An Expert’s Guide to Africa
“From mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda to the great migration across the Masai Mara, this part of the world shows nature at its best.”
Tom Grapes is a huge advocate for Africa and has worked at Flight Centre for four years. He has visited Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania (scaling Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Alzheimer’s Society), and seeing cheetah from a hot-air balloon is one of his career highlights. Here he shares his insight into the country:
Fly to Kenya, Uganda or Rwanda
For the best prices to Kenya, travel from London to Nairobi direct with Kenya Airways, or indirect with Air France and Emirates. I’d recommend Qatar Airways and Emirates for Entebbe (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda).
Use private transfers
Self-driving holidays are uncommon here. Instead, a private transfer from each location is the best option, or opt for an organised small-group tour. For something really special in Kenya and Tanzania, take a private scenic flight from one game reserve to another – a unique experience, it’s an excellent way to get around and see the country from an awe-inspiring angle.
Indulge in roasted meat
No trip to Kenya is complete without digging into the local delicacy nyama choma – mouth-watering roasted meat (often goat). The fun comes in the eating: mould a ugali maize cake in your hands and then load on the meat to your heart’s content. It’s far from gourmet, but it’s delicious, very sociable and exactly as the locals do.
Join a three-hour gorilla trek
Our recommended guides can help you get up close to a family of these great apes. We saw three silverbacks, two ‘toddlers’ and a two-month old baby. They barely notice you, just carry on doing what they’re doing and brush past you if you’re in their way. I loved it!
Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp in the Masai Mara delivers an authentic dose of African wildlife. With game viewing from your pool or porch, it’s an incredible experience in a unique setting.