Top 10 African Holiday Destinations

Dan Taylor | Jul 18, 2018

Being one of the most diverse continents in the world, Africa should definitely be the next continent on your bucket list. There is so much unique beauty that you simply cannot find anywhere else in the world. Here, we present to you the top ten African holiday destinations for those looking to explore the continent and learn about the different cultures.

10. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia
Are the Falls in Zimbabwe or in Zambia? Visit both sides and you will be sure to get a compelling argument from the respective locals. Either way, you are guaranteed to have your breath taken away by these majestic falls, appropriately called "the smoke that thunders". Whether you are on the Zambia or Zimbabwe side, you are guaranteed endless exciting activities such as rafting and bungee jumping. There are also beautiful resorts on both sides with views of the falls that will make you want to stay there forever.

9. Marrakech, Morocco
This northern country simply oozes charm and a hint of mystery. It is the home of world-renowned designers; Yves Saint-Laurent and Jean-Paul Gaultier, and you can understand their inspiration by visiting Marrakech. The city is laden with beautiful former desert palaces, and a unique Afro-Arabian charisma that you will not find anywhere else. As for activities, they are numerous, including camel riding and desert tours.

8. Pemba Island, Zanzibar
This Island is located off the coast of East Africa it is one of the continent's well-hidden gems. So far from civilization, you are guaranteed a peaceful and uninterrupted getaway, filled with all the water activities that you can imagine. One of the most renowned activities on the island is diving, where you can explore the untouched coral reefs around Pemba. On the island are a number of five-star resorts that offer world-class services and amenities. You're destined to fall in love with Pemba Island.

7. Accra, Ghana
Located on the coast of West Africa, Accra is the capital city of Ghana and a melting pot of culture. This city's architecture reflects its colonial history - from the museums to the libraries and galleries. The city is also home to a very lively nightlife and markets that sell authentic West African art, jewelry and clothing. This city, like many others in Africa, is an infusion of modernity and historical architecture, with 17th-century palaces standing amongst its modern skyscrapers.

6. Cape Town, South Africa
It wouldn't be destination list without Cape Town. This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa, and it surely earns its fame. Cape Town is home to an abundance of sights including the Table Mountains, which you can hike, and beautiful golden beaches surrounding the suburbs. This is also a place for the thrill seekers, where one can go cage diving with sharks in the ocean, or try wind-surfing at daybreak. Not only is this a city of natural wonder, Cape Town also boasts a vibrant nightlife and food scene. There are also various markets which sell authentic South African clothing, art and jewelry, which is made by local artists. Cape Town is the perfect destination for those looking to do a bit of everything.

5. Lake Malawi, Malawi
Malawi is dubbed the friendliest nation in Africa, and the hospitality that you receive at any of the resorts and lodges at Lake Malawi are a testament to that. The lake is the third-largest in Africa and is absolutely astonishing. The water is bright blue and stretches as far as the eye can see. The water is filled with brightly colored fish and other aquatic life, whilst the banks are home to African fish eagles and majestic trees. Understandably, most of the activities at Lake Malawi are water based, but there are opportunities to visit various nearby national parks that are filled with distinguished southern African wildlife.

4. Cairo, Egypt
Egypt's capital city and rich historical hub, Cairo is a must-visit destination. This city is set on the Nile River, and the historical architecture is to die for. Cairo is the perfect combination of modernity and ancient city. This is a well-populated city, and ultimately, there is a lot to see and do. You can take time to explore and appreciate authentic Egyptian culture and history. Whilst in the country, you will also have the option to visit the majestic Pyramids of Giza.

3. Diani Beach, Kenya
Another perfect beach getaway that is located in Africa. Diani Beach is located just an hour south of Mombasa and is as picturesque as a postcard. The beach has milky white sands and crisp blue waters. There are a number of accommodation options, and all of them are a stones-throw from the water. As well as water activities, visitors can take a camel tour to explore the beach, or book a tour inland to explore the surrounding villages. This beach is the base for a large number of safari companies, so you have the option of adding a safari to your beach getaway. You may also take a guided tour by some of the locals where you can learn more about the history of the locale.

2. Nosy Be, Madagascar
Nosy Be is an island located off the Northeast coast of Madagascar. The islands name means "big island" and that is exactly what the island is. It is filled with authentic wildlife such as lemurs, turtles, and fish of every color of the rainbow. The coral reefs of Nosy Be are untouched and begging for exploration by curious visitors and scuba divers. There is plenty to do on the island, including nature reserves, mountain biking, and visiting the neighboring islands - and of course, you will enjoy the delicious fresh food that is served on the island.

1. Djenne, Mali
Chances are, you probably haven't heard much about Djenne. But you definitely want to add this gem to your bucket list. Djenne is one of the oldest cities in Sub-Saharan Africa and has retained its authentic look. For those who love history, Djenne is the was the center for Islamic learning, as well as trading between the Sahara desert, and Guinean forests. The market square of Djenne still holds The Great Mosque, which is considered one of the pinnacles of Sudano-Sahelian architectural style, and the old towns of Djenne are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are looking for an African destination filled with rich architectural history, Djenne is the place for you.

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