With increased trade relations between India and East African nations, the region is of renewed interest to travellers. Its combination of unique cultures, wildlife experiences and gorgeous new luxury hotels, make this a fabulous region to explore.
By Devanshi Mody
The sapphire seas, pearl-like in islands are now welcoming tourists with new resorts that offer a wide variety of experiences ranging from spas to unprecedented sea excursions. One of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, in East Africa you will find thick forests and golden grasslands; snow-capped peaks and volcano valleys, plains teeming with wildlife and several lakes; not to forget the marine life across its coastline. Here, 'game' in safari parlance assumes a whole new meaning.
Most of the terrain in East Africa varies largely in altitude: the higher altitudes have cooler weather conditions while the coastal areas are warm and humid. This has allowed diff erent flora and fauna species to co-exist. Until recently, African Safaris were only associated with Kenya and Tanzania, but as we ventured into the unvarnished parts of East Africa, we were taken aback with the beauty of coastline that stretches to about 16,470 kilometres. The saphire seas, pearled in islands are now welcoming tourists with new resorts that offer a wide variety of experiences ranging from spas to unprecedented sea excursions.
East Africa is emerging as a region for tourists who want to experience more than just the wild side of the continent: beach resorts, marine life centres, business hotels, trade shows, music festivals, food trails, heritage sites, and mass media are creating a wave of change in how we plan our next African holiday.