The Best Places to Visit in Africa, whether it’s the Great Migration in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, the Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, Mountain gorillas in Rwanda, or the Sahara Dunes in Morocco, Africa is certainly one of the most rewarding adventures any sane person could hope to embark on.
Today, I crossed some sort of invisible mental line. Maybe I’ll talk about it in my next post. But for now, let’s talk about The Best African Countries to Visit.
If you’re looking for the best places to visit in Africa, if you’re confused about which part of the world’s second largest continent to spend your next holiday, I urge you to take of cup of (whatever it is you drink, and I know you drink like fish so maybe six cups would be ideal)……
Then sit back, and read carefully.
You know, I can’t stress enough how strongly I feel about having basic-level information about your desired destination. Not that you should become Sherlock Holmes or something, but it just gives you a clear idea of what to expect.
Anyway, as with every other continent in the world, Africa has her own problems.
That’s the bad news (which really isn’t bad news because there’s not a single continent in existence without flaws and qualms)
But the good news is….
The beauty of Africa is so indescribable, so diverse and so rich in culture, there’s always….
Something in store for all and sundry!
Whether it’s the Great Migration in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, the Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, Mountain gorillas in Rwanda, or the Sahara Dunes in Morocco, Africa is certainly one of the most rewarding adventures any sane person could hope to embark on.
And if you’re insane or something, Africa still has insanely exciting tourist attractions that should absolutely blow your mind.
Now, I know you’re still hungry for information.
That’s why I’m going to take the mystery out of it, and give you a neat list of some of the best African countries to visit.
You say you’re ready?
In that case, I’ll just proceed.
Are you a gorilla fan? A seasoned traveler? A food enthusiast? a curious adventurer? Or just another mad human without a clue where he wants to spend his next 24hours?
Hark unto me.
What you’re about to read is really in no particular order.
But I promise, by the lord, by the law and by the sword, it will make a lot of sense (to you) as you read through these paragraphs.
First on my list is South Africa, and believe it or not…
And you don’t know the half of it
Pretoria? Cape Town? Port Elizabeth? Johannesburg? Sun City Resort?
But there’s more (there’s always more).
Before we go any further, I need to share with you some very crazy things I’ve learned about South Africa.
Stay with me.
You see, she’s home to the Table Mountain – one of the oldest mountains known to man, and then, did you know?
That this same South Africa generates two-thirds of the electricity in Africa?
Look at you.
Did you even know that South Africa is….
Five times bigger than Japan?
Oh, you say you didn’t know? And that you’re grateful for that crucial little revelation?
You’re welcome then.
I appreciate your appreciation.
Back to the wine route.
Here’s some of the most attractive places you should look out for the next time you board a plane to South Africa.
- Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18-years)
- Table Mountain
- Sun City resort
- Cape Winelands
- Durban beaches
- Amphitheatre (it’s in Drakensberg)
- Kruger National Park
- Knysna garden route
- Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
- Kimberly, Northern Cape
- Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape)
- The free state of South Africa (Bloemfontein)
- Pretoria, Gauteng
- Soweto township
- The Drakensberg mountains (KwaZulu-Natal)
I could go on.
But not today (My fingers are weak from excessive writing –and I still have over a thousand words to type)
My point (if there’s any) is that there’s a whole lot to see in South Africa and you have no excuse whatsoever why your adventure there shouldn’t satisfy your wildest expectations.
And you don’t have to go see all these places at once.
You could shorten your list and you could always plan subsequent trips with other tourist attractions (including the aforementioned) that interest you.
Enough about South Africa.
As beautiful and attractive as that country is, it’s not the only place you want to visit in Africa. As such, it’s time to switch gears and turn our attention to…
The Mixed Madness of Morocco
Well, the first thing you need to know about Morocco is its….
The unmistakable touch of European and Arabian influence on the Northern African country is one of the few things that makes her stand out amongst her sisters.
But that’s not all.
Morocco is one of only three countries (alongside France and Spain) in the world that borders both the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans.
And the fact that tourism is one of the major sources of revenue generation for the North African area speaks volume of just how attractive Morocco is in the eyes of the rest of the world.
Steeped in age-old customs, she continues to enchant all who visit, and if you have yet to experience a tour of the fascinating Morocco, we’ve reached the part that should excite you.
What are the top-rated tourist attractions in Morocco?
- Marrakesh Medina
- Hassan II Mosque (The decoration took 10,000 artisans to complete)
- Chefchaouen (located in the beautiful Rif mountains)
- Essaouira (Morocco’s most charming seaside town)
- Dades Valley (If you’re a trekker or genuine lover of nature, this is the place to be)
- Ouidaias Kasbah
That’s just six of some of the most exciting places you could visit in Morocco. But believe me, there’s a whole lot more that constitutes….
A journey into the timeless.
Other places you should consider visiting in Morocco, are in my opinion….
- Fes el Bali
- Bab al-Mansour
- Ait Ben-Haddou
You see my friend; everyone you know (including thee and I) will be dead soon.
What I really mean is, you should make out time to truly experience life by leaving the comfort of your home or resident country to see what life looks like elsewhere and Morocco is no doubt one of best places to visit in Africa.
It’s not just about boarding planes and booking tickets.
The experience itself (mixing with other cultures) positively impacts on your perception of the outside world and life in general.
Anyway, if you’re obsessed with history, if you’re an archeological enthusiast, then without doubt, you should absolutely ponder….
The Remarkable Case of Ethiopia
Because Ethiopia is a country that prides itself with ancient culture and archeological findings that go back millions of years (more than 3million years to be exact).
Apart from being the birthplace of the famous Rastafarian movement, there are other surprising facts about this landlocked eastern African country that will blow your mind.
In Ethiopia, it takes 13months (not 12) to make a full year.
Also, Ethiopia is the only African country to have…
Never been brought under colonial rule.
The independence she enjoys is as complete as the number of annual contestants for Miss Universe.
But that’s not all.
Archeological findings suggest that Ethiopia is home to the oldest people in the world. Sometime in 1972, two relentless archeologists (Donald Johnson and Tim White) discovered a 3.2 million year-old skeleton.
Enough about skeletons.
If you want to see honest-to-God no-nonsense skeletons, you should take a walk down your local cemetery –and make sure you go at night, alone.
But if you truly want to experience the beauty of Ethiopia, you should consider the following five tourist attractions…
- Bahir Dar and lake Tana
- Bale Mountains National park
- Semien Mountains
- Danakil Depression
But you see my friend, these are just top tourist destinations.
The beauty and wonder of this unique east African nation go beyond a list of five. Truth is, not many countries manage to impress tourists to the degree that Ethiopia does.
And if you’re curious about some of the most exciting things you could do during your adventure there…
Consider the following:
- Go see the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela town
- Climb to the roof of Africa (at the Semien Mountains)
- Feed hyenas when you visit the historic Harar Jegol
- Enjoy a royal day at the Gondar castles
- A wild romance with nature at Sof Omar caves
- Nostalgia at Axum obelisks
And a whole lot more.
You say you’re not overly impressed with Ethiopia?
All right, Try…
…and the Seductive Zanzibar
Tanzania is without question, the revered promise land at the end of the rift valley and any list of the best places to visit in Africa wouldn’t be complete with this beautiful country.
From the Zanzibar to Mount Kilimanjaro and all her incredibly majestic national parks (especially the Serengeti National park), Tanzania boasts a different kind of natural wonder.
But for now, let’s talk about Zanzibar.
If Zanzibar was a woman, she’d be a real traffic stopper.
No arguments. No questions. No debates.
Zanzibar is one of the most beautiful places in Africa, and if you’ve never set foot there, then you should absolutely start making plans to visit.
And here’s why;
Zanzibar has the best beaches in the world.
The Zanzibar island is warm throughout the year and like most east African countries, has equal day and nights.
The people are very hospitable, the sunshine is abundant, the Swahili dishes are absolutely exotic and if your idea of fun is just lazing about on a beach, then Zanzibar is the place to be.
The only problem is Zanzibar is a top holiday destination and as you might guess, is always filled with tourists and adventurers.
But if what you’re concerned about is experiencing the best of what the Island has to offer, here’s how you can spend your time in Zanzibar:
- Loose yourself in the magic of Stone Town
- Visit prison Island
- Eat freshly grilled fish (served with fried potato balls and samosas) at the popular Forodhani market
- Visit the Sultan’s palace
- Go see the visually historic House of Wonders
Also, when you visit Zanzibar, you really should consider learning about the country’s most profitable industry; I’m talking about its spice trade.
There are always seasoned tour guides who will take you by hand and teach you the ABCs of Zanzibar’s famous spice industry.
That’s it, for now.
The next place you should consider is…
The Majestic Madagascar is one of the best places to visit in Africa
Who is there amongst us who, upon thinking about Madagascar, wouldn’t remember that famous “I like to move it, move it” verse from the legendary Madagascar movie?
But what you should know my friend, is the fact that there’s a Madagascar beyond…
“I like to move it, move it”
For example, did you know?
That around 80% of plants and animals in Madagascar cannot be found anywhere else on planet earth?
Then, did you also know?
That dearly beloved Madagascar was one of the last major areas on earth where humans settled?
And above all, do you know why (and don’t even think about lying to me) Madagascar is very famously nicknamed….
The Eight Continent of the World?
The answer is simple.
Madagascar’s historical, cultural, architectural and natural diversity is so extraordinary and unique, it’s practically impossible to find anything similar anywhere else on earth.
Now, to experience the uniqueness of Madagascar, you’d have to visit (don’t bother asking me to get you a free ticket because I won’t) and experience it yourself.
But while you ponder your adventure to the mad-dest of all gas-cars, I need to point out a few tourist attractions in Madagascar that you should absolutely consider once you make up that indecisive mind of yours.
- Avenue of the Baobabs
- Tsingy de Bemaraha
- Ile Sainte Marie
- Isalo National park
- The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga
- Analamazoatra Reserve
- Ranomafana National Park
- Masoala National park
Is it absolutely compulsory that you see these places once you arrive (and before) you depart Madagascar?
No. it isn’t.
After all, you could be visiting your lover and choose to remain indoors until you’ve satisfied the hot throb of lust in your loins, but by God, if you truly want to leave Madagascar with a deep sense of just how uniquely diverse that country is…
Then you should visit the aforementioned attractions.
You won’t regret it (as long as you don’t try to steal someone else’s hard-earned money), I promise.
Of course, these are not the only places you should visit in Africa. The beauty and diversity of this continent is not limited to five countries alone.
That would be….
An Insult to Mother Nature!
If you’re not reading this under the influence of alcohol, you probably noticed the absence of popular destinations like..
If I had to illustrate on the individual uniqueness of these countries, I’d run out of space, and you’ll probably read until….
Your eyes can’t take it anymore.
Regardless, before you take your leave, permit me to share with you some of the most amazing African tourist attractions that haven’t been mentioned here.
- The great migration (Tanzania)
- Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
- Mountain Gorillas, Rwanda
- Victoria falls (Zambia, Zimbabwe)
- Sahara Dunes, Morocco
- The great pyramids of Giza, Egypt
- Sphinx, Egypt
- Mount Mulanje, Malawi
- Riding Safari, Kenya
- Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
- Obudu Cattle Ranch, Nigeria
And the exciting thing about Mount Kilimanjaro is while it remains the tallest mountain in Africa (and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain), the actual climbing requires no technical skills or equipment making it one of the best places to visit in Africa.
All right buddy, go forth and enjoy the best places to visit in Africa.
Keep your ears open, you’ll hear from me soon.
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