Chances are that when you start jotting out your travelling goals, you skip the African continent altogether and start thinking about European countries. You’re thinking about visiting the walk of fame in Hollywood, driving in a Cadillac through the boulevard in California or admiring the art in the Louvre museum, in Paris. There is nothing wrong with all of these dreams but there is so much that the African continent has to offer, it simply hasn’t been publicized as much. The novelty of this makes it all the more exciting.
There are many parts of Africa that are hidden and therefore not so popular but offer the most beautiful holidays at an affordable price. Let us help you explore some of the most beautiful parts of Africa that you have to put on your bucket list:
Camera? Passport? Adventure? Exploring? Instagram? If you said nodded to all of them, you are ready to hit the road. Your friends will be green with envy, if they know how to appreciate beautiful spaces.
The best trips are the most well-researched, so you know which places you have to visit, where to eat, where to stay. There are numerous safari destinations in Africa, that people know little about, and do not want to go there because they think it’s either poverty stricken or there is isn’t much to see or explore.
Here are some of the most breath taking landscapes of the African continent, along with the awe inspiring wild life that makes you want to glue your camera to your hand to avoid missing a beautiful moment.
1.Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
Sossusvlei means “the gathering place of water” but you might want to bring your own bottled water, if you don’t want to dehydrate while enjoying the place. The desert is often referred to as the highest dunes in the world and the best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset because the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for beautiful photographic opportunities. The midday heat can be very intense and are best spent in the shade.
Wondering what you can do during the day? Enjoy a beer or two after all who would want to visit Nabia’s Capital city, Windhoek and not enjoy Windhoek beer?
2. Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It’s historical orgins were described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms, Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world; making it one of most attrective destinations to vist in Africa.
Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height, and capped by mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest allows the visitor to brave the tremendous spray, with access to an unparalleled series of views of the Falls.
Pack a go-pro and waterproof camera for this; the photographs will make you feel like a professional wild life photographer.
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3. Draa Valley, Morocco
When travelling in Southern Morocco, make sure to take some time to discover the Draa Valley. Between Agdz and M’Hamid and passing through Zagora, the Draa is a long fertile band in the middle of the Hamada, an immense desert limestone plateau. You will uncover a world of flowering oases, orchards and palm groves. On the road from Ouarzazate to M’Hamid, many beautiful excursions await.
P.s. Wear comfortable shoes and cotton clothes, so you can enjoy the place fully. Don’t be scared to experiment with the local cuisine a little.
4. Riding safari, Kenya
The best way to experience Kenya’s zebras? From the back of a horse.
Travelers can gallop alongside the striped beasts in the Masai Mara, covering up to 100 kilometers in a week.
The opportunity to see big game and interact with wild animals on splendid horses is thrilling. Sometimes in the Masai Mara, huge herds of wildebeest and zebra extend as far as the eye can see. The opportunity to see native tribesmen, whose culture is dramatically different from the big city, in remote areas unspoiled by frequent tourist visits never fails to fascinate.
The Samburu people have adopted camels into their nomadic lifestyle, transporting their goods caravan style. You can explore the beautiful Samburu Reserve wilderness on camelback as well, riding between luxury campsites. This blends a great cultural experience with an up close perspective of the ecosystem. 🐪🐪🐪🐪 #travel #explore #adventure #justgo #wanderlust #safari #nature #greatoutdoors #outdoors #wildlife #instatravel #travelgram #africa #travelafrica #natureconservation #naturephotography #conservation #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotography #wildlifeofafrica #africanwildlife #camel #caravan #samburu #kenya #walkingsafari #ridingsafari #ridingsafarikenya
5.Table Mountain, South Africa
Table Mountain makes Cape Town. Cape Town is also one of the world’s best beach cities, and the world’s most photogenic.
Cable car rides are available to the top of the mesa, giving great views, fantastic sunrises/sunsets, and a great photo. Or you can opt for a challenge and enjoy hiking up the mountain trails.
The view from the top is beautiful and breath taking. No wonder Cape Town is regarded as one of the most attractive destinations in Africa.
The best time to enjoy the mountain is during summer.
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WOW facts about Africa:
- The oldest human remains ever discovered were found in Ethiopia. They are approximately 200,000 years old.
- The African continent has the second largest population in the world, at about one billion people.
- Well over one thousand languages are spoken by the people of Africa. Some estimates put this number closer to two thousand.
- The largest religion in Africa is Islam, followed by Christianity.