If you think of undertaking a trip to Africa, perhaps you will want to see everything but this may not be easy on your side. However, a visit to East Africa can reward you with exceptional wilderness experiences with lots of amazing things to see and do. The experiences in this part of Africa are priceless and that said, enjoy the breathtaking sceneries, landscapes, attractions and exciting as well as the most thrilling adventures. To explore this region is real sense, the following are some of the wonderful things you need to do and you won’t regret in life.
- Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration
This is an extra-ordinary and breathtaking wilderness experience that East Africa boasts of. It is a lifetime experience and occurs each year between June and August with millions of wildebeests, gazelles as well as zebras seen crossing from the Serengeti National Park to the wilderness of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in the magical Kenya. It is the largest and powerful wildlife experience in the world and you need to consider it a must on your bucket list.
- Gorilla trekking
East Africa never runs out of wonders and for any plans to visit this particular region, mountain gorillas are such exceptional and rare creatures you need not to miss to strike your eyes with. To trek gorillas in East Africa, visit Uganda and Rwanda and your dream will come true. In Uganda, they can be tracked in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga National Park while in Rwanda you will head to Volcanoes National Park. Permits in Uganda are sold at $600 per person and in Rwanda, you need $1500.
- Chimpanzee tracking
Besides tracking mountain gorillas, you can as well be part of chimpanzee adventures in East Africa. This is another most thrilling primate experience that takes you through a few dense rainforests in this part of Africa. In Uganda, you can visit Kibale Forest National Park a primate capital of the world with 13 distinct primate species of which chimpanzees make up a larger population about 1500 of them being confined in this rainforest out of over 5000 that call this country their home. Other places for you to see these amazing creatures in Uganda include Budongo forest reserve, Kalinzu forest a mention but a few. In Rwanda, you can see them in Nyungwe Forest National Park or Gishwati Mukura National Park. In addition, you can also visit Tanzania and you will also track chimpanzees while on your wildlife safari.
- Cultural experiences
What differentiates Africa from the rest of the world is its distinct cultures and so, East Africa is such amazing region for you to have the best of authentic African experiences. This region comes with diverse cultural experiences mostly in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. They feature variety of cultural sites and display rare cultural dances, music performances, art and others.
- Mountaineering/climbing adventures
For enthusiastic adventurers, East Africa has not left you out. Take time and hike through Mount Kilimanjaro-the Africa’s largest and tallest mountain which lies in Tanzania just close to border area of Kenya. For those of you who may not make it up to this mountain, you can simply have breathtaking views while at Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Other magical mountains you need not to miss to explore in East Africa include Mount Rwenzori in western Uganda and Mount Kenya in Kenya.
- Camping in the wilderness
The best way for you to come close to nature is by embarking on camping tour. Camp in this region in a rare style and enjoy Africa’s off the beaten wilderness. There are high-end camping sites that offer you a chance to discover and experience the wilds in a luxurious setting. You will find luxury camps in most of the East African national parks and reserves.
- Game viewing
This region is popular for wildlife tours and features untapped stretch of scrubland and savanna with untamed wildlife. There are many national parks, wildlife sanctuaries for you to visit in East Africa that inhabit distinct wildlife species including the big game, birds as well as several primates. They include among others the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Tsavo National Parks, Amboseli National Park in Kenya, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and others.
- Balloon tours
For most tourists on safari in East Africa, game drives have become the order of the day but this time round, try out hot air balloon and trust me you will experience what this region has in offer in a unique style. You can be part of this breathtaking adventure in Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya and in Uganda at Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Park. While on this experience, you will enjoy incredible views of savanna dwellers such as antelopes, giraffes, wildebeests a mention but a few.
- White water rafting
East Africa is adventure paradise and while on your safari, do not miss to engage in exciting white water rafting as it takes you through the scenic rivers, rapids, beautiful sceneries and others. In Kenya, you can be part of this thrilling experience in River Athi, Mathioya River, Tana River and in Uganda, visit the source of the Nile at Jinja.