The Top 6 Attractions In East Africa

East Africa is filled with the greatest natural wonders and it is indeed a long list of attractions that can span pages upon pages of guidebooks, the East African region (Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, and now DRC) is a land of variety and adventure and is home to some unbeatable wildlife.

Tourists are welcome to explore and visit numerous National Parks, vibrant cities, World-class tropical beaches, unmatched wildlife species, spectacular sceneries/landscapes in form of mountains, and others. It is undeniable that with everything that East Africa has to offer to travelers, it is always overwhelming to think of where to even head first. In no particular order, here is our list of the top 6 attractions in East Africa.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is many things in one package but most importantly the highest free-standing mountain in the World and Africa’s highest peak at 5895 meters above sea level.. These are just one of the reasons why this Tanzanian-based mountain makes it to our list of top 6 attractions in East Africa. You might have climbed Mount Everest, but if you haven’t had a feel of Africa’s highest Mountain, then you haven’t lived. Join the likes of Hans Meyer, Ludwig Purtscheller and others to have ever reached the summit (Uhuru) of Mount Kilimanjaro through any of its 7 climbing routes.

The Mountain gorillas and Golden monkeys

What is East Africa without the mountain gorillas and Golden monkeys? I guess incomplete. Scientifically referred to as Gorilla beriengei beringei and Cercopithecus kandti, these two primate species are ONLY found in DRC, Uganda, and Rwanda, although most treks are undertaken in the last two countries. The population of mountain gorillas currently stands at 1080 and only 160 and 96 gorilla permits are sold daily in Uganda and Rwanda respectively. For this reason, gorilla trekking is a bucket list experience for many travelers in East Africa.

The magnificent Murchison Falls

Would you believe it if I told you that the World’s most powerful waterfalls are actually found in East Africa? Yes, you read it right because Murchison falls is the unbeaten World’s most powerful waterfall situated on Uganda’s north-western side To make it most interesting, it is within a National Park (named after it) where lots of game, birds, and natural landscapes can be enjoyed. While on your adventure, feel the spray of the water from these falls and enjoy photography at its bottom during a boat cruise.

Culture of the Masai, Batwa, and Karamojong people

East Africa is a true definition of a melting pot with diverse cultures in the East of the countries you will visit but the ones that will create a mark and hold a special place in your heart are the Karamojong, Masai, and Batwa. You will be amazed by the Pastoralist cultures and traditions of Masai (in Kenya and Tanzania) as well as Karamojong (of Uganda) or the jungle life of Batwa (of Rwanda and Uganda). The food, unique dress code, building styles, livelihoods, marriage practices, and other practices will take your breath away. Masai cultural experiences are normally combined with visits to Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya or Serengeti National Park in Tanzania while the Karamojong can be visited while exploring Kidepo Valley National Park. The Batwa are visited during gorilla trekking adventures in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park or Uganda’s Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks.

The Great Wildebeest Migration

No safari in East Africa is complete without watching the Great annual migration in Kenya and Tanzania where over 1.5 million wildebeests and about 500,000 zebras and gazelles migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in a cyclic pattern. These animals move in search of fresh pastures and clean water with numerous obstacles along the way including the “River crossings” that are undeniably spectacular and eye-catching. Grab your camera and head to the Serengeti or Masai Mara for one of the best wildlife Mother Nature has ever offered.

Chimpanzees (our closest relatives)

Chimpanzees are our closest relatives (sharing 98.7% DNA) and several species are found in a number of countries in Africa. When it comes to East Africa, you should be assured of getting up close and personal with the Eastern Chimpanzees. Uganda (Kibale Forest National Park and Budongo forest among others), as well as Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park, so far the best places to track chimpanzees. You need to possess a valid trekking permit to get a chance of walking in their natural habitats. 

East Africa is a fascinating and magical destination that combines majestic wildlife, astounding culture, amazing beaches, and more. Let us plan a journey of a lifetime that combines all the best attractions across this remarkable region. 

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