East Africa has got all the answers for the questions regarding an ideal destination for a comprehensive holiday experience. you are assured of enjoying a fantastic time on your holiday wherever you decide to go in east Africa be it Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania or Rwanda.
East Africa is a one-stop center for travelers and holiday makers offering them a variety of vacation packages including wildlife experiences like game viewing, gorilla trekking, bird-watching, adventurous encounters like mountaineering, white-water rafting, cultural experiences, beach safaris, among others. These amazing experiences are complemented by great accommodation facilities and food varieties available at several restaurants, lodges and hotels.
Let us explore what each country has got to offer its visitors for a memorable holiday experience
Rwanda has beaten all odds regarding its dark history to become one of the most beautiful and attractive safari and holiday destinations on the African continent. Though a tiny nation, Rwanda has got much to explore starting from her capital Kigali, one of the most beautiful cities in Africa. In Kigali you can find several nice hotels and malls while the Kigali city tour takes you to the historical genocide memorial, and local markets.
Gorilla trekking is the main tourist highlight of Rwanda and it takes in Volcanoes national park, a home for the endangered mountain gorillas in the northern district of Musanze. Iby’iwacu Cultural Village and Red Rock Rwanda are cultural sites that are also found at Musanze for travelers to experience a cultural touch after visiting mountain gorillas.
Akagera National park in the east of the country is the largest savanna park in the country for wildlife lovers who enjoy game drives while Nyugwe Forest national park in the south is the place for tracking primates like chimps and also you can enjoy the canopy walk from here.
Those who want to test beach life can visit the southern province at Gisenyi Rubavu district by the shores of Lake Kivu where you can also enjoy a birding experience by having a boat trip to the Bird Island.
A visit to the ethnographic museum in Huye district in the southern province helps to learn about the country’s cultural and historical heritage since the colonial era while at the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza you see how the royals lived.
Restaurants in Nairobi have got special holiday offers including candlelit dinners, Christmas carols and crackers. Experience the life at Kenya’s coast by walking along the pristine Diani beach and the brave ones can go swimming and snorkeling in the ocean.
Enjoy the adventurous experience of jet-skiing and windsurfing at the marine park in Bamburi. Don’t miss the historical dhow excursion organized by several beach hotels at the coast with the help of an experienced fisherman and a guide.
Wildlife enthusiasts can get a chance to view the big five and other wildlife perfect holiday safari at Amboseli, Tsavo East and West.
If gorilla trekking in Rwanda where the price of the gorilla trekking permit is sold at $1,500 per person proves too expensive for you, Uganda provides a perfect alternative where you will spend less than half of that ($600) to see these elusive primates in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Experience the cultural tours around these parks to test the life of the local people living here.
Queen Elizabeth National Park in the west is a stunning savanna park with incredible wildlife views including seeing the tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector in addition to other game while the experience is crowned by a breathtaking boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel that connects two rift valley lakes of George and Edward.
Taking a tour at the coastal city of Dar es Salaam leads you to the shopping malls and you can dine at the city’s fine restaurants. For adventure, you can go climb Mount Kilimanjaro or drive around it as you watch some game in Kilimanjaro National Park.
Tanzania has got some of the most impressive national parks in Africa including Serengeti, Arusha, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater where you can spot wildlife species like lion, elephant, zebra, crocodiles, among others.
Beach lovers can visit the island of Zanzibar that has breathtaking powdery shores with great diving spots, coral reefs and delicious cuisines.