Top 10 destinations in Africa to add to your bucket list
The friendly people and the clear coastlines are just some of the many treasures you are guaranteed to experience travelling in Africa. Given the times we're living in, it will also be a great help to support the places within our continent to help boost the tourism industry and the economy as a whole.
Let’s get into some of the hot spots you can visit:
- Botswana: If you are one for rich culture, you may want to consider spending time in beautiful Botswana. Surrounded by wilderness and diversity, this is home to nature’s best. Did you know the national dish of Botswana is called seswaa? This consists of a meat stew served over thick polenta or pap. If you are looking more for a local delicacy, there is always the mopane worms that are widely loved.
- Kenya: Also known as one of the best family holidays to enjoy, Kenya boasts some of the best beaches you will find in the African continent. You can also schedule yourself in for some great retreats and you will be surprised to see how affordable it all is. Did you know that the Kenyan Constitution guarantees freedom of religion? Around half the population are Christians, 10% Muslim and there are small Hindu and Sikh minorities.
- Lesotho: Whether it’s fauna, flora, hiking or wildlife, Lesotho could be just the destination for you. With plenty of nature reserves and some of the best accommodation packages available, you will find yourself spoilt for cultural experiences. Did you know that milk in Lesotho is often served as a soured beverage? They also have a local beer called Joale, which is brewed in a large pot over fire. It is usually made for family gatherings and also serves as income for many.
- Morocco: A look and feel many people describe as Africa mixed with Europe, Morocco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Full of life, the city holds a rich heritage in its colourful character. Popularly known for their love for music, it’s a no-brainer as to why this is a top choice for travellers to Africa. Did you know that the Moroccan population is primarily Muslim? The majority of Morocco's population identifies as Berber and Arab. The city also has an item of clothing called djellabas.
- Zanzibar: No one can attest more than newlyweds that Zanzibar could be dubbed the romantic haven of our continent. Many couples choose to spend their honeymoons here and for many good reason. The clear beaches, the white sands and the tantalising meals make it impossible to make anything but beautiful memories to last a lifetime. Did you know that Zanzibar used to be the biggest slave trader hub in East Africa? By the end of August 1791, a slave revolt began – which abolished slavery in East Africa.
- Rwanda: Feeling a bit adventurous? Did you know that Rwanda has six active volcanoes? If this is not a reason to visit the exciting city, then I don’t know what is! Once you cross the scenic treetop walkway, you enter the sprawling rainforest; home to monkeys, birds and many other species. Did you know that most residents live largely from farming such as growing coffee on the side as a means of earning income? The level of industrialisation remains extremely low.
- Madagascar: Secluded beaches are only one of the hundreds of reasons to visit the island. It is also home to many endangered species – which can make great family outings. All hail King Julien! Did you know for ceremonial meals and occasions, extra meat is added to the dishes? This largely depends on the financial stability of the family. The number of cattle slaughtered indicates the level of prosperity and the intent of honouring ancestors.
- Tanzania: Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park and Kilimanjaro National Park; home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lies a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs. Sounds dreamy to say the least! Did you know that Tanzanians only eat with their right hand? Cultural belief views the right hand as clean and, therefore, is used for eating and also greeting people.
- Kalahari Desert: If it’s a unique experience you’re after, then the vast Kalahari Desert is where you’ll find it. It stretches across Namibia, Botswana and South Africa for 900,000km². By visiting the Kalahari, you can see the breathtaking panoramic views of the desert and get to know first-hand how the San people have survived over 20,000 years without western influence. Now that is a one-of-a-kind experience that cannot be replicated anywhere! Did you know the Kalahari Desert is the southernmost desert in Africa? It is the sixth biggest desert by area on earth and the second biggest in Africa, after the Sahara.
- Egypt: Egypt offers an unmatched historical experience. The country links northeast Africa with the Middle East and dates to the time of the pharaohs. The millennia-old monuments that sit along the Nile River Valley include Giza's colossal Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. Did you know that all Egyptians wore make-up? There was a strong belief that make-up had magical powers.
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