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10 Amazing Countries in Africa Every Tourist Should Visit

10 Amazing Countries in Africa Every Tourist Should Visit

Africa’s travel and tourism industry have grown substantially in the last few years. Accounting for nearly 9% of the continent’s GDP, the industry has a remarkable potential to increase growth and development in its countries. With its beautiful sights, rich forests, and crystal blue beaches, Africa has drawn tourists looking for wild adventures. Its untouched, remote lands offer travelers a lot to explore.

Looking for an unforgettable African experience? The following are top country destinations you should visit:

1. South Africa

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    Lions in Kruger National Park. Image source : www.krugerpark.co.za

    South Africa tops the tourism industry in the African Region. It has better infrastructure compared to its neighboring countries and has the means to host global entertainment events such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup. South Africa is the best place to have a family African adventure, the country is known for having the most beautiful beaches which are flocked between the months of September and February.

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    A South Africa vacation wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Knysna for a ferry ride through the scenic neighborhood, a trip to Kruger National Park, which is the largest game reserve in Africa, and to Table Mountain in Cape Town, to experience scenic cable car rides along the Cape Town beaches.

    2. Tanzania

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      Manta Resort at Pemba Island. Image Source: TripAdvisor

      For a wild Safari experience, visit Tanzania. Here you can experience the “Great Migration” during late November or December, climb Africa’s highest mountain in Mt. Kilimanjaro, and visit the famous Serengeti National Park.

      Tanzania also boasts some of the best paradise-like beaches like the ones located in Pemba Island. Pemba Island is a gorgeous coastal sanctuary with amazing diving spots filled with coral reefs, mangroves, and fishes.

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      3. Namibia

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        Sand dunes of Sossusvlei. Image Source: Siyabona Africa

        Namibia is known for its natural attractions and extraordinary landscapes, some of which are the Skeleton Coast (a splendid place for surfing) and Namib, a huge coastal desert which occupies three African countries. Tourists in Namibia can enjoy breathtaking safari tours, horseback riding, and scenic hot air balloon flights over the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei.

        4. Egypt

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          The Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Image Source: Shutterstock

          Colossal temples and pyramids make your visit in Egypt. Main attractions include the Sphinx, Great Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum and the Nile. No trip to Egypt will be complete without a visit to Dahab, a scuba diving site, and Siwa, a beautiful oasis near the Libyan border. Experiencing Modern Cairo is also a good tourist activity. Here you can see the rich culture of Modern Egypt and buy souvenirs for loved ones at home.

          5. Zambia

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            Picture of hikers looking out onto Victoria Falls. Image Source: National Geographic

            A landlocked country located in southern Africa, Zambia offers exciting safari adventures and a trip to the world’s most coveted Victoria Falls. Any trip to Zambia wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the traditional festivals in the country. Festivals in Zambia are almost year-round with ceremonials full of music, dance, and ancient practices. Zambia is also a great place for canoeing where you can have a gorgeous view of elephants, hippos, and other wildlife living by the Zambia river.

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            6. Kenya

              The Massai People in Diani Beach. Image Source : Villasdiani.com

              If you like meeting people and experiencing Africa’s culture, go to Kenya. Kenya is always welcome to visitors who like to document their cities, culture, and way of life. Here you can find Hando-dressed Agiriama women, bullfighting communities, and tribes with fascinating ways of living.

              If you’re looking for a beach escape, Kenya also has great white sand beaches. An hour south of Mombasa, travelers can find Diani Beach, a great place to relax, have a camel ride and see the life of local villagers. No trip to Kenya will also be complete without experiencing a road trip to the northern cities. Here you can visit the Merille, Moralle, and Marasabit road which is great for sightseeing.

              7. Botswana

                Safari sightseeing at Botswana. Image Source: Fodor’s Travel Guide

                Bordered by Zimbabwe, Namibia, and South Africa, Botswana is known for luxury travels and awesome safari holidays. It has many safari camps located in the heart of the region. With a naturally rich fauna and flora, Botswana is sought after by nature explorers.

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                8. Morocco

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                  Marrakesh, Morroco. Image Source: Sensational Color

                  A picturesque country in North Africa, Morocco is filled with bustling markets, beautiful mosques, and towering minarets. It’s a great place for historical sightseeing. Walking the streets of Marrakech, also called “The Red City” is a magical experience. The town square comes alive during the late afternoon where you can find snake charmers, henna tattoo artists, and date-sellers. As night falls, the market is filled with tribal drummers and mobile food carts selling grilled meat and salads.

                  Morocco is Africa’s cultural hub of Arab, North African, and European influences. It is home to some of the best traditional restaurants, ancient cities, and temples. If you love looking at medieval temples and Moorish castles, Morocco is the country to go. (Important: You can’t go inside mosques if you aren’t Muslim.)

                  9. Rwanda

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                    Rwanda Gorilla Trekking. Image Source: Safari Gorilla Trekking

                    Visit the largest tropical forest in Africa found in Nyungwe, Rwanda. Rwanda, known as “the land of a thousand hills” has the best mountain ranges in all of Africa. Here you can visit the popular Volcanoes National Park where you can have the best trekking experiences while encountering mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.

                    10. Mozambique

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                      Azura Retreats in Mozambique. Image Source: www.azura-retreats.com

                      The best trip in Mozambique is a 10-minute helicopter ride to Azura Retreats, located in the Bazaruto Archipelago on Benguerra Island. Here you can find a boutique hotel on a remote island within the Marine National Park. There are lots of things to do, including diving and sightseeing around the archipelago where you can find dolphins, various types of fish, and even dugongs in the isolated marine park.

                      For experiencing the best wildlife experience, Africa is definitely the way to go. So now that you know where to visit, don’t forget to bring your family in your next African Trip!

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                      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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