Africa, the second largest continent in the world, is packed with breath taking places, ancient treasures, vibration cultures, amazing wildlife and amazing scenery. There are certainly lots of interesting countries and places to visit in Africa.
With 54 unique countries to explore in this ‘Garden of Eden’, deciding where to go in Africa can prove to be overwhelming. In this article, we have been able to pick seven amazing countries, each with their distinctive features as to why you should pack up your bags for the next vacation.
1. South Africa
South Africa is surely among the best places to visit in Africa, located right at the tip. It is famous for its beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife and fascinating cultures. It harbours places like the Kruger National Park which is one of the largest game reserves.
The country has some of the worlds best wineries located along the Cape Winelands. The best time to visit South Africa is during the warmer months, November to April.
Botswana is another special country if you are a person who enjoys wildlife and the great outdoors.
The main entry part is through the capital, Gabarone that actually lies on a border with South Africa. In Botswana, you will be able to explore some of the worlds best national parks. The Okavango Delta is a premier Safari destination of 15,000 square kilometers with exclusive out of the way lodges for game drives, Safari walks and boat trips.
The best time to visit Botswana is from May to August when the days are often times cool but still sunny.
Namibia, a beautiful country located in Africa’s southern corners. It is characterized for its dramatic scenery, wildlife wealth and a home of local African culture.
One of Namibia’s tourist highlights is the Safari at Etosha National Park. A visit to the ghost town Kolmaskop and driving the stunning skeleton coasts are considered as ‘must-dos’. May to October are the best times for a visit because the weather will be sunny and virtually no rain.
4. Zambia is known overtime for its adventurous scenery and stunning landscapes. The Victoria falls and Mammoth set of water falls leave good impression on many tourists who have visited before.
Victoria falls is among the seven wonders of the world named after Queen Victoria. Interestingly, the falls are neither the tallest nor the widest but they hold the world’s largest single sheet waterfall record. It is best advised to visit from November to April, during the rains so as the witness the falls in its greatest capacity.
An amazing fact is that it is the only African country that was not colonized leaving it to have absolute control over it’s undiluted African culture. It is a very affordable country that can be visited all year round.
A capturing site is the Hara’s walled old town known as one of Islam’s holiest places. Lalibela in the highlands harbours eleven Churches hewn from the Rock and sometimes referred to as Africa’s New Jerusalem. The country will give food lovers an authentic food and culture tour.
If you’re a lover of Safari, then Maasai Mara National Reserve is the place to go in Kenya. The government has made it a priority to ensure that the national parks and other facilities are accessible, safe and well maintained for tourists.
Some highlights of the country include watching the Great Migration in Maasai Mara, relaxing at Diani Beach, seeing pink flamingos at lake Nakuru, having breakfast with giraffes at Giraffe Manor and many more.
Located off East Africa’s coast in the Indian ocean, Mauritius is thought of as the honeymoon destination. It has a subtropical climate with sunny weather alongside a warm temperature experienced all year round. There is a range of immersive experiences that shine a light on Mauritian culture.