5 Iconic East Africa Safari Tours

East Africa is a perfect destination for thrill-seekers, adventure lovers, explorers, researchers, and tourists looking to get the most out of their holiday. The region is the world’s leading destination for safaris, which range from very simple to exotic.

Here are five iconic East Africa safari ideas that you could try out:

Hot-air ballooning

You should not, by any chance miss a hot-air balloon safari when you are in East Africa. It is one of the most thrilling and fulfilling experiences of all time – you get to enjoy an elevated view from the balloon that enables you to appreciate the splendour of the parks. This safari offers not only incredible viewing and photographic opportunities but also a unique perspective of the area and a more intimate connection. The balloon flights are fully wind-dependent and fly over the Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks in Tanzania, Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda, and Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Walking safaris

While walking is prohibited in most of the national reserves and parks in Kenya and East Africa at large, they are increasingly becoming popular in the smaller wildlife conservancies and companies like Asilia Africa are known for offering them. Commonly referred to as bush walks, the walking safaris offer the opportunity to immerse oneself in the African wilderness and see not only the bigger wildlife but the smaller creatures and fascinating insects and plant life up close.

If you are keen on getting longer or “proper” walking safaris, then you should be sure to ask about this when comparing different tour companies. Asilia Safaris, for instance, has qualified guides who are well trained to ensure your safety during the walk and will give you the perfect walking safari experience to remember.

Birding safaris

Are you a bird lover looking to explore the species in East Africa? Then you should be ready for an intriguing birding safari. The region has rich and diverse birdlife, with more than 1,000 species in Tanzania and Kenya alone. Whether you are just getting started or have been in the bird-watching game for a long time, you can count on the guides to give you the best of what you are looking for.

Freshwater fishing

What better way to unwind after a wildlife safari in the Serengeti than heading to the remote Rubondo Island for freshwater fishing. The island is immersed in the sub-tropical forest and provides an excellent spot for fishing enthusiasts.

Before you get to fishing, you can enjoy the drives that navigate through the wilderness, giving you a perfect opportunity to photograph the wildlife and landscape of the island. You can also hike or walk in the forest to see the islands resident chimpanzees.

After fishing, you get the chance to enjoy a peaceful night’s rest in a tree house – which gives you an elevated view of the landscape for a stunning view and memorable experience.

Boat safaris

Selous Game Reserve is amongst the few reserves in Africa that afford you the chance to experience a range of game animals from the water. A boat safari in Rufiji River (the largest river in Tanzania) is a perfect trip for a lazy afternoon; when all you want to do is sit back and appreciate the nature’s goodness. You’ll not only enjoy the cruising experience, but the beautiful scenery of the river with its many crocodiles, hippos, and diverse birdlife.