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Top 5 Holiday Destinations in East Africa

Although holidays are of meant for pure relaxation, it's also a great opportunity to explore and broaden your horizons, increasing your creativity and energy levels. 

Getting some well-deserved recharge moment will, like most of us know, help with our mental health. 

Of course there the popular and pretty common destinations such as Spain and Greece in Europe. But Africa! Africa is home to not just your usual beach spots and nightlife but also a great place to enjoy nature. 

East Africa is pretty well known for its Safari holiday opportunities. But the region has so much more to offer.

The Landscape of East Africa

East Africa is made up of Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Known for its breathtaking natural beauty, East Africa is a renowned tourist destination in Africa.

The two highest peaks in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, are located here. Africa's largest river, the Nile, originates from Lake Nyanza, also known as Lake Victoria, Africa's biggest lake.

mount kenya in east africa

East Africa is a popular destination that everyone should have on their list of destinations to visit. One of the most well-known reasons you should visit is that it is considered the best safari destination globally, with a vast range of tourist attractions and activities that entice visitors from all around the world.

East Africa's unparalleled attractions intrigue both locals and international visitors, from wildlife-rich national parks to freshwater lakes and waterfalls to the most beautiful beaches in the Indian Ocean.

Tourists from all over the globe visit to witness the magnificent scenery, and loads of animals, and learn about East African cultural activities and other attractions.

gorgeous beach in zanzibar

Another thing is that East Africa's various destinations offer incredible accommodation options to make your safari holiday unforgettable. 

Every country in East Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Congo, and Uganda, has its own unique tourist attractions and activities. Although these countries have the safari holiday on lock, there's so much more to explore!

Let's explore the top 5 holiday destinations you should consider when planning your next holiday!

1. Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar is known for its white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, and a rich cultural heritage that dates back centuries.

zanzibar tanzania east africa

The state's capital, Zanzibar City, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historic Stone Town. This town is a maze of narrow streets, bazaars, and ancient buildings that showcase the mix of African, Arab, and Indian influences that shaped Zanzibar's culture and history. You can explore the town's many museums, mosques, and churches to learn more about the state's past.

stone town zanzibar

Zanzibar is also home to several national parks and nature reserves that offer opportunities to see wildlife, including red colobus monkeys, giant tortoises, and dolphins. Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is one of the most popular parks, with a boardwalk that takes visitors through the mangrove forest, where they can spot indigenous monkeys and other animals.

As one of the most beautiful vacation spots in East Africa, Zanzibar offers something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a relaxing beach vacation, a cultural experience, or an adventure in nature, Zanzibar is the perfect destination.

On your visit, you can stay at Baraza Resort, Killindi, or Manta Resort.

You also might want to visit the House of Wonders. If you love nature then a visit to the Jozani forest might be worth your while. You can cool off at one of the many beaches, such as Chumbe, Mnemba, Changu, Nakupenda, Nungwi and Jambiani Beach and enjoy some time in the water.

2. Kigali, Rwanda

Tourist destinations in East Africa are located throughout the entire region, making it one of the most attractive areas on the continent. The city of Kigali in Rwanda is one of the cities responsible for this remarkable achievement. In recent years, this East African nation has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination.
kigali rwanda east africa

The friendly locals and fantastic beach resorts make Kigali a destination that is sure to please any tourist or visitor, whether you are on a honeymoon or simply taking a summer vacation. Telling you, Kigali is a destination that is definitely worth considering.

While on holiday, you can decide to stay at Avisha Town Hotel, Peponi Spaces or Kingfish Beach Hotel, and many other exciting places.

You can go on a hike on Mount Kigali or learn about the culture and arts of the Kigali people in places like Caplaki Craft Village or Inema Arts Centre. Or visit the Kimironko market, the largest market in Rwanda.
mount kigali in rwanda

3. Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi, with its large population, is one of the most well-known cities in Africa. The term Nairobi is derived from the Masai language phrase 'Enkare Nairobi,' which translates to 'cool water.''

nairobi, kenya

Your next holiday should be filled with visitation to places like Ngong Forest Reserve, and Kiambethu Tea Farm, and even interact with different species of animals at the elephant orphanage and NGC (Nairobi Giraffe Center). Nature meets luxury during your holiday. You can stay at Fahari Palace, Bali's Best Resort, Giraffe Manor, and other beautiful places.

4. Port Louis, Mauritius

Port Louis, which was previously known as The Harbor of Tortoises, is the capital city of Mauritius, a Francophone-speaking nation. The city was named after King Louis XV, hence the name Port Louis. Over the years, the city has developed into one of the most popular tourist and holiday destinations in East Africa. 

With its combination of both land and water activities, there are numerous things to do in Port Louis.

port louis in mauritius, east africa

Enjoy the amazing view of the Aapravasi Ghat and Place d’Armes or take a walk through Jardins de la Compagnie, Citadel Fort, and Caudan Waterfront and enjoy the scenic view of nature and cool down in luxury.

After a long day of exploring (or relaxing), you can relax (some more) at the Oberoi Beach Resort, Sikamifer Tourist Resort, and Le Suffren Hotel and Marina.

5. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Now this destination is for those not only looking for some relaxation but adventure as well. Around 50,000 individuals from all over the world travel to Tanzania annually to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the tallest mountain in Africa. This mountain attracts hikers, climbers, and other adventurers to come and explore.

mount kilimanjaro in east africa

The mountain offers stunning views that are truly awe-inspiring. You will get plenty of opportunities to take photos of the magnificent vistas, unique wildlife, and beautiful plant life.

By visiting Mount Kilimanjaro, you will have the opportunity to experience one of the world's most iconic natural wonders. As you ascend and descend the mountain, you will encounter nearly every type of climate. Once you complete your journey, you will have a sense of accomplishment that you will never forget.

On your visit, plan to stay at amazing places like Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel, Brubru Lodge, Pink Flamingo Boutique Hotel, Chanya Hotel, and many other amazing resting places.

Let's plan the itinerary

East Africa stands as a beacon of natural beauty, cultural richness, and unparalleled adventure. From the pristine beaches of Zanzibar to the busy streets of Kigali, each destination offers a unique blend of experiences waiting to be explored.

Whether you're seeking a relaxing beach getaway, an immersive cultural journey, or an adrenaline-pumping safari adventure, East Africa has something for everyone. The region's diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife, and warm hospitality make it a top choice for you seeking unforgettable holiday experiences.

So, let's pack our luggage, add some African prints because why not and let's embark on our next adventure, creating long-lasting memories that will last a lifetime.

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