East Africa- what a pleasure….
Zanzibar, Tanzania, Rwanda & Uganda
A month in East Africa- a time to learn and be wow’ed
We were incredibly fortunate to be able to get back to Africa in October and reconnect with old friends and make new friends. I say friends- as everyone is your friend in Africa!
East Africa is such a wonderful destination to go on safari and I needed to get to know it better. I spent months planning this trip through endless phone calls to our preferred suppliers- Wayo Africa in Tanzania, Wolf DMC in Rwanda, and Wild Frontiers in Uganda. Collectively they all helped design a trip that was extremely busy and meant that we covered as much territory as we could.
We started with a few days in Zanzibar – beach time to get over the jetlag and then out to Chumbe Island- magic! We visited Stonetown and embraced the craziness of being back on the African continent!
Onto Arusha to be met by George our wonderful guide, who was with us for the next week. George was old school and simply the best. We hit it off immediately and between George and Ro, there was a lot of knowledge shared and gained.
Northern Tanzania was remarkable, we loved it, amazing wildlife, and brilliant cultural tours and Wayo certainly knew their stuff, their guides & staff were all fantastic and ALWAYS had big smiles. Seeing the tail end of the wildebeest migration has us wanting t for more and planning our return trip!
We then flew to Rwanda, and it was nothing like what we expected. It was clean & orderly and the country was green, lush & extremely hilly. It was like no other country we have visited,
We experienced & saw so much but the highlight was trekking the gorillas in the Virunga mountains, I still have to pinch myself to believe it. Nothing prepares you for it and you just want to keep going back!
I carried onto Uganda, and what a contrasting but equally fabulous country. I was lucky enough to see the chimps again & also see the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. There is so much to share I will need to start a blog!
Needless to say, we came home with smiles as big as all our new friends from East Africa!