With its expansive landscapes and formidable animal life, the world\’s second-biggest continent is arguably the best for photographers. Africa is huge, like seriously, it’s a vast continent that’s so varied and filled with a melting pot of cultures, identities, beautiful nature and history.
Africa offers many hidden gems with great lakes, crystal blue beaches with pearly white sands, jaw-dropping flora and majestic wildlife and mountains within its borders. In this article we will look at top travel destinations in Africa. As you plan your next African journey, be sure to include at least one from this list of best places to visit in Africa as your schedule will allow.
1. Giza Necropolis (Egypt)
It truly is and will always remain THE must see in Egypt. The most famous of the structures at Giza, near Cairo, the Pyramid of King Cheops was built around 2650 BC from 2.5 million blocks of limestone. Its sides are oriented exactly to the north, south, east and west. Giza itself has always been a place of historical significance for being so close to Memphis, the ancient Pharaonic capital of the Old Kingdom. It’s not just pyramids here though, so check out our guide on things to do in Giza, as you wander the dunes. There isn’t much to see, except an empty coffin, but I still felt it totally worth the 300 EGP as there is some weird and quite massive spiritual weight to be felt in the innermost chamber.
2. Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
Serengeti National Park houses the highest concentration of large mammals in the world, so you\’re bound to spot giraffes, elephants, hippos and, of course, lions. You\’ll also come across more than 500 species of birds, including ostriches and flamingos. The Serengeti is one of the most famous national parks in Africa and offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world; however, there are a number of things to do in the Serengeti other than game drives. The Serengeti fits well into most people’s dream of an African safari with its abundant wildlife, vast golden plains dotted with thorny umbrella acacia trees, kopjes, and sausage trees, and its crocodile and hippo-filled rivers.
3. Victoria Falls (Zambia & Zimbabwe)
Victoria Falls is the largest sheet of falling water in the world! Across the two tiny towns of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Livingston (Zambia) there are more adrenaline charged adventure activities than anywhere else in Africa. Perfect for if you have ever wanted to Bungee Jump, White Water Raft or take a helicopter ride. That alone makes the falls worth visiting, but seeing this thundering waterfall is just one of the many highlights of a Victoria Falls holiday. Get so close to the falls that you’re soaked by its spray, then take your pick from all the activities on offer: scenic flights, horse-back safaris, peaceful river cruises on the upper Zambezi or thrilling white-water rafting running the rapids below the falls.
4. Cape Town (South Africa)
Known for its cultural diversity and social tolerance, Cape Town is a trip highlight for many visitors to South Africa. The Mother City is blessed with breathtaking scenery, from the white-sand beaches of the Cape Peninsula to the iconic cliffs of Table Mountain. There are dozens of beaches in and around Cape Town that are worthy of at least one morning or afternoon. The most iconic and glamorous beaches are along the Atlantic Seaboard: the likes of Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno are beautiful, particularly if you’re a fan of sunsets. The restaurants are world-class, and so are the wines. It is the place of culture, history and - plus fantastic restaurants, diverse markets and gorgeous beaches all in one affordable bundle and all under a sunny-but-unchallenging weather forecast.
5. Zanzibar (Tanzania)
Zanzibar is a beautiful island filled with culture, not to mention its stunning beaches. It has such a diverse coastline that there are plenty of different experiences across the main island, from vibrant culture in the south to idyllic barefoot luxury in the north. There is plenty to see beyond stately palm trees, white beaches and water the color of malachite. There are a plethora of places to visit and things to do in Zanzibar. The East African island packs a whole lot of punch for things to do and experience. It’s safe to say that excitement and relaxation can be had on every corner of Zanzibar. Be sure to spend time in the capital city of Stone Town, home to several fantastic museums and the 17th century Old Fort.
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