13 African Countries You Never Knew You Wanted to Visit But Do Now

Namibia’s vast landscape offers much more than meets the eye | ©Ivars Krutainis/Unsplash
Namibia’s vast landscape offers much more than meets the eye | ©Ivars Krutainis/Unsplash
Photo of Carina Claassens
29 June 2017

From Algeria to Zimbabwe, there’s a whole continent of natural wonders and breathtaking scenery to explore. For those planning a trip to Africa, make sure to add at least some of the following destinations to the list to see some of the most beautiful and unique sights the world has to offer.

Kenya

Each year during the great Serengeti migration, thousands of wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes trek their way through parts of Kenya. Travelers can visit the Masai Mara and the Serengeti to see this amazing occurrence.

When and where to go: In July and August the animals travel through the Masai Mara National Reserve, which is where you want to be to see all the action.

Masai Mara National Reserve, Sekenani Main Gate, Kenya, +254 798 721170

Malawi

Malawi is home to Africa’s third largest lake, the magnificent Lake Malawi. The lake is the ideal destination to have a relaxing holiday filled with exciting activities like snorkeling, diving, and canoeing. Apart from its lake, Malawi has loads more on offer from hiking its highlands to visiting its wildlife reserve, Majete.

Must do: A visit to Malawi is incomplete without a trip to Lake Malawi.

Morocco

Morocco should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. This culturally-rich country offers something for everyone: ancient cities are spread far and wide while the desert landscapes are waiting to be explored.

Must see: The Ksar, a set of buildings in Aït Benhaddou, is a prime example of architecture typical of southern Morocco.

© Ruslan Kalnitsky/Shutterstock

Namibia

From wildlife spotting in Etosha National Park to ghost hunting in Kolmanskop, Namibia is a country with a whole lot to offer. Make sure to book enough time here to see it all.

Must see: When picturing Namibia, images of The Namib Dessert immediately spring to mind. The country is famous for its red dunes, many of which are the size of mountains.

Namibia is known for its dessert landscape | ©Tpsdave/Pixabay

Tunisia

If the thought of historic sites feels exciting, Tunisia is a must visit. The North-African country also has a Mediterranean climate, a beautiful shoreline, and blue and white buildings that are characteristic of the picturesque town of Sidi Bou Said.

Must see: Sidi Bou Said, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia should definitely be on a must-see list. The town has been visited by many artists including Paul Klee and Henri Matisse.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, bordering South Africa, is the African bushveld one would imagine it to be. Hwange National Park is the largest reserve in the country and home to the largest surviving wild-dog population on the planet.

Must-see: The Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world—not due to length, but its overall water mass. The waterfall’s lively sound can be heard from miles away, needless to say make sure to take a rain coat.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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