Africa is a rewarding destination when it comes to wildlife safaris, great scenery, cultural experiences, forest hikes and more. From open savannas to deserts, Africa is a diverse continent! There are lots of untraveled destinations on this continent that has over 54 countries.
Though most people think that Africa is not a safe there are many countries that are safe and have embraced the development of tourism.
Here are the top countries to visit in Africa;
- South Africa
Top Places to See in Africa
- Abu Simbel (Egypt)
- Mt. Kilimanjaro (Namibia)
- Victoria Falls – located along the borders of Zimbabwe & Zambia
- The Great Pyramids (Egypt)
- Valley of Kings (Egypt)
- Fish River Canyon (Namibia)
- Sossusvlei in Namib desert Namibia
- Masai Mara National Park (Kenya)
- Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
- Karnak Temple Complex (Egypt)
- Okavango Delta (Botswana)
- The Virunga Mountains in the DRC/Rwanda/Uganda borders
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)
Africa is a large contient with over 730 million in population and Africa also has one of the largest desserts and rivers in the world.
The largest dessert is The Sahara with over 9 million Square Kilometer. The largest River in Africa is the Nile. The nile is in the country of Egypt and is over 6500 kilometers long.
Africa is the land of magic charms, tribes, mysterious voodoo, wild animals, gold and diamond mines etc. It is a paradise for hunters as well as animal lovers. Africa has famous Sahara desert, river Nile, Mount Kilimanjaro. If one side of Africa is desert, the other side compensates with amazing greenery and waterfalls. Africa definitely quenches the adventure thirst in you. Experience the legendary tom-toms and exotic smells in the land of Africa.
Travel to Africa
The airlines that serve in and around Africa are TACV (Cape Verde) that has weekly direct flights to Boston also fly to South America and Europe, EgyptAir (Egypt) that has domestic services and also flights to Europe, the Middle East, India and Thailand, Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia) that serves Europe, Middle East, Asia, US and 20 countries in Africa.
Africa is the best destination for those who dare to explore. What attracts tourist to Africa is mostly the safari. The main safari destinations are Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. You can get real close to the wild animals and take plenty of photographs. You are most welcome to taste some rare meat prepared in traditional African style. Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have much developed tourism oriented facilities. Africa has lots to see like pyramids, ancient architecture, mountains and places we heard from The Holy Bible.
Almost 2000 languages are spoken in Africa. The languages like Swahili, Arabic, Hausa and Yoruba are the main languages spoken in Africa. Other languages spoken are Laal, Shabo and Dahalo. English is spoken by the minority in the southern tip of Africa.
The happy news is that you can barter and bargain while shopping in Africa. Give away your old sneakers and you can get good wooden carvings. But just make sure not to buy anything illegal like ivory products, hide or even tortoise shell products. Africa is the only place where you can get souvenirs at lower prices. You can also buy Swakara-hand-crafted gold,diamond and semi-precious stone jewelry aswell as coats,leather, suede, ceramics and crafts.
Destinations in Africa
Cameroon is a miniature of Africa offering tourists to see desert, golden beaches, mountains, rainforests and even volcanic mountains. The wildlife is scattered throughout the country. The Maroua plain fringed with beautiful Mandara Mountains from which river Benue flows, bamboo forests and small villages here and there is a picturesque view.
Egypt always excited travelers with its huge pyramids and ancient monuments. A cruise over river Nile can show you the style of living in Egypt and a peep into the past. There are few diving resorts near Red Sea, which opens underwater wonders to you. The pyramids of Giza, ancient palaces and enchanting temples of Karnak, though built more than 4000 years ago can still be seen in its glory. The camel trains of nomads are a common sight in Egypt with sturdy stature of Mount Sinai in the backdrop.
Kenya has plenty of wild life and surprising greenery. Kenya means safari and it has lots of national parks and reserves. It has 6 marine parks in Indian Ocean and 50 parks and reserves. Have you heard of Masai tribe? Clad in red robe, they still follow a traditional lifestyle and can be seen in Kenya. Kenya’s tourism infrastructure is much developed.
One cannot describe the enthralling beauty of Seychelles. Its beauty is beyond imagination and it is better to visit Seychelles to know how it is. Seychelles Archipelago has mind-blowing beaches with warm weather. A sun bath, sipping coco-de-mer (sea coconut) and listening to the birds’ songs and rustling of coconut leaves is an ecstasy you may not get anywhere else. Seychelles is rich in both rare plants and birds. Water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing, fishing and scuba-diving are possible in this enchanting island.
In South Africa you can find both penguins and elephants. It is the most populated and most refined African country. The attractions in South Africa are The Western Cape, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth etc. The Winelands are well-known for its vineyards and orchards.
Tanzania that boasts of its huge Mount Kilimanjaro is a home for Masai tribes and Swahili people. One gets to see coral reefs to Crater Highlands here and spotted animals to stripy animals. Small wonder, Tanzania is a tourist destination now. Other attractions in Tanzania are Selous Game Reserve, Dar es Salaam, fishing village of Msasani, Lake Manyara National Park etc. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is so unique, where Masai tribes live along with the wildlife.
Though Zimbabwe is economically down, it is rich in natural beauty. The eye-capturing view of Victoria waterfall in Zimbabwe is a jewel added to the ornament. There are few safari areas which offer controlled hunting. A pride of lion and a herd of elephants are a common sight. Harare, the ‘Sunshine City’ has museums, botanical parks and lakes. Visit Bulawayo to see Khami ruins and huge granite boulders.