Jul 282015

1378321742370346160President Barack Obama said Sunday that climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, a safari in the Masai Mara and a beach holiday in Lamu were all on his bucket list for after his presidency.

“I know that there are places in this beautiful nation that I haven’t discovered, so I am gonna make sure when I get back, and it is not just Kenya, it is an ecosystem connected from Uganda to Tanzania,” he told Kenya’s CapitalFM in an interview marking the end of his Kenya visit.

“Climbing Kilimanjaro seems like something that should be on my list of things to do once I get out of here. The Secret Service generally doesn’t like me climbing mountains, but as a private citizen hopefully I can get away with something like that.”

The 5,895-metre (19,341-foot) peak, just over the border in Tanzania, is Africa’s highest mountain.

He said he loved the Masai Mara and Serengeti national parks in Kenya and Tanzania, and had fond memories of a trip to Lamu island, on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast, that he made with his wife Michelle when they were engaged.

“Lamu is high on my list. Michelle and I went there when we were engaged, I remember taking those dhows out, fishing, and the captain of the boat cooking the fish right on the beach. It was remarkable,” he told CapitalFM

Apr 072009


Many who venture to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro extend their stay to enjoy a safari.  And for good reason – Tanzania is the mecca for wildlife viewing, with national parks, game reserves and conservation areas comprising more than 25% of its land.

The Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the most famous park in the world, with the highest concentration of plains game in the world.  Contrary to popular belief, the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti does not only occur over a certain season, but rather it occurs continuously.

As shown in the illustration, the migration follows a clockwise movement throughout the year.  The important part to note is that between August and October, the herd crosses into the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.  Therefore, if you are intent on seeing the migration as part of your Northern Tanzania safari, fall is not the ideal time to visit.  Of course, that runs counter to some of the best months to climb Kilimanjaro.  But not to worry, if you do come during the fall, there will still be plenty of animals to see.  Only half of the animal population participates in the migration, meaning half are still available for viewing.  In other words, don’t let it stop you from visiting the Serengeti