5 Top-Rated Tourist Destinations in Africa

Top-Rated Tourist Destinations in Africa
Feels like paradise in Shanzu, Kenya. © Mirek.Ambroz/Flickr

Africa is earth’s hidden gem with rich cultures and ecological wonders. Africa is rich in history and culture. A continent which is home to astonishing countries with impressive animals, stunning deserts and beautiful Savannahs. It is also home to astonishing cities and towns that are rich in history and culture. From South Africa to Morocco, here’s a brief guide to some of the top-rated tourist destinations in Africa.

Botswana

Entrance of the Gaborone Game Reserve, Botswana. © Ruthu Holdings

Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable countries as well as most visited. It is a land-locked country located in Southern Africa and bordering on Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Botswana is famous for its wildlife. The bulk of the Kalahari desert falls within Botswana’s borders and Botswana is home to most of the world’s San (bushmen) population. It is the world’s largest producer of diamonds and a trade that has transformed it into a middle-income nation. Botswana offers an array of accommodation for tourists, ranging from luxury lodges to budget guesthouses and camping grounds making it one of the Top 5 Tourist countries in Africa. Botswana of the world’s last great wildernesses – a place where wild creatures roam and rule, where big cats and much bigger elephants walk free. The Okavango is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

Kenya

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Feels like paradise in Shanzu, Kenya. © Mirek.Ambroz/Flickr

Kenya is also part of the top 10 Tourist Countries in Africa. It is an East African paradise filled with abundant wildlife, mountains, flora, fauna and islands. This country is located in Eastern Africa, situated on the equator on Africa’s east coast. Kenya has often been described as “the cradle of humanity”. This country is filled with ethnic diversity which has produced a vibrant culture for the nation. Maasai Mara is one of the world’s most magnificent game reserves. It contains Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular ecosystems – and it is for this reason a visitor hardly misses to see the big five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino).

The Masai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest’s migration alone involves over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November. There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 bird species recorded on the reserve.

Lesotho

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Africa’s highest dam, Katse Dam on the Malibamatso River, Lesotho. © Dermot Durnin/Flickr

Lesotho, known as the Kingdom in the Sky because of its lofty altitude – boasts of an array of majestic mountains adorned with the best that nature has to offer. Lesotho’s main attractions are its beautiful parks and reserves, those being the Sehlabathebe National Park, Ts’enhlanyane National Park and Bokong Nature Reserve. This country is totally surrounded by South Africa and is a fantastic adventure holiday destination, making it one of the Top 5 Tourist Countries in Africa. Tsehlanyane National Park is the largest park in Lesotho. The undisputed jewel in the crown of Lesotho’s national park system comes in the form of the sun-baked highlands of Tsehlanyane. Surrounded by the rock-ribbed peaks of the mighty Maloti Mountains, a patch of rugged wilderness, including one of Lesotho’s only stands of indigenous forest with a number of rare undergrowth plants that are unique to this woodland habitat.

Morocco

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Marrakech, Morocco | Photo: Courtesy of Lachlan Rae / @lachlan_ra

Morocco is filled with lots of North African culture. It has a majestic and medieval feel to it. You haven’t really been to Morocco if you didn’t visit Djemma el Fna in Marrakech, which comes to life from 10am with street theatres, snake charmers, henna tattoo artists and peaks in the evening with lots of thrill from an array of chefs and food masters.

South Africa

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Airplane landing at the O.R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa | © O.R. Tambo International Airport

South Africa is one of the Africa’s biggest and most developed economies, and arguably the most visited tourist nation in Africa. Impressing with stunning landscapes from the burning Karoo and Kalahari semi-deserts to the misty heights of the Drakensberg range and the massive Blyde River Canyon. The country offers the best beaches, basking you in the warmth of the Indian Ocean. Visit museums to learn about its tumultuous history which is crucial part of the country’s identity. South Africa is truly a country of astounding diversity.

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