Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Take the Green Route to EAST AFRICA

“It’s the place of massive vistas that evokes Out of Africa visions of a by-gone era. It’s the place that offers some of the greatest safari moments of the planet. And Green Route, Africa’s pioneering and SITE award-winning specialist DMC, is there to create and deliver extraordinary incentives – memories that will last a lifetime! 

If it’s a Big 5 safari you desire in Tanzania or Kenya, the idyllic beach at Zanzibar, a conference in Uganda or the thrill of seeing the gorillas in Rwanda then Green Route awaits the opportunity to bid for your business. We’ll give you something you never knew you wanted!”
The untamed wilderness of Kenya boasts an incredible range of landscapes, unique geographical features and thrilling game. This beautiful country offers visitors a mix of exhilarating adventures; from viewing the awe-inspiring migratory herds on the open savannah, the abundant birdlife or the colourful marine life in the sparkling Indian Ocean. The spectacular landscape comprises of lush tropical forest, majestic mountains, lakes hiding hippos, and unspoilt deserts on the northern frontier.
One of the most famous attractions is the annual migration of around 1.3 million Wildebeest gathering to calve at the end of June. This natural cycle sees these magnificent creatures converge into a huge single herd, which at the same time replenishes and renews the grasslands of East Africa. 

This awe-inspiring migration takes place in the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve.  Inspiring films such as “Out of Africa”, and numerous Discovery documentaries, this vast reserve encompasses over 1510 square km’s and an even larger area referred to as the dispersal area North East of the reserve. 

Apart from the annual migration, the Masai Mara provides thrilling game viewing. The grassy plains of the reserve are densely populated with game, including the Big Five, zebra, giraffe, and hartebeest. The rivers are filled with fearsome hippo and crocodiles, and the birdlife is prolific, with more than 450 species of bird recorded in the area.

Kenya is not only for the wildlife enthusiast. The capital, Nairobi boasts many 5 star hotels and state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Kenya International Conference Centre (KICC) located in the central business district. The centre has hosted numerous prestigious events, such as the Rotary International Peace Conference and Common Wealth Law Conference. The newly renovated venue boasts 24-hour security, 8 meeting rooms, modern equipment and furnishings, and a plenary hall, which can accommodate up to 5000 delegates for a cocktail reception.

Perched on the edge of the African continent, facing the India Ocean, the beautiful country of Tanzania has much to offer. From thrilling safari’s on the Serengeti plains to the tropical beaches of Zanzibar.

Visitors to Tanzania can partake in an endless amount of activities, from mountain climbing, safari adventures, scuba diving, fishing, and hiking.
Spice tours are a firm favourite. Travelers visit the various coconut and spice plantations in the country, which grow fragrant and aromatic spices, such as cloves, nutmeg, ginger, chilies, black pepper and cinnamon.

The exotic shores of Zanzibar are perfect for an idyllic beach experience. Whether it’s lazing on the pristine beaches or scuba-diving the colourful coral reefs, or swimming in the turquoise waters, Zanzibar is sure to please. 

Uganda, known as the jewel of Africa, is an extraordinary destination. Visitors can track chimpanzees through the rainforest, navigate rivers teeming with hippo and crocs, or climb misty mountains to view mountain gorilla.

Ugandan countryside is as eclectic as its wildlife. Visitors can view the source of the mighty Nile and Murchison Falls, and take part in thrilling white river rafting. Or for a testing challenge, avid mountaineers climb the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountain range, or hike the Virunga Volcanoes and Mount Elgon. 

Uganda’s capital city, Kampala is a growing metropolis and a major hub for business in Central and East Africa.  This beautiful city has retained its traditional charm, and boasts a growing commercial district. Many international hotels, quality restaurants and state-of-the-art conference facilities, are available. The Uganda International Conference Centre can accommodate up to 1,500 delegates, and offers the latest equipment and support facilities for a hassle-free and well managed conference. The venue is conveniently located close to many 5 star hotels and restaurants.

Rwanda is a country of breathtaking beauty, boasting two mighty rivers, the Nile and the Congo; impressive mountain ranges, a volcanic chain, and numerous lakes. Recovering successfully from its dark history, Rwanda has much to offer the adventure traveler. 

It is most famous for gorilla trekking in the various national parks. The plight of these magnificent and gentle creatures is attributed to the work of Dian Fossey, who is buried at Karisoke, alongside some of the animals to which she dedicated her life. Fossey became a household name following the release of the biographical film Gorillas in the Mist, which was shot on location in the Parc National des Volcans. 

Gorilla trekking is very popular in both Rwanda and Uganda. A visit can entail a 1 to 4-hour trek through the forest led by experienced trackers. Visitors spend an hour with these gentle giants as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting, and raising their young.

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