10 Best Countries to Visit in Africa

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Namibia

Namibia is one of those places that you just have to experience at some point in your life. Whether you’re a world traveler looking for an adventure or an African explorer trying to check off a destination from your bucket list, Namibia is the place for you!

Namibia has gorgeous landscapes, wildlife, and towns and cities full of character. Its mountains, desert expanses, and coastline make it a perfect destination for anyone interested in adventuring outside of well-known tourist destinations.

Visiting Namibia is an adventure across a country that offers ample wildlife and experiences, a beautiful coastal region, and unique and colorful cities.

Namibia is a sparsely populated country in the southern part of Africa. It borders Angola to the south, Zambia and Botswana to the west, and South Africa to the north, east, and northeast. Responsible for more than 10% of the world’s gemstones and some of the best diamonds in the world including the famed Cullinan diamond, there are plenty of reasons to visit Namibia.

Namibia is an interested place for anyone looking to explore Africa. It’s an open-minded African country, welcoming both smokers and non-smokers, and welcoming travelers from all over the world.

Tunisia

Tunisia is a fantastic country for farmstay holidays.

Located in North Africa, Tunisia is surrounded by beautiful beaches, desert landscapes and a variety of small towns, making it perfect for those who like a slower pace of life.

Spend your holiday living in a homestay in the French and Italian countryside near ancient Roman ruins.

We back the North African country that’s home to the Sahara Desert, with a large network of desert landscapes and home to one of the most beautiful ancient Roman ruins.

The best days are spent snorkeling in the clear, blue water that surrounds numerous and varied coral reefs, and watching the green fish dart in and out of the depths.

Gibraltar

What can you do in a sunny British colony off the southern coast of Spain?

A lot, if you’re a Briton. Gibraltar is a stone’s throw from the European mainland, and is host to wonderful weather, great beaches, and a rich history.

The gateway to the Mediterranean, Gibraltar is a British territory, and is home to more British citizens than the British mainland, providing a great source of fresh seafood. You can also take a tour of the tunnels that were constructed during World War II, or see the Rock of Gibraltar that marks the southern most point of continental Europe.

Uganda

Located in northwestern part of Africa lies Uganda. It is also a tourist destination that can be visited by shoe-string budget travelers.

The largest national park is Murchison Falls National Park, located in Murchison Falls. The park is the second highest waterfall in the World and is accessible within an easy hike from the park entrance station.

With that access comes with the wonders that the plains can create. There are several hikes that take you into the depths of nature as well as a hike to the base of the falls.

When you trek through the park, you’ll come across a mixture of mountain gorillas, buffaloes, hippos, monkeys, and other species that make sure that you’ll truly experience a wildlife safari without leaving the grounds of the park.

They also have a number of homesteads that are open and available to the public. One in particular is called the Olango Island Cottages, a place that’s perfect for a family outing or a romantic retreat.

The homestead is home to the Maswa Game Reserve and offers excellent bird watching as well as the chance to soak in different sceneries.

The chance to see mountain gorillas is also a possibility.

Mauritius

The Isle of Mauritius is a large island in the Indian Ocean, south of Madagascar. It is home to a diverse range of plants and animals, including the Mauritius kestrel. About 40% of the island’s land is protected by parks and reserves, and 95% of the population is dedicated to tourism. The country’s history dates back to the third century when the island was settled by the Portuguese. Mauritius became an independent kingdom in 1968.

Tanzania

Tanzania offers an exciting mixture of big game jungle safaris on one hand and tropical beaches and a rich cultural heritage on the other. The country is rich in natural resources and therefore it has attracted some of the richest and most famous people in the world. Once the home of the world’s first billionaire, Ali ‑Bongo,– has international communities of which many are involved in humanitarian and philanthropic ventures.

Each region of Tanzania has its own unique identity and heritage, as well as its own local traditions and customs. However, the Bagamoyo region of Tanzania has earned a special place in history for being the birthplace of famed explorer, Adventurist, and author Bruce Chatwin.

Kilimanjaro

The highest mountain in Africa and one of the world’s highest mountains, Mt. Kilimanjaro certainly deserves to be the first stop in Tanzania. Not only does the mountain allow for spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, it actually offers a trail that’s accessible to the general public of almost every age and ability.

Seychelles

The chain of islands of the Seychelles are located in the Indian Ocean and are home to a population of just 1,300 people. The islands are known for their warm and friendly people, as well as beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters.

Mauritius

The Southern part of the island of Mauritius has a population of 100,000 people. This country also is filled with beautiful landscapes, beaches, and has a history of coffee production and spices to create a delicious food.

Zanzibar

The islands of Zanzibar are located in the Indian Ocean and are known for the unique culture of this secluded country. With its growing tourism and constant rush of visitors, this Island country has built a thriving economy in only eight decades.

St. Lucia

The island of St. Lucia is a beautiful country located in the Caribbean Sea with an estimated population of 250,000 people. It is known as a top tourist destination with its mix of pristine beaches and a very rich history and culture.

Kenya

Known as one of the “Big Five” destinations, Kenya is home to a population of almost 50,000 people. Home to beautiful landscapes and breathtaking waterfalls, Kenya offers a very authentic experience for tourists.

Morocco

Morocco is a great place to visit with people around average citizen life. They have many areas for you to go and explore. Enough technology to download your favorite movies, more than one language spoken, and an overall chill vibe.

Morocco is easy to take a vacation to, no matter how long you decide to stay for.

Although the country can be very diverse, this allows citizens to build camaraderie. Throughout the country, you can experience the music, food, and culture that makes Morocco a cultural paradise.

Morocco has a number of areas to stay within its borders.

The best time to visit is during their cool weather season, which is from November to March. This is when the climate is most conducive to sightseeing. At this time of year, you have low humidity, which leads to low air pollution. This means that you are less likely to notice the extremely high levels of pollution when the climate is more extreme.

With tourism being Morocco’s second-largest industry, there are plenty of resources that can help you plan your trip.

One great app for planning your vacation is Morocco Footprint. As the name implies, this app features pre-existing places for you to visit, which leaves your planning up to the locals.

South Africa

Let’s face it. Africa is for the adventurous … that’s why the pros are engaged in some of the hard-core, real-life hostel antics. Consider it another form of vicarious adventure since they’re not doing anything illegal.

Aside from the laidback activities, there are cultural sites to see like Cape Town’s Cape Point at the very tip of the continent or wildlife spectacles. Luckily, South Africa is not that far from your home.

The Kruger National Park, a biodiversity hot spot in the heart of South Africa, has enough wildlife, including leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffaloes, to keep enthusiasts happy.

Driving the world’s longest (51.3 miles) stretch of tar, you’ll see Victoria Falls and the Royal Livingstone Hotel. Even if you don’t have the time and money to visit, it’s still a spectacular sight from any distance.

Kenya

Kenya is the biggest and most developed economy in East Africa. With a population of more than 40 million and a capital cities in Nairobi and Mombasa, you will be sure to find plenty of things to do in Kenya’s capital and largest city.

Hike the National Park in Masai Mara

The national park covers over 700,000 acres of native bush land and savannah. It’s a great place for game or even just to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery with hot spring pools that can be found nearby. Kenya offers gamblers the 2,750-meter long gaming table inside the national park. Savanna and Maasai villages can be found within the park where you may befriend villagers.

Visit the Nairobi National Park

With a population of 13,000,000 people, the capital is home to the national capital. With a large number of people in this metropolitan area, you will find plenty for tourists to see and do in this city. The national park offers the opportunity for mountainbiking, horseback riding, and hiking. You will also find exotic wildlife in the park, such as lions, rhinoceroses, buffalo, and giraffes, just to name a few

Egypt

Egypt is a wonderful place to visit, but it’s not a good destination for the average visitor. It’s a land of soul-stirring ancient monuments, turbulent politics, and a burgeoning population of 10 million people. Lacking the frontiers and overblown odes to modernity that attract so many tourists elsewhere, Egypt is a land where the tourist population is roughly the same as the total population.

Plenty of visitors do venture off the beaten path and attempt to discovery Egypt’s treasures. They are rewarded with a rich tapestry of ancient history, the grandeur of Eastern Africa.

Arguably the most extensive and impressive tourist site in the world, the Pyramids at Giza are certainly among the most impressive monuments ever built. Ancient Egypt was a unified kingdom for over 3,000 years. It was the first state in the world to introduce a democracy and one of the first to use paper currency. The modern-day nation is under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Tahrir Square: Tahrir Square may be the most famous square in Egypt, but it’s not entirely easy to get to. As a key piece of the current Egyptian revolution, the approach to Tahrir has been heavily guarded, with checkpoints on several points.