Consider taking a bird guide book to Tanzania, even if you don't consider yourself a bird enthusiast you will be by the time you return home!
For help during your gorilla trek in Bwindi National Park why not hire a porter from the nearby villages - your money offers employment opportunities to the local community.
For your gorilla trek hire a porter from the local village. The money you spend will go directly into the local community and you will have someone there to help on the difficult parts of the trek.
For an adrenaline rush in Uganda, why not visit the small town of Jinja. It’s home to some of the best white-water rafting in East Africa and is suitable for both first-timers and adventure enthusiasts.
To make the most of Kenya's wonderful bird life, visit in October and November, when you can get to see over 500 resident and migrant species.
Lamu town on the Kenyan coast can be rather quiet on a Friday, so to get a feel for the real atmosphere it is best to visit during the week.
When staying on Ile Sainte Marie you must go for lunch on the jetty at Boraha Villas. The setting is superb plus they serve the best crab in the whole of Madagascar.
For some truly stunning scenery and to get off the beaten track, visit Meru Nation Park. Abundant game and the Nyambeni Mountain Range make this area real treat.
On Zanzibar Archipelago
If you are shopping in Stone Town you will need Tanzanian Shillings as the market stalls will not accept US dollars.
If you are in Livingston over a full moon take a trip to Victoria Falls to see a "moonbow" (a rainbow made by moon light only seen during a full moon).
An early morning game drive at the Ngorongoro Crater is a fantastic opportunity to spot the wildlife but is can also be very chilly so do take warm clothing.
Pack practical clothes such as loose fitting cotton layers for walking in the forests. Cotton is lightweight and dries quickly - ideal in tropical areas.
To get off the beaten track and to see great bird life in Uganda, head to Semliki National Park. Don't forget your binoculars and a copy of ‘Helms Field Guide - Birds of East Africa’.
Madagascar is a country where you need to pack a sense of humour - as it is new to the tourist market sometimes things do go wrong.
On Zanzibar Archipelago
Whilst in Stone Town on Zanzibar, enjoy a wonderful slice of cake and a coffee at the Zanzibar Coffee House. It's hidden away, but a gem once you find it.
It can be really cold in the early mornings and late evenings in Botswana in June/July. Be sure to pack a hat, scarf, gloves and a warm jacket.
Donna first visited Africa while studying zoology at university. After spending three weeks researching her thesis in South Africa's Kruger National Park she spent several months exploring various counties with a particular interest in the game reserves and bird life. These countries included Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Donna's interests then took her to North Africa where she lived in Cairo and worked as a guide and tour leader. Since joining Audley Donna has travelled extensively in Africa and has spent a great deal of time in both Kenya and Tanzania where she enjoyed exploring the various game reserves and National Parks. She has been lucky enough to see the annual wildebeest migration from both Kenya and Tanzania and other highlights include fishing for Nile Perch on Lake Victoria, a horse riding safari in the Laikipia region and spending time on the stunning beaches of Zanzibar.
Last year Donna spent four weeks in Madagascar where she was able to indulge her love of wildlife, spend time trekking in the varied habitats and explore the stunning beaches. Donna's most recent adventure took her to Botswana and Zambia where she canoed on the channels of the Okavango Delta, walked under the Livingston Bridge over Victoria Falls and explored the South Luangwa National Park.
My Most Memorable Experience
On my first trip to the Masai Mara I was exteremly lucky! It was the end of June and typically far too early for the annual migration. However on my second day in the reserve I witnessed thousands of wildebeest making their way into Kenya from Tanzania! For the next few days I saw some of them succumb to crocodiles and lions as they made their way back and forth across the Mara river! The migration really is impressive and seeing it first hand is by far one of my most memorable travel experiences.
My Favourite Destination
My favourite destination, without doubt is Madagascar. I first visited in November of 2011 and was immediately struck by just how unique the country is, it is unlike anywhere else in Africa. The habitants are varied and range from hot, humid rain forest to dry spiny forest to large expanses of desert. The wildlife is just as varied and by far my favourite are the many different Lemur species - these little primate have bags of character and everyone that visits Madagascar is bound to be charmed by them!
My Favourite Accommodation
Naibor Camp in the Masai Mara is one of my favourite places to stay in Kenya. I visited this camp in June of 2010 for a stylish but authentic safari experience. I very much liked the mix of modern decor with traditional tents and bucket showers. The location of the camp is great for game viewing and there is nothing better than falling asleep and waking up to the sounds of the animals in the Masai Mara.