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Comparing East African Travel Destinations

Tourism is a growing sector in East African countries and rightly so; because in more ways than one, East Africa is home to some of the best of Africa. From the deep jungles of the Virunga Range on the border of Rwanda and Uganda, to the rolling plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve and even to the famous rock-cut structures of Lalibela Ethiopia, East Africa makes one heck of a compelling case to be explored.

And that’s not even the end of it. Once you’ve had your fill of breathtaking landscapes, incredible wildlife, and fascinating monuments, you can retreat to the dazzling coasts where Zanzibar, Diani and other famous beaches offer a taste of paradise. The only question now is where to start from? Here’s a brief breakdown of East African travel destinations to get you started.


This amazing country doesn't require any lengthy introduction; Tanzania is the home of the original safari, after all. There’s no shortage of tourist destinations in Tanzania, from the world-famous Serengeti and Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest mountain) and even to the majestic spice islands of Zanzibar. If exotic game drives, rewarding mountain treks, fantastic sundowners and an all-round authentic safari experience is on your bucket list, then Tanzania is definitely the place to visit. Other notable places of interest include the Ngorongoro Conservancy, a caldera teeming with all kinds of wildlife; Lake Manyara, home to thousands of flamingos and other water birds; and of course the Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind.


Like Tanzania, Kenya needs no long introduction. Its many national parks and game reserves are alive with an abundance of wildlife like no other. It is here you will see the breathtaking landscapes and various animals that are so embedded into our heads as what Africa is all about. What’s more, the greatest land migration on the planet, the Great Migration occurs on the plains of Kenya’s Mara reserve and into the vast Serengeti plains in neighboring Tanzania. Kenya also boasts its fair share of mountain ranges, enchanting lakes and stunning beaches. The best part is that travelers can easily travel by road from Tanzania into Kenya and vice versa, saving you additional flight costs should you choose to explore both magical countries in a single trip.


No conversation about East Africa’s travel destinations would be complete without mentioning the countless offerings of this mystical and charming country. Ethiopia is a destination unlike any other and we mean that in every sense. It has its own calendar system, it is where coffee originated, and its rich and glorious history dates as far back as Biblical times. Ethiopia is also the only African country to have repelled colonial rule, allowing them to preserve their cultures and traditions through the years. As a tourist destination, Ethiopia has it all -- Impressive mountain treks, rare endemic animals, jaw dropping waterfalls, and no shortage of historical sites. From the fascinating obelisks of Axum and the rock churches of Lalibela, to the incredible Omo Valley tribes and the raw natural wonders of the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia offers something for every traveler. Want to explore this magical land? Absolute Ethiopia has some of the best custom itineraries to get you started.


In Rwanda, the famous Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park are the places to go for gorilla trekking, as well as to track golden monkeys. The forest offers an unusual, yet thrilling adventure as you go in search of families of various primates. Photographic conditions are great as well so make sure to come fully prepared. The gorillas here are more habituated to humans, compared to the ones you’ll find in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in neighboring Uganda. Visitors wishing to combine boat trips and game viewing can also head to Akagera National Park, one of the oldest national parks on the African continent.


One of the first places people visit when in Uganda is the Bwindi Forest National Park which is home to about 50% of the world's endangered mountain gorillas. While Rwanda offers a similar trekking experience, many travelers opt for Uganda because it is more affordable. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest also boasts a dazzling lineup of high biodiversity and unusual plant, insect, bird and animal species. After your gorilla tracking, you can also embark on a Big Five safari in the Queen Elizabeth National Park or explore the famous Kibale National Park, or head on to Jinja for some unforgettable water adventures at the source of the Nile.

At the end of the day, East Africa can be summed as the Africa of childhood longings, a wild realm of extraordinary landscapes where man and beast have lived peacefully side by side in one of the most beautiful corners on earth -- totally worth considering for your travels this year.

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