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Five Vacation Spots to Visit in East Africa

Updated on July 27, 2020
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Do you want to go on safari in Africa? Well, East Africa is one of the best places to go for a vacation. The warm climate, geographical location, landscape, and rich African culture make Africa a great vacation spot. Also, beautiful beaches and high-end resorts create incredible sight and accommodation for visitors from all over the globe.

1. Simien Mountain in Ethiopia

The combination of the fresh breeze, landscape, and vegetation are some of the features that will be breath-taking for you. Simien mountain offers an excellent hiking opportunity, whether you are a hiker or you want a chance to reconnect with nature. If you're going to watch some rare breeds of animals, It is home to a unique ecosystem such as the gelada baboon, Walla ibex, unusual flowers, and trees.

This mountain has plateaus and valleys that rise to form a pinnacle. This landscape creates an ideal hiking environment. Should you choose this as your vacation spot, consider hiring a guide to lead you to the mountain peak. The seeming beauty of this mountain will draw you in as you form an incomparable connection.

Being the first national park in Ethiopia, this mountain has little human intrusion making it a favorable destination for you to reconnect with nature in its purest form. This mountain offers spectacular sights such as the deep canyons, wildflowers, cliffs, and waterfalls. You will also have fun hiking to the peak of this mountain.

2. Masaai Mara national park in Kenya

It is the most famous wildlife conservation destination in Africa. Its fame comes from the exceptional animal population in this park, including lions, African leopards, cheetah, and bush elephants. The great migration adds to the reserve's popularity. The Mara national park ecosystem is inclusive of

  • Masaai Mara reserve
  • The Mara triangle
  • The Koiyaki Lemek
  • Ol Choro Oirowia
  • Mara north
  • Ol Kinyei

Suppose your interest is in watching different types of wildlife in a park. This park will be ideal for you.

3. Volcanoes national park Rwanda

Volcanoes park is ideal for people who want to view gorillas as part of their vacation. Located 2 hours from Kigali international airport, it is both accessible and popular. Apart from that, it hosts golden monkeys, various kinds of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and other animals. to enjoy your vacation, even more, you can perform activities such as

  • Gorilla trekking,
  • Hiking at Mt Bisore,
  • Visiting the Ruhondo and Bulera lakes,
  • Musanze cave tours,
  • Waterfall hiking at Rusumo, and Kamiranzoru.

These activities will leave you in awe and make you appreciative of nature's beauty.

4. Watamu National Reserve

Watamu is a Kenyan coast village found between pristine beaches and tropical forests.

It is both peaceful and tranquil with a laid back and relaxed way of life. It is famous for its Marine National park and reserve that has three bays.

  • The blue lagoon in Watamu
  • White sandy beaches
  • The Coral gardens

This coastal area hosts the Agiriama and the Bajuni people, who will engage you the whole time you will be visiting with their vibrant and captivating culture. Also, the beautiful white sand beach, unique animals and plants, will make your stay enjoyable and memorable.

5. Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Suppose you are a hiker and want to experience hiking on the tallest mountain in Africa. Head to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This destination is a favorite for Most novice and expert climbers as it is more of a walk-up hike where you don't require other hiking equipment to be successful.

This mountain is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. With the summit (Uhuru point) standing at 5895 meters above sea level. Surprisingly, most people who hike up this mountain are not successful with the common cause being altitude sickness, but also due to inexperience in hiking, wrong gears, limited training, and not hiring a guide.


If your vacation is in East Africa Africa, you will have the opportunity to visit various African destinations. Such as the Simien mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro, volcanoes national park, or Watamu Reserve. Not only will you enjoy your vacation in nature walks and hikes but also learn the rich culture of the people living in those areas. All these places will leave you with a feeling of appreciation towards nature while the breath-taking beauty will leave yearning for more of it.


  1. East Africa's 10 best travel destinations. (n.d.). TripSavvy.
  2. Staff, C. T. (2017, July 12). CNN.

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