Over the years, Africa has become a top destination for tourism. The spike in tourism has been so high that it has become a major contributor to the GDP of many African nations.
Also, among the people flocking to visit Africa are black “foreigners” hoping to connect to their roots and learn about the ways of their ancestors.
First of all, lets clear the air about the continent. See what I did there? I used the term continent, not country. Unlike what is a popular notion, from a lot of people, that the continent, which actually comprises of 54 nations (the most countries among all continents) with diverse cultures, languages, and people, is just a Country with the same people.
If you are looking to visit the continent and have a good time, this article walks you through the top places to visit and have unforgettable moments with safaris, wildlife reserves, unique beaches, festivals and a whole lot more:
Kenya is definitely one of the most exciting places in East Africa and it boasts of arguably the best safari destination in Africa – Maasai Mara National Reserve. The national reserve has 95 species of mammals and 570 species of birds dwelling in it.
A trip to this reserve, between July and October, guarantees a sight of the beauty of the popular wildebeest migration (basically a pilgrim journey for the animals where about two million of different species, migrate for search for greener pastures…literally).
If you are thinking about safari, wildlife, and the likes, we highly recommend you visit Kenya.
This is another exciting destination in the eastern part of Africa, popularly known to host Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. If you are a fan of hiking and have little or absolutely no fear of heights, gear up for a stunning hiking experience. This hike takes about five to nine days to reach the summit of the 5,895 meters high mountain.
Zanzibar is an island in Tanzania also worth touring. The semi-autonomous region boasts of crystal-clear waters where you can deep dive and enjoy the gleeful sight of the marine life. They also have a very rich food culture with many accompanying spices.
The island also has an interesting history, as it was an important slave trading post under the rule of the Arabs. The Serengeti National Park where the animals from the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya migrate from or move to (depends on the time of the year), is also a top-notch safari spot.
This north African country is known for its unique structures influenced by its history of contacts with the Romans, Arabs and European civilizations.
In Morocco, you can tour the desert and have fun exploring the ancient desert cities, on camels, while learning about their culture.
Morocco also has the Atlas Mountains, which are a series of mountain ranges with the highest peak being the 4000 meter Mount Toubkal. Hikers can definitely have a great experience here.
The city of Marrakesh is also a tourism hotspot and it is where you can find the best markets that sell delicious Moroccan cuisines. You can also shop for different things ranging from fabrics to local crafts, and artwork.
Morocco is filled with different adventures and it boasts of a lot of great experiences for tourists.
I’m not sure it is possible to make a post about top travel destinations in Africa and not include the place that birthed a major civilization.
From histories of Pharaohs, and mummy cultures, to the beautiful structures of pyramids, Egypt is surely a destination for exciting adventures!
Tourists can enjoy the beautiful sights of the Pyramids of Giza, marvel at the great Sphinx of Giza and visit the longest river in the world, River Nile.
You can also get a tour in the capital city, Cairo, and have fun while shopping in their interesting markets. It is also an exciting experience, learning about the ancient kings of Egypt and the legend and myths of their ancient gods.
In 1994, Rwanda had arguably the most tragic genocide the continent of Africa has ever witnessed. The genocide left millions of people dead.
Decades later, this country has risen from the worst ordeal to befall it, and it has stepped up to be one of the best countries in Africa currently in regards to economy, technology, infrastructure, environment and other sectors.
The country is also dubbed, “Land of a Thousand Hills” for its stunning mountainous landscape which should be toured and it actually possesses six active volcanoes.
A visit to the Volcanoes National Park gives an opportunity to see the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas. The dark past of the nation can also be learned at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, in its capital city, Kigali.
It is also worth mentioning that Rwanda is one of the cleanest countries in the world and also one of the countries with many efforts to stop the use of non-biodegradable materials.
Plastic bags have been prohibited in the country since 2006 and this makes it one of the most pristine places in the world.
If your plan is to get a location for total relaxation, then Seychelles is the right destination. The archipelago located in the Indiana Ocean consists of about 115 islands that boasts of crystal-clear blue water and numerous beaches.
A not-so-deep dive will introduce you to the beauty of the marine life of their beautiful coral reefs, and rare species such as giant Aldabra tortoises.
The country has thriving unique cultures, and delicious cuisines. The island nation also has jungles and mountainous inland that can be hiked in order to get the best of both land and marine activities.
The first black African nation in the western part of Africa to attain independence from colonial power, has recently become a destination for Blacks around the world, looking to trace their history back to their ancestors.
The Cape Coast castle teaches about the African Slavery that was experienced by the former gold coast nation.
Ghana has been dubbed as the most peaceful and friendly nation in West Africa and it is a reflection of the cheerful nature of the people, and the culture of the nation.
The Mole National Park is famous for it’s elephants and guests are allowed to get up close for a great view of the African Giants (nope, you won’t see Burna Boy there).
There is also the Kakum National Park where you can see endangered species like the Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope and the likes.
If you have no fear of heights and love a great view, the Kakum Canopy Walkway is a unique feature where tourists can view the whole park from a vantage point, to appreciate the breathtaking scenery.
The country also hosts the venue of popular Afrocentric concerts and festivals such as Full Circle Festival and Afronation Festival which are usually well attended by big, international stars.
8. THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI
Formerly known as Swaziland, the second smallest kingdom on the African continent is as African as African gets. The nation has preserved its monarchical system and boasts of many festivals that showcase the untainted Swazi culture and traditions.
On the country’s 50th anniversary of their Independence from colonial power, King Mswati II changed the name to Eswatini as part of the kingdom’s effort to reclaim their heritage completely from their colonial past.
The country is filled with rich cultures and tourists can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Piggs Peak town.
There are also standard golf courses and casinos for recreation and a trip to Manzini guarantees the sightseeing of beautiful waterfalls.
Botswana remains one of the best places for a safari destination. There is the Chobe National Park which is home to about 120,000 elephants, the largest parade of elephants on the continent.
The Chobe river has a great collection of wildlife dwelling in it, including hippopotamuses and crocodiles which makes for an exciting boat ride. Buffaloes, lions, leopards, and many bird species.
Close to the Chode National Park is Okavango Delta dubbed as “Africa’s Last Eden.” Many plant species and wildlife also dwell here.
Yearly, between June and August, flooding happens and this leaves the animals restricted on the island and easier to view. Many fish species can also be sighted.
Botswana safari range is unique and filled with different adventures and this makes it a top spot for safari escapades.
With over 54 exciting African countries to select from, these 9 countries are definitely must-visit destinations for your tourism. If you need more information on these destinations and what they offer, you can simply click on the images to be redirected to travel sites where you can get information on the full package, price and availability.