Well-known for the Great Migration spectacle and discovery site of Leakey’s hominid fossils in the regions surrounding Kilimanjaro, the Great Rift Valley has an incredible reputation for exceptional wildlife experiences and endless scenic splendors. Dazzling with gem-hued rollers, bee-eaters, rollers, touracos, iridescent sunbirds and surreal hornbills, East and Central Africa are noted Important Birding Areas with their equatorial climate and impenetrable rainforests and savannah woodlands.
The Magic Lantern is an image projector using pictures on sheets of glass. Since some sheets contain moving parts, it is considered the first example of projected animation.
The thaumatrope housed a rotating mechanism with a different
picture on each side.
When rotated, you saw a combined picture (known as persistence of vision).
The phenakitoscope featured spinning disks reflected in
made it seem like the pictures were moving.
The zoetrope was a hollow drum that housed images on long interchangeable
strips that spin and made the images appear to move.
The flip-book, also known as the kineograph, reached a wide
audience and is credited
with inspiring early animators more than the machines developed in this era.
The praxinoscope expanded on the zoetrope, using multiple
wheels to rotate images.
It is considered to have shown the first prototypes of the animated cartoon.
The Magic Lantern is an image projector using pictures on sheets of glass.
Africa and its Indian Ocean Islands offer incredible avian diversity with over 2400 varieties and some 130 bird families. The African continent is home to the world's second largest assemblage of birds in some of the most varied and pristine habitats remaining on earth today. Lush rainforests, teeming savannah, endemic grasslands and specialized woodlands are teeming with fascinating birdlife.
Plan your private birding adventure with big game viewing in Africa. With our specialist birding guides, resident ornithologists in each IBA and game area that we explore in Africa, you can acquire a completely personalized game drive experience with the Signature Guided Safaris® journeys. Book a private safari and we’ll help tailor a unique birding safari for you in addition to capitalizing on your big game experience through our reserves. This exclusive option provides you with not just hands-on identification guidance and in-depth behavorial insight on the special feathered species that you encounter on drives, but also it affords you unrestricted joy in lingering longer, observing and photographing at your own pace with specific sightings that interest you more, getting so much more out of your journey with the privacy of your own schedule and private guide.
Our luxury safaris are ecological models with a low-density sustainable tourism operation in visiting regions of extremely high species diversity where federal parks support has been limited. In these key wilderness areas we carry out projects that support significant habitat protection and considerable wildlife research to identify conservation solutions. Our explorations in these unique regions have often increased the amount of land under conservation protection and garnered anti-poaching effort in working with communities adjacent to the wilderness areas. Our interest in conservation goes beyond just the big mammal species; we are present in 8 biomes and 5 centers of endemism and our concern is ensuring that smaller species such as birds don’t go overlooked. Our journeys continue to generate awareness and draw considerable support for the future of bird and reptile projects in the regions where we traverse.
Founded almost 30 years ago, Guided Safaris® lead luxury journeys into Africa’s most exclusive private game reserves on environmentally-responsible experiences. We invite you to customize your private safari to Africa with our Chief designers to craft out your very own tailor-made journey to Africa.
• The Albertine Rift & Gorilla Safari in Rwanda
• ‘Out of Africa’ moments in the Kenyan highlands
• A Luxury Safari in Masai Mara Game Reserve
• Over 1000 species of birds to be collected!
Another wonderful aspect of safaris is that birding seasonality plays a great role in the wetter summer months that attract greater species display in the reserves at an appealing package cost called the Green Season rate. With such creative advantages and our Chief Designers’ acumen on each region, we can help you plan out the safari of your dreams.
A Grand Southern African journey: Fly over Victoria Falls and vast deserts of Namibia, set out on luxury safari in renowned private areas of Botswana, ending with a relaxing getaway in Cape Town. With over 500 species of birds in the Okavango Delta alone.
What you'll love:
• Guided Victoria Falls & sunset cruise on the Zambezi
• Cape fur seals at Skeleton Coast & Goliath Herons
• Explore wetland birding in Botswana’s Okavango Delta
• Discover the Cape of Good Hope and its Penguin colonies