The East African coast consists of the long stretches of white beaches and azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Made up of the mainland’s coast, and a number of small islands, the culture and history of this region is extraordinary. Dotted with ancient stone towns of cobbled streets, narrow alleys and bustling bazaars, the colorful atmosphere and magnificent architecture make it alluring not just as a beach getaway but as an incredibly fascinating place.
Each locale has a unique character hailing from the Sultan of Oman’s outpost on Zanzibar to the modern investment by Italians at Malindi to the Arab settlements of Lamu. Add to this the coral reefs and marine national parks with their vividly colourful underwater life and it is tough to resist ending an East African safari with a few days (or more) on the coast.
There are five primary areas for such exploration; in Kenya, we recommend Diani Beach, Watamu Malindi or Lamu. And in Tanzania we recommend the island of Zanzibar or just south of Dar es Salaam at Ras Kutani. Each is accessible by daily flight from Nairobi, Dar es Salaam or Arusha to easy bolt onto the end of your safari.
Year round: climate is consistent year-round with hot and humid weather and a primary rainy season in April and May.
December to April: during this time of year it is always possible to get afternoon equatorial rainstorms. Sea temperature remains constantly warm.
Depending on what time of year you travel, we will recommend the best areas and camps to visit and which parts of the Serengeti National Park to go to in order to have the best chance of seeing the migration. We want to make sure that you have the best chance of seeing a lot of game - the migration is more than just wildebeest – it means predator action, and generally a huge congregation of all kinds of mammals!
From mid July to October, the migration is usually concentrated in the the northern part of the Serengeti and the wildebeest accumulate in the Mara River area. From December to March, the migration is usually located in the Southern Serengeti where the wildebeest congregate for calving season. Some of the camps (like Olakira) move twice a year to follow the migration, so will be located either in Southern or Northern Serengeti depending on when you visit. At other times of the year, the migration won't be so concentrated, but there is still plenty of game in the Serengeti - we will advise the most appropriate locations to visit.
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