• Why is Tanzania the Top Safari Destination in Africa? 10 Reasons to Visit Tanzania in 2020

    Chris
    februari 10, 2020
    Tanzania is Africa's foremost safari destination, and there are so many reasons for this. Here are the ten most appealing reasons to visit Tanzania in 2020.
  • What is the Best Safari in Kenya?

    Chris
    januari 23, 2020

    Where Can I Have the Best Safari in Kenya?

    When it comes to planning the best safari in Kenya, logistics makes things a little bit confusing.

    Unlike Tanzania, where the entire Northern Circuit can be packed into a five-day itinerary, Kenya's diverse landscapes mean that you'll often be forced to choose between parks. Will you see the red elephants of Tsavo or the Special Five at Samburu.

    In a perfect world, you'll have the time to just visit all of them. We know that isn't always realistic, especially if you're planning a safari on a budget.

    To make the decision easier, we've selected the highlights of each of the major Kenyan national parks. You can mix and match with your safari expert to design the perfect itinerary!

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    The Maasai Mara

    No visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Maasai Mara. Home to the Wildebeest Migration for 3-5 months of the year, the sprawling Maasai Mara is the quintessential safari destination.

    As Kenya's most popular safari destination, the Maasai Mara is home to a huge variety of accommodation. From budget tented camps on the outskirts all the way up to luxury lodges on the Mara River, there truly is something for all budgets.

    Even if you aren't visiting during the Wildebeest Migration (August - October), the Maasai Mara remains one of the best places in the world to spot the Big Five. You might even get lucky and spot African Wild Dogs!

    Private Conservancies

    While the Maasai Mara is a massive park in its own right and has a wealth of accommodation options, those looking for a more luxurious, secluded safari may want to consider the various private conservancies in the area.

    Many of the lodges and camps within these conservancies offer game packages inclusive of game drives, activities, meals, and alcohol. You can even purchase these packaged with flights to and from Nairobi.

    While you'll get an undoubtedly unforgettable luxury experience in such conservancies, it's important to note that even private conservancy guests will need to enter the Maasai Mara proper in order to see a river crossing on the Mara River.

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    The Lakes (Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, and Lake Bogoria)

    Often combined with the Maasai Mara due to their placement between Nairobi and the Mara, Naivasha, Bogoria, and Nakuru can be combined into a two night/three-day extension that can add a lot of depth to your trip.

    Lake Nakuru National Park is the only one of the lakes to be a true national park. While it is no longer home to the flamingos that once made it famous, the park is nonetheless an excellent place for a game drive - especially if you're interested in seeing rhinoceroses.

    Remember those world-famous images of massive flocks of flamingos on Lake Nakuru? The flock might have moved on, but it can still be seen in Lake Bogoria. You won't find a lot of big game here, but Lake Bogoria's resident flamingos are a drawcard all of their own.

    Last, but certainly not least, Lake Naivasha is one of Shadows of Africa's favorite places. Overnighting on the shores of Lake Naivasha gives you the chance to take a boat safari and/or a walking safari in nearby Crescent Island Game Sanctuary.

    Hell's Gate National Park

    Located a short drive from most Lake Naivasha hotels, Hell's Gate National Park is a geologically active park with a unique volcanic landscape that is said to have inspired the landscapes in The Lion King.

    With no big game to worry about, Hell's Gate National Park is a terrific place to enjoy a bike ride or hike. You can even go rock climbing here!

    If you're looking for a break from the safari car, a day exploring Hell's Gate is a must.

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    Amboseli National Park

    Amboseli National Park is home to the best views of Mount Kilimanjaro you'll find in either country.

    Located on the Kenya-Tanzania border, Amboseli is often used as a bridge between the Tanzanian and Kenyan legs of a safari. Where better to photograph elephants than against the backdrop of the Roof of Africa?

    Even if you aren't visiting Tanzania, it is possible to include Amboseli National Park in a five-day Kenyan itinerary. You can combine it with Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara to get a more diverse safari experience.

    Tsavo East & Tsavo West

    Often overlooked due to being a bit more 'out of the way', Tsavo East and Tsavo West lie between Amboseli National Park and the Kenya Coast.

    Combined, Tsavo East and Tsavo West account for 4% of Kenya's total landmass, making them one of the world's largest national parks. While they are home to the Big Five, their isolation and the relative sparsity of wildlife means they aren't recommended for first-time visitors.

    Tsavo West's unique blend of landscapes makes it a surreal place to visit. Extinct volcanoes, swamps, rolling plains, and natural springs combine to create an almost alien environment. While lower wildlife density might be off-putting, world-class birding and the distinctive landscape make it a photographer's dream.

    Neighbouring Tsavo East is semi-arid and can boast better wildlife viewing due to the lack of vegetation. It is here you'll find the famous red elephants of Kenya, whose habit of taking dust baths in the ruddy earth lends them a martian hue.

    If this isn't your first safari or you've got a few extra days, a trip to the twin parks of Tsavo West & Tsavo East can be a great way to add something unique to your trip.

    Samburu National Reserve

    Samburu

    Wild and rugged Samburu is home to Kenya's unique "Special Five". The special five include the reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Somali ostrich, Beisa Oryx, and Gerenuk. These five animals cannot be seen together anywhere else in the world.

    Samburu is often combined with the Maasai Mara to form a Big Five and Special Five safari. It is ideal for those wanting to get off the beaten track and see something different.

    Buffalo Springs

    Along with nearby Shaba Game Reserve, Buffalo Springs lies in the same ecosystem as Samburu. Boasting the same rugged charm and unique wildlife, it is even more off the beaten track than Samburu.

    Buffalo Springs is usually recommended for those taking an extended safari in the Samburu region, as it does not offer anything that more accessible Samburu doesn't.

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    Ol Pejeta/Sweetwaters

    Ol Pejeta (otherwise known as Sweetwaters) is the ideal inclusion for a family safari in Kenya.

    Part resort and part private reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to something for everyone.

    First and foremost, Ol Pejeta is a terrific game-viewing destination. It is home to the highest density of wildlife in Kenya after the Maasai Mara. It is also home to the largest black rhinoceros sanctuary in East Africa. You'll even find two of the last Northern White Rhinoceros in the world here!

    Ol Pejeta is also home to a group of 37 chimpanzees, making it a great place to see our closest living relatives without having to take a trek to Uganda or Rwanda.

    There is also the opportunity to track lions on foot, spot endangered African wild dogs, go hiking or cycling, go horseback riding alongside rhinos, take night game drives, and so much more.

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    Aberdare National Park/Mount Kenya

    An often-overlooked gem in Kenya's north, Aberdare National Park is a heavily forested, mountainous park famous more for its treehouse-style accommodation than wildlife viewing.

    It was here that Queen Elizabeth was vacationing when she became Queen, and the romance of that story still draws tourists to the park. We even offer a Royal Tree safari to recapture that magic.

    The park is technically home to the Big Five but a trip to Aberdare is more about the experience than the quality of game viewing. It offers unparalleled serenity in a unique, mountainous environment not found anywhere else in Kenya.

    Climbing Mount Kenya

    Africa's second-highest mountain isn't quite as famous as Mount Kilimanjaro, but Mount Kenya is worthy of your attention It may even be preferable to Kilimanjaro if you're looking for a more challenging and less crowded experience.

    Climbs range in length from 3-5 days, with different routes offering different levels of difficulty.

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    The Kenya Coast

    Zanzibar in Tanzania maybe East Africa's most famous beach destination, but don't sleep on Kenya's coast. There are some who even argue that the beaches of Malindi and Watamu are better than anything you'll find on Zanzibar.

    Accessible by overland transfer (via Tsavo East & West), train, or flights from Nairobi or the Maasai Mara, the Kenyan coast boasts similar white sand beaches and turquoise waters with much more competitive pricing than you'll find on Zanzibar.

    While crowded Mombasa isn't the ideal beach destination, there are gorgeous resorts in nearby Watamu and Malindi made for rest & relaxation.

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    Why Choose?

    Of course, if you've got the time and the budget, it's totally possible to visit all of the above parks in a single itinerary.

    Our ten-day Complete Kenya safari visits the lion's share of the above parks, but speak with your Shadows of Africa safari expert about creating an itinerary that covers the width and breadth of Africa.

  • 5 Differences Between Tanzanian and Kenyan Safaris

    Chris
    november 30, 2019
    What are the differences between Tanzanian and Kenyan safaris? We highlight the five biggest differences between the two safari destinations.
  • Things to do in Arusha: Tours & Day Trips from Arusha

    Chris
    november 11, 2019
    Tanzania's safari capital is far more than just a place to overnight before your safari. The home city of Shadows of Africa is a diverse city of cuisines and cultures just begging to be explored.
  • Best safari experience in Tanzania

    Fredrick Mwange
    augustus 21, 2019

    Something a little different – for the best safari experience in Tanzania

    Graeme and Veronica decided to plan their trip a little differently and concentrate on just the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, allowing a little more time in each place to get the best that they could. With Dickson as their guide, it worked perfectly!

    Staying at Tukaone Camp in the Serengeti, on the Mara River, nailed the wildebeest river crossing for them!

    Moving through to the west of Serengeti Robanda Camp allowed for easy access to the central area of Serengeti and sightings of the cats, including a lioness trying to hunt and a long photographic session with a pair of mating lions.

    A night on the Ngorongoro crater rim allowed for an excursion to the lesser visited, but stunning, Empakai crater, before ending the safari of a lifetime with a full day in the Ngorongoro crater.

    Tanzania can really offer the best of safari experiences. Whatever your plans are, we can make it work for you at Shadows of Africa!

  • COVID-19 beleid

    Vika
    april 23, 2010

    Beste Shadows Of Africa familie,

    Met de aangaande COVID-19 pandamie, die momenteel de wereld en dus ook het toerisme ondersteboven gooit, wil het Shadows Of Africa team snel reageren om zo de gezondheid en veiligheid van zijn klanten te kunnen garanderen.

    Samen met onze hotel partners hebben wij volgende richtlijnen gecreerd, om zo het welzijn van bezoekers nu, toekomstige reizigers, onze partners en het volledige team te kunnen garanderen.

    • Shadows of Africa garandeert een gratis omzetting van de boeking naar alle data binnen 1 jaar gerekend vanaf de huidige reisdata.
    • De enige veranderingen in prijs - eenmaal er nieuwe data gekozen zijn- zouden voorkomen uit een verandering van het seizoen waarin u reist, of als er nieuwe accommodaties gekozen moeten mochten enkele van de huidige locaties volgeboekt zijn.

    Wij willen iedereen garanderen dat wij nog steeds - ondanks deze crisis - voor al onze klanten dezelfde 5-sterren service waarborgen zoals voorheen.

    Bij vragen aarzel niet om een van onze plaatselijke experten te contacteren.

    Vriendelijke groeten,
    Natasa Fras

    CEO & oprichter van Shadows of Africa.

    Veelgestelde vragen

    Wat gebeurd er mocht ik niet in staat zijn te reizen door COVID-19?

    Wij raden sterk aan om in deze situatie jouw boeking niet te annuleren maar uit te stellen, gezien volledige terugbetalingen onmogelijk zijn. Annuleren betekent dus dat je het risico loopt je aanbetaling te verliezen.

    Shadows of Africa heeft onderhandeld met zijn hotel partners dat boekingen gratis kunnen worden omgezet naar andere data binnen 2 jaar na de huidige reisdata. Dit zorgt ervoor dat jullie droomreis nog steeds kan plaatsvinden en je bovendien hiervoor niet dieper in de buidel moet tasten.

    Wat zijn de annuleringskosten mocht ik mijn boeking toch moeten annuleren?

    Mocht je toch eerder beslissen je boeking te annuleren in plaats van uit te stellen, kunnen wij geen terugbetaling garanderen. Officiële passen voor gorilla- en chimpanzee trekking, vluchten en andere aanbetalingen voor accommodaties zijn reeds betaald aan onze partners. Deze hebben allen laten weten dat zij geen annuleringen aanvaarden, enkel omboekingen.

    Met dit in het achterhoofd dringen wij erop aan dat onze klanten best gebruik maken van de gratis omboeking binnen 24 maanden, om zo extra kosten te vermijden.

    Mocht er absoluut geen mogelijkheid zijn om de reis uit te stellen adviseren we jullie verzekeringsagent te contacteren, om zo het verloren bedrag terug te vorderen. Op aanvraag zullen wij ook een brief overhandigen met een gedetailleerde uitleg over het verloren bedrag.

    Zijn er momenteel bevestigde gevallen van Corona in Tanzania / Kenya / Uganda / Zuid-Afrika etc.?

    Er zijn besmettingen van COVID-19 overal ter wereld, en daarbij zijn onze Afrikaanse reisbestemmingen geen uitzondering.

    Lokale overheden werken momenteel aan de uitdaging om deze corona uitbraak in de kiem te smoren, waarbij een inreisverbod voor de nabije toekomst een van de acties is.

    Met dit in de gedachte raadt Shadows Of Africa aan - aan klanten die een reis hebben gepland in de komende maanden- na te denken om de reis uit te stellen, om zo een teleurstelling te voorkomen.

    Kan ik nog steeds reizen?

    De voorlopige staat van toerisme hangt af van land tot land, en van week tot week.
    Mochten je reisdata naderen en je bent benieuwd of je nog steeds kan reizen, raden we aan om jouw safari expert te contacteren en zo de laatst nieuwe informatie te vergaren.

    Waar kan ik meer leren over COVID-19?

    Wij raden aan om de officiële website COVID-19 te bezoeken die steeds up-to-date gehouden wordt door de World Health Organization.

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