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Pitching up a dome tent in one of Africa’s national parks is bound to fill at least a couple of diary pages, and as that zipper fastens for the night all that’s left to do is lie awake and listen to the sounds of the bush or stick in your ear plugs and dream until sunrise. Although camping in Africa may sound a little rough it’s actually surprisingly comfy with many camping tours offering fold-up beds, mattresses, linen and even bedside tables, with lanterns, adding to the romance and adventure of a night outdoors in Africa.
The thick rainforests and bamboo covered slopes of Uganda, Rwanda and the DR Congo contain the entirety of the world’s mountain gorillas with Volcanoes and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks offering organised encounters within protected forests. Early starts and treks lasting from two to eight hours, sometimes at high altitude, demand good levels of fitness, sturdy hiking boots and fully charged camera batteries – rewarded with a close encounter with one of our closest cousins in their natural habitat.
A Maasai welcome is the best feeling in the world; like a genuinely warm hug after you’ve been lost far from home, with nothing put on for show and smiles that invite you to come and sit down and learn what it means to live and laugh amongst the plains of the Serengeti and the Mara. Spending time at a Maasai village with a local guide lets you observe traditional lifestyles as you discover the cultural heritage of East Africa.