High Five…East Africa!

Africa. It’s the place life on earth began, no other continents’ have a claim to fame quite as impressive as that, and today it remains one of the most fascinating and naturally diverse areas in the world.

It’s a place full of juxtapositions; expansive, dry deserts vs dense, vivacious jungles, and tiny, ancient villages vs modern metropolis’. It offers a wealth of diversity, and a trip here won’t fail to make an serious impression.

We’re so captivated by this remarkable continent that we’ve already given a massive high five to North Africa and to the continent’s wildlife, so this week it’s the Eastern shore’s turn to step into the spotlight, as we explore the 5 most incredible experiences to be had in East Africa.

What are the 5 Most Incredible Experiences in Eastern Africa?

Safari Time

Let’s be honest, this is Africa’s big sale, it’s what it’s most known for and it’s the thing that could potentially leave your jaw swinging in the wind.

Kenya is one of Africa’s prime safari spots and on a trip such as Kenya Camping Safari you can expect to see all kind of astonishing wildlife – including the ‘big 5’ (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros).

The buzz you get from simply seeing these animals in the flesh exciting enough, so just imagine the thrill of witnessing a hunt. David Attenborough eat your heart out!

Blissful Beaches

The eastern side of Africa sits smugly on the edge of the Indian Ocean and its most glorious and sun soaked offering has to be the shores of Zanzibar, an island just off the coast of Tanzania.

Coconut trees line soft white sands that meet turquoise waters on this paradise island, and dolphins swim in the warm water off shore; but pristine beaches are not all that Zanzibar has to share. Its capital Stone Town is thought to be the most ancient settling in Africa, and then there are the spice gardens, where you can explore the origin of those spices that really bring your taste buds alive.

Make an Impression on Some Little People

One of the most rewarding experiences you could ever wish to have is to make a real difference to the lives of those less fortunately than you, and when those people happen to be a bundle of cute, lovable kids, suddenly it gets a whole lot more special.

Volunteer to teach pre school children in Kenya and you’ll spend your days supporting the over stretched and under supported teachers as an assistant. You’ll get the opportunity to organise sports and arts activities for the children and they’ll gain an enthusiastic and welcome helper and new friend. Everyone’s a winner.

Scale Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peek, so getting to the top is never going to be easy, but it’s definitely worth it.

This is a journey of a lifetime that will see you hike through rainforests, alpine deserts and glaciers to the roof of Africa where you’ll be rewarded for your hard work with panoramic views over life below.

A trip like Mt Kilimanjaro Group Trek will make sure you have all the essentials to make the trip; such as an experienced guide, porters and a ready made and equally enthusiastic group of fellow climbers.

So all that’s left for you to do is focus on building your stamina and laying off the beers in preparation…

The Mighty Jungle

They’re the elusive beasts that lie deep within the jungles of Uganda and Rwanda, and you can get close to them in what is one of the most exciting and rewarding treks not only in Eastern Africa – but in the world in general.

They’re endangered, they only like to live in these particular parts of Africa and they’re pretty shy so if you manage to see one in the wild, you’re in a very lucky minority indeed.

So a trip such as Uganda and Gorillas Overland gives you the perfect opportunity to come face to face with these extraordinary mammals. The guides are experienced locals who know the jungles like the back of their hand, meaning you’ve got a much better chance of striking gorilla gold.

If you’re dying to sink your teeth into a trip to East Africa, check out our massive range of adventure trips and volunteering opportunities. And don’t forget those flights – you won’t find them cheaper anywhere else!