Africa is one of the best travel destinations in the world. Here, you can enjoy crystal blue beaches, majestic wildlife, and a wealth of culture and history.
From city excursions to safaris and beach getaways, Africa accommodates any traveler. Below are top 5 travel destinations across the continent that are a must-visit for any avid African traveler:
Cape Town, South Africa
Known for its first-class culture, exceptional scenery, and gourmet restaurant scene, Cape Town is the jewel in South Africa’s crown. From the iconic silhouette of Table Mountain to the golden beaches of the surrounding suburbs, Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the world’s most attractive cities. It’s also the perfect base for exploring the rest of the Western Cape, including the vineyards of nearby Paarl and Franschhoek. Cape Town is also one of the most culturally diverse cities in Africa and has a reputation for social tolerance.
Situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the imperial city of Marrakech is a riot of color and sound. With so much going on, it’s a festival for the senses, and one of the continent’s most charismatic cities. Stay at a traditional riad in the medina and find yourself surrounded by the souks, food markets and maze-like streets of the old city. Djemma El-Fna square is the heart of the medina and the embodiment of Marrakech, while Majorelle Gardens offer a respite from the city hubbub.
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Kenya’s Maasai Mara is a wonderland of spectacular scenery, colorful culture, and unparalleled wildlife-spotting opportunities. The park connects to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, and together, the two parks create the ultimate safari destination. This is your best bet for spotting the Big Five in a single morning, and for witnessing East Africa’s famous wildebeest migration. In the Maasai Mara, hot-air balloon safaris offer a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls is defined by plunging, roaring water falling beneath a mystical veil of spray. The falls’ indigenous name is “The Smoke That Thunders’, and there’s nothing quite like witnessing its power from one of the mist-soaked lookout points. Victoria Falls boasts the world’s largest sheet of falling water, with over 165 million gallons flowing over the edge per minute during peak flood season. The falls are located on the Zambia/ Zimbabwe border, and can be seen from either country.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The Pyramids of Giza represent one of man’s greatest architectural feats. Built more than 5,000 years ago, the Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the world’s oldest tourist attractions, and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to have survived the ravages of time intact. There are three main pyramids at Giza; the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure. In front of the pyramids lies the Sphinx. These ancient structures inspired the Meroë Pyramids in Sudan.