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FAMOUS TOURISM ACTIVITIES IN EAST AFRICA.

East Africa is among the region which shouldn’t miss on the visitors Itineraries, with the many tourism activities which can be done here,tourists cannot fall short of what to do. East Africa is countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan. Avisitor can move from one country to another with a valid east African visa.

For Tourism, Cross border trips and safaris are possible, without prior arrangements at all. A visitor can decide to arrive and do activities in Tanzania and then cross border to Kenya and also do activities there. Some visitors involve 3 countries or 4 depending on the visitor’s preference. Since East African countries are safe, most visitors do cross border safaris.

Here below are some of the famous activities in East Africa which rarely miss on the visitor’s tour packages.
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Game Drives:

Game drives are the most diverse and common activities to do in wildlife parks. Visitors enjoy seeing many
animals including the big five in safari jeeps. Safari jeeps can have pop up roofs, wide widows and stale panels for taking pictures and for wider viewing on wildlife.the wildlife in East Africa include, big five (Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Buffaloes and Elephants), Giraffes, antelopes, Zebras, wildebeests, Hyenas, and many more. National parks in East Africa where the above animals can be seen include, Masai Mara National Park in Kenya, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Akagera National Park in Rwanda, Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda and many more.

Gorilla Tracking:

Gorilla Tracking is famous in East African countries of Uganda, and Rwanda.Volcano National Park in Rwanda, Bwindi National Park and also mgahinga National Park in Uganda. Mountain Gorillas are the same in those forests but the price changes depending on the country. Some visitors decide to do gorilla tracking in both countries but this means securing gorilla permits in both countries. Gorilla tracking is a life time experience since it is endangered species and close relatives to Humans. Time spent while tracking mountain gorillas in the wild depends on the movement of the group but after finding it, visitors are supposed to spend 1 hour of viewing.

Chimpanzee Tracking:
This is another famous activity in East African, same way as Mountain gorillas, Chimpanzees are also close relatives of humans and can be seen in East African countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi. Some of the national parks include, Kibale National Park, Nyungwe National Park, Kibira national park and Gombe steam National Park. Just like for Gorillas, Chimpanzee tracking fees differs depending on the country but they are the same. It is possible to do the activity in more
than 1 country and compare the terrain and topography of the land in different protected areas. Most visitors decide to do wildlife safaris where they witness the big five and the wildebeest and then after cross to other countries for Primate viewing.

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Primate viewing or Golden Monkey Tracking:
Golden monkey tracking has its own way of attracting life I us. It is of one the reasons why visitors stay longer on the destinations like Volcano National Park and Mgahinga National Park where the activity is done. After Tracking Mountain gorillas, visitors decide to track Golden monkeys in the wild. They are unique with their color, they live in troops, led by the Alpha Male. Spending some time with this rare species of primates is a life time experience.

Nature walks:
Nature walks is a common activity in East African protected areas. It is done by experienced guides who go while explaining to the visitors’about different attractions. It is done by foot and this gives a visitor an opportunity to see different attractions up-close. Smalls animals can be seen on the Nature walk, birds, water bodies, falls, land scape, and people.Some of the National parks where Nature walk can be done include, Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Amboseli national park, Samburu National Reserve and many more.

Birding
Many East African destinations are important birding places. Different species of birds are available in East Africa both migratory and residents. There are different months where specific birds can be seen depending on the destinations. Examples of National parks in East Africa where birding can be done include Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Akagera National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli.

Community Encounters:
Protected areas of East Africa have local people around. These are indigenous people around the destination areas. Spending some time with them is a common activity in East Africa. There are common tribes like the Masai people of Kenya, Batwa of Uganda and Rwanda .Community encounters are very important as it makes visitors learn more of these people’s life, language, dance, songs and also it supports sustainability.

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Mountaineering and mountain hiking.
East Africa has many mountains, commonly known for is hills and valleys, some countries like Rwanda are known as land of hills. Mountain hikers find it easy to package East African and do hiking on different mountains. There is Mountain Kilimanjaro which is the Highest in East Africa, Mount Kenya the second and also Mountain Rwenzori the third highest in Africa. Hikes are organized on those mountains either to reach the highest peaks or to others. It depends on the number of days and what exactly the client wants. Other mountains and volcanos include, Mount Elgon, Mount Muhabura, Sabyinyo and Gahinga.

Boat cruises;
There are so many fresh water bodies in East Africa where water-based activities like boat cruises can be done. Some of them are in the protected areas and others are not. Boat cruises make visitors enjoy aquatic attractions like hippos, Different fishing methods, birds around and many more. Some of the water bodies where this activity can be done include, lake Ihema in Akagera National Park, Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison falls, Boat trips on Lake Naivasha and many more.

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