East Africa highlights: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi

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East Africa is the most eastern region of the continent of Africa. It is comprised of five countries namely: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Tanzania is the largest of the East African Countries. The five countries form what is known as the East African Community. What you have to remember though, is that when people talk of East Africa, they are generally referring to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, but in a larger scope Rwanda and Burundi are included. East Africa is well known for its wildlife and more popularly what is referred to as the 'Big Five'. The Big Five include the black rhino, buffaloes, elephants, lions and leopards.

Uganda is the best of Africa; it has the best of everything the continent offers all in one basket.  Home to Queen Elizabeth National Park , Murchison Falls, sipi Falls, Mountains of the Moon in the Ruwenzori National Park, Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and the mighty River Nile.

Lion in Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
With the highest concentration of primates on earth, Uganda attracts thousands of tourists each year. The endangered mountain gorillas have made Uganda a destination of choice for adventure travelers.

The landscape and scenery is breath-taking. But unlike Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda receives far fewer visitors; in comparison to it’s neighbors the capital city Kampala is among the safest in the region. The people are among the friendliest you are ever going to meet. It is sad when I meet people and tell them I’m from Uganda; the first thing that comes to mind is ‘Idi Amin’. Funny because it has been more than three decades since Amin ruled Uganda, in fact the guy is dead and buried. Uganda was chosen by Lonely Planet as the number 1 country of “Best in Travel: Top 10 countries for 2012”

Kenya is the name synonymous with African Safaris.

Wildebeest at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
It has some of Africa’s best wildlife, the “big five” as they are referred to. It also has beautiful landscape with mountains and deserts. The rolling landscape that is Masai Mara National Park attracts millions to Kenya each year. The spectacular wildebeest migration is one of a kind in the world and the hot air balloon safaris leave tourists wanting for more. Parks like Tsavo, Hell’s gate, Lake Nakuru, Samburu and Mount Kenya are home to great wildlife, while the coastal shores of Mombasa, Lamu, and Malindi attract beach vacations.

Nairobi the capital however leaves a lot to be desired. The crime rate has made it among the most dangerous cities in Africa.

Tanzania has Africa’s most alluring destinations; dream destinations for those who dream of Africa. The popular Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar offer traveler an array of options.

Lake Kivu, Rwanda
Culturally, the Tanzanians are a hospitable, polite and warm people. 

Rwanda: Known as the “land of a thousand hills”, Rwanda is now one of Africa’s safest destinations after the genocide that claimed almost half the population. The undulating lash green hills and plantations give the country outstanding scenery. Like Uganda, it is home to some of the endangered mountain gorillas and a third of all of Africa’s bird species. Highlights of Rwanda include Akagera National Park, Nyungwe National Park, Volcano National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Lake Kivu

For Uganda Safaris, I highly recommend Contacting my former Safari Consultant Robert Ntale. His e-mail is  robert@cheetahwilderness.com

Check out this website for Uganda Safaris www.cheetahwilderness.com

Africancrab says:
O yes Uganda is 10 times safer than Kenya, you must be very mindful when you travel there.
Posted on: Nov 17, 2012
drmorrisj says:
I must admit, when I think of Uganda I also think of Idi Amin. Sorry :(

Anyway, I had no idea that Uganda was safer than Kenya. I always thought (based on the people I have met) that Kenya was the safer place. I am going to kenya next summer. A friend of mine told me that I can get to Uganda fairly easily. I am going to make it a point to try to get there on my first weekend off.
Posted on: Nov 15, 2012
Africancrab says:
I'm working on the blog still and will have more information and photos added.
Posted on: May 24, 2012
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Volcano National Park, Rwanda
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