Have you ever wanted to experience the delights, sounds, smells, and wildlife of the African continent? Who hasn’t? With so many countries to explore, things to see and do and experiences to have, what more could add up to create the ultimate in travelling ideas and plans? But which countries should you put on your must see list for Africa? Check out these top suggestions and start planning that getaway to remember!
This green and lush country bordering Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, DR Congo and Kenya is home to some of the world’s most unique wildlife and other outdoor experiences. From Murchison Falls National Park where you can watch animals grazing right below your lodge deck to the great water sports that can be had on Lake Victoria, Uganda is a great place for those who want a little of everything combined with some of the most stunning scenery in both its highlands and lowlands. For the ultimate experience be sure to book a Uganda safari – something you will be talking about for years to come.
Tanzania is not just a beautiful country but it’s home to numerous exciting and unique sights that will have you gasping for more. From climbing mount Kilimanjaro to snorkelling with some of the most beautiful fish off Zanzibar, there is no stopping in Tanzania. Check out the famous Ngorongoro Crater in the north of the country, purported to be the birthplace of mankind. With a multitude of wildlife to see all throughout the country, as well as tribal people such as the Maasai to meet, Tanzania has something for everyone. For the Queen lover, be sure to visit Freddie Mercury’s birthplace on the island of Zanzibar, in Stone Town.
This coastal country in northern Africa, directly south of Spain is a sandy, mountainous and wondrous place. Home to some of the world’s sandiest beaches, long strips of coastline and coastal towns such as Essaouira where you can try strange delights of the sea after a day of exploring the ins and outs of the alleyway souks and markets, Morocco is one sensory surprise after another. Be sure to head to Fez to watch leather being tanned and dyed in their famous leather vats, then take a short trip overnight out to the Sahara desert for sleeping under the stars in sand dunes – an experience to remember forever.
If you really want an African country with everything, South Africa is your place. From the rolling hillsides covered in carpets of wildflowers in the springtime to the Kruger National Park in the northeast, vast vineyards in the southwest and a long coastline that plays host to such amazing creatures as penguins – yes! Penguins! – South Africa is a blend of both Africa meets West and is an ideal place to introduce yourself to the continent if you’re a bit shy. Be sure to hit Cape Town – home of the famed Table Mountain that you can both climb or get a cable car to the top of for some commanding views for miles around.
So if you’re looking for a great option for your first (or fiftieth!) time to Africa, why not consider one of these great options. With so many countries on offer in this one continent alone, it’s o wonder so many people come back time and again.