The Territories of East Africa include primarily Kenya and Tanzania, and this is because of these countries has a highly developed, sophisticated and at times exclusive tourist industry, the main reason for which is that each of these enjoys the lion’s share of of the great and iconic features of Africa. Serengeti, Zanzibar and Mount Kilimanjaro are some of the more recognizable names, but the proliferation of wildlife, mountain and coastal destinations have always made this a popular region with tourists and travelers. Other countries in the region that are emerging as important travel destinations are Uganda and Rwanda, both offering access to the last remaining populations of mountain gorilla among many other attractions.
One of the key advantages, but some might say disadvantages, of travel in East Africa is the nature of the tourist industry itself. In most cases this is highly developed and reliable, but it can also be pricy and from time to time a little canned. However there is still much scope of creativity in designing your itinerary, in particular with an emerging interest in heritage and cultural travel.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Kilimanjaro is probably one of the most recognized names in African venture travel. It is one of the world’s highest mountains, just shy of 19300ft, but it is highly climbable with most of those attempting the summit succeeding. There is no doubt that it is a tough physical challenge, but there are a good number of different route options that, if carefully considered, can improve your chances of an easier summit and help make the journey itself something to remember.
Another point to consider is the sheer number of Kilimanjaro operators and climbing outfitters available. All climbers are required to use a guiding service, and even those outfitters based outside Tanzania are for the most part required to use a local service. There is no cheap option to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, but prices vary enormously. Usually the cheaper operators cut corner in staffing levels and equipment. Younger, less experienced guides of usually to be found at the cheaper end, while older, more knowledgeable and experienced guides cost a little more.
Mount Kenya and Mount Rwenzori are alternative climbing destinations in Kenya and Uganda respectively.
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The Coast of East Africa
Stretching from the border with Somalia to the Paradise Islands of Mozambique, the East African Indian Ocean seaboard is without doubt one of the most beautiful and diverse coastlines in the world. Not only does it over a thousand or more versions of a tropical beach idyll, it also has multiple layers of culture and history that make it altogether a most fascinating region of Africa.
Certain key destinations stand out – Zanzibar being perhaps the best known – but many others also of unique attractions. Mafia Island off the coast of Tanzania is an established international dive destination. There are a number deep sea game fishing opportunities, cultural exploration, a plethora of luxury beach lodge and spa option along with everything else in between. Nothing quite rounds off a climb or safari experience like a visit to any one of the many superb destinations along the East Coast.
East African Wildlife Destinations
East Africa is so blessed with unique eco travel and wildlife destinations it is hardly possible to know where to begin. In Tanzania it is the Serengeti National Park, arguably the jewel in the East African crown, that stands out, but elsewhere, from the mountain redoubts of Rwanda and Uganda, where populations of Mountain Gorilla survive, to the vast reaches of the Selous National Park, the choices are almost unlimited. If your interest is to see the big five, or more specific in terms of birdwatching, walking or tracking, there is somewhere in East Africa that will suit you perfectly.
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