East Africa, which includes Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, has grown in popularity with tourists, particularly those who are interested in wildlife or conflict aftermath. Travelers to the region are rewarded with spectacular scenery, vibrant culture and welcoming people. As you plan your trip to East Africa, be sure to enjoy your stay once you get a person who know around very well.
Kenya has long been one of Africa's most popular tourist destinations. On your trip, be sure to visit the Masai Mara in western Kenya, where wildlife sightings and Masai culture are unparalleled. For outdoor adventure, hike around Mt. Kenya or head to the Nandi Hills at the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Other popular attractions include Amboseli National Park and Lake Nakuru, Hell's Gate National Park, and the port city of Mombasa.
Until 1996, Rwanda was locked in a brutal civil war and related conflicts. Since then, this beautiful country has been open to tourists. Don't miss gorilla trekking for an unforgettable, up-close experience with mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Parcs de Volcans. For a sobering experience, visit the churches at Kigali and St. Famille and sign up for a personal tour by survivors of the horrifying mass murders that occurred there; guides are passionate about the program because they believe that awareness decreases the risk of repeating the atrocity.
Tanzania is packed with popular attractions for tourists, who come from all over the world to experience the country's spectacular scenery and culture. Head to Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, for a long hike or scenic drive to the summit. From there, head to the Serengeti National Park for the wildebeest migration, and visit the Ngorongoro Crater for spectacular wildlife viewing. For a more urban experience, travel to Zanzibar and explore the old Stone Town and stunning beaches.
Uganda remains under the radar of many travelers due to ongoing violence, but the country has many remarkable attractions for bold tourists. The Mountains of the Moon in Rwenzori National Park are the highest range in Africa. Tourists can experience world-class whitewater rafting in Jinja, the source of the Nile River, or visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to see the elusive mountain gorillas.