5 Awesome Things to do in East Africa

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East Africa is one of the most visited regions in Africa owing to its magnificent landscape and variety of both wildlife and scenery. East Africa offers adventures of all kinds, and the chance to relax on sensational island beaches too. Check out some of the interesting places to visit and things to do in East Africa.

  • Go on Safari in East African national parks
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Wildebeests crossing the Mara River during the great Serengeti migration.

One of the best things to do in East Africa is to go on a safari across the national parks. Having a chance to watch the great annual migration is every traveller’s dream. Both Maasai Mara in Kenya and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania offer the absolute classic African safari setting. Watch out for the big five. A close encounter with the mountain gorillas of Bwindi National park in Uganda will stay with you for a lifetime. A variety of operators run tours, tracking different troupes in the dense Bwindi forest.

  • Tour ancient heritage sites

The entire region is surrounded by ancient sites and museums, some of which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. These are incredible sites were built by an ancient civilization and would be interesting to learn about them. They include The Lalibella churches, the ruins of the city of Aksum in Ethiopia, Kasubi Tombs in Uganda, Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara south of Dar es Salaam Tanzania, Fort Jesus Town in Mombasa among many others.

  • Climb East Africa’s mountains


What can be more adventurous than hiking up the world’s tallest freestanding mountain? Mt. Kilimanjaro or the Mt Kenya, which are both blessed with an assortment of wildlife that remain in their natural habitat. Also include trekking The Simien Mountains in Ethiopia on your bucket list for things to do in East Africa. The Simien Mountains offer travellers a unique and unforgettable trekking experience through spectacular landscape where extremely rare animals that are endemic to Ethiopia such as the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex are located.

  • Explore East Africa’s coastline

Cheap trips on Zanzibar Island.

Make plans to tour East Africa’s coast to catch a beautiful sunset over glassy ocean waters. Lamu, Malindi, Mombasa and Zanzibar are historically fascinating and also have incredible beaches. Zanzibar’s ancient Stone Town and the serenity of the region makes the island the best honeymoon spot in East Africa. Backed by incredible accommodation facilities, East Africa’s coast would be the best place to enjoy a cool coastal environment. While at the coast, enjoy activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, dhow sailing trips, sea kayaking and diving with dolphins.

  • Explore the Great Lakes of East Africa
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Scenic view of flamingos in Lake Nakuru.

Last but not least on your list for things to do in East Africa is exploring the Great East Africa lakes, most of which are located on the floor of the Rift Valley across all the East Africa countries. East Africa has some of the largest and most ecologically diverse freshwater systems on the planet. Check out the beautiful birds, hippos and crocodiles from the safety of your platoon boat as you cruise around these lakes, including Lake Victoria, Naivasha, Tanganyika, Nakuru, Tana, Turkana among others.


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