Africa is one of the world’s most diverse continents, and with that comes a long list of remarkable things to do in Africa. The continent has 54 countries and beautiful national parks, as well as a diverse range of cultures, cuisines, and languages. However, how do you choose where to go or what to do?
From the tallest free-standing mountain and the spectacular Victoria Falls to the ancient pyramids of Egypt and the exhilarating rush of a guided game drive in the vast open plains of Africa, there is much to do on our beautiful continent.
Visit Victoria Falls
Outdoor enthusiasts come from all over to see the magnificent Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Victoria Falls, which straddles the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls. The best time to visit is after April when the wet season has ended. The Knife-Edge Bridge, Livingstone Island, and Devil’s Pool are all popular vantage points, and when you’re not admiring the falls from above, go whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River to see them from a different perspective.
Witness the Great Migration
The Great Migration from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara is an unforgettable experience and every African safari enthusiast’s dream — it is one of the most amazing things to do in Africa. The greatest of all-natural wonders is this wildlife phenomenon that safari-goers must witness at least once in their lives. The Great Migration, which is driven and dictated by rain, is regarded as the largest overland event of its kind anywhere in the world, with over one million wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes crossing the border between Tanzania and Kenya.
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the largest free-standing mountain on Earth. Those looking for a thrill can book a climbing expedition with one of the local operators. Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the Seven Summits in the world, and although it is considered to be one of the easiest climbs, it is far from that. It takes five to nine days to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and then descend to the finish line. The more days you spend on Mount Kilimanjaro, the more likely you are to summit, because you will become more acclimatized to the altitude and will be less fatigued.
Explore Zanzibar: The Spice Isand
With crystal waters, beaches lined with palm trees and fresh coconuts complete with a straw and ready to drink, it shouldn’t be too hard to convince anyone that Zanzibar is one of the most incredible destinations in Africa. But Zanzibar offers more than just a beach getaway. Travellers to the island can expect a wealth of amazing things to do and see when visiting, from snorkelling and diving to meeting giant tortoises and learning all about the spice trade.
Go Gorilla Trekking
African adventures don’t get much better than gorilla trekking in the jungle, and two of the most incredible destinations to see mountain gorillas are Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Because gorillas live in dense montane forests, walking with a trained guide is the only sure way to find them. Furthermore, to protect mountain gorillas from stress, national parks issue permits that limit their exposure to humans, so it is important to obtain a permit and a guide before your trekking experience.
Safari in Kruger National Park
The five million-acre Kruger National Park in Johannesburg provides some of the greatest access to wildlife in Africa. Along with the Nile crocodiles, hippos, and uncommon birds like southern ground hornbills and lappet-faced vultures, this area is home to the Big Five: buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinoceroses. Without a doubt, a trip to Kruger will allow you to disconnect from everyday life and get back in touch with nature. Consider going on a game drive or a bush walk to maximize your time. The modern African safari is best characterized by game safaris. You have unrivalled access to animals when you tour by safari vehicle, with a knowledgeable, amiable guide.
Be adventurous in Botswana
Botswana is a fantastic destination for adventurous tourists who want to spend their vacations in the heart of nature. In protected areas like the Khama Rhino Sanctuary and Chobe National Park, Botswana provides plenty of opportunities to observe rhinos, elephants, and other wildlife, making it a less congested alternative to nearby safari locations like South Africa and Tanzania. Also available to thrill-seekers are quad biking, mokoro (canoe) safaris, camel rides, and helicopter flights, among other heart-racing activities.
Marvel at Sossusvlei
Let your African adventures transport you to Sossusvlei in Namibia, which is renowned for its eerie, desolate landscapes. The Namib-Naukluft National Park, which spans nearly 50,000 km2, is Namibia’s biggest conservation area and home to several wonderful attractions.
Sossusvlei is famous for its magnificent, warm red, star-shaped dunes that stand out against the stark white pan floors. It is also the second most visited attraction in Namibia. Set out early in the morning to take in the breathtaking display of colours as the sun rises. The area is a clay sink encircled by dunes that can reach heights of 300 meters.