Of course, you have to be in Africa for a safari, but the continent has a lot more to offer than that. The Kalahari desert, the pyramids, or gigantic Lake Victoria, and lots more.
As seriously as Africa is, Africa is a vast continent that is so diverse and filled with a melting pot of cultures, identities, beautiful nature, and history. It is content with so much diversity that we sometimes forget when we hear the word ‘Africa’ as the place to visit.
Top 10 of the most beautiful African countries
If you want to experience the natural wilderness of Africa, then Botswana is the place to be. To ward off mass tourism, the government is deliberately keeping prices high. So you have to give something for it, but the unique Okavango Delta, the vast Kalahari Desert, and the large numbers of games in the Chobe National Park will certainly not disappoint.
This impressive country has seen a severe decline in tourism in recent years, which is a shame, as Egypt has many architectural and historical gems to offer. Think pyramids, temples, and tombs.
3. Cape Verde
Perhaps not the first country that comes to mind when you think of Africa, but this island is a very accessible destination. You, therefore, have the feeling that you are in Portugal. Ideal for those who want to discover the continent gradually.
The land of the distinctive baobabs (or monkey bread trees) and the mischievous lemurs (or lemurs). Here you come for flora and fauna. This island has everything from tropical rainforests and mountains to deserts and pearly white beaches.
Sniff colors and spices in the souks of Marrakech, stroll through the alleys of Fez, sunbathe in Essaouira, hike through the Atlas Mountains and spend the night in the Sahara.
The red-orange dunes of the Namib Desert undoubtedly capture the imagination, with highlights such as the Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. But Namibia is also suitable for wildlife. Safari parks such as Etosha and Erindi are ideal for a search for the Big Five.
It is less obvious, but Uganda and Rwanda, and Congo are the places to visit the endangered mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains. For chimpanzees, you have to be in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Another highlight is the gigantic Lake Victoria.
Need inspiration for your honeymoon? This archipelago is the ultimate dream destination! You know, palm trees, azure blue water, and extensive beaches. Add to this breathtaking nature and unique bird species, such as the black parrot, and the picture is complete. Welcome to paradise.
Unconsciously you may already know a lot of Tanzania’s highlights. Just think of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and the Serengeti, with its endless plains and large herds of wildebeest, buffalo, and zebras. And we haven’t even mentioned the beautiful island of Zanzibar!
10. South Africa
Few countries are as versatile as South Africa. The ‘rainbow nation’ has everything you could wish for: hip cities, beautiful beaches, impressive mountains, culture, wildlife, desert, steppe, savanna… Do we have to go further? The excellent infrastructure and Western influences make South Africa the ideal introduction to the continent.