Safari Activities, East Africa
In addition to the iconic safari experiences and different safari types we offer to our guests,
there are also a multitude of additional activities to enjoy while in East Africa.
Asilia’s camps are situated in the best locations to ensure your game viewing is world-class.
Whether this is your first safari and you are looking for the Big Five, or you are an old hand searching for an unusual sighting, nothing beats the exhilaration of tracking and then finding that elusive creature. Our guides are trained to the highest standards and use specialised game-viewing vehicles to ensure everyone has a window seat to enjoy the action.
Our drivers are all extremely knowledgeable and know exactly how to place their vehicles for photographers. Sandbags for stability are available in our vehicles, which also have charging facilities.
If you’re not yet a professional but are keen on taking some great shots whilst on your safari, be sure to read this blog post on our 7 Steps to the Perfect Safari Photograph.
Specialist birding guides can be arranged for serious twitchers. If you are new to birding, you’ll find that our guides’ enthusiasm and the incredible beauty of the birds will spark a new and lasting interest. We have this incredibly interesting and informative blog post on birding safaris with Asilia, you can read it here.
There is no better way to experience the African bush than on foot.
It is likely that you will get close to larger mammals with Asilia’s experienced walking guides, but this is your chance to explore the ecosystem from the ground up, learning about animal tracks, the beetles and bugs, the grasses, bushes and trees and the astounding bird life. If you’re interested to see what a walking safari with Asilia is all about, have a look at this blog post.
Our camp guides and managers are mostly drawn from local communities, allowing you a unique insight into the rich culture that defines these corners of East Africa.
Our guides and managers are always eager to share their culture with interested guests, and visits to nearby communities and homesteads are easily arranged. You can read more about the cultural experiences that you can be a part of from our camps here.
Balloon Safaris are a romantic and evocative way of experiencing the wild zones of East Africa.
Glide silently over the vast plains teeming with herds of wildlife in the early morning. Typically, a balloon safari begins at around 6am and lasts for one to two hours. Balloon safaris (additional cost) in the Serengeti take off from designated sites in the nearby Seronera area. The safari is followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush, a fitting end to a memorable flight in the wild. If you need any more motivation, here are our Top 10 Reasons to Book A Balloon Safari.
Rubondo Island Camp offers some of the best freshwater fishing in East Africa. It is renowned worldwide among anglers who travel to Lake Victoria for the opportunity to hook into one of Africa’s biggest and most sought-after freshwater species, the Nile perch, some specimens weigh in at over 100kg!
Tilapia is an entertaining target for recreational fishermen. Catch-and-release fishing from Rubondo Island Camp can be done off the beach and rocks, or by boat. The camp has two fishing boats, which can be shared or privately hired. Let’s go fishing on Rubondo Island!
Imagine going to sleep at night with only the sounds of the African bush around you, and the only lights the stars overhead. Asilia is one of very few operators to offer you the exceptional, highly adventurous option of fly camping. A night at your own personal campsite deep in the bush gives you a true wilderness experience: there is nothing between you and the African bush.
Accompanied by an armed guide, you spend the afternoon on a walking safari to the fly camp, a comfortable yet solo site in the bush. If your camp is pitched beyond comfortable walking distance, you may access it via a game drive. Fly Camping may take you a little outside your comfort zone, but once you try it, you will be hooked. (Please note Fly Camping is booked at an additional cost)
You can read more about this unique experience here.
The African bush does not sleep at night!
Learn about and encounter Africa’s elusive nocturnal creatures on a night drive, whether you are searching for the rare pangolin or watching a leopard hunt, you will be surprised by what goes on after dark. If you’re keen on finding our more about this exciting activity, you can read this blog post.
Tanzania’s largest river is the great Rufiji/Selous, formed by the convergence of the Kilombero and Luwegu rivers; its main tributary is the Great Ruaha River.
When staying at Roho ya Selous, our first property in the area, no safari is complete without a trip out on the water, passing pods of hippo in the shallows and crocodiles sunning themselves on sandbanks. Watch wildlife come to drink from the ultimate perspective, and enjoy drifting up close to bird colonies nesting in the riverbanks or on small islands.