From South Africa to Kenya, to Cameroon, to Egypt; African countries pride themselves in their vibrant cities, known for their great museums, restaurants, nightlife, iconic sites, wildlife and beautiful architectures. So deciding on the best places to visit in Africa may always be a very difficult task. But not
to worry, that is why we are here for you. This is a list of top 10 best travel destinations in Africa.
10. Nairobi National Park
A short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district will take you to the beautiful Nairobi National Park.
Nairobi National Park is the main tourist attraction for visitors to Nairobi, capital city of Kenya.
Visitor attractions include the park’s diverse bird species with over 400 species recorded, endangered black rhinos, cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, buffaloes and lions. Other attractions are the wildebeest and zebra migrations in July and August, the Ivory burning Site Monument, and the Nairobi Safari Walk and animal orphanage. The park attracts thousands of school children weekly across Kenya on school field trips. Visitors can also enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.
9. Giza Necropolis (Egypt)
You sure do love the idea of visiting the famous pyramids of Egypt and if you do, then this should definitely be your next travel destination.
Giza is just a few meters away from the capital city of Cairo and it is one place where you can discover Egypt’s most iconic structures. In Giza, you will discover the last remaining structure of the seven ancient Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Khufu. You can also tour other smaller pyramids and a number of incredible museums to learn more about these pyramids and their significance in Egyptian history.
8. Tanzania (Mount Kilimanjaro)
Mt Kilimanjaro has a height of 5896m and is Africa’s highest mountain and one of the continent’s magnificent sights. It has three main volcanic peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira.
The mountain is also a fertile ground for agricultural activities. On the lowland slopes, much of the mountain is farmland, with coffee, banana, cassava, and maize crops grown for subsistence and commercial purposes. A few larger coffee farms still exist on the lower slopes, but much of the area outside the national park has been subdivided into small plots.
Hiking on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s roof top is the highlight of most visitors’ experiences in the East
African country of Tanzania. It is a lifetime adventure.
7. Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg, “city of gold,” popularly referred to as Jo’burg or Jozi, is the financial and industrial metropolis of South Africa, built on a rich history of gold mining. The city is fast evolving to a vibrant hub for arts and culture.
Cutting-edge contemporary galleries and the new Maboneng Precinct, with its funky restaurants, cafes, and art studios, the gold reef city, the mandela museum, the impressive apartheid museum and constitution hall rank as some of Jo’burg’s best places to visit.
The country is not known as “Africa in Miniature” or the “Melting point of Africa” for nothing.
It offers all the diversity of Africa—in climate, culture, and geography—within its borders. It is home to the famous mount Cameroon, the highest peak in the whole of central and West Africa. The mountain draws hikers and climbers weekly. The stepping-off point for climbing Mt. Cameroon is the city of Buea,
where guides can be hired and equipment can be rented. There are several tin-roofed huts for hikers to sleep in during their trek up the mountain.
The coast offers two major beach resort towns: Limbe is in the South West region with black, volcanic sand; and Kribi is a in the South region with white-sand beaches.
You can also pay a visit to the reunification monuments in Yaoundé and Buea. Visit the national museum and others in Yaoundé.
The Northern part of the country is another major tourist draw. The area has several wildlife reserves, including the largest and best-run in West Africa, Waza National Park. These parks offer both animal viewing and big-game hunting. Animals in this region include cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hippopotami,
and rhinoceroses. Maroua offers a large crafts market and museums.
Its beautiful scenery has earned the nation the name “Land of a Thousand Hills.” Its capital city Kigali is the cleanest city in Africa. Its mountainous landscape is amazing, and it is home to six active volcanoes.
You may want to explore the Volcanoes National Park. There, you will see the park’s famous attraction, mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. You will also enjoy a variety of flora.
You may also want to enjoy great water activities; you should try out Lake Kivu. It is Rwanda’s largest lake and the sixth largest lake in Africa. Boat tours and fishing are available at the lake.
Botswana is blessed with wildlife and natural land. The country has a National Conservation Strategy and
Tourism Policy to ensure the conservation of wildlife and environment. This makes it one of the ideal
countries to visit if you’re interested in African wildlife.
The Okavango Delta, Kgalagadi Transfrontier, Parkthe Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and Chobe National Park are some of the amazing places you can head for a safari.
Botswana offers the traveler a choice of accommodation options from top-class tourist hotels, luxury lodges and safari camps, to budget guesthouses and camping grounds. The major tourist areas have a choice of private lodges, safari camps, and public camping sites. Botswana is also famous for its stunning watercolor-style sunsets and the friendly welcoming attitude of its locals towards tourists.
In the words of Mark Twain: “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after
This island nation is one of the best travel destinations you could possibly imagine, not only in Africa but in the entire Universe. Think Mauritius and your mind instantly pictures images of powder-white beaches and tropical palm trees. However, there is more to the country than just beaches.
Mauritius also has several fun activities, historical sights, and lush forests to offer its visitors.
And oh! Have you heard of Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort & Spa. You should try it because it promises contemporary sophistication, picture-perfect views, and a lot of privacy. Spend your days trying fun active pursuits, such as surfing, snorkeling, kitesurfing, and horseback riding.
You can also try out some of the country’s favorite cuisines such as Achard (Relish of pickled vegetables with mustard), Camarons (Freshwater prawns in a hot sauce), Fish vindaye (Curried fish with mustard, garlic, ginger and onion)
and Dholl puri (Wheat pancake stuffed with ground peas and served with curry).
The African archipelago with 115 islands is blessed with a year-round warm, tropical climate, making it one of the best destinations in Africa. It is one place where you can enjoy several water sports and other activities.
Would you want to go surfing? The best period for that in Seychelles is May – September.
If you are interested in Sailing, it is an all year-round activity.
Snorkeling: It is all year-round as well but April – May and October – November are the most preferable
months for the activity.
Bird-watching: April – October
Diving: March – May; September – November
1. Marrakech, Morocco
Morocco is the most visited city in Africa and so too is Marrakech in Morocco. Marrakech is the fourth largest city in the Kingdom of Morocco and is the capital of the mid-southwestern region of Marrakech-Safi.
Marrakech is one destination with the promise of incomparable sensations. You will be wowed into another world in the blink of an eye by taking a stroll through the Jemaa El Fna and the bazaars with their bright colors and oriental scents. Rides in horse-drawn carriages, sun-soaked terraces, street artists and other fun activities will make your stay in Marrakech a memorable one.
There are also festive and cultural locations including the Palais des Congrès and the impressive Théâtre Royal. You can also enjoy Marrakech at night by paying a visit to their trendy clubs and traditional evenings