August 18

East Africa in Pictures


By Marlin Clark on August 18, 2023

East Africa continues to captivate travellers from around the world with its extraordinary blend of wildlife, vast landscapes, and vibrant cultures. From witnessing the epic Great Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti to gorilla trekking in Rwanda and lazing on powdery beaches in Zanzibar, get a glimpse into Africa's untamed wonder in this guide to East Africa in pictures.


Lionesses on the prowl in Kenya, Image Credit: Governors' Camp

The primary hunters in the pride, lionesses are all about teamwork! They will hunt for food and rear their cubs together, with the little ones suckling milk from any of the pride's moms. To catch a glimpse of these majestic cats up close, East Africa offers some of the best safari experiences on the continent.


A magical hot air balloon safari over the Mara River, Image Credit: Governors' Camp

What better way to soak up the scenery than with a hot air balloon safari? For spectacular sunrise views and sightings of rhinos, elephants, hippos, giraffes, and even crocodiles, this unforgettable experience is a must on your itinerary when travelling to Kenya.


two cheetahs on anthill

East Africa has its own subspecies of cheetahs, Image Credit: Ann-Kathrin 

Being the fastest land animal, it comes as no surprise that cheetahs need a lot of space. Unfortunately, due to human expansion, their shrinking habitat has led to a steep decline in the number of cheetahs left in the wild. Today, various reserves and initiatives in East Africa are working to prevent their extinction.


Embark on a night safari adventure, Image Credit: &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Watch the day fade into night as East Africa's nocturnal animals come out to hunt and play in the moonlight. This is your chance to spot animals hardly ever seen in daytime, like aardvarks and bush babies, while you catch a glimpse of lions and leopards hunting silently in the shadows.


The modern Nairobi city centre

The modern Nairobi city centre

Kenya's largest city and capital, Nairobi, is home to the Nairobi National Park, boasting not only an elephant sanctuary but also the largest number of black rhinos anywhere in the world. Nowhere else will you embark on an authentic wildlife safari set against a backdrop of city skyscrapers.


Elephant grazing in Amboseli National Park

Elephant grazing in Amboseli National Park

Called the "Home of the African Elephant", Amboseli National Park is also where you'll find the highest peak in Africa, namely the magnificent snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Offering a diverse range of wildlife and birds while arguably the best place to spot elephants in all of East Africa, what's to stop you from paying a visit to this iconic wildlife paradise?


herd crossing the Mara river during the great migration

Herd crossing the Mara River during the Great Migration

As millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other herbivores traverse the vast plains of the Maasai Mara in Kenya, desperate herds plunge into the raging waters of the Mara River, braving not only the powerful currents but the crocodiles lurking beneath the surface in a thrilling display of survival and determination.


Gorilla chilling in the forest of Rwanda.

Gorilla chilling in the forest of Rwanda, Image Credit: Singita Kwitonda Lodge

After witnessing the awe-inspiring sights of the Great Migration, venture into the lush rainforests of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park to come face to face with some of the last remaining mountain gorillas on our planet. The deep love and bond between gorilla family members will make your heart leap.


White sandy beaches with twinkling turquoise seas

Zanzibar's white sandy beaches with twinkling seas

After only a short flight or ferry ride from Tanzania's mainland, you can reach the island of Unguja (Zanzibar). Picture pristine beaches, clear ocean waters, and vibrant cultures. Plus, you can savour tantalising seafood and unwind in paradise-like resorts for a touch of tropical bliss to your East African adventure.


Hundreds of thousands of flamingos on the lake

Hundreds of thousands of flamingos in the waters of Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru is a mesmerising haven for flamingos, as thousands of these elegant-looking birds flock to its shores during the dry season in search of food. The sight of the vibrant pink hues against the shimmering lake creates a spectacle that enchants nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.


Game drive at sunset, Image Credit: Governors' Il Moran Camp

As the golden light of the African sunset bathes the savannah, the wildlife awakens, creating a symphony of sights and sounds, where lions prowl, and giraffes' silhouettes are seen against the horizon, with herds of elephants traversing the grasslands, offering a truly magical safari adventure.


Kigali is rich in culture and history

Kigali is rich in culture and history

From scenic hiking trails to lush parks and gardens, Kigali provides a perfect balance of urban charm and serene natural settings. Visitors are thrilled to be able to connect with Rwanda's breathtaking environment, all while enjoying the vibrant capital.


Maasai Mara in their colourful traditional clothing

The Maasai in their colourful traditional clothing, Image Credit: Governors' Camp

Amidst the vast stretches of Kenya and Tanzania, you can find the Maasai people showcasing their vibrant customs, colourful attire, and unique way of life. Be sure to visit a Maasai village to gain a deeper understanding of their captivating traditions that have endured for generations.


Large wildebeest herd during migration Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Large wildebeest herd during their migration through Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Witness the epic journey of millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles as they cross the savannah in search of greener pastures. This mesmerising spectacle offers a thrilling safari experience, leaving you in awe of the Serengeti's remarkable biodiversity.


Explore the tea plantations in Rwanda

Explore the tea plantations in Rwanda

Amidst the rolling hills, tea plantations flourish in Rwanda's volcanic soil conditions. Discover the intricate process of tea cultivation, indulge in the aromatic flavours of locally grown tea leaves, and lose yourself in the serenity that Rwanda's nature offers.

It's Your Turn to Experience East Africa

Does the thought of being enveloped in the vast stretches of the African savannah or rainforests excite you? Contact our East African Travel Experts, and let's start planning your tailor-made itinerary!

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Marlin Clark

Marlin was born in Johannesburg, but moved to Cape Town at the age of five. Growing up, he's always been fascinated with colours and shapes - the Lego blocks he was obsessed with as a kid are now repurposed as stationary holders on his desk. Marlin is inspired by all things beautiful, has a positive outlook on life, and is driven by a desire to make things that matter. In his spare time he enjoys expanding his knowledge on all things design-related, loves to travel, and find opportunities to improve his outdoor photography. He'll never pass up a good cup of coffee.

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