ZANZIBAR – The island of the adventurers, the romantics and the explorers. Zanzibar today still offers to the discerning traveler a combination of all three. Lying only 80km off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar can be easily reached by ferries from the mainland or by air from almost all parts of Tanzania. Whether lazing on the beach, exploring in the interior of the island, or simply wandering the 1000 year old narrow alleys of Stone Town and savoring the historical ambience and aromas of the freshly ground spices, Zanzibar as a destination is without comparison on the east coast of Africa. For the modern adventurer, aquatic and sub-aquatic sports in the crystal clear and protected waters of the Indian Ocean are widely available together with luxury lodge resorts situated on clean un-spoilt beaches.
Treat yourself to a moment of reflection and relaxation before heading back to the “other” world.
UGANDA – Apart from often being referred to as the ‘”Switzerland of Africa at the Equator” due to the presence of the snow caped Rwenzori mountains, Uganda is also considered to be the birthplace of the Nile, with the river being spectacularly compressed through the Murchison Falls at the beginning of its the long trip to the Mediterranean. However the highlight of any trip to Uganda is undoubtedly the mountain gorillas in the rain forest of the “Biwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve” One of man’s closest relatives, this under threat species is only accessible to be seen in a few locations in the Virunga Mountains of Uganda and Rwanda. A short flight from Kilimanjaro to Entebbe and a 2 day trek is all that is needed.
Tick it off your bucket list. It is indeed an experience of a lifetime.
RWANDA - Tanzania’s western neighbor has moved on a long way from the ethnic problems of 1994 such that today it is one of the most progressive and integrated countries in all of Africa. This landlocked country bordered by Uganda to the north, Democratic Republic of Congo to the west and Tanzania to the east hosts the world renowned “Volcanoes National Park” highlighted by five spectacular extinct volcanoes, all over 4500m in elevation. Their forested slopes are relatively easily accessible, and is the habitat of many of the primate species of Africa including the threatened mountain gorilla as well as the rare golden monkey. Additionally, Nyungwe National Park offers to the traveler an opportunity to experience the rainforest canopy at the “highest’ level by means of canopy walkways, while at the same time meet our closest relative, the chimpanzee, one of the primate inhabitants of the park.
Rwanda is easily accessible by road from Tanzania and Uganda or by direct flights into its capital Kigali.
Apart from the unique wildlife and panoramic scenery, see for yourself what mankind can achieve in a short time by reconciliation and working together.
KENYA — A country of 45 national parks, lakes, white sandy beaches and Nairobi, one of the most modern cities in Africa. Than just “Masai Mara,” the name which had become synonymous in the past with the word “safari”
The capital Nairobi is a hub to many of the international flights into east Africa, along with many regional flights to the neighboring countries, subsequently the visitor has an opportunity to relax for a few days, before or after a long flight, and experience at first hand the fast changing aspects of Kenyan life and culture. Nairobi offers the unique experience of a national park in the middle of the city, while other interesting destinations such as Lake Nakuru and Hells Gate are within a day’s trip from the capital.
Let a snapshot from Nairobi offer you a window into the contrast between eco-tourism and modern Africa and its future.