Welcome to Africa, the land of the Sun.
If you’ve always wanted to step foot onto the African continent then this post is for you.
With over 54 countries choose from, it can be somewhat difficult to know where you should start. To help you have an idea of where to go, find this fabulous list of the 10 best places to visit in Africa.
Tanzania (The great migration):
Hearing and then seeing the thunder of hooves on dirt as more than a million wildebeest and several hundred thousand zebra make their annual migration, is still the most fascinating experience one can have in Tanzania.
The migration is actually a year-round event as the animals move from Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Reserve in January, up through to the Serengeti at about June and hit Kenya’s Masai Mara around September, before journeying south again.
South Africa (Table Mountain):
Table Mountain makes Cape Town, one of the world’s best beach and photogenic cities.
Cable car rides are available to the top of the mesa, giving the tourist great views, fantastic sunrises/sunsets.
Namibia (Sossusvlei Dunes):
Sossusvlei means “the gathering place of water” in the Namibian language.
The dunes have developed over millions of years and result from material flowing from the Orange River into the Atlantic carried north and returned again to land by the surf. Climbing the dunes to the top gives you a breathtaking view. It is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Egypt (Pyramids of Giza):
This is one of the world’s most famous structures. The Pyramid of King Cheops was built around 2650 BC from 2.5 million blocks of limestone with its sides oriented exactly to the north, south, east and west.
The Chephren pyramid was built by Cheops’ son, and is similar in size and incorporates the entrances to a burial chamber that still contains the large granite sarcophagus of the ancient King Chephren.
Get close to the lions, elephants, Zebras and those other animals you read about in your children story books. Travellers can gallop on the back of a horse alongside the stripey beasts in the Masai Mara, covering up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) in a week.
Zambia (Lower Zambezi):
When you go canoeing in the Lower Zambezi , it offers you sightings of hippos, elephants and other animals drinking from the rivers. It can also be called the fishers’ camp for those who love to fish.
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and an item on thousands of bucket lists. Rising through lush rainforests and alpine meadows, climbers finally cross a barren lunar landscape to reach the twin summit which is often above the clouds. The feeling is better experienced.
Zambia and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls):
Oh for the love of water. Victoria Falls, also called Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning The Cloud That Thunders by the local people is one of the world’s most majestic water spectacles.
Thousands have enjoyed the spray from the 108-meter high cascade, which was once recorded flowing at 12,800 cubic meters per second — doubling Niagara’s highest flow.
Lesotho (Natural Park):
At Lesotho national park, you’ll be able to visit the Sani Pass, which is a world heritage site. It sits high on the Drakensberg escarpment on the border between South Africa and Lesotho and is 2874 metres above sea level.
São Tomé and Principe (The beach):
São Tomé and Principe is one of Africa’s smallest states situated in the gulf of Guinea in western Africa.
Whale watching is popular on the island between July and September mainly at Ilha das Cabras and Lagoa Azul regions. Avid hikers enjoy walking through its exotic jungles to reach the top of Pico de São Tomé, which is the island’s highest point above sea level at 2024 metres and the island’s old volcano.
So get light clothing, a sunshade, sunscreen, hat and enjoy the goodness of this breathtaking continent.