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The Best African Countries to Visit in Summer

Ready to go big and hit the so-called mother continent? Join one of these summer-departing TRIPS by Culture Trip and other carefully curated tours to feed your African wanderlust.
Elle Redman
17 Jan 2022
Africa is home to a vast array of cultures, languages and extraordinary landscapes – and for US- and UK-based travellers, summer is the best time to experience it all. Coinciding with the cooler African winter, there won’t be any stifling heat – so you can see the soaring sand dunes of Namibia, the ancient temples of Egypt, or the rich nature reserves of South Africa, without worrying about sunburn or sweat-drenched t-shirts. Paired with a small-group adventure you can book on Culture Trip, here’s our round up of the best African countries to visit in summer.
1 . Egypt, for ancient temples and a luxury cruise – TRIPS by Culture Trip

Egypt has stolen the hearts of travellers and archaeologists for centuries and it continues to leave us breathless due to its natural and cultural wonders. Visit in summer and you’ll avoid the dense crowds of peak tourist season – so long as you’re prepared to face the heat. On this TRIPS by Culture Trip 10-day adventure, you’ll gaze at the Great Pyramid and Sphinx of Giza, explore the overlooked architectural wonders of Cairo’s historic centre, discover the Valley of the Kings and visit Hatshepsut Temple – a striking tribute to one of the first female pharaohs. Meanwhile, gaining a fascinating insight into rural Egyptian life while cruising down the Nile on a luxury ship.

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2 . Namibia, for unspoilt desert wilderness – by Intrepid Travel

Ranging from rugged granite mountains to crashing oceans and sandy plains, Namibia is a country of stark contrasts and a paradise for any wilderness lover. On this 13-day journey, you’ll canoe down the Orange River, hike through the Namib desert and embark on an African safari adventure at Etosha National Park. As well as being one of the best places in the world for wildlife spotting, the park has a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. During summer, the vegetation here is lush due to the heavy rainfall, making this season great for bird-lovers.

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3 . South Africa, for safaris and Garden Route adventures – TRIPS by Culture Trip

South Africa’s cosmopolitan cities, varied landscapes and abundant wildlife make it one of the continent’s must-visit countries. Summer in the northern hemisphere is winter in the southern hemisphere, bringing milder, drier weather in South Africa – ideal conditions for viewing wildlife. On this TRIPS by Culture Trip tour, you’ll climb Table Mountain in Cape Town, go wine tasting in Stellenbosch and traverse the majestic Garden Route en-route to Amakhala Game Reserve – where you’ll have an opportunity to spot the Big Five roaming in the wild, while staying in a luxury safari lodge.

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5 . Rwanda and Uganda, to spot mountain gorillas – by Intrepid Travel

Rwanda and Uganda are two of only three countries in the world where you can see wild mountain gorillas. For the chance to stand face to face with these magnificent creatures, why not travel to Africa this summer for a truly eye-opening experience? On this six-day trip, as well as trekking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you’ll enjoy a three-night stay at the Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge – where you’ll have sweeping views of the forest canopy. Offering more than just a wildlife adventure, this trip will also provide a soul-stirring insight into Rwanda’s heart-breaking history and devastating past.

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