The best places to see in Africa, from the Serengeti National park to Victoria Falls to Chefchaouen to Cape Town. Africa is a massive continent, and planning a visit can be a daunting task for the prospective traveler. To put Africa’s size into perspective, consider this: the United States could fit into Africa about three times! Although it is hard to narrow down what Africa has to offer into just ten entries, we did our best to pull a sampling of the continent’s most beautiful places.
Appropriately called “Mosi-oa-Tunya” in Tokaleya Tonga, which roughly translates into “smoke that thunders”, Victoria Falls are synonymous with the natural beauty of Africa. Found on the Zambezi River and on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the amazing falls are 5,604 feet in width and have a height of 354 feet. The waterfall is an amazing sight to behold both day and night – at nighttime, visitors may be able to see a rainbow formed on the waters of the falls caused by the light from the moon.
Although it generally stays out of the eyes of the media, the island country of Mauritius, found off of Africa’s southeast coast in the Indian Ocean, has all of the makings of a dream destination, from white sand beaches to water with astonishing azure shades. An interesting fact: the long-extinct dodo bird was native to Mauritius. Today, the island country is still home to a number of unique endemic species.
If blue isn’t already your favorite color, it will be after a visit to this Moroccan town that is straight out of a fairytale. Found in the country’s northwest, Chefchaouen has existed as a city since the 1400s and today remains a major draw for tourists. If you choose to make the trek, you won’t be alone, as thousands of visitors come to see the town’s lovely blue hues every year. Fear not though, wary traveler: Chefchaouen has an impressive 200 hotels to cater to these tourists.
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti National Park found in Tanzania is home to the famous Wildebeest Migration, which takes place annually. During this event, zebras, antelopes and other species migrate to Kenya in search of greener pastures. It has been called one of the world’s most “spectacular natural events”.
Ethiopian highlands are truly a sight to be seen. Formed by millions of years of erosion, no two mountain in the area the same. The Mountains are not only home to a number modest sized villages (in spite of the area’s altitude), but there are also home to a number of animal species, such as the Geleda monkey.