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The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to – Richard Mullin

Wildlife and Safaris | Extreme Adventures | Deserts | Beach Life | Culture & History
Business and Technology | Forest, Gorillas, and Hiking | Less Travelled Places | Most Visited
Backpacking & Budget Travel | Trekking or Mountain Climbing | Luxury Vacations

Dubbed as the cradle of mankind, Africa is a continent like no other with diversity and richness in culture that will have any curious traveler turn into an excited storyteller as if seeing something beyond this planet. In fact, despite being the oldest inhabited continent on Earth today, Africa is still home to  less-travelled and exotic destinations, with majestic wildlife, crystal blue lakes with pearly white sands, amazing flora, and unyielding mountains within its borders.

Africa is a large continent in every sense — it has the second largest continental surface area, the longest river in the world (River Nile), the largest hot desert (Sahara), and it houses 54 sovereign countries within its boundaries. It will take several lifetimes to be able to experience all she has to offer. That’s why as a potential traveler, categorizing each unique experience and their respective locations will come in handy to help you make an informed decision:

Dubbed as the cradle of mankind, Africa is a continent like no other with diversity and richness in culture that will have any curious traveler turn into an excited storyteller as if seeing something beyond this planet. In fact, despite being the oldest inhabited continent on Earth today, Africa is still home to  less-travelled and exotic destinations, with majestic wildlife, crystal blue lakes with pearly white sands, amazing flora, and unyielding mountains within its borders.

Africa is a large continent in every sense — it has the second largest continental surface area, the longest river in the world (River Nile), the largest hot desert (Sahara), and it houses 54 sovereign countries within its boundaries. It will take several lifetimes to be able to experience all she has to offer. That’s why as a potential traveler, categorizing each unique experience and their respective locations will come in handy to help you make an informed decision:

Wildlife and Safaris

Kenya, Tanzania & South Africa

One thing that sets Africa apart from any other continent is the abundance of wildlife, and heading out into the savannah or jungle to see these magnificent animals in their natural habitat is a once in a lifetime experience. In addition to being able to watch them up close, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and get immersed in the various fascinating cultures.  For an unforgettable safari experience, here are the top places to visit:

Kenya

This beautiful East African country is home to a wide variety of wildlife reserves and national parks, the most famous being the Masai Mara. Together with Tanzania’s Serengeti region, this park plays host to the annual wildebeest migration – the largest migration of land animals in the world. This spectacular event sees over 1.5 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles searching for food and water between Kenya and Tanzania. Kenya is also home to “The Big 5” – Lion, African Elephant, Leopard, Rhinoceros, and Cape buffalo.

Tanzania

Sitting just below Kenya, this small country is one of the best safari locations in the world thanks to its heavily populated national parks and wildlife conservation areas. The Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro Crater are the most popular destinations for seeing wildlife and simply being at one with the natural surroundings. In addition to the animals of the Great Migration, Tanzania has hyenas, hippos, giraffes, over 1000 bird species, and 25 reptile species. As an added feature to the safari experience, the tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, is also here in Tanzania and is a world-famous hiking destination.

South Africa

By far the most developed country of the three, South Africa is one of most popular travel destinations for its game reserves, stunning climate, and amazing scenery. Its most famous safari locations is the mighty Kruger national park. In terms of its wildlife, the Big 5 is one of the main attractions, along with the around 175 endemic bird species and marine mammals, such as dolphins and whales.

Extreme Adventures

South Africa, Namibia, and Zambia

With its epic terrains and uncharted rugged landscapes, Africa pushes adventure-seekers to the limit, offering extreme activities that test their mettle and earn them newfound respect. Whether it’s tackling the highest climbs or braving the deepest dives, or anything in between, adrenaline junkies are sure to get their money’s worth in Africa.

South Africa

This beautiful country is a melting pot of cultures, such that locals and visitors are often spoilt for choice when it comes to extreme adventures. The most popular ones include:

  1. Shark Cage Diving In Gansbaai – Get up close and personal with Great White sharks, some as long as 3 meters.
  2. Bungee Jump From Bloukrans Bridge – At 216 meters high, Bloukrans Bridge is the world’s highest commercial bungee bridge. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.
  3. Abseiling off Table Mountain – Be treated to stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and its surrounding islands as you abseil off the famous flat-topped Table Mountain.
  4. Skydiving in Mossel Bay – No extreme activity list is complete without the mention of skydiving! The beauty and thrill of the sport speaks for itself. Just jump and enjoy!
  5. Getting up close with Rhinos and Cheetahs – If you dare, you can even take a cheetah for a walk!

 

Namibia

A trip to Namibia is usually about enjoying the vast landscapes and the incredible nature. But who says you have to take in the magnificent scenery thru long drives and relaxing walks alone? Here are some action-packed and fun-filled activities to create new awesome memories and feel closer the nature:

  1. Sandboarding in Swakopmund – Surf around in the sands and experience the wonders of the Namib Desert.
  2. Cave Diving at Dragon’s Breath Cave – Summon all your extreme adventure skills for they will all be put to the test as you dive from over 1400 meters above sea level to depths of up to 130 meters. Not extreme enough? Some dive sites are so far from the water that you have to abseil 140 meters with all your diving equipment before diving. Oh and did we mention – you’ll be in pitch black darkness.
  3. Kite surfing –The scenery of the Atlantic ocean meeting the Namib Desert dunes is one of the many enchanting views to enjoy on this trip as you soar with the winds.

 

Zambia

In addition to its breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife, Zambia is fast becoming one of Africa’s most acclaimed extreme adventure capitals. With so many unforgettable things to do here, there is bound to be something that gets the adrenaline pumping.

  1. White water Rafting at Zambezi – Begin your rafting journey beneath the thunderous Victoria Falls as you plunge through the mighty Zambezi River. Hang on tight as huge whitewater and powerful rapids pound you along, exposing some pretty captivating scenery and hippos lazing in the water.
  2. High Wiring and Gorge Swinging – Take a 50-meter freefall before swinging out across the 135-meter gorge and 75 meters above the ground.
  3. Swim in the Devil’s Pool – Get your splash on in a rock pool cresting on the very edge of Victoria Falls. With a drop from Devil’s Pool at over 100 meters, this activity is only for those with nerves of steel!

Deserts

Morocco, Botswana & Namibia

A trip to the desert easily conjures images of dusty camel rides along barren dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see. But this is Africa and here, there’s a whole lot more to desert tourism than you might think. Offering spectacular views, unparalleled stargazing, photogenic sunsets, and some of the most resilient wildlife on the planet, Africa’s deserts do not disappoint. There are three major deserts in this continent, namely the Sahara, Namib, and Kalahari, with the Sahara being the largest hot desert in the world!

The Sahara Desert (Morocco and Egypt)

The Sahara desert cuts across eleven different countries – Morocco, Libya, Sudan, Egypt, Algeria, Niger, Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Tunisia, and the Western Sahara. The most user-friendly parts of the Sahara desert are can be accessed through Morocco and Egypt, Here, travelers can begin their journey on camels,  sleep under the stars, and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea with nomadic Berbers. With a staggering landmass that is bigger than the United States, you will explore to your heart’s content.

Kalahari Desert (Botswana)

The Kalahari basin engulfs Botswana in its sandy semi-arid salt pans, which transform into lush plains and vast lakes in the rainy season. These expansive pans are a result of the ancient inland lakes, which have long since dried up and fossilized, making them world-renowned natural attractions. There are some camps here in the desert that offer quad biking across the pans and dining out under the stars with no borders or boundaries in sight. During the rainy season, Kalahari Desert hosts the annual migration of zebra and other wildlife across the grass-filled pans.

Namib Desert (Namibia)

Namib stretches almost 2000 km along Africa’s South Atlantic coast and is one of the most surreal terrains on Earth. A trip to this stunning destination is to feast your eyes on endless cumin-colored sand dunes and rising desert hills dotted by oasis. The Namib Desert scene is dramatic, especially since there’s no shortage of wildlife roaming the sweeping dunes, including hyenas, black rhinos, ostriches and even desert-adapted elephants.

Beach Life

Kenya, Zanzibar, Egypt, South Africa

Kenya

Accentuating all that Kenya has to offer and filling the landscape with soul and color are what its beach areas are about. They consist of more than just powdery white sand that merges into a sea of clear blue waters wrapping around Kenya’s coastline. In fact, one of Kenya’s beach destinations, Lamu, is a UNESCO heritage site. The feeling is like being in a completely different world to that of the safari savannahs, with their sandy landscape fringed by coconut trees, wild mangroves, and colorful coral reefs. The most popular beaches include:

  1. Malindi Beach at Malindi Bay, a town in south-eastern Kenya.
  2. Tiwi Beach at Tiwi, a private beach resort in Kenya lying south of Mombasa
  3. Diani Beach, the country’s most popular beach south of Mombasa
  4. Shanzu Beach, the beach party destination of choice, just 30 km from Mombasa

Zanzibar (Tanzania)

This semi-autonomous archipelago is a mere 23-mile hop from Tanzania’s mainland, and is home to pristine white sand, underwater treasures, calm waters, and dazzling sunsets. Like most islands, the pace on Zanzibar’s beaches is pole pole – Swahili for slowly, and offers a peaceful relaxed atmosphere as you mingle with fellow beach lovers. The beaches of Zanzibar tend to change about twice a day, as the water retreats several hundred meters during low tide and washes up the shoreline in high tide. Top spots include:

  1. The northern beaches of Nungwi and Kendwa, where visitors can party till dawn under the full moon.
  2. Paje and Jambiani on the eastern side of the island are famous for their kite-surfing opportunities and photogenic scenes.
  3. Pongwe Beach, an idyllic remote location for those looking to unwind and bask in the privacy of one another’s company. Perfect for honeymooners.

Egypt

From postcard-perfect scenery and fantastic weather, to crystal waters and romantic islands, the best beaches in Egypt come in all shapes and sizes. In recent years, these burgeoning beach resorts have been the top primary tourist attraction, offering holiday experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. The stunning coastline bordering the wild Red Sea is a natural magnet for divers, sun bathers, and all those looking to redefine the term, Mediterranean relaxation.

  1. Sharm el Sheikh, the most trending pinned destination on Pinterest last year
  2. Abu Galoum in Dahab, a year-round beach town featuring both full-fledged resorts and in-town hotels for intense beach enjoyment
  3. The Fjord in Taba, an amazing diving spot offering crystal clear water, dazzling coral reefs and exceptional marine life.
  4. Agiba Beach, a paradisiacal stretch of silky sand neighboring insanely turquoise waters that tempt you to take a dip.

South Africa

With more than 2500 kilometers of coastline, surging surf, exotic wildlife, and breathtaking settings, South Africa’s beaches hold their place among the top shoreline experiences in the world. The white sands seem to stretch forever and chances are, you’ll spot dolphins and turtles along the way. Whether you’re here to tackle extreme water sports or to simply unwind, you’ll feel right at home. And for those looking for something a little different, South Africa also has a small collection of nude beaches to those wanting bare it all. Top beach destinations include:

  1. Camps Bay, SA’s most popular spot for sipping cocktails and just having the time of your life.
  2. North Beach, Durban, aptly named the king of holiday beaches in South Africa.
  3. Gansbaai, famous for its shark cage-diving activities, as well as wine tasting adventure for your palates.
  4. Coffee Bay, a magical landscape, overlooking the Indian Ocean where huge waves roll on to long stretches of pristine sand.

Culture & History

Ethiopia, Rwanda, Egypt, Mali, Gambia

Considered the birthplace of humankind, Africa consists of a mixture of countries with numerous tribes that have their own uniquely rich culture, languages and way of life. Their hospitality is also legendary, while their cuisine is exotic and some of the best you will ever taste.

Ethiopia

One of the richest, untouched and most well preserved culture in the world with its earliest history dated back to the 8th century BC, Ethiopia which is dominantly an orthodox Christian country with tribes like the Nursi, Hamer, Konso, Karo and Dorze has more than enough historical sites portraying its rich and cultural history. With an immensely diverse form of music influenced slightly by Somalia, wandering musicians in the highlands known as Azmaris play their local and secular tunes which you can listen to while you have a taste of their delicious cuisine and coffee with special flavors and local ingredients. Silver and gold necklaces made locally with hand woven fabrics while their traditional attire includes knee length shirts with a collar and trousers, shawls for women and sweaters for men which are usually worn during special occasions, weddings and religious ceremonies. The most popular historical sites include:

  1. Aksum’s Ark of the Covenant which is said to house the most fabled biblical relic of history which is the chapel of the Tablet.
  2. Gondar Castle is a UNESCO world heritage site known as the Fasil Ghebbi (Royal Enclosure) founded in 1635 by Emperor Fasilides which is a major attraction in Gondar
  3. Harar Jugol is the fortified historic town, Konso cultural landscape, lower valley of the Awosh, Lower valley of the Omo, Rock Hewn churches, Simen National park.
  4. Ethnological museum and National museum of Ethiopia where you can find the preserved skeleton of Lucy.
  5. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities and a center of pilgrimage. It is known for its rock-hewn monolithic churches

Rwanda

Made up of three major socio economic grouping, the Tutsi, Hutu and the Twa (simply called Rwandans ), Rwanda boasts a wealthy and diverse culture spanning centuries with very few external influence and have maintained a rich culture characterized by the crafts and music which is an important part of both their traditional ceremonies and daily lives with famous musical performances consisting of ballet-like dancing called Intore with highly impressive drumming routines with different regional groups contributing sounds with different instruments while their locally made handicrafts are truly great for decoration and souvenirs. Historical sites which portray their history include:

  1. Bisesero memorial site
  2. Murambi memorial center
  3. Ntarama memorial site
  4. Nyamata genocide memorial
  5. Kigali memorial center/Gisozi memorial

Egypt

Amongst the earliest civilization in the Middle East and Africa, Egyptian culture dates back 6000 years of recorded history and has gone ahead to influence cultures in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. With its capital Cairo as the largest in Africa, Egypt is known for one of the first major civilizations to design codified elements in their art and architecture and their wall paintings which followed a strict code of visual rules and meanings and also  known for their vast knowledge in mathematics, astrology and biology, and also famous today for its great monuments which celebrated the glory of their land while their cuisine is characterized by dishes such as mashed fava beans, kushari, chopped and cooked bush okra with garlic and coriander. Historical sites which portray their rich history and culture include:

  1. The Pyramids of Giza
  2. Luxor’s Karnak temple and the valley of the Kings
  3. Islamic Cairo
  4. Aswam
  5. Abu Simbel
  6. Egyptian museum
  7. Siwa oasis
  8. St Catherine’s monastery
  9. Abydos temple

Mali

Known as one of Africa’s greatest empire in its triumphant days, the Malian people are proud of their diverse cultures and country’s wealthy history. The Maure and Tuareg tribes’ nomadic desert lifestyle endures and has remained unchanged for centuries with a history dated back to the 4th and 11th century. At that time,  camels were domesticated and were able to transport gold, salt and ivory to as far as the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. The largest library was once housed in Djinguereber mosque which is one of Timbuktu’s surviving landmarks of the glory days. With well over 8 ethnic groups that all have their unique individual languages, they still live relatively in peace and have respect for one another. Boubout, a handmade colorful robe made of cotton mud cloth fabric are usually worn by locals while their literature and music has been influenced by telling stories orally by their traditional storytellers called griots who often perform at special events, social gatherings and weddings. Historical sites which portray the rich history and culture of Mali include:

  1. Bamako national museum
  2. Tomb of Askia
  3. Djinguereber mosque
  4. Bandiagara cliffs
  5. Grand Mosque of Djenne

Gambia

Considered to be the melting pot of West African ethnic groups and a country named after the Gambia River, Gambia is a small country with a population of 1.2million. It is a multiethnic country with major ethnic groups including the Jola, Fula, Serahule, Mandinka and Wolof. Despite the multi-ethnicity, there is a close dwelling amongst the groups sharing various cultural traits. This has led towards a national Gambian culture with English widely spoken by all ethnic groups. Their  traditional food includes benachin, basenyebe, chene, domodah, plasas served with fufu, and chura-jerteh. Historical sites which portray the rich history, and culture of Gambia include:

  1. Fort Bullen
  2. Arch 22
  3. Gambia National Museum

Business and Technology

South Africa, Nigeria & Kenya

When it comes to African nationalities, a lot of factors are put into play. Cultures, traditions, and customs, their way of life, languages, perception of foreigners, and how the go about their normal day to day activities. Africa is indeed diversified, but in countries like South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya, English is generally accepted by everyone making it a whole lot easier to communicate and do business.

South Africa

Known for their direct nature when it comes to speaking their mind and airing out their views, they are known to say what’s on their mind regardless of how you feel and when it comes to doing business, personal connections isn’t necessary for anyone planning to start one.

According to IFC and the World Bank, when it comes to foreign investors’ protection, easy credit card access, and infrastructure, South Africa is ranked first for its laws protecting foreign investment in their country. While the challenges faced while starting a business in South Africa includes resolving insolvency, getting electricity, and paying taxes, South Africa is an economic propeller for Africa at large with a soothing environment to kick your feet up and relax after the day’s hard work. With the massive investment made by the South African government in the information technology sector to increase the usage of information and communications technology to improve competitiveness and through its programs, it will embark on an extensive skills development program aimed at millions of youths in robotics, coding, cloud computing, AI, and networking by 2030.

Nigeria

Despite its major security, unemployment, and electricity challenges, Nigeria is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with foreign investors trooping by the number. Known as the most populated nation with well over 180 million people resident in Nigeria, it is indeed large enough to absorb any service or product and the cost of labor is cheap which is one of the reasons china as we all know, has grown to become an industrial hub and it is also a country where small scale investments thrive.

Kenya

Known as the commercial and logistic hub of eastern and central Africa’s economy, Nairobi is the largest city and home to one of Africa’s biggest stock exchanges with a strategic location and the countries natural assets which is their human resource. Kenya’s manufacturing and financial industries are the most elegant in Eastern Africa and it is also known as a thriving information and communications technology hub, a tradition of entrepreneurism, agribusiness, energy, medical equipment, infrastructure and a recent discovery of oil, gas and titanium. When it comes to technology and technological innovation, Nairobi has been the center of the countries thriving tech ecosystem with most innovation spaces such as Ihub, Mombasa lake hub, Dlab hub, Machakos, and Nyeri. Incubation centers, accelerators, and maker labs are all concentrated in the capital. Its strong connectivity has encouraged investors making Nairobi an attractive spot for technologists and investors alike.

Forest, Gorillas, and Hiking

Rwanda, Congo & Tanzania

To catch a glimpse and experience the thrills of hiking, the best way to enjoy and salvage every moment is undoubtedly to go by foot where you get to mingle with the friendly locals who are ready to hit the road with you as you hike further into the forest as you capture every moment visually creating an unforgettable hiking experience.

Rwanda

Catch a glimpse of the Rwandan rural life, pleasant climate and witness some of the finest scenery from the high views of Rwandan mountains, views of waterfall down to the Nyungwe national park. The volcanoes national park protects the Rwandan sector and is best known for tracking gorillas. The shortest hike is to Lake Ngezi which takes about 3 hours in total with the possibility of coming across wildlife along the way as well as gaze across the Congolese forest.

The highest peak in Rwanda is Mount Karisimbi (white shell) a strenuous yet rewarding hike which takes two days camping along the way. A territory of gorillas, many bird species and other primates. Other hikes include mount Bisoke, Mount Muhubura, and the Buhanda Eco Park where Rwandan old kings were crowned.

The Congo Nile trail, popular with both hikes and cyclists takes 10 days to complete on foot with three tea plantations, twelve coffee washing stations, three cities, lots of beaches, coves, waterfalls, lots of villages, valleys, and vistas, Congo Nile trail offers one of the finest hiking experiences anywhere in east and central Africa.

Other hiking trails include Igishigishigi trail, Karamba trail, Umugote trail, Umuyove trail, Uwinka trail, irebero trail, Mbaraga trail, and Rakuzi trail.

Congo

From gorilla trekking, to wine country getaways, music tourism, and lush beach vacations, Congo boasts of a once in a lifetime experience for fun seekers and adventurers alike.

  1. Mount Kahuzi – this summit provides spectacular views of Lake Kivu and the city of Bukavu, it is the highest peak at 3,308m and it takes approximately 4 hours hike through the subalpine vegetation and 3 hours to descend.
  2. Mount Bugulumiza –the summit provides a breathtaking view of mount Kahuzi and Mount Bergama, a 6km hike trail that begins near the Tshivanga visitor center and covers terrain regularly occupied by the Chimanuka gorilla family. The hike takes about 3 hours to return.
  3. Mount Biega – lies at an altitude of 2790m, Mount Biega is the second highest peak in the park and it takes about 6 hours to climb and return. Hikers get rewarded with a stunning view and an ecological experience that differs from mount Biega.
  4. Marais Musisi Trail and Tshibati Waterfalls Trail – hiking through bamboo forests and swamplands with mind blowing waterfalls, hikers get rewarded with a cool dip into the pool and a breathtaking view over Marais Musisi where elephants are usually seen.

Tanzania

Hikes in Tanzania require good level of fitness and it’s highly advisable, in some places mandatory, for hikes to be done with a guide. Take plenty of water to avoid dehydration due to the hot and dry climate.

  1. Olmoti crater – one of the best places in the world to encounter lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants, and buffaloes. A pleasant short hike that takes around 40 minutes and you may from afar, view zebras and wild beasts grazing from a distance.
  2. Empakai crater – about two hours’ drive from the Ngorongoro conservation area where you get to see plenty of antelopes, zebras, rugged landscapes, birdlife, and wildebeests.
  3. Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano – a 5 to 6 hour hike to the “mountain of God” as it is usually called by locals. The hike starts around midnight so as to be on time to watch the sunrise. This hike is definitely not for the fainthearted.
  4. Empakai to Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano – starting from Empakai, you’ll trek through remote Tanzanian villages where you get to mingle with friendly and curious locals who usually come to say hello. The walk starts early and if you choose a multi-day trek, you’ll be camping out overnight.
  5. Udzingwa Mountains – referred to sometimes as the “Galapagos of Africa”, Udzingwa mountains national park in southern Tanzania is known for its diversity and protected wildlife. It’s a top destination for hikers where a two to three hour walk to Sanje waterfall can have you rewarded with a dip in the pool and also get the chance to see squirrels, red duiker, and mangabe monkeys.

Less Travelled Places

Ethiopia, Djibouti, Malawi, Botswana

The sights, the scenery, the rich cultures are all awe inspiring, amazing and breathtaking. There is no doubt that these countries are indeed stunning and beautiful as they have a whole lot of history and various adventures for the thrill and fun seekers.

Ethiopia

Home to 9 UNESCO world heritage sites and named the world’s best destination for tourists in 2015 by the European council on tourism and trade, Ethiopia is the ideal exotic destination. From the red rock Gheralta Mountains to the astounding landscapes, from Lake Tana and the Nile to the lush Omo valley. Ethiopia however has faced challenges overtime from the drought and famine that plagued the nation. The lack of fundamental tourism infrastructure with problems ranging from lack of air conditioning to lackluster services are some of the main reasons Ethiopia is less visited by tourists. But over the last few years, the situation has improved.

Djibouti

Djibouti boasts of some of the finest white sand beaches. Other tourist attractions like the land of Abe, pretty islands, and the lake of Assal’s salt formation compares, if not even better, than that of the Dead Sea and its prehistoric rock paintings.

Malawi

Popularly known as the “warm heart of Africa” with a very pleasant climate, Malawi has a lot of options available ranging from big game viewings in Liwonde National Park, Vwaza Marsh, and Lake Nyasa, which is one of the most popular destinations for Malawi holidays. The challenges faced by the tourism sector which has brought about a decline in the flow of tourists include inadequate skilled labor, lack of sector specific incentives and lack of the legal framework for regulating the tourism industry.

Botswana

With well over 75% of Botswana’s territory taken up by the Kalahari, one of Africa’s most famous deserts, Botswana is also home to one of the greatest safari at the Chobe national park where lions can be seen roaming freely. There are also so many other thrills that can be enjoyed by tourists who have visited the country. The major reason for the decline of the inflow of tourists over the years is as a result of a mono product offering which is basically the wildlife and the high prices of tourism services especially accommodation.

Most Visited

Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt

Kenya

Kenya boasts of one of the most spectacular sceneries, a peaceful nature, breathtaking and eccentric combination of wildlife, adventure and romance. There is always something out there for you to do whatever your attraction maybe. From beholding the migration of the wildebeest to and from the Serengeti across the savanna to the coastal treasures with a lot of fun packed activities like snorkeling, dive fishing the coral reefs, relaxing on the beach or having a taste of their mouthwatering cuisine, Kenya is guaranteed to spoil you with thrilling adventures of a lifetime.

South Africa

Known as the adventure capital of the world, South Africa is known to offer so many different extreme exploits available for the adventurers and thrill seekers, whether its wildlife, an experience discovering the big five, aquatic animals and so many bird species. Lovers of vintage and modern cars can visit the Franschhoek motor museum which is home to a range of antiques, classics, and vintage cars. While lovers of birds could also visit the world of birds, which is the largest bird park in Africa with over 400 species. If you enjoy going underground, you can visit the Cango caves, which is said to be 20 million years old.

Morocco

Known as the magical land and an unforgettable paradise, Morocco is a top destination with long beaches, fishing ports, lush oasis, mountains, and Islamic architecture. Remarkable places to visit while in Morocco include the natural rock formation at Legzira beach, Agadir beach, Fez, Djema El-fna and a host of others.

Egypt

A country with a rich culture and history and has always been amongst the top destination on most tourists bucket list. The pyramid of Giza, the beach resorts along the Red sea and the Bazaars of medieval Cairo are some of the few most attractive places to visit. Others include the temples of Luxor, Karnak, Red Sea Reef, the river Nile cruise, Valley of the Kings, Abu Simel and a host of others.

Backpacking & Budget Travel

South & East Africa

With 54 sovereign countries within its borders, each with its unique set of life-changing experiences, it’s only natural to want to see and indulge in as much as possible. After all, only in Africa can you go bungee jumping, wine tasting, and mountain trekking in deep dark jungles with gorillas in one trip. The trip can be expensive, but there are ways to travel cheap. Traveling across Africa usually demands a different approach from many other destinations around the globe, especially in terms of air travel where from one country to the next will easily cost a couple hundred dollars. Whereas travel by land will only cost around $30.

The eastern and southern regions of Africa offer the most popular backpacking and budget travel destinations, each offering diverse combinations that will suit anyone, from the shoe-string budget to the more luxurious traveler.

Eastern Africa

In this region, you can choose to travel to neighboring countries or simply traverse a single country indulging in all it has to offer. For instance, travelers can begin their backpacking adventure from bus to Kenya. From Kenya, you can hop another bus to Uganda. Finally, from Uganda to Rwanda. Bus fare ranges from 20 USD and above each way. There’s lots to see and do along the way, so you can be sure it will be one of your most interesting backpacking experiences.

Southern Africa

This is the most popular region for backpackers, thanks to its organized travel infrastructure. It also offers some of the most outrageous fun spots and activities along the way. Most travelers start in South Africa, sampling the extreme adventures, cuisines, and resorts, before heading to Botswana or Namibia for ecotourism and visiting top destinations like the Skeleton Coast Park, Caprivi Strip, and the Etosha Salt Pan. You’re likely to pay a little more when backpacking in this region, but it’s bound to be worth it.

Trekking / Mountain Climbing

Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia

Most tourists when visiting Africa do so with the mindset of taking lazy strolls on the soft sand or cruising through the safari with a 4×4. Only those with an eye for true adventure dare cross this path.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Colloquially known as the roof of Africa, the Uhuru peak on Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point on the mountain standing at 5,895 meters with a snow capped pick consisting of volcanic vents namely Shira, Kibo and Mwenzi. There are 7 routes to choose from, each with a different scenery and varying degrees of difficulty.

Mount Kenya

Lying on the south of the equator, with a spectacular view, diverse wildlife and the mountains glacier valleys, Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest peak standing at 5,199 meters. It is also said to be the most technical and takes about three to seven days to complete.

Simien Mountains

Consisting of plateaus separated by valleys while the margins of this plateau consists of precipitous cliffs and deep gorges. Also home to some of the rarest animals.

Luxury Vacations

Seychelles, Rwanda, South Africa

Ideal for honeymooners, travelers celebrating a special occasion or for just about anyone who needs a “break”.

Exotic Seychelles

Probably the most popular destination for honeymooners. The luxury hotel selection here is aplenty with activities made specifically for R&R. The prices are well above average but as they say, you can’t put a price in love :p

Wilderness in Rwanda

From relaxing in camp and dining in the bush, to observing nature unfold in Africa, wilderness safari is sure to give you an epic experience in an area of extremely high species diversity to a pleasurable experience in key wilderness areas.

Savannah in Serengeti Tanzania

Serengeti is one of the most popular parks in Africa for a reason. You can have topnotch amenities in your lodge while experiencing Africa in the raw. We’re not talking about drinking expensive wines but drinking with a view of the savannah, watching the sun set; Not about savouring the best steak but enjoying a nice barbecue in the bush under a starlit sky.

Africa is a unique continent in several aspects – geography, landscape, culture, people, and traditions. Africa has everything you are looking for and no experience is better than the other.  You will not be able to see everything you like at once, so choose what means the most to you and take it from there. One thing is for sure, wherever you decide to go, Africa will not disappoint.