East Africa is one of the world's prime travel destinations, with a wide variety of beautiful landscapes and some of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth. There is world class game viewing in the reserves of Kenya and Tanzania, such as the Ngorongoro Crater, Maasai Mara and Serengeti, site of the incredible yearly wildebeest migration and some of the best destinations for Big 5 viewing (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo). Further east in Uganda and Rwanda, the Big 5 give way to the search for primates, in particular the chance to track the Mountain Gorillas, one of the greatest wildlife experiences in the world. The setting is no less spectacular, from the lush, green hills of Rwanda, Uganda and western Kenya through acacia-studded savannahs under the peaks of Mounts Kilimanjaro, Meru and Kenya, to the beach paradise of the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. With some of the friendliest people you're ever likely to meet, this truly is one of the world's special places and a must see for any traveller.

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Interested in continuing south to Vic Falls and Cape Town? Then check out The Great African Journey.

Routes for East Africa Safaris

East Africa Combined

A comprehensive tour of the major attractions of East Africa including the mountain gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda, the famous game parks of Kenya and Tanzania and the exotic island of Zanzibar.

Tours: 4 available View highlights of this route

Kenya and Tanzania Safari

The quintessential African safari experience in the national parks of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, including the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem (site of the annual Great Migration) and a chance to unwind on the beach paradise of Zanzibar.

Tours: 7 available View highlights of this route

Lake Victoria (Kenya/Uganda/Rwanda)

Traversing the northern shores of Lake Victoria, this trip provides a diverse and through wildlife experience in the national parks of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, as well as the chance to track mountain gorillas and explore the source of the Nile.

Tours: 3 available View highlights of this route

Guidebooks for East Africa Safaris

Guidebooks for this journey from all the major travel publishers are listed below. Links to Amazon (UK, US and Canadian stores), Waterstones (UK) and selected publisher websites allow you to purchase the guidebooks online at best value with one simple click (individual chapter downloads are also available for selected Lonely Planet titles).

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Lonely_Planet East Africa

Multi-country Guides

East Africa

Jul 2012 (9th ed.)
688 pages

Author(s): Mary Fitzpatrick, Anthony Ham et al.

Download Individual Chapter PDFs (2.99) - Click here to view chapters.
Bradt East African Wildlife

Wildlife Guides

East African Wildlife

Jan 2008 (1st ed.)
288 pages

Author(s): Philip Briggs

Lonely_Planet Watching Wildlife East Africa

Activity Guides

Watching Wildlife East Africa

Sep 2009 (2nd ed.)

Author(s): Matthew D. Firestone, Kate Thomas et al.