Africa is one of the largest continents in the world, both in terms of people and land. The continent has 50 countries, several diverse landscapes, and countless tribes and ethnic groups. This makes it a prime tourist destination, with a myriad of local places for travel, which you will find explored in detail in this Africa travel guide. Let’s take a look at the highlights of Africa Tourism:
Wild Safaris and Animal Parks
One of the top highlights of tourism in Africa and African tours is Wild Safaris. “Safari” is a Swahili word that means “journey”, and is quite similar to tours found in various destinations all over the world. Wild safaris are a popular activity in the East, Central, and Southern Africa, and they are a must-do activity when visiting these regions. The best safaris are in East Africa, where you can witness the breathtaking wildebeest migration in Kenya and Tanzania.
Other African countries you can visit for wild safaris include Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. In these countries, you will also be able to spot the Big Five and other amazing animals such as gorillas, cheetahs, antelopes, giraffes, crocodiles, and others.
Depending on the timing of African holidays, the continent offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, climbing, and trekking, and they are perfect for adventure seekers. Some of the top mountains to visit in Africa include the Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mt. Kenya, Mt. Elgon, and Aberdare Ranges in Kenya, Mt. Elgon and Rwenzori Mountain in Uganda, Atlas Mountain in Morocco, Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa, and others.
Ancient archeological sites
Another highlight of Africa tours is exploring famous archeological sites. Some of the best archeological sites in Africa that one should visit include:
Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania – Tanzania has remains of early human species, as well as evidence of their social and economic activities – hunting, scavenging, religion, etc.
Gedi Ruins in Kenya – a coastal town along the Kenyan coast that was a trading hub from around the 13th century to the 17th century.
The Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa also referred to as “the Cradle of Humankind” due to the large fossils of early human species that have been discovered.
The Valley of the Kings in Egypt, which served as the burial ground for Egyptian Pharaohs (monarchs), royal family members, and nobles from around 16th century to 11th century BC.
Tasty African dishes
Africa is a diverse continent with over 3,000 distinct ethnic groups, each having their own different delicacies. Some of the top delicacies to taste in Africa include:
Sadza (ugali) - a staple dish people eat throughout Africa, but mostly in Kenya. A variety of meats, vegetable stews, and soups accompany this dish when served.
Jollof Rice – a popular dish served in the western Africa countries, including Nigeria, Senegal, Liberia, Gambia, Togo, and Sierra Leone.
Doro Wat – a tasty delicacy in Ethiopia and Eritrea that is prepared with a variety of meats, vegetables, and a mixture of spices
Bobotie – a tasty delicacy in South Africa, which is prepared with minced meat and spices. Spicy rice, potatoes, or pasta accompanies the dish.
Pilau – It is a rice dish prepared with meat and spices, and it is popular among the East African communities, especially those found in Tanzania, Zanzibar, and the Kenyan Coastal region.
On your next Africa tours to South Africa or Morocco, mix adventure and leisure on your African holidays to make the exotic vacation more memorable.