Experience Mount Kenya! In the 2800 sq. km National Park and National Reserve, there are over 800 recorded plant species and a wide variety of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, eland, bushbuck, waterbuck, zebra, colobus monkey and the ubiquitous Mount Kenya rock hyrax. If you are an experienced climber, there is excellent rock climbing to the twin peaks of Batian (5199 m) and Nelion (5188 m). If you are new to climbing, the third highest peak is Pt. Lenana (4985 m), which can be reached by any fit walker. Mount Kenya is a World Heritage Site and UNESCO describes it as “one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa with its rugged glacier-clad summits, Afro-alpine moorlands and diverse forests that illustrate outstanding ecological processes.”
Spend a few days at the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This incredible 1,510 sq. km site is situated in southwest Kenya and is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. It is considered by many to be the world’s top big game viewing ecosystem. Here you can go on a safari to see the abundance of big cats; lion, leopard and cheetah and the incredible migration of the great wildebeest and zebra. In addition, meet the Maasai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress. A professional safari guide will show you the best wildlife in the area!
At 22,000 sq. km, Tsavo National Park is one of the largest and oldest parks in Kenya. Take a guided safari tour and see the popular Mazima springs, a series of natural springs that attract much wildlife including elephant, hippo, buffalo, zebra and giraffe. Other famous attractions include Mudana Rock, Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls. Take this once-in-a-lifetime experience to see one of the greatest national parks in Kenya!
For the nature lover, an excursion to Hell’s Gate National Park may be just for you! South of Lake Naivashas in the northwest of Nairobi, this savannah ecosystem is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including over 100 species of birds. Buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, gazelle and baboon are common sights at Hell’s Gate.
Take a weekend excursion to Lamu Island! Close to Mombasa and within easy reach of Malindi, Lamu Island offers clear blue seas, marine parks, excellent water sports and beautiful coral reefs. The Lamu archipelago is a cluster of low-lying desert islands that run 60 km parallel to the northern coastline of Kenya. Lamu was founded by the Arabs in the seventh century and traded for centuries thereafter in ivory, rhino horn and slaves. Today, Lamu Island showcases traditional Swahili culture and some of the most pristine beaches in Africa.
Volunteer Africa and take a trip to one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world and among the most spectacular sights in Africa. You can experience an up-close view of the Falls by walking or driving along the various trails nearby. For the daring adventurists, Devil’s Pool is a natural rock pool that is situated on the edge of Victoria Falls adjacent to Livingstone Island. During the dry season, guests can choose to enjoy an exhilarating swim literally on the edge of the Falls!
The Lower Zambezi River is Africa’s fourth largest river system. This excursion offers fishing along the river and canoeing down remote channels between islands where you have a very good change of getting close to game are very high! See enormous herds of elephant at the river’s edge. Hippo are always in sight, while elephant, zebra, puku, impala, buffalo, kudu and baboon can be seen browsing on the banks from the laid-back comfort of your canoe.
Kafue National Park is located in the heart of western Zambia and is the country’s oldest and largest national park, covering a massive 22,400 sq. km! Take an excursion to this amazing unspoiled game park and experience countless acres of unexplored African bush. The park offers safari tours by foot, car and boat.
Challenge yourself to reach the “roof of Africa” by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! Located in northern Tanzania and near the town of Moshi, volunteer Africa then spend a week on one of the trekking routes to the summit! Take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the beauty and tranquility of the mountain. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, offering breathtaking views from each part of the climb. Whether you are an experienced climber or an active person wanting a challenge, this excursion is for you!
Serengeti National Park is the oldest and most popular national park in Tanzania. Regarded by many as one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the park is famed for its migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Volunteer Africa and take a safari excursion to the Serengeti for some of the most incredible game viewing in Africa. Great herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, impala and gazelle are in abundance. In addition, see lions, leopards and cheetahs in their natural environment!
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 8,292 square kilometers in Tanzania. An excursion here will show you the jewel of Ngorongoro, a deep volcanic crater that is the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world! Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder about 20 km across, 600 m deep and 300 sq. km in area. While in Ngorongoro, you can also explore the Oldupai Gorge, one of the most famous archaeological sites in East Africa. Spend a day at Maasai Cultural Boma in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to learn more about the unique culture of Maasai herdsmen and villagers living in the area.
Selous Game Reserve is the one of the largest unexploited nature parks in Africa, spanning 55,000 sq. km. Selous has over 2,100 species of plants, 400 varieties of birds, over 120,000 buffalo and more than half of Tanzania’s elephant population. The Reserve also boasts the continent’s largest hippo and lion populations. Take a trip here for safari walks, guided expeditions or boat tours on the waterways of the Rufiji River Delta.
If you want to scuba dive, swim, snorkel or kayak amid some of the richest reefs in the world, take an excursion to Mafia Island! The Mafia Archipelago is scattered over the Indian Ocean, 21 km off the Rufiji River in central Tanzania. Mafia Island is the largest of the islands, surrounded by a barrier reef teeming with marine life. Kayak or take a boat ride through the series of reed-lined lakes in central Mafia. Take a guided tour of the island to see flying fox, several species of bushbaby, pygmy shrew, monitor lizard, monkey and squirrel. Experience the culture of Mafia Island by visiting one of the 24 rustic fishing and farming communities scattered throughout the island. There are many activities to do both on land and in the water at the incredible Mafia Island!