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Opinion: 11 Beautiful African Countries to Visit

Monteozlive has compiled a list of 11 stunning African countries to visit before you die. 2021 September 23rd source:

Africa is massive. It's a vast continent with a melting pot of cultures, identities, beautiful nature, and history. It's content with so much variety that it's easy to overlook when we hear the word "Africa" used as a travel destination. Even though we see it on television, radio, and in print all the time, it's difficult to condense Africa's essence into a single place.

Thankfully, travel exposes our naivetés and allows us to appreciate the continent of Africa's incredible diversity.

Whether you dream of white sand beaches, sophisticated destinations like Cape Town, visiting Morocco's Atlas Mountains, or getting up and personal with the Big Five on safari, Africa is bound to be on your travel wish list.

Even experienced travelers will find plenty to enjoy on the world's second-largest continent. Take a peek at some of Africa's top destinations this year.

1. Morocco

Morocco, which is bordered on two sides by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, has it all, from small seaside towns to snow-capped mountains, with intriguing cities in between.

Its varied heritage makes it a particularly fascinating place to visit: evidence of European, Berber, and Arabian impact on the culture can be found almost everywhere.

Oh, and don't forget to go to Marrakesh, which is an incredible city; just avoid the snake charmers.

While you're there, don't forget to sample some of Morocco's famous cuisine! Throughout our trip, I swear I just ate tagine dishes.

It felt wonderful.

2. Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a land steeped in history, with archaeological sites reaching back over 3 million years, including the 12th-century cathedrals of Lalibela and the ruins of Aksum. If you're a history buff like me, you'll want to go.

They offer a wealth of historical and archaeological sites, including Gondar Castle, that is simply too good to be missed.

If you prefer natural scenery, Simien Mountains National Park and Nechisar National Park are also worth visiting for a few days.

Always listen to local counsel and take precautions, especially while dealing with larger animals, as you would on any vacation.

3. Seychelles

It's simple to see why Seychelles is regarded as one of the world's most gorgeous destinations.

There's much to see and do if you're searching for something more than lying on the beach and relaxing. Many of the smaller islands have been designated as national parks, preserving the island's history and natural beauty.

Make sure to go snorkeling in the magnificent Sainte Anne Marine National Park and visit the wonderfully picturesque Curieuse Island.

4. Botswana

In terms of animals and natural areas, Botswana is a true gem of Africa. It is dedicated to wildlife and environmental conservation as a country, making it a perfect destination for African wildlife enthusiasts.

Safaris are available in the Okavango Delta, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and Chobe National Park, to name a few. To top it off, Botswana is known for its breathtaking watercolor sunsets and its pleasant, welcoming attitude toward visitors.

5. Namibia

Namibia, a neighboring country to Botswana, has a similar abundance of wildlife and is ideal for a trip through some of Africa's most spectacular landscapes.

Etosha National Park, home to 114 mammal families and 300 bird species, is a must-see.

Take a quad bike excursion over the Namib Desert, see the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop for a memorable experience.

6. Malawi

Because of its more well-known sisters, Kenya and Tanzania, this landlocked country in southern Africa is frequently overlooked by tourists.

It is truly a unique destination to visit, with its physically diversified terrain ranging from the towering peaks of Mount Mulanje to the expansive grasslands of the Nyika Plateau, not to mention Lake Malawi. Malawi is a stunningly beautiful country, whether you visit for trekking and kayaking or to learn about its diverse cultures.

Don't miss out on Nsima's local delicacy, ground corn, which goes well with grilled meats and veggies.

7. Rwanda

Mountain gorillas can be seen up close in Volcanoes National Park, making Rwanda the number one African destination for gorilla enthusiasts.

It isn't inexpensive, but the proceeds support the park's excellent conservation efforts as well as the construction of schools and health centers for the neighboring community.

You can't ignore Rwanda's awful history, but you can pay a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre to learn about and reflect on the atrocities so they're never forgotten.

Try some Matoke, a delicious dish composed primarily of steamed plantains.

8. Madagascar

Madagascar is Africa's largest island, and there's a much to see and do there that it's difficult to pick just a few highlights.

Make a point of seeing the stunning Avenue of the Baobabs, Ranomafana National Park, and the stunning Isalo National Park.

Make a stop at Ambohimanga, a fortified Royal village near the city that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Malagasy people are friendly and inviting, the coastline is stunning, and wild lemurs can be seen in their natural habitat.

9. Tanzania

It's time to visit Tanzania if you're a mountaineer or hiker who can hear Africa's tallest peak calling to you.

Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the scene, and even if you don't have the stamina to climb it (not many of us do! ), the view from the ground is breathtaking.

Tanzania, of course, has a lot more to offer; go on a safari in the Serengeti National Park to view the ‘Big Five,' or rest on the tropical island of Zanzibar.

10. The Gambia

When it comes to African countries, The Gambia is a stunning (and rather tiny) destination. The Gambia, like the majority of the countries on this list, offers an abundance of wildlife that is simply too good to pass up.

You can view monkeys, hippos, hyenas, leopards, and various types of rare birds in Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve.

The colorful capital of Banjul, with its intriguing National Museum of Gambian history, is also worth a visit, as are the beaches, which are renowned throughout the Gambia.

11. South Africa

South Africa appears to own all of the world's resources. cosmopolitan towns like Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, delectable vineyards, the breathtaking Kruger National Park, and even a penguin beach!

I've traveled to South Africa several times and always look forward to returning; it's one of my favorite locations to visit.

Make a point of visiting Hermanus to see whales, the Table Mountain, and Kloof Street House in Cape Town for a meal; it's fantastic.

If you want to explore the nation by car, the Garden Route is a great option. Thank you for reading this article like, follow, comment and share.

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