The 10 Most Visited Countries in Africa

by | Africa

Apr 24, 2024

Millions of people visit Africa every year to see face-to-face its natural beauty and cultural heritage. However, some countries get more visits than others. In this article, we will be exploring the most visited countries in Africa and why it might just be a great idea for you to visit one–or all.

1. Egypt

According to Africa Facts Zone, Egypt saw around 14.9 million visits in 2023 alone. That’s about the entire population of a small country in Africa. 

This is the power and glory of Egypt. 

Egypt is a large, Arab-speaking country in North Africa and is visited for its cultural, historical, and religious heritage. 

Most tourists turn to see the pyramids of Gaza, which have remained a wonder of the world up until now. Others go to see the beautiful Mosques and places of worship. 

You may want to see the Valley of Kings, and other spots like the Sphinx. The Sphinx is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. 

Enjoy the scenery. Enjoy the beauty. Enjoy yourself to the fullest. 

2. Morocco

Morroco welcomed around 14.9 million tourists in 2023, short of Egypt by a few hundred thousand. Most people who visit Morocco also go on to visit Egypt, and vice versa. Most visits to Morocco are rather religious. Faithfuls from around the world troop in to the beautiful places of worship that tower into the skies of Morocco, showing the genuineness of true worship and service. 

You are sure to have a nice time in Marrakech. You might also want to visit Fes, which will wrap you in its glory. 

Have a taste of Morrocan food before you leave. Some of the best foods in all of North Africa is prepared there. 

3. Tanzania

Tanzania lives up to its name as one of the wildlife hubs in Africa. Your visit is going to be spiced up by a trip to Zanzibar, where you can come to see wildlife you most likely haven’t seen before. 

In Zanzibar, you can also camp at beautiful beaches and have fun at fancy restaurants. You can also have a prison island tour, which will be supervised by a tour guide. 

Tanzania saw around 1.797 million tourists in 2023. 

It is truly worth visiting. 

4.⁠ South Africa

Everyone knows about South Africa’s beauties. At least everyone who reads a lot of materials about Africa. Africa is a unique blend of cultures and histories. It is the African country with the most population of white people. 

South Africa has such a great expanse of wildlife, and its landscapes are nothing short of outstanding.

In the Kruger National Park, you come face to face with the rarest wildlife in Africa. And you see them in their numbers. 

You also have the chance to visit Cape Town and, see the Cable Mountains, and go on to Victoria Falls. 

South African Museums tell you the story of resilience. You learn the story of Nelson Mandela, a revolutionary leader who changed the history of South Africa forever. Trust me, the story is much better when you see it yourself. 

5. Tunisia

Tunisia is a North African country famed for its large and beautiful capital city, Tunis. Tunis is one of the most beautiful, and in fact one of the most peaceful countries in Africa. 

There is a vast span of the Sahara Desert that can be experienced from Tunisia. You get to see sand dunes and ride on Camels. If that has been your dream as a tourist, then Tunisia should be your go-to spot. 

Seen a blue village before? Tunisia offers you a chance to. The village of Sidi Bou is truly a sight to behold. Its beauties are enough to gasp at. 

One of our editors likes to say that: “Sidi Bou always pulls a gasp from your throat.”

6. Algeria

Algeria is also a big country in North Africa. It saw close to a million tourists in 2023. 

In 2022, it saw over a million. 

Algeria is one of the largest countries by land mass in Africa. It is incredibly beautiful. You just have to visit the Basilique Notre Damn, which is, to a large extent, one of the largest cathedrals in Africa.

Tourists agree that it is truly a wonder to behold. They’re right. It is. 

7. Zambia

Victoria Falls is one of the most visited places in Zambia, a country in Southern Africa with a diverse and rich culture. 

Your visit to Southern Africa may as well be considered incomplete if you don’t visit Gambia, interface with its natural landscape and its beautiful and friendly locals. 

There is such a beautiful urbanisation that is sweeping across Zambia. You just have to see it for yourself.

8.⁠ Mauritius

Mauritius is renowned for its lakes and islands. It is, in fact, an island country that rose to fame for its serenity. 

It is the perfect place for couples who want to have a peaceful honeymoon. 

Some of the best things to do here are: go surfing, go swimming, or spend evenings in the beach sipping cocktail amd watching nature. 

Mauritius is also a favored spot for photographers. 

So, take your cameras out and capture the beauty of life in Africa. You can listen to birds here too. The sound of nature blasts and sings from every direction. 

9.⁠ Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a religious and historic place to visit. It is beloved that it is the oldest country in Africa and one of the places where traces of the earliest civilizations were found. 

Ethiopia welcomes you with beauty you just cannot resist. You cannot say no. You just cannot. 

10. Cabo Verde

This is one of the most beautiful countries in West Africa. It might seem like a small country that is not very well known. But make no mistake—it pulls in a number of tourists every year. You just have to see for yourself what draws people in. 

Africa is a tourism hub!

By Ubong Jonhson

Ubong Johnson (Ubee) is a relationship expert, medical student, and writer. He writes articles which cover everything from relationships and nutrition to lifestyle. His works of short fiction have appeared in several literary magazines including The Shallow Tales Review, Ngiga Review, and the Kalahari Review. He is the founder and editor of Fiction Niche.

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