East Africa

This page outlines posts related to our travels in Rwanda and Tanzania in August/September of 2013.

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Trip Overview

Leaving our husbands behind, my Aunt, my good friend Hali and I traveled for 3 weeks in East Africa. The trip was organized in two parts, first a visit to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas and second a photo safari through the Tanzanian Serengeti that ended with 5 days on Zanzibar Island.  If you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment and I’ll be happy to answer.

Planning an East African Safari – Rwanda, Tanzania

Reviews of Travel Agencies Used
Review of Amahoro Tours – Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes Natl Park, Rwanda
Roy Safaris, Tanzania – Review

Arriving in Rwanda – The Start of an African Adventure
Post includes our arrival in Kigali, a visit to the Kigali Memorial Centre that documents and honors the victims of the 1994 massacre, and the drive to Volcanoes National Park.
Trekking Golden Monkeys – Volcanoes Natl Park, Rwanda
Our first trek in the jungle to visit these astonishing creatures.
Gorilla Trekking, Volcanoes Natl Park, Rwanda
The gorillas are the reason most people visit this area. We were not disappointed.
Climbing Mt Bisoke, Volcanoes Natl Park, Rwanda
A day hike to one of the mountain chain’s highest peaks. Not all of us do well in the thin air.
Review of Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, Volcanoes Natl Park, Rwanda

Flight from Kigali, Rwanda to Northern Serengeti


Northern Serengeti
The Great Wildebeest Crossing, Northern Serengeti, Tanzania
Watching the wildebeests cross the Mara River is one of the highlights of the vast Serengeti.
More Pics from Northern Serengeti, Tanzania
Asilia Tented Camps, Serengeti Tanzania – Review
Luxury tented camps in the northern and central Serengeti

Drive from Northern to Central Serengeti, Tanzania
A long bumpy, dusty drive between regions.

Central Serengeti
Cats, Cats, Cats – Central Serengeti, Tanzania
Watching the lions with their cubs was the highlight of the Central Serengeti.
More Pics from Central Serengeti, Tanzania
Asilia Tented Camps, Serengeti Tanzania – Review
Luxury tented camps in the northern and central Serengeti.

Drive from Central Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ngorognoro Crater
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Tanzania – Review
High-end lodge on the Ngorongoro Crater rim.
Ngorongoro Crater Safari, Tanzania
With a wide variety of wildlife, Ngorongoro Crater is a must on most Serengeti itineraries.
Ngorognoro Farm House, Tanzania – Review
Located on a coffee plantation about 45 minutes from the crater entrance, this a cheaper yet comfortable alternative to the rim lodges.
Hike down Empakai Crater, Tanzania
A chance to stretch our legs for a day and explore a different facet of the Tanzanian landscape.

Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara, Tanzania
If you love monkeys this is the place for you.
Mto Wambu Village Walk, Tanzania
A fun and surprising tour of Tanzanian village life.

Tarangire National Park
The Elephants of Tarangire Natl Park, Tanzania
The last national park on our trip, the elephants did not disappoint.
More Pics from Tarangire Natl Park, Tanzania
Tarangire Safari Lodge, Tanzania – Review
A more affordable option with fantastic views.

Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Our 5 days in Zanzibar starts with a walk through the crumbly and colorful Stone Town.
Kisiwa House, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania – Review
An elegant and friendly respite in a historic merchant home turned boutique hotel.
Matemwe Beach Village, Zanzibar, Tanzania – Review
An affordable eco friendly beach option.
Snorkeling with One Ocean – Matemwe Beach, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Snorkeling trip to Mnemba Island.
Beach Walk, Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Our trip to East Africa ends with a thigh-high wade through the tidal pools on Matemwe Beach at “low tide”.

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