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East Africa is a region in Africa.

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East Africa regions
Burundi
On the shores of Lake Tanganyika, it's the beating heart of Africa. Holds the source of the famous Nile River.
Comoros
Tiny Indian Ocean island group between Madagascar and Mozambique
Djibouti
Small country across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen and largely Arabic in nature
Eritrea
This relatively small nation has heavy Arab and African influences
Ethiopia
Africa's second largest population; an old Christian country, home to castles, beautiful monasteries, and wonderful food
Kenya
Known for its world-class safaris and beautiful beaches
Madagascar
Expect the unexpected in the land of the lemurs and the so-called eighth continent
Mauritius
Tropical Indian Ocean island
Mayotte
Reunion
Rwanda
Gorillas in the mist
Seychelles
A group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar
Somalia
One of the least visited nations on earth, it is by no coincidence that the nation is also wrought with political instability, civil war, and rampant kidnapping/abductions
Tanzania
Mt. Kilimanjaro and major game parks
Uganda
Wildlife abounds and this is the best place for treks into the Congolese jungle to visit the nearly extinct mountain gorillas

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Cities

  • Addis Ababa — the huge capital of Ethiopia and a major hub for NGOs and the African Union
  • Antananarivo — also known as Tana, is the capital of Madagascar
  • Dar es Salaam — Tanzania's hot and humid metropolis has little to keep the traveler there, but is a major transit point of the region
  • Kampala — the bustling, friendly capital of Uganda
  • Kigali — aside from the genocide memorials, there is little to interest the traveler in Rwanda's capital; this is a passing through city
  • Lilongwe — the largest city in Malawi is remarkably green
  • Mombasa — historic coastal Kenyan city thought to be more than 2,500 years old
  • Nairobi — the capital of Kenya and the largest city in East Africa
  • Port Louis - the capital of Mauritius

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English is understood throughout some of the East Africa region.

Swahili is understood and spoken by a large number of people, especially Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, where it is an official language.

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