East Africa is one of the best places in Africa to see wildlife — sightings of the famous Big Five are practically guaranteed in the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Join Intrepid Travel’s East Africa Highlights group tour for a 10-day trip that begins in Nairobi, Kenya and finishes up in Arusha, Tanzania. A local team – including leader, driver and cook – will accompany you on an adventure that includes highlights such as mind-blowing safaris and game drives, as well as haggling with locals at street markets and visiting the Loita Hills to learn about Kenya’s tribal life.
Namibia is one of the largest countries in Africa, yet one of the most sparsely populated places on earth — and it’s also home to some of the continent’s most spectacular landscapes. From otherworldly deserts and soaring sand dunes to savanna grasslands that are home to diverse wildlife, including a large cheetah population. Intrepid’s 13-day Namibia Discovery trip begins in Cape Town, South Africa, before heading to Lambert’s Bay and then crossing into Namibia. Highlights of the trip include exploring the sand dunes of the Sossusvlei, watching the sunset over Fish River Canyon, and game drives in Etosha National Park.
Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains — a Unesco World Heritage Site often called the ‘Roof of Africa’ — are home to the red-chested gelada baboon, the world’s rarest ape. If you want to catch a glimpse of this creature and fill up your camera roll with unique wildlife photography, join Intrepid’s 13-day journey through Ethiopia. Not only will you trek along lofty mountain passes, you’ll also taste the country’s famous coffee at its source, discover three million-year-old fossilised hominid remains in Addis Ababa, and search for the source of the Blue Nile on a boat cruise on Lake Tana.
Adventure doesn’t always mean roughing it – if you’re in search of a luxury African wildlife safari, Rwanda and Uganda are home to some of the most spectacular wildlife resorts in Africa and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Intrepid’s six-day Premium Rwanda and Uganda trip includes a day trekking through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to find rare mountain gorillas, followed by a three-night stay at the carbon-neutral Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge. Other highlights include a croc-spotting boat cruise on Lake Mburo, and the opportunity to try Uganda’s street food speciality known as ‘Rolex’ – a wordplay on ‘rolled eggs’.