In our last post we discussed some of the best cities to traveling in the United States, but today we are moving on to a new and exotic continent. Here comes Africa resorts!
In the past few decades Africa went through a transfer from being an exotic place known by only a few to one of the most popular tourist locations in the world. And African countries hurried to use all the benefits of this situation – Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt and many other states are earning a large part of their income from tourists. Visiting African countries gives people an incredibly rich cultural experience – not every day you see a land so rich with history and traditions. There are hundreds of exciting destinations in Africa, but we present 10 best tourist locations here.
Omo River Region, Ethiopia
Located in the sounthwestern part of Ethiopia, this wondrous land hosts more than 50 different tribes, who managed to preserve their unique traditions and way of living almost entirely until our time. Visiting the Omom River Region is going to be an unforgettable experience for everyone who appreciates African culture and history. When planning a trip here, keep in mind that this region is located in a secluded and remote place, so plan your transportation ahead of time. A peculiar feature of Ethiopian tribes is that some of the male members of the tribe often carry rifles with them, but don’t worry about this – the tribes are usually very amiable.
Zanzibar is a breathtaking country situated in the Indian Ocean close to Tanzania. Despite the popular opinion, this country has been quite advanced technologically and culturally since the stone age. Dozens of merchant cities located here at that time brought wealth and development to Zanzibar. Some of the most important products that Zanzibar sold included spices, ivory and slaves. You can see the remains of the old trade cities at the remarkable Stone Town of Zanzibar, which is currently the UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a walk through this ancient town, enjoy the narrow streets, filled with small traditional houses, secluded mosques and the magnificent Sultan’s palace. Aside from having a rich history, Zanzibar is a great location for a relaxed beach vacation, as it’s got gorgeous beaches, golden sand, blue water and dozens of almost uninhabited islands.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Have you ever gone hiking on a dormant volcano? Or climbed a mountain that is 19,340 feet high? No? Than Tanzania will definitely grant you this opportunity with Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa that is located in the heart of this country. If you are already excited to conquer this pinnacle – be prepared for a long journey, as it takes 6 days to get to the top of the mountain.
Virunga Mountains, Democratic Republic of Congo
Viruga Mountains or Tracking Gorillas are a home of nearly extinct mountain gorillas. Just imagine: there are only about 700 gorillas of this type left in the world and about 450 of them live in this beautiful land. The rest of mountain gorillas found a sanctuary in a part of Uganda called Bwindi. The easiest way to see these magnificent animals is to go to the Virunga National Part or Parc National des Volcans, where many of mountain gorillas live. The Virunga National Park offers days worth of sightseeing, as it extends on 46 square miles and hosts 6 volcanoes. This park is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
You’ve probably heard of this magical city with a rich history before. Marrakech is one of the largest city in Morrocco, every tourist who comes here is surprised by how large and crowded this city is. Marrakech is not exactly a location for a relaxed vacation, but if you would like to try something new – come here and dive into the galvanizing energy this place has. Don’t forget to see the Majorelle gardens and the Saadian Tombs, which are some of the most beautiful places in Morocco. You might also want to try going to a local flea or farmer’s market to taste traditional Morrocan food and get a few authentic souvenirs.
A large port city located in South Africa, Cape Town offers some of the best tourist attractions on the continent, including the famous Blaauwberg Beach and the spellbinding Kirstenbosch National Botanical gardens. You can start your journey by observing various wildlife and enjoying nature at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, which offers many tours and unique recreational opportunities for tourists. If you enjoy politics and history – visit the prison on the Robben Island – the place where Nelson Mandella was jailed for 27 years.
Djenne town located in Mali is one of the oldest cities in the country – it is about 2800 years old. One of the most peculiar features of this town is that almost every building here is made out of wood and mud, starting from the houses of average citizens to The Grand Mosque – a truly huge building. It is an amazing site by itself, and even more so when you realize that nothing but mud and wood are holing the building together. Another place every tourist should visit is The Grand Marche on Monday. This is one of the largest markets in Africa, and it is remarkanble how after 2800 years Djenne is still remaining a trade city.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
If you are planning your trip to Africa between July and October, The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya (or how it’s also called – Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserve) is definitely the place to visit. This place is a home to the largest collection of animals in Africa. There is no other place where you could see almost 600 species of birds, almost 100 species of mammals and hundreds of lions, zebras and gazelles. Why July to October you ask? Because this is the season of the largest animal migration in Africa.
The Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls are considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the world for a reason. Due to the combination of height and width of the waterfall, The Victoria falls produces the largest sheet of falling water on Earth, which makes it essentially the largest waterfall on Earth. If you have an opportunity – come here in June or July in the middle of the rainy season, as high humidity causes the bottom of the waterfall to become almost invisible. The Victoria Falls is located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, and if you want to get the best view – watch the Fall from the Zambian side. The areas surrounding the waterfall offer numerous opportunities for hiking, which allows you to see the waterfall from different angles.
The Pyramids and the Sphinx
This is definitely the most popular and well-known location in Egypt, but this doesn’t make it any less exotic. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of pyramids in Egypt, but the most famous ones are located in Giza: the Great Pyramid of Cheops (it is also called the Great Pyramid of Khufu), the Pyramid of Kafhre and the Pyramid of Menkaura, which is the smallest one of three. All of these pyramids once used to be a tomb of a Pharaon. The Great Sphinx is located right in front of the Pyramids protecting them. This is one of the most famous sculptures in the word surrounded by many secrets.