Classic Safaris, East Africa
Asilia invites you to experience an iconic safari in real, authentic Africa. We occupy extraordinary East African wilderness areas – here you can witness nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles, get right up close to the Big Five and enjoy unmatched game viewing.
The intimate size of our properties, the remote locations we take you to, the high concentration of game, our warm and personal service and our exceptional guiding are the foundations of Asilia’s East African safaris. We pride ourselves on our knowledge and understanding of this beautiful wilderness area, and we aim to surpass your every expectation.
Morning and afternoon game drives
Vast, beautiful African landscapes
Unparalleled wildlife experiences
Personal service and a relaxed camp atmosphere
What to Expect
With just eight to 15 tents in our camps, you are promised a very personal experience. Every single one of our camps is well suited to every kind of traveller, whether you are a safari novice or an old hand. Our camps are all small, intimate and extremely comfortable, and we specialise in tailor-making your safari to suit your needs. Solo travellers, honeymoon couples, families and groups of friends all find themselves completely at home.
When you arrive, you will be warmly greeted at the airstrip with refreshing cold drinks to enjoy on your transfer to your camp. Our camp managers and guides do their research: they will already know your name, and all about your special preferences and requirements. Almost 100% of our guests tell us that when they say goodbye at the end of their safari, they feel as though they are leaving a new-found family behind.
The trip from the airstrip to your chosen home for the next few days often proves to be your first game drive: the locations of our unfenced camps deep in the bush have been carefully selected for their proximity to high concentrations of Africa’s four-legged residents. You’ll be introduced to the camp team and shown to your tented suite. Depending on the time of day you arrive, you will be offered a snack or meal or you may want to head off on your very first game-viewing drive.
All our camps are in true wilderness environments. They are totally unfenced and you are more than likely to encounter browsing antelope or zebra – or even an elephant or hippo (in the evenings) – strolling right past your tent. In these remote places the usual home comforts – like fine food, hot water, flushing toilets – seem like impossible luxuries, but fear not: we make sure you have all these and more so that your stay is totally comfortable and happy. We don’t hold back on life’s little luxuries: even though we are in the remote heart of East Africa, our food and service are top-notch.
Here are a few suggestions for an iconic safari that will give you a wonderful insight into Asilia’s Africa.
Few lifetime experiences can beat that of watching over a million wildebeest plus hundreds of thousands of gazelles and zebra – followed by their predators – embark on a 1 000km-long circular trek through unfenced Kenya and Tanzania in search of seasonal pasture and water. Get right up close to this astonishing natural spectacle at one of our camps pitched along this age-old migration route. If the annual wildebeest Great Migration is top of your must-see list, include Kimondo Camp, Ubuntu Camp or Olakira Camp in your itinerary.
The gold standard for an iconic or first-time safari to East Africa is an itinerary that takes in Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire National Park, The Highlands in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and any of our beautiful camps in the Serengeti. Round off the intensity of your bush safari with an idyllic tropical beach escape to Matemwe on Zanzibar Island for the chance to experience both facets of this extraordinary part of the world.
A Typical Day on Safari
Asilia will tailor-make your safari. Our focus is on giving you the very best game-viewing opportunities and really good sightings, so game drives are our top priority. However, all our camp managers and guides are very flexible – please do let them know what you want and feel free to request changes. To give you a general idea, life on safari usually follows this typical pace:
05:30–06:00 Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee
06:30–07:00 Following breakfast, depart for a morning game drive or bush walk, or take a picnic breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier
09:30–11:30 Arrive back in camp after game viewing, followed by breakfast (if you are hungry)
13:30–16:00 Siesta time: read a book or just relax and keep an eye out for any game passing through camp
16:00 Afternoon tea
16:30 Depart for afternoon/evening game drive or walk with sundowners out in the bush
18:30 Arrive back in camp
19:30 Drinks at the bar followed by dinner under the star
Game viewing is the heart of the experience while on safari. Game drives, night drives, walking safaris, hot-air ballooning and simply relaxing in camp are some of the many ways you can enjoy the abundant wildlife East Africa has to offer.
Game drives usually take place twice a day in specialised game-viewing vehicles that give you a window seat to the action. The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active – just like us, they prefer to siesta in the searing midday heat. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life in camp is focused on giving you the best possible game-viewing experience. If you have booked a private game-viewing vehicle do discuss personal schedule preferences with your guide.
It is important to understand that the vast plains of East Africa are a truly wild place. Each moment in the bush is different to the next: some days you could come across a lion kill or a tumultuous wildebeest river crossing within the first 15 minutes of your game drive; other days you may find ‘exciting’ viewing particularly elusive! You may not tick off all the sightings on your wish list on your first safari, but you are sure to witness many incredible moments and gain profound new insights.
Our game-viewing vehicles are equipped with power points so you can recharge your devices if necessary. Most are equipped with fridges (a few have cooler boxes) so your guide can keep you well supplied with chilled drinks when you’re out in the bush. Delicious snacks on the go will keep any hunger pangs at bay until you get back to camp for the next mouthwatering meal.
Don’t miss the chance to take a guided bush walk close to camp for a wonderful opportunity to see East Africa from the earth up. This is your chance to explore the more subtle details of this precious ecosystem, learning about animal tracks, beetles, bugs and the astounding birdlife, as well as the area’s grasses, bushes, trees and flowers. If you have an adventurous spirit, consider a visit to Mara Naboisho Conservancy or Tarangire National Park to experience a walking safari with a guide and armed ranger.
You’ll catch your first glimpse of wildlife from the air as you fly into the national parks or conservancies from within Kenya or Tanzania, but hot-air ballooning over the plains takes this experience to a whole new level.
Asilia’s guides are professionally trained experts who know every mood of the bush and all its inhabitants. They are genuinely invested in giving you an outstanding safari. In fact, Asilia has earned the reputation of having the highest calibre guides in East Africa. You couldn’t be in better hands.
Our guides will help to search out spectacular sightings of special interest to you, and they share their knowledge of the fauna, flora and birdlife generously. Many of them are drawn from the local communities and they genuinely enjoy sharing their culture and way of life with interested guests. Time spent with these local guides in their home communities is a rich and rewarding experience, often the most memorable moment of a safari.
We are almost certain that after a wilderness experience with Asilia, your ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ safari will become a necessary escape to be repeated over time. In fact, each successive safari with Asilia will allow you to delve a little deeper into the mysteries and magic of the African bush.