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The Best Places To Go In Africa For All Kinds Of Travelers

Keep reading for the best places to go in Africa for all kinds of travelers!

Although I struggle to answer what my favorite country is every time someone asks me that question, I can say without hesitation that my favorite continent is certainly Africa. 

The thing about Africa is that once you go, it kind of has you in a chokehold for a lifetime. Take it from someone who has spent the last 15 years traveling to 12 different countries across this beautiful continent, and also living in Kenya for a good chunk of a time. 

Most people are drawn to travel Africa for the wildlife and safaris available, which is understandable! However, you should know that African countries offer so much more than exotic animals. And my hope for you is that when you plan your safari, you also choose to extend your trip for additional activities, as well. 

This post provides a round up of activities for all kinds of travelers interested in venturing to Africa. Plus, I’ll share specific African countries and regions best suited for each activity, so that you can fine tune your travel plans. 

The Best Places To Go In Africa For All Kinds Of Travelers

The Best Places To Go In Africa For All Kinds Of Travelers

I am so excited for you to plan your next African adventure! You’re going to have the time of your life, I just know it. 

The biggest tip I can give you before you start planning is to remember that Africa as a continent is huge. And some of the African countries are also massive. Don’t assume that getting from one country to another is always simple, or fast. Remember that flights can add up, and overlanding can be a nightmare. 

This is why I’d suggest to start with just one country first, or choose neighboring countries to save the hassle of too much movement when you only have a select time off for holiday. You don’t want to spend your days off on buses and planes, so make the most of your time by maximizing your locations. 

You can always go back again!

Safari

We all know that Africa is famous for safaris. And rightfully so, the animals there are magnificent, to say the least. If you’re going to Africa, you can’t not go on a safari of some sort. This is must-do activity to add to your itinerary. 

Make sure to check out my post on what to know before you go on safari before you make safari plans, to ensure that you choose the best place and time for you. 

The Best Places To Safari In Africa

  • Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Chobe National Park, Botswana
  • Masai Mara, Kenya
  • Serengeti, Tanzania
  • Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Bwindi Forest, Uganda
  • Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
  • Victoria Falls, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya
  • South Luangwa Park, Zambia
Giraffes in Africa

Beaches

Beach lovers, you’ve hit the jackpot when it comes to African beaches. I’m not kidding when I say I truly believe the world’s most stunning beaches are in Africa. Hands down. 

Whether you’re staying on the mainland, or venturing to African islands, I promise you won’t be disappointed by the beaches that Africa has to offer. 

The Best Beaches In Africa

  • Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Diani Beach, Kenya
  • Mahe Island, Seychelles
  • West Coast, Mauritius 
  • Tofo Beach, Mozambique
  • Skeleton Bay, Namibia
  • Western Cape, South Africa
  • Lakka Beach, Sierra Leone
  • Hammamet, Tunisia
  • El Gouna, Egypt

Surf

There’s a reason international surf competitions are held in Africa every year…because the waves are epic! 

Look, I can’t speak from experience here, because the truth is I’m a warm water surfer only (aka, a big ‘ole baby). But I can tell you that Africa is home to the longest wave in the world (Skeleton Bay), and attracts surf tourism year around. 

The Best Surf In Africa

  • South Africa
  • Senegal
  • Namibia
  • Mozambique
  • Morocco
  • Mauritius
  • Madagascar
  • Sierra Leone
  • Liberia
Surfing in Africa

Diving

You probably guessed with the stunning beaches, there’s got to be some good sealife too. And you were right, because Africa boasts world-renowned reef and diving across the continent.

I don’t dive, but I remember the first time I snorkeled in Kenya I was blown away by all that I saw. I felt like I was swimming through a fish tank, it was so vibrant with color and life. Plus, there are many dive sights within lakes and rivers of landlocked countries, as well!

The Best Diving In Africa

  • Egypt
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya
  • Senegal
  • Mozambique
  • Tunisia
  • South Africa
  • Botswana (landlocked)
  • Malawi (landlocked)

Trekking and Hiking

For my land people who aren’t as interested in all the water sports, and beach lounging- don’t worry, there’s plenty for you to explore by foot. Africa is home to some of the best trekking…in the world. 

Keep in mind most of the treks are worth training for, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. While the hikes tend to be more accessible without intense training. 

The Best Treks In Africa

  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Mount Kenya, Kenya
  • Mount Toubkal, Morocco
  • Fish River Canyon, Namibia
  • Otter Trail, South Africa
  • Table Top Mountain, South Africa
  • The Drakensberg, South Africa
  • Mount Cameroon, Cameroon
  • Bwindi Forest, Uganda
  • Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Museums 

I’ll be honest, I’m usually not a big museum girlie. But something about African museums just hits differently. Perhaps it’s my obsession with the culture of each country, or the deep history that runs through the land. 

Either way, I swear these museums are fascinating even for those of you who typically aren’t drawn to museums. 

The Best Museums In Africa

  • Apartheid Museum, South Africa
  • Robbens Island, South Africa
  • House Of Slaves, Senegal
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial, Rwanda
  • Egyptian Museum, Egypt
  • Museum of Modern Art, Tanzania
  • National Museum of Ethiopia, Ethiopia
Museum exhibit

Wineries

Wine lovers, welcome to your paradise. And hey, even for my fellow sober Susans (like me!), you can still appreciate the beauty of wine countries throughout Africa. 

There’s something especially stunning about visiting wineries in Africa, as the landscape tends to be dramatic and the atmosphere especially serene. Whether you’re on the hunt for good wine, or just looking for a nice food and spa town, these are some areas you won’t want to miss. 

The Best Wine Destinations In Africa

  • Cape Winelands, South Africa
  • Meknes, Morocco
  • Naivasha, Kenya
  • Cape Town, South Africa

Cuisine

There are some countries in Africa that simply have the best food…like, ever. I’m not kidding when I say that I’d go back to some of these regions just for the food alone. 

Sure, there are many regions and countries within Africa that have a more plain cuisine than you might be used to. But, when you get into the areas that love spices and herbs, and all things delicious- your belly is going to leave very happy, indeed. 

I should note that I’ve only ever traveled Africa vegan, but I’ve traveled with plenty of non-vegan people who can vouch for the quality of meat and other carnivorous dishes that I personally haven’t tried myself.

The Best Cuisines In Africa

  • Vegan, Ethiopia
  • Biyarani, Zanzibar
  • Tagine, Morocco
  • Piri Piri Chicken, Mozambique
  • Barbeque, South Africa
  • Nyama Choma, Kenya
  • Chambo, Malawi
  • Koshari, Egypt

Get your bags packed, because you’re officially ready for your African adventure!

xx, 

K

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