When it comes to travelling the world, there are certain places that come up again and again. The big cities and counties of Europe. America. Thailand, and then further afield, Australia. One place that is probably underrepresented on the global tourist trail is Africa, a gigantic continent that offers its visitors anything and everything. But given its size, how do you begin to plan a trip there? Below, we take a look at some of the standout features of the continent, which will hopefully function as a useful starting point when it comes to your trip.
North and South
There’s a big ‘middle’ part to Africa, but some of the most popular destinations are located at the top and bottom of the continent. In the north, you have places like Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and other Arabic inspired nations. In the south, you have probably the best-known country, South Africa. Either of these places is a good introduction to the continent, as they have already been sufficiently travelled by outsiders and, as such, there is a greater emphasis on traditional tourism there. From there, you can begin to think about taking an “internal” flight to some of the other highlights.
See the Animals
Africa has a lot going for it, including being home to some of the world’s most majestic creatures. You won’t be able to find wild elephants, monkeys, giraffes, rhinos, and all the other big players in Africa on the streets of Europe! Kenya safari tours allow you to see these fascinating animals in their natural environment. You’ll be on their trail, waiting to catch a glimpse, and all the while you’ll have the beauty of the continent as a backdrop for your exploration. In terms of quintessentially African experiences, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Off the Coast
We can think of Africa as one great land mass, but in doing so, we’d be forgetting that some of the continent’s most beautiful spots are actually located away from the shore. Take a trip to an island such as Mauritius, Reunion, Zanzibar, or Nosy Be, and you’ll find beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise waters. And then there’s, of course, Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world. You could quite comfortably make your trip to Africa all about exploring the islands, and return home having had a trip of a lifetime.
The Great Outdoors
Africa may have a large population, but it’s absolutely gigantic, and that means that there’s a lot of natural scenery hanging around! There are far too many natural wonders to talk about here, so we’ll just point you in the direction of one of them: Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world, which is based on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Into the Cities
Finally, be sure to check out the colour and culture of Africa’s cities. In Cape Town, Nairobi, Lagos, and Cairo, to name but a few, you’ll be able to enjoy the rich African heritage mixed with cosmopolitan life.
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