How many of these countries have you been to?
How many of these countries have you been to?
Summer is around and I know many people are brainstorming on the right places to spend it. If you are one of them, stop thinking about where to visit during the summer as we have compiled a list of 10 amazing places to spend it across the African continent!
Sit back, get a notepad, and start daydreaming away (or looking at plane tickets):
Not just Africa’s history but the world’s history cannot be concluded without the mention of the invaluable contributions of Egypt. It also houses historical places that would make a traveler love to spend their summer holiday there.
The Giza Pyramids are among the seven world wonders which a visit will avail one the opportunity to know about the country and the pharaohs that have ruled it.
The gorillas trekking at Volcanoes National Park at the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo is a sight one cannot afford to miss – and it can be done from the beautiful country of Rwanda!
It’s home to gorillas that are critically endangered with experts estimating the figures at about 600 in the park. In 1981, the park had about 240-250. There are a limited number of visitors daily, so one must keep in mind that they’ll have to acquire a permit to visit for $1,500 through accredited tour operators.
Mumbo Island, located within Lake Malawi, is often neglected, not just by the tourists but even by travel bloggers despite the spectacular beauty of nature and also being considered among the top eco-lodges across the world.
Lake Malawi also incorporates diverse fresh-water marine life and various beach towns around the lake offer activities like watersports, diving, fishing, and hiking. Its wildlife is a composition of leopards and antelopes and the people are also regarded as one of the most companionable around the world.
You can dive with the dugongs and dolphins with a low budget only in Mozambique. Aside from popular tourist attractions like Gorongoasa National Park and Bazaruto National Park, there are colonial relics to see at the Mozambique Island and ocean safari in Tofo.
The Lago Niassa, the third-largest lake in Africa is home to 850 fish species that will leave you speechless!
The sights at Marrakech, Fes, and Casablanca are ones you would love to see more than once – especially if you want deeply explore the beautiful architecture and desert of this culturally rich country.
From Medina to the old buildings and monuments while making a stop at the Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, and the vibrant nightlife of the city, Morocco is home to everlasting memories.
6. South Africa
There are natural wonders like the Table Mountain in South Africa and the Kruger National Park when it comes to wildlife as it’s the richest in Africa.
South Africa also has Cape Town and Johannesburg, the cosmopolitan cities with an almost European vibe! Yet, the country has everything you would expect from a typical African country and even more, making it a perfect place for a wide spectrum of sights and adventure.
Zanzibar and Pemba are among the best diving spots and best beaches in the world and Serengeti National Park is the best safari destination in Africa – making Tanzania one of the best places to visit across the continent.
Also, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peat at 5,895 metres (19,340) and the world’s largest free-standing mountain rise in the world, meaning it is not part of a mountain range. Since German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian mountaineer Ludwig Purts Cheller became the first people on record to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, it has become a beloved attraction to both locals and tourists.
Not just being home to Africa’s largest museums, Ethiopia’s capital is also the fourth largest on the continent! The traditional cuisine found here is also top-notch.
It will be an especially memorable summer if you spent some time in Semien Mountains, visit the Danakil Depression, explore Ethiopia’s ancient capital Gondor, see Lalibela, and spend an afternoon hanging around the country’s famous Gelada monkeys.
The capital city Windhoek is three to five hours from attractions like Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, and Sossusvlei – making it the perfect place to spend some time exploring this incredibly diverse country.
Lying between the Kalahari and the Atlantic Ocean, Namibia is one of the best-kept secrets of the continent for sure.
Do you like exploring waterfalls? If yes, then the Victoria Waterfalls is a place you would love to visit whenever you’re in Zambia. The South Luangwa National Park which boasts of a rich diversity of wildlife will also be a memorable attraction that a tourist would love to visit.
As one of the 102 visa-free countries for South Africans, all you need is a valid passport, and you’ll get an entry stamp on arrival. Other nationalities from the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can buy a single-entry tourist visa at the border or airport for $50 USD.