January 6th, 2022

Why you should explore East Africa in 2022 (GIZ)

The EAC integration agenda calls for sharing of cultural, political and social spaces and promoting East Africa as a single tourism destination. East Africa is a rich and endowed region with iconic tourist attractions ranging from the scenic views, wildlife species, landscape and vast adventure activities, making it a key tourist destination in Africa. The region is a tourism hub in Africa because of a number of attractions that can be found in the different countries of the Region.

Geographically, at the heart of Africa, Burundi’s beautiful landscape, great national parks and lush forests are an ideal destination. The drummers of Burundi produce a hypnotic and unique sound sure to stay in the hearts of the listeners. Burundi is home to the longest fresh water lake in the world (Lake Tanganyika) and the Source du Nil. Walking around the country’s living museum in Bujumbura, and the beautiful Karera Falls is an enriching experience.

Kenya amazes all who visit with its variety of Safaris and coastal treasures. Safaris lovers can experience the thrill of wildebeest thundering across the savanna in Maasai Mara, come eye-to-eye with elephants in Amboseli, or witness the magnificent flamingos in Lake Nakuru. You can dive in fish-rich coral reefs, relax on pearly beaches, experience the melting pot of cultures and cuisines, and explore tropical islands. You can adventure in ice skating, go karting, scuba diving, kitesurfing and stand-up paddle boarding.

Rwanda, also known as the cleanest country in Africa will leave you fascinated with its beautiful, modern and green driven city, Kigali. The country offers Mountain Gorillas trekking experiences, and nature lovers can tour national parks or get a bird's-eye view of a forest from a canopy walk. While in Rwanda, you also get to learn about the events of the Genocide and get marvelled by the captivating exhibit of traditional customs and beliefs at Rwanda's Ethnographic Museum.

South Sudan, the newest country in the world is filled with a myriad of colorful tribes, culture and raw natural beauty. It boasts of diverse wildlife in the national parks and game reserves. Every year over a million antelopes migrate across Boma National Park creating an astonishing spectacle. The longest river in the world is an impressive sight when illuminated by the sunset. Tourists can enjoy local wrestling matches or appreciate the largest cattle camp in the world.

As the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is endowed with breath taking scenery, fascinating culture, snow peaked mountains and astounding wildlife spread across the country’s national parks with over 350 mammals, and 1000 bird species. The country is home to the longest river, largest lake in Africa and three World Heritage Sites; Home of Mountain Gorillas, Mountains of the Moon and Kasubi Tombs. The city of Kampala also offers a thrilling experience with its busy markets, temples, museums and restaurants.

In Tanzania, you can enjoy trekking and climbing experiences on Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest Peak in Africa, and get marvelled by the country’s beautiful beaches and vast coast line. Zanzibar will submerge you in its turquoise-blue water, underwater adventures and historical centres. The country creates breath-taking feelings through the wildlife and is famed for its grand annual wildebeest migration. Get revelled by the earliest evidence of mankind existence at Olduvai Gorge and the wealth of history it creates.

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Tembea Nyumbani is a joint campaign by the East African Community and the East African Tourism Platform, supported by GIZ.