Top 7 Countries to visit in Africa

Top 7 Countries to visit in Africa

Africa is a beautiful continent but yet unexplored by many. The fearful mentality of the people is the main barrier that stops them from exploring this beauty. Africa has the capability to give travelers everything they want. Whether you want to experience a desert, or beautiful mountains, or exotic flora and fauna, Africa never stops to surprise you. Not just that, the continent of Africa is so diverse. There are multiple cultures and ethnic groups that are spread across the entire length and breadth of the continent. It is also a haven for travelers because the continent is comparatively cheaper to explore.

If you’re someone who has that desire to explore the continent, we bring to you the top 7 countries that you should include in your itinerary if not already.

Morocco

Morocco

If you’re going to Africa, Morocco should be on your list. The country is a travelers’ paradise as it offers everything from treks to beaches to foods to history. Morocco is known for its Atlas and Rif mountains that have been captivating trekkers for a long time now. Situated on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coast, the country offers a variety when it comes to seaside relaxation. The city of Casablanca is especially known for its beaches.

Morocco is also a great shopping center. The ‘souks’ offer people variety of options and the best part about them is their acceptance of bargain. If you’re in Morocco, don’t forget to ride the camel in the desert. The food of Morocco is mouthwatering and is a must try. One word of caution: Avoid the snake charmers whenever possible.

Ethiopia

ethiopia

Ethiopia is another country in Africa that is home to multiple tribes. The Lower Omo Valley in the country is the best example with the presence of eight tribes disparate from each other. The entire area is a recognized World Heritage Site. If you’re in the country, visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. The thirteenth-century construction is a hand-work and is considered as the ‘New Jerusalem’. Ethiopian food is considered the best food in Africa. The ‘injera’ pancake, the tibs, and the honey wine are a must try. The country also has a coffee ceremony that shouldn’t be missed on your itinerary. Trekking in the Simien mountains is another must-try experience.

Seychelles

seychelles

Seychelles is known for its picturesque beaches. The white sand, turquoise water, and the tropical climate that it offers makes it a must-go destination. The country also offers hiking trails that offer stunning views of the island. Just like most African nations, the country also has unique flora and fauna. The Aldabra giant tortoise is easy to spot and of course, doesn’t harm you for a selfie. It is one of the largest tortoises in the world. So is Coco de Mer Palm which produces the heaviest nut in the world. But don’t touch whatever you see. Sometimes, the pitcher plants might trap you. It’s not a difficult task to move around the island since most of them speak English. Don’t miss the seafood, especially the octopus curry!

Botswana

botswana

Botswana is known for its friendly nature, diverse ecosystem and extraordinary wildlife. The must-visit place is the Okavango Delta. It is one of the unspoiled deltas in this world and you can easily spot elephants drinking and bathing in these waters. Hiring a mekoro for this experience is breath-taking. The Moremi game reserve is yet another place where you can spot some rare wildlife including the endangered wild dogs. If you’re in Botswana in November, you would be lucky to see the Zebra migration, which is the second-largest migration after Serengeti. About 25,000 Zebra move about in search of water and lush greenlands. Don’t miss out on the houseboat experience. It’s yet another safari that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Namibia

namibia

Namibia has picturesque mountains, but these aren’t rocks, but sands. The dunes of Sossusvlei offers a wonderful sight to people. As the sun crosses the sky, the sand, like a chameleon, changes color which is a must watch. Like every other African country, Namibia is also home to multiple ethnic tribes. The wildlife here is also plentiful. The Etosha National Park is a must-visit and is home to wildlife including the rarely seen Gemsbok and the antelopes. Tourists can have a pleasant time in the country because of the safety that it offers and because English is widely spoken here. The best thing about Nambia though is its dry climate. The reason is that the tourists get to enjoy exploring the country without any trouble all around the year.

Malawi

malawi
Image: Flickr / Joachim Huber – CC BY-SA 2.0

Malawi is comparatively smaller when compared to other African nations. But the friendly people and the Lake Malawi, which is a freshwater lake is what attracts people to this unspoiled land. Adventurers would love this country because of the freshwater snorkeling and diving that is seen here. Visitors should also give a try at mountain biking in Nyika. The biking offers amazing sight and there are chances to spot the wildlife. Malawi also has mountains that support hiking. The hiking trail gives panoramic views of the country. Malawi is also a bird’s paradise. Some of Malawi’s villages are difficult to access by roads, and yachting has thus become a common thing in the country, especially in Lake Malawi.

Rwanda

rwanda

Rwanda is a nation that bounced back from tragedy. But people of Rwanda are very friendly. One of the first spots that people could visit is the Volcanoes national park. Consisting of five volcanoes, it is also the place where you could find mountain gorillas. Virunga is another volcanic mountain and offers great hiking trails to people. The volcanoes are mostly dormant. The colonialism can be experienced as soon as someone comes near Huye. It stands out from its background and is filled with colonial history. While it won’t strike as a tourist place for most people, the Genocide memorials get maximum footfall. It is a memorial for the one million people who died during the Rwanda Genocide.

After all, Africa is literally a dark continent yet to be explored by many. Although safety is a concern for many, the people are helpful and friendly. So take a break from the rest of the world and head to this continent to have a one-time experience of your life.

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