Safaris in East Africa: Where to Go and When?

Game Drive in Maasai Mara National Park

From beach breaks in Zanzibar through the impenetrable jungles of Uganda, home to the mountain gorillas, East Africa is a region that is rewarding with lifetime memories during your safari in Africa. Enjoy game drives and sunset cruises within Kenya, hike some of Africa’s highest mountains, go for chimpanzee tracking in the wild, enjoy the great wildebeest migration and get yourself rounded up on the best trips to take in 2014.

For starters, a safari in Uganda will be rewarding to you but June to September is the perfect time to visit the pearl of Africa since the weather is scorching, the crowds have abated and there are food festivals aplenty. Holidaymakers can work up an appetite basking on the country’s fine sandy beaches before imbibing Kampala’s gastronomic offerings at the annual street jam which features live music, cooking competitions and, of course, an abundance of couscous. September in Uganda is prime time for any kind of tour activity. Beaches are blossoming with tourists and holiday makers something that is very appeasing.

With beautiful beaches and great weather and a lot of wild game to look at, Uganda is a popular holiday destination all year round. But if you’re good at cycling, September is the best time to visit; the surf is good but the professional surfers have yet to arrive and hog the waves.

Music and dancing fill the streets of Kampala almost the whole of September during holidays since holiday makers are full to capacity and tourists are all over the place.

Over the course of a week, there are street performances, exhibits and music. The highlight, though, is the theatrical re-enactment of Amakula film festivals. The Rocky Mountains are, arguably, at their best during September; the weather is fine, the wildlife abundant and the browning leaves make for excellent photographs. Visitors can drive along scenic mountain passes, picnic amongst the highest peaks in especially Ruwenzori and Elgon and trek along various hiking trails. The more adventurous can set up camp in the lofty wilderness.

During this time, visitors can expect to see each and every kind fauna that this pearl of Africa has to offer especially the big five which include; elephants,lions,leopards,buffaloes,rhinos and other animals like zebras,warthogs,antelopes, and every kind of marine life like crocodiles, hippopotamus and so many others.

Come to Uganda and see history that’s already been written in one of the city’s many museums and historical buildings, which offer free access on weekends throughout September. There are two galleries of “heritage objects.” The lower gallery houses contemporary art and illustrates the Ugandan way of life and how this country has evolved through various times through painting, sculpture and machetes. The upper gallery tells “a glowing story of Uganda’s development,” from ancient times through to present life. There’s also a children’s corner on the upper floor and a live demonstration in the art of traditional pottery making.

The city of Kampala comes alive every September with several festivities given the rampant night clubs that surround this city.

The revelry continues in much the same vein for three more weeks. If the party gets too much, you could slope off to Uganda’s world-class museums, take a relaxing river cruise, eat your way around the city or treat yourself to several massage parlours.


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