Africa is a very large continent filled with so much to see; from the hundreds of cultures with their own local foods to the tourist attractions that make each country unique.
We decided to share with you just a few of the best destinations we thought you might want to visit.
This gem is nestled in northern part of Africa. There is so much to say about this beautiful country and its cultural influences. It has a rich heritage influenced by Europeans, Berber and Arab cultures. You will be able to see this in the food, infrastructure and way of life.
You try the authentic Moroccan cuisines like the tagine dishes. They are filled with robust flavor and leave you wanting more.
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Take a hike up the atlas mountains or enjoy a relaxing time at the Atlantic ocean coast. Either way you will love it.There is so much to see from the enigmatic cities to the Atlantic ocean coast to the snowy atlas mountains.
This country has a lot to offer especially if you are a history buff. The ancient city of Aksum and the magnificent 12th century churches in Lalibela are a must see.
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Ethiopia is chock full of archaeological and historical sights some dating back 3 million years like Gondar castle.
If you appreciate more natural surroundings then the Simien Mountains National Park and Nechisar National Park are well worth a visit for a few days.
Uganda is one African country you can’t miss to visit. Dubbed the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill and many who visit; it is easy to see why when you first take a peak from your aeroplane window.
This developing country has so much to offer tourists from game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park where you can see the big five and more (leopards, lions, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants) to the gorilla and chimpanzee trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
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Being an agricultural nation, Uganda can offer you great dishes made from fresh naturally grown fruits and vegetables.
You will also enjoy the many street foods offered like the infamous Rolex (an omelette wrapped in a chapati with fresh vegetables).
The Ugandan people are also among the most friendly you will ever meet.
Malawi is a landlocked country in southern Africa. Often forgotten in lue of her sister countries Kenya and Tanzania, Malawi is a great destination if you love outdoor activities.
With a geographically diverse landscape, it really is a special place to explore; from the impressive peaks of Mount Mulanje to the sprawling grasslands of the Nyika Plateau, and Lake Malawi.
You can take hikes through its enormous and beautiful landscape or go kayaking.
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This underappreciated country will make your trip worthwhile.
The tranquil island of Lamu is one of the oldest towns in East Africa. This beautiful old island boast of cultural influences from Europe, Arabia and India.
Lamu is characterized by narrow streets that can be explored on foot or by donkey and old stone buildings with curved doors.
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You will also love the Maulidi festival that takes place every year. This festival brings together seven centuries of tradition and culture.
Take part in the donkey races and traditional dances.The food is also something that you must try. There are vendors who sell numerous roasted meats and fresh fruit to keep you energized throughout the day.
6. Pemba Island
This wonderful paradise is 100 kilometers outside of Zanzibar Island. You can take a 30 minute flight from Stone Town, Zanzibar to get you to the island.
Off the coast of Tanzania, Pemba Island is characterized by amazing crystal white sandy beaches, diverse marine life and beautiful coral reefs.
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This island is ideal if you prefer a less crowded atmosphere since it gets fewer visitors than Zanzibar island.
Another one of Africa’s little gems; Gambia is a relatively small country and like many of the destinations on this list Gambia has an abundant wildlife population.
The top two national parks you must visit are Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve where you will see hippos, leopards, monkeys and an array of rare bird species.
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