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Wildlife safaris in East Africa | Combined scuba diving and safari holidays


It would be utter madness to travel to East Africa and not go on a wildlife safari. You can go diving as well but don't miss the chance to explore the continent's greatest resources – the vast wilderness of the Serengeti plains, the culture of the Masai tribes, the mass migrations of hundreds and thousands of animals.

Whether you choose Kenya or Tanzania – or any of the other African nations – it's easy enough to travel to the closest coast afterwards and immerse yourself in the cooling tropical waters.

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Flights to Nairobi, Mombasa or Dar es Salaam then onwards by road or light aircraft

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The most remote parks have the best animal populations. In Samburu the landscapes are classic Africa and animals include the long-necked gerunuk, Grevy's zebra and the reticulated giraffe. The Masai Mara National Park is where you are most likely to see all of the big five and you can visit the tribes who still adhere to their traditional way of life. Tsavo East Park is close enough to the coast to allow a day trip – you might see elephants and lions, but buffalo, giraffe and various deer species are more likely.

TANZANIA Many travellers come to climb Mount Kilimanjaro but far more amazing is the Ngorongoro Crater, an ancient gorge occupied by elephants, giraffe, rhino, zebra, lions and cheetahs. All the big cats live on the wide open plains of the Serengeti, zebra are everywhere and hippopotamus wallow in ponds. The great wildebeest migration is beyond spectacular, as is watching a pride of cheetahs making a kill.
OPINION We have done several safaris aross a couple of decades and they have always been fascinating. There is truly nothing quite like looking deep into the eyes of a male lion or watching a baby elephant getting washed by it's mother. Days are long. dusty and hot, but that just makes time on the Indian Ocean even more alluring.
Diving destinations in East Africa
KENYA: The Coast

Medjumbe Island
Pemba diving
TANZANIA: East Zanzibar
Mnemba Atoll
Pemba Island
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