East Africa Tours

East Africa Tours

Untamed beauty, unforgettable hospitality and a truly wild adventure. East Africa offers travellers a trip of a lifetime. Visit a beguiling realm of tropical beaches, mist-shrouded rainforests, rolling savannah and search for the fabled “Big Five” on a Serengeti safari. But you’ll discover far more than natural beauty in this region. Learn about tribal communities and leave Africa with a deep appreciation of this remarkable land.

Ready to start your adventure? Join our small East Africa group tours and we’ll help you see the spellbinding beauty, incredible wildlife, and unique local cultures in destinations such as Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, and Rwanda.
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.

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Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
All-inclusive comfort
Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.
Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides

 

Our East Africa Tour Leaders

Our small East Africa tours will take you into the heart of this most captivating of regions. Groups have a maximum of 18 participants, so you get to enjoy an easier, more relaxed form of travel.

Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Where To Go In East Africa
Take a safari into the game reserves and parks of Tanzania, bask on the palm tree-dotted beaches of Zanzibar or meet noble Maasai warriors. During your trip to East Africa, you can also learn about tribal life in Kenya. Or even search for mountain gorillas in the mist-shrouded forests of Rwanda and Uganda.

 

Ethiopia
This is a country of natural wonders and ancient culture. Ethiopia will captivate you, from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and castles of Gondar, to astonishing landscapes filled with flat-topped mountains and sweeping valleys.
Kenya
Look for some of Africa’s most awe-evoking wildlife on a safari game drive, visit rural villages to learn about tribal life and admire the grand vistas of the Rift Valley. Incredible nature and the warmest of welcomes await in Kenya.
Rwanda
From magical encounters with mountain gorillas to warm-hearted welcomes from villagers, Rwanda is a land of unforgettable experiences. The country’s relatively small size also makes it easy to enjoy many of its top highlights.
Tanzania
Tanzania is an essential visit for every Africa-bound adventurer. This is the home of the "Big Five", the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro and impossibly amazing landscapes — from the Ngorongoro Crater to the majestic Serengeti Plain.
Uganda
Uganda is a land of untouched beauty — a lush kingdom of steep valleys, misty rainforests and breathtaking waterfalls. This small nation also offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Zanzibar
Coral reefs, golden beaches, colourful bazaars. Zanzibar takes you from the cultural heart of Stone Town’s twisting alleys and 19th century architecture to the peppery air of its spice plantations.
Frequently Asked Questions
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When is the best time to visit East Africa?

Due to the size and unique areas in East Africa, there’s always a good time to visit.
Travelling to Kenya or Tanzania? Visit between July-September when the weather is cool and dry. This time of year also coincides with Kenya’s famous Great Migration as wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River.
Visit Uganda and Rwanda from June-September for dry weather and some of the best wildlife watching opportunities. The short dry season from December-February is also a good time to visit. In Ethiopia, October-March offers dry weather and a great time to spot animals, while sun-drenched Zanzibar is at its best between June - October during the warm and dry spring months.

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What countries are in East Africa?

Located along the Atlantic Ocean, East Africa consists of 20 territories with a total land area of 5.9 million square kilometres. Ethiopia is the region’s most populous country, with a population of over 112 million. The remaining countries in East Africa are Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Seychelles Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

 

Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.