Travel Team’s Country Tips: East Africa

Travelling to Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi or South Sudan? Well here are a few travel tips we have put together to make your trip easier and help you enjoy yourself without any surprises!

Money:

If you are taking cash with you, we would recommend splitting it throughout your personal items so that you are not carrying all of your cash together. Visa is more commonly accepted over mastercard, remember to tell your bank where you are going so they don’t freeze your accounts.

Religion and Dress:

Africa as a whole is a religious country with Christianity and Islam as the most common religions practiced. It is important that you dress conservatively to show respect. Wear either long pants or shorts below the knee, wear t-shirts with sleeves, it is always handy to carry a scarf with you.

Language:

There are several languages used throughout East Africa, however Swahili is the most common with over 100 million speakers.  You will probably encounter the phrase ‘Mzungu’ as the locals pass you by in the street. The translation from Swahili is ‘person who wanders without purpose’ these days it’s said in a friendly manner to describe a white foreigner.

Animal Encounters:

East Africa Kenya especially is known as the safari capital of the world and is where you have the best chance at seeing the ‘Big Five’ (lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant, and leopard) every year between July –September you can witness the great migration of wildebeests and zebras crossing between the plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Maasai Mara.

Food:

Most dishes in East Africa are made from grains, flours for bread and stews cooked with vegetables and meat. Fresh milk, butter, coconut milk and a variety of spices are also widely used in East African cuisine.

Fun Facts:

The movies ‘Born Free’ and ‘Out of Africa’ were filmed in East Africa.

Trips to East Africa:

One of our travel specialist, Jenny,  shares a great love for Africa and has put together an amazing trip discovering Kenya & Tanzania. She will be hosting East African Explorer tour in September 2019, this tour will bring the sights, sounds and ancient traditions of this part of the world to life.