The African continent enjoys a vast and ever-changing landscape from lusciously fertile jungles through to the hot, arid desert.
If you are visiting anywhere in Africa or better yet traveling through, there are some breath-taking places you won’t want to miss out on.
1. Fish River Canyon, Namibia
After the Grand Canyon of America, the Namibian site of the Fish River Canyon is the most spectacular in the world.
With a 160km ravine which measures at about 27km wide and 550 metres deep in some places the Fish River flows in the belly of this giant spectacle.
Here you’ll enjoy wide open spaces that allow you to breathe the fresh air easy and take in the vast scenery.
2. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Essentially the Kenyan counterpart to the Serengeti, the smaller Maasai Mara is equally rewarding when it comes to game viewing.
Big cats are the star residents. Prides of up to 20 lions hog the spotlight, but it is also a very good place to see cheetahs and leopards, along with elephants, buffalos, giraffes and rhinos.
The Masai Mara comes into its own over late July to early October, when hundreds of thousands of wildebeest arrive from the Serengeti to cross the Mara River, the most spectacular part of the annual migration.
- When to visit Masai Mara: Game viewing is good throughout the year. Be there between late August and early October to be reasonably certain of catching the wildebeest migration. Any other time is preferable if low tourist volume is more important to you.
3. The Serengeti, Tanzania
Topping many safarigoers’ list of best places to visit in Africa, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest and largest national park.
It is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site largely on account of hosting the world’s most spectacular annual wildlife migration, comprising up to two million wildebeest, as well as tens of thousands of zebra.
The expansive plains host Africa’s largest lion population, estimated at 3,000 individuals. It is probably the most reliable place in East Africa for cheetah, while leopards are regularly observed in the central Seronera Valley.
Other common wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, giraffe, spotted hyena, bat-eared fox and a wide variety of antelope.
- When to visit Serengeti: There’s no bad time. June to October offers great general wildlife viewing and an opportunity to catch the wildebeest migration. The wildebeest calve from late January to February. Many repeat visitors favour April and May, when the countryside is at its greenest, rack rates drop, and tourist volumes are lowest.
4. Table Mountain, South Africa
5. Djemaa el Fna, Morocco
6. Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
In Namibia, you can climb some of the highest sand dunes in the world (or better yet, take a hot air balloon ride over them).
The scenery is dramatic and vaults Namibia into the discussion for one of places to visit in Africa.
If you can afford the stopover, it’s worth doing a Living Desert Tour, a Ghost Town tour, and an overflight of the Skeleton Coast.”
Best time to go: Namibia is a year-round destination, but remember that since it’s a desert environment, you can get a big shift any day of the year, from very hot to very cold. Pack both warm-weather and cool clothes.
7. Okavango Delta, Botswana
Botswana is one of the best travel destinations in Africa to go to for an awesome safari holiday.
Botswana has one of the most sought after wilderness destinations in the world.
In the Okavango Delta, you can experience big game, lush vegetation and natural beauty at its best.
8. Diani Beach, Kenya
Located at a distance of one hour from Mombasa, the Diani Beach is not your average beach, with resorts and sports activities lining up at it.
This one is partially a zoo hence you are most likely to spot several colobus monkeys in the vicinity.
In addition to this, there are camels that also double up as your ride here.
A beautiful beach awaits as you make your array through dense vegetation.
Look forward to a lot of local art shopping.
9. Clifton Beaches, Cape Town Central, South Africa
So, if the Camp’s Bay Beach was not your scene, escape to the Clifton Beaches that serve the requirement of tranquility!
Not just that, but the beaches promise optimum privacy, thus you are ought to spot several honeymooners here.
The beach also boasts of stunning rock formations all across it.
Owing to these factors, the Clifton Beaches are monikered as Cape Town’s St Tropez!
This is a group of four beaches, small but big on the impact making it one of the best places to visit in Africa.
10. Mountain gorillas, Rwanda
A close encounter with the mountain gorillas of the Rwandan rainforest will stay with you for a lifetime.
Various operators run tours tracking silverbacks and their troupes in the dense forest.