Africa is vast, like seriously, it is a huge continent that’s so varied and filled with a melting pot of cultures, identities, beautiful nature and history. Africa is a content that has so much diversity that is sometimes forgotten when we hear the name ‘Africa’ mentioned as a place to go to. It is really hard to bottle down the essence of Africa into a singular destination, even though we see this happen time and time again on television, radio and print.
Before we proceed, let’s take a brief look on this (About Africa).
Africa, is the second largest continent, covering about one-fifth of the total land surface of Earth. The continent is bounded on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, on the north by the Mediterranean Africa Sea, on the east by the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, and on the south by the mingling waters of the Atlantic and Indian oceans.
There are 54 countries in africa and Africa’s total land area is approximately 11,724,000 square miles (30,365,000 square km), and the continent measures about 5,000 miles (8,000 km) from north to south and about 4,600 miles (7,400 km) from east to west.
The world’s second-largest continent (AFRICA) has a lot to offer even the most seasoned of travellers. Take a look at the best country to visit in Africa .
The island nation of Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. The landscapes here are so rich and diverse, there are lots to see here. With deserts, beaches, and rainforests in plenty, you will have plenty to do here.
You can find 5% of all plant and animal species in the world only in Madagascar.
To experience trees which are over 800 years old, take a trip to the Avenue of the Baobabs. You will feel humbled to walk amongst them and it’s a great place to reconnect with nature.
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Ambohimanga is perfect for history buffs. It is a fortified Royal settlement which is easy to get to and well worth a visit.
Morocco is located in Northern Africa, it has so much to offer. When it comes to bustling cities, quiet seaside villages, and snowy mountains, Morocco has it all.
Morocco is a melting pot of cultures. With elements of European, Arabic, and Berber influences to find on every corner. Get a taste of delicious Moroccan cuisine and your taste buds will be in heaven. Tagine dishes are the food of the gods.
Ait Benhaddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site you have to cross off your list. Experience pre-Saharan life with original houses with their unique structures. For history buffs, this is a must-see.
You have to make sure to visit the Djemma al Fna. This is the main square in Marrakech and from 10 am onwards it becomes a hub of activity. Street theatres, snake charmers, and incredible street food. There’s something here to stimulate all the senses.
3. South Africa
South Africa is an adventure lover’s paradise. There’s so much to do and see here, you will never want to leave.
You wanna see some best Indian cuisines without going to India? Take a trip to Durban to experience some of the best Indian cuisines outside of India. Go on a road trip up to the Transkei or travel the Garden Route for stunning nature and incredible surf.
For a quiet weekend getaway, take a drive down to Vermaaklikheid for a relaxing boathouse retreat. Here you can leave technology behind and enjoy the simple things in life like fishing and boat rides.
Stay in the amazing Kruger National Park in a hut amongst the wildlife. Experience one of the best safari parks in the world for memories that will last a lifetime.
Botswana is a country dedicated to environmental conservation and wildlife protection. Botswana is a high-end but low-impact tourist spot. This means you can get the safari experience without the crowds of tourists.
The Okavango Delta is a must-visit place in Botswana. This is where you can find natural beauties which remain untouched by man. Experience the cultures of the San and Hambukshu people in the Tsodilo Hills.
Botswana is less populated with tourists, so you can experience a safari in a different way. Instead of a safari drive, take a traditional mokoros canoe to see the game closer than ever before.
The Okavango Delta, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and Chobe National Park are just a few of the places you can head for a safari. To top it off, Botswana is also famous for its stunning watercolour-style sunsets and the friendly welcoming attitude of its locals towards tourists.
Coming to Kenya, Kenya is a hotspot for wildlife activity as it is the main site of the Great Migration. Over 2 million zebras, wildebeest, and gazelle travel from the Maasai Mara to the Serengeti.
It is an incredible thing to witness, and people all around the world travel to Kenya to see it happen. Here, it is easy to find huge herds of elephant or lions when on a safari drive.
Not only is the wildlife and nature of Kenya incredible, but so are the Kenyan people. Interact with the Maasai people and learn about their ways of life. Or, take a trip along to Loyangalani along the shores of the Jade Sea for a warm welcome from the Turkana people.
Namibia is another country in Africa where you can spot the Big Five wild animals. Etosha National Park is the best place to go if seeing them is the main goal of your African vacation.
For an authentic, raw experience, opt to stay in guesthouses. This gives you the chance to live like the locals as well as interact with them on a deeper level.
Make sure to visit the Okahandja craft market for some of the best handmade items you’ll ever see. Here, people from all across Nabimia come together to sell their wares. They make for great souvenirs so make sure to get your hands on something!
You may recognize the Namib desert sand dunes from the movie “Max Max: Fury Road.” They are some of the highest sand dunes in the world, so you can try climbing them or better still take a hot air balloon over them.
Tanzania is a country rich with nature reserves and natural beauty. Visiting Tanzania should be at the top of everyone’s bucket list.
The people there are some of the friendliest you will ever meet. They will go above and beyond to help you out and make you feel welcome in their country.
Thinking of safaris in Tanzania, Serengeti National Park is one of the best safaris you can go on. There, you can expect to see the ‘big five’: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, and Buffalo.
Tanzania is home to the famous Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s an incredible mountain to climb. But if hiking isn’t for you, the view from the ground is breathtaking too.
If you are looking for the best African countries to visit, Tanzania should be on the list.
If you are looking for the best African countries to visit, Zambia should be on the list because when it comes to wildlife, Zambia is a home for incredible wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for hippos, giraffe, and hundreds of beautiful birds.
Zambia is a gorgeous country that has so much to see. If you’re a nature lover, there’s so excuse for missing out on this one.
Zambia is a home to Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the whole world. For thrill-seekers, take a microlight over them for the view of a lifetime.
If you get there at the right time of the year, take a dip in the famous Devil’s Pool. Experience the beautiful views from your own personal pool. For something a little more thrilling, try white-water rafting down the Zambezi. But make sure you watch out for crocs.
Seychelles has a reputation as one of the world’s most idyllic places to visit and it’s easy to see why.
If you ‘re looking to do more than just lie back and relax on the beach, there’s plenty to explore. Many of its smaller islands have been protected as national parks, showcasing the heritage and beauty of this slice of paradise.
If you are looking for the best African countries to visit, Seychelles should be on your top list. Trust me you won’t regret visiting Seychelles.
Ethiopia is a country of ancient culture, with archaeological finds dating back over 3 million years, including the 12th-century churches in Lalibela and the ruins of the ancient city of Aksum. It’s the place to visit if you’re a history geek like me.
They have a vast array of historical and archaeological sights that are just too good to miss, especially Gondar Castle.
If you’re more into your natural landscapes, make sure to visit Simien Mountains National Park and Nechisar National Park – both are just stunning and are well worth spending a few days visiting.
As with any trip, make sure you always listen to local advice and follow safety precautions… especially around those bigger animals.