The #1 Tour Operator For Travellers In Search Of An Authentic Trip To East Africa

The #1 Tour Operator For Travellers In Search Of An Authentic Trip To East Africa

Putting together a dream trip to Africa can be a daunting task if you attempt to individually book the different components that make a trip to Africa authentic and exciting. A far better (and often cheaper) way of planning such a trip is to arrange for an itinerary perfectly tailored to your needs. That’s where we can help you. At Around Africa Safaris, we have the connections and knowledge to tailor the ultimate itinerary for your time in Africa making sure you are never short of excitement. And these are not empty claims made in a passionate tone. We have the people  As an experienced tour operator in East Africa, we work with some of the top service providers in the safari and hospitality industries of the region. Our guides are also, for the most part, locals, who were born and bred in Africa and therefore have an excellent command of its people, culture, and wildlife. We have the equipment  Whether your interest lies in a mountain gorilla tour or seeing a lion enjoy a fresh meal served by his lioness, AAS owns several safari vehicles including 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers and Nissan Patrols. Our vehicles offer spacious interiors and pop-up roofs and are comprehensively serviced to ensure your comfort and safety.  We know the terrain  Few guides in the East Africa region are as familiar with its history and geography as Okech, a certified Wilderness First Responder. He also did courses in wildlife management and tourism. In our midst, we also boast the only German-speaking guide in Uganda, Yvonne, who completed studies in Tourism Geography. So as you can see, we supplement our tours with an underlying layer of history, culture, and geography, the key to an authentic African experience. We offer honest guidance  At AAS, we offer straightforward guidance. Our aim is to make things easier for travelers and from the moment you get in touch with us, you’ll realize that.  We are committed to tailoring the best itinerary for your trip  And finally, as your tour operator, rest assured that we will always recommend the best itinerary for your trip. We also constantly strive to be cheaper than booking direct. Currently, Americans and Germans dominate our client portfolio but we can arrange tours in several other languages.    ...

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5 Animals You Can See On an African Safari Adventure

5 Animals You Can See On an African Safari Adventure

For many travelers, a trip to Africa is all about the safaris. Here you can see a wide range of different animals that you would never be able to see at home. African animals are often majestic and awe-inspiring and visiting a safari at least once in a lifetime should be on everyone’s bucket list. Here are just 5 of the animals you can see on an African safari that will leave you gasping in amazement. Gorillas Get an up-close-and-personal view of a gorilla in its natural habitat. With only 800 mountain gorillas living in the world today, you’ll appreciate their splendor and magnificence when you lay your eyes on them. Be sure to book ahead for gorilla trekking since the gorilla parks only allow a specific number of people to enter per day. Hippos African hippos are also declining in numbers yet they play an important part in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. View them on a safari and marvel as they peer out from the waterways and murky ponds or as they proudly trod over the ground. You’ll be surprised to hear just how loud they are when they roar and you’ll want to take a variety of pictures to show friends and family members when you return home. Rhinos Get an up-close view of African white and black rhinos on a safari. Thanks to anti-poaching efforts and vigorous conservation as well as international bans on rhino horn trading, these animals have been brought back from the brink of extinction and are absolutely wonderful to behold. Wildebeest Migration This should be considered as the best show on earth and the best time to view it is in July or early August and at the end of November – depending on the rainfall patterns. This is a famous spectacle where you’ll see thousands upon thousands of wildebeest animals running across the plains. During the other times of the year, it’s also a fantastic place to visit since there is always general game to be found roaming in the area. Birds Although you may not be heading out to see birds specifically, they will most definitely capture your heart and your attention when you’re out on a safari. The birds in Rwanda and Uganda make up 67% of the bird population in Africa. With more than 1,000 different bird species including the Shoebill, the Green-Breasted Pitta, the African Green Broadbill, the Brown-chested Plover and so many more, you’ll definitely be left with a new appreciation of birds. Life will never seem the same once you’ve experienced a Uganda or Rwanda safari in all of its glory. To find out how you can see these animals and many others on an African safari, please contact us through our website at aroundafricasafari.com, on Skype or call us directly at +256-414-693-576 or...

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Spotlight on Mountain Gorillas

Spotlight on Mountain Gorillas

Mountain gorillas are muscular with large chests, wide feet and hands and black, thick hair that keeps them warm. They are the largest living primates on earth today and live in a social group of up to 40 with the leader, a silverback. This silverback is the protector of the group and he will sacrifice his life to protect the rest of the pack from other gorillas, leopards or humans. They are an amazing sight to behold and everyone on this planet should take the opportunity to see these gorillas at least once in their lifetimes. Mountain gorillas are an endangered species. They are also threatened by ongoing forest destruction when the land is needed for housing, fuel or farmland. Thankfully, there is a dedicated group that is putting all of their efforts towards protecting these amazing animals so the species can continue for many years to come. There are less than 1,000 mountain gorillas alive today and approximately half of them can be found in Uganda. The Mgahinga National Parks and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest host gorilla safaris in areas where the animal is surrounded by his natural habitat and can remain unharmed. These safaris permit you to not only see the gorillas up-close and personal but also discover more about their risk of extinction. Losing these animals completely would be devastating and the more people that know about the threat, the more that can be done about it. The other half of the mountain gorilla population lives in Rwanda and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Males can weigh up to 400 pounds while females can reach a maximum weight of approximately 215 pounds. The males proudly stand up to 6 feet tall while the females can reach a height of 5 feet. Their lifespan ranges from 40 to 50 years, they are herbivorous and they have a gestation period that lasts about 8.5 months. When you view these amazing gorillas on a safari you’ll be amazed to see the social and gentle personalities of the adults and the fun-loving spirit of the children. It’s a heartwarming experience to view these mountain gorillas and it’s something that you’ll never forget for the rest of your life. To find out more about the gorillas and safari adventure opportunities please visit aroundafricasafari.com. You can also call us on Skype through our website or contact us directly at +256-414-693-576 or +256-773-599-507 to talk to one of our friendly...

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Experience a Breathtaking African Beach Holiday

Experience a Breathtaking African Beach Holiday

When most people think about taking a tour of Africa they envision safaris and meeting the locals. There’s also another reason why you should be visiting Africa and one that shouldn’t be ignored. There are fantastic beaches in Africa to explore and they make the perfect complement to long hot safari days. If you’re planning on traveling to Africa you should definitely consider adding a beach holiday to your travel plans. The ocean awaits your visit and you’ll be able to boast about swimming in a part of the ocean that many world travelers never experience. It’s something different that you can do while you’re in the country and an adventure that shouldn’t be missed. Around Africa Safari Beach Holidays At Around Africa Safari we pride ourselves on putting together the best beach travel plans for our visitors. Enjoy a visit to Seychelles where time seems to stand still while the waves of the water greet the open sand. You’ll be staying at Choice Villa, where you can hear the waves lapping and the birds chirping when you first wake up. You can then relax while you enjoy a delicious breakfast and then gear up for a day of snorkeling, swimming or just relaxing by the beach and working on your tan. You can also opt for a trip to Mombasa where you’ll stay at the exotic Leopard Beach Resort & Spa. The resort lies right on the Diani beach in Kenya, which is one of the most famous beaches in the country. You’ll definitely create lifetime memories on this beach and spa adventure. Many people that visit this beach tend to return to enjoy its breathtaking beauty once again. Around Africa Safari is also proud to offer luxury beach holidays in Zanzibar, which is located just off the Tanzania coast. Here you’ll find tiny islands and miles of sandy white beaches. This is the perfect place to visit when you want to do something different such as deep-sea fishing, diving in the coral reefs and snorkeling along the coastline. This is a great beach holiday that gives you the chance to unwind and put all of your cares aside in paradise. If you’re booking a safari, don’t forget to add on an African beach holiday as well. Find out more about our exciting excursions on our website, or contact us directly at +256-414-693-576 or +256-773-599-507 today to talk to one of our friendly...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Go on an African Safari

5 Reasons Why You Should Go on an African Safari

When you go on safari in Africa, you’ll experience a new world of wildlife adventure, fantastic scenery and cultural highlights. It is something completely different to a regular vacation and not only will you have the time of your life while you’re there, but you’ll build up countless memories and interesting knowledge that you can pass on to others. Here are 5 reasons why you should book your African safari today: Exposure To A Brand-New World You can’t help but get a new viewpoint on life once you’ve taken this type of vacation. These adventures create awareness of unspoiled habitats, the animals that share this planet with us, and different cultures. Once you get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy lifestyle and experience these changes, you’ll definitely be positively affected. The Best of Both Worlds Enjoy all the excitement and the relaxation that these trips offer. Unwind after exciting events during the day in luxurious suites that will make you feel at home. Choose from a variety of accommodations and amenities including a range of onsite restaurants, outdoor pools, and fantastic views. An Affordable Holiday Most wildlife safaris include game viewing, sightseeing, meals and accommodations without a lot of extra unexpected costs. You’ll be able to plan the trip according to your budget and you’ll be surprised to see just how affordable a safari can be. You’ll be getting excellent value for your money with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a brand-new part of the world. Endangered Animals Learn more about the mountain gorillas and cheetahs that need our help. Once you see them in person it doesn’t just become a story about endangered animals anymore – it becomes a personal experience. You do have the chance to get involved, either on a small scale or a larger one, to help these animals. In most cases, the fees to enter the grounds go towards preserving the animal habitat to prevent endangerment or extinction. Meet New Friends You’ll meet a lot of travelers that have flown in from around the world to enjoy the safari, and you’ll also get to know some of the locals in the area. Expand your horizons and meet new friends from the 4 corners of the earth – you may find a new place to visit! To find out more about this type of energizing holiday, contact Around Africa Safari today! Your appreciation of wildlife and the wonders of nature are sure to be heightened on a safari vacation....

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Guide to Packing for an East Africa Safari

Guide to Packing for an East Africa Safari

You’ve booked your flight and are ready to go on your East Africa Safari. All that’s left to do is sort out your packing list and you’ll be ready to go! There are a few things that you should keep in mind, however, when packing for this safari since it will be quite different from the other holidays that you may have taken in the past. For example, if you going to be taking a charter flight, you’ll only be able to take along one soft-sided bag with a weight restriction of 15 kg and 1 carry-on luggage bag. Putting Together a Packing List Here are some of the most important items that you’ll need to include on your list to make the most of your safari adventures: Clothing Your clothing should include 3 to 4 T-shirts, 2 shirts with long sleeves, 2 to 3 pairs of shorts, 1 lightweight fleece pullover or jacket, 2 pairs of light pants, swimwear, a bandanna or scarf, underwear, cotton socks and a hat with a wide brim that ties under the chin. Avoid clothes that are black or dark blue since they attract tsetse flies and instead choose clothes with neutral tones like brown and khaki. The long-sleeve shirts will also help prevent insect bites and will offer protection from the sun in the hot afternoons. Shoes Bring along a pair of your most comfortable walking shoes for your safari trip. You should also include a pair of the flip-flops or lightweight sandals to wear around the lodging. Miscellaneous and Personal Items Bring along your passport and a copy of it and keep both of them in separate bags. This way, if you do happen to lose your passport, it will be easier to replace it with a copy available. Don’t forget to pack your camera and an extra battery if necessary since you’ll be snapping a lot of pictures. Sunscreen and lip balm are essentials since you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun and you should also be armed with insect repellent and a Malaria prophylaxis as well. If you take any personal medication you’ll want to pack this at the last minute and you should also carry along a personalized first-aid kit that may include antihistamines, pain relievers etc. A small flashlight will come in handy as will a good set of binoculars. The lodges will supply soap and shampoo but if you have your favorites you may want to bring them along as well. You should also pack some hand sanitizer or wet wipes that you can use as needed and make sure that you have a small amount of cash on you for tipping the guide and the driver. These are the basic essentials that need to be packed for your next adventure to East Africa. Keep in mind that the 15 kg weight limit will be enforced so make sure that you weigh your bag before heading to the airport! This is going to be the trip of a lifetime and as long as you have packed properly, it’s going to be a smooth transition moving from plane to plane. To find out more about East Africa safaris, please visit aroundafricasafari.com or call +256-414-693-576 or +256-773-599-507 to speak directly to a...

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Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – The Only Place to See Rhinos in Uganda

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – The Only Place to See Rhinos in Uganda

Enjoy the majestic beauty of rhinos living in their natural habitat at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda. This sanctuary provides a safe and secure place for rhinos that are facing the possibility of extinction within the next 10 years. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and this sanctuary is the only place where you’ll be able to experience a rhino sighting in all of Uganda. The rhino sanctuary is dedicated to restoring the population of rhinos by offering the animals a safe place to live. Rhinos can breed here and expand without the worry of outside influences since the 70 km² sanctuary is completely surrounded by an electric fence rising 2 m in height to keep any unwanted intruders out. View Rhinos and Other Animal Species While rhinos are definitely the top feature in this sanctuary there are also 40 different reptilian and mammal species in the park including crocodiles, hippos, antelopes, monkeys and an amazing variety of birds. It’s a great place to visit when you’re in Uganda and want to see the beauty of nature at its best with rhinos in full view. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Location This sanctuary can be found approximately 180 km north of the capital of Uganda, Kampala, which is also Uganda’s biggest city. It is close to Nakitoma Village in the Nakasongola District. To get there simply follow the Kampala-Gulu Highway north from Kampala until you see the sanctuary signs. Make It a Part of Your Next Trip A trip to Uganda wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Tourist facilities include a guesthouse, a safari lodge, campgrounds and budget accommodation. The accommodations feature fantastic restaurants that offer great meals to visiting tourists. Trained rangers will guide you on this rhino expedition so that you can see these gentle beasts at a safe yet up-close distance. Besides trekking on foot to see the rhinos you can also take nature walks, canoe rides and do some bird watching while you’re here. By visiting the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary you’ll be helping to support the efforts to save these amazing animals from extinction. This expedition provides not only the opportunity to catch a rare view of rhinos but a chance to learn more about the danger of their extinction and what you can do to help. Visit Ziwa Rhino to find out more about this amazing sanctuary that cares enough to do something about...

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Uganda Reduces Visa Fee to Stimulate Tourism

Uganda Reduces Visa Fee to Stimulate Tourism

Visiting East Africa for a Uganda & Rwanda Safari Tour, has never been easier. The Uganda & Rwanda government just recently dropped their visa fees;  making the destination a reality for most prospective tourists.   Reduced Visa Fees Uganda’s government has reduced their visa fee in order to rev up their national economy. Their new platform allows for potential tourists to apply for the  e-visas  by filling out an online form; this new policy came into effect July 22, 2016. Technologys effect on travelling has made getting around much easier, so now getting approved by the Ugandan embassy at the border is efficient.   Tourism Steadily Increasing Uganda & Rwanda Safaris Tours have been helping entice tourists to spend some downtime along the Nile. Aside from the slight dip in tourism from 2009, as a result of the great recession, Uganda has been steadily increasing in travelers and visitors. In fact, Uganda’s travel and tourism revenue makes up the majority of their GDP. When the numbers have been crunched tourism adds more than a billion dollars in revenue to the GDP per fiscal year.   Tons of Activities Uganda has many tourist attractions that make it a great place to vacation. On East Africa Safaris, you can find local chimpanzees and beautiful silverback gorillas. Consider taking a boat trip along the River Nile to catch a glance of some enormous crocodiles; they can be up to 20 feet long and are the second biggest crocodiles on our planet. If you’re looking for adventure you could try white water rafting in Jinja; it’ll have your heart racing and your adrenaline going.   If you are interested in visiting Uganda and getting to know the local food, culture, wildlife and landscapes give us a call at 256 414693576, 256 773599507 or fill out our online...

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Honeymoon with a Rwanda Safari with Around Africa Safaris

Honeymoon with a Rwanda Safari with Around Africa Safaris

Rwanda is becoming a favourite stop for tourists from all around the world- with its sprawling lush jungles and the unique wildlife experiences, it’s no wonder why people are flocking here! Renowned for its beautiful scenery and natural parks, Rwanda is the “Land of a Thousand Hills”- home to the popular and breathtaking Virunga volcanic chain, which provides habitat for many species, including the mighty Silverback mountain gorilla. A Rwandan nature tour would be the perfect adventure for your honeymoon, and the beauty of this small country will take your breath away! For nature lovers, a guided Rwanda safari tour is a once in a lifetime experience- observe Silverback gorillas in their natural habitat, tour the magnificent jungles of the Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park, and Nyungwe National Park, or take an exhilarating savannah safari. An Around Africa Safaris tour would make an ideal honeymoon;, our tours care for each step of the way. Upon your arrival, you will be met by your guide at the airport, and escorted to your accommodations in Kigali. Your transportation throughout the journey is provided, and guided tours will give you an in-depth experience from a local perspective. On gorilla expeditions, rangers guide you through the terrain, providing valuable information on the gorillas and their habitat- it’s truly an inspiring adventure that you and your new spouse will treasure! Around Africa Safari excursions are also great for honeymoons because you get time to yourselves for exploring local culture, markets, museums, and dining. Our expert guides are available for recommendations, but you are free to adventure around the local areas; find local souvenirs, make new memories, and experience Rwandan culture! Around Africa Safaris tours are expertly designed by travel professionals, with the mission of providing every guest with a memorable, safe, and thrilling tour that will be remembered for a lifetime. With safety measures in place, such as 24/7 emergency support, guided transportation, and financial protection, you can be assured that you will enjoy an authentic and genuine experience with the added confidence of protection and guidance. Your thrilling Rwandan getaway is just a call or a click away! Contact Around Africa Safaris, your experts in Uganda & Rwanda safaris, online or call us today at 256-414-693-576- take a walk on the wild...

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The Top 5 Reasons to Book a Safari for Your Next Vacation

The Top 5 Reasons to Book a Safari for Your Next Vacation

Just close to 13,000 kilometres away, positioned on the eastern hemisphere and sitting right on the equator lies the beautiful country of Uganda. It’s a country with beautiful ties to nature, dance, culture and the animal kingdom. Here are the 5 top reasons to book a safari for your next vacation!   1.The Birds Uganda and Rwanda are well known for carrying over 350 different types of birds. They have everything from a pink-backed pelican to the grey crowned crane. These are birds you won’t find in your local zoo.   2.The Gorillas Not too long ago in a Cincinnati Zoo, a Silverback Gorilla was shot when a child entered its enclosure unattended. When animals are living in captivity we often don’t get to see how they live or behave in their natural environment. Visit Uganda and come see the Gorilla in it’s natural habitat.   3.The Leopards Leopards can be some of the hardest cats to spot in a Safari, but don’t let this stop you from trying! They are one of the quickest animals on the planet running at over 50 kilometres an hour.   4.The Nile River Come see a river as old as time. The Nile River is one on the longest rivers in the world at 6,700 kilometres. Along the river there are many differents plants like reeds and wildlife like the perch to see. Egyptians collected a bushy reed called papyrus that grows along the Nile, then processed the woody plant and created boats, paper and many other important tools. Come see one of the largest water sources that gave birth to a nation.   5.The Lodges The lodges are gorgeous in East Africa. Uganda is home to so much scenery. They have glaciers, rain forests, deserts and more. You can stay on a local lake or even high up on a mountain. Whatever paradise you envision you can definitely find! Visiting Uganda will make your vacations one of the most unique yet. To learn more about Uganda, their wildlife and culture call Around African Safari at (256) 414 693 576 or (256) 773 599 507!...

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