The Best Tourist Destinations In Africa

by | Africa

Jul 3, 2020

If you’re looking to make a trip to or within Africa, you’ve come to the right place. There are certainly a lot of exciting tourist destinations to visit in Africa. The continent is about 30.37 million km²and it is blessed with everything nature has to offer, such as desert, seas, and wildlife. The Mediterranean Sea surrounds it to the north, the isthmus of Suez and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlanta Ocean to the West. 

The continent includes Madagascar and other small islands known as archipelagos. There are 54 countries in Africa and are further corporated through the establishment of the African Union with headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Tourism in Africa is a growing sector. It is one of the fastest-growing industries globally, and there are many new and untapped businesses in the region. It is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent, after Asia. Africa might be a developing continent, but it is a leading destination for investors in the tourism sector.

One of the good things that make the continent an excellent destination for holiday and vacation is the weather. The weather is favorable for most of the year because of its sunshine climates. Africa is diverse in culture, religion, food, and, most notably, the tourists’ warm welcome. That is why the tourists keep coming back over and over again. Learn more about some of the best tourist destinations you need to visit in Africa.

7 Best Africa Tourist Destination Ideas

1. Morrocco

Morocco is in the northwest of Africa, with its capital in Rabat. It is about 710,850 km2, with a population of over 36 million people. Casablanca is the largest city. 

Furthermore, Morrocco is home to the indigenous people of Berber. It boosts with some ancient European and Islamic sites. Likewise, it is rich in its heritage and culture; you can feel the unique mixture of the Berber, European and Arab influence in its culture. Moreover, this contributes to its country’s tourist visit to the country.

Apart from Arabic and Berber as their major languages, there are many other languages like English, Spanish, and French. The nightlife in its cities is impressive. When you get to Morocco, do not forget the visit some beautiful places like the Moroccan Atlas Mountains, Ait Benhaddou, and Sahara desert.

The coastline cities along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Ouzoud waterfall, the arches of Legzira beach, Casablanca, Marrakech, Medina, Blue village of chefchaouen, and Essaouira are cities that attract tourists. While you’re there, you can try out some delicious Moroccan cuisine. They’re very tasty. You will love them. 

2. Egpyt

Egypt is an ancient country that has been classified as both Africa and the Middle East. With its capital in Cairo with about 98.5 million people. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations countries in Africa. 

Firstly, it has always been rich with its ancient civilization and historical events and places. Secondly, Egypt is still a place to connect with a history like the Pyramid of Giza, which dates to the time of Pharaoh, ancient temple, great sphinx, and the Luxor’s hieroglyph-lined Karnack Temple and Valley of the King’s tombs. 

Furthermore, there are lots of exciting locations like the Muhammad Ali Mosque, The Egyptian Museum. You can also cruise through the Nile River, diving in the red sea, and visiting Cairo’s markets. Egypt has lovely and incredible places with historical attachment. Visit Egypt today; you will love it. 

3. Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the ancient countries in Africa, with its capital in Abbis Ababa. It houses various international and regional organizations, including the headquarter of the Africa Union (AU) as well as the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Above all, Ethiopia is rich with ancient culture, with archaeological finds dating back to over 3 million years. There are over 80 languages in Ethiopia, and its official language is Amharic.

Furthermore, there are many wildlife and some rare species of mammals, including the African wild dog. It has some famous sites like the rock-cut Christian churches in the 12 and 13 centuries in Lalibela. Aksum, one of the ancient cities with obelisks, tombs, castle, and Our lady Mary of Zion, represents ancient Ethiopia. 

The historic town of Harar Jugol and its 82 mosques, is dated back to the 10th century. The wall was built between the 12th and 13th centuries. Also, you can also visit the natural landscape like the Simien Mountains National Park and Nechisar National park. If you love historical and archaeological sites, you certainly need to visit Ethiopia. They are just too good to miss. 

4. Kenya

Kenya’s capital city is Nairobi. Kenya is a home of tourism and a lot of wildlife. It has some national parks with one of its National parks in the city of Nairobi not far from Jomo Kenyatta International airport.

Also, Kenya has a pleasant and warm tropical climate. The country has over 2 million zebras, gazelle, and other wildlife, traveling from the Maasai Mara to the Serengeti. Kenya is one of the world’s best safaris with international awards with places like Lamu Island, Kizingo Resort, Amboseli National Reserve, Tsavo National Park, the sandy beaches, a trip along Loyangalmi and the shores of the Jade Sea.

Besides, you can visit Kenya and feel the warm welcome of the people of Kenya and enjoy some cultural events.

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5. Tanzania

Tanzania is a beautiful country, and it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Africa. It is in the eastern part of the African continent. It is rich in nature and home to some African record natural reserves. 

Tanzanians are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Therefore, you will feel welcome in their country.

Tanzania has one of the best safaris you can visit. You are sure of seeing the big five; Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, and Buffalo) like in the Serengeti National Park, where over a million wildlife live. Meanwhile, you can see the Zebras, Monkeys, Cheetahs, Antelope, Giraffes, Pink Flamingoes, and many other amazing animals when you visit.

Moreover, Tanzania is home to the famous and highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. If you are a mountaineer or hiker, it is a spot to visit. But if that isn’t you. No need to worry. The view from the ground is impressive. There are many places to visit in Tanzania like Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, and Lake Tanganyika, which is Africa’s deepest lake.

Also, if you are looking for a place to relax, head on to the tropical island of Zanzibar, the most famous of the islands of Tanzania. For sure, Tanzania is one of the African most exciting countries to visit. 

6. Nigeria

Nigeria is located in the western part of the continent. It is the most populated country in Africa. In other words, the giant of Africa. With its capital in Abuja and its commercial and entertainment city in Lagos. It is rich and vast in culture, and the natural resources are unique in historical places.

Nigeria is also a home of music to the world; afro-beat was born and export to the world. The juju music originated from this country. The nightlife in the city of Lagos and Abuja is a rich experience.

Moreover, if you love cultural stuff, historical events, and a place for fun and relaxation, it is a place to visit. There are beautiful places, for example, beaches, conservation, islands, ranges, museums, rivers, caves, rocks and many more. Don’t forget to taste the varieties of foods in the land. You will love your visit to Nigeria. 

7. South Africa

South Africa is a beautiful country with lovely and cool places. This location is one of the fantastic and adventure lover’s paradises. It has all-around fun from day to night, so you want to catch up on your own time. However, the country is very diverse in terms of climates, culture, nature, and mineral resources.

Furthermore, a road trip from within the city is terrific. There are lots of beautiful sites and fantastic wildlife in the country. You can visit cities like Durban, where you can experience some of the best Indian cuisines away from India’s land. You can travel to Transkei or go to the garden route for amazing nature and incredible surf.

And also to Karoo desert to know about the Zulus. A trip to South Africa is a trip you will never regret. South Africa is undoubtedly one of the most visited tourist destinations in Africa.

Photo by Artem Beliaikin and Oleg Magni from Pexels

By Lonely Africa Editors

The Lonely Africa Team covers everything about Africa. Our team of experts provides in-depth analysis that helps you understand complex topics on the African continent.

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