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Investment in Tourism

With East Africa’s steady growth as a tourism destination, world-class tourist facilities are a most urgent need. For the prospective investor, that means one thing: opportunity.

Tourism is an important industry in the EAC countries. Among the principal sources of tourists is the European Union (EU) - in particular Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and France - and the United States.

All EAC countries are interested in diversifying the sources of tourism and adding new ones such as the countries of East, South and South East Asia and the new members of the EU.



  • Cultural heritage & sites - some of the best dance groups and drumming cultures in the world
  • National parks and nature reserves
  • Development of cultural sites - Burundi culture is renowned for its drums
  • Development of hotels



  • Animal viewing “the big five”
  • Game hunting
  • The great wildebeest migration
  • Historical sites
  • Warm, sandy beaches
  • Mountain climbing
  • Development of domestic tourism
  • Development of conference tourism, sports tourism, retirement tourism, eco-tourism, cultural tourism and cruise tourism both on the coast and in Lake Victoria
  • Construction of lodges and hotels to cater for the increasing number of tourists



  • Mountain Gorilla Trekking
  • Nyungwe Waterfalls and National Park
  • Akagera National Park
  • Mountain Biking
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Bird Watching
  • Building new high-standard hotels / lodges / guest houses
  • Refurbishing and upgrading the existing hotels, lodges and restaurants in all key tourist destinations
  • Building a modern hotel at Nyanza, where the Nyanza Royal Palace, the seat of the former kings is situated, to cater to tourists who wish to understand the traditional ways of life during pre-colonial Rwanda
  • Creating zoological and botanical gardens in major urban centres such as Kigali, Butare, Ruhengeri and Gisenyi
  • Creating boating and water sports facilities on Lake Kivu
  • Offering training in leisure and hospitality, hotel management, tour guiding, customer service, etc.


United Republic of Tanzania

  • Viewing wild animals in their natural habitat - Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, etc.
  • Climbing the highest mountain in Africa - Kilimanjaro
  • Wildlife Safaris
  • Hunting
  • Scuba Diving and other water sports
  • Relaxing on the clean and azure beaches - Zanzibar and Mafia Island
  • Visiting historical sites - Zanzibar and Bagamoyo, and learning about cultures of Tanzania
  • World-class accommodation facilities - hotels, lodges, guesthouses, entertainment and camping facilities. Joint venture opportunities are available in Kilwa, Zanzibar, Mafia, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Arusha, Iringa, Kilimanjaro, Selous, Katavi, Saadani, Babati and Bukoba
  • Ecotourism in the Eastern Arc mountain ranges of North Pare, the Usambaras, Uluguru and Udzungwa, and the mangrove forests of the Mtwara, Lindi, Coast and Tanga regions
  • Hotel development and / or campsites in some of the cultural heritage sites such as Bagamoyo, Pangani, Tabora and Kilwa
  • Development of deep-sea fishing, trophy hunting, and, sea and lake cruising
  • Training in tourism activities
  • Tour operations and agency business
  • Investment in man-made tourist attractions like theme parks and gambling resorts
  • Water transport services along the coastal belt strip and inland waterways



  • Murchison Falls where the world’s longest river - Nile - explodes
  • The snow-capped Ruwenzori mountains
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park with 100 mammal species and more than 600 bird species
  • Mount Elgon National Park
  • Kibale National Park - home to a remarkable 13 primate species
  • Innovative tour operations and package programmes targeting national, regional and international visitors
  • Cruises on the River Nile
  • Cabin ferry services on Lake Victoria
  • Schools for the hospitality industry
  • High-quality hotel facilities

East African Community
EAC Close
Afrika Mashariki Road
P.O. Box 1096
United Republic of Tanzania

Tel: +255 (0)27 216 2100
Fax: +255 (0)27 216 2190
Email: eac@eachq.org