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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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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