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So, you’ve decided to give East Africa a go - and we don’t blame you. With its wildlife-rich parks, sky-high mountains, cosmopolitan cities and pristine beaches, you won’t be short on things to see and do, that’s for sure. The tricky part is choosing where to go - and that’s where we come in. We’ve hand-selected some of the must-visit destinations in Tanzania and Kenya to make sure you get the most out of your trip and leave with some unforgettable memories.
Considering where to go in Kenya? Make the cosmopolitan capital city your first port of call. Nairobi is a vibrant urban hub - modern, yet packed full of culture. Don’t leave without sampling the city’s buzzing nightlife or visiting the Bomas of Kenya for a sensational spectacle of tribal dancing and singing. You really do get the best of both worlds here.
When it’s time to escape the bustle of the city and spend some quality time with nature, Lake Naivasha National Park is the place to go. Here, lush landscapes and breathtaking wildlife go hand in hand. Nearby, the natural playground of Hell’s Gate National Park lures thrill-seekers from far and wide with the promise of exhilarating hiking, biking and rock climbing tours.
If it’s heart-stopping animal encounters you’re craving, you can’t get much better than the Maasai Mara National Park. All members of the Big Five can be seen here, and it’s also a crucial part of the world-famous migration circuit. Every year, millions of wildebeests and zebras migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti plains to Maasai Mara in a never-ending race for food and water. This is one of the world’s most breathtaking wildlife displays - and yes, a safari here really does live up to the hype.
If you’re a first-time visitor wondering ‘where to go in Tanzania’, this alluring country has plenty to give. If jaw-dropping views are your thing, you can’t miss the UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro crater. The crater’s immense walls offer magnificent vistas of lush countryside dotted with sparkling lakes, while down below lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and all sorts of cool creatures roam freely. Sounds pretty epic, right?
And what better way to wind down after your wildlife adventure than with a relaxing beach break? Zanzibar archipelago offers some of the world’s most picture-perfect beaches lapped by warm, clear waters. Flop down on soft sands, snorkel with shoals of vibrant sea life and embrace the laid-back island life. You can’t get much closer to paradise than this.
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Mombasa is a melting pot of African, Indian, Arabic and European culture. This rich ethnic tapestry flows throughout the city, manifesting in everything from the architecture to the cuisine. Explore the eclectic mix of forts, mosques, churches and townhouses and dine on freshly-caught seafood, crispy baijis and hearty stews.Discover more
If you’re thinking of giving it a miss, we’ve got one word of advice: don’t. Though much smaller than other northern circuit parks, it packs quite a punch with its animal-spotting opportunities. You could be watching large herds of elephants wandering through the forests one minute and observing a lioness lounging in an acacia tree the next.Discover more
Whether you’re watching wildebeests and zebras migrating in their millions across the Serengeti plains or gazing in awe at the sheer majesty of Africa’s highest mountain, spine-tingling sights await around every corner. This is a place that will captivate you from the get-go and continue to surprise.Discover more
There’s nowhere else quite like the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Everywhere you look there’s a new natural wonder to be amazed by. The area is home to the largest unbroken and unflooded volcanic caldera in the world, as well as the highest density of predators in Africa. Lion prides bask in the sun, elephants graze in the grasslands and flamingos wade through the water.Discover more
Compared to many of the northern parks in Tanzania, where the landscapes can become crowded with tourists, the peaceful and pristine countryside is a big part of the appeal at Selous. The miombo woodlands, borassus palms, acacia savanna and wetlands are a breathtaking backdrop to your safari, offering fantastic photo-ops at every turn.Discover more
Though it’s often overshadowed by the more well-known safaris, Tarangire National Park boasts just as many natural wonders. And because it manages to slip under the tourist radar, you won’t be competing with other safari vehicles for the best viewing spots either. Exceptional animal sightings in an undisturbed environment - what’s not to love?Discover more
Maasai Mara is the ultimate African safari experience. Tick the Big Five off your bucket list and marvel at the jaw-dropping spectacle of the great migration of wildebeest and zebras. There’s also the chance to visit Maasai villages and delve into Kenya’s indigenous culture.Discover more
Beyond the grassy banks are swamps, woodlands, flower farms and remnants of ancient volcanic activity - Lake Naivasha is truly an oasis of lush landscapes.Discover more
For many, the Serengeti is the quintessential African experience. Vast savannahs stretch as far as the eye can see, wildebeest migrate in their millions and lion prides snooze in the scorching sun. You’ve probably seen it on wildlife documentaries or when longingly flicking through travel brochures, but nothing compares to seeing this epic destination for yourself.Discover more
Snow-white sands, sapphire waters and World Heritage old towns. As first impressions go, Zanzibar hits the mark. A gem in the Indian Ocean, this tropical archipelago has long been a favourite spot to unwind after an adventure holiday in East Africa. It’s a place where time stands still, the pressures of modern life become a distant memory and fun-filled activities are always on the agenda.Discover more
The diversity of the wildlife at Amboseli is matched by the diversity of the landscapes. From swampy wetlands and lush woodlands to the sprawling savannah and dried-up lake, the park boasts some truly spectacular scenery.Discover more
Samburu National Reserve is ranked among the best parks in northern Kenya - and it’s easy to see why. Nestled on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River with views of the Koitogor and Ololokwe mountains, the park’s picturesque setting is hard to beat.Discover more
Nairobi – the heart and soul of Kenya. Once a frontier town, it’s now one of Africa’s most buzzing urban hubs. Holidays here give you the best of both worlds - get lost in the maze of concrete jungles and be in awe of the stunning natural beauty surrounding the city.Discover more
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