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East Africa Cities and Regions

The Serengeti

Encompassing Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, this region is home to the most diverse collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth.

Indian Ocean Islands

The idyllic islands of Lamu and Zanzibar fascinate with their Swahili, European, and Arabian influences. Both have secluded beaches, stunning sunsets, and winding alleys lined with elaborately carved wooden doors. Most meals include seafood that was swimming in the ocean that morning. The less-visited islands of Pemba, Chumbe, and Mnemba are the ultimate romantic retreats. See our Zanzibar Travel Guide

Coastal Kenya

Mombasa, an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries, dates to the 11th century and has an Arab-influenced old town, a 16th-century fort, and white-sand beaches. South of Mombasa, the Baobab tree-fringed Diani Beach is one of the world’s stunners. See our Kenya Travel Guide

Mount Kilimanjaro

In Tanzania, Africa’s highest peak, famous for its now receding snowcap, is also the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. Most climbers depart from the pretty village of Marangu which though touristy, is cool and leafy. If you’re not up for climbing Kilimanjaro, consider exploring the foothills which have waterfalls, lush forests and small, tourist-free villages.

Kampala

Uganda’s capital is the region’s friendliest and safest. Spread over seven hills, Kampala offers verdant parks, luxurious hotels, and thriving nightlife. The massive Owino Market, where clothes go to die, is filled with designer hand-me-downs.

Rwanda

A relatively undiscovered country of astounding beauty, Rwanda’s on the upswing after the 1994 horrors depicted in Hotel Rwanda. Its capital, Kigali, celebrated its centennial in 2007. Park National des Volcans, near the Ugandan border, is home to Rwanda’s five habituated gorilla families.

Mozambique

On Africa’s southeastern edge, tropical temperatures, turquoise waters, and over 1,500 miles of beach mix with colonial-era architecture, salsa music, and wildlife, making Mozambique one of the continent’s most up-and-coming destinations. See our Mozambique Travel Guide

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