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Best Places to visit in Africa

Africa isn’t always on people’s radars due to being remote and sometimes expensive, but those who visit have the chance to experience the perfect blend of ancient and modern, of wild and urban, of East and West.

To help you start planning your adventure, and create a perfect bucket list, and African itinerary, here you will find the best places to visit in Africa.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking for beautiful beaches or an unforgettable adventure. After trekking to this Indian Ocean destination, you’ll instantly feel at ease as you lounge on quiet beaches like Matemwe and Pongwe.

zanzibar beach

Once you’ve gotten your fill of the beaches, visit Zanzibar City’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town. No trip would be complete without taking a spice tour in the countryside and exploring Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and Zambia

Admire this breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sprawling between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is roughly twice as deep and wide as Niagara Falls, making it one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls.

victoria falls in zimbabwe

To see the natural wonder at its prime, plan a visit here in April when the region’s rainy season has concluded. When you’re not enjoying the view from above, go swimming or whitewater rafting in the Zambezi River to admire the falls from a different angle.

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech buzzes with life, from performers, look for your attention in Jemaa El-Fna (an open-air square in the heart of the Medina of Marrakech) while vendors hawk aromatic spices, homemade textiles, ornate lanterns, and more at the bazaars.

Girl taking photo at jemaa el fna marrakech
Girl posing at Bahia palace in Marrakech

When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, unwind at a riad or head to a bar and relax.

Madagascar

The habitat on the island of Madagascar is unlike any other in the world. Most of the landscape is unspoiled, giving visitors a chance to see animals in their natural habitat.

Madagascar palms

Travelers will want to make sure to snap a photo of the signature animal: the lemur. Madagascar is home to more than 100 species of creatures, as well as 19,000-plus kinds of plants. Some of the best places to see wild lemurs include Isalo National Park and Lokobe National Park.

Kruger National Park

Kruger has everything, ranging from lions to rhinos to elephants to giraffes, in this massive South African game preserve. Plus, the park’s network of paved roads makes it easier to navigate than Serengeti, but its popularity – especially from April to September – means you’re more likely to encounter hordes of visitors during game drives and at in-park accommodations.

zebras near water kruger national park

Botswana

If you are dreaming of spending your vacation surrounded by nature, you will love visiting Botswana. A less-crowded alternative to safari destinations like South Africa and Tanzania, Botswana offers opportunities to spot rhinos, elephants, and more in protected areas like Khama Rhino Sanctuary and Chobe National Park.

Elephants standing in sun in Botswana

Plus, adrenaline junkies can participate in all kinds of heart-pumping activities, including quad biking, mokoro (canoe) safaris, camel rides, and helicopter tours.

Serengeti National Park

Looking to come face to face with elephants, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeests, then a safari through Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park is the adventure for you.

People in a jeep looking at sunset at Serengeti National park

The price will be steep, but a journey here affords an unforgettable experience. To save money, book one of the park’s campgrounds instead of staying at a high-end safari lodge or luxury tented camp. Plan on arriving in January, February, or between June and September for the best conditions.

Seychelles

Group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles have long attracted those looking for a relaxing getaway. Spend your days lounging on pristine, crowd-free beaches like Anse Volbert and Anse Lazio.

Island with forest in Seychelles

Or, head deep into the nature reserve to gaze at its unique flora and fauna. Keep in mind that lodging here is expensive (especially at the luxury resorts), so it’s best to save up and book in advance.

Malawi

Despite its small size and landlocked location in southeastern Africa, Malawi draws visitors with its gorgeous lake, diverse wildlife, and friendly people. At Lake Malawi, travelers can enjoy water sports activities like kayaking and sailing, soak up some sun on a white sand beach or dive beneath the lake’s surface to look for colorful cichlid fish.

People at Lake malawi

The tiny country also features nine national parks and wildlife reserves, making it an excellent less-crowded option for a safari.

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Hello! I’m Sara, a Croatian native. I’ve traveled all over the world and have knocked out some amazing cities and countries off my bucket list.

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