We have genuinely left Africa every time we visit it. It is one of our favorite places on Earth to visit.
These are the top places in Africa to make you love the continent. This is not a Wikipedia guide but first-hand advice from Africans who have been there.
The Best Places to Visit in Africa
It is impossible to escape the energy of this continent when you travel to its birthplace. Each country has its own culture and power, but it is a vast land area.
We witnessed the world change as we cycled from Cairo and Cape Town. From the deserted lands of the Sahara, Nubian deserts to the north, to the lush jungles and plains of East Africa, we saw it change. Africa stole our hearts and will continue to steal yours. These are some of the most stunning places in Africa.
Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro is the top choice for places to visit in Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro, or Kili as it’s affectionately called, is the highest Mountain in Africa. At 19340ft, it is no surprise that climbing this magnificent mound can be difficult and sometimes exhausting.
We can boast that we did it! You can reach Uhuru’s highest peak with moderate to high fitness. If you can submit it, you can claim that you have reached the top of the tallest, freestanding Mountain in the world. More on Mount Kilimanjaro – Mount Kilimanjaro, How Hard is it to Climb
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, and Kenya
The Wildebeest Migration is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world. The migration occurs on the open plains from the Masai Mara in Kenya to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
Over a million wildebeests and zebra are moving towards greener pastures. As predators seek to exploit the weaknesses of the stragglers, the mass movement can be stressful for herbivores. Hot air balloons are a great way to view the Wildebeest Migration from above.
Masai Mara National Reserve – Kenya
The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is Kenya’s answer for the Serengeti. It is breathtaking. It connects to Serengeti. It is one of the most beautiful places in Africa for wildlife viewing. We landed in Tanzania by flying a hot balloon above the Masai Mara. We saw all five big cats during our Safari in the Masai Mara. It is one of the most beautiful African Destinations.
Lake Nakuru – Kenya
Lake Nakuru is a great place to see rhinos in their natural habitat. Although the African rhinoceros are in danger, you can see them in Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru is known for its bird migration; you will see thousands of flamingos along its shores.
Lake Nakuru has an alkaline pH that attracts many bird species and wildlife. This must be included in any itinerary when you book a Kenya tour.
Ngorongoro Crater – Tanzania
The Ngorongoro Crater, Africa’s largest unbroken and unflooded volcanic caldera, is a great place to visit. The Ngorongoro Crater is 19km wide, 600 meters deep (from the floor to the rim), and covers 260 km2.
We were in a Disney Movie when we visited The Ngorongoro Crater. As lions chased their prey, zebras danced in unison, and thousands of animals co-existed peacefully. It was like living in a fairytale.
Our African Safari in Tanzania included the Ngorongoro Crater as one of our favorite destinations. The colossally impressive crater was formed by a massive volcano that erupted and then collapsed around three million years ago. The crater floor is considered a natural enclosure for wildlife. Many species can be found there.
Virunga National Park – Rwanda and Uganda
Uganda, Rwanda, and the DRC border are the Virunga Mountains. It is a chain of volcanic mountains. Their lush and fertile slopes are the reason for their stunning beauty. Virunga Mountains is also home to critically endangered mountain gorillas.
While traveling in India, we met Ian Redmond, the world’s leading gorilla expert, and have always wanted to visit the Gorillas. Although we have not seen the Gorillas, we know much about them after speaking with Rwanda Tourism.
Virunga National Park, Virunga Mountains, and the Virunga Mountains house other fascinating animals like Chimpanzees and forest elephants.
Lalibella – Ethiopia
Although Ethiopia is only on a few people’s radars, it is a fantastic place to visit in Africa. It’s home to many historic sites and beautiful scenery. Ethiopia is still associated with the 1980s famine, but it’s a beautiful country that boasts lush greenery and lakes.
Lalibella is a group of underground stone churches. Ethiopia accepted Christianity, and we could see it throughout our 23-day journey. Gondar is another place to visit in Ethiopia. It’s a beautiful city with medieval castles dotted among lush greenery and lakes.
Table Mountain – South Africa
It was clouded when Dave and I arrived in Cape Town. It was the most beautiful place in Africa, we had heard. But it took four days for it to show itself. Top Things to Do in South Africa in 2021
The most striking scene was revealed when the rain stopped. It was the majestic Table Mountain that towered above. Cape Town is our favorite city in Africa. It is a great place to base yourself to discover all that South Africa has to offer.
South Africa offers everything from wildlife safaris to wine tours, diving with sharks, and excellent road trips. It all starts in Cape Town. Check out our list of Top Things to Do in Cape Town.
Namib Desert – Sossusvlei Namibia
Namib Naukluft Park in Namibia contains this huge clay pan surrounded by stunning dunes. The massive dunes can reach up to 300 meters high and are often called the highest in the world.
The Sossusvlei is filled with water when it rains. This rare event happens very rarely. The turquoise lake that results from the filling of the Sossusvlei remains for extended periods because the clay layers allow slow water filtration. The Namib Desert is one of the most beautiful and unique places in Southern Africa.
Okavango Delta – Botswana
Incorrectly, the Okavango Swamp is sometimes called the Okavango Delta. It covers 17000 km2 and is the largest inland delta in the world. This unique water feature was created thousands of years ago by drying Lake Makgadikgadi. It has been attracting tourists and explorers ever since.
The Okavango River drains water onto Botswana’s Kalahari Desert plains and forms the Okavango Delta. It is a complex and beautiful labyrinth of inland lagoons, lakes, and islands.
Fish River Canyon – Namibia
The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is second only to the Grand Canyon of America. The Fish River flows through this vast spectacle, measuring more than 160km and approximately 27km in width.
You’ll find wide open spaces here that allow you to enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful scenery.
Victoria Falls – Zambia & Zimbabwe
The “largest curtain” of falling water is located at the bottom of the Zambezi River. It has thousands upon thousands of tons of water. Victoria Falls can be found on the Zambezi River near the Zimbabwean-Zambian border. Victoria Falls Vic’s most popular activity is bungee jumping from the bridge connecting Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The columns of water spray are called “Mosioa-Tunya,” a smoke that thunders and can be seen miles away. Visitors can hear the sound and learn how powerful the water flow is.
There are safe, natural pools on the Zambian side. Make sure to bring your swimsuit and your camera. More about Victoria Falls – Top 5 Activities in Victoria Falls
Botswana: Chobe National Park
I can still remember riding the elephant highway through Chobe National Park. We wondered what was behind the long grass as we cycled 800km on the paved road in just five days.
We camped in the middle of elephant dung, wondering when the next herd would pass our camp. This is Africa’s largest concentration of elephants. It was an exciting experience!
We took a unique African safari on a riverboat in Chobe, where we floated along the water, watching the wildlife as they gazed upon the shore. Chobe can be reached on a day trip from Victoria Falls if you’re in Zambia.