Africa Travel Guide

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When you think of Africa, you probably picture the ‘big 5’ leaping across the plains while you watch from astride a nearby elephant, perhaps followed by a tribal dance and a night listening to animals growl from inside your far-too-thin tent. If it’s wildlife you’re after, the sweeping plains of the Serengeti are an unmatchable draw, as are Rwanda’s playful (and exceedingly rare) mountain gorillas and the dense, unique animal life of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater. But you’ll soon find Africa has so much more.

There are natural sites galore, such as Namibia’s Fish River Canyon, which evokes the natural drama of the Grand Canyon, or the cartoon-like sand dunes of the Namib Desert rising to 300-meter golden peaks. The watery curtain of Victoria Falls – known locally as ‘smoke that thunders’ – can be flown over by microlight, and you can even nervously swim just beyond the falls ledge on the Zambian side.

Modernized South Africa lets you dive with sharks, climb Table Mountain or experience the vibrant subcultures of the townships. The mud turrets of the Malian city of Djenne overlook a spectacular trading hub, and a nervous boat trip upriver takes you to the desert colors of vibrant Timbuktu, whilst In Mauritania the spooky shells of outdated fishing vessels draw photographers. Zanzibar’s white-sand beaches and seafaring cultural mish-mash are a massive chill-out draw, too.

North Africa has an entirely different feel. In Morocco and Tunisia you can haggle for spices in the dusty markets before sampling flavored tobacco in a shisha pipe, or explore the sands of the Sahara by camel. In Egypt the Pyramids and their evening light shows can be combined with diving in the Mediterranean and heady boat trips on the Nile.

In parts of Africa the poverty is overwhelming, with millions struggling to survive through famine, disease and war. Voluntary travel allows you to make your own small mark, and leave having learnt about yourself as well as your surroundings. Alternatively, you can try and see a continent in one shot, with half-year bus tours and lengthily overlanding popular amongst hardy Africa-loving travelers. Then again you might want to just slow down, relax, and soak up a continent that's own issues have left it drenched in can-do energy and community spirit.

Popular Countries in Africa

Egypt #1 most popular location
Arguably one of the most talked-about and visited countries in the world when it comes to tourists, Egypt stands out as the birthplace of one of the earliest civilizations. Today the country …
1,633travelers 620reviews 579blogs
Morocco #2 most popular location
Unarguably home to the best cuisines on the planet, as well as a wickedly phenomenal mint tea, Morocco is a country that reverberates with Arabian themes despite being a north African country…
752travelers 529reviews 399blogs
South Africa #3 most popular location
The world's largest producer of gold, and one of the most influential countries in African politics, South Africa is the southernmost country on the African continent, and is one of the most …
2,223travelers 429reviews 448blogs
Kenya #4 most popular location
Quite possibly one of the most amazing and beautiful locations in Africa is Kenya. Tucked away on the Indian Ocean coast between Somalia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Uganda, this eastern A…
506travelers 251reviews 207blogs
Tanzania #5 most popular location
The largest country in East Africa, nestled between Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique, and with plenty of coastlines as well, Tanzania is a country of extr…
240travelers 205reviews 186blogs
Uganda #6 most popular location
Famously called the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill years ago, Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa that is bordered by Kenya, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, a…
203travelers 140reviews 82blogs
Tunisia #7 most popular location
A mesmerizing blend of Mediterranean and African cultures set against a backdrop of relentless sunshine, Tunisia is home to vast expanses of desert and beaches to die for. The alluring blend …
180travelers 101reviews 106blogs
Ghana #8 most popular location
A strange mixture of traditional and modern, Ghana is a tiny little country in West Africa that borders Burkina Faso, Togo, and Cote d’lvoire. It is a coastal country with an extremely laid…
250travelers 63reviews 74blogs
Zambia #9 most popular location
One of the best places to experience Africa up close and personal is Zambia. With dozens of national parks and Victoria Falls, one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, the country offers a…
66travelers 56reviews 68blogs
Ethiopia #10 most popular location
Despite safety issues along its borders (avoid those with Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia especially), Ethiopia remains one of Africa’s most admired tourist draws. It’s the mix of contemporary…
108travelers 53reviews 48blogs
Namibia #11 most popular location
Remember those stunning documentaries you once watched about Bushmen who communicate only by clicking? Welcome to the Kalahari, Namibia's starkest feature, and home to some of the most unusua…
76travelers 49reviews 79blogs
Nigeria #12 most popular location
As the most populous country in Africa, with a coastline along the Gulf of Guinea and borders with Benin, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, Nigeria has not only the second largest economy in Africa,…
254travelers 31reviews 20blogs
Rwanda #13 most popular location
If you've ever seen the film 'Hotel Rwanda', you'll know all about the corner of Africa that was once the victim of one of the world's most famous mass genocides. Things have changed a lot si…
32travelers 27reviews 30blogs
Zimbabwe #14 most popular location
A country forever on the front page for all the wrong reasons, Zimbabwe's international reputation is dominated by president Robert Mugabe (who’s now involved in a dubious ‘power sharing…
89travelers 26reviews 74blogs
Seychelles #15 most popular location
The land of dreamy, once in a lifetime holidays and romance-laden honeymoons - and for good reason - the Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles are home to tortoises drifting amongst angled p…
22travelers 26reviews 24blogs
Botswana #16 most popular location
Praised across the world as a part of Africa for the rest of the continent to model itself on, Botswana breaks the mold with a long-successful democracy and seemingly comfortable standard of …
34travelers 23reviews 58blogs
Mauritius #17 most popular location
A tiny little island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, just east of Madagascar, Mauritius is one of those places that seems to be the perfect little slice of island heaven. From the turquois…
115travelers 22reviews 23blogs
Burkina Faso #18 most popular location
A painfully poor West African state with a tranquil pace of life, Bukina Faso’s mix of curious sites and rainbow cities make it an real gem of an off-the-wall travel destination, and a step…
17travelers 22reviews 10blogs
Mozambique #19 most popular location
Emerging from the ashes of what once seemed a never-ending state of war, Mozambique is fast becoming one of Africa’s most fashionable destinations. Versatility is the key: cosmopolitan citi…
40travelers 21reviews 47blogs
Reunion #20 most popular location
Reunion is a French territory located in the middle of the Indian Ocean just east of Madagascar. Initially discovered by the Portuguese in 1513, it was not settled until the 17th century when…
19travelers 19reviews 7blogs
Malawi #21 most popular location
Often referred to as the “Warm Heart of Africa”, Malawi is a small country in Africa along the eastern edge of the country, bordered by Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia. The country is ho…
19travelers 18reviews 36blogs
Djibouti #22 most popular location
A captivating range of little-visited sites await you in the minuscule, barely-known African state of Djibouti. Some are positively alien, like the moonscapes of Lac Abbé (set of Planet of t…
23travelers 16reviews 10blogs
Senegal #23 most popular location
With blended influences from France and the Middle East alongside its own West African quirks, Senegal is a land of lively, exotic music split right down the middle between difficult to deal …
78travelers 15reviews 34blogs
Swaziland #24 most popular location
The 21st century has seen eco-tourism rising in popularity in much the same way seaside holidays first began to become popular during the Victorian era. There is a wide array of destinations …
11travelers 10reviews 24blogs
Togo #25 most popular location
Not long ago, Togo was at the head of the West African tourist pack, but human rights problems and riots quickly swept the country's hard-won reputation under the carpet. Now you'll find a po…
19travelers 9reviews 9blogs
Cape Verde #26 most popular location
A Lone cluster of islands in the enormous expanses of the North Atlantic, Cape Verde’s far-flung volcanic isles have overcome ages of famine and drought, emerging as an uncommon holiday des…
11travelers 9reviews 13blogs
Madagascar #27 most popular location
The isolation of the substantial East African island of Madagascar – and the unique wildlife that’s resulted – has earned it the nickname ‘nature’s design laboratory’. In amongst …
23travelers 8reviews 24blogs
Cameroon #28 most popular location
Cameroon – affectionately known to tourism aficionados as ‘Africa in Miniature’ - is home to deserts and mountains, Muslims and Christians and French and English speaking districts. It…
29travelers 8reviews 7blogs
Mali #29 most popular location
Home to Timbuktu, the city that’s become a byword for African exotica, as well as ‘world music’ superstars and relentless, drought-ridden deserts, landlocked Mali and the life-giving Ni…
15travelers 7reviews 15blogs
Libya #30 most popular location
A few years ago, a quick jaunt around Gaddafi’s back yard would have been the traveller’s equivalent of bungee jumping on a rope your sister tied, but with Libya looking to re-establish i…
106travelers 7reviews 14blogs
Sudan #31 most popular location
So you’re feeling adventurous? You’d have to be living under a rock not to know how inundated with problems Sudan is. Vast swathes of one of Africa’s largest countries remain totally in…
94travelers 6reviews 14blogs
Benin #32 most popular location
The birthplace of voodoo, Benin is a tiny little nation nestled between Togo, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Niger on the west coast of Africa. The country is a hidden gem, a veritable diamond in…
13travelers 6reviews 8blogs
Gambia #33 most popular location
As a country made up entirely of a river-surrounding chunk of land enveloped entirely by Senegal with an international airport that famously doubles as an emergency landing location for NASA …
23travelers 6reviews 17blogs
Ivory Coast #34 most popular location
Once considered to be the most stable economy in Africa with a French-and-German-backed infrastructure going back to the colonial days, Cote d’Ivoire, or the Ivory Coast, has been in politi…
40travelers 5reviews 10blogs
Angola #35 most popular location
The Portuguese-speaking west-African country of Angola is a relatively new tourist spot, and many parts of the country are still suffering heavily from the fallout of a lengthily civil war th…
66travelers 4reviews 8blogs
Lesotho #36 most popular location
Nicknamed 'The Kingdom In The Sky', Lesotho's high-altitude and scenery both take the breath away. The tiny country is enveloped like an island in a mammoth lake by South Africa, but has its …
3travelers 4reviews 17blogs
Gabon #37 most popular location
One of the best-kept secrets of Africa is the little country of Gabon. An equatorial country, it sits upon the western coast of Africa just southeast of Equatorial Guinea and northwest of the…
19travelers 4reviews 9blogs
Algeria #38 most popular location
A culturally fascinating but – due to war and regular tourist abductions – risky place to travel, the North African county of Algeria is a heady blend, maintaining many aspects of ancient…
163travelers 3reviews 7blogs
Somalia #39 most popular location
Somalia is located in a region know as the Horn of Africa. The bit that sticks out on the right. The Somalia region is made up of former european colonies. Somalia (Italian) Somaliland (Briti…
15travelers 3reviews 5blogs
Liberia #40 most popular location
Bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Cote d’Iviore, Liberia is a West African country which sits along the north Atlantic Coast. Its historical roots go back to the early days of the 19th …
35travelers 2reviews 8blogs
Guinea #41 most popular location
Although its troubled past might give even a veteran traveler pause, Guinea should not be overlooked simply because of the political issues which have plagued it over the years. Nestled along…
14travelers 2reviews 4blogs
Burundi #42 most popular location
Following decades of vicious ethnic-based in fighting, Burundi has recently entered a new era of peace. That’s certainly not going to cause a rush of tourism, with most governments still er…
9travelers 2reviews 6blogs
Democratic Republic of Congo #43 most popular location
In the finest tradition of countries named ‘Democratic Republics’, the nation formerly known as Zaire is anything but. An untamed wilderness that all but the most hardy of travelers would…
57travelers 2reviews 14blogs
Chad #44 most popular location
Planet Earth is a big place, and there are a variety of destinations for the traveler to choose from, depending upon their personal preferences and their requirement for combinations, the lev…
14travelers 2reviews 4blogs
Sao Tome and Principe #45 most popular location
Never heard of it? You’re hardly alone: the vast majority couldn’t point to these two rocky outcrops on a map, and estimates on tourist numbers currently stand at less than twenty a week,…
3travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Mauritania #46 most popular location
Set in a desolate corner of Saharan West Africa, Mauritania doesn’t exactly draw the crowds. It’s so desolate, in fact, that aside from the rock-strewn western shores (protected, and stri…
7travelers 1reviews 11blogs
Niger #47 most popular location
So poor and drought ridden is the south Saharan nation of Niger, if a particularly morbid bookie had been taking bets on its existence a few hundred years ago, you’d probably have got fairl…
4travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Sierra Leone #48 most popular location
Sierra Leone spent the latter part of the 20th century embroiled in a decade-long civil war that finally finished in 2002. Since then, the country has begun to flourish, and life—which up u…
23travelers 1reviews 4blogs
Equatorial Guinea #49 most popular location
A tiny little country on West Africa divided up between the mainland and several islands, Equatorial Guinea is a former Spanish colony bordering Cameroon and Gabon, and in recent years is kno…
4travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Western Sahara #50 most popular location
A heavily disputed independent country since the 1960s, Western Sahara is a small area between Mauritania and Morocco, wedged in between the Sahara Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. Both Morocco…
6travelers 5blogs
Republic of Congo #51 most popular location
Home to colorful cultures and international conservationists, The Republic of Congo is nevertheless best known for its apes. Congo is indisputably the top destination in the world for lowland…
12travelers 4blogs
Central African Republic #52 most popular location
Referring to its notoriously challenging (and equally rewarding) travel environment, Lonely Planet describes a trip to the Central African Republic as ‘the backpacking equivalent of bungee …
4travelers 2blogs
Guinea-Bissau #53 most popular location
Home to remarkable indigenous cultures and its very own paradise islands, and talked up amongst travelers as a friendly place to escape Africa's typically aggressive tourist sales culture, Gu…
2travelers 3blogs
Eritrea #54 most popular location
Secretive and downtrodden, and in a state of seemingly endless quarrel with their sworn enemies (and former occupiers) in neighboring Ethiopia, Eritrea is perceived as too unstable to make it…
6travelers 4blogs