe in words. A sunset there needs to be seen just once to fall in love forever. The palette of colours and shades can be compared to fire and flames. There's a reason why a well-known proverb says: "You can always look at the fire, at the water and the famous Kenyan sunsets!"

    10. Luxury lodges & hotels with style!

    First-class lodges and hotels, luxury service and attention from the staff are waiting for you. Pamper yourself - because you deserve it! There is nowhere quite like Kenya where the service comes with a Swahili smile!

    Is it possible to resist all these? I wouldn’t think so. If you agree, start planning your perfect dream trip!

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