Even though I’ve been traveling for more than ten years, this year was the first time I set foot on the Motherland – Africa. I always knew it, but truly realized that I shouldn’t have waited so long to visit this magnificent continent but never really knew much about the best African countries to visit.
There is so much to see, learn and experience in Africa – it’s the ultimate bucket list destination to tick off everything you’ve ever imagined!
Since I’ve only been to Tanzania, I’ve team up with a bunch of amazing bloggers who have travelled all over Africa to share their expert opinions on the best African countries to visit.
I was surprised to learn about Lesotho, Uganda and Benin! They have defintely been added to my list of African countries to visit!
This post will share a little about each place, the cost to travel and about the amazing things to do in during your trip in one of these incredible African countries – beyond just safaris, although that’s definitely on here too!
I’ve listed them in alphabetical order so if you have a place in mind you can scroll down and quickly find it!
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learn about the Slave trade and see Maneless Lions!
Benin is an often over-looked country in West Africa that doesn’t tend to make it on the average traveler’s itinerary. This is a shame because it’s a diverse African country with lots to do and see.
Benin was heavily involved in the slave trade and taking some time to learn about the West Africa Slave route is a must-do when you’re here.
The King sold huge numbers of slaves to the Portuguese, and they were shipped from ports along the coast. Ouidah was one of these ports.
You can visit one of the slaving houses (The Historical Museum of Ouidah) and walk the Routes des Esclaves (Slave Route) culminating at the large monument marking the “door of no return”.
Further inland, Ganvie is another important stop on the slave route. The slave-catchers were afraid of the water and the locals used this to their advantage. They built houses on stilts in the middle of the lake and moved their entire village, avoiding the slavers. It’s a great day-trip, but you can also even spend the night in Ganvie (which I’d highly recommend).
As you travel further North you’ll move away from the slave-trade.
The center of tourism in the North is Natitingou, which makes a great base for exploring.
Natitingou itself has a small museum, but the real draw is the Tata Somba houses in the surrounding countryside. These mud-houses are 2-stories high and last for decades. They’re spectacular to see and a visit here will be the highlight of your time in Benin.
You can’t visit on your own (these are people’s houses!), but EcoBenin and Jolinaiko both offer tours that include the Tata Sombas.
From Natitingou you can also visit Pendjari National Park. Pendjari is part of a huge park system spanning Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger.
The big draw is the elephants, as there’s typically a rather large population, however this is declining in recent years due to poaching. The other fascinating animal to see here is the mane-less West African Lion.
It’s a smaller sub-species of the more commonly known East & South African Lion, and it’s incredibly endangered. The largest population lives in Pendjari, making it the most likely place to spot one of these majestic creatures. This alone is worth the trip!
Travel in Benin isn’t cheap or easy. It’s possible to travel independently, but if you’re traveling in a group I’d suggest hiring a guide from Jolinaiko or EcoBenin. You’ll learn a lot more and it will make the experience much more relaxing and enjoyable.
It’s possible to travel on a budget in Benin, but I’d suggest $75-100US/day as a minimum. If you’re going to hire a guide or spend a night in Pendjari, this will need to be higher.
Getting around the country can be done by bush-taxi (incredibly uncomfortable as there’s twice as many people crammed into the car), private hired car & driver, or by bus. It’s best to go long-distances by bus and use a bush-taxi or private car for shorter distances and to get around the cities.
If you like visiting off the beaten path destinations, and have a sense of adventure, Benin should definitely be on your bucket list. The ability to see the West Africa Lion in Pendjari is reason enough to visit. Add to this the incredible culture and history, and Benin offers a diverse travel experience no traveler should miss.
♥ Kyla Hunter | Where Is The World
try a Self Driven Safari
An African safari is on many people’s travel bucket list but due to the prohibitive cost of guided tours it often remains a dream.
However, if you’re determined to see African animals in the wild, a great way to make it happen is to plan a self-drive safari in one of the best African countires to visit: Botswana.
Botswana is considered one of the safest destinations in Africa and is the perfect place to experience some of the most diverse wildlife viewing on the continent.
Chobe National Park in the north has huge numbers of elephants and the gorgeous Chobe River. You can even pop over the border to Zimbabwe and visit the thunderous Victoria Falls for a memorable day trip.
In the centre of the country the Unesco listed Okavango Delta is an enormous river delta system with an abundance of wildlife including cheetahs, lions and white rhinos.
One of the best ways to experience Botswana is by driving yourself in a 4×4. It’s possible to rent safari vehicles in both Botswana and South Africa.
Many companies also offer itinerary planning services. You can go it alone or book to drive with other intrepid travellers on a self-guided safari tour.
Compared to a traditional guided safari tour, taking a self drive Botswana safari is significantly cheaper and makes an African safari trip more achievable for many travellers.
Laying in bed at night hearing the call of wild dogs, seeing elephants frolic in the river and taking a game drive to spot cheetahs and lions are just some of the memorable experiences you will cherish forever.
♥ Rachel Rodda | Adventure and Sunshine.
explore the Kalahari desert & Okavango Delta
Botswana is an amazing African destination full of beautiful people, rich culture and history. Even more, to offer, the country has a fascinating landscape and ecological wonder in every corner.
With over a half-century of independence and continuous democratic government, Botswana is an extremely stable nation.
The country is the continent’s oldest democracy and is consistently ranked as Africa’s lowest corruption rating. With a strong economy and so much to offer tourists, Botswana is well worth taking a closer look.
Earlier this year, I embarked on an adventure through Botswana. The tour I selected began in Johannesburg and hit the two major features of the landlocked nation – the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta.
The highlights of the trip were numerous. One was visiting the Kalahari Desert and spending a night camping in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
It was surprising how cold the temperatures got after sunset, but the starry night skies were tremendous. The early morning safari was cold but exciting and we saw rhino, giraffe, zebra, elephants and more in the desert habitat.
Besides the Kalahari, any visit to Botswana should include the Okavango Delta. The Delta becomes a lush animal habitat each year during seasonal floods.
For my tour, the first stop was Maun, Botswana. There, we enjoyed a Delta Flight where we were able to spy on wildlife from the air. This scenic flyover safari was incredible and gave us brilliant pictures and prepared us for entering the Delta up close.
The next day we entered the Okavango Delta by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. The mokoro was guided by a “poler” who stood on the rear of the canoe and navigated the waters with a large bamboo pole.
We were lucky to have her because she steered us clear of hippos and pointed out birds and other wildlife on our way to that night’s campsite.
Once there, we did an evening and morning bush safari to catch animals seeking out watering holes. They avoid the hot sun which makes midday migrations more uncomfortable and are best seen at sunrise and sunset.
Our 8-day camping and safari trip included transportation in Botswana and cost just under 1000 USD. No matter the cost, the memories of Botswana were priceless. It should be on everyone’s bucket list and is the best country from which to begin exploring Africa.
I cannot wait to go back now that I have witnessed the beauty and majesty of Botswana.
♥ Derek | Robe-Trotting
island paradise for cheap!
In my search for an Atlantic archipelago with a warm climate in January and not too far away from Europe, I stumbled upon Cabo Verde of the coast of Africa.
Out of 10 islands, 9 are inhabited and ready to explore. I looked at the visa policy of Cabo Verde and found out that with an extension, I could spend 90 days there. My partner and I booked the ticket very quickly.
Cabo Verde has lots of attractive places for either a short holiday or a long trip. The islands of Sal, Boa Vista, and Maio have beautiful sandy beaches and kitesurfing spots. Islands like Santo Antão, São Nicolau, Fogo, and Brava are really good for hiking adventures from the volcanoes to the sea.
The two most populous islands of Santiago and São Vicente offer outdoor activities as well as the comforts of city life. On the cultural front, we enjoyed the yearly Carnaval celebrations with music and dance, local foods like cachupa, and picking up some phrases of the Portuguese-based creole language.
It’s not the cheapest country, but traveling and working in Cabo Verde as digital nomads makes it more than just affordable.
If you’re traveling with two people with an average level of luxury, you’ll pay about €40 – €60 per day for accommodation, food, mobile internet, and intra-island transportation.
Getting around on the islands is mostly done by aluguers, which are unscheduled minibusses that travel between the villages on the island.
They’re cheap and a great way to travel as Cabo Verdeans do. If you want them to leave immediately, you can turn them into taxis, but the price will increase quite a bit.
Hitchhiking also works, even though many people don’t own private vehicles. For inter-island travel, you can take ferries or domestic flights.
There’s something for everyone in Cabo Verde, whether you’re there just for relaxation or to venture out into the outdoors.
That’s what makes it so bucket list-worthy. The best way to see if you like or love Cabo Verde is to include it as a stopover between Europe and North America.
♥ Iris / Mind of a Hitchhiker
see the ancient Pyramids & History
Egypt is an African country that most people dream of experiencing at least once in their life and is a top bucket list destination! The cultural and landscape diversity along with the history is what makes it an unmissable and truly unique destination in Africa.
There really are SO many incredible places to visit in Egyptand unique experiences to have (even beyond the great pyramids!).
Ease yourself into Egypt by spending a few days in chaotic Cairo, sharpening your bargaining skills by exploring local markets or getting a feel for the local culture by visiting some of the many beautiful mosques.
Then make your way south by taking a cruise down the Nile from Aswan to Luxor. The cities and stops in between have Ancient Egyptian temples you’ve only seen in movies or in your dreams, the Temple of Karnak or the Valley of the Kings are destinations you’ll never forget.
Egypt of course is also well known for their pristine beaches, so spending some time at a seaside resort is also a must, with the option of either the Red Sea or Mediterranean (or why not both!).
It’s a country that on your first trip would be a great candidate for a group tour, so that if language is a barrier you can have that taken care of!
A tour of about 8-10 days in Egypt is likely to cost around $1500-2000 depending on where in the US or Canada you’re coming from.
If you’re a seasoned traveller, without a doubt it can be done on your own planning and on anything from a scale of a backpacker to luxury travellers budget.
The country’s tourism is on the rise and now is an ideal time to go – and yes, it’s safe. With many of the top tourist sites still relatively empty, you can feel like you have it all to yourself!
Immerse yourself in a country full of a rich culture and history as well as extremely hospitable people (and delicious food).
As you’re sipping on your mint tea and watching the sunset over the Pyramids, you’ll wonder why you didn’t come sooner and begin planning your return already!
♥ Ahlan | Ahlan Monica
explore Untouched beauty
Located in north-east Africa, Ethiopia is a rugged, landlocked country which evokes images of people suffering from the ravages of famine or from war with neighbouring Eritrea.
However, this incredible country is about so much more than these dreadful events and is one of the best African countries to visit.
The Lonely Planet guidebook to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somaliland, described it as ‘one of the few countries left in the world that has the capacity to make you go ‘wow’ every day!’
I couldn’t agree more! From the spectacular Simien Mountains where you will see Gelada baboons and can even spot the rare Walia ibex or Ethiopian wolf, to the calm hippo-filled waters of Lake Tana and its monasteries decorated with vibrant murals, Ethiopia will surprise and delight you at every turn.
It’s truly a spectacular African country to visit if you want to get off the beaten path.
Learn about the origin of our species when you come face-to-face with our ancestor, Lucy, in the National Museum in Addis Ababa.
In this birthplace of modern Christianity, you’ll marvel at the engineering ingenuity required a millennium ago to carve massive churches out of solid rock in Lalibela and Tigray.
You can savour the best coffee you have ever tasted in the place where it was first discovered and be amazed when you come across European style castles in Gondar.
You can study the ancient obelisks in Aksum and wonder that archaeologists still have so much more to discover. Enjoy the delicious spicy stews that typify Ethiopian cuisine. Watch in disbelief at the seemingly physically impossible shoulder dancing!
In addition to these reasons to visit Ethiopia, it is also a very inexpensive country for tourists. You can eat well for less than US$5 per day. A double room in an average hotel will cost around US$15.
Getting around this vast nation can be challenging. My preferred method is on an overland truck, but if this doesn’t appeal, the national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, operates many services linking Addis Ababa to the country’s other major towns – Lalibela, Gondar, Aksum and Bahir Dar. The flights are cheap and the airline has a good safety record.
I urge everyone to travel to Ethiopia to appreciate the wildlife, the history, the culture, and, above all, the friendly hospitable people.
♥ Andrea | Happy Days Travel Blog
Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
Any trip to the beautiful East African nation of Kenya would be incomplete without a visit to the capital, Nairobi. The city is rapidly developing, and whilst it still suffers from severe poverty, it offers a multitude of awesome things to do.
Nairobi is a gateway to some incredible safari experiences, most notably the Masai Mara, but for the wildlife lovers the city offers that little bit more.
At the edge of Nairobi National Park you’ll find the incredible Giraffe Centre, where you can get really up close and personal with these gentle giants.
Opened by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife in 1979 to join the conservation effort of the dangerously decreasing numbers of Rothschild giraffes, the centre has played an incredibly important part in saving this species.
At the centre, you get the opportunity to feed the giraffes by hand and attend a brief seminar by one of the rangers to learn more about these majestic creatures.
On arrival, you’re given a small bag of giraffe food, and there are two main areas to reach out to feed – either at ground level, or for the really tall giraffes, there’s a raised platform to allow you to get closer.
Whilst going on safari is undoubtedly an incredible experience, nothing quite beats what’s on offer at Giraffe Centre. What’s more, you can visit feeling confident that the centre is run in an entirely ethical way, where the animals’ welfare is always at the heart of the organisation’s priorities.
The Giraffe Centre is located 40 minutes outside of central Nairobi. Since it’s on the edge of the National Park, the best way to get there is by private driver or taxi. Note, you do not have to pay entry to the National Park, only to the Giraffe Centre.
Although it is attached to the infamously expensive Giraffe Manor Hotel, visiting the centre is very reasonably priced, at just US$15 per non-resident adult.
You’ll need around an hour here to get the most out of it, and make sure to arrive early in the morning when it’s less busy – it opens at 9am, so try to get there for just before this. Timing wise, this can work perfectly to then get to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in time for the feeding at 11am. Kenya is definitely one of my favorite African countries to visit!
♥ Annie | Off Goes Annie
MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE & CONSERVANCIES (Kenya)
Although the concept of ecotourism– responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people– may be relatively new, the connection between travel and nature/wildlife conservation has been around a long time in Kenya.
“Safari” is the Swahili word for a journey, and the first known African safari was led in the early 1800s. At that time, the nomadic Maasai people had been grazing their animals on East Africa’s expansive plains for around 200 years, and Europeans hadn’t even shown up yet.
The Maasai called the area siringet, which means “the place where the land runs on forever.” These rich, fertile grasslands were eventually divided between Kenya and Tanzania.
The Mara is named for the Swahili word for “spotted,” because the savanna is dotted by acacia scrub, clouds, and circles of trees around watering holes.
The reserve now covers around 583 square miles, but it’s just a small part of the Greater Mara Ecosystem, which also includes the Ol Kinyei, Naboisho, Olare Motorogi, and various other privately owned Maasai Mara conservancies.
The area’s best known for the annual Great Migration, in which millions of gazelles, wildebeest, zebras, and other animals trek 500+ miles from the Serengeti to Kenya in search of water and fresh food.
Along the way, predators such as lions, leopards, hyenas, and crocodiles thin the herd, taking out the weakest and slowest members. It’s arguably among the world’s most overwhelming natural spectacles.
But the Greater Mara Ecosystem remains a must-see for animal lovers throughout the year, boasting an impressively high density of big cats, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, and more than 470 different species of birds.
Prices and amenities at the various safari camps vary widely, but most offer all-inclusive packages that cover transportation, game drives, and food.
We adored our time at Gamewatchers Safaris’ Porini Lion and Porini Mara Camps, which are in Maasai-owned conservancies that have much lower tourist traffic and much higher wildlife density than the national reserve itself.
♥ Bret Love & Mary Gabbett | Green Global Travel
explore the capital Nairobi, kenya
People who visit Kenya for safari trips almost always start in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital but rarely do people actually spend time in this beautiful African city. We didn’t want to rush out without seeing more of Nairobi so we spent 2 days to explore the city.
Set on the city’s southern outskirts, Nairobi National Park has abundant wildlife that can, in some places, be viewed against a backdrop of city skyscrapers and planes coming in to land.
It’s one of the only national parks on earth bordering a capital city. We didn’t go on a safari there but drove by it a couple of times and wondered how cool that wildlife are so close to the city and still have their own space. You can also go visit baby elephants and Rothschild’s giraffes that had been pushed to the brink of extinction.
You can also visit the Kenya Railway Museum where the main collection is housed in an old railway building and consists of relics from the East African Railway. Do some souvenir shopping and buy beautiful ceramic beads and jewelry at Kazuri.
If you loved Out of Africa, the book or the movie, you’ll want to visit the museum where the author Karen Blixen lived between 1914 and 1931.
She left after a series of personal tragedies, but the lovely colonial house has been preserved as a museum. It is set in expansive gardens and an interesting place to wander around, but the movie was not shot there. We stayed in a Lodge in Masai Mara where some of the scenes from the movie was shot and loved spending time Nairobi!
♥ Priya Vin | Outside Suburbia
Lesotho is not the stereotypical African countries, you won’t do safaris here, no lions, no elephants, no zebras.
This tiny landlocked enclave state lays entirely within South Africa and is the only country in the world which lays completely above 1000 meters in altitude, Lesotho is indeed known as the Mountain Kingdom, or the Kingdom of The Sky.
Famous for its shepherds who always wear colorful wool cloaks regardless of the temperature (they were used in the film Black Panther by Ryan Coogler) and the typical hat depicted in the national flag, for its breathtaking views at every corner and for the classic case round stone with a thatched roof.
Some of the highest passes in Africa are here, but the whole country is a seamless marvel of mountain sceneries, one of the best places in Africa for a road trip. Most roads are in disrepair but this just adds up to the adventure, visiting Lesotho is definitely a unique experience.
The most popular highlights include:
– Maletsunyane Falls, the highest single-drop waterfall in Africa, set in a stunning limestone canyon
– The spectacular Sani Pass, which connects Lesotho to South Africa in a quite epic way
– The Sehlabathebe National Park, a remote and wild area very difficult to reach – already getting there is an incredible experience
Touring Lesotho is not expensive at all, you’ll have very limited additional sightseeing costs and accommodation is pretty cheap – averaging $15 – $20USD per night – but also very basic.
To get around you’ll be better off with your own 4-wheel-drive vehicle, or a sturdy motorbike suited for off-road use.
We explored it on bicycles but that’s definitely not for beginners. Public transport consists of minibusses that go literally everywhere, even where you’ll never think they could make it – be aware though that it could be dangerous, as some roads have vertical unprotected drops on their side.
Hitchhiking is also a very viable option. If you want to stay on the safe side though, you might want to go with a touring company, most of them are South African.
Lesotho is really a hidden gem in the African continent, totally different from any other country in the world. Its beauty is unmatched, and its atmosphere absolutely unique.
Madagascar rose to international fame because of the the animated movie by the same name. However, the country is so much more than spy penguins and dancing lemurs.
Ok, there are a lot of lemurs.
There are actually around 60 species of lemurs, and the country has done a lot to preserve the animals. There are more than 20 national parks in Madagascar. This makes it a perfect country for Eco-tourism.
Other than exploring national parks and wildlife in Madagascar you should visit the iconic Baobab Alley in the west.
You can do this on the way to Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park which is a breathtaking limestone park and Kirindy Mitea National Park. In the latter, it is possible to see fossas which are the largest predators in Madagascar.
If you want beaches and underwater experiences, you should head up to Ile St. Marie or even further north to Nosy Be. Ile St. Marie is a great off the beaten path place to go whale watching between June and September.
However, if you want a proper nature experience, head out to the privately owned island Ankazoberavina. The island houses an Eco-lodge, two wild lemur tribes and yearly returning sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach.
Other than relaxing in a natural environment, you can go snorkeling or go on boat trips to nearby paradisiac islands. There are also a lot of impressing dive sites for certified divers.
In November there are large numbers of whale sharks passing by Nosy Be and Ankazoberavina. Compared to other sites in the world where you can swim with these giants, Madagascar is a less touristy place which makes it one of the best African countries to visit and means you get a more unique experience with only a few boats on the water.
Madagascar isn’t a cheap country to travel in but bus tickets are pretty low priced, though the roads are bad and you can risk staying 16 hours on a bad bus on bumpy roads. Flights are fairly expensive with a flat rate no matter where you fly within the country. Many tourists choose to rent a driver with a 4×4 for a higher cost and comfort.
It’s definitely a place you should add to your African travel bucket list!
♥ Linn | Brainy Backpackers
Morocco is a country that is at the crossroads of many different cultures and regions. It’s only a short boat ride away from Spain and Europe, it has a strong Islamic influence similar to the Middle East, all while being on the continent of Africa.
There are countless beautiful places that Morocco has to offer its visitors, and many of them can be seen in just a one week itinerary. The most famous cities in Morocco include Marrakesh, Fes, and Casablanca.
Hidden gem locations include the blue city of Chefchaouen, the film industry center of Ouarzazate, the town bordering the Moroccan Sahara, Merzouga, and the sleepy surfing town of Asilah making it one of the best African countries to visit.
The most popular activities in Morocco are budget-traveler friendly. Both Marrakesh and Fes have massive labyrinth-like medinas to explore, which are old city centers that were the hubs of buying and selling goods.
Marrakech has a massive central square, where street performers demand every passerby’s attention and street food stands set up at night.
Fes is famous for its leather-dyeing history, which is still practiced today using exactly the same processes.
You can also stay overnight in the Sahara desert in Morocco, a bucket list item. You can sleep in a tent, eat delicious local tangine, and see incredible star-scapes in the night.
Chefchaouen was my favorite town in Morocco, and should be on everyone’s bucket list. The buildings and alleyways in Chefchaouen are all painted in a brilliant blue. Getting lost in the town is so amusing because you never know what wonderful doorways and bright blue scenery you will stumble upon.
To stay in a hostel in Morocco costs about $6-$10 USD per night, while rooms in beautiful traditional Moroccan riads can cost $50-$80+ per night. Street food costs as little as $2-$5 per meal for local dishes like tangine, and average meals may cost about $10 USD.
The best way to get around Morocco is by bus or train, and the country is well connected with both. Bus and train journeys cost about $10-$15 USD per trip, for 5-8 hour trips. Be sure to bring a book or something else to do, because it takes a long time to get between some of the popular cities in Morocco!
♥ Erika | Erika’s Travelventures
explore MOROCCO’S ATLANTIC COAST
Quite often, most travelers visiting Morocco for the first time tend to stick to the typical tourist route that usually includes Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Erg Chebbi dunes for one or a couple of nights, and perhaps a day trip to Essaouira or a tiny Northern trip extension to Fes, Meknes, and Chefchaouen.
And I say this knowingly because in my own case, it was not until my third visit to the country when I finally gave the wonderful Atlantic coast of Morocco a chance.
We spent ten wonderful days between Rabat and Agadir, without major tourist crowds, with good temperatures (even in the coldest months of the year), next to the beach permanently and with that unique touch that only a culture different from yours can give you when traveling.
Also, let’s not forget, it’s a cheap area for independent travelers. In our case, we always use public transport when possible (from Rabat to Essaouira trains work perfectly), and it was a great idea not to have to worry about renting a car, parking it and dealing with traffic rules and so on.
The sights we loved the most were Kasbah of the Udayas in Rabat, Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Essaouira old town, Taghazout beaches, and Agadir’s huge seaside walk.
We will soon continue to discover the hidden gems that this country offers, but for now, I can tell you that this is my new favorite area of Morocco for sure!
♥ Inma | A World to Travel
Extending far along the coastline of southern Africa, Mozambique is one of the best African countries to visit that showcases the best of the Indian Ocean and African culture, challenging even the likes of Mauritius and the Seychelles as the go to beach destination.
Like many of its neighbours, Mozambique has emerged from the dark past of its civil war and is now the ultimate destination for a luxury coastal retreat, with the likes of the Bazaruto Archipelago and Tofo offering some of the most jaw dropping diving and beaches in the world.
One of the most famous spots in Mozambique is the Bazaruto Archipelago. It’s made up of six islands, with Bazaruto itself and Benguerra being the two largest and is the ultimate island paradise.
Dotted with a small number of beautiful boutique resorts fronting out to the turquoise waters with incredible underwater life beyond. The Archipelago is located just off the coast from the region’s main city, Vilanculos.
You can fly to Vilanculos Airport from both Maputo and Johannesburg, with daily flights from each. Then fly by helicopter for some incredible views on your way to at Azura at Gabriels with some beautiful beachfront villas and explore the island’s surroundings
The tiny town of Tofo, on one of the most southerly points of the country is a mecca for divers around the world, and home to one of the best beaches of Mozambique.
A somewhat sleepy spot, Tofo has a vibe similar to the likes of Bali or Phuket back in the days before mass tourism hit. A place where you can truly escape and hide from reality, whether you are a diver or not, don’t miss Tofo out when exploring the length of Mozambique.
Without the onslaught of large resorts, Tofo and its surrounding areas are dotted with delightful boutique hotels and guesthouses, many fronting directly onto the beach. Liquid Dive Adventures have a number of beach huts with all the amenities that you may need so you can simply fall out of bed onto the beach or into the water to dive.
Namibia is largely desert and is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, at least with regard to the human population. When it comes to other species, however, Namibia is overflowing with wildlife making it one of the best African countries to visit to see the animals you saw in the Lion King.
Lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras. Namibia has all of these species in abundance and many more. The best thing to do there is obviously to go on safari to see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.
Public transportation is extremely limited in Namibia, and the few buses that do exist won’t take you to the most interesting spots in the country. In order to see the best of what Namibia has to offer, you really have two choices: rent a vehicle and drive yourself, or take an organized tour of Namibia.
Since I’m scared to death of driving and don’t even have a valid driver’s license anymore, renting a vehicle was not an option for me. If you do take that route, be sure to bring a working GPS device and plenty of water, food, and petrol. Namibian roads often have very little traffic, so you can’t expect that someone will stop right away to help you if you break down.
If you decide to go with an organized tour instead, I recommend Wild Dog Safaris. I actually took two separate tours with them, one to Etosha National Park in the north of the country, and another that covered several top attractions in the south, such as Sossusvlei and Fish River Canyon.
Prices aren’t especially cheap in Namibia, but if you’re on a budget you can join a camping tour to keep costs down. You’ll be expected to pitch your own tent each day and help out around camp, but for those who don’t mind roughing it a bit it can add to the whole adventure.
The wildlife viewing is excellent here, particularly in Etosha National Park. You are virtually guaranteed to see elephants and many other large mammals, and you have a good chance of seeing lions too.
♥ Wendy | The Nomadic Vegan
If you love city life, you will be marveled by the city Lagos. It is the most populated city in Nigeria, with over 21 million people. To put this in context, it is roughly the population of New York State living in Rhode Island.
Despite its population density, the people are full of warmth, joy, and excitement that makes you feel right at home step your foot in the city making it one of the best countries to visit in Africa.
Lagos may not yet be one of the top destinations to visit in Africa but disregarding it as a viable place to visit would be a huge mistake.
Some of the best things to do in Lagos, Nigeria include:
- Lekki Conservation Centre
- Lagos National Museum
- Beach Resorts in Victoria Island has the most vibrant
Although I highlighted the best three things to do/see in Lagos, there are endless activity options are depending on your preference.
For example, if you enjoy concerts and local public events, stop at Freedom Park. To learn modern-day art from local artists, the National Gallery of Modern Art and colorful Lekki Market will be outstanding options.
For some more history on Nigeria, check out the Kalakuta and Badagry Heritage Museums. With so many diverse options to choose from, Lagos is a contender on your bucket list!
It would be best if you planned to spend a low of $50 to a mid-range of $150 per day when you’re the Lagos.
The total amount factors in food, accommodation, transportation, and sightseeing. For the cost of the flight, budget an additional $600 – $2,000 depending on the period you travel and your departure city.
Due to insecurity, the best way to get around the city is by using Uber or chartered taxi for your entire trip duration. In my opinion, the way to go is Uber! It’s easy and will cost you less in the long run.
♥ Lydia | Africa Wanderlust
Rwanda is a small country sandwiched between the DRC, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi. It is one of the most densely populated and smallest in the continent and it is usually remembered as the place of the tragic 1994 genocide.
Fast-forward to today and the country is slowly becoming one of the cleanest, safest and one of the best countries to visit in Africa. They have lots of low impact luxury travelers coming to trek with the majestic gorillas and exploring the beautiful country nicknamed The Thousand Hills.
Kigali, the capital, is a very clean and organized city and the infrastructure in Rwanda is some of the best in Africa with great paved roads across which you can self-drive on or cross on one of the safe and regular local buses.
With the country’s strategy to attract the higher-end type of tourist, Rwanda’s prices are not low.
Gorilla permits are much higher than in the DRC or Uganda and there are many luxury hotels that opened recently with prices well above $1,500 USD per night. There are also more affordable options, although not a lot of them are in limited tourism development places like Akagera.
♥ Mar | Once in a Lifetime Journey
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Located in Northwest Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is home to a lush rainforest as well as several endangered species including the mountain gorilla and golden monkey.
Fortunately, due to the conservation work of the Rwandan government and non-profit organizations like the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, these animal populations are recovering, and today, tourists from all over the world can see them in their native habitat.
Visit Rwanda and you’ll no doubt want to explore the opportunities for a gorilla, golden monkey or birding trek in Volcanoes National Park. With a very steep price tag of $1,500, mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda may be out of reach for many (prices in nearby Uganda are much lower).
However, a golden monkey trek is just $100 and a birding trek is $75. Each trek lasts about three hours and both are led by professional rangers and trackers with a deep knowledge of the area and wildlife. This makes it one of the best African countries to visit for affordable safaris and wildlife tours.
The Golden Monkey is a rare species found only in the Virunga Mountains of East Africa. Typically they live in family groups of about 30 and can be very playful and entertaining to watch. There are approximately 200 species of birds in the park, many of them rare, so this is also a birder’s paradise.
Many visitors choose to arrive the day before their trek and enjoy one of the lodges in the area that provide comfortable rooms in a spectacular setting, delicious local food, and even entertainment. Different levels of accommodation are available including budget, deluxe and luxury.
Most people traveling to Rwanda arrive at the international airport located in the capital city of Kigali.
If time permits, it’s definitely worth spending a day exploring this vibrant city. Check-out the museums, markets, art galleries and newly developed cafe culture. Transportation to Volcanoes National Park can be arranged with a tour company and the drive takes about two hours.
♥ Wendy | Empty Nesters Hit The Road
An archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles, is a hidden gem and one of the best countries to visit in Africa. With only three inhabited islands, Mahe Islands, Praslin and La Digue, Seychelles is home to the most photographed beach in the world, Anse Source D’Argent and the heaviest seed of Coco de Mer.
The beauty of these islands, make Seychelles a perfect laid-back honeymoon destination. Giant boulders guard the white sand beaches with emerald coloured and crystal clear water on these islands. Often mistakenly assumed as only a land of captivating beaches, Seychelles has so much to offer.
With some of the best beaches in the world, Seychelles has a mesmerizing underwater life and offers some of the best snorkelling and diving sites.
Kayaking is also a must-do activity in Seychelles as the water is clear and beautifully blends with the horizon. However, the Seychelles Islands offer much more than water activities.
The capital city of Seychelles, Mahe Island offers some excellent hiking trails and adventurous activity of ziplining through the forest and rock climbing on the giant rocky hills.
The second-largest island of Praslin has a World UNESCO site, Valle de Mer which preserves the trees of the heaviest seed in the world, palm seed of Coco de Mer, found only in Seychelles.
The island of La Digue is home to the giant tortoises of Aldabra. If one loves animals, a visit to these tortoises is a must. Also, the most photographed beach in the world, Anse Source D’Argent is located on the island of La Digue.
Considered as a very expensive destination, Seychelles isn’t very pricey. The main cost involves moving between the islands which can cost around 150 USD travelling from Mahe Island to Praslin and then to La Digue with a return ferry to Mahe Island.
Accommodation is around $50-$60 USD per night and cars can be rented in $35-$40 USD for a day. Food is quite cheap and miscellaneous costs are low.
Seychelles does have a well-organised bus network, however, the best way to move around the islands and most preferred by the tourists is to rent a car.
It is always advisable to book a car well in advance to avoid disappointment. Cat Cocos offers regular ferry services between the three inhabited islands. Moreover, helicopter rides are commonly used to travel between these islands.
Seychelles shares the honour of the most beautiful islands in the world, with the Maldives.
However, it offers much more than beaches and water. Visiting Seychelles provides one an opportunity for many adventurous activities, which isn’t expected when travelling to an island.
Lush green forests and botanical gardens, add to the places to visit on these islands.
Also, Seychelles has an interesting culture as multiple nationalities have colonised them in the past. With a tropical climate all year round, you can visit anytime and have amazing weather.
With so many things to enjoy in one single destination, Seychelles deserves to be on every traveller’s bucket list.
♥ Nabiha | Verses by a Voyager
South Africa is one of the best countries to visit in Africa because there is a huge variety of things to see and do, they speak English in the majority of places and it’s pretty affordable too!
Soweto is one of the most interesting places to visit in South Africa. Located in the Gauteng Province, not far from Johannesburg and often thought to be part of it, Soweto is actually a city in its own right and a very large one with well over a million people living there.
Soweto is one of the most famous townships in South Africa, and a place you should absolutely visit if you are keen in getting to know more about the difficult past – and present – of this gorgeous country. It’s where the movement against Apartheid was the strongest, with protests taking place regularly and which led to the death of many.
Among the places you shouldn’t miss in Soweto there’s Nelson Mandela house, the place where he lived with his family and which was often the target of attacks. Hector Pierson museum is another must: it’s located in a square that was dedicated to him. He was just a boy when he was caught by a bullet and died during protests, 2 blocks away from where the museum is now located.
The best way to explore Soweto is on a bike tour. The best bike tours depart daily from Soweto Backpackers, one of the best hostels to stay in the area.
South Africa is overall a very budget-friendly area, but since Soweto is a township, you can expect the costs to be even lower there.
The Garden Route
South Africa attracts thousands of tourists every year, it’s an incredibly beautiful country with a unique biodiversity and landscape, here you can find anything from savannah and desert to vineyards and jungle, from the cold waters of Cape Peninsula to the tropical waters of Durban, from the giants of the famous Big 5 (rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard) to tiny hummingbirds and tropical butterflies.
The Garden Route is one of the top destinations in South Africa for both locals and foreign tourists. The name comes from the lush green indigenous forest that distinguishes the area from the rest of the Western Cape province.
It’s a 300km route along the coast that starts in Mossel Bay and finishes in Stormsrivier.
The best way to explore the area is by car which can be rented in Cape Town, Port Elisabeth or bigger towns on the route itself.
The road is tarred all the way no need to rent a big 4×4 jeep any car will be fine to drive here. It’s possible to move between the towns by public buses but it’ll be difficult to visit National parks and some natural attractions on the way.
Another option is to join a tour there are several 4-6-day tours on the Garden Route that start or finish in Cape Town.
The cost of the travel will depend on if you rent a car/take a bus or join a tour.
Accommodation on the route varies from hotels and guest houses to hostels and campsites anyone can find a place to stay that suits his/her budget.
Backpacking; moving by bus, staying in hostels, cooking from US$30 per person.
Middle price range; renting a car, staying in hotels, eating out from 50US$ per person.
There are many great campsites on the route, camping instead of staying in hotels will reduce the cost.
An average tour along the Garden Route costs about 500US$ for 6 days, it includes transport, accommodation, meals (dinner, breakfast), guide and entrance fees.
The Garden Route is a great place for a romantic holiday, family vacation or an adventure trip here anybody will be able to find suitable activities and interesting attractions.
Some of the highlights and must-visit places of the area are; Mossel Bay, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Tsitsikamma Nationa Park, Bloukrans bridge (the highest bridge bungee in the world), Ebb & Flow Park, Outeniqua National park.
The list of activities here is just endless; snorkeling with seals, diving with sharks, whale watching, safari, hiking, kayaking, paragliding, bungee jumping, surfing and more. The Garden Route road trip is definitely can be considered as one of the best places to visit in Africa.
♥ Campbell & Alya | Stingy Nomads
explore Cape Town
South Africa on the southern tip of the African continent is a magnificent city. The depth of its history and culture only surpassed by it’s rich natural beauty. There are many reasons that people come to visit South Africa, the wildlife most certainly being one.
Some other popular things to do in South Africa include wine tasting in Stellenbosch, climbing Table Mountain in Cape Town, surfing Durban or enjoying a South African braai.
Cape Town doesn’t have to be expensive but like all of Africa, it’s rarely cheap. If you have a moderate budget you’ll be fine but don’t expect to find the deals on guesthouses and dorms as though you’re in Asia.
Since South Africa is quite large, you’ll probably be taking planes to get to different cities if you’re short on time. If you’re short on cash and have lots of time, there are plenty of buses which connect all the major destinations. Another option is renting a car if you’re more confident and adventurous.
Something everything should add to their bucket list when visiting South Africa is visiting Cape Town and climbing Table Mountain!
The views from Table Mountain are arguably some of the best in the world. Anyone can reach the summit, if you can’t climb you can take a cable car up and enjoy the views.
Once you’ve figured out where to stay in Cape Town, look into the other activities. So much to do in the city, much more to do than just climb Table Mountain.
– Rob | Stop Having a Boring Life
discover the history of Johannesburg
Johannesburg is the city that is often skipped by tourists to Africa. During the Apartheid, tourism was non-existant and it has come along way since then.
It’s a hip and vibrant city, and without a doubt, lovers of history should include it on their bucket list.
Johannesburg’s troubled past is no secret, but the city has now acknowledged this, and there are several places to visit, which are highly educational and fascinating.
You can visit Constitution Hill and take a tour of the horrendous cells and learn about the inhumane conditions that prisoners such as Nelson Mandela suffered.
Nearby is the Constitution Hall which showcases how far the city has come. The modern building is now an open court which serves to uphold the rights of all South Africans regardless of colour.
As a poignant and symbolic reminder of the cities troubled past, the bricks used in the construction of the building were salvaged from the Awaiting Trial Block at Constitution Hill, when it was demolished.
To learn more about the apartheid era, you can take a tour of Soweto (mentioned above), a large township inside Johannesburg. Soweto was home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, two Noble Prize winners, that played a pivotal role at the end of the Apartheid.
There’s also an apartheid museum which you could spend a whole day exploring. The displays are hugely informative and give a wealth of information about this sad part of history.
Outside of the city, there’s a wealth of safari destinations that you can visit. Game parks include Pilanesburg, Madikwe and Mziki, all of which are under 4 hours drive from the city. You can also reach Kruger or Botswana National Parks in just over 5 hours.
The Cradle of Humankind is another popular attraction that’s only a 90-minute drive away. Its a Unesco World Heritage site that’s home to 40% of the world’s human ancestor fossils. Close by is the Lion Park, which is also worth a visit. The park presents you with the unique opportunity to get close to Lions and other African animals.
There’s accommodation to suit all budgets within the city, and the easiest way to see the sights is on the city sightseeing bus. You can walk around town during the day, but it’s safer and advisable to get a taxi in the evening. Uber is typical throughout Jo’burg, and journey prices are low.
♥ Fiona | Passport and Piano
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
South Africa is a wonderful country to visit if you’re wanting to go on a safari. It is home to a number of excellent national parks that offer options for all budgets.
Out of all of these parks, Kruger National Park stands out. This massive natural reserve is so large that it covers more ground than the entire nation of Belgium!
Visiting Kruger National Parkshould be on every African travel bucket list. A safari here is accessible for all budgets from modest self-drive safaris to the luxurious private reserves that border the park.
Visitors with their own car can base themselves in the many government-run rest camps inside Kruger. The most popular is the Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the southern portion but all offer a unique experience.
From here you can drive yourself, go on guided drives, or even be adventurous on a morning bush walk. The cost of staying in one of these rest camps can start as low as $15 a night (for a rustic campsite) to $60 a night for a cabin.
If you’re looking for more comfort, there are a number of lodges not far from the main gates. The town of Hazyview near the Kruger Gate has the most options available.
It’s ideal to have your own car to be able to move freely but it’s 100% possible to visit without one. Many hotels can arrange transfers from the airport and take care of all of your guided game drives. Days will likely consist of a morning drive and an afternoon drive, with time to relax by the pool or with a nap in between.
The nearest airport is in the small city of Nelspruit. If flying internationally, plan to fly into Johannesburg and either drive to Kruger from there (at around 4-6 hours) or connect on a short flight to Nelspruit.
However you arrive and wherever you choose to stay, a safari in Kruger National Park is a once in a lifetime experience you won’t regret.
♥ Erin | Sol Salute
Winelands in Western Cape
There are so many incredible places to visit in South Africa that it’s hard to know where to start. But one that you definitely shouldn’t miss is the Western Cape’s wineland region, around an hour’s drive from Cape Town.
Here you’ll find quaint towns with Cape Dutch period architecture (Franschhoek is delightful), surrounded by beautiful historic wine farms. Think old manor houses and hills covered in vineyards and rose gardens.
Not only is this region gorgeous, but it’s also a fun place to visit for a day or two of wine tasting! Each of the wine farms has its own unique style, and many of the wines are award winning.
You can usually sample a selection of wines for very reasonable prices — around £4 / $5 USD to taste five different wines is not uncommon. Most of the wineries also have restaurants and some offer pre-packed picnic baskets. A lot also now double as boutique hotels, or offer cottages to rent.
The easiest way to get to the Franschhoek wine region is to hire a car and drive the short trip from Cape Town. But obviously, that’s not recommended once you start sampling the wines!
A fun transport option is to take the Wine Tram, a hop-on-hop-off service that shuttles you between the most popular vineyards, so you can explore some of the top wineries and even sample wines from a few different establishments responsibly.
Tanzania is one of the best African countries to visit located in East Africa. It’s most well known for having one of the highest mountains in the world – Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as being a great place to go on Safari in the Serengeti and is also home to some of the most pristine white sand beaches in the world on Zanzibar.
A safari in Tanzania will cost anywhere between $600-$5000 depending on the length of the safari and the accommodations you choose.
After seeing the big five on safari, you can keep your adrenaline going and head to Kilimajaro to conquer the mountain or fly to Zanzibar for some well deserved R&R.
Zanzibar is one of the most interesting places I’ve been to. It’s a mix of Arab, African and European influences you will learn a lot while exploring Stonetown.
You can easily get lost in the labyrinth of streets in this UNESCO Heritage site and there are lots of places to get a good cheap meal.
Kendwa and Nungwi in the North have some of the best beaches and are known for the amazing snorkeling and diving off of Mnemba island and Paje off the South East coast is a great place to relax and really see how the locals live.
Paje is also one of the only places in the world where the low tide goes out up to 5km, so you can literally walk to the reef at low tide! It’s really incredible to see this magnificent act of nature!
If Tanzania isn’t on your bucket list, you need to add it now!
Forget the obvious countries like Kenya, South Africa or Morocco, by far the best country in Africa (in my opinion, anyway!) is Uganda.
For those not familiar, Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa, bordering Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, and DR Congo. But what it lacks in coastline it more than makes up for in other things: snowcapped mountains, thundering waterfalls, rolling green hills, sparkling crater lakes, plentiful wildlife and some of the friendliest people on the continent.
Here are just a few of the amazing things to do in Uganda:
- Spot tree-climbing lions, elephants and giraffes in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Track rhinos on foot at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
- Visit Murchison Falls, the world’s most powerful waterfalls
- Go whitewater rafting or kayaking on the foaming rapids of the river Nile.
- Relax on the shores of Lake Victoria
- See the rare mountain gorillas in the wild, or track chimpanzees in the Kibale Forest
- Stand on the equator and find out if the water really does go down a plughole the other way
- Get up close to elephants, hippos, and buffalos with a wildlife-spotting boat ride along the Kazinga Channel
- Dance the night away in Kampala, the party capital of East Africa
- Stay in some of Africa’s most gorgeous boutique safari lodges
There are two ways to get around Uganda – by public bus or private car. Buses between major cities are fairly efficient and regular, and super cheap, though if you want to go anywhere a bit less obvious you will need time and patience. A far easier way to get around is by car – either hire your own or if you’re not brave enough to manage the country’s many unsealed roads, get a private driver, which you can do for around $100 a day plus fuel.
So why should you add Uganda to your bucket list? There are many reasons, but here are my top three:
1. English is the official language and most people speak it, making it really easy to get around.
2. Although it’s becoming more popular, Uganda is still fairly off the beaten track, meaning places are rarely crowded.
3. It’s genuinely beautiful: lush, green, colorful, with rolling hills and valleys, splendid wildlife, and the people are really welcoming and friendly.
♥ Bella | Passport & Pixels
Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda
The Rwenzori Mountains are a mountain range that spans the equator in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Ugandan side is the Rwenzori Mountains National Park and the DRC side is Virunga National Park.
They are the legendary source of the Nile and are nicknamed the Mountains of the Moon. It is easiest and safest to visit them in Uganda.
The Rwenzoris can only be experienced on multi-day hikes. Seven-day hikes are most common (read full details of the Rwenzori hike here).
Treks must be organized through an authorized company and all hikers need to be accompanied by a guide and porters to carry your luggage.
This has two advantages: (1) you don’t get lost and you don’t have to carry your own gear; and (2) it employs local people, giving them an incentive to help preserve this unique environment.
Much of the hike is boggy – you will spend a lot of time jumping from grassy tussock to tussock to avoid deep quagmires – so having someone else carry most of your gear is a blessing.
There are basic mountain huts along the way, so you don’t need a tent. Note that there is a cap on the number of visitors each year to help preserve the fragile environment.
The trek is not cheap. Cost for a 7- or 8-day trek, including pick up from Entebbe airport starts around $3,000.
The near town is Ibanda, near Kasese. The easiest way to get there is to book a trek that includes pickup from Entebbe Airport or Kampala, but there are local buses from Kampala, the capital of Uganda.
Everyone should have this trek on their bucket list because the Rwenzori Mountains are home to unique plant life that is found nowhere else on earth.
Lobelias which are usually only inches high, tower high overhead they are so tall. There are huge trees that instead of branches have large cabbage-like appendages. Trees are draped in Spanish moss and shrouded in mist, giving them an eerie glow.
Tiny lakes are hidden in deep mountain valleys. The peaks are topped with (receding) glaciers and often experience snowstorms, even in the height of summer, on the equator. This is a mystical, magical place that few people get to visit and, despite the mud, it absolutely worth the effort.
♥ James | Travel Collecting
Gorilla Trekking Experience in Uganda
I recently traveled across the length and breadth of Uganda in a Russian made Mil MI 17 chopper. I was completely blown away by the beauty of the country.
It is a small country and yet so diverse. The 8 days in Uganda passed in a jiffy! Meeting the native Ik and Karamojong people gave us a glimpse into their unique lifestyle. Their energetic dances had us begging for more.
It is an affordable country to move around. Rent bikes are available along with shared taxis. You could even do a game drive on a bus which is cheaper than a jeep.
The animals I spotted in huge numbers in the remote Kidepo National Park and popular Queen Elizabeth National Park were lions, giraffe, hundreds of hippos, zebra, wild buffaloes and what not. But the Silverback Mountain Gorilla stole the show.
Uganda is one of the only three countries in the world where Mountain Gorillas are found. The other two countries are the neighboring Rwanda and Congo.
What makes Uganda stand out is that the Gorilla Trek offered in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is cheaper than the ones offered in Rwanda. This is why you should add it in your bucket list if you already haven’t.
The cost of the trek depends upon the season. During the peak season, the permits can cost up to USD 600 while the prices can drop as low USD 350 during the offseason. For a deeper gorilla habituation experience, you will have to shell out up to USD 1500. (All prices are per person costs.)
The best months for participating in a habituation program and for spotting Gorillas via day treks are December to March and June to October. It was my first visit to Africa and I am glad I made the debut with Uganda.
♥ Abhinav | A Soul Window
Zambia is one of the best, relatively unknown safari destinations in Southern Africa. There are so many things to do here and it really surprised me!
Of course, you can do a traditional safari game drive in one of the many National Parks, the best of them being South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi. You’ll have lots of good opportunities to see many animals.
From November to April during the rainy season, it can be more challenging as the animals are spread out in larger areas but even still, the rainy season is not a bad time to visit.
You can also opt for real daredevil activities such as dipping yourself in the Devil’s Pool in Victoria Falls (can be done part of the year) or bungee jumping from the famous Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Also, you can go white water rafting in the raging river of the Zambezi, which is considered one of the best places in the world for white water rafting.
Be warned, it’s not the easiest place, having several grade 5 rapids on the way, but it’ll sure be an adventure!
Different types of accommodation are widely available and you can find something to suit your budget almost all around the country. You can check out the best lodges in Zambia here.
Average costs will depend on you, as everything from luxury to budget options are available. So, for example, the costs can range from under $1000 to several thousand dollars for a several day safari.
The best way to get around in Zambia is by car. You can either drive your own rental car or book a safari when all the transportations are included.
Most of the roads are in pretty good shape, though the distances are big and therefore some people will prefer to fly around the country. Flying is quick and reliable but expensive so if you have the time travel by car and you’ll see more of the country.
♥ Piritta | Bizarre Globe Hopper
After visiting Tanzania I know that Africa has SO much to offer and so much adventure! I’ve never seen water as clear and blue as in Zanzibar – and I’ve been to many, many beaches!
Africa can be a challenging continent to travel around, but it’s so, SO rewarding. Do some research and take the opportunity to visit this incredible, untouched continent before everyone finds out about it!
Which country on this list of the top African countries to visit would you go to that you never considered before? I want to go to Uganda!!
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