East Africa is the home of the classic African safari. Depictions of endless, golden plains filled with countless animals are the norm for the region, particularly in the famed Serengeti and Maasai Mara. Acclaimed lodges and camps are found throughout and the experiences these camps provide create life long memories. East Africa is epitome of the African safari
Serengeti: the Endless Plains
The Serengeti is one of Africa’s most iconic destinations. The national park receives its premier reputation from wildebeests and zebras migrating in their millions, large prides of lion roaming the plains, cheetahs displaying their speed and diverse wildlife filling the endless plains. The wildebeest migration, in particular, is one of the greatest world’s Natural Wonders, and travelers seeing it for the first time in its entirety are often moved to tears and speechless wonder; it is truly a spectacular, a 'must see' for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.
Africa Inscribed's travelers to the Serengeti explore the golden plains in style. Camps, such as Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Serengeti Bushtops and &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp enhance each safari. These luxurious and intimate tented safari camps provide an elegant and private location to explore this incredible national park and are perfectly situated to view the annual wildebeest migration during game drives. In addition to game drives, hot-aired balloon rides over the plains gives guests a bird’s eye view of the wildlife below and is a particularly great way to view the migrations.
During the wildebeest migrations, the Serengeti hosts one of the two highly anticipated river crossings, the Grumeti River crossing. Here thousands of wildebeests and zebra gather along the bank of the river before plunging into the crocodile filled waters, as these animals follow the seasonal rains. Being able to witness this event provides memories that last a lifetime.
The Ngorongoro Crater: a Garden of Eden
This volcanic caldera is home to an astonishing 25,000 mammals, which is why many compare the Ngorongoro Crater to the Garden of Eden. It was created after the volcanic mountain hollowed out and collapsed in on itself, forming a natural boundary for its wild inhabitants.
The Ngorongoro is home to a great variety of wildlife, such as lion, hippopotamus, wildebeest, zebra, serval and the highly endangered black rhino. Another special feature of the Ngorongoro is the soda Lake Magadi that hosts both lesser and greater flamingos. This mammal and bird diversity makes it a highly sought after destination for travelers from all over the world.
To enhance the whole safari experience Leisure and Cruise travelers stay at one the many luxury lodges that are ideally located on the crater’s edge such as &Beyond’s Crater Lodge. Each of the lodge’s banana thatch suites have stunning views of the crater below. The lodge is a eloquent representation of Masai culture.
Zanzibar: the Spice Island
For Leisure and Cruise travelers on the East African circuit, Zanzibar and Stone Town are an outstanding option to finish off the trip as it is a place of sun, spices, rich history and beautiful, white sandy beaches. The ancient city of Stone Town is steeped in history as the clove industry, along with other spices, attracted traders from the Middle East, the African interior and Europe.
Due to the multinational influences on Zanzibar and Stone Town in particular, tourists find an unique blend of African, European and Arab influence seen in the cobble stone roads, Arabian arches, spice market and heavy-hand wooden doors. Visitors can find beauty around every corner.
Zanzibar’s tropical climate also attracts tourists looking for a beach holiday as the island is famous for its white, sandy beaches. Zanzibar and its beaches also provide a wonderful ending to any East African safari, as travelers relax and enjoy their final days in the African sun.