The Africa 2014 trip was a complete success with many amazing highlights and wonderful lifetime memories.
Into the Virunga mountains of Rwanda we trekked to visit the mountain gorillas. We were lucky enough to come upon our group very quickly and with minimal hiking. The gorillas we visited were the Hirwa group. There were 18 of these amazing creatures varying from babies, to infants, juvenile twins, and adults with a large Silverback in charge of the group. We were able to stand as close as 10ft away from this amazing animals and watch there interactions.
After a few days in Rwanda we travelled to Amboseli national park, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro where we saw hyenas, giraffes, zebras, gazelle, Impala, dik dik, and more. Some of the highlights were juveniles elephants playing at a watering hole and watching a spitting cobra eating a common African house snake.
After our few days in Amboseli we travelled to the Maasai Mara which was a truly amazing experience. Aside from Impala, Topi, Gazelle, and all the usual game animals we managed to see tons of Lions, 4 Leopards, and Cheetahs on the hunt. We were lucky enough to see lions mating, an impala being born, and a mass zebra river crossing of the Mara River. This only happens twice a year so it was a real treat and what you would only normally see on National Geographic as the Crocs were taking the Zebra as they crossed.
After having an awe inspiring time with gorillas and an unbelievable safari we carried on to Zanzibar. The spice island never fails to impress with its ancient cobblestone streets, warm azure Indian ocean, and pristine coral reefs. The group dove every day on the beautiful reefs with lots of reef fish, nudibranch, turtles, rays, Moray eels and a few sharks. The conditions were fantastic which lead to lots of happy divers.
All in all it was an incredible trip of a lifetime and we are looking forward to our trip back in September 2015 when we will be visiting lake Manyara, the Serengeti, and the Ngorogoro crater before returning to Zanzibar for some spectacular diving!
Here's what some of our Africa explorers had to say about our 2014 trip: