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Friday, November 11, 2005

Call of the Wild: Best Safari Vacations

Tanzania. Deep into the heart of Africa, lies the great plains of the Serengeti, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. This is where herds of animals run free in an untamed wilderness and predators hunt for their prey. Serengeti comes from the Masai word “Siringit” meaning “the place where the land runs on forever.” The flat grassy plains which make up about a third of the park along with the savannahs, ensure that the area is jam-packed full with plains game.

The Serengeti is well known for the wildebeest migration. Every year two million animals move clockwise around this 14,763 sq km ecosystem in search of grazing and water, followed closely by predators.

Spend your days and nights among the lions, elephants, cheetahs, impala, hyena and warthogs in a land abundant with wildlife. Sit besides a campfire, under an African sky lit brightly with millions of stars. Experience Africa, a world left unchanged by time. Explore the exotic, historic and most beautiful places in world. Enjoy astounding sunsets, mystifying landscapes and the hospitable, open-hearted people.

Come to Kenya and begin your own great adventure. Travel as an observer or become an active participant with boundless opportunities to observe natural wonders and exotic wildlife. Explore celebrated archaeological sites and important antiquities and enjoy serene waterways and magnificent architecture.

Kenya has been described as having everything that is beautiful in Africa, from the scenic immensity of the rolling savannas to the desert regions of the north, the glaciated peaks of Mount Kenya to the white coral beaches and the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Special holidays of all kinds are also catered for- from Camel Safaris in Samburu land, through walking safaris for ornithologists, to mountaineering on snow-capped Mt. Kenya; and from golfing to big game fishing.

Visit the Maasai Mara, widely recognized as the finest reserve in the country, where thousands of Zebra and Wildebeest migrate to during the months of July and August, thus providing an endless banquet for the larger predators. Maasai Mara is an unforgettable spectacle for visitors.
Throughout the country, distinctive environments are home to diverse ethnic groups and an equally broad range of wildlife. In the North, home of the Samburu people, the waters attract a plentiful array of wildlife.

Kenya’s coast offers tantalizing attractions. Lamu Island offers white sand beaches with archaeological sites that open a window on pre-colonial African history. While Malindi provides plenty of fishing, surfing and snorkeling.

Going on Safari doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to rough it under canvas tents, you can choose from hotels, game lodges, tree hotels, and self-catering chalets in the most dramatic surroundings. All of these selections also offer amenities such as rest rooms, clean beds and fine dining. Fast modern roads link one natural wonder to another. Most parks and reserves are easily accessible for big game viewing. Enjoy a cosmopolitan meal and Kenyan beers and wines, which have competed with the worlds best in winning gold medals for excellence.

Transportation is available for hire, cars, motor coaches and luxury minibuses, from scheduled air services with the most sophisticated charter network outside of North America. One of the worlds most romantic train journeys runs between Nairobi and Mombasa. On arrival and departure, visitors are welcome to avail themselves of the World of Kenya large duty-free shops at the international airports. There are regular daily flights from Mombasa and Nairobi to most European capitals, with onward connections to other parts of the world. Kenya overwhelms all who visit her. A holiday spent in Kenya is one of the most rewarding travel experiences of a lifetime.

East Africa is a great destination all year round. Each season has its advantages and each area has its best moments. If you have already decided to go on a safari, visit a travel agent specializing in safari vacations to plan an itinerary that will allow you to get the most out of your trip. You can benefit by having a travel agent custom design you vacation and find you the best deals on airfare, hotel accommodations and transportation, tour guides and more. Most importantly, you will have the peace of mind that your vacation will be planned out most efficiently and tailored to your needs.

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