Top 10 Things to Do in East Africa

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A travel specialist will help you scout for the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino). And mountain gorillas. You’ll also see a diverse assortment of exotic birds. Sinister crocodiles. Comical warthogs. And spectacular scenery.

Despite the region’s drama in numerous memorials, the residents are warm and welcoming.

East Africa is blessed with an assortment of wildlife in natural habitats. From the treetops of the Aberdares down to the plains of the Mara/Serengeti ecosystem. The “Spice Islands” have interesting cultures and history.

You can climb the East African string of mountains formed from the Great Rift Valley. From the gorgeous beauty on the ground there are adventurous climbs up Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya, Mt Meru, Mt Elgon, the Rwenzoris and a few others.

Savour the tantalizing Nyama Choma. Nyama Choma is charcoal grilled meat. In East Africa, usually grazed African goat meat, hard to chew but with a gamey flavour and a palpable texture. Try Carnivore Restaurant for a variety of meats. Safari Park Hotel has the Nyama Choma ranch.

Get an edge on entertainment in a crammed Nairobi matatu. Experience body thumps, scratchy counterfeit music videos and the latest hip hop and reggae vibes.

Go gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for the 700 or so gorillas.

Relax on the Swahili coast in Kenya or Tanzania. Find tropical beach charm from Mombasa to Dar es Salaam from the little friendlier peoples.

Camp at Hell’s Gate National Park – the canyon, rock climbing and biking are just wow!

The largest Lake Victoria strides across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. In addition to an a wildlife ecosystem and scenic views, grilled lake fish is delicious.

Try one of the best coffee chains in Africa at the Nairobi Java House joints. The Kenyan AA blend is aromatic.

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