Africa is THE best continent to go on safari in. The eastern part of Africa, in particular, has many countries to safari in, and each one has their own language, traditions, and scenery. Because of this diversity, visitors can find what they are looking for and whether you want to see wild animals, or go up in hot air balloons, the views in East Africa are among the best on the continent.
Here are the top 10 views in East Africa according to Wild Rwanda Safaris…
– Post written by Wild Rwanda Safaris
1. Maasai Mara National Reserve
The Massai Mara is one of the most beautiful and rewarding national parks in Africa. This national reserve is famous for a good reason thanks to its stunning views all year long. There’s a lot of free wildlife for people to see – you can spot lions, elephants, leopards and more.
Apart from seeing these animals in their natural habit, there are other highlights to visit. For example, tourists can decide to go on a trek through the villages of the tribes.
2. The Omo River
This region is not easy to access – it’s a part of the Great Rift Valley, in East Africa. Only the ones who truly love adventure are willing to go there and their time and effort are rewarded as the landscapes are incredible.
There are many villages people can visit, some that haven’t changed over hundreds of years. Many tribes inhabit this country, each with their diverse traditions, ways of dressing, and ceremonies. Those who really want to make the most out of their trip can join a tour.
3. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Volcanoes National Park is among the Virunga Mountains, in Rwanda. It’s an ancient place to visit in East Africa. Many tourists decide to visit volcanoes because they want to see the mountain gorillas in the wild. There are less than 1000 gorillas living in the world today and most of them inhabit this park situated north of Rwanda sharing borders with Virunga National Park in Congo and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda.
As a result, mountain gorilla trekking is an intense and unique adventure. Still, there are many attractions Rwanda has to offer including tour of the genocide memorial site, hiking adventures, biking tours and so much more.
4. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar is a city located off the coast of Tanzania. Many tourists love the city’s landscapes and history. In the past, for example, it used to be the main route for the trading of spices. Arab leaders would trade them for slaves.
Zanzibar’s ancient buildings are the main attraction of the city. With so many mosques, alleys, and pretty houses it’s a key place to go to when visiting East Africa. Finally, beach lovers can do scuba diving and snorkelling in blue waters. There, they can take a look at hundreds of aquatic species.
5. Diani Beach
Diani is said to be the most beautiful beach in the world. It’s just one hour away from Nairobi, in Kenya. Sands are white and the water is bright blue.
Yet, the scenery is not the only thing to admire here. Life in the city is active – the museums and art galleries are stunning, the restaurants offer a wide variety of local dishes and most hotels are near the sea. There’s nothing better than watching the sunrise from one of these resorts.
Safari trips are also available in this region.
6. Bwindi Forest National Park
Impenetrable rain forest in Uganda home to the largest population of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. This national park offers one of the best encounters with mountain gorillas real close in the world. Bwindi forest offers relatively cheap gorilla tours with the gorilla permits selling for $600 for every visitor.
Besides gorilla trekking in Uganda, Bwindi National Park is home to the Batwa pygmies, other primates and wildlife like chimpanzees, forest elephants, lots of birds. The forest offers over 14 habituated gorilla families ready for trekking, and there are another 2 groups available for gorilla habituation experience available all year round.
7. Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Ngorongoro is a conservation area, meaning the government protects the wildlife that lives within this region. It’s dominated by the crater with the same name. This is one of the largest in the whole planet. Because of this, this region in Tanzania one of the most visited in East Africa. With more than 500 meters, it is a spectacle no person should ever miss. Thanks to the grassy floor, a wide variety of species live there, from black rhinos to lions.
8. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most famous in the whole African continent. It’s completely isolated against the savannah and with almost 6000 meters, it’s one of the tallest peaks in the continent. As a result, many adventurers who are fit enough to climb it give it a try. If you’re not fit enough, you can still safari here. Wildlife is abundant, as in the rest of Eastern Africa.
9. Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Lake Nakuru is another outstanding national park. Most people know it because of the number of flamingos that inhabit this lake. Sometimes, there can be more than 2 million flamingos there. Amazing, right?
Of course, the number of birds that people can see will depend on the season. For example, during the dry months, the population increases because the water has more algae for the birds to eat – could be a good time to go!
10. Murchison Falls
Last but not least, the Murchison Falls National Park also offers outstanding views – it’s the largest in the country. Apart from its breathtaking falls, tourists can camp on the banks of the Nile.
Most safaris start early in the morning and almost all of them include a boat trip on the river. This journey ends with a visit to the rhino sanctuary. Visitors can only enter this place with experienced rangers as they’ll guide tourists to see these animals without taking any risk.