People tend to see Africa as a country and not as a continent. But with 54 countries calling it their home countries, Africa’s lands, landscapes and activities vary significantly from region to region. I’ve been to the mainland 26 times and every time we go, I’m surprised by the number of new things to see and do.
Places to do in Africa
To make it easier for you, I’ve highlighted some of Africa’s most popular countries and places, as well as what you need to see and do there, when to go and where to stay. I hope this priory motivates you to jump on an airplane – it’s worth a long flight to get there.
Why Go: One of the three countries in the world where you can walk to see mountain gorillas in the wild (only 1,000 remaining mountain gorillas in the world), the experience in Uganda is truly amazing.
Mugahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda is home to the Niakagizy gorilla family with two silverbacks (adult males). It retains a special charm, as it has one of the highest concentrations of silver in the family. The tour is small, over 8 people, and 60 minutes if you find a gorilla.
I wondered how playful the boys are, not like my little kids. We approached and punched the leg a little bit (animals can do whatever they want, but we were ordered to stay seven meters away from them.
For me seeing the actions of an adult male silver was the most animated experience. As can be done, these mammals share 98% of their DNA, hit their breasts, talk to the sound of their intestines, and easily climb bamboo to build nests. Seeing gorillas in their natural habitat was one of my favorite experiences in Africa.
When should we go: it’s a rainforest, so there’s no bad time because it can get wet at any time. Good packaging.
Kenya and Tanzania
Why go: Kenya and Tanzania often combine on a trip. Many people see these two counties as among the best places to go in Africa, as it is where 2 million wild animals, zebras, and deer can create 2 million wild beasts, zebras and deer to create an immigrant circle from Kenya’s Masmara to Serengeti in Tanzania and explore the great migration.
But even if you didn’t go during the migration, Kenya and Tanzania have some of the largest wildlife populations in all of Africa. It is not uncommon to see 50 elephants in the herd or see the big five (lions, rhinos, cape buffaloes, elephants, leopards) on their first game trip.
Tanzania, of course, has Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the great walking destinations on the bucket list around the world.
If you do the migration, it’s July to September,” says Daniel Saperstein, co-owner of Hippo Creek Sevis and Africa Travel Specialist.
Zambia and Zimbabwe
Why go: Go to Victoria Falls, both countries see the world’s largest waterfall. In addition, you can go boat on the Zambezi River, colliding full of crocodiles and hippos (it’s a great experience and I highly recommend it).
“In addition, Zambia focuses on incredible hiking journeys in amazing national parks such as South Luangwa and Zambezi-e Sofla. In the recent case, in addition to driving and walking games, you can also explain Kano and Fish,” explains Daniel Saperstein of Kava Creek Safari.
Combine these two countries and you’ll see Victoria Falls on both sides and watch another game.
“The high season is the winter months, it’s dry and smooth, and it’s ideal from June to September,” Saperstein says, from October to January.
Why go: In Namibia, you can climb some of the world’s tallest sand dunes (or mount a hot air balloon on it). The scenery is spectacular, putting Namibia in discussion for one of the best places to go in Africa.
You can see something north of Atisha, but they are breathtaking dynamic scenery,” he said.
If you can afford a stop, it’s worth a live dessert tour, a ghost town tour, and a flyover from Skeleton Beach.
Best time to go: Namibia is a year-over-year destination, but it’s a desert environment, so remember that you can get big changes from very hot to very cold days every day of the year. Packing both warm weather and cool clothes.
Why go: The country focuses on high-impact and low-impact tourism, so the properties are all very luxurious and the population seen in East Africa is remarkably absent here. It’s a place to go to Africa for a near-wildlife experience, a plethora of sand.
In addition, the scenery is simply beautiful in the Okavango Delta, so instead of a traditional car game, you can go on omolo (traditional bargain kano) that brings eye level to the game. Safaris say nothing like five feet away from elephants at sea.
When to go: After the Okavango Delta floods begin to retreat, from June to September during the winter months, the game show gradually improves. September is a high season.
Why go: From shark cage diving and malaria-free safari areas to experiencing Durban flavors, India’s cultural homeland in Africa located in the Indian Ocean, South Africa combines a European-African atmosphere.
South Africa is full of private game reserves, making it easy to see five large animals up close and in a limited time than other destinations. Guests can also take a wine tour or hiking mountain.
When to go: Most of the year is perfect for watching the game. However, most of the rain is from December to February and is the coldest time of the year from May to July.
Why go: Visit the pyramids and cruising (yes above) on the Nile Adventure bucket list for a good reason. “Egypt is the cradle of Western civilization. We have very little experience measuring the enormous scale of pyramids and sphincs,” says Claudia Virst, product manager at Abercrombie & Kent.
This part of North Africa attracts history buffs and anyone interested in cultural travel.
“Egypt is a one-year destination, but the most comfortable temperatures are between October and April,” Virst says.
Why go: Go to the famous spice market and settle into Arab culture. “With nearly 10,0 years of experience, the major cities of Morocco, Tangier, Faz, and Rabat look at ancient traditions,” Virst says.
In Morocco, I slept under the stars on camel riding in the Sahara Desert and sipped tea with drank Berbers to learn more about their lifestyles. Known as the Red City, Morocco has a lot to get your attention.
“It should be seen that Gemma Al-Fana is Morocco’s largest market and Africa’s largest square,” Virth says.
Stroll through many souks adjacent to Zima El Fna, where you can shop for everything from spices to teapots.
When to go: Morocco is a year-over-year destination and one of the best places to go in Africa. However, Morocco can warm up during the summer and the desert gets very cold in January.