December 30

Explore East Africa in 2024

By Ian Rowett on
December 30, 2023

Exploring East Africa in 2024 should be on everyone's calendar. An East African safari conjures images of vast savannah plains, flat-topped acacia trees, and those postcard-perfect red and orange sunsets on the horizon. It's no wonder that an East African safari is one of our most frequent requests! At Rhino Africa, we don't ever copy and paste itineraries. Instead, we tailor-make one specifically for you. However, here's one to get you dreaming, that travel bug biting, and your ideas sparking…

A colourful sunset display

East Africa should be on your travel to-do list for 2024, Image Credit: Governors' Il Moran Camp

Why You'll Love East Africa 

Famous for its abundance of wildlife in wildly remote landscapes while offering ultra-luxurious accommodation at the same time, it's not a surprise that East Africa is at the top of many bucket lists across the globe. Giraffe, elephant, wildebeest, zebra, antelope and many more punctuate grassy acacia-studded plains that disappear into the horizon. Think Lion King; then you're thinking East Africa! 

But wait, there's more. You can also easily combine your safari with a beach getaway on the Kenyan or Tanzanian coastline or visit the Zanzibar Archipelago. Gentle aquamarine waves, soft white sands, luxury beach hotels and year-round warm weather make these some of the world's top beach destinations. 

There are so many different ways to experience an East African Safari in 2024. Here's just a taste of the adventure, scenery, wildlife and luxury accommodation you can expect…

Get up-close and personal with incredible wildlife, Image Credit: andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas

First Stop: Nairobi, Kenya

Recommended Stay: 1 night 

When you explore East Africa in 2024, we suggest you kick off your journey in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. With all the buzz of a major African city, Nairobi is an exciting and vibrant place to begin your East African adventure. With Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro as your backdrop, Nairobi offers museums, markets, restaurants and nature reserves well worth a visit.

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Enjoy your breakfast with some special guests, Image Credit: Giraffe Manor

Where to Stay: Hemingways Nairobi

This luxury 5-star boutique hotel epitomises personalised service, ensuring your stay is nothing short of perfect. From the warm Kenyan hospitality to your personal butler, your every need is taken care of. Hemingways Nairobi is only 40 minutes from Nairobi's international airport, set between Nairobi National Park and the foot of Ngong Hills.

The plantation-style architecture and intricate symmetry are coupled with contemporary-chic décor and hand-cut Italian marble. Meander through the gardens, unwind at the spa or explore nearby attractions, including the Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre.

Why We Love it

  • Enjoy the view of the Ngong Hills from your private balcony and airy 80-metre-square suite
  • Relax as your personal butler takes care of your every need, from dimming the lights to ordering your favourite tea
  • The 24-hour in-room service offers you the chance to relax in your suite in privacy and comfort
  • Relax at the on-site Hemingway Spa overlooking the manicured gardens
Giraffe Manor is one of Africa's most instagrammable rooms

Giraffe Manor offers plenty of unbelievable photo opportunities, Image Credit: Giraffe Manor

Next Stop: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Recommended Stay: 3 Nights

Next up, safari! Kenya's flagship game park, the legendary Maasai Mara is a must on any trip to East Africa in 2024. Best known for being host to part of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this animal spectacle takes centre stage during the peak season around August to October. The show runs all year with the full cast of wildlife consisting of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope, with some hungry predators on their heels.  

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River during the annual great migration

Wildebeest make their way across the plains

Where to Stay: Governors IL Moran Camp

Hidden along the banks of the Mara River in a forest in the Maasai Mara, you will find the ten luxurious tented suites of Governors IL Moran Camp. Each spacious tent has its own verandah and en-suite bathroom with a bath, large shower, twin basins, flush toilet, and hot and cold water. This secluded camp gives you a front-row seat to wildlife and the Great Wildebeest Migration. 

Although tucked away, getting there is effortless, with daily flights from Nairobi to Musaira Airstrip located just 15 minutes from camp. Enjoy breakfast on the main deck while hippos snort in the river below, and sip on your favourite cocktail next to the firepit after an exciting day.

Why We Love it

  • Romantic hot air balloon safaris and bush dinners can be arranged on request
  • The peaceful and secluded getaway is perfect for honeymooners and families with older children
  • Pamper yourself with spa treatments in the comfort of your luxurious tent
  • Explore the savannah on twice-daily game drives with other guests or request a private vehicle
  • Luxury in the heart of the Maasai Mara

    Luxury in the heart of the Maasai Mara, Image Credit: Governors' Camp

    Next Stop: Amboseli National Park, Kenya

    Recommended Stay: 2 Nights

    With the snow-capped Kilimanjaro as its backdrop and teeming with wildlife cohabiting with the local Maasai, Amboseli National Park is an incredible safari destination in its own right. With Kenya's largest concentration of elephants and the full range of African wildlife living in harmony with the Maasai people, Amboseli offers a fascinating safari adventure.

    Dreamy landscapes in Amboseli National Park

    Dreamy landscapes in Amboseli National Park

    Where to Stay: Ol Donyo Lodge

    The thatched-roofed luxury safari lodge is ideally located on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills and offers easy access to Amboseli National Park. As a forerunner in sustainable tourism, Ol Donyo Lodge works closely with the local Maasai to positively impact their livelihoods through tourism. The views also make this lodge special, from Kilimanjaro in the distance to the high density of wildlife roaming close to the lodge. 

    Why We Love it

    • Plenty of activities, from horse riding, bush walks, mountain biking, and more
    • This land is owned by and leased from the local community, so your stay contributes to the area and its people
    • The cottage-style accommodation has private roof terraces for incredible sundowner views
    • Swap your room for the star bed and sleep out under the stars
    Sleep out under the stars

    Sleep out under the stars, Image Credit : Ol Donyo Camp

    Next Stop: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    Recommended Stay: 2 Nights 

    Ah, the Serengeti. The big one. The mother of all national parks. The one park all other parks are jealous of. Also known for hosting the Great Migration, this flagship national park is an enormous expanse of prime grazing and browsing that sets the stage for one of the world's greatest mammalian shows. 

    Despite this swarm of life, you might not see the migration as it's seasonal. However, your safari will still be more than worth it! Lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, elephant, wild dog, hyena, giraffe – the smorgasbord of African wildlife – roam these plains as they have done for millennia.

    Sip a sundowner while admiring the view from the hill top

    Sip a sundowner while admiring the view from the hill top, Image Credit: Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge

    Where to Stay: Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge

    Tucked away in the Wogakuria Hills in the northern Serengeti, Lemala Kuria Hills offers a relaxed front-row seat to wildlife and the jaw-dropping Great Wildebeest Migration! Each of the 15 spacious, glass-fronted suites is discretely built to provide the utmost seclusion and privacy. Relax in your private plunge pool overlooking the neverending grasslands and hilly landscape.

    Why We Love it

    • The close proximity to the Mara River provides the opportunity to witness the spectacular river crossings of the Great Wildebeest Migration
    • Enjoy excellent game viewing without the crowds
    • Indulge in pampering treatments at the Melengali Spa
    • Experience nature from a new perspective on hot air balloon and walking safaris
    Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge

    Welcome to your luxury abode in the wild, Image Credit: Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge

    Next Stop: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

    Recommended Stay: 2 Nights

    If the Garden of Eden needed a modern-day setting, nobody would deny the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater first rights. The world's only intact volcanic caldera is the safari equivalent of the Super Bowl: a giant stadium 16km in diameter and crammed with wildlife. Elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, wildebeest, hundreds of birds – classic Africa in a super-fertile cauldron.

    zebra-and-wildebeest-in-the-Ngorongoro-Crater

    Wildlife roaming the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

    Where to Stay: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

    Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offers Versailles-style romance in the unique setting of an ancient volcanic caldera. This lodge is what honeymoon dreams are made of! Think rose petal bubble baths, romantic candlelit dinners in the crater floor banquet, your own private butler, and more.

    Why We Love it

    • Nicknamed "The Lodge at the Top of the World", you have unbelievable views over the Ngorongoro Crater
    • Plenty of activities, from safari game drives to bush walks and cultural Maasai and Hadzabe tribe experiences 
    • Personal butler and ultra-romantic turndown service
    • Interact with the KopeLion conservation team to learn about lion conservation and how the Maasai live side-by-side with wildlife
    Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

    Otherwordly beauty and luxury, Image Credit: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

    Last Stop: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

    Recommended Stay: 2 Nights

    An unexpected delight awaits your final night as we stop at Tarangire National Park, a lesser-known safari destination in East Africa. With nothing but parched grasslands for miles during the dry winter, wildlife congregates in great numbers – friend and foe alike – to sip from the park's only water source, the Tarangire River. As a result, the game viewing is excellent, making for a spectacular finale to an unbeatable safari through East Africa in 2024.

    Aerial view of giraffe in a lush green landscape

    A Tarangire National Park safari is just as mesmerising during the rainy season, Image Credit: Little Chem Chem

    Where to Stay: Sanctuary Swala Camp

    The very remote Sanctuary Swala Camp offers an ultra-exclusive safari experience. With only 12 luxury tented rooms, all overlooking waterholes, you don't even have to venture out into the bush to spot wildlife. You can even watch the wildlife go about their daily business from your private verandah.

    Why We Love it

    • It's very secluded and located in the wildlife-richTarangire National Park 
    • Enjoy up-close sightings of the resident elephant herd walking through the camp
    • All the tented rooms overlook a waterhole for wildlife sightings from your room
    • Various activities, from day and night game drives and bushwalking excursions 
    Venture into the wild

    Venture into the wild, Image Credit: Sanctuary Swala Camp

    Get Ready to Explore East Africa in 2024

    Why would you trust anyone other than the very best to plan your East African safari in 2024? Well, Rhino Africa is the world's most awarded safari company. With first-hand knowledge of everything we recommend and plan for you in your tailor-made itinerary, you can rest assured that you're in for a real treat! 

    Contact our African Travel Experts now, and let's create the East African safari itinerary of your dreams! 

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    About the author 

    Ian Rowett

    Born in Zimbabwe and, having bluffed his way through a Journalism Degree at Rhodes, Ian turned his reluctantly nomadic life into a successful career as a travel writer. With stints in Harare, Joburg, Cape Town, Swakopmund, Port Shepstone and Greyton, he has travelled the length and breadth of southern Africa. Now living in Knysna, Ian combines his innate tendency to write for a living with a deep-rooted love of Africa’s wilderness and a keen interest in the hospitality trade.

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