East Africa is the quintessential African experience. Being in the Great Rift Valley, with its vast open plains and abundant wildlife, is like stepping back to a time when nature ruled all. It’s an incredibly awakening experience and it’s impossible to not to be touched in some way by this extraordinary part of Africa. However, the reserves in East Africa can feel like you are competing with many other tourists for every sighting, which is why we only design safaris to this part of Africa that are in private wildlife areas, avoiding the crowds and benefiting local communities who ensure the wildlife continues to thrive.
With Matson and Ridley Safaris, you will experience Kenya and Tanzania in the best way possible, by seeing the most amazing wildlife areas it has to offer in the loveliest of safari camps, while supporting local companies that are truly making a difference in conservation. We recommend that visitors include a visit to the famous elephant orphanage established by Dame Daphne Sheldrick and an up close and personal encounter with their baby elephants. Other places we recommend are the Maasai Mara conservancies, the region in and around Amboseli National Park, the famous elephant reserve in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Samburu region for elephants in a more arid landscape. Then if you haven’t had your fill of amazing wildlife, skip over the border to Tanzania for the Serengeti and Ngorogoro Crater! This is the quintessential African experience and you will feel like you’re in a scene from “Out Of Africa”!