Johanna's East Africa Journeys

Johanna's East Africa Journeys

Johanna's East Africa Journeys

Africa is such a special continent and anyone who travels there, will almost certainly yearn to go back again. I always thought Africa was a ‘once in a lifetime’ destination, but I don’t believe that anymore. There is no doubt I will be back there again one day soon.

My husband and I travelled to Africa for our honeymoon in September/October, as we wanted to go on a special trip that we would remember forever. Africa did not disappoint and we have such wonderful memories of our time there.

We started in Uganda, which is lush green, very mountainous and picturesque. We decided to travel there to see the Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Our stay at the Buhoma Lodge was fantastic, nestled right on the doorstep of the National Park.  It was so peaceful there.

Trekking for the Gorillas was truly an amazing experience, our one hour with them felt like a lifetime and as they went about their ways – feeding, playing, resting – we were right there just taking it all in.

Our next stop was very different to Uganda, which was across to Kenya, to be amongst the animals in the Maasai Mara National Park. We joined our G Adventures tour and enjoyed the company of a small group of 6. We spent the most magical 3 days on our safari in the Maasai Mara, camping outside the main gates of the National Park. There were a lot of animals there and we were so lucky to see many big cats – Lions, Cheetahs and Leopards. There were huge numbers of wildebeest and zebra too.


We travelled with the same group down to Tanzania, to camp in the Serengeti National Park. What an experience! We felt that we were at one with nature, enjoying our dinners around the campfire at night, sharing stories of what animals we had spotted that day. The Serengeti would heat up during the day and was very arid, with only the odd scattered Acacia or Baobab tree as you scanned the landscape.

Then it was onto the Ngorongoro Crater, which was very different and once we got to the bottom of the crater, it made us feel like we were in a different world. It was greener, it had more water holes and the wildlife were buzzing. I really enjoyed this contrasting experience between the Serengeti Plains and the Ngorongoro Crater, and I feel they go hand in hand. I would highly recommend when you are traveling in Tanzania, to do both of these amazing areas.


Africa is such a special continent and anyone who travels there, will almost certainly yearn to go back again. I always thought Africa was a ‘once in a lifetime’ destination, but I don’t believe that anymore. There is no doubt I will be back there again one day soon.

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