East Africa

Adventures abound in East Africa, whether you are looking for wildlife, cultural wonders, a walk through history, or breathtaking geological monuments. Each of the East African countries has something amazing in store for you.

Along the Rift Valley that passes through Kenya and Tanzania, anthropologists have found fossils of humans and pre-humans: remains, tools, even footsteps! Visiting this Eden-like paradise means traveling to the birthplace of humankind. Evidence of living history lies all around you: staring into the eyes of gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda or flirting with chimpanzees in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania are life-changing experiences, sure to give you a sense that the 2% difference in our genetics is really very small. But beyond compare is the Great Migration, one of the ten natural wonders of the world, in which over a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebra and gazelle travel from the plains of Tanzania to the Masai Mara's grasslands in Kenya. These animals are tracked by predators on their way, making the dramatic river crossings a gruesome spectacle of survival of the fittest.

You can visit with tribes whose lives may not have changed very much in the past 10,000 years, while others engage in modern life while honoring their heritage and traditions. Kenya has more than 40 tribes, with 69 languages spoken in the country; Uganda has 17 tribes with 45 languages; Rwanda has 3 ethnic tribes with their 3 languages; and Tanzania outshines them all with 120 tribes and 128 living languages. Many of these tribes give you a chance to experience their culture and way of life firsthand, whether you are treated to a hunting tour with the Hadzabe Bushmen in Tanzania or entertained by the world-famous Intore dancers of Rwanda. No matter who you visit, each tribe has its own fascinating culture of hunting or herding, clothing and hairdressing, crafts, music, and dancing.

Africa's geological features are the heart of the continent's amazing diversity, creating many of the natural wonders of our world. While most of the Earth's current continents are formed by geologic plates being pushed together, the East African Rift System is comprised of two plates that continue to pull apart, and it runs right through Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. This shifting created great contrasts in the landscape: the plains, jungles, deep lakes, mountains, and volcanoes. Bordering Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda is the world's second largest freshwater lake, Lake Victoria, and the world's second deepest is Lake Tanganyika, accessible via Tanzania. The most famous volcanoes are Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains (also known as "Mountains of the Moon"), Mt. Kilimanjaro of Tanzania, Mt. Kenya of Kenya, and the Virunga Mountains of Uganda and Rwanda. These natural wonders showcase some amazing wildlife, some of which is rare and endemic, in the reserves and national parks formed around these structures. Whether you're looking to view the Big Five (lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) in Kenya and Tanzania or the magnificent and rare shoebill in Uganda, each of the East African countries exhibits abundant wildlife, beyond your highest expectations.

Wherever you want to go, what you want to do or see, Ujuzi African Travel is where your adventure begins.

East Africa Regional Map