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Africa Travel Planner Intro
North Africa
West Africa
East Africa
South and South-Central Africa
Deciding When to Go
Calculating Currency Exchange
Learning Local Languages
Determining Time Differences
Making Telephone Calls
Planning Your Safari
Taking Public Transportation
Packing Your Suitcase
Clearing Customs
Dining Out
Finding a Place to Stay
Staying Healthy
Staying Safe
Saving Money
Photographing Africa
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East Africa

Nature lovers are well rewarded in East Africa. Some unforgettable experiences:  taking an overland safari in Kenya or Tanzania, scaling the formidable, 19,340-foot-high (5,895-meter) Mt. Kilimanjaro, watching gorillas in Uganda, and searching for lemurs in Madagascar. Other must-visit places include the Seychelles, an archipelago of pristine islands 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) off the coast of East Africa, and culturally rich Ethiopia, which some believe is home to the Ark of the Covenant.

Related Web Resources:

Kenya Tourist Board
Noteworthy attractions, news articles, customs information, and more.

Kenya Tourism Portal
Weather reports, outdoor excursions, accommodations, safaris, and more.

Lonely Planet—Kenya
Events, attractions, currency information, and more.

Tanzania Tourist Board
Accommodations, tour operators, safaris, parks, and reserves.

Zanzibar Commission for Tourism
Historical and cultural information—plus travel tips and diving sites. 

Tourism Uganda
Currency information, entry requirements, news, attractions, and more.

Lonely Planet—Uganda
Tour operators, nature reserves, hotels, restaurants, and more.

The Jane Goodall Institute
How to become a member of, or volunteer for, the Jane Goodall Institute.

Seychelles Tourist Office
History, geography, activities, accommodations, and more.

Africa Net
Information on 27 different African countries.
A searchable database for information on Africa.

Integrated Regional Information Networks
Eastern Africa news.

Centers for Disease Control
Vaccination requirements for Eastern Africa.

Recommended Reading:

The Eighth Continent: Life, Death, and Discovery in the Lost World of Madagascar, by Peter Tyson (Harperperennial Library, 2001)
A detailed history of the world's fourth largest island.

Through a Window, by Jane Goodall (Houghton Mifflin, 2000)
A narrative about Goodall's experiences with Tanzania's chimpanzees.

Maasai, by Tepilit Ole Saitoti (Abradale Press, 1997)
The challenges that Maasai tribal members face in modern-day times.

I Dreamed of Africa, by Kuki Gallmann (Penguin USA, 2000)
The triumphs and tragedies of the conservation activist's life in Kenya.

African Nights: True Stories from the Author of I Dreamed of Africa, by Kuki Gallmann (Harperperenial Library, 2000)
A collection of narratives that highlight Gallmann's experiences in the Kenya Highlands, with essays on topics such as interacting with locals and participating in tribal rituals.

The Tree Where Man Was Born, by Peter Matthiessen (Fine Communications, 1997)
An observation of Africa's ancient forms, settings, and behaviors.

Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen (Modern Library, 1992)
Stories by Danish aristocrat Karen Blixen, who fled to Europe after her coffee plantation in Kenya failed.

The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood, by Elspeth Huxley (Penguin USA, 2001)
An account of life on a 20th-century coffee plantation in Kenya.

Longing for Darkness: Kamante's Tales from Out of Africa, by Peter Beard and Isak Dinesen, and others (Chronicle Books, 1998)
The main character of Dinesen's Out of Africa offers his rendering of European fables.

Check out more books on Africa in our Travel Library.

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