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Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda make up the region known as East Africa, and is probably one of the most well known and popular safari destinations in the world. East Africa with its majestic landscapes is a photographers dream.

The wildlife highlight in East Africa is the yearly migration of more than two million wildebeest , as well as numerous zebra, antelope and their natural predators. The animals migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya.

The migration is the biggest movement of land mammals on the planet. The sight and sound of ten thousand wildebeest massed in one place is truly spectacular.

The reason all these animals are on the move is because they are on a constant search for new pastures. As they finish the good grazing in one area, they head onwards towards Kenya where they instinctively know that the rains in April and May will have produced green grasses.

If you are visiting either the Masai Mara in Kenya or the Serengeti in Tanzania, it is important to know where the migration is - so that you know which safari camps and lodges are best placed to see it.

Ngorongoro Crater and Tanzania’s Northern Circuit is the best self-contained safari destination in the world. Often referred to as the 'Garden of Eden', the rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor shelters a large population of animals.

The Selous and Tanzania’s Southern Circuit is the largest conservation area in the world.

Uganda is a country of shimmering lakes, lofty mountains and mysterious forests and is most famous for its Gorillas to look a massive silverback directly in the eye is undisputedly one of the most special wildlife encounters on earth.

How to plan your trip?

It may be stating the obvious, but the more time you have to go on safari the more you will see.  East Africa's rich wildlife diversity means that you will always see new species and new behaviors.
Try to do some research before you go (this website has been developed to give you some ideas) to find the areas with the key wildlife that matches your interests.

Let AFRICAN CLASSIC ENCOUNTERS do the hard job to organize each stage of the trip for you.

One week is the minimum requirement for a worthwhile wildlife safari, allowing you time to visit two to three reserves comfortable.
If it is your first trip to East Africa, we recommend you to spend  three or four days in one of the major reserves in
Tanzania (Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater) or Kenya (Masai Mara), which are famous for their high concentration of large mammals, to get a feel for the great herds of herbivores and their predators.
We highly recommend you to spend a couple of day's in the more secluded and beautiful
Tarangire for walking safaris with elephants.

Two weeks will allow you to add a
sailing safari around Zanzibar and Pemba islands to your one week itinerary, or you will have time to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Three weeks extra time will allow you to take in a few wildlife parks at a more relaxed pace. Once again, first time travelers should visit one of the popular reserves; 
SerengetiNgorongoro Crater or Masai Mara.
Follow this with a trip to one of the semiarid parks: 
Selous GR and Ruaha in Tanzania or Tsavo and Samburu and Buffalo Springs in Kenya.
Consider exploring the coral reefs and coastal forest of 
Zanzibar and Pemba, maybe through a yacht charter.
Birdwatchers may want to head to hotspots such as
Tarangire or Udzungwa Mountains NP in Tanzania or Lake Nakuru for flamingos.

Africa's unbeatable safari country
Tanzania is our unrivalled favorite among the African safari destinations. 
If a top list over Africa's ten natural wonders had been established, Tanzania would certainly have four of the top five:

Northern Tanzania is the best place for the first time traveler to see leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant, and rhino - Africa's Big Five.
Some of the finest cultural experiences you will find in the
Maasai and their natural setting in the Great Rift Valley. And for ape lovers there are the destinations of Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains.
Southern Tanzania offers two first class semi arid reserves off the beaten track: the wild game parks of
Selous and Ruaha.
Relaxation on beautiful beaches, adventurous scuba diving and historical experiences you will find in
Zanzibar and Pemba.

The great migration -