Africa is the second-largest and most populous continent after Asia. What does this ”Black Continent” remind you of? Hunger? Malnutrition? Extreme poverty? Unemployment? War? Exploited gold mines? Desert and unfertile soil? Hot climate? Birthplace of epidemics like HIV/AIDS and Ebola? No doubt, it isn’t the most prosperous and developed place on the planet. However, Africa has some of the unbeatable beautiful places in terms of tourism potential. In fact, Africa’s tourism industry is the second-fastest-growing on. From the green rainforest to mountains, beautiful falls to Savannah, cities to Ancient Pyramids, Africa has so much to showcase than anyone could ever think of. Therefore, here’s a list of top 10 worth visiting places in Africa:
10. Cape Verde Archipelago
Cape Verde Archipelago has 10 islands in total. It is located in the North Atlantic. The archipelago is a cultural blend of African, Iberian and Brazilian influences. Cape Verde offers hikes through volcanic landscaped, leisure time spend at beaches, and water sports. The annual Cape Verde carnival in the cultural capital of São Vicente is a must-see, which takes place in between February and March.
9. Sand Dunes of Namibia
Sometimes words aren’t just sufficient to describe something. The beauty of Namibian Sand dunes, which are the highest in world are one of those. As the sun rises, the east sides of the dunes get illuminated while the left is in the soothing cool shadows. Iconic and inherently photogenic, the dunes are also a wonderful place to be at dawn when the silence seems to last forever. Or, if one wishes, you could enjoy aerial view from hot air balloons as well..
8. River Fish Canyon
The splendid River Fish Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world. It is 500m(1640 ft) deep and about 160km(100 mil) long. You can just enjoy the multi colored rocks contrasted to bright blue water flowing beneath, from an aerial flight. Or, you could go for a trek up along the canyon if you love adventure. As this canyon provides a spectacular scenic view, it is one of the popular attractions for all kinds of visitors.
7. Mt. Kilimanjaro
Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest in Africa and the world’s tallest free standing mountain lies in northern Tanzania, close to the Kenyan border. One could trek up to summit the mountain. Otherwise, people also can enjoy short hikes and scenic view close around the mountain. Not only the peak is the only attraction, Kilimanjaro region has waterfalls, hot-springs, lakes and a wildlife reserve, which provides variety of flavors for the tourists.
To add to the list, Morocco is yet another palette of beautiful places in itself. Almost every city here has its own different attractions. While Marrakesh has exciting ancient history and amazing architecture, Djemaa el Fna, the city’s town square is a league of its own. Moreover, you also can visit the famous spice markets and entrench yourself in Arab culture, dating back to 10,000 years ago. Other major tourist attraction here are: Fes, Tangier, Chefchaouen, Agadir, Ifran, etc.
5. Great Pyramids
The Pyramids of Giza is the oldest wonders of the world. Not only is it old, but is beautiful and significant from scientific and historic point of view. Very close to the city of Cairo, you can enjoy the sight of these fabulous work of Egyptians, and also visit the museums nearby.
4. Victoria Falls
The awesome Victoria Falls is situated in the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Also called as the cloud that thunders, it is a 108m high waterfall was once recorded to be flowing with twice a volume as Niagara falls. Besides the falls itself, one can enjoy rafting in Zambezi river as well.
3. Biodiversity Conservation areas
There are many beautiful national parks, wildlife reserves and conservation areas in Africa boasting to be home of many species of flora and fauna. So, it would be injustice if only one name is taken. Some of the most famous ones are Serengeti NP, Virunga NP, Lekki Conservation Centre, Nyungwe NP, et cetera. There are many ways to enjoy the animals playing in their natural habitat- jungle safari, hiking, hot air ballooning, etc. Hence, visit to Africa will remain incomplete unless you visit one of these fabulous protected areas.
2. South Africa
South Africa is the most visited country in all of continent. With many popular destinations, the capital city, Cape Town is an extraordinarily beautiful and historic. One of the major natural attractions is Table Mountain. It offers breathtaking views of the city. Tourists could either hike up the mountain or enjoy the cable car rides.
1. The Great Migration, Tanzania
A single picture cannot capture millions of animals, moving of thousands of hooves and horns. When the dry cool season of August arrives in the Serengeti region of Tanzania, hundreds of thousands of wildbeest and zebras migrate northwards making a journey sometimes more than 1600 km (1000 mil). Although, it is a year round movement, tourists often see this during September. And, it is visible from different parts of continent in different times as the creatures progress in their journey. Therefore, it is one of best things that a wildlife photographer or any nature lover would want to witness.
This was an overview of some of the best tourist attraction in Africa, which is arguably a very beautiful continent. However, there were some places which were no less charismatic, but yet couldn’t make it to the list. And it would be unjust to exclude them from this article. So, here are some more must-see places-
Some Honorable Mentions
- Zanzibar archipelago
- Lalibela, Ethiopia
- Lake Malawi (A world heritage site), Malawi
- Lake Retba (Lac Rose), Senegal
- Lake Nauru NP(home to 1 million Flamingos)
- Ngorongoro Crater