There’s no other place on the planet like Africa with its abundance of natural wild lands, diverse wildlife and rich traditions. While planning a trip, it’s likely you’ll come across a mountain of information. To help, we’ve made a list of 10 spots that are absolutely unmissable destinations in Africa.
The Great Migration, Tanzania
One of the most extraordinary destinations in Africa, wildlife phenomenons in the world, it is a huge annual movement of nearly two million wildebeest and zebra across the plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Maasai Mara. To witness it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should top bucket-list of every safari enthusiast. The journey is not for the faint hearted, but it offers a ring-side view of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife encounters.
The largest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest freestanding mountain at 5,896 meters. With spectacular views over a six-day trek, travellers are rewarded with feast for their eyes upon reaching the summit. Whether you’re looking for a challenge, scenic views, or a way to escape daily life, Mt Kilimanjaro has something for you.
Framed by the iconic Table Mountain, the magic of South Africa’s Cape Town extends well beyond just visual beauty, but in the vibe. With beautiful food, jazz nights and whole load of culture on offer, you truly cannot overstate how life changing a visit to Cape Town can be for any traveler.
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, the ninth largest lake in the world is a true paradise. A major resource for locals, the lake is around 580-km long and is 75 km at its widest. This means that the landscape keeps changing, making for some spectacular wildlife viewing.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
A defining symbol of Egypt and the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, the great pyramids, one of the most visited destinations in Africa, are marvelous feats of architecture. Built between 2589 BC and 2504 BC, their purpose wasn’t to be a tourist attraction, but to house the bodies of pharaohs. Today, they stand as a tribute the to awe-inspiring might of ancient Egypt.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Something magical about Victoria Falls – “The Smoke That Thunders” and one of the Wonders of the World – makes it a genuine bucket-list kind of destination. The whole town is a National Park, meaning animals are given free reign. For thrill seekers, there are options to bungie jump, zipline and swing off the Victoria Falls bridge. You can even soak up the views up close in Devil’s Pool on the Zambian side of the Falls.
Kruger National Park
One of the largest game reserves in Africa, it is one park where you’re more than likely to spot the Big Five because of its high density of animals. Visited by more than half a million people annually, the park was established in 1898 and is renowned for its abundant flora and fauna.
With soft, pillowy sands and and crystal clear waters, Zanzibar in Tanzania has a lot to offer. The Spice Islands are rich in history – you can meander down the lanes of Stone Town to soak it all in. The pace is slow, the food is fabulous and the locals are friendly, making it an ideal stop.
The animation movie may have made the world’s fourth largest island and its lemurs famous, but for good reason. The island nation is home to a divers array of landscapes, from deserts to rain-forests and beaches. Situated off the southeast coast of Africa, it is a dream destination for those who love the outdoors.
A camel ride at the Sahara desert, hiking in the Atlas Mountains, getting lost in medinas – Morocco has it all. Marrakesh, which is a modern mix of Moroccan and international culture is an intoxicating city. More so, if you want to get away from the chaos, a trip to the Sahara on camel back should be part of the plan.
So here is a list of must visit destinations in Africa. If you think we have missed our on something, please let us know in the comments section below.