Discovering East Africa

Bwejuu Beach, Zanzibar by Explorer Travel, Creative Commons

Bwejuu Beach, Zanzibar by Explorer Travel, Creative Commons

Are you on the lookout for your next adventure? If you’re looking for something that is certainly off the beaten track and offers plenty of outdoor activities, look no further than East Africa. Here are just a few of the wonderful journeys that await you in this remote, little-explored corner of the world.

Tanzania

How would you like to explore the Serengeti and see all of Africa’s amazing wildlife? Tanzania is one of the best places for safaris, with a variety of options available for solo travelers as well as group and private tours. At the end of your safari adventure, chill out on the beach at Zanzibar, or visit Arusha to volunteer with one of the many development organizations working in the region. Or, if you’re up for a real adventure, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. Afterward, have a seat at one of Dar es Salaam’s many cafes and watch the world go by.

Kenya

Another favorite with safari enthusiasts, Kenya’s landscape makes it the perfect destination for adventure seekers. The southern Masai Mara National Park is one of the world’s best safari destinations and is also a great choice for those interested in experiencing the culture of the savannah. You can also explore Nairobi’s bustling markets, walk along the shores of Lake Turkana, or see the active volcano at Lake Nakuru.

Ethiopia

This one is full of surprises. You can traverse the entire country, from the rugged barren mountains in the north to the lush flatlands of the south, and feel as though you have crossed a continent instead of just the country. Visitors to Ethiopia will find no shortage of things to do. For example, you can wander the narrow streets of the ancient walled city of Harar, see the source of the Blue Nile at Bahir Dar, see a traditional coffee ceremony in Addis Ababa, or peek around the corners of the emperor’s castle at Gondor. Finally, no trip to Ethiopia would be complete without sampling the delicious food. It comes served on top of flat bread, which you eat with your hands (don’t worry, the locals do this too!).

African Safari Route by Flickr user Adorenomis (creative commons)

African Safari Route by Flickr user Adorenomis (creative commons)

A Final Note

Though East Africa has a low cost of living, travel in the region can become a pricey endeavor. However, there are many ways you can raise extra funds for your trip, such as by doing garden work for your neighbors on the weekends or by picking up some extra shifts at work. You can also fund your trip by selling used electronics for cash. You can find more details about this option online.

Regardless, East Africa is a remote corner of the world that should not be missed. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore this exciting region!

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