East Africa

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East Africa

An online cruising guide for sailing around East Africa

Some parts of East Africa have been renowned for their concentrations of wild animals, such as the "big five" of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and black rhinoceros, though populations have been declining under increased stress in recent times, particularly the rhino and elephant.

The geography of East Africa is often stunning and scenic. Shaped by global plate tectonic forces that have created the Great Rift Valley, East Africa is the site of Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, the two tallest peaks in Africa. It also includes the world's second largest freshwater lake Lake Victoria, and the world's second deepest lake Lake Tanganyika.

The climate of East Africa is rather atypical of equatorial regions. Because of a combination of the region's generally high altitude and the rain shadow of the westerly monsoon winds created by the Rwenzori Mountains and Ethiopian Highlands, East Africa is surprisingly cool and dry for its latitude.

Cruising the region

Please remember that the people of East Africa are wonderful, friendly people but are very poor and will perceive a cruising yacht as huge wealth. Violent attacks on the East African coast are almost unheard of (with the notable exception of Somalia) but theft from unattended yachts can be a problem with outboard motors, food supplies and money being the prime targets. Just be sensible and enjoy cruising this wonderful coastline and you will soon find that it is no less secure than anywhere else in the world.


See each Country listed below for local charts


Give local weather conditions or refer to another page (a region or island group) that covers these conditions.

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See Indian Ocean.


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East Africa Countries

Also see the Indian Ocean section


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  • Delwyn McPhun, Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson Ltd (December 1, 1996), 978-0852882511, ISBN Unknown


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