Whether you’re planning a holiday, your honeymoon, a special trip or a three-month exploration, Africa is one of the most wonderful continents on the planet and certainly somewhere you should consider going in your lifetime.
From the breathtaking wilderness and the incredible wildlife to the tropical coastline and rich cultural traditions, there is no place like it on this earth.
And did you know that there are actually 54 countries in Africa? That is 54 exciting places you could potentially visit! Though it’s fair to say some nations are better suited to tourists and travelers than others.
But if you’re planning a getaway to this vast continent, how do you narrow it down?
Well, we can help you with that.
We have created this guide to share with you some of the top destinations in Africa, so you can begin planning your next trip. You’ll be booking your flights in no time!
1. Zambia (Victoria Falls)
Teetering on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, you’ll find Victoria Falls. People travel far and wide to both Zambia and Zimbabwe to visit this UNESCO world heritage site. That’s because this is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world. In fact, these falls are twice as deep and twice as wide as Niagara Falls – a pretty spectacular site to behold; we think you’ll agree.
The best time to visit Zambia is in the spring, particularly in April, as this is at the end of the nation’s rainy season. You can enjoy the breathtaking view of Victoria Falls from Knife-Edge Bridge, Livingston Island or even from the Devils Pool. Here you can sit right on the edge of the waterfall and look down. In any case, this is not for the faint-hearted, as you probably guessed from the names.
Then, once you’re done enjoying the view from above, why not get even closer to the action and go whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River? You can see the waterfall from an entirely different angle down there.
Have you ever fancied seeing giraffes, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, and so many more beautiful creatures in their natural habitat? Well, in Tanzania, you can. Lots of people head to Tanzania for an unforgettable Safari experience and the opportunity to see wildlife like never before.
But Tanzania isn’t just great for safaris, and you would be remiss if you didn’t see some of the nation’s other great treasures. The red-hued Lake Natron is another example of mother nature at its finest in Africa. Then, of course, you have Mount Kilimanjaro. Not only is this the tallest mountain in Africa, but it is actually the largest freestanding mountain in the whole world.
You could just stand and take pictures as you marvel at its wonder, or for the adrenaline junkies and exercise buffs among you, why not book a climbing excursion with one of the local operators?
3. Cape Town
Another interesting fact about Africa is that the content has three capital cities. Each nation has its own capital, but Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town are universally considered the capitals of the continent as a whole.
And if you’re visiting South Africa, You should certainly put Cape Town at the top of your list.
The city has been separated from much of the continent by mountain ranges, yet it is not a desolate or forgotten space. Rather, Cape Town is a bustling metropolis juxtaposed against the surrounding natural landscapes.
It is home to stunning beaches, world-famous vineyards and some of the best nightlife you could ever imagine. This is the ideal place to visit if you love city life and you want to sample delicious cuisine, cosmopolitan culture and a vibrant atmosphere.
It’s also ideal if you want a break from exploring deserts and national parks to experience a different part of Africa.
You might have only ever thought about Zanzibar in the context of pirates, but this magical island has something for everyone. It is ideally located just off the coast of East Africa and in the picturesque Indian Ocean.
Once there, you can spend your days lounging on the breathtaking sandy beaches or, for something a little more cultural, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town. Here you can explore the ruins of a 19th-century palace belonging to Zanzibar’s former Arab royals.
You also have the opportunity to enjoy a sophisticated spice tour around the countryside or go wildlife spotting at the island’s only national park, Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park.
Another small island nation, Mauritius, is located just east of Madagascar. Lots of visitors choose to come here because of its powdery white sand and incredible beaches, as well as it’s very luxurious resorts. So if you’re planning a special trip that’s all about decadence and luxury, this is the place for you.
Mauritius is a vibrant cultural hodgepodge, and its mix of Dutch, French and British architecture is truly charming. The locals there are very friendly, and it is also the perfect destination if you like great food and drink. And no, we aren’t just talking about the delicious rum, though you would be crazy not to try it! But the nation is also famous for its tasty teas and fresh seafood.
When you step away from your resort, be sure to head out to one (or several) of the island’s botanical gardens or beautiful nature reserves.
Last but certainly not least, can you really go to Africa without going to Egypt? Arguably one of the most famous places on the continent, its incredible historical tales have been passed down for centuries all over the world.
During your trip, you should certainly visit the Pyramids of Giza and get lost in their splendour and history if you get the chance. You should also go to the capital city of Cairo, the largest city in the Arab world.
On the way there are lots of interesting museums you can stop by and, of course, what visit to Egypt would be complete without a trip down the River Nile?