The Greatest Adventure is What Lies Ahead
In a year like no other, 2020 had many of us suddenly press pause on our bucket lists. While it hasn’t been without its hindrances, it has given us a chance to step back and reflect on our lives and values. It has given us a chance to dream of the future and plan ahead.
we are all asking ourselves, ‘What’s next?’ GoExplore safaris have been thinking about the destinations where we would most like to return. We have carefully observed the current state of travel while considering its future state one, even two years out. Like us, you are probably asking the same questions. What makes a place truly special? Where can I go to recharge? How can I use my safari experience for good? We think that we’ve found some good answers for you.
KENYA’S PRIVATE RESERVES
All the signs are displaying that Kenya will be the most sought-after African travel destination in 2021. Creating a way in Africa’s Covid response, it was one of the first countries to welcome back international visitors in August. And we have had ample time to set up and test their safety protocols, making your stay covid-secure and stress-free. More pleasing now than ever are the country’s vast, private reserves. All that to say, there’s been a surge in Kenyan travel demand, so now is absolutely the best time to start planning to ensure your space!
We call you upon to step back in time with a well-detailed itinerary combining a selection of the best family-run exclusive use camps and private safari houses. This is an outstanding way to bring the whole family together on a Golden Age odyssey of the country’s most pristine safari areas. All eyes are on brand new Angama Safari Camp, tucked away in a wildlife-rich corner of the isolated Mara Triangle. Further north, Laikipia is home to a number of sole-use lodges, such as Lengishu and Arijiju, both of which feature brilliant designs. Let us lure you with a last-minute Christmas surprise getaway.
GRUMETI GAME RESERVE, TANZANIA
Staying in private reserves around the Serengeti National Park offers exclusive access to nature’s biggest wildlife spectacle, the Great Migration. Grumeti, a 350,000-acre conservation area northwest of the Serengeti, is one of our favorites. The unmatched Singita manages the five camps and lodges here, each set apart from each other and offering some of Africa’s finest guiding, hospitality, and cuisine.
Lately reimagined with the perfect sense of style, Sabora Tented Camp offers the renowned Singita service under canvas. There’s nothing quite like the romantic nostalgia of a tented safari suite, dating back to explorers of old, with the splendor of six-star amenities. Meditation decks and secluded outdoor salas give you private front row seats to the wildlife that sometimes wanders through camp. Talk to us about being one of the first to visit.
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA
If there’s one thing we’ve learned this year, it’s not to take our planet for granted. For many thoughtful travelers, the sustainability of where they go is an important factor. Rwanda has long had this on the lead of their travel industry. For the past 15 years, the country has welcomed communities bordering national parks into conservation roles. Together with the support from the government and wildlife tourism has led to increased opportunities for people to earn their livings as rangers.
To make this possible, Rwanda welcomes visitors with a high-value, low-volume tourism model. Being one of the very few visitors makes a trip here much more alluring. There are just a handful of top-end lodges, like Bisate Lodge or the brand new Singita Kwitonda. Built with nature in mind, Kwitonda actively pursues afforesting and conservation initiatives. The climax of any trip here is a trek to see mountain gorillas and the experience is now even more exclusive. Trekking groups are limited to just six visitors per gorilla family in order to protect these beautiful creatures.
KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, UGANDA
Uganda’s most isolated park found in the country’s distant north-eastern corner, close to Kenya and South Sudan in the farthest extremity of the remote, sparsely populated Karamoja region. East Africa’s splendid wilderness, the Kidepo landscape is one of spectacular drama with grasslands roamed by big game favorites extending towards rugged mountains at all points of the compass. It is an area of rich cultural interest for the plains around the park are dotted with the manyattas(homesteads) of Karamoja’s fiercely traditional pastoralists.
Perhaps surprisingly given the harsh climate, Kidepo’s savanna, bush and forest habits support a wide diversity of mammals with 86 species, including cheetah, bat-eared fox, striped hyena, and caracal while eland only in lake Mburo national park. However, buffalos are far from rare in Uganda, their huge seasonal flocks in the swamps of kidepo’s Narus valley cannot fail to excite. Elephants, Rothschild's giraffe, lion, leopard, spotted hyaena, and black-backed and side-striped jackal are also present
Not forgetting that kidepo boasts over 475 bird species including over 100 dry country’s residents of northern Uganda and Kenya and a number that are endemic to the kidepo region like rose-ringed parakeets, Clapperton's francolin, and Karamoja Apalis. Other highlights include the ostrich, secretary bird, kori bustard, red-throated bee-eaters, the Abyssinian roller, an Abyssinian ground hornbill. Kidepo is also distinguished for 56 raptor species including the rare lappet-faced vulture, lesser kestrel, and Denham's bustard.
A visit to these incredible destinations is really worth it, See you in 2021.