Gorilla trekking is the region's unrivalled main attraction and the Volcanoes National Park is where to go in Rwanda to do it. Its mountainous terrain and dense forests make for tough walking conditions but the rewards are matchless: butterflies, birds and primates, headlined of course by families of habituated mountain gorillas.
In the span of 100 days, an estimated one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were systematically butchered by the Interahamwe in one of the most savage genocides in history. This memorial honours the 250,000 people buried here in mass graves and tries to explain how it was that the world watched as the genocide unfolded in this tiny, landlocked country.
Home to a shallow soda lake, Nakuru is the place to go for the best chance to see Kenya's famous flocks of flamingos but there's game viewing too around the lake shores. Rhino and hippo are among the heavyweights though bird watchers will be more interested in the 400 species of birds recorded here.
While there's no doubting the allure of the Masai Mara, visitors to Kenya who want less crowded safari destinations should head for the rugged Central Highlands. Africa's second highest peak, the 5200m Mount Kenya looms over much of the region which includes great wildlife destinations such as family-friendly and multi-activity Meru National Park, the private Lewa Downs Conservancy in the foothills of Mt Kenya, the Mount Kenya National Park and the amazing forests of Aberdares National Park. If you're looking for a relaxed Mount Kenya safari, then any one of these parks fits the bill. Recently UNESCO has announced that the Mount Kenya-Lewa Wildlife Conservancy will be added as an extension to Mount Kenya National Park, enhancing the protection of the property as a World Heritage Site. haba and Samburu National Reserves lie to the north of the region where Kenya's savannah gives way to desert scrub and mountains. The scenery is dramatic, and besides a familiar cast of classic African animals you'll find species here that don't occur in Kenya's more popular parks, making it one of Kenya's most appealing places of interest.
Kenya's newest safari destination lies north of Nairobi on the rim of the Great Rift Valley. An area of thriving private reserves, luxurious family-friendly accommodation and huge honeymoon views, Laikipia is a must-do for those who want an air of exclusivity and a diverse Kenya safari experience away from the crowds.
With all the attention on Kenya's safari destinations, it's easy to forget that the country has a dazzling tropical coastline. Mainland Mombasa is a popular family choice for got-it-all beach resorts but ask us about Kenya's more exclusive mainland beach lodges where the accent is on exclusivity, luxury and indulgence.
Nairobi has a variety of accommodations and attractions to keep any visitor occupied and happy. The city's suburbs, where many of Nairobi's best hotels and lodges are located, offer a tranquil contrast to the chaotic city centre and provide visitors with excellent safe accommodation and fine cuisine. There are several attractions in the city convenient and affordable: the Nairobi City tour which includes to the various land marks around the CBD, from the out skirts of the city there are tranquil areas to visit away from the busy city life which include the Nairobi National park, animal orphanage, Nairobi Safari walk, the giraffe manor, Karen Blixen museum and the David Sheldrick Elephant sanctuary. For scrumptious meal of steak and a variety of meat the carnivore restaurant is the place to enjoy.
As part of the Masai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem and home to the famous wildebeest migration, it offers the most dramatic game viewing and widest range of safari experiences. It's where to go in Kenya for hot air balloon flights, action-packed game drives, cultural interactions and guided nature walks in private conservancies - no wonder it's one of the world's greatest travel destinations.