Top 10 Travel Destinations in Africa

Africa has the most diverse countries globally, which makes it one of the best travel destinations ever. From beautiful islands to majestic wildlife, crystal blue beaches, deserts, waterfalls, and different cultures and history, Africa has so much to explore.

Here are the top 10 travel destinations you need to go to in Africa:

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An African Elephant in Masai Mara

Masai Mara  – Kenya

Masai Mara is a famous National Reserve in Kenya. The reserves are in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland. Masai Mara can be the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. Kenya is no doubt the finest wildlife destination in the world because of the Mara.

During July and November every year, tourism in Kenya reaches the peak as wilder beasts migrate during these months; arrive in July, depart in November. Almost 1.5 million animals migrate. Among the 1.5 million animals are 95 species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and over 400 bird species. The best time to visit the Mara is usually between July and October during migration. Early November and February also offer fantastic game viewing.

The rainy season begins from November through May, with peak rainfall from December to January and April to May. From June to November comes the dry season, often sunny mornings with cloud build-up in the afternoon. Maximum temperature up to 30 °C and minimum at 20 °C.

Sossusvlei 

Sossusvlei  – Namibia

This is in the southern part of the Namib Desert. The large red dunes that surround it characterizes it. Sossusvlei means ‘dead-end marsh, as it is the place where the dunes come together, preventing the Tsauchab River from flowing any further.

It is a great destination all year round. The dunes are some of the highest globally, almost 400 meters; a perfect place for photographers to get beautiful pictures during sunrise and sunset.

The pan remains bone dry most years because of its dry conditions. However, despite the harsh desert conditions, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals adapted to survive, such as ostrich, antelopes, birds, and reptiles.

The most beautiful fact about Sossusvlei is that the color of the sand changes across the desert; closer to the sea in the West, the sand appears to be whiter, while moving inland, the sand becomes pinker.

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The Victoria falls

The Victoria falls – Zambia

Victoria Falls is known for its awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Kololo tribe living at Victoria Falls in the 1800s described it as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya,’ which means ‘The Smoke that Thunders.’ This is because Victoria Falls’ noise can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometers, while the spray and mist from the falling water are rising to a height of almost 400 meters. This is visible from almost 50 kilometers away.

Victoria Falls Is the World’s greatest curtain of falling water. Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Great Pyramids

Pyramids at Giza – Egypt

The Giza Pyramids constructed endure an eternity and were successful as the constructions are some 4,500 years ago during Egypt’s ancient kingdom. The pyramids were erected on a rocky plateau on the Nile River’s west bank near Al-Jihaz in Northern Egypt.

Each massive pyramid is a larger complex, including a palace, temples, solar boar pit, and other features. The pyramids helped to build ancient Egypt. The pyramids, preserved to date, allow us to explore a long-vanished ancient world.

Tomb art depicts ancient farmers working their fields, tending livestock, fishing and fowling, costumes, carpentry, religious rituals, and burial practices.

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Mount Mulanje

Mount Mulanje – Malawi

This mountain has Malawi’s highest peak. Syenite and granite cover mostly Mulanje, covering a massive 650 square kilometers. At almost 9,850 feet, its giant basin of rock and narrow gullies cut by fast-flowing streams distinguishes Mount Mulanje. A strenuous trek leads to magnificent viewpoints.

On the way to the amazing mount, you may encounter monkeys, voles, hares, and a carpet of gorgeous wildflowers after the rain. They’re also massive numbers of butterflies along the way.

Lake Retba (Lac Rose)

Lake Retba (Lac Rose) – Senegal

Rebta is in Northwest Africa, Senegal. The lake ‘Lac Rose’ is since the color of the water is pink. The lake is about 3 square kilometers. It is famous for salt extraction and the best time to visit the lake is from November to June as this is the dry season. The pink color is because of the Dunaliella Salina algae. The magenta-colored sapphire bushes flourish in the white sandbanks, and the dunes are terra cotta in color.

Like the Dead Sea, Lake Retba is sufficiently buoyant, as people can easily float in it. The pink hue in the lake is most vivid during the dry season than the rainy season.

The lake separates from the Atlantic Ocean only by a narrow corridor of dunes, and the water is so clean that it is perfectly fit for human consumption or swimming.

Djemma el Fna

Djemma el Fna – Morocco

This is the world’s most exciting town square that would constantly remind you that you are in Africa. Marrakesh’s old city, where the square is, has stalls set up from the sleepy afternoon heat until the night falls. The stalls include henna painters, silk-clad acrobats, snake charmers, date sellers, capricious monkey handlers, juice stalls, and storytellers. Later in the night, the vendors join the tribal drummers, mobile restaurateurs who sell delicious grilled meat, bread, salad, sheep’s head for the brave and ladyboy dancers to entertain throughout the night.

Sahara Dunes

Sahara Dunes – Morocco

Did you know that the Sahara Dunes is as big as China or the United States of America? The Sahara Dunes is almost 180 meters in height, and it is mostly rockier than sandy; 70% gravel and 30% sand. The heat at the dunes and the slippery sands can make climbing a tough journey more or less like a workout. The desert dunes usually shift by several yards each year, and therefore its landscape is ever-changing annually. The highest temperature ever recorded at Sahara Dunes is 136 Fahrenheit Degrees, about 58 degrees Celsius.

The desert is full of archaeological and paleontological wonders, from 6000-year-old megalithic stone circles, Saharan rock paintings, and unique dinosaur fossils that scientists have discovered. Last year, scientists discovered an 80 million-year-old dinosaur fossil in the Saharian Oasis named Mansourasaurus shahinae.

The rest of the desert comprises sand, seas, salt flats, rivers, streams, stone plateaus, mountains, and oases. Another fun fact for star wars fans; Sahara Dunes was set to shoot the Star Wars movie as the Matmata, the fictional village in the movie where Luke Skywalker grew up.

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Lake Nakuru National Park (Paradise of Flamingoes)

Lake Nakuru national Park – Kenya

Nakuru National Park is famous for the Flamingos that flock to its shores to feed on cyanobacteria that live in its alkaline waters. Sometimes of the year, almost 1 to 2 million flamingos form a massive pink band around Lake Nakuru’s edge.

Nakuru National Park also has the greatest concentrations of Black Rhino in the World. It also has a thriving population of White Rhinos. It is also a sanctuary for the rare Rothschild Giraffe and is also one of Kenya’s best places to see Leopards.

The climate at Lake Nakuru National Park is moderate, but sometimes it can be humid. The area has two wet seasons, from March to May and then from October to December. The rain is usually as short as heavy downpours in the early afternoon. Otherwise, the weather is fine.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania

Kilimanjaro rises majestically above the African Plains. Kilimanjaro, the 20,000-foot mountain, is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain worldwide. It has three volcanic cones; Mawenzi, Shira, and Kibo. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, but Kibo is dormant and may erupt again. The last major eruption happened 360,000 years ago. The majestic mountain is visible from the Amboseli national park.

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