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10 of the most beautiful places in Africa

By Willow Constantine on Jan 30, 2020 in Africa, Attractions, Botswana, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Egypt, Going Out, Namibia, Regions, South Africa, Tanzania


Africa naturally evokes visions of the wide open savannah dotted with acacia trees, as the sun settles over the horizon.  While this type of landscape is typical of African safari destinations, the continent is incredibly diverse with hidden gems in nearly every corner.  This article reveals a varied selection of ten of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Africa.

1. Sossusvlei Dunes & Deadvlei, Namibia

There is a stillness in Sossuvlei that cannot be captured in words.  As the sun rises, the east facing side of the dunes are illuminated while the west remains in shadow.  Iconic and inherently photogenic, the dunes are also a wonderful place to be at dawn when the silence seems to last forever.  Read our other blog post on how to capture the sunrise in Sossusvlei.

2. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ngorongoro is an inactive caldera which has attracted a huge diversity of wildlife species resident to the crater floor.  The views from the crater rim are magnificent, and a game drive within the crater awards travelers with a surprising and delightful diversity of ecosystems.

3. Table Mountain, South Africa

Flat-topped Table Mountain has become an iconic symbol of Cape Town, and of South Africa.  An unusual diversity of flora lives within the Table Mountain National Park, and the views from the top are out of this world – a must see for any visitor to Cape Town.

4. Virunga National Park, DRC

One of the most biologically diverse parks in the world, Virunga is also a UNESCO world heritage site.  Several families of habituated gorillas live amongst the lush mountains, making it an ideal destination for primate encounters.

5. Giza Pyramids, Egypt

The oldest of the 7 world wonders, the Giza Pyramids have the unique allure of being one of the only remnants of ancient civilization.  An enriching journey to the pyramids would include reading stories of ancient Egypt and the pharaohs for whom they were built.

6. Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango Delta is a massive wildlife-rich oasis in the middle of an otherwise arid country.  Home to an impressive and concentrated diversity of wildlife, the delta is also brilliant for birding safaris.

7. Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

The second largest canyon in South Africa (after the Fish River Canyon), Blyde River Canyon is a magnificent work of art by Mother Nature.  Blyde River Canyon is enjoyed from “Three Rondavels” viewpoint to really soak in the magnificence of the landscape.

8. Franschhoek, South Africa

Franschhoek Valley is a rich and verdant farming region best known for its New World wines and charming pseudo-French culture, which is attributed to the Huguenots.  In the quaint little village, world-class restaurants and boutiques provide ample opportunity for exploration.  Further afield in the surrounding foothills, jaw-dropping views are the ideal backdrop for wine tasting on a balmy summer’s day.

9. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

An ideal wildlife habitat, Serengeti National Park provides the iconic African backdrop to one of the most magnificent animal encounters on the planet – the wildebeest migration.  The Serengeti and Masai Mara together are the typical African landscape of wide open savannah dotted with Acacia Trees.

10. Zanzibar, Tanzania

The hub of the ancient Spice Route, Zanzibar enjoys post-card perfect turquoise seas with dhows sailing in the trade winds.  A kind of tropical paradise, the island has a sultry warmth and an enduring history that calls visitors to its balmy shores year after year.

Have you ever visited a breathtaking landscape in Africa?  Let us know in the comments!

Willow Constantine is the Founder of Bespoke Safari Co. Bespoke Safari Co. is a boutique travel agency offering cutting edge curated travel experiences in Africa.

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The 12 Most Beautiful Places in Africa

The Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt

The Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt | © Nick Brundle Photography / Getty Images

In Africa, there are just too many magnificent sites for any one list to encompass all. We’ve had a go and tried to cover as many different types of place as possible. So here’s a rundown of amazing antiquities, stunning towns, and spectacular and sublime natural features from around this incredible continent.

Victoria Falls

Natural Feature

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Victoria Falls | © Edwin Remsberg / Alamy Stock Photo

On the Zambezi River and the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls was named by the explorer David Livingstone for Queen Victoria. But its native African name is much more expressive, Mosi-oa-Tunya, the ‘Smoke that Thunders’, is a reference to the immense spray and rumbling that the Falls generate. With a width of 1,700 meters and a depth of 108 meters, the Falls are twice the height of Niagara Falls. And they’re surrounded by the savannah, which is full of rhinos, hippos and lions.

Pyramids of Giza

Historical Landmark

Cairo, Egypt Tourists and camel drivers with their camels resting in the desert with the three Great pyramids of Giza in the bac

The Pyramids of Giza | © Edwin Remsberg / Alamy Stock Photo

We sometimes overlook how extraordinary the Pyramids of Giza are because the image of them is commonplace today. The work of thousands and thousands of laborers, the Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and they were known to the ancients as a Wonder of the World. The Giza Complex just outside Cairo on the fringes of the Libyan Desert is sublime and mysterious, built to house the dead pharaohs and all the items they would need to rule the afterlife.

Sidi Bou Said

Historical Landmark

North Africa, Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said. Views of the Gulf of Tunis and the traditional white houses of the Medina.

Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia | © Norbert Scanella / Alamy Stock Photo

Sidi Bou Said is the gloriously pretty village in Tunisia on the Mediterranean coast that has drawn great painters and writers for over a century. Once it was a local religious site looking out onto the azure waters of the ocean, before the French artist Baron Rodolphe D’Erlanger instigated a color scheme of whitewash and light blue that now covers the whole village. The buildings are famous too for their great studded doors, with crescent patterns on many. Matisse, Klee, and Auguste Macke all came here to paint, and Andre Gide and Simone de Beauvoir came to write.

Sossusvlei

Natural Feature

Sossusvlei sand dune, Naukluft National Park, Namibia, Africa

Sossusvlei, Namibia | © John Dambik / Alamy Stock Photo

You might not have heard of the Sossusvlei, but its iconic landscape is often seen in film. It lies in Namibia in the southern Namib Desert, a region of dry lake, clay pan and orange and red sand dunes. Its name combines the Afrikaans word ‘vlei’ meaning ‘marsh’, and the local Nama word meaning ‘of-no-return’. The area has a remarkably spare, clean beauty, dead acacia trees, the deep blue of the sky, and the shifting, burnished red of the sands make for a stunning vision.

Djenné

Mosque

The Monday market infront of the great mud mosque, Djenne, Mali, West Africa

The Monday market in front of the great mud mosque, Djenne, Mali | © Louise Bretten / Alamy Stock Photo

Djenné in Mali is a remarkable site, composed up of thousands of adobe buildings made from earth baked hard in the African sun and reinforced with palm fronds. The ancient town dates back to the 3rd century and beyond, but it really grew with the Saharan trade routes when slaves, gold and salt were transported across the desert to the Levant. The unspoiled earth buildings, particularly the Great Mosque built in 1907 by the French colonial authorities, make Djenné a unique place to explore and to see. The Old Town is, of course, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Table Mountain

Natural Feature

Rappelling on Table mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Rappelling on Table mountain, Cape Town, South Africa | © mauritius images GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo

Table Mountain looms over Cape Town at the southern tip of the continent at the Cape of Good Hope. Along with the peaks of Signal Hill, Devil’s Peak, and Lion’s Head, it forms a huge natural amphitheater in which the Dutch settlers of the 17th century first established what would become Cape Town. With its flat top well over a thousand meters above sea level at its highest point at Maclear’s Beacon, Table Mountain is often obscured by clouds from ground level. But you can take the famous cable car up to the top.

Lake Malawi

Natural Feature

Lake Malawi The Lake of Stars

Lake Malawi | © William Uzuriaga / Alamy Stock Photo

The furthest south of the African Great Lakes straddles Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. With its clear waters, unspoiled beaches and the backdrop of mountain on all sides, it forms a spectacular natural site. When David Livingstone came here he coined the name ‘Lake of Stars’ due to the lamps of the fishermen he saw out on the lake in the darkness.

Zanzibar Archipelago

Natural Feature

Zanzibar beach

Zanzibar beach | © Pavel Chonya / Alamy Stock Photo

The Zanzibar Archipelago is a tropical paradise off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. Golden beaches, cerulean waters, and swaying palm trees make for an amazingly beautiful place. There are four main islands, Unguja, Pemba, Mafia and the uninhabited Latham Islands, along with many smaller islands that surround them. You’ll find Zanzibar City, famous for its historic Stone Town area and its connection to the spice and slave trades in the 19th century, on Unguja Island.

Sahara Dunes

Natural Feature

Morocco, Erg Chebbi, sand dunes in the Sahara Desert near Merzouga

Sahara Desert near Merzouga | © Cosmo Condina / Alamy Stock Photo

The Sahara stretches from Egypt in the east, all the way across North Africa to Morocco in the west. It’s at its most spectacular and romantic in Morocco, close to the border with Algeria, where you’ll find the Erg Chebbi, a sand sea made up of undulating dunes formed by the blowing of the winds, which has been much photographed and filmed. The ideal base to explore the sands is at the village of Merzouga from which groups head out on the backs of camels to see the unspoiled desert sands.

Rwenzori Mountains

Natural Feature

The beautiful Rwenzori mountains are seen from Kasese District, Uganda, forming the border of Uganda and the DRC.

The beautiful Rwenzori mountains, Uganda | © Jake Lyell / Alamy Stock Photo

The Rwenzori Mountains are found in western Uganda and part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Often overlooked, they boast a climate that combines the Alpine with the tropical. You’ll find heather along with rare plants like lobelias and spectacular mountain peaks topped with snow, and glaciers, waterfalls and lakes. Africa’s third highest mountain, Mount Stanley, is in the Rwenzori range, as is the highest and most permanent source of the Nile. The first European to set eyes on the mountains was Henry Morton Stanley in 1889.

Gondar

Archaeological site

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Gondar, Royal Enclosure, Ethiopia | © John Elk III / Alamy Stock Photo

Gondar, often known as the ‘Camelot of Ethiopia’, is known for its massive historical remains. The Emperor Fasilides and his successors built the picturesque royal enclosure known as the Fasil Ghebbi in the 17th century. It’s a place full of palaces, libraries, banqueting halls and castles for the Ethiopian aristocracy, built under the influence of the European Baroque brought here by Portuguese missionaries.

Serengeti National Park

Park

Baby African elephant (Loxodonta africana), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, East Africa, Africa

Baby African elephant, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo

Last but most definitely not least, the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is where you’ll find lions, leopards, giraffe, buffalo, rhinos, and gazelle across plains, woodlands and savanna. And it’s where every year the Serengeti Migration takes place, with millions of antelope, zebra and wildebeest heading for green pasture lands in the Maasai Mara in Kenya. It’s one of the most remarkable sites in the natural world. There are plenty of companies available to help you find the best time and location to witness the migration.

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Africa is huge, like seriously, it’s a vast continent that’s so varied and filled with a melting pot of cultures, identities, beautiful nature and history. It’s a content that has so much diversity that is sometimes forgotten when we hear ‘Africa’ mentioned as a place to go to. It really is hard to bottle down the essence of Africa into a singular destination, even though we see this happen time and time again on television, radio and print.

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Thankfully, travelling opens all of our eyes to these naiveties and makes us appreciate how wonderfully diverse the continent of Africa is. 

Whether you’re dreaming of white sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities like Cape Town, Visiting the Atlas Mountains of Morocco or getting up close to the big five on safari, Africa is sure to have a place on your travel bucket list.

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The world’s second-largest continent has a lot to offer even the most seasoned of travellers. Take a look at some of the very best countries to visit in Africa this year.

1) Morocco

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Bordering on the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco has everything to offer, from quaint seaside towns to snowy mountains and with enigmatic cities in between.

Its mixed heritage makes it a particularly fascinating country to explore: you can see evidence of European, Berber and Arabian influence on the culture pretty much wherever you go.

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Oh, and don’t forget to visit the amazing city of Marrakesh; Just don’t pay attention to the snake charmers (you can read why, right here).

Don’t forget to get an authentic taste of the famous Moroccan cuisine while you’re over there! I swear I lived on tagine dishes during our whole trip.

It was bliss.

Read more: Best places to visit in Morocco

2) Ethiopia

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Ethiopia is a country of ancient culture, with archaeological finds dating back over 3 million years, including the 12th-century churches in Lalibela and the ruins of the ancient city of Aksum. It’s the place to visit if you’re a history geek like me.

They have a vast array of historical and archaeological sights that are just too good to miss, especially Gondar Castle.

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If you’re more into your natural landscapes, make sure to visit Simien Mountains National Park and Nechisar National Park – both are just stunning and are well worth spending a few days visiting.

As with any trip, make sure you always listen to local advice and follow safety precautions… especially around those bigger animals. 🐂

3) Seychelles

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Seychelles has a reputation as one of the world’s most idyllic places to visit and it’s easy to see why.

If you ‘re looking to do more than just lie back and relax on the beach, there’s plenty to explore. Many of its smaller islands have been protected as national parks, showcasing the heritage and beauty of this slice of paradise.

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Make sure to visit the unbelievably gorgeous, Curieuse Island and snorkel the beautiful Sainte Anne Marine National Park.

4) Botswana

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Botswana is a real jewel of Africa in terms of wildlife and natural land. As a country, it’s committed to wildlife and environmental conservation, making it the ideal country to visit if you’re interested in African wildlife.

The Okavango Delta, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and Chobe National Park are just a few of the places you can head for a safari. To top it off, Botswana is also famous for its stunning watercolour-style sunsets and the friendly welcoming attitude of its locals towards tourists.

5) Namibia

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As one of Botswana’s neighbouring countries, Namibia is similarly rich in wildlife and great for an adventure through some of Africa’s incredible landscapes.

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Etosha National Park is a must-see as it’s home to 114 families of mammals and 300 species of birds.

For an unforgettable trip, you can also take a quad bike tour across the Namib Desert, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and explore the ghost town of Kolmanskop.

Read more: Best places in Namibia to visit 

6) Malawi

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This landlocked country in southern Africa is often forgotten about by us travellers in light of its more popular sisters, Kenya and Tanzania.

Boasting a geographically diverse landscape, from the impressive peaks of Mount Mulanje to the sprawling grasslands of the Nyika Plateau, and not forgetting Lake Malawi, it really is a special place to explore. Whether you come here for hiking and kayaking or to enjoy some of its rich cultures, Malawi is a country of amazing beauty.

Don’t forget to try a local foody favourite of Nsima, it’s made up from the ground up corn that can be served with roasted meats and vegetables.

7) Rwanda

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Rwanda is the number one African destination for gorilla fans as you can possibly catch a glimpse of the mountain gorillas up close at Volcanoes National Park.

It’s not cheap, but the profits are put into the park’s outstanding conservation efforts, as well as going towards building schools and health centres for the surrounding community.

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You can’t ignore this country’s tragic history, but you can make an unforgettable visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre to understand and reflect upon the horrors so they are never forgotten.

Make sure to try some yummy Matoke, which is mainly made from steamed plantains.

8) Madagascar

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Madagascar is Africa’s largest island and with so much to see and do, it can be hard to pinpoint a mere few.

Make sure to explore the unbelievably beautiful, Avenue of the Baobabs, Ranomafana National Park and the gorgeous Isalo National Park.

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For a little history, make a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ambohimanga, a fortified Royal settlement that’s pretty close to the capital.

The Malagasy locals are warm and welcoming, the coastline is breathtaking, and to round it off, it’s the only place in the world you can see wild lemurs in their natural habitat.

9) Tanzania

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If you’re a mountaineer or hiker who can hear the highest mountain in Africa calling your name, it’s time to head to Tanzania.

Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the landscape, and even if you’re not up to climbing it (not many of us are!) it’s a once-in-a-lifetime view even from the ground.

Of course, Tanzania also has a whole lot more to offer; you can see the ‘Big Five’ on a safari at Serengeti National Park, or head out to the tropical island of Zanzibar for complete relaxation.

10) The Gambia

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The Gambia is a beautiful (and relatively small country to visit) when it comes to Africa. Like most of the other countries on this list, Gambia has an abundant wildlife population that’s just too good to miss.

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If you visit Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve you can see monkeys, hippos, hyenas, leopards and several species of rare birds.

The vibrant capital of Banjul is also great to visit too, with its fascinating National Museum of Gambian history, and the beaches aren’t far away either; in fact, they’re famed in the Gambia.

11.) South Africa

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South Africa is a country that seems to have it all. Cosmopolitan cities like Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, delicious vineyards, the incredible Kruger National Park and even it’s own penguin beach!

I’ve visited South Africa a few times and just love going back, it’s one of my favourite places to explore.

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Make sure you head to Hermanus to spot some whales, and grab a bite to eat at Kloof Street House in Cape Town, it’s incredible.

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If you’re looking to drive, consider the Garden Route for an epic exploration of this beautiful country.

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10 Best Countries to Visit in Africa

Home to much more than just safaris, beaches, and the pyramids, Africa is both the second-largest and second most-populous continent on Earth. Its 54 mainland countries and island nations all boast their own unique history, heritage, and culture, and this is, in part, what makes traveling around Africa so fascinating.

While beautiful beaches and rugged cliffs line its long coastline, its vast interior encompasses everything from mountains and deserts to tropical rainforests and the Nile river. Scattered around these diverse landscapes, you’ll find astonishing historical sites, secluded villages, and huge metropolises.

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Home to a vast array of different cultures and languages, Africa offers an intoxicating mix of old and new, as many of its age-old traditions and customs still survive to this day. Renowned for its amazing wildlife, Africa’s outstanding natural beauty makes it a delight to explore, and its riveting historical and cultural sights mean there is something for everyone to enjoy.

10. Namibia

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Nestled away in the southwest of the continent, Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Africa. This is because much of it is made up of arid, desolate landscapes and the unforgiving Namib Desert. Formerly a German colony, it only gained its independence from South Africa in 1990, so some colonial-era architecture can still be seen in its capital, Windhoek.

Most people, however, visit for its brilliant national parks, which are home to breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and incredible wildlife. In Etosha National Park, for instance, you can catch glimpses of lions, elephants, and black rhinos roaming around the Kalahari. Another popular destination among tourists is the Skeleton Coast, which has lots of spooky but strangely scenic shipwrecks dotted along its dangerous Atlantic Ocean coastline.

Although it is often overlooked in favor of Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa, Namibia and its incredible national parks are hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.

9. Tunisia

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Long a popular tourist destination, Tunisia can be found wedged in between Algeria and Libya on North Africa’s Mediterranean coastline. Due to its fabulous warm weather, inviting beaches, and well-developed tourism industry, lots of Europeans come here to lounge on its golden sands and swim in the sea.

There is much more to Tunisia than just sun, sea, and sand: the country is also littered with impressive archaeological sites that date back millennia. This is because, throughout its history, it has been ruled by everyone from the Carthaginians, Romans, and Ottomans to the Arabs and later on French. Of its many historical sights, the stunning Roman amphitheater in El Jem and the remnants and ruins of Carthage are the undoubted highlights.

In addition to this, it also has the Atlas Mountains for you to explore, as well as the lively coastal cities of Sfax, Sousse, and Tunis – its vibrant capital. If all this wasn’t enough, the endless sands of the Sahara beckon you on with their alluring dunes, troglodyte dwellings, and secluded desert oases.

8. Uganda

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Home to not only the continent’s tallest mountain range and the source of the Nile, land-locked Uganda also borders the largest lake in Africa. While its tourism industry and infrastructure are quite undeveloped in comparison with neighboring Kenya and Tanzania, this makes its spectacular landscapes all the more exciting to explore.

Long overlooked by visitors to the continent due to its tumultuous and tragic past, Uganda is slowly regaining its title of the ‘Pearl of Africa.’ This is in large part because it is one of only three countries in the world where you can see mountain gorillas in the wild. Seeing the majestic creatures up close in the cloud rainforests of the Rwenzori Mountains is an amazing experience, and is simply a must when in Uganda.

Besides trekking through the dense undergrowth, you can also go white-water rafting down the Nile or go on safari to spot the Big Five. With so much stunning scenery on show and so much wildlife for you to spot, it is well worth heading to Uganda now before it becomes even more popular.

7. Mauritius

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While Mauritius certainly takes some getting used to, visitors invariably come away astounded at the incredible beaches, mountains, and waterfalls on show. Located over 1,000 kilometers to the east of Madagascar, its remote setting means it is home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the world.

As such, trekking through its mountainous interior really is a treat as flocks of brightly colored birds swirl above the tropical rainforest canopy. Tucked away among the dense foliage, you’ll come across steep ravines, plunging gorges, and sparkling waterfalls. All in all, the volcanic landscapes certainly make for some of the most picture-perfect scenes imaginable.

Lying alongside the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean are idyllic white sand beaches for you to lounge on, and lots of fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling can be had offshore. Due to the diverse make-up of its population and unique cultural heritage, Mauritius is also renowned for its delicious and varied cuisine. You can try some of its brilliant French, Chinese, or East African inspired dishes in any one of the sleepy, laidback fishing villages that dot its shores.

6. Tanzania

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With so much to see and do in Tanzania, it can be hard to know where to start. The north of the country alone is home to the marvelous Ngorongoro Crater and the world-famous Serengeti, both of which are must-visits if you want to go on safari and see the Big Five. Here too, you will also find the snow-topped Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak.

Indeed, this wonderful part of East Africa is blessed with a myriad of different landscapes, each more arresting than the last. Its Indian Ocean coastline, for instance, is lined by magnificent beaches and the nation’s largest and most vibrant city, Dar Es Salaam. Just offshore, you can also find the awe-inspiring Zanzibar archipelago, which boasts many glorious beaches and is a popular tourist destination in its own right.

One of the most linguistically and culturally diverse countries in Africa, Tanzania is also home to some very important and impressive archaeological sites that date back millennia. With three of Africa’s Great Lakes found partly within its confines, Tanzania certainly has something for everyone, whether you’re into history and nature or culture and wildlife.

5. Seychelles

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Lying some 1,500 kilometers to the east of mainland Africa, Seychelles is the continent’s smallest and least populous country. Made up of 115 islands, with the vast majority of them being uninhabited, the archipelago is incredibly beautiful and is surrounded by the glittering waters of the Indian Ocean.

While the paradise islands are lined with gorgeous beaches, their interiors are quite mountainous and coated in lush rainforest. Due to their remote location, they are home to all kinds of unique fauna and flora, and most of them are now designated nature reserves. Offshore, the colorful coral reefs and abundant marine life makes Seychelles an unforgettable place to go scuba diving or snorkeling.

On Mahe, the largest of the islands, you can find lots of luxury resorts, bars, and restaurants, as well as the nation’s capital, Victoria. From here, you can easily take a boat trip to some of the more secluded islands and beaches that lie nearby.

4. Morocco

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A magical place to visit, Morocco is home to a mesmerizing array of beautiful old cities, medinas, and souks. These lie along the country’s scenic Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines or tucked away amongst the Saharan dunes and High Atlas mountains.

The continent’s north-westernmost country has long attracted different peoples and cultures to its shores, and its rich heritage now draws on African, Arabic, Berber, and Western influences. This amazing diversity is on show wherever you go, with Essaouira, Fez, and Marrakech being some of its most popular tourist destinations.

Besides exploring the lively Djemaa El Fna and gorgeous mountain city of Chefchaouen, visitors can lounge on one of the country’s lovely beaches or head off into the Sahara. With so many different sides to it, Morocco is definitely one of the most spectacular countries to visit in Africa.

3. South Africa

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Occupying the southernmost tip of the continent, South Africa boasts some of the best and most well-run national parks and game reserves in Africa. Of these, Kruger is undoubtedly the most well known and most visited, with Addo Elephant National Park also being a popular draw.

Known as the ‘Rainbow Nation’ due to its multicultural population, South Africa’s cities are fascinating to visit, as each of them has its own particular look, feel, and identity. While Johannesburg teems with life, Cape Town is more laidback in nature and is overlooked by the spectacular Table Mountain, with the wonderful wineries of Stellenbosch lying nearby.

Home to not only the towering Drakensburg Mountains but the arid Kalahari Desert and lush Garden Route, South Africa truly is a delight to explore. To top it all off, both its Atlantic and Indian Ocean coastline are riddled with stupendous scenery and fabulous beaches. Many adventure seekers go diving with great white sharks offshore.

2. Kenya

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One of the best places in the world to see wildlife up close and personal, for many people, Kenya is the home of safari. Its endless savannah and arid deserts teem with life as lions, elephants, and buffalo roam alongside herds of antelope, flocks of flamingos, and the occasional black rhino.

Its dramatic landscapes are also home to some of the continent’s most famous peoples and cultures, such as the Maasai, Kikuyu, and Swahili, who each have their own rich languages and traditions. In stark contrast to their age-old ways of life, Kenya is also where you can find one of the continent’s most happening cities – its thriving and teeming capital, Nairobi.

Alongside its open plains are freshwater lakes and forests, and the Great Rift Valley cuts through from north to south. Coupled with the beautiful Indian Ocean coastline, this all makes Kenya one of the best countries to visit – not just in East Africa, but the continent as a whole.

1. Egypt

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Renowned for its ancient monuments and archaeological sites that include the Giza Pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and the Valley of the Kings, Egypt is unlike any other country on Earth. Once home to one of the world’s greatest civilizations and cultures, history is on show wherever you go, with tombs and temples lying alongside statues and obelisks, all intricately carved.

Located in the northeast corner of the continent, Egypt is bordered by the Mediterranean and Red seas, with the Sahara Desert to the south and west of it. Running through Egypt is the Nile river, which is the life source of the country.

While many people come to see its historical monuments or explore all that Cairo has to offer, just as many come for its fantastic Red Sea beaches. With so much history and culture for you to delve into, and so much stunning desert and coastal scenery on show, Egypt really does have something for everyone to enjoy.

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African country beautiful most

Africa is no doubt the best destination for global travelers seeking new experiences packed with refreshing sceneries. The beauty of Africa rests not only on its expansive landscapes and ecological diversity but also on flashy cities. Other than travelers looking for new destinations, photographers would love to capture the beauty offered by the best sites in the African continent. So, whare the most beautiful countries in Africa?

most beautiful countries in Africa

Being in places that have retained their natural beauty for a long time is a desire among explorative persons on their nature trips and vacations. Luckily, there are several such inspiring destinations in almost every state across Africa. Dashy local destinations are proof enough that Africa is no longer lagging, but spearheading the wheel of nature conservation as well as development.

15 most beautiful countries in Africa in 2021

Which is the most beautiful country in Africa? Our compilation of interesting countries in Africa brings you nothing less of pleasurable places to visit on your next trip.

1. South Africa

most beautiful country in Africa

What is the most beautiful country in Africa? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and surely the rainbow nation has many such beholders. The country is reputable for its exceeding beauty, which is evident through its booming tourism industry. Apart from having several postmodern cities, the country prides itself on enriched historical sites, among them Apartheid museum and City Deep, which is the largest dry port in the world.

2. Egypt

Egypt is best known for its modern cities and enriched heritage from the ancient civilization. There is so much to admire and enjoy as you journey between top sites, among them Cairo, Giza, and Alexandria. The country’s stable economic record makes this old nation home to massive infrastructural developments and enhancement of amenities. Cairo ranks top among the largest cities in the continent after Lagos in Nigeria. Egypt is coincidentally one of the famed countries with the most beautiful women in Africa.

3. Morocco

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Morocco lies in the northern parts of Africa, bordering both the Mediterranean seas and the Atlantic Ocean. The country enjoys diverse cultural influences from the Europeans, Berbers, and the Arabians. Morocco is mainly a preferred tourist destination for its good looking Arabian-impression cities. Apart from major urban centers such as Agadir, the country offers a relaxing seaside resort, which pulls in thousands of tourists from across the world.

4. Kenya

Kenya is among the most successful nations near the horn of Africa. The heritage of the country rests mainly on booming infrastructural developments, which have seen several states flying in for benchmarking purposes. The country’s natural environment also makes it an excellent choice for tourists. Besides significant game reserves and cultural diversity, Kenya has highly developed cities with proximity to historic sites.

5. Mauritius

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Beaches, reefs, corals, and lagoons make a significant part of national beauty in Mauritius. Besides, the country offers excellent sceneries for hiking and other refreshing activities. When visiting Mauritius, you will have a good opportunity to see national parks, rainforests, and waterfalls for memorable encounters with nature. Wildlife and ecological diversity comprise a more significant part of Mauritius' experience.

6. Ivory Coast

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The country prides itself on alluring skylines, which draw in thousands of tourists from across the world. This West African state also prides itself on the well-built port city of Abidjan. Other holidaymakers in Ivory Coast include traditional Senufo cultural experiences, fading French colonial heritage, and golden beaches.

7. Tanzania

most beautiful african countries

A trip to Tanzania is an endless source of fun and new experiences. Tourists mainly recognize the country’s flowing natural flavors within the plains of Serengeti National Park. The park guarantees a closer view of wildlife, among them lions, elephants, rhino, leopard, and buffalo. Mount Kilimanjaro is another tourist destination that covers the nation with exceeding natural beauty towards the northern parts of the country. Tanzania also offers quick access to Zanzibar Island, which is not far from the offshore.

8. Tunisia

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Tunisia is an African state, bound between the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean Sea. The country’s capital Tunis offers Bardo Museum, which is endowed with archeological artifacts among them the Islamic art and Roman Mosaics. Those who have visited the country can confirm that it is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa.

9. Nigeria

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Nigeria is the coolest country in Africa, where you will never miss talented actors, actresses, billionaires, and other prominent personalities. Traveling between Abuja, Calabar, Lagos, and Kano will leave anyone wanting to explore deeper into the nation. Other than the sites, you will enjoy the beautiful traditions of the people such as outfits and food.

10. Namibia

The Namib Desert is a strategic landmark that renders the nation noticeable on the map. The country lies in the southwest of Africa and enjoys diverse wildlife such as cheetahs. Also, the Namib Desert shares a coastline with the Atlantic Ocean.

11. Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa is a city built into the future with breathtaking towering skyscrapers. Besides, the country is a beauty in its cultural and social establishment. Ethiopia enjoys world-class infrastructural amenities with so much to offer its tourism industry.

12. Botswana

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Botswana is the finest country in Africa for its booming diamond extraction business at the Capital Gaborone. It is interesting how colorful the country has now become despite having a history with civil wars.

13. Angola

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Angola comes second after Nigeria as a large oil-producing nation. The country’s capital Luanda serves as an administrative and infrastructural center. This western city has tremendous sites that you can visit at any given time for amazing views.

14. Seychelles

Which is the most developed country in Africa? Seychelles is a delight for beauty lovers who enjoy paradise experience. The country enjoys a wealth of French, English, and Creole cultural influences. The beauty of the nation stretches beyond the 115 islands to encompass excellent driving space and costly hotel services. It is no doubt that Seychelles is Africa's most developed country with a fair life expectancy of 73.7 years.

15. Algeria

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Looking for the most beautiful places in Africa? Algerian cities are well developed and are best known for their economic stability. The country’s capital is positioned strategically alongside the seashore, making it one of the top tourist countries in Africa.

Every year is a fresh opportunity for explorers to visit yet another favourite destination in the heart of Africa. Hunting for the most beautiful countries in Africa is now manageable thanks to our detailed list of 15 places everyone should visit next. Planning a trip to Africa? Make sure you visit one or two of the above nations for a memorable experience.

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MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN WEST AFRICA (2020) : Top 5

It’s quite difficult to narrow down recommendations of the most beautiful places in Africa to just 10 choices. After all, it has the densest wildlife population of all places on earth, the lushest flora, spectacular landscapes unalatered by time, and a cultural diversity unrivaled anywhere.

Most beautiful places in Africa

So while it’s clear that Africa is a treasure trove of natural and cultural riches, intrepid travelers have got to start someplace! That’s why we’ve picked the ten must-visit places below, which are guaranteed to capture your imagination and earn a spot on your bucket list.

10 Most Beautiful Places in Africa

Do your travel dreams involve being outdoors, enjoying all that nature has to offer? Come with us on a virtual tour of the most beautiful places in Africa!

1. Tundavala Gap, Angola

Angola has some of the most spellbinding panoramic scenes of all countries in Africa. In particular, the Tundavala Gap or Tundavala Fissure, which sits between the Angolan cities of Namibe and Lubango, captures the essence of Angola’s beauty.

Tundavala Gap, Angola

Tundavala perches at the rim of the Serra da Leba escarpment at an altitude of 2600 meters. The valley below it plunges 1200 meters, forming a humongous abyss that channels towards the Atlantic Ocean. It is the most prominent geological attraction in the Huíla Province of Angola, and one of the most beautiful places in Africa.

The void of the Tundavala Gap drops sharply in a wavelike pattern towards the beaches at Namibe. And at the same time, the Serra da Leba range of mountains forms the background of this to-die-for vista.

The Tundavala Gap is a thrill-seeker’s paradise. Firstly, you can go for a hike up the Gap for the spectacular views and dizzying descent. And secondly, its sheer rock faces and forest landscapes are perfect for natural photography. This is indeed the perfect place to draw closer to nature.

2. Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia

Namibia is home to Africa’s largest conservation area, and its famous red dunes make it one of the most beautiful places in Africa.

Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia

The Sossusvlei Dunes, in their unique red, orange, and pink shades, are some of the most photographed of Africa’s features. The dunes create a spectacular surrealistic landscape that is the object of much media attention. Consequently, you will find Namibia’s beautiful dunes in music videos, commercials, and on film.

Sossusvlei in Namibia’s coastal desert is a clay and salt pan ringed by red dunes. The name Sossusvlei originates from a local dialect Nama and has a little Afrikaans too. ‘Sossus’ in Nama means a dead end, while ‘vlei’ in Afrikaans is a shallow lake or marsh. The ‘dead-end lake’ of Sossusvlei forms where the red dunes meet the Tsauchab River and halt its progress.

Deadvlei in Sossusvlei, Namibia

In a rare heavy rainy season, the river forms a lake that draws in tourists by the thousands to the area. The lake forms a remarkable site featuring red dunes surrounding water in a desert. The dunes are some of the oldest in the world, forming through the extensive action of ocean, river, and wind currents.

Sossusvlei dunes are a natural wonder, never shifting their faultless arc shapes that rise to above 300 meters. Big Daddy, for example, is Sossusvlei’s most iconic dune. Hikers love to climb up its 325 meters height for the pleasure of viewing the dry and dark camel thorn tree landscape below on Dead Vlei.

Other attractions around Sossusvlei are the Sesriem canyon’s vertical cliffs and rock formations. Namibia has scorching hot desert temperatures, but Sossusvlei’s heat is milder between July and November.

3. Le Morne Brabant, Mauritius

Exotic Mauritius has a lot to offer to the traveler looking for picture-perfect sites and attractions. The bucket list location we’ve chosen here is Le Morne Brabant.

Le Morne Brabant, Mauritius

Le Morne Brabant is a magnificent basaltic mountain that rises to an altitude of 556 meters. At the top is a 12-hectare (30 acres) summit that offers spectacular views of the beautiful surrounding lagoon. The mountaintop also has stunning overhanging steep slopes as well as caves that are a must-see. The dramatic Le Morne Brabant is excellent for hikers offering superb views of the mountain’s underwater waterfall to climbers. There are also exceptional views of the Le Morne beach to savor on your way up, so bring along a good camera.

This natural and unusual wonder is truly one of the most beautiful places in Africa. It’s a magical destination which holds a deep cultural and historical significance such that the surrounding area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Le Morne Brabant’s cultural significance stems from Mauritius’s history as a slave refuge. Slaves would escape the plantations in Madagascar and head to the island, where its isolated cliffs and forests were the principal form of shelter and protection for escapees. There is a monument at the foot of the mountain that commemorates the abolition of the barbaric trade.

4. Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Every country in Africa has an outstanding feature, and Lesotho’s is Maletsunyane Falls. This beautiful site near Semonkong, a town in Lesotho, is a geological gem.

Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho, Africa

Maletsunyane Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Southern Africa. Its water plunges to depths of 196 meters (Victoria Falls has a 108 meters drop, for reference). Maletsunyane Falls creates such an epic scene; it looks like a set in a fantasy feature film.

This magnificent setting is an uninterrupted and clean-falling water over a Triassic–Jurassic basalt ledge. Forming on one of Orange River’s tributaries, the waterfall has magnificent cliff walls around it, opening up to an expansive fine view. In winter, the waterfall foot receives minimal sunlight, forming grand icicles that last until early summer.

As the water plummets down to the abyss below, it builds a massive amount of mist. It is from this phenomenon that the area receives its name. Semonkong means the ‘place of smoke.’

Abseiling is a popular sport at the falls. Other activities include hiking, rock climbing, swimming, trout fishing, bird watching, and mountain biking.

5. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta in the heart of Southern Africa is an Eden on earth. The swampy oasis is an inland delta of the Okavango River, forming where its streams hit a tectonic trough. The resulting features make the delta one of the most beautiful places in Africa. It is a maze of overgrown islands, sparkling lagoons, and meandering channels.

Delta del Okavango

The jewel of the Kalahari Desert floods at the beginning of the year, receiving massive amounts (11 cubic kilometers) of floodwater from the Angola highlands. The waters of the delta, however, never make it out of the desert. Most of it either evaporates, or is tapped by plants and lost to the environment through transpiration. A minute quantity of the water flows to the nearby Lake Ngami.

The Okavango Delta, elephants crossing

Between June and August, the delta’s floods peak, as Botswana enters its dry season. Because of this, the delta and its many islands draw in wildlife by the droves. In these months, the Okavango delta holds the highest wildlife concentration in Africa. In fact, the Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s seven natural wonders, and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The oasis holds some of the continent’s premier luxury camps, and is a perfect photo safari venue. Massive numbers of birds breed in the area, and its wetlands pulsate with life, making for breathtaking sight-seeing.

6. Giza, Egypt

Giza in Egypt is home to the last of the ancient world’s Seven Wonders. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only one left standing of these wonders of antiquity, and it is a mesmerizing sight indeed.

Sphinx of Giza next to the Pyramids

The site’s location near Cairo makes it a bustling tourist area, but the activity does not diminish Giza’s magnificence. The Great Pyramid was built in 2650BC from close to 2.5 million limestone blocks. Each of these blocks weighs two tons–inviting the curious mind to marvel at the manpower required to construct such massive structures with basic technology.

Giza’s pyramids feature nearly perfect proportions despite their sheer scale, and their construction remains an enigma and topic of much controversy. The three main pyramids, built for Pharaohs Khafre, Khufu, and Menkaure, form the most predominating features of the larger Giza Necropolis. Along with the famous Great Sphinx and various pyramid complexes, there is plenty to see and explore in this most ancient of historical sites.

7. Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

You cannot list the most beautiful places in Africa and leave out its largest waterfall. Victoria Falls or ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (‘Smoke that Thunders’) as per the local dialect defines the Zimbabwean and Zambian borders. 

Victoria Falls aerial view

This waterfall is the crowning glory of the great Zambezi River, the fourth largest African river. And the spectacular falls make the world’s widest curtain of falling water.

On its hundred meter-long journey to the gorge below, the falls literally thunder and boom–its roar is audible from a distance of 40 kilometers (~25 miles)! Mosi-oa-Tunya not only thunders, but sends off a massive amount of mist and spray, which can rise to heights upwards of 400 meters. In fact, the idyllic rainbow tints of the spray are visible from up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) away.

The River Zambezi flows over a basalt sheet into a valley filled with low hills and many forested islands, which congregate near the falls. It then plummets off the plateau into a chasm. The falls’ sheer power carves out several deep gorges on its way.

Victoria Falls, African continent

Victoria Falls are at their peak in April when the rainy season upstream swells the River Zambezi. At this time, the water spray is so abundant that it forms a “moonbow” when there is a full moon.

In September the waters are low, exposing part of the fall’s rocky face and the First Gorge at the bottom. At this time, thrill-thirsty visitors walk across the falls to its crest and the bottom of the First Gorge.

The Knife Edge Bridge offers the best spray-doused views of the falls by foot. Adrenaline junkies will similarly thrill at taking a dip at the Devil’s Pool–a three-meter deep natural pool which stands at the abyss’ edge, parted from the raging waters by a narrow strip of rock.

8. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park is the subject of many wildlife movies and documentaries, with scenery featuring all the elements of the classic African Safari. 

Wild African elephant in the savannah - Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti is famous for the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebras, which cross the crocodile-riddled Mara River into Kenya’s Masai Mara. It is one of the only major animal migrations left in the world that has not been significantly changed by human activity. It is both Tanzania’s flagship park, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Zebras group in the African savanna - Serengeti National Park

Besides the natural wonder of its hallmark migration, the park teems with wildlife. It has lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hundreds of bird species. To fathom the beauty of Serengeti, join a balloon safari and take it all in from a bird’s-eye view.

9. Soda Lakes of the Great Rift Valley, Kenya

Running through Africa from Syria to Mozambique, the Great Rift Valley is a wonder which has shaped the geological features of every country it pierces. In fact, the phenomenon is slowly dividing Africa, and will one day host an ocean.

Lake Nakuru in Kenya

In Kenya, the rift has led to the rise of soda lakes: low-lying water bodies with extreme alkalinity. The condition of the water arises from the region’s geological and climatic settings.

The soda lakes may be toxic to most life, but they are the home of the pink-feathered flamingo. The odd-looking bird teeters about the harmful waters on its impossibly thin legs, feeding on the brine shrimp that flourish in the water. They also feed on caustic lake’s blue-green algae, giving the bird’s plumage an exquisite pink coloration.

The algae and the shrimp produce canthaxanthin, a pink dye that is the key to ‘the pink parade.’ Bird lovers flock to these noxious shores to watch millions of flamingos strut their stuff in romantic dances, bobbing heads side to side as they pair and nest on the shores of the lakes.

Buffalo and flamingos, Soda Lakes, Kenya

It is hands down one of the most breathtaking ornithological spectacles of all time. To view this unforgettable show, visit Lake Nakuru, Elementaita, or Bogoria with a good camera.

10. Hoggar Mountains, Algeria

The Hoggar Mountains in southern Algeria form a dramatic landscape filled with craggy outcrops. Its dreamscapes are very popular amongst travelers.

Hoggar Mountains, Sahara Desert, Algeria

The mountains are a part of the Ahaggar National Park, and reside in the massive Sahara region. Far from desolate, the park is home to a lush oasis, undulating dunes, and the otherworldly vista of the Hoggar Mountains.

The mountainous region’s highest peak is Mount Tahat, towering 2,908 meters above sea level. The area has dramatic volcanic cores, unique vegetation, and wild animals. It is also the home of the Bedouin people. It’s an exceptional place to hike and take in the rugged landscape the way countless nomads have for millennia, and truly one of the most beautiful places in Africa.

Hiking the Hoggar Mountains

Africa – So Much More to See

While this list is not exhaustive, it is a fine introduction to the must-see and most beautiful places in Africa. Ever been to any of our recommended destinations, or do you plan to? What are the top African destinations in your mind? Leave us a comment below!

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If you’re interested in discovering the best countries to visit in Africa right now, keep reading. In this guide, you’ll find the top places in Africa open for tourism, along with entry requirements.

While many countries have opened for tourism, not all countries in Africa are open to travel. Check this list to see where the best vacations in Africa are amidst the pandemic.

We’re updating this list regularly, so check back at any time to see where you can travel to next.

Countries in Africa reopening to tourists

This map shows which countries in Africa are open to tourists right now.

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Before we list the top countries open for travel in Africa, I want to remind you of the importance of COVID-19 travel insurance. Even if this insurance isn’t an entry requirement (it is for most African countries), it’s a good idea to have it.

Also, countries that required travelers to have a valid tourist visa before the COVID-19 pandemic still have that rule in place. You can check below whether you need a travel visa.

Finally, remember that some places in Africa open to travel may enter a lockdown phase in the future. We’ve written specific guides to all the countries that are open in Africa, so you can check the latest information about entry restrictions, quarantine and testing requirements, curfews, and open attractions.

15 Best places to visit in Africa

Below are the best countries to visit in Africa. Keep reading to learn what makes them a top destination, as well as any travel restrictions or entry requirements.

1. South Africa

South Africa is one of the best places to visit in Africa. It’s full of beautiful natural landscapes, including serene beaches and national parks. Tourists usually visit the metropolitan areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg, the “City of Gold.”

If you’re interested in ecotourism or you’d like to experience a different culture, South Africa won’t disappoint.

1. South Africa

As of October 1, 2020, it’s one of the best countries in Africa to visit. It began accepting all nationalities on November 11.

Tourists must present a negative PCR test issued no later than 72 hours before arrival. Once they land, they must undergo health screenings, and those with symptoms must quarantine.

All travelers must download the COVID Alert SA mobile app and purchase COVID-19 travel insurance.

For more information, check our guide on South Africa reopening to tourists.

2. Egypt

A trip to Egypt is one of the best vacations in Africa. Here, you can see the Giza Necropolis, the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. The coastlines along the Mediterranean and the Red Sea attract visitors from around the world.

Egypt is also one of the countries in Africa open for tourism.

2. Egypt

Most tourists must submit a negative PCR test result issued within 72 hours of arrival. However, some countries can submit a result issued within 96 hours of travel. Also, travelers must complete a health form when they arrive, and they must have COVID-19 travel insurance, like this one.

You can get more information about Egypt reopening for travel in our specific guide.

3. Tanzania

Tanzania is an amazing land of ancient fossils, natural landscapes, and wildlife, making it one of the best countries to visit in Africa.

Many tourists take the time to do a circuit including Zanzibar, Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro and other national parks in the northern part of the country. Tanzania is also one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa.

3. Tanzania

As of June 2020, Tanzania is one of the countries in Africa open to tourists without entry restrictions.

All travelers will undergo a medical check upon arrival, and anyone with symptoms must take a PCR test. Healthy individuals may bypass quarantine.

Tourists will fill out an immigration form on the plane that they’ll give to the airport authorities upon arrival.

For more information, check our guide on Tanzania reopening its borders.

4. Ethiopia

Ethiopia is known for its food, but it’s also one of the most interesting countries in Africa. The nation is full of World Heritage Sites, national parks, and important historical and religious sites.

Starting September 23, 2020, Ethiopia is one of the countries in Africa open to travel.

4. Ethiopia

Travelers must present a digital negative RT-PCR test result that was obtained within 5 days (120 hours) of arrival in Ethiopia.

Travelers must also complete a Passenger Health Registration Form.

For more information, check our guide on Ethiopia travel requirements.

5. Malawi

Malawi is a top destination in Africa, thanks to its stunning landscapes. One of the most popular spots is Lake Malawi, where you can participate in water sports or visit the national park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Malawi is one of the countries in Africa open to tourists, and the entry requirements are less strict than other nations.

5. Malawi

All travelers must have a medical certificate for a negative PCR COVID test that was obtained within 72 hours of arrival in Malawi. They must also complete a Traveler Health Declaration Form prior to arrival.

Travelers with a valid certificate for a negative test result must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from their arrival in Malawi.

For more information, visit our guide on is Malawi open for travel.

6. Uganda

Uganda is one of the top countries in Africa for ecotourism.

You can kayak along the Nile River or take a cultural tour. There are plenty of forests and national parks where you can see leopards, elephants, cheetahs, and more. However, Uganda is best known as one of the top places in the world for gorilla trekking.

6. Uganda

Besides, Uganda is another place in Africa open for tourism regardless of nationality.

Visitors must submit a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of their flight. At the airport, they’ll go through a medical evaluation.

For more information, visit this website.

7. Botswana

Botswana is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. There are lots of landscape photography opportunities, particularly in the Okavango Delta region.

7. Botswana

Botswana is one of the places in Africa open for travel without nationality restrictions.

Tourists must submit a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of their flight. If they don’t present this certificate, they’ll have to self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival.

For more information, check our guide on Botswana is open for travel.

8. Zambia

Zambia is one of Africa’s best countries, thanks to its friendly locals, abundant wildlife, and gorgeous landscapes.

A vacation in Zambia can be laid-back, or you can be adventurous and join one of the many safari tours in the country. In fact, this is one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa and it is a quite safe country.

8. Zambia

It’s also one of the countries in Africa open for tourism.

All travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test from within 72 hours before their arrival. Upon arrival in Zambia, all travelers will undergo a health screening and have to complete a Traveler Health Questionnaire.

Non-residents/non-citizens are not required to quarantine, but they must monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after their arrival.

You can also visit our guide on Zambia open for tourism for more information.

9. Morocco

Morocco is one of the best countries to visit in Africa, as it appeals to a variety of interests. Be sure to explore the mountains, sand dunes, and beaches around the country. The cities of Marrakesh and Casablanca are home to important mosques and incredible attractions.

9. Morocco

Morocco is one of the countries where you can travel, but travel restrictions depend on if you’re traveling from a country on List A or List B.

Travelers from List A countries must present either a vaccination certificate or a certificate for a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours prior to boarding.

Travelers from List B countries must submit a certificate for a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 48 hours prior to boarding and either a vaccination certificate or a completed affidavit, and a voucher for payment for 10 days of quarantine at a designated hotel with PCR testing on day 9 of the quarantine period.

Also, all travelers must submit a Public Health Passenger Form.

You can find more details on our guide on Morocco reopening for travel.

10. Kenya

Kenya offers the possibility to participate in ecotourism, making it one of the best countries to visit in Africa. There are dozens of national parks and natural areas where you can experience the incredible landscape and see animals in the wild.

Since August 1, 2020, Kenya has been one of the places open to travel in Africa.

10. Kenya

All travelers must have a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 96 hours of travel to Kenya. The test result must be digitally verified through the Trusted Travel Initiative. All travelers must also complete an online Travelers Health Surveillance form prior to travel. Once they arrive in Kenya, travelers must submit daily updates on their health to the Jitenge app for 14 consecutive days.

Travelers from regions and countries that are on this list are exempt from quarantine on arrival in Kenya as long as they have a valid negative PCR test result and do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

You can check our guide on Kenya open for travel for more details.

11. Namibia

Namibia is another top tourist country in Africa for ecotourism.

Along with its national parks, Namibia offers lots of opportunities for sports and activities, such as windsurfing, kayaking, and hiking. It’s also a popular place among photographers, thanks to its beautiful landscapes.

Starting on September 1, 2020, Namibia is a place in Africa open to travel.

11. Namibia

All international travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours prior to entering Namibia. 

You can find more information on our guide on Namibia is open for tourism.

12. Seychelles

One of the best places to travel to in Africa is Seychelles. Its beaches are the perfect backdrop for watersports, hikes, and wildlife viewing.

All travelers, even if they are vaccinated, must have a medical certificate for a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours before departure. They must also submit a health travel authorization application online before departure.

12. Seychelles

International travelers must have valid travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage and a reservation at a certified accommodation.

Check our guide on Seychelles reopening for travelfor more information.

13. Tunisia

With its combination of natural beauty and cultural attractions, Tunisia is one of the best African countries.

Tunisia has lots of ancient ruins and religious sites to explore, as well as gorgeous beaches and warm, sunny weather to enjoy.

13. Tunisia

As of November 16, 2020, Tunisia has been a country in Africa open for tourists from all countries except Brazil, South Africa, and the UK.

Currently, all travelers must present proof of a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of departure and complete a Health Declaration Form. They must also download the Tunisian government’s Track and Trace app.

All international travelers must quarantine for 7 days from their arrival at a government-selected hotel at their own expense. They must also pay for and book a RT-PCR test to be taken between day 5 and day 7 of their quarantine period. If that test is negative, they will be released from quarantine.

Check our guide on is Tunisia open for tourism for more information.

14. Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is one of the nicest countries in Africa, with its majestic mountains, ancient ruins, and wondrous geological structures. Be sure to visit Victoria Falls and one or more of the eight national parks in the country.

14. Zimbabwe

Since October 1, 2020, Zimbabwe has been one of the places in Africa open to travel without nationality restrictions.

All travelers must submit a negative PCR test issued within 48 hours of their trip and must self-isolate for 10 days after their arrival.

You can check our guide on Zimbabwe travel restrictions for more information.

15. Rwanda

Rwanda is one of the best African countries to visit if you love the outdoors.

Rwandans respect the wild animals here, and you can visit the King’s Palace Museum and see traditional singers croon for the cows. There are also lots of volcanoes, waterfalls, and rainforests to explore, and it’s a popular place for Gorilla trekking, too.

15. Rwanda

As of August 1, 2020, Rwanda is one of the countries in Africa open to travel without nationality restrictions.

All travelers must present a medical certificate with a negative RT-PCR result issued within 72 hours of departure for Rwanda. They must also complete a Passenger Locator Form and upload their test result certificate.

All travelers will take a second RT-PCR test, which costs $60, on arrival in Rwanda. They must then stay in a designated transit hotel and wait 24 hours to receive the results of that test. If this test is negative, travelers can explore Rwanda freely.

For more information, check our guide on Rwanda reopening to tourists.

Other countries in Africa open for travel

While there are other countries open for tourism in Africa, the 15 destinations above are the safest places to visit in Africa. However, if you want to explore other less touristy options, you can check which other countries are open in Africa and entry requirements below.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is another country in Africa that is open for tourists of all nationalities.

Travelers to Burkina Faso must present a negative PCR test no later than five days after arrival. Otherwise, they’ll have to pay for a test at the airport ($150) and quarantine for 14 days.

For more information, check this Ministry of Health document.

Cape Verde

Cape Verde is another destination in Africa, allowing visitors of all nationalities since October 12, 2020.

Travelers must submit a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival. They don’t have to quarantine, but they should complete this registration.

Cape Verde

Those who want to move between islands must submit this form and a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

You can go to this website for more information.

Central African Republic

The Central African Republic is another country in Africa you can visit.

Traveler must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and undergo a medical examination, which may include a PCR test at the Institut Pasteur.

For more information, consult this website.

Chad

Chad is also accepting travelers of all nationalities.

Tourists are required to submit a negative PCR test certificate within seven days of arrival.

If they’re staying longer than one week, they’ll have to self-isolate for one week at their accommodation. On the last day of their quarantine, they will retake the PCR test.

For more details, check this website.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been open to all nationalities since August 15, 2020.

Travelers must submit a negative PCR test result within seven days of arrival. They should also register for a second test with the Institut National de la Recherche Biomédicale ($45) and take it once they reach their destination. The results take about 24 hours, during which tourists must quarantine.

For more details, check out this website.

Gabon

Gabon is another country in Africa open to tourists. As of June 30, 2020, commercial flights are very limited.

Tourists must submit a PCR test upon arriving at the airport. The results take about 48 hours, during which they must quarantine. If they receive a negative result, they’ll get a 14-day certificate of free movement. They must take another PCR test if they want to renew it after 14 days.

You can visit this website for more information.

Gambia

The Gambia is one of the countries in Africa that is open for tourism. As of October 16, 2020, the country is open for tourism without nationality restrictions, but flights are very limited.

Travelers must submit a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arriving. If they don’t have a test result, they must undergo a medical examination and adhere to a 14-day quarantine.

You can find more information on this website.

Ghana

Ghana is another country in Africa open to travelers.

Ghana

Tourists must submit a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of their departure and complete a Health Declaration Form.

Also, travelers must pay for a mandatory rapid test ($150), which they’ll take at the airport. They’ll get the results in 30 minutes and, if they’re negative, they can bypass quarantine.

For more information, visit this website.

Liberia

Liberia is another place in Africa you can visit, and it has been open to tourists since July 22, 2020.

Travelers are required to download the Lib Travel mobile app and use it to purchase a PCR test ($75) that they’ll take upon arrival. They can also pay for it at the United Bank for Africa (UBA) once they arrive.

Tourists who receive a negative result must self-isolate and track their symptoms on the app, if any, for 14 days. Check here for exceptions.

Unlike other African countries with open borders, Liberia requires anyone leaving the country to undergo a PCR test within 72 hours of their departure.

You can find more information on this website.

Mali

As of June 16, 2020, Mali is open to tourists of all nationalities.

Travelers must present a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arriving. They should also fill out this Coronavirus Disease Surveillance Form.

For more information, check the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs website.

Mauritania

Mauritania is one of the places in Africa open for tourism to travelers who present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their trip.

For more information, check this website.

Mauritius

Mauritius is another country in Africa that has reopened to tourists.

Tourists must submit a negative PCR test certificate within seven days of their departure. They should also quarantine for 14 days at one of these accommodations. Upon arrival, they’ll complete this Passenger Self Declaration Form and this Passenger Locator Form.

Once they land in Mauritius, they’ll take a PCR test on their day of arrival, their 7th day in the country, and their 14th day.

You can find more information on the official tourism website.

Nigeria

Nigeria is also open for travelers, but it’s not one of the safest countries in Africa right now.

Tourists must present a negative PCR test certificate within 72 of their departure. They will take a second test after being in Nigeria for seven days, and they must quarantine until the results arrive.

To board their flight, travelers must use this form to register and pay for the second test and upload the results of their first test.

You can go to this website for more information.

Republic of the Congo

The Republic of the Congo is also open regardless of your nationality.

Travelers are required to submit a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their flight. If they don’t, they will undergo a test at the airport and self-isolate until they receive a negative result (up to 14 days).

For more information, check this website.

Sierra Leone

As of June 15, 2020, Sierra Leone is one of the countries open for tourism.

Travelers must fill out this travel authorization form and submit a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arriving in Sierra Leone.

They’ll also have to pay for any additional PCR or rapid tests they take at the airport. If they receive a positive result, they’ll have to immediately self-isolate. All other tourists may travel freely with a negative result.

You can check this website for more information.

Somalia

Somalia is open for tourism by air regardless of nationality.

Somalia

Visitors must submit a negative PCR test certificate within 96 hours of arrival. Otherwise, they must self-isolate for 14 days.

Given the social and political instability and terrorist attacks in Somalia, we don’t recommend traveling there.

Sudan

There aren’t nationality restrictions to visit Sudan. However, all travelers must submit a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arriving in Sudan.

If they show COVID symptoms, tourists may also undergo temperature checks and medical evaluations at the airport.

For more information, check this website.

Togo

Togo is another country in Africa open without nationality restrictions.

Tourists must present a negative PCR test within seven days of their departure. They should also fill out this form and pay for the mandatory PCR test they’ll take at the airport. It takes about 24 hours to receive the results, during which travelers should self-isolate.

Togo also requires tourists to download the TOGO SAFE mobile app and purchase COVID-19 travel insurance.

You can find more information on the official tourism website.

These are the current countries in Africa open for tourism, although the list may vary as the COVID situation develops. We’ll update the list if anything changes.

If you have any questions about a specific African country, leave us a comment and we will be happy to help.

Safe travels!

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