Coming to Africa for the first time? AFRICA is truly the synonym for ADVENTURE.
It’s time to tour you across amazing places in the second largest continent. So, get your bags and let’s go get tickets 🙂
But where do we start from? There are 54 countries and every angle is beautiful. It’s like a boutique with all the best clothes you ever dreamt of.
We have an idea. As a first-timer, how about you check out the first 8 places we’ve explored and make your pick:
1. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Tell me who doesn’t love going to the beach to smile with the sun? At Zanzibar in Tanzania, you get to shake hands with nature and share the same breath. It is one of Africa’s top beach destinations.
Where used to be a slave trading post under its Arab rulers, is now an everyday chilling spot 🙂
Zanzibar is situated off the coast of Tanzania surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. There in the island is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sultan’s palace, and the great Stone Town flooded with beautiful traditional houses including mosques.
Guess what? Zanzibar is also a scuba diver’s paradise! Plus it is combined with a Safari.
2. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Tanzania is really an amazing place. We really can’t leave for another country without talking about the Serengeti National Park located in northern region.
Also in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this park boasts of the highest concentration of plains game in the continent.
Wanna see the cat family in action?
At Serengeti, you’re at the right destination for watching the king of the jungle and cheetahs do their thing. And the sight of zebras in black and white in a vast green space is almost like therapy — peaceful and soul healing. Something you would love to see by next month, July.
3. Marrakesh, Morocco
Welcome to the home of colors and sounds in a beautiful riot. Marrakesh, situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains was founded in 1062. How long is that!?
Ever since its architecture and buildings have greatly appreciated. To have a feel of this growth, you should take a walk through the original walled medina, a maze of narrow streets surrounded by souks, food markets, and stalls piled high with spices, jeweled slippers, stained-glass lanterns, or lengths of freshly dyed fabric.
Oh the smell of the tea!
4. Okavango Delta, Botswana
When the Okavango River bursts its banks at the end of the rainy season usually in April/May, it flows and forms a flood plain across the Kalahari Desert basin. Though, the best time to visit is around May to September.
That’s the wetness of fun right there. What has actually been formed is a jaw-dropping floodwaters with an array of wildlife.
When the river goes really wild and bursts its bank again, it covers over 8,500 square miles magically transforming into a wonderland of lush green plains, forests, and marshy waterways.
Come. Come. Come have fun with canoes 🙂
5. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Visiting Africa for the first time and coming to the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda will definitely leave you with a lifetime memory.
Sometimes nature does react to climate change requiring humans to do better. The recent volcano eruption in DR Congo has put hundreds of thousands out of their homes. But when lava spills, temperature certainly decreases over time.
So Volcanoes National Park remains one of our picks if you want to see mountain gorillas.
There are over 1,000 mountain gorillas left in the wild, and Volcanoes National Park is home to 10 habituated gorilla troops. As a result, these gorillas are used to humans and friendly but an advance permit is needed for the safety of the animals, you and including your travel agent.
6. The River Nile, Egypt
You can catch any kind of cruise in Africa!
You definitely have heard or seen pictures of the longest river in Africa, River Nile. It runs across 11 countries to the Mediterranean! But one of the best River Nile cruise is via Egypt.
You get to feel one with Egypt’s ancient buildings and artistic history.
7. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia
The Victoria Falls sharing the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia is among the 7 Wonders of the Natural World.
It is the slippery slope Zambezi River flows over, forming the world’s largest curtain of falling water.
Fact shows that over 165 million gallons flow over the edge every minute during a serious flood which happens to be seasonal.
This heavenly waterfall sprays, and can be seen from 30 miles away earning the title The Smoke that Thunders — Mosi-oa-Tunya.
Many have dreamt of being here. You can explore from both sides. Find out the different viewpoints from Zimbabwe and Zambia.
8. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Life lives in Cape Town.
The city is home for beautiful art galleries, museums, and concert venues, cultural centers, and world-class restaurants to keep you fed with rich African foods.
Lest I forget, Table Mountain is a perfect area for mountaineering. And at Boulders Beach, be ready to have a great time with them penguins.
That’s about it! make your pick. Be rest assured of an unforgettable African experience. Cheers 🙂
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.