While you'll undoubtedly arrive in East Africa accompanied by your own visions of what it will be like, you can be sure that your expectations will be blown out of the water by the diversity and vibrancy of the region. From the quintessential grasslands of the Kenyan savannah to the lush jungles and tea plantations of Uganda, you will be awestruck at the variety this exceptional corner of the world offers.
Choosing where to go will be your biggest challenge. Bench Africa offers a range of Africa travel packages tailored towards different interests. Check out these three destinations to get the ideas flowing for your upcoming journey to East Africa.
The Masai Mara offers some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing in the world
Masai Mara - Kenya
The Masai Mara is exceptionally famous for very good reason. Rising early to catch the animals at their most lively, you'll be treated to a golden sunrise and encounters with a variety of African wildlife.
You'll be expecting the amazing animal viewing opportunities, but nothing will prepare you for the beauty of the landscape. Stretching across an incredible 1,510 square kilometres of land, your eyes won't be able to get enough of the undulating savannah, complemented by acacia trees and set on a backdrop of flawless blue sky.
Stone Town - Zanzibar, Tanzania
A short flight away from the Tanzanian mainland, upon landing in Zanzibar you'll suddenly feel as if you're on another continent. Due to its heavy Islamic influence and history as a spice port, you'll be hypnotised by the difference in architecture, food and culture that the island offers.
Originally settled by the Portuguese in the 1700s, the town was taken over in the later part of the century by the Arab Omani Sultanate. By the 19th century, the town was a bustling trading port for both the slave and spice industries.
Soak in the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site by getting lost within its maze of narrow stone alleyways.
Kibale National Park - Uganda
Covering 795 square kilometres, Kibale National Park is jungle at its finest. Incredibly diverse, the park is home to 375 species of birds and 13 species of primates. If seeing monkeys and chimps is on your African exploration bucket list, Kibale won't disappoint, with plenty of opportunities to get an up-close look at these amazing creatures.
Beyond its tree-swinging critters, the park will imprint visions of colourful butterflies, muddy elephant foot prints and dense green canopy into your mind forever.