|East Africa is the center of interest for various cruise ship liners due to its beautiful beaches and abundant wildlife. The only East African countries which are accessible for large cruise ships bringing holiday makers into East Africa are Kenya and Tanzania. Mombasa port in Kenya is leading in this business due to its proximity to the wildlife sanctuaries, excellent sandy beaches and hotels. Dar es Salaam follows and then Zanzibar, the offshore archipelago, both located in Tanzania.
East Africa has the highest concentration of wildlife in the African continent, and is covered with savannahs, mountains, a glorious coastline and beaches, along with green, fertile highlands, lakes, forests and natural wonders such as the Great Rift Valley, Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro. On an East Africa cruise you will be offered various safari tours and excursions.
If you do not want to go on excursions, the ports of call on an East African cruise are interesting in their own right. Mombasa is with around 700,000 inhabitants the second largest city in Kenya. The city is the center of coastal tourism industry; it has a major port and an international airport. Dar es Salam is the largest city in Tanzania, and also the country's richest city. Dar es Salam has around 2.5 million inhabitants. In this city you can witness an impressive display of cultural and architectural influences dating back to the Sultanates.
Zanzibar offers the visitor a taste of the exotic Swahili culture and history. Being a former spice sultanate and later a major port for the slave trade, the island has many sites that are part of the Slave Route. Stone Town, the main city of Zanzibar Island, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and reflects the rich history and influence of all traders that flourished on these islands.
Some East Africa cruises will include Indian Ocean itineraries and sail to Madagascar, the Seychelles and Mauritius. Others will continue down the coast to South Africa, around the Cape of Good Hope and on to Namibia.