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5 Best Places to Visit in East Africa

East Africa is home to stunning national parks, beautiful beaches, pristine islands and endless wildlife. It’s the perfect vacation spot to get away from your stressful life and spend some time with nature. 

Here are the 5 best places to visit in East Africa:

  1. Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to the majestic Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. You can easily spot the Big Five here. In fact, Ngorongoro Crater is known for its rhinos, which can be easily spotted here. Unlike other places, the rhinos here aren’t shy and don’t try to hide away. 

The Crater itself is a stunning sight to behold – it’s a beautiful collection of flora and fauna. The Olduvai Gorge, also known as the cradle of mankind, is also located in the Conservation Area. 


  1. Serengeti National Park

Providing the backdrop to numerous wildlife movies, Serengeti is a must visit. You can also witness the Great Migration here, where millions of wildebeests and zebras migrate in unison. It’s home to lions, leopards, cheetahs and over 500 species of birds. 

Wander through the endless plains dotted with stunning trees, or get a bird’s eye view by exploring the park on a hot air balloon. 


  1. Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar island is located off the coast of Tanzania. It’s a stunning island with pristine beaches and endless watersports activities, making it the perfect place to wrap up your trip and relax before you head back home. Here are some of the best things to do on Zanzibar Island:

  • Explore Stone Town. It’s a beautiful town with stunning architecture and well-preserved historical buildings. Visit the House of Wonders, Palace Museum and Forodhani Gardens Food Market. 
  • Swim with the whale sharks at Mafia Island.
  • Go kitesurfing and scuba diving at Jambiani, Paje and Nungwi.
  • Dine in at the Rock Restaurant, a beautiful restaurant that’s surrounded by the Indian Ocean by all sides. You can get to the restaurant via a boat.


  1. Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara National Reserve is located in Kenya. It has a high wildlife concentration and you can spot the Big Five here as well, although spotting rhinos may be a bit hard and you might need a day or two for it. You can also witness the Great Migration over here. 

Masai Mara is also known for the Masai tribe that live here. Visit a nearby Masai village and interact with the locals to learn more about their culture and traditions!


  1. Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is also called the “Roof of Africa” because it’s the highest mountain in the continent. It’s a stunning mountain with beautiful sceneries and three snow-capped peaks. Hiking up the mountain is an adventurous activity that you should embark on if you have the required fitness level. 

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to East Africa and visit these 5 wonderful places!

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the 15 Things You Must Do in Tanzania