Africa. There's nowhere like it on the planet for wildlife, wild lands and rich traditions that endure. Prepare to fall in love.
Africa! is a unique place on Earth that captivates the heart of all its visitors.
Africa is one of the largest continents in the world. It is considered the oldest inhabited territory on earth. The continent is full of diversity ranging from its nature, history, and ethnicity. Visiting its countries will be an unforgettable experience. As John Hemingway says, “If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.”.
The continent is divided into two main regions, North Africa and South Africa. The more you go into the south the more you can be in touch with wildlife. Southern African countries are famous for their forests which accommodate different animal and plant species. While Northern countries are mostly connected with the Saharan desert. Of course, both continent poles are rich in natural landscapes and historical artifacts. Without any haste, let us explore the best countries to visit in Africa and things to do there.
Whether you’re a curious traveller visiting the content for the first time or an enchanted frequent visitor, Africa cannot fail to win your heart and soul. The continent’s wide range of natural landscapes that include rainforests, tropical coastline, Deserts, mountains, green landscapes and many more astonishing features will make your visit to the continent a habit. Also being one of the oldest continents on earth, it has a wide range of historical landmarks like no other. Thus Africa stands out not only as a place with remarkable beauty, but also as one with long traceable history.
First, the Best Countries to Visit in North Africa:
Egypt is a country with one of the oldest historic civilizations in the world. It is located in the northern pole of the African continent. It contains a diversity of historical attractions that go back to different times in history. Adding to that, it has a cosmopolitan culture where every city in the country embraces a different and collective atmosphere. Its natural landscapes are also exceptional and variable.
It is the capital of Egypt and the places to visit there serve all tastes and cultures. The city is called that is called “the city of a thousand minarets”. It has a great number of mosques all over the city. One of the places to visit to get an essence of Islamic history, preferably with a tour guide, is ElMoez Street. It is open for tourists regardless of their religious background. And you can also move to Khan ElKhalili street to take a rest in one of the common cafés (qahwa) and buy different kinds of gifts and souvenirs.
Moving from Islamic region to Christian Coptic regions, Cairo has a great number of churches as well. One of the places to visit on your tour in old Cairo is the Churches assembly that include a number of old churches. In addition, you can visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue which is the oldest Jewish temple in /Cairo located in the alleys of Coptic Cairo. And to emphasize the religious unity of the country, just in front of the Coptic region lies the famous Amr Ibn Al-A’as mosque. It is a region where one can hear the Muslims Adan and the Christians’ church bells on the same day.
Moving back further in history to ancient Pharaonic Egypt, you cannot visit Cairo and not step by the Great Pyramids of Giza. They were considered one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Historians did not answer the question of how they were built with such great accuracy. The pyramids are the containers of the remains of the famous 3 kings Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. To the south of the great pyramid Khufu, lies the sphinx which is another great Pharaonic monument. After your pyramids visit, you can enjoy a camel or a horse ride in the desert. Also, do not forget to visit Cairo tower along the way and enjoy an exceptional city view.
Last but not least as Cairo’s destinations to visit are colossal, the city has several museums that reflect its history from ancient pharaonic times till date. To state some, the Museum of Egypt’s Antiquities, The Coptic Museum, Museum of Islamic Arts, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, and many more.
Luxor contains one-third of the world’s ancient monuments. In 2018 President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi approved Luxor becoming the capital of arts and culture. It is composed of many temples like the Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Valley of Kings, Valley of the Queens, and the Temple of Deir al-Bahri. Recently, the Egyptian government has celebrated the opening of the renovated Alkebash road. This road transferred Luxor into the largest open-air museum in the world by providing an attractive link between the Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Valley of Kings, Valley of the Queens, and the Temple of Deir al-Bahri.
You can visit Luxor by train from Cairo and start your unforgettable trip to the ancient Egyptian world.
Dahab Town in South Sinai Governorate
Dahab is known for being one of the most visited diving destinations in the world. In addition, visitors enjoy the natural landscapes of the town that range from desert, mountains, and sea. There are many activities and places to visit in Dahab. Below we will mention the top three destinations in town.
First, the Blue hole area, which is one of the Egyptian natural landmarks and a must-visit destination, especially for sea lovers. It is called the “Graveyard of Divers” due to its widespread reputation as one of the most dangerous diving places in the world. It is said that divers are charmed by its wonders and try to break the record of reaching its deepest point, that they lose the sense of time and run out of oxygen. It is worth mentioning that the blue hole’s depth reaches 120-meters deep and is considered one of the deepest in the world.
Tourists who are not licensed professional divers can enjoy snorkeling accompanied by a professional tour guide in the water. You can also enjoy the Bedouin setting by the sea, meditating the scenery of the water surrounded by the mountains.
Another destination is the Three Poles area. They are basically three holes in the water aligned to each other. Each hole is surrounded by sea corals and underwater life. It is a great place for snorkeling and diving as well. You can also enjoy sitting by the sea or riding Bedouin camels in the area.
From the three poles, you can book a Safari trip where you drive beach buggies by yourself in the middle of the mountains. The trip ends in a small oasis called Wadi Gani area where you are served bedouin tea. You can also enjoy a mini hiking experience in the mountains to take a memorable photo amid the mountain rocks which are surrounded by green grass and date palms.
The Gallant city of Port Said lies on the threshold of the Mediterranean sea in the African continent and the northern Suez Canal which is located in the Asian continent. The city was inaugurated in 1859 during the construction of the Suez Canal. Once you arrive there, you can take the free ferry to literally transport you between two continents to Port Fuad town. During your trip, you can enjoy the scenery of the Laurs flying around ships, which looks magical and exceptional. In Port Fuad, you walk through history and enjoy sightseeing the town among beautifully built houses. There is also the salt mountain area where you can take photos among mountains that are made of salt and look like snow.
Take another trip on the ferry back to Port Said to walk among its free trade zone streets where you can buy anything you wish at affordable prices. And do not forget to stop by and taste their delicious and affordable seafood plates. We suggest two places for that purpose, one is the fish market of Port Said. It is where you can choose and buy fresh seafood and enjoy your meal freshly made by any of the shops there. This area is considered a more common area, and they provide fish at affordable prices. On the other hand, if you wish to enjoy a more luxurious and private meal you can go to Elborg restaurant which is one of the best restaurants in Port Said.
The ancient Greek city on Egyptian ground was originally inaugurated by Alexander the Great. Myth has it the great leader Alexander the Great tomb is hidden in old Alexandria, and archaeologists are still searching to date. It is called “Bride of the Mediterranean” to celebrate its beauty and appealing nature. Alexandria’s treasures are never-ending. They range from historical artifacts on land and below the sea, to natural landscapes.
Visitors to Alexandria would enjoy walking in the old town city streets that reflect the essence of its cosmopolitan nature. Walking in Fuad street, ElManshia, Elraml station for example are all destinations where modern life meets the old and is manifested in the streets themselves and the surrounding buildings.
Some places to visit in the old town include the New Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Alexandria National Museum in Fuad street, Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Attarin area, Sidi Morsi Abo AlAbass Mosque in Bahari destrict, and finally Citadel of Qitbay in Al Anfoshi. All these places are located relatively near each other and are affordable to visit. Do not forget to take your lunch in one of the famous fish restaurants in the area like Fish Market, the Greek Club, Zephere or Abuashraf.
Moving to modern Alexandria on the other side of the city, you can enjoy your day use by the beach in one of the hotel beaches like Hilton, Tulip or Paradise INN ElMamoura. You can also dine in one of the restaurants by the sea which serve food that would satisfy all tastes.
One of the landmarks to visit in the area will include the Royal Jewellery Museum in Zizenia that contains a collection of Jewels belonging to the Egyptian Royal Family. Another place to visit is Elmontaza Park which contains huge garden areas and a Royal palace along with a number of hotels and restaurants.
Tunisia is located in North Africa. It is another country with wide history and remarkable attraction sites. There are many destinations to visit that vary from historical landmarks to natural landscapes.
It was announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. It was founded in 670 AD and used to be the capital of Ifriqiya for five centuries. Not only that, but it was considered one of the most important places as the base of the Maghreb and one of its holy cities. One of the most famous attractions in the city is the Zawiya of Sidi Sahab which was founded only 38 years after the death of the Muslim Prophet Mohomet. It is considered the first place of worship founded in Maghreb. The Zawiya of Sidi Sahab also contains the remains of one of the Prophet’s companions, Abu Djama.
Grand Erg Oriental
The Sahara Desert land is located in Northeast Algeria. This location is very exceptional due to its unique sand formation that mimics the sea waves. It is where you can enjoy multiple adventurous activities or simply enjoy camping and meditating in the desert.
One of the places you can visit near the desert to boost your trip is the Mides. It is a small mountain Oasis in the middle of the desert that has a beautifully carved canyon. Tourists can reach it through organized 4*4 car trips or by regular cars.
An ancient city that was once considered the most powerful political entity in the Mediterranean. It was originally founded by the Phoenician queen, Dido, in 814 BC. It had gone through long historical phases till reaching modern times, which made it an attractive destination for diverse historical landmarks. The city is located15 kilometres northeast of Tunis. It is worth mentioning that the archaeological site of Carthage is considered one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tunisia. Some famous places to visit there include the acropolis of Byrsa, the Punic ports, the Punic Tophet, the necropolises, theatre, Amphitheatre, circus, residential area, basilicas, the Antonin baths, Malaga cisterns, and the archaeological reserve.
It is another North African country that lies on the border of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It goes down in history as the Kingdom of Marrakesh and then the Kingdom of Fes. Morocco is bordered by Algeria from the east, Spain to its North, and Western Saharan desert to its South.
If you are looking to visit a city with a unique glow, Chefchaouen should be on your list with its blue buildings. It is the perfect city for walking tours. It is where you will be offered the chance to mingle with the locals and enjoy the exceptional tasty Moroccan food. One of the places to visit during your walk-in in the city is Ras El Maa Waterfall, which is located Northeast of the city’s gate.
The green mountain area, which provides tranquil scenery for visitors. The mountains are a perfect destination to reach Chefchaouen city. It is where bikers, hikers, and walkers enjoy an adventurous trip that serves all tastes.
Casablanca’s Hassan II Mosque
You cannot visit Morocco and not pay a visit to this unique architecture. It is the 2nd largest African mosque that is still functioning and the 7th largest in the world. It has a 210-meter minaret, which is considered the second tallest one in the world. It is the only mosque that non-Muslims can access in Morocco. The Mosque is located in Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah in Casablanca. Its building is built partially on land and partially over the ocean.
Al Hoceima National Park
It is a national park located in Al Hociema suburbs. It is considered the largest natural reserve on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco. It has an impressive setting to witness, where trees, sea, and birds merge to create a beautiful scenery of peace and tranquillity. It contains endangered wildlife species along with green scenery that range from unique trees, palms, olive trees, … etc. It is a perfect destination for hiking and mountain bike riding. The best time to visit the park is in summer, from June to September.
Morocco embodies the highest peak of the Atlas Mountains, Mount Toubkal. If you are a hiking lover, you can start your hike from Imlil village where you can find guest houses to stay in, hire a guide for your hike and rent any hiking equipment you need.
But if hiking is not your goal, Imlil village is a great place to enjoy the Atlas mountain scenery. You can also step by Imlil’s waterfall, which is a must-see natural landscape in Morocco.
The city is an important port and trade center in Morocco. It is considered a strategic entrance between Africa and Europe. The city was not under Morocco’s influence since its inauguration until the mid-20th century. It is located at the western entrance of the Strait of Gibralta, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean. Visitors can easily cross from Europe to Tangier through daily ferries trips that take about 1 hour per trip. Tangier is a beautiful city to walk in and enjoy sightseeing, since it has a vivid blending of cultures that manifest in the people and the landmarks of the city. One of the best places to visit it’s the Kabash museum, St. Andrew’s Church, and the Grand Socco.
Second, the Best Countries to Visit in South Africa:
It is a country located in the most southern part of the African continent. It is considered the 23rd most populous nation in the world. South Africa is a country characterized by its multi-ethnic culture. Its constitution recognizes 11 official languages, which is the fourth-highest number in the world. Its diversity and harmony were described by Nelson Mandela, “Each of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world”.
Visiting South Africa will be a unique and exceptional experience. It does not only enjoy a diversity of cultures and backgrounds but also a diversity in nature and wildlife. In the South African safari, you will get to encounter the Big 5 in some national parks in the city. It will be an unforgettable adventure to begin your year with.
“Visit Cape Town and history is never far from your grasp. It lingers in the air, a scent on the breezy, an explanation of circumstance that shaped the Rainbow People. Stroll around the old downtown, and it’s impossible not to be affected by the trials and tribulations of the struggle. But, in many ways, it is the sense of triumph in the face of such adversity that makes the experience all the more poignant.”, Tahir Shah, Travels With Myself.
It is a city located on the southwest coast of the country of South Africa. There are many attractions to visit in Cape Town that range from wildlife exposure to historical landmarks.
Among the best attraction is the Two Oceans Aquarium which is opened at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. It includes 3000 aquatic creatures including tiny animals such as the Knysna Seahorse, to larger more fearsome ones like large ragged-tooth sharks.
Another famous attraction is the Aquila Private Game Reserve. It is where visitors enjoy a day trip or an overnight safari and the opportunity to experience the reserve’s natural flora and fauna by vehicle, quad bike, or horse-back. The owner’s goal was to re-introduce the Big 5 (elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino, and leopard) as well as other wild game to the Western Cape.
Last but not least, you can visit Robbin Island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years. The island can be accessed by ferry from the Victoria & Albert Waterfront.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
It is a nature conservation park that is shared between South Africa and Botswana. The Park was established for the purpose of protecting animals migrating between the two countries. The park combines different wild animals that include lions, birds of prey, cheetah, hyena, honey badger, bat-eared fox, meerkat, and small creatures like whistling rats and barking geckos. It will be an adventurous visit that will get you in touch with wild nature. You can reach the park through Cape Town by renting a vehicle from there, preferably 4*4 car to help you move smoothly through the park. And to stay the night, there are camps near the park and lodges to stopover.
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