20 Tourist Destinations In Africa You Must Visit on a Vacation

Cheryl Brite August 18th 2016 Travel
If you are looking to vacation in Africa, you need to experience everything this continent has to offer. There are many breathtaking areas to see but where to start? Take some time to do your research and plan out where you want to go. You won't regret it. It will all be worth in the end when you capture the most beautiful places in Africa on camera. What are you waiting for?
1. Table Mountain in South Africa
Get ready to take out your camera. From the air it is an amazing site to see. Table Mountain has spectacular beaches and is a great attraction to capture on film. You can take cable cars to experience the views, including the sunrise and sunset. If you're afraid of heights, don't go on the cable cars. The ground view is just as impressive as the view from the sky.
Table Mountain has a constellation named after it because it's such an icon hot spot in South Africa. It contains 1,470 floral species and many endangered species that you won't find anywhere else. You can use the cableway, or you can hike to the top of this mountain. When you take the cableway, you find a great view of Cape Town as well as the Atlantic seaboard. Rock climbing, caving, and mountain biking are some of the exciting activities you can embark on during your vacation. The mountain is not only a landmark of Africa, but it's a part of Table Mountain National Park.
2. Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda
You can't believe what you're seeing. It is certainly an experience you will never forget. They're size isn't the only impressive thing about these gorillas. They're eyes will pierce your soul. Tours are available in the forest to see these magnificent creatures. Don't miss out on this opportunity while you're in South Africa but take precautions to because you want to stay safe and respect the gorilla's space.
You'll see them live in their natural habitat. On the hike to the gorillas, it's important to take the proper supplies like water, rain gear, sunglasses, binoculars, etc. If you're sick, you can't go on the hike because it could be fatal to the gorillas. Respect the environment where the gorillas live. Don't touch the gorillas because they may be carrying diseases that may put you at risk. Respect the gorillas and give them the space they deserve to be comfortable in their environment.
3. Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe
If you're a fan of waterfalls, you have to see Victoria Falls. You don't want to miss this place in Africa, or you will regret it for the rest of your life. The beautiful falls will make you want to take out your camera and take a picture. Be sure not to miss the rainbows that show up within the falls. The colors will amaze you, and you will enjoy the refreshing spray of Victoria Falls. It's a great way to spend your day.
At this South African hot spot you can take bungee, sightseeing, and bridge tours to explore this national park as well as the falls. You can cross the Zambezi River Bridge to experience the views from high up. The structure is impressive and a symbol of early twentieth century colonialism. Ride along the Victoria Falls Steam Train where you can see the views of South Africa as well as being treated like royalty. Visit Crocodile Ranch where you learn all about the crocodiles from the professionals. End your day with the Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village where you can buy quality arts and crafts and sip great coffee at the Africa Cafe.
4. Pyramids Of Giza in Egypt
It took so much work to build these pyramids with 2.5 million pieces of limestone so the least you can do is visit them. The triangular shape and size will make you feel small but you're glad you came. It's a great experience to have with someone special, family members, or even close friends. Did you know that all sides of the pyramid were built precisely to the north, south, east, and west? That's amazing! Don't forget to take a picture with your phone and send it to your friends to make them jealous.
The pyramids of Giza were built on a plateau on the west bank of the Nile. It is known as one of the seven wonders of the world. It is also known as being the only pyramid with ascending and descending passages. It was thought to have been built for Khufu, the fourth dynasty egyptian pharaoh. Obviously you're not aloud to climb the pyramids and wear comfortable shoes because the trip to this site is no joke. You can climb the steps leading to the entrance that is 55 feet above the ground. To go inside the pyramid it will cost but it's so worth the money because you're seeing an impressive part of egyptian history.
5. Nyika Plateau National Park in Malawi
It may look like an intricate formation with many different paths to travel, but its views are something you'll never forget. Its plateaus integrated with rivers makes this national park unusual but a great opportunity to take pictures. The eastern part of Nyika Plateau creates the Great Rift Valley. Its formation makes it the perfect place to hike, bike, and use a Jeep along the paths. Don't miss an opportunity to explore this amazing national park. It will be something you can't stop talking about to your friends and family.
Nyika National Park is huge with an area of 1250 square miles. Its grasslands are rich and more 200 species of the orchid flower exist. You can see the national park by driving a 4x4 or on horseback. You'll see antelope, zebra, warthog, bushpig, elephants, buffalo, and over 400 species of birds. If you're an avid birdwatcher, this is the place you want to be. Waterfalls, rock shelters, and trout pools are just some of the park's attractions you'll see as you experience the outdoors of South African nature.
6. Draa Valley in Morocco
Your eyes won't believe what they're seeing. The endless sea of plantations is a beautiful site to see. The Atlas Mountains and the Dunes of the Sahara rests on either side of this wide landscape. Nearby are hotels and restaurants where tourists like yourself can enjoy the views of Morocco. The Draa Valley's red earth, plantations, and mind blowing views will make you never want to stop taking pictures. You may run out of film, but the memories will last forever.
The Draa Valley starts from the city of Ouarzazate to the Sahara Desert. Draa, Morocco's largest river, attracts tourists because of its amazing landscape. Ancient cave paintings and and carving can be found in the area. Tours like mountain hiking and camel riding are available to see the breathtaking views of Draa Valley. During these tours you can see the Chgaga or Tinfou dunes. The peaceful look of the starlit sky at night is also a site you do not want to tear your eyes away from.
7. The Sphinx in Egypt
This piece of architecture is truly a site to see in person. A lion's body and a human head make up this huge Sphinx. Yes, it does really exist beyond the pages of National Geographic. It's the home of many family pictures. You don't want to miss this attraction while you're in Africa, and you know you'll be kicking yourself on the plane ride back home if you do. Plan your trip to this attraction today!
The Sphinx is a national and modern symbol of egypt. Many poets, scholars, and tourists have been inspired by this majestic statue for centuries. Many wonder how old it really is, what the meaning of it is, and other secrets it holds, but you do know that it's made of limestone bedrock. It faces the rising sun ,and the head represents power and might. This wonder is about being preserved and not being excavated. You'll be truly amazed by its history.
8. Riding Safari in Kenya
Whatever you do, do not get trampled. You know it's an amazing experience to be a part of as you ride along with the wildlife on a horse. It's probably the most incredible and dangerous thing you will ever do while you're in Africa. Nothing compares to the beauty of the wildlife. You're an animal lover, and this is the perfect places to see species you have never seen before. It's the opportunity of a lifetime.
If you want adventure and excitement, the riding safari in Kenya is the perfect place for you to vacation. People who know how to ride will have no problem. Interacting with wildlife, you'll see zebras as far as the eye can see, hyenas, lions, hyrax, birds, and insects. You'll stay in mobile camps where you'll rest comfortably. It's a two person tent with beds, sheets, and blankets. Fresh food and hot showers are also available, and the wildlife heard in the daytime and at night will make you feel like you're truly connected to the world around you.
9. The Nile in Egypt
You've read about it in history books, and you know you're actually here to see it in person. How cool is that? You can take a cruise down the Nile to see all the attractions it has to offer. The Valley of the Kings and the Kom Ombo Temple are just some of the attractions you can see and capture on film. They are truly something to marvel at, and you know you'll never forget what you've seen. Book your trip to the Nile today!
Stretching 4,000 miles from East Africa to the Mediterranean, this river is the longest river in the world. The water flows from the mountains in the south to the Mediterranean in the north. The Victoria Falls is thought to be the source of the Nile River. You can take a cruise on the Nile in order to see what the people of the area do. You will also see the Karnak, Luxor, Dendera, and many other ancient egyptian sites. There's a lot of history to learn about the Nile, but you'll never truly know about this river if you don't choose Africa as your next vacation trip.
10. The Southern Cross in Zambia
Astronomers on vacation need to come to this spot. The stars above are quite magnificent in the Southern Hemisphere of Zambia. The Southern Cross constellation is a site you can't miss in the open sky. It will make you feel insignificant and in a state of awe all at the same time. Nothing is more beautiful than the stars in Africa. It's a peaceful environment where the sounds of the animals and the stars in the sky will make you feel relaxed and welcomed in Africa.
The Southern Cross is known for being the best constellation in the southern hemisphere. The name came from the stars in the sky taking the shape of a cross. It is a smaller constellation out of the 88 other constellations in the sky. The constellation only takes up 68 square degrees of sky and lives in the third quadrant of the southern hemisphere. It also exists next to Centaurus and Musca. As you lie on the ground and stare at the night sky, you know how lucky you are to be vacationing in Africa.
11. Flamingos in Kenya
As a birdwatcher you can't miss out on this opportunity on your vacation. These tall, pink birds are amazing against the backdrop of Lake Nakuru National Park. There are more than one million flamingos to see all in one place. You've never seen so many birds in your life. Careful not to disturb these birds, or you'll never get a picture. Believe me this is something you do not want to miss when you travel to Kenya.
Kenya is known for its abundance of flamingos in Lake Nakuru. They come to this place when they migrate from April through June. The flamingos are attracted by the algae in the lake, and that's why they keep coming back. These birds consume more than 250,000 kg of algae per hectare of surface area per year. They are also attracted by the warm temperature of the water. The lake is known by bird experts as the biggest bird spectacle in the world.
12. Lower Zambezi in Zambia
You have to explore its national park. You will see elephants, hippos, and other wildlife. Just don't get in their way and they won't hurt you. Using a canoe you can sail through the safari and experience wildlife from a new perspective instead of on land. You will be accommodated by people of the land into camps and lodges near the river. If you're not amazed by your time in Zambia, then there's something wrong with you.
Zambia National Park is underdeveloped but don't let that fool you. The park is alive with wildlife and beauty that you must explore. Thick riverine fringe, fig trees, forest, winterthorn trees, acacias, hills, and woodlands make up this national park. It's 4,092 square feet kilometers in size and has a great population of lions and leopards. Fishing, canoeing, and camping are activities that are available to experience Zambia National Park. Luxury lodges are found to be along the river banks of the park where you can relax from an exciting day in the wild.
13. Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique
The land view has no comparison to the view of this place from a helicopter. Sure you may see whales, dolphins, and other sea life in the water but the view from the sky will amaze you because of the mere size of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Not if you're afraid of heights! Anyway the helicopter will even take you back to your lodge on Benguerra Island. Their hotels are award winning and because they rest on an island, you can see the amazing sea life that surrounds you. What could be better then this?
The Bazaruto Archipelago is the best place to spend your vacation. You can discover the rare dugong, sea horses, manta rays, and whale sharks. You will find peace and tranquility in their accommodations as well as the beautiful views of the sunrise and sunset. The staff is more than happy to help you with a smile on their faces. If you love to dive, this vacation spot is known as having the best diving in the world. Snorkeling, hiking, and horseback riding are other activities you will enjoy during your stay in Africa.
14. Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana
The fruit hanging off the trees in this national park have been said to taste like sherbet. Sounds great, right! Nxai Pan is also known for its salt pans. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hug herds of giraffes can been seen walking around in this national park. Be careful and enjoy the view of these animals from a safe distance. You want to explore this part of Botswana because of how beautiful this place is to the eye.
Nxai Pan National Park has an abundance of wildlife like kudu, springbok, impala, ostrich, jackal, bat-eared fox, and many more. This national park turns into the Garden of Eden when it rains. Being a birdwatcher has its perks at this park because you'll see species you have never seen before. The best time to go on vacation to this spot is from November to April because of the hot wet summer season. To relax and get off your feet Nxai Pan National Park are starting to build lodges so you can stay in the park while on vacation. How exciting is that?
15. Fish River Canyon in Namibia
The vast landscape alone is beautiful. You'll never be able to take your eyes off it. This canyon is 500 meters deep and 160 kilometers long and wow is that huge. The dry season is when you will want to travel to Namibia to see the Fish River Canyon because the turquoise water is truly an impressive site to see. Taking pictures won't do it justice but it will be something you can have forever on film. The memories will never die.
The Fish River Canyon is a place where you can relax and enjoy the Ai-Ais Hot Springs Spa. The warm water will relax your muscles from a long day on your feet. It's a great spot to spend time with family and enjoy each other's company. The staff is great and are always there if you need anything. The Canyon Roadhouse is the next stop on your vacation to get something to eat because it is said by the tourist as a place you need to stop and eat the delicious, mouthwatering food. The hot springs and Canyon Roadhouse also offer lodgings when you need a place to stay during your vacation at Fish River Canyon.
16. Solio Reserve Rhinos in Kenya
Rhinos are your favorite animal. You will see rhinos as you travel to the Solio Reserve in Kenya. It exists between two mountain ranges and is home to more than 250 rare, black and white rhinos. How often do you see a rare species of rhino? You're up close and personal with these animals. Just don't get trampled and you'll be ok.
The Solio Reserve is fenced and is geared towards the conservation of rhinos. It was founded in 1970 and works to protect the black rhinos as they breed. Breeding has been so successful in this area that other reserves were built all over Africa. It has the biggest population of white rhinos, which attracts many tourist from all over the world. The reserve also inhabits buffalos, zebras, giraffes, antelope, and other wildlife with the best leopard viewing in the country. Bird watchers will also benefit from this trip in seeing over 300 species of birds, and you will get the chance to go on a safari with one of the park's experienced Solio guides to learn more about the environment.
17. Nyiragongo Volcano in the Congo
Don't fall into the volcano, it's hot! Oh, and you'll die. It's two kilometers in width with a lava lake that you can look at and obviously can't touch. Wow that's huge! Nyiragongo is an active volcano that erupted in 2002, taking the half a million lives. Just hope you're not there when it decides to erupt again.
The Nyiragongo volcano is beautiful but one of the most active volcanos with a large lava lake. It's a place where adrenaline junkies and geologists like to spend their time on vacation. Located in the Rift Valley, this volcano is known for its eruptions where the fluidity and fast moving lava has devastated the area surrounding it. You'll capture beautiful pictures of the lava flowing that's for sure. If this is something you really want to do on vacation, you need to be aware of your surroundings and take the necessary precautions before you go. The lava on your skin will not only burn, but it will take the flesh right off your skin.
18. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
Pictures seen on the internet are not enough. You need to go to Kilimanjaro on your next vacation. It's beauty is shown in its massive size. 5,895 meters is how high this mountain is as Africa's highest peak. You're climbing this mighty mountain because it's on your bucket list, or you just love to climb mountains. You will encounter wildlife, rainforest, and meadows on your climb to the top.
Kilimanjaro is situated 340 km south of the equator with three volcanic cones called Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. It is also known as the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. In Kilimanjaro National Park you have the option as a climber to climb the routes of Marangu, Machame, Rongai, Lemosho, and Mweka. Climbing is a big part of your vacation in Kilimanjaro because you love to be active during your time off. 25,000 people every year attempt to summit the top of Africa, and you want to be a part of this group. The ecosystem living on this mountain is extraordinary because it's the same ecosystem that lives on earth and when you think of mountain, you don't necessarily think you'll find glaciers, snowfields, deserts, alpine moorland, savannah, and a tropical jungle on it.
19. Lake Malawi
Did you know it's one of the largest lakes in the world? It is also known as the "Lake of Stars." 1,300 species of fish inhabit Lake Malawi and is recognized as having the most fish in its lake. You can observe all this by boat or snorkeling. Be sure to dive in to experience all the species of fish that you can. Who knows when you'll get another chance like this?
Lake Malawi is one of the Southern Rift Valley Lakes. It rests between Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique. The lake also contains more fish in its lake then any other lake in the world. This fact alone attracts fishermen from all over. African safaris are also available for your budget to learn about the wildlife of the area. The staff has extensive knowledge of the region, so you know you're really learning about what makes Africa special.
20. The Great Migration in Tanzania
What a treat to see this part of animal nature occur? If great is in the title, then you have no choice to but to explore Tanzania. You can be here to experience the wildebeest and zebra migrate. It's a year round experience for these wild animals. It's something you may never see again in your life. No picture can ever replace seeing this in real life so pack your bags for Tanzania.
The Great Migration has a map, so you can track the path but it can be unpredictable. You can even choose a hotel, camp, or lodge that is nearby, so you'll be prepared to see this once in a lifetime experience when it happens. To see the Wildebeest Migration you should make sure you stay at the Serengeti's mobile camps. The Tanzania Safari is another activity you can experience while you're waiting for the great migration. When you are going to see the Wildebeest, the migration occurs from December to March near Lake Ndutu. There are other areas and months of the year to witness the great migration, so you will get your chance to see one of world's greatest journeys on African land.

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