1. Zanzibar, 2. Victoria Falls, 3. Tanzania, 4. Serengeti National Park, 5. Cairo, 6. Mauritius, 7. Cape Town, 8. Kruger National Park, 9. Masai Mara National Reserve, 10. Seychelles. Africa is one of the world's top tourism locations. There are beautiful blue beaches, gorgeous animals, and a wealth of culture and history to be found here. Africa is diverse and lovely with so many things to see, do, and discover there. The following are travel places across the continent that are a must-see for every keen African tourist.
- Victoria Falls
- Serengeti National Park
- Cape Town
- Kruger National Park
- Masai Mara National Reserve
Zanzibar Island, commonly known as Unguja, is by far the largest and most renowned of the Zanzibar Archipelago’s islands. Zanzibar’s shoreline is so diversified that there are many various experiences to be had across the main island, from bustling culture in the south to tranquil barefoot luxury in the north. Beyond tall palm trees, beautiful beaches, and water the color of malachite, there are lots to see.
Some considerably smaller islands off the main island offer a more intimate, away-from-the-crowds experience and are ideal for honeymooners and romantics.
No trip to Zanzibar would be complete without seeing the tiny, cobblestone alleyways of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the historic capital of the main island. There are various points of interest in the town, including the old sultan’s residence Beit el-Ajaib (House of Wonders). On guided tours, learn about the history, culture, and gastronomy of this old slave and ivory port, or simply meander about on your own.
Some of the top sites to visit in Zanzibar immerse you in the African island experience. The Zanzibar Archipelago is littered with hidden gems that have yet to make their way onto the global map; we love sharing these hidden gems with guests looking for a genuine and laid-back beach holiday.
Victoria Falls, on the Zambezi River, is the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe and is a breathtaking spectacle of awe-inspiring majesty and grandeur. The Kololo tribe that lived in the region in the 1800s referred to it as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders.’ In current parlance, Victoria Falls is described as the world’s largest curtain of cascading water.
At the height of the rainy season, more than 500 million cubic meters of water every minute drop over the edge, over a breadth of about two kilometers, into a canyon over one hundred meters below, creating columns of spray visible from miles away. The Zambezi River is transformed from a tranquil river into a furious torrent cutting through a succession of stunning gorges by the huge basalt rock over which the falls crash.
Another steep basalt wall, rising to the same height as the Victoria Falls and crowned by mist-soaked rain forest, faces the Falls. A trail along the edge of the forest offers an unrivaled succession of views of the Falls to anyone daring enough to withstand the huge spray.
Across the Knife-edge Bridge, travelers receive the best view of the Eastern Cataract and Main Falls, as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other viewpoints include Livingstone Island, the Falls Bridge, Devils Pool, and the Lookout Tree, which offer panoramic views of the Main Falls.
Victoria Falls (photo:https://www.airpano.com/)
Victoria Falls (photo:Getty)
Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s most well-known national parks and natural wonders. As a result, safaris and wildlife-related experiences are the most popular things to do in Tanzania and the reason many visitors come to the nation.
The finest areas to explore and experience a safari in Tanzania are Katavi, Selous, Ruaha, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro. Of course, there’s the Serengeti, where you may see millions of wildebeest migrate annually. The Zanzibar archipelago has some of the nicest beaches on the planet, and Mafia Island is no exception. For extra adventure, climb Africa’s biggest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Other beautiful mountains include Mahale, which is home to the world’s biggest remaining population of wild chimps.
Another type of natural marvel off Pemba and Mafia islands is loved by scuba divers and snorkelers who travel from all over the globe to see the coral gardens, colorful fish, and crystal blue seas.
Tanzania (photo: https://www.timbuktutravel.com/)
Tanzania (photo: https://congemasafaris.com/)
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti National Park is without a doubt the most well-known wildlife refuge in the world, unparalleled in terms of natural beauty and scientific importance, and it boasts the highest concentration of plains game in Africa.
Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park was created in 1952. It is the site of the world’s greatest natural extravaganza, the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and bird populations are also outstanding.
The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the most ancient on the planet. Climate, vegetation, and animals have remained mostly unchanged over the last million years. Around two million years ago, an early man appeared in Olduvai Gorge. Some life, death, adaptation, and migratory patterns are as ancient as the hills themselves.
The Serengeti is arguably most known for its migration. During the brief rains in October and November, over a million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras migrate south from the northern highlands to the southern plains, then swirl west and north following the long rains in April, May, and June.
Serengeti National Park (photo:https://www.exoticca.com/)
Serengeti National Park (photo:https://www.habariugandatours.com/)
Cairo, Egypt’s largest metropolis, is a frenetic and bustling city right on the banks of the Nile River. It’s known as the “city that never sleeps” because there’s always something going on in this huge metropolis where ancient culture meets futuristic skyscrapers.
Expect to hear a cacophony of horns and the rumbling of traffic at all hours of the day and night, but the noises are energizing to people who enjoy major cities.
Visitors come to Cairo to learn about Egypt’s vast and illustrious history. The Egyptian Museum, which houses millennia’s worth of antiques and relics, including mummified remains of ancient monarchs, is one of Cairo’s top attractions. Tahir Square, with its center traffic circle, is the hub of Cairo and a popular place for political protests. The 187-meter-high Cairo Tower in the Gezira Island area of Zamalek is a must-see for panoramic city views.
Giza, Egypt’s most renowned landmark, is also close, with the iconic pyramids dating back to the 26th century BC and the Great Sphinx. Visiting for dawn or sunset on a camel would give you some great photos.
Mauritius is a gleaming diamond in the Indian Ocean off Africa’s southeast coast that punches much above its weight. While a Mauritius vacation includes sunny skies, sandy beaches, and the warm Indian Ocean, this diverse island truly has something for everyone, whether you want a vibrant resort town with plenty of nightlife or a quiet nook where you can go hiking or birding.
The simplest method to pick where to travel in Mauritius is to divide the island into four sections and match your interests and expectations to the best length of coastline and locations to visit. If you want an action-packed, sightseeing vacation, the northern and western beaches are often busier and offer more services and tourist attractions, whilst the eastern and southern beaches are quieter and lend themselves to a ‘do nothing much’ holiday.
Of course, Mauritius is tiny enough that you may rent a car for the day and drive yourself to another beach or to view a certain landmark or tourist site — you won’t be stuck somewhere. Its coastal roads are great to drive on, and there are many sites of interest, from inviting cities to charming gardens and natural reserves in the island’s verdant and mountainous interior.
Cape Town has it all, is located at the base of Table Mountain and right on the Atlantic Ocean. The city has a stretch of stunning beaches as well as a multitude of natural attractions such as climbing to the top of Lion’s Head to see the sunrise or trekking in Table Mountain National Park.
t also has the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, and there is a chance to observe wild African penguins just 30 minutes outside of the city center.
Cape Town is also culturally diverse, with several museums, galleries, and historical sites, such as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. When it comes to dining and shopping, Cape Town offers some of the best restaurants and boutiques in the world. Don’t miss out on the vibrant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, which houses both.
There are hotels for all budgets, and because of the advantageous currency rate for Americans, Canadians, and Europeans, even the premium hotels here are reasonable.
Cape Town (photo: https://www.lookoutpro.com/)
Cape Town (photo: https://www.getyourguide.fr/)
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest (almost two million hectares) and oldest national park, and it is home to an incredible amount and diversity of species. It is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a vast wilderness region that connects Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park with Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park.
A Kruger National Park map will show the five perennial rivers that flow through the park from west to east: the Crocodile, Sabie, Olifants, Luvuvhu, and Letaba. These are the lifelines of the park. The ecosystem of Kruger National Park is heavily reliant on these rivers, and many of the greatest lodges are located along their banks.
Kruger National Park (photo:https://www.discoverafrica.com/)
Kruger National Park (https://www.krugerpark.co.za/)
Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara National Reserve, located in southwest Kenya and encompassing an area of 1,510 square kilometers (583 square miles), is a country of beautiful landscapes, plentiful animals, and unending plains.
The classic Masai Mara safari has numerous attractions since the reserve has a good year-round concentration of wildlife, including the famed Great Migration of almost two million wildebeest, zebras, and other antelopes. There are two Masai Mara lodges: Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp and Bateleur Camp.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is a photographer’s and naturalist’s dream, with elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion, and cheetah roaming freely among migrating wildebeest and zebra. Leopards are commonly seen, endangered black rhinos hide in impenetrable thickets, and big rafts of hippo and massive crocodiles may be found in the Mara River. Over 450 bird species may also be seen in the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Masai Mara National Reserve (photo:https://www.matriarchafrica.com/)
Masai Mara National Reserve (photo:https://www.maasaimarakenyapark.com/)
Seychelles is a superb tourism destination with excellent infrastructure, and its natural islands are the main draw. Although traveling to this part of Africa is expensive, the quality of travel is superb. If you’re concerned about your safety here, you should know that the crime rate is relatively low, and everyone contributes equally to the economy.
If you are planning a honeymoon or are a diving enthusiast, you must visit this location. This is also a popular destination for sailors, gamblers, and those interested in a variety of sports. Seychelles is rich in natural beauty, man-made attractions, and ancient treasures.
The Seychelles islands are frequently divided into two categories. Most visitors confine their tour to the 43 Inner Islands, settling on one of the group’s three main isles. If you take a private yacht further out to sea, you’re sure to come upon one of the 72 Outer Islands, which are low-lying, sandy cays dominated by animals.
Seychelles (photo: Tripadvisor)