The real, primordial and genuine cradle of mankind and, in addition, the ancestral home of Alexander Sergeevich, East Africa is a region dear to the entire 7 billion population of our planet in general and to 180 million of our fellow citizens in particular. However, such an outstanding past of the region is not the only subject of interest. There is also a whole bunch of wonderful destinations in terms of tourism for every taste: a lot of exotic animals run around, and the ocean is amazingly beautiful, and beaches with the finest loose sand are considered among the best on the planet. Therefore, East Africa is considered the second most visited region of the continent after the Mediterranean north. Among the lucky tourists are Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and the pearls of “island” tourism: Seychelles, Madagascar and Mauritius.
There are two secrets of such popularity: firstly, the richest nature and, as a result, picturesque landscapes and diverse wildlife, and secondly, recreational wealth “for idlers”, that is, warm water, soft sand and the sun generously gilding the skin. Let’s add to this a wise policy in the field of inviting potential customers: hotel and excursion service is at a very high level. Of course, along with the achievements, there are also certain drawbacks – take at least Somali pirates or local conflicts that periodically flare up here and there, but in general, the region can be called very attractive, hospitable and pretty.
For fans of wildlife in East Africa, a real expanse. Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda have long ceased to be perceived as exotic and hard-to-reach corners of the planet. Every year, whole armies of tourists arrive here, ready to click the big African five from a photo gun: rhinos, lions, elephants, buffaloes and leopards for days on end. Of course, there are enough other representatives of the animal world here – from giant mountain gorillas to handsome lemurs of Madagascar. In addition, the surrounding expanses amaze even the most daring imagination with their diversity: what are the savannahs trembling in the midday heat with rare umbrellas of acacias or the “moon mountains” of Rwenzori, forever covered with clouds, on the slopes of which you can immediately see the vegetation of almost all climatic zones known to science.
The title of the king of the beaches of East Africa is deservedly held by the Seychelles, whose lush tropical nature framed by azure water has become the inspiration for more than a dozen artists and writers. In addition, this is a real earthly paradise for surfers and fishermen: the first excitedly talk about two-meter waves, the second about two-meter tuna and sharks. And if you want to combine the tropics with amazing animals and a distinct European flair, you have a direct road to the former colonial islands – Mauritius and Madagascar.
By the way, East Africa is much calmer in the epidemiological sense than West and Central : vaccinations are forced to be done when visiting only a few countries (but insurance is still required). And in mountainous Rwanda, for example, even unpleasant bloodsuckers are almost completely absent.
East African countries
According to Countryaah, Eastern Africa has the following countries: