Africa is an amazing continent and up to 54 independent nations call it home, and its topography, landscape and activities vary drastically from one region to another.
Africa is home to Earth’s best vacation spots and offers many hidden gems with numerous rivers and lakes, crystal blue beaches with pearly white sands, jaw-dropping flora and majestic mountains and abundant wildlife, all within its borders.
Africa shelters magnificent spots ranging from high end / luxurious spots to adventure and off-the-beaten path destinations as well as relaxed vacations and spots for romance and rejuvenation.
- Maasai Mara national park.
This park is found in Kenya and it is a wonderland of spectacular scenery, colorful culture and unparalleled wildlife spotting opportunities.
Maasai Mara National Park connects to Serengeti national park of Tanzania, creating an ultimate vacation point in East Africa. It is also the best park to spot the big five in a single morning game drive and for witnessing East Africa’s famous wildebeest migration.
The hot air balloon safari in Maasai Mara offers a once in a lifetime experience. A visit to Maasai Mara national park will turn your vacation into a memorable one.
- Victoria Falls.
These historical falls are best described by a plunging, roaring water falling beneath a mystical veil of spray. This waterfall’s indigenous name is the smoke that thunders and there is nothing quite rewarding like witnessing its power from one of the mist-soaked lookout points.
It boasts the world’s largest sheet of falling water with over 620 million liters flowing over the edge per minute during peak flood season. Victoria Falls are found on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and can be sighted from either country.
- Uganda, Rwanda and D. R. Congo.
In the world, only three countries (Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo) provide shelter to the rare mountain gorillas and travelers spend their vacations in these countries while trekking the mountain gorillas in the wild, gorilla trekking in Africa truly amazes.
In Uganda there are two destinations where gorilla trekking can be experienced (Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park). Nyakagezi gorilla group is found in Mgahinga and it holds a certain allure, and boasts one of the highest concentrations of silverbacks within a single family.
Only 8 people are allowed to trek and once the gorillas are spotted, you have an hour with them after, taking pictures and watching their creativity and human-like lifestyle.
Meeting the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is one of the best vacations one can ever have in Africa.
This island country is found at the coast of Tanzania and is surrounded by warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This island is famous for its spectacular beaches and fascinating spice trade history.
This island was an important slave trading post under its Arab rulers and their influence is seen today in the architecture of stone town. The stone town has beautiful houses, narrow alleyways, sultan’s palace and many mosques. A vacation on this island will give you a chance to enjoy marine adventure, like sky diving, speed boating and others.
- Seychelles archipelago.
This is one of the best destinations where travelers enjoy memorable vacations because its beaches feature frequently in global top 10 lists. One of the interesting beaches in Seychelles is Anse Source d’Argent and it is found on an island of la diague.
The beach is comprised with White sand, dramatic boulders, shallow turquoise waters and gently curving palm trees. Anse source d’Argent is a great place to soak up the sunshine or go snorkeling.
- Lake Malawi.
Travelers that wish to experience a unique beach vacation, consider a trip to Lake Malawi. It is considered to be the third largest lake in Africa, and its clear waters and golden beaches are reminiscent of the coast, except with fresh water.
Likoma Island has gorgeous beaches and it is peaceful with few vehicles, so travelers can enjoy a walk inland and sight the villages and the island’s cathedral and also enjoy kayaking, snorkeling or swimming in the lake’s refreshing waters.
- Cape Town.
Cape Town is one of the coastal cities in South Africa’s southwest port, on a peninsula below the jagged Table Mountain. The cable cars rotate gradually and one can choose to climb to the mountain’s flat top, a spot that rewards visitors with sweeping views of the entire city.
Cape Town is the gate way to the Robben Island, a historical and notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 27 years, it is now a living museum.
Cape Town habours numerous attractions that should make it into your itinerary, including, African Penguins at Boulders Beach, the National Botanical Garden, explore the Cape Malay Culture and other destinations.
An African country located in the interior of Indian Ocean is popular for its extensive sand beaches, reefs and lagoons. It is best known for romantic get-aways, honeymoon and relaxing center for Africa and the world.
Its interior comprises of Black River Gorges National Park, including hiking trails, waterfalls, rainforests and wildlife like the rare flying fox. The Capital city, Port Louis is home to various historical and significant tourist sites such as the 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, Champs de Mars horse track and Eureka plantation house.
Mombasa is Kenya’s unique tourism destination, located on the coastline of the Indian Ocean. It is also the second largest city after Nairobi as well as an important port that handles the country’s imports and exports.
The true heart of Mombasa is found in the exotic old town, dotted with ancient Arab architecture and narrow winding streets. The scenery is fantastic and the air is fresh with nice scent of spices.
Overlooking the entrance of old port of Mombasa is Fort Jesus, an ancient that was constructed by the Portuguese in 1593 to protect the port and their route to India. Other attractions in Mombasa include, Haller wildlife Park, Mombasa tusks, Mamba village, Mombasa Marine Park, Mombasa old town, Rabai museum, among others.
- Cape Verde.
Cape Verde, also known as Cabo Verde, is an African nation located off the north-west coast in Atlantic Ocean. Cape Verde is popular for its Creole Portuguese-African culture, modern westernized buidlings and hotel facilities, traditional morna music and numerous beaches.
Being a volcanic archipelago, the country is hard to spot on the world map or even on African map, but it has a lot to offer for those travelers who find their way into it. Best places to visit while here, include Forgo, Praia city, Sal Rei, Ribeira Grande, Ponta Preta Beach, Tarrafal Beach, Viveiro, Botanical Garden & Zoo di Terra and many others. Organize your vacation in Africa and experience the beauty and sea breezes of this unspoilt continent.