Most Unusual Activities in East Africa

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East Africa is home to interesting wildlife, a rugged terrain and endless national park, all of which set the scene for many unusual activities for you to enjoy!

Here are some of the most unusual activities in East Africa that you must try:

  • Swim with the whale sharks at Mafia Island

The whale sharks are the world’s largest fish and can reach lengths of up to 65 feet! However, you don’t need to get intimidated by their huge size because they’re friendly towards humans. The best time to go if you want to swim with the whale sharks is from November to December.


  • Watch the Great Migration

The Great Migration of Serengeti has been termed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It’s a unique migration of over a million wildebeests and zebras in search of food and water. The migration is a constant event, with the animals going to and fro between Masai Mara and Serengeti.

The Mara River crossings and the baby season are both interesting sights to watch!


  • Hot air balloon safari

A hot air balloon safari lets you have a bird’s eye view of the entire area. You get to fly in the calm air up above while looking down at the wilderness offered by East Africa’s national parks. You might even catch animals hunting their prey at times.

You can go hot air ballooning at Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve.


  • Have breakfast with giraffes at the Giraffe Manor

The Rothschild giraffes are an endangered species and can only be found in Uganda and Kenya now. The Giraffe Manor was built to preserve this species.

The Manor is a tall, lavish hotel for tourists to stay in. Every day, the Rothschild giraffes come to the Manor and peak their head through the windows to have breakfast with the guests at the hotel.

What better way to experience Africa’s wilderness than this morning breakfast with giraffes?


  • Dine in at The Rock Restaurant

The Rock Restaurant is an unusual restaurant because it’s surrounded by the Indian Ocean on all sides, and is literally built on a rock!

To get to the restaurant, you need to take a boat from the Zanzibar coast. Their seafood is delicious!


  • Head over to the underwater room at Manta Resort

Manta Resort is a private resort in Pemba where you can book an underwater room! It offers a perfect escape from your daily routine. Walk barefoot on the shore and let the sand softly brush against your feet, massaging it and giving you a sense of peace and tranquility.


  • Adopt an orphan at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has many orphaned elephants that you can adopt by sponsoring for their food and water!


  • Witness tree-climbing lions

Have you ever imagined lions climbing on trees? It’s an interesting sight that comes to life in East Africa. Visit Lake Manyara National Park and watch lions on trees fight for the most stable bark.


So, what are you waiting for? Head over to East Africa and enjoy these unusual activities. Don’t forget to check out the Top 10 Tanzania Travel Tips while you’re there!

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