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Always dreamed of a last minute African adventure?

Are you up for creating countless special travel memories across three incredible African countries: Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya? This is your chance to trek with gorillas, witness the migration in the Masai Mara, take on the adventure capital of East Africa with white-water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, bungee jumping or quad-biking, camp under the African star-filled skies and have the chance to make some life long friends.

Have you ever thought ‘one day’ or ‘dreamed of’…

  • Trekking with gorillas in the wild?
  • Experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the famous migration in the Masai Mara?
  • Wanting to discover your adventurous spirit and test your adrenalin limits?
  • Seeing the roots of the famous conservation story of Born Free and Elsa the lion?
  • Sleeping under the star filled skies of the vast African landscape?

Well this could be your chance to make your African dream a reality in 2018! If the points below tick your box, then get set for the journey of a lifetime with the Face of Africa adventure hosted by a company solely dedicated to African travel, Absolute Africa:

  • Prefer the drier months to travel?
  • Love a last-minute travel deal?
  • Want something more than an ‘off the shelf’ holiday package?
  • Can get some time away from Monday 20th August to Wednesday 5th September 2018?
  • Though maybe you’re a little nervous about travelling alone if none of your pals can make these dates?

Well grab yourself a cuppa and read through what turning your African dream into a reality could look like….

Trekking with gorillas in the wild in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda)

A close encounter with the mountain gorillas of the Ugandan forest will stay with you for a lifetime and is one of life’s greatest privileges. There are fewer than 900 mountain gorillas in existence, and gorilla trekking will provide you with a rare opportunity to observe the everyday interactions of these gentle, mysterious primates in their natural habitat.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (also called “The Place of Darkness” due to its dense treetops) is an ancient forest spanning 128 square miles and incredibly is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas. The region was named a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its incredible biodiversity and the large number of endangered species that call it home.

You will trek this ancient forest to find the gorillas accompanied by expert trackers and guides, who will introduce you to one of the fully-habituated families of mountain gorillas. Your local guide will provide you with a fascinating briefing regarding the geography of the forest and the family of gorillas you are trekking to. The experience will move you to your core as you stay with them for an hour, whilst the gorillas go about their daily lives. Sitting mesmerised these majestic animals, which have very close links to us, may feed, groom each other or just bask in the sun. Some of the younger ones may be quite inquisitive, play fight or even beat their chest. It’s hard to describe what a unique thrill it is to experience these primates in their home.

Hikes in the dense forests can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours + depending on the location of the gorillas. But the journey itself is another adventure with the chance of seeing more wildlife and experiencing the sights and sounds of the Bwindi.

Experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the famous migration on the Masai Mara

Some great news….August is a top month to catch a glimpse of the famous wildebeest migration as the herds continue their search for lush, greener grass and by doing so, attempt to cross the dangerous, crocodile infested waters of the Mara River.

The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of nature’s biggest wildlife events; a once-seen, never-forgotten drama on a blockbuster scale. Some 1.5 million wildebeest, plus herds of zebra, gazelle and eland, who spend the year circling the vast Serengeti-Mara, chase the rains in their constant search for food. Far from a simple amble between grasslands, this is a journey loaded with risk as the Serengeti lions lie in wait, along with leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. Though please bear in mind with varying rainfall patterns, the exact timing of the migration varies from year to year. Some years, the rains may be early and the wildebeest disappear more quickly; at other times, late rains mean you will still find stragglers hanging out on the Masai Mara with other local residents.

Wanting to discover your adventurous spirit and test your adrenalin limits?

This is the perfect trip for discovering your adventurous spirit with stopping off in Jinja, the Adventure Capital of East Africa. The optional activities list is vast with both land and water based activities that will see your adrenalin levels soar to new heights.

White-water rafting

Take on some of the best wild-water in the world with a white-water rafting adventure on the Nile. There’s no better way than being exhilarated and thrilled by the Nile than by experiencing grade 3 – 5 white-water rafting at its source in Uganda. Drastic drops, vertical boats and the crashing sound of huge white-water rapids await you on this fantastic adventure.

Kayaking and canoeing

Experience and explore a huge variety of rapids with kayaking on one of the world’s greatest rivers, the Nile. Receive expert instruction from the local guides or even take your adrenalin levels to the max with a grade 5 tandem kayak.

Bungee Jump over the Nile

Located just 3km upstream from the stunning Bujagali Falls, this is your chance to leap out over the Nile from a tower purpose-built for bungee jumping, constructed and operated to the highest New Zealand standards. An experience that will stay with you for a lifetime and a great story to share for years to come.

Out of the Water

In the area surrounding Jinja there is a plethora of activities to keep you busy and allow you to explore. From mountain biking, horseback riding and quad biking to exploring the nearby forests, this area has something for just about everyone. Then why not relax with boarding a Nile River sunset cruise to end your day in comfort.

Seeing the roots of the famous conservation story of Born Free and Elsa the lion?

As you journey through the safari capital of the world, Kenya, you’ll have the option to visit Elsamere which lies on the banks of Kenya’s picturesque Lake Naivasha.

George and Joy Adamson are legendary for their work in wildlife conservation in Kenya, and are famous for their story of raising an orphaned Lion and returning it to the wilds. The story of Elsa became a famous movie, Born Free, and their home, Elsamere, is now a conservation and field study centre. Their love for wildlife is evident through their home where you can enjoy what is generally known to be the best high tea in Kenya! This will add a different experience to your African travel tale.

And whilst you’re in Kenya, there’s also the option for a cycling adventure through the breathtaking scenery that is….

Hells Gate National Park

This atmospheric and adventurous Kenyan park complete with large animals, is safe to explore by bicycle or on foot. Large carnivores are very rare, so you can cycle to your heart’s content past grazing zebras, giraffes, impalas and buffaloes, spot rock hyraxes as they clamber up inclines and chase dust clouds as they swirl in the wind. And if the pedalling isn’t enough exercise, hike the gorge surrounded by towering cliffs or climb Fischer’s Tower.

Giraffe posing for photos on Absolute Africa kenyan safari

Sleeping under the star filled skies of Africa?

One of the real joys on an overland trip is camping out under the stars with the sounds of Africa all around you. From the comfort of your 3-person dome tent, there’s only two of you to give you plenty of space, you can listen to the exotic sounds of wildlife – cicadas chirruping, elephants trumpeting, lions calling, whilst taking in lung-fuls of fragrant air. A night under the stars with the vastness of the Milky Way, the planets burning large and, occasionally, a shooting star dashing across the sky is so very special. Plus there is nothing like waking to an African dawn; a new day with a warm glow rising above the wilderness as birds begin their morning cooing and the dew slowly evaporates in the warmth of the sun.

Prefer the drier months to travel?

August can be a fantastic time to travel to Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. As it lies quite late on in the dry season, wildlife is easier to spot meaning you should have fantastic sightings of elephants, lions and perhaps even the ever elusive leopards. All of the country’s parks are at their best, and it’s a great time to be in Bwindi National Park to track the gorillas. This is a truly awe-inspiring experience and being able to do it at a time when the weather is at its peak is even better.

In Kenya August is when the great migration is usually starting to settle and graze on Kenya’s healthy green plains, but if the season is a little late, you can still see river crossings at this time. With the bush becoming even less dense throughout the dry season, wildlife is easier still to view and photograph.

Love a last-minute travel deal?

Whilst Absolute Africa already pride themselves on ensuring the best price so you can travel Africa on a budget, they have a special last-minute deal on their Face of Africa tour departing on 20th August and finishing on 5th September 2018. Quote ‘AbsoluteFaceofAfrica’ to get your 15% discount when booking this 17-day wildlife and adventure dream trip. If you have any spare time at the end of your trip, there’s plenty of other exploits for you to discover or you can use the time to chill out and relax on Zanzibar Island.

For any further information, if you have any questions or need any help with budget planning, please just let the team at Absolute Africa know as they’re only too happy to help. Email absaf@absoluteafrica.com, call +44 (0) 208 742 0226 or contact on the Live Chat on the website at https://www.absoluteafrica.com/.

Nervous about travelling alone?:

If you’ve never travelled in Africa before, don’t want to go solo, or prefer the friendship, togetherness and certainty that comes with a small-group adventure, then an Absolute African overland trip is the right option for you. The overland camping trips are fun and many of your memorable moments will be shared with your new friends both on the trip and years later. Everyone participates in all the daily routines and some great friendships can develop over the life of a tour. Day-to-day overland life involves setting up camp, pitching tents, taking turns in cooking and shopping, packing away, fire lighting and cleaning. Being based around a group effort you will find the more you put in to your trip, the more you will get out of your time in Africa on an overland truck tour. Those travelling with you are usually like-minded people and equally committed to chipping in to get the most out of their trip.

Make your dream a reality…

This is your chance to make your African dream into a reality. It’s the perfect opportunity to create your very own special travel tale from 2018. Join us today on the Face of Africa Adventure and remember to quote ‘AbsoluteFaceofAfrica’ to get your 15% discount.

We look forward to seeing you onboard.

 

 

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