Africa: East


And somehow you’re sick of the highway, with its noise and its easy needs, and you seek the risk of the by-way and reck not where it leads.” R W Service

The majestic land of endless horizons, where each setting sun merits its own painting simply has no parallel. The Maasai held back the world from entering the portals of East Africa till the English through fair means and foul made the great Maasai Labion Mbatiany’s prophesy of the long black snake come true. As predicted the railway line from Mombasa to Kisumu later to be called The Lunatic Express brought with it great disturbance for his people. Colonization arrived in East Africa and British East and German East established their stranglehold on the incredible wilderness. White hunters became the flavour of the season with who-is-who of the world descending on them to hunt.

Slavers, traders, explorers, white hunters and the Maasai have blessed this region with a unique character of its own. It is the land of adventure; raw and savage, yet gentle. In this home of the kikuyu the earth is torn apart by cataclysmic forces creating the Great Rift Valley. It is the only place in the world where elephants drink of springs fed by snows on the equator. Here lies the source of the Nile, which has fascinated the world for centuries, a fascination which led to the very destruction of the continent herself. Explorations preceded colonization and though Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are independent from the colonial masters today yet they did their time under a Western crown. Though colonization raped the land of its wealth and mocked at the very heart of local tradition and culture, most countries in Africa, unlike India, have remained unafraid to retain the grandeur and romance of their colonial past. Kenya especially has mastered the art of taking you back in time and keeping you there, all with present day luxuries.

Today East Africa not only offers you the most diverse of eco-biospheres with the best wilderness in the world, it also offers a wide range of experiences catering to the diverse evolving markets the world over.

From fly camps to the most sophisticated game lodges, with the incredible migration to the deserts of Kenya, with the highlands of Uganda to mountain with snows on the equator, from incredible coast lines to stunning soda and fresh water lakes created by the rift, from the diverse cultures of the Samburu (Kenya) to the north to the Makonde (Tanzania) to the south, from the Banyoro (Uganda) to the west  to the Arabs in the east, East Africa, rightfully so, remains the most preferred safari destination in the world.

The great migration of wildebeest, zebra and impala unfolds in their daily quest for fresh grass. Rhino snort and shuffle browsing on thorny acacia. Free roaming buffalo and elephant herds wander vast expanses in search of graze. Gemsbok and eland move majestically in the black cotton soil. . . all looking for food.

Unlike the tommy’s, grants and gerunks most mammals in Africa need water on a regular basis. Perennial rivers are few and far between and fewer still have abundant feed to ensure that the wildlife of the area remain in the same place through the year. This does happen up in the hills where enough and more browse and sweet water streams ensure that the wilderness not wander far but this is not the case in the grasslands. Here in the savannah, animals like buffalo, elephant, wildebeest, impala and zebra to name a few, are dependent on the grass and grass as we well know is dependent on the rains which are seasonal in East Africa.

As the active life cycle of the animal kingdom revolves around the many moods of the weather, it is absolutely pertinent to plan your safari accordingly. The delicate balance between rain and animal movement at any given time dictates where the guests should go. We at Africa with Saad process the request of the guests based on such animal movement patterns and offer the best itineraries.

Dua la kuku halimpati mwewe.
                                    The curse of the fowl does not bother the kite.
(Swahili saying)

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