When it comes to African Safaris East and Southern African countries have a lot to offer and each is unique in its own way. No two Africa countries are a like even though they may share similar eco-systems.
Our top pick for the best African country for a safari is Kenya. For those seeking an authentic wildlife focused experience off the beaten track Kenya has an edge compared to Southern African countries and it’s safari accommodation are just as luxurious as those of Southern African countries the likes of South Africa.
What most people may not know is that Kenya is the original African safari country and the word safari actually comes from the swahili word meaning travel. Inspite of the competition offered by countries in Southern Africa the likes of South Africa and Botswana its still considered among the best wildlife viewing countries today, offering the classic safari experience.
The Masai Mara Game Reserve remains the most prolific area for big cat viewing, and arguably the best game viewing overall.
Then there is the wildebeest migration. The largest migration of mammals on the face of the earth and the mara river where this spectacle takes place.
Cultural & Historical Sites
When it comes to culture and historical sites and while it may not have the same level of resorts like South Africa, Kenya has great historical sites the likes of Gedi Ruins, Lamu Old Town and Fort Jesus.
Built by the Portuguese at the end of the 16th century, Fort Jesus stands at the southern edge of Mombasa, over a spur of coral rock.
It was kept under Portuguese control for one century, and is testimony to the first successful attempt by Western civilization to control the Indian ocean trade routes
Kenya is also home to the second highest peak in Africa. Mount Kenya straddles the equator about 193 km north-east of Nairobi and about 480 km from the Kenyan coast. At 5,199 m, Mt Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa.
-The Great Rift Valley
Best Beaches In The World
The pure white sandy beaches of Watamu, which slides gently into shallow, turquoise water, forms part of the Malindi Marine Reserve Park, a marine protected area. The snorkeling and diving around the offshore coral formations is said to be the best in East Africa.
Watamu is also an important breeding ground for green and hawksbill turtles.
Amboseli National Park is famous for its huge elephants herds and the scenic views of Mount Kilimanjaro on the background with wildlife on the foreground. It is also the best place to view Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day.