9 destinations you Must visit in Africa!
Africa is a beautiful continent with great cultural and historical monuments and sites worth visiting. Have you always yearned to see Africa’s most popular and iconic destinations? Or perhaps you are more interested in the remote retreats and hidden gems? Whether you have always been dreaming of a safari in the plains of Kenya and Tanzania scattered with wildebeest, big cats, zebra and antelope or have always longed to see Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza, Africa provides a bundle of experiences to be had and that must not be missed in your lifetime.
Having visited and tested moat African countries ourselves and having seen that many beautiful places are yet to be explored and recognised on the global tourist map, we decided to create a little manual for you of our favourite top 9 places to visit in the Dark Continent!
- Safari in Kenya
If you are looking for the ultimate safari experience, then look no further than Kenya and its many national parks. These unique wildlife trips take place in the country’s magnificent game parks and reserves. In addition to watching animals, you can explore breathtakingly rugged terrains and expansive plains and get involved in a lot of other thrilling activities.
Kenya is known as an awesome safari destination, but it’s got plenty of attractions besides that from climbing to hiking and other water adventures.
- The Great Migration in Tanzania
Tanzania is truly one of the most spectacular places to visit in Africa and should definitely be at the top of your Africa Bucket List because of all the wonderful experiences available there. The Great (Wildebeest) Migration is the annual migration of giant herds of grazers across Northern Tanzania and Kenya in a truly awing and spectacular event. Over two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move through the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems in search of green pasture, in a regular pattern which you can experience firsthand as part of the many safaris offered. The Great Migration is an overwhelming, humbling and quite simply amazing wildlife experience you cannot miss.
- Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe
Zambia and Zimbabwe are 2 neighbouring African countries in the continents south. The stunning Victoria Falls, the largest waterfalls in the world have long been a tourist attraction and present a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. What is more – and if you are a fan of extreme sports or watersports – you can go white water rafting down the Zambezi river, chock-full of crocodiles and hippos, a unique experience in its self for the adrenaline junkies out there.
- Sandunes in Namibia
Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. The country is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population. In Namibia, you will be able to experience a variety of natural landscapes and climb some of the highest sand dunes in the world or even take a hot air balloon and ride over them. The dunes have developed over millions of years as a result of material flowing from the Orange River into the Atlantic, carried north and returned again to land by the surf creating this unique landscape. The scenery is dramatic to say the least and easily catapelts Namibia into the discussion for one of the best places to go in Africa this year. It is most definitely one of our favourite destinations.
- Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx in Egypt
Egypt is a very diverse and culturally interesting country to visit. Visiting the pyramids and taking a cruise up and down the Nile River should be a definite addition to your year’s travels. Egypt is the cradle of Western civilization and honestly, only a few experiences can measure up to the massive scale of the pyramids in Giza as well as the Sphinx. The most famous of the structures at Giza, near Cairo, the Pyramid of King Cheops was built around 2650 BC from 2.5 million blocks of limestone. Its sides are oriented exactly to the north, south, east and west. If you are a history (or even movie lover) this part of Northern Africa would most definitely be more appealing to you.
- Lekki Conservation Centre in Nigeria
- Cape Verde Archipelago
Cape Verde, or Cabo Verde as also known in the Portuguese speaking countries such as Portugal, Angola and Brasil, is a nation on a volcanic archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa. It is most widely known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture, traditional morna music and numerous beaches. Located in the North Atlantic and consisting of 10 islands, the Cape Verde archipelago is a cultural blend of African, Iberian and Brazilian influences you must visit.
- Lake Malawi
Malawi is relatively unknown to Western tourism and a fairly poor country with nonetheless huge potential for growth. Infrastructure is indeed substandard in some places, but the beauty of its landscapes and its interesting cultures more than compensate for it. Lake Malawi, is a world known tourist attraction, lined with white-sand beaches and is the third largest lake in Africa. Its deep, clear water is safe for swimming and a variety of experiences such as scubba diving, snorkling and even offers the opportunity to see the colourful mouth-breeding cichlids that live nowhere else other than Malawi. The lake has more tropical fish than any lake in the world — 1,300 species — and the freshwater diving is great
- Jeep trip to the Mars-like terrain of Lake Abbe in Djibouti
Djibouti is indeed one of the lesser known and smallest countries in Africa but it’s packed with experiences to fill your time with by sea or land. Djibouti City itself – the countries’ capital and where you will most possibly be landing – is an interesting place to check out with a plethora of diverse markets and international foods such as Yemeni oven baked fish and bread. A must-do activity however in our eyes, is a two-day jeep trip to the Mars-like terrain of Lake Abbe and overnight stay in the nomad encampment. You will see an oasis, nomadic villages, and wildlife on the way and genuinely feel like you are on another planet for a few moments. Lake Abbe is one of six connected lakes along the Ethiopia-Djibouti border and exploring the chimneys across the moon-like landscape is a magical experience to say the least.
Feel free to also click here to make use of GoAfrica’s interactive map with over 120 Must destinations you should explore! Whatever your travel wishes or desires are, Africa can surpise you with its unique, stunning options of destinations. So give it a try and book your next holiday to Africa in 2020! That’s your New Year resolution done!!!
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