East Africa is a region in Africa.
Countries and territories
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.
For intercontinental travel, Nairobi (Kenya) is the busiest travel hub in East Africa, though Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) are also popular. North Americans will likely need to stop off in Europe, as direct flights from the North America to anywhere in Africa are seasonal at best. Nonstop flights are available to the major hubs from London, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Zurich, and many other cities. South Americans will likely connect in Johannesburg, which sees daily nonstop flights from São Paulo; a longer but often cheaper option is to connect in Spain or Italy. Visitors from Asia and Oceania will generally connect somewhere on the Arabian peninsula.
Under the right circumstances, travel costs are competitive with other destinations, so it may be worth experimenting with dates, booking an open jaw flight (for example, arriving in Nairobi and departing from Addis Ababa) or booking short-hop flights separately from the intercontinental flight.
East Africa has generally better organised transport than Southern Africa, but Tanzania has probably the slowest.
In East Africa, wildlife safaris and beach adventures include tours to see the Big 6 wildlife species, the 6th being the whale [best sightings off Kenya's north coast from Watamu], chimpanzee, gorilla tracking, wildebeest migration and mount Kilimanjaro climbing trips.
Kenya wildlife beach and bush safaris 4 days
Kenya wildlife safaris Tsavo East, Amboseli and Masai Mara 7 days
Tanzania wildlife safaris 7 days
Uganda Gorilla tracking 5 days
Gorilla tracking 4 days
6 days Machame route Kilimanjaro trekking
7 days Lemosho route climbing Kilimanjaro
Explore East Africa Jungle Adventure Safaris starting from Tanzania and Rwanda or Uganda
Cast your eyes across the bay and absorb the nature of it all. The call of a fish eagle nesting on one of the many coral islets, thrill at seeing dolphins perform in their natural habitat, plunge into the warm clear coral waters dispersing curious fish and the odd turtle then follow a manta ray.
Hike the local Arabuko Sekoke Forest, home to forest elephant and buffalo. Famous for its birdlife it's second only in Africa to the Congo. Rare trees and animal species are endemic to the area many of which are found nowhere else on earth.
Visit the mysterious 12th Century Gede Ruins, the biggest snake farm in Kenya where snakes are milked daily for anti-venom or Turtle Watch, a rehabilitation center for turtles caught in nets.
Many beach and creek hotels.
There have been several incidents involving jihadists, takfiris and salafists attacking non-Muslims in various parts of East Africa where they would target those who are unfamiliar with the Quran.