Ujuzi’s Condolences to Kenya

It broke my heart to read about the terror attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi this weekend. I want to express my deepest condolences to all those affected by the violence. Although this area of Nairobi is not part of Ujuzi’s Kenya itinerary, we have friends and associates living in Kenya who are deeply affected by this tragedy. My heart goes out to them.

Violence is an unfortunate reality that affects all of us no matter where we live. Those of us who live in the United States can certainly sympathize with the horror of such violence happening close to home. Fortunately, incidents are rare in Nairobi, which has not seen a terror attack of this scale since 1998.

I have been asked how the attacks affect our safari tours in Kenya. Ujuzi takes the safety of our clients very seriously. We err on the side of caution and do not book trips to areas of political instability. Because this appears to be an isolated incident for Nairobi, the U.S. State Department has not made any new advisories restricting travel in Kenya, and Ujuzi has not canceled any upcoming Kenya tours. However, we will continue to keep updated on the situation in Kenya over the coming weeks to ensure that measures are being taken to prevent recurrence, and we will make adjustments as necessary. The Kenyan government has already stepped up security throughout the country, especially at public gathering places. We commend it for this swift action.

As we send our condolences to those who have lost loved ones and our wishes for speedy recovery to the injured, it is reassuring to remember that Kenyans are a strong and vibrant people who will not let tragedy define or destroy their country.

Featured Guide: Anderson Mwesigye

Anderson Mwesigye
Anderson Mwesigye

Born and raised in Uganda and later moving to Rwanda, Anderson has been a guide for four years. His all-around knowledge of flora, fauna, history and culture makes him a great guide for first-time and experienced safari-goers, including those with specialized interests such as bird watching, plant lore and gorilla tracking. Travelers in his groups describe him as knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful.

“He was professional and intelligent. He understood that we liked to be kept busy and he got us involved in interesting & enjoyable activities. We were glad he was with us.”
– Bruce & Donna Aitken

“[He was] a good companion on our safari and he taught us a great deal about Rwanda – am glad my husband and I had him as our guide during this safari.”
– J. Hand

Take a Safari on the Water

See African wildlife by boat.
Travelers enjoy seeing African wildlife – and smiling for the camera – by boat.

Boat trips are a great way to see safari animals from a different perspective. Game abound as they come to refresh themselves and drink from the source of life. Get eye-to-eye with a hippo, come close to wading water buffalos without worrying that they might charge, and watch elephants swim across deep channels. Boat and canoe trips can give you access to remote islands, isolated beaches, and other areas that you can get to no other way. Here is a sampling of just some of the few boating options available on Ujuzi safaris:

Arusha National Park, Tazania
One of the favorite activities within the park is canoeing on the small lake. Water buffalo, giraffes, bushbucks, waterbucks, and a 600-species bird community are all observable from your canoe. Plus there is the background scenery: canoers can view both Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro from the same spot.

Lake Baringo, Kenya
This freshwater lake has cone-shaped islands that make it particularly scenic. A cruise on Lake Baringo exposes you to a variety of freshwater birds in their breeding grounds. Typical sightings include fish eagles, Verreaux’s eagles, darters, cormorants and a large colony of goliath heron. Apart from the bird life, many hippos live in the lake.

Mafia Island, Tanzania
Mafia Island on the Indian Ocean offers privacy and comfort for discerning travelers. Enjoy boat excursions to nearby islands in the Zanzibar Archipelago to access beautiful, secluded beaches. If a trip through history is more to your liking, take a boat to Chloe Island to view Arabian ruins from the oldest settlement in the archipelago; or go to Juani, where you’ll find the ruins of the legendary ancient city of Kua. During the months of March and November, migrating whale sharks pass by the island of Mafia. Full and half-day dives to swim with these giant, gentle creatures are available.

Murchison Falls National Park on the Nile, Uganda
Cruising down the Nile provides a great opportunity to observe the animals as they come down to the water’s edge to drink. The Nile supports the largest concentration of hippos and crocodiles in Africa and a dazzling variety of waterbirds. The views of the falls as you approach by boat are spectacular, and the delta’s papyrus swamps are filled with wildlife.

To find out more about boat trips on safari, contact info@ujuzitravel.com today!

Friendly elephants on the Kazinga Channel.Elephants play on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Photo taken by Cameron Hooyer on a boat cruise during an Ujuzi safari.

Safari Without Borders

GiraffesPhoto taken in Kenya on an Ujuzi safari.

Wildlife has no regard for national borders, and when you’re out on safari you shouldn’t feel limited to just one country. Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are taking steps to make it easier for travelers to see many of the best sights in East Africa. Starting in January 2014, tourists will be able to obtain a single visa that allows entry into all three nations. The visa is good for 90 days.

Imagine a safari where you whitewater raft on the Nile in Uganda, see chimpanzees in the wild, track mountain gorillas on Rwanda’s stunning ancient volcanoes, view abundant game, and finally relax on the beach at the beautiful Tana River Delta in Kenya. These are just some of the many activities available to you on a three-country tour.

Contact info@ujuzitravel.com so we can help you plan the safari of your dreams!