5 Top-Rated Tourist Destinations in Africa

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Up and close at Chobe National Park, Botswana | Photo: Courtesy of @blancalucini

Do you travel? Africa is earth’s hidden gem with rich cultures and ecological wonders, and beautiful places to visit. A continent that is rich in history and culture, and home to astonishing countries with impressive nature and wildlife, stunning deserts and beautiful Savannahs. Africa’s top tourist countries: from South Africa to Morocco, here’s a brief guide to some of the top-rated tourist destinations in Africa with unlimited fun tourist spots.

Kenya

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

Kenya is easily one of Africa’s top tourist countries with a diverse tourists spots. 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. Looking for a dream beach for your next holiday? Kenya is filled with seemingly endless beaches, its Diani Beach and Watamu Beach are on our list of the best beaches in Africa.

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The Masai Mara is one of the best national parks in Africa, regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewings. Home to Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular ecosystems – and it is for this reason a visitor hardly misses to see the big five game (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino). 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, a fantastic adventure holiday destination, making it one of the best places to visit 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 the perfect place to go for a relaxing holiday in Africa. From Casablanca fronting the Atlantic Ocean with a picturesque landscape to the unique Marrakesh filled with fun tourist spots that exude Islamic and Mediterranean influences. Morocco is filled with lots of North African culture, there’s 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. Today is the perfect day to plan your next holiday in Morocco. Book your accommodation!

South Africa

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

From surfing beaches in Durban to wine tasting destinations in Cape Town, South Africa is one of the Africa’s biggest and most developed economies, and arguably the top and most visited tourist country 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 in culture, landscapes, nature and wildlife. For accommodation, check out some of the best and luxurious Airbnbs in the country. There is so much to discover and beautiful places to visit in South Africa.

Botswana

As one of the most beautiful places in Africa, a visit to Botswana is an unforgettable experience that will forever stir your soul. Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable countries with top tourist spots. A land-locked country located in Southern Africa and bordering on Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. It’s famous wildlife is one of the best things to do in Africa, offering authentic back to nature experience to safari goers. 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.

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Being one of Africa’s top tourist countries, Botswana offers an array of accommodation for tourists, ranging from luxury lodges to budget guesthouses and camping grounds. The Okavango is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Chobe National Park is among the best tourist spots in Africa, boasts the continent’s largest elephant herds, one of the most spectacular wildlife viewing on earth. Chobe Riverfront is certainly one of Africa’s most prolific wildlife areas.

We also recommend our guide to the ultimate list of dream vacations in Africa.

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