East Africa is truly a land of contrasts and extremes; a land of remote and wild places. Some of the highest and most stunning places on the African continent are found here, such as the jaggedly carved Simien Mountains, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites – and some of the lowest, such as the hot but fascinating Danakil Depression, with its sulphur fumaroles and lunar-like landscape. Ethiopia is old; old beyond all imaginations. As Abyssinia, its culture and traditions date back over 3,000 years. And far earlier than that lived “Lucy” or Dinkenesh, meaning ‘thou art wonderful’, as she is known to the Ethiopians, whose remains were found in a corner of this country of mystery and contrasts.
Top Things to Do in East Africa
There are lots of things to see in East Africa, the land of great contrasts. From popular attractions like the big five to less known primates such as the mountain gorillas, we bring to you the top things to see in East Africa.
Without doubt visiting the mountain gorillas and looking into their pensive eyes on a safari is one of the world’s greatest wildlife experiences that a tourist can enjoy in Africa. There are as few as about 900 mountain gorillas remaining in the whole world. Almost 3/4 of the total population of these great apes are protected in three national parks in East Africa. Most visitors to Uganda and Rwanda cannot leave these countries without taking a gorilla trek into these great tropical rain forests that the gorillas have called home for many years!