East Africa is the cradle of mankind, and is one of the best destinations for adventure and travel. Films such as Out of Africa and Lion King have presented East Africa as the home of large bursting sunsets and free-spirited impossible-to-tame people, flora and fauna.
But, that said, where exactly should you visit on your trip here? Well, for starters, Mount Kilimanjaro offers one of the most strenuous adrenaline-packed climb. It is the highest peak in Africa. You can also hike up Mount Kenya, the second highest of Africa’s mountain. This is one of the most beautiful, most exerting treks you will take.
To visit the historical towns and cities, Lamu and Zanzibar are a must-see. Lamu is more than 700 years old, and is serviced by donkeys and carts. Rumour has it that there is just one automobile in the area. It is built on coral stone and mangrove timber, and is the oldest Swahili settlement. Lamu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mombasa is another favourite, as is the rest Kenya’s coastal region which is famed the world over for its clean tropical beaches, cuisine, history and warm people. Mombasa comes with the added advantage of a flourishing nightlife, and is also very popular with backpackers. This means that there are very many accommodation options, from luxury to budget. There is something for everyone here. Fort Jesus in Mombasa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by the Portuguese in the 1500s to protect the port city against external aggression.
Zanzibar on the other hand has a fascinating history and incredible beaches. Its stone town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is generally an enchanting place to visit. Zanzibar is home to East Africa’s oldest living music legend, Bi Kidude. It also hosts one of the most popular music festivals in Africa, the annual Zanzibar Sauti Za Biashara.
At the Maasai Mara in Kenya, one can view the world renowned wilderbeest migration. The Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are other items that should make it to your travel itinerary.
In Uganda and Rwanda, visit the Virunga Mountains where mountain gorilla conservation projects run. Uganda is famed for its gorilla safaris. Uganda’s Victoria Nile is one of Africa’s best rafting destinations. Uganda is also home to equatorial forests and game, a must-see in your East African safari.
Diani Beach Mombasa
Photo Credits: National Geographic