A lot of travelers are familiar with countries such as South Africa, Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt. In this article, we will tell you where you can have a pleasant time on the African continent.
Perhaps the most unexpected country on this list is Sierra Leone, which not so long ago was torn apart by civil war for ten years. But, since 2002, Sierra Leone has undergone main changes, and today it is ranked among the peace-loving countries according to the Global Security Index (GPI). This state is considered one of the most religiously tolerant countries in the world. The life expectancy of residents is 57 years, which is good by African standards.
Sierra Leone has many beautiful nature reserves such as the Gala rainforest and Outamba Kilimi National Park, clean beaches on the Atlantic coast, and its capital Freetown which is the oldest city in West Africa.
Botswana is the leader in security on the African continent, there is a very low crime rate. One of the popular attractions for tourists is the Kalahari desert, national parks, and ancient treasures hidden by the colonialists in the Gcwihaba caves since the 1930s. Until now, anyone has not found the treasure, but the caves themselves with amazing stalactites up to 10 meters long are worth going to the north of the state.
Ghana was ranked by the Global Security Index as the safest country in Africa in 2008, and since then it is at the top of the ranking. Internal conflicts are very rare in the country. Moreover, it has peaceful relations with its neighbors. Tourists are very friendly here. They speak English because it is the official language of Ghana.
Here you can visit numerous reserves with elephants, monkeys, antelopes, and other exotic animals. Tourists can also visit the ruins of the castles and fortresses of Cape Post and Elmina, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and spend time on clean, uncrowded beaches.
This country in Southwest Africa is an oasis of stability and security on the African continent. It was discovered quite late (in 1878) by Europeans. However, it quickly emerged from all internal and external conflicts, and now is one of the richest African countries.
In Namibia, there is the most ancient desert on earth – Namib, the legendary Skeleton Coast, many national parks, the place where the largest Hob meteorite fell, and much more.
Namibia has good highways. Here, there is the tourist train The Desert Express that runs between the capital Windhoek and the resort town of Swakopmund, making stops along the way at particularly noteworthy places.
Uganda is considered a safe country for foreigners. Tourists in Uganda have a lot to see: one of the oldest in Africa, Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Rwenzori mountain range, and Entebbe Botanical Garden, where the first film about Tarzan was filmed. By the way, Uganda is located on the main migratory route of northern birds: eagles, swallows, cuckoos, and kites
Cape Verde is an archipelago off the west coast of the African continent. Calmness, relative cleanliness, and an acceptable level of service (European companies are investing in local tourism) await tourists in Cape Verde.
The islands have enough picturesque landscapes: extinct volcanoes, flowering meadows, and mountain ranges where you can go trekking. But the main feature of Cape Verde is the ocean. It has beaches with black volcanic sand, continuing diving to shipwrecks, and windsurfing, schools are on every island, but the island of Sal is especially famous for them.
Kenya is a state of the Maasai tribe and a visiting card of true African nature. Mount Kenya is the second-highest on the continent after Kilimanjaro. Flocks of migratory birds can be observed across the country, and the view of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, from Amboseli Park in Kenya is perhaps even better than the view from the mountain itself.
The inhabitants of Tanzania are smiling and friendly. But, as elsewhere, travelers should not lose their vigilance because there are enough robbers here. In Tanzania, there are many tourists who come here without fear. Here, in the homeland of Freddie Mercury, there is a lot to see.
First is the volcano Kilimanjaro, where there are numerous hiking trails. Secondly, it is the island of Zanzibar that is a resort place where the most beautiful Stone Town is located. Thirdly, it is the Ngorongoro Biosphere Reserve, located in a colossal (21 km in diameter) crater of an extinct volcano. It is home to about 25 thousand different animals. It has also the highest concentration of predators in all of Africa.
Madagascar is a separate continent in miniature since it is so different from Africa or any other place on earth. There are amazing landscapes, and 80% of the plants and living animals are not found anywhere else. There are many natural parks and protected areas on the island. The largest reserve is Tsingy de Bemaraha, which is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The country is rich in beautiful beaches.
Zimbabwe is one of the most popular travel destinations in Africa. It is here, that the famous Victoria Falls is located. In Zambia, by the way, there are fewer tourists, so those who prefer a more secluded environment are recommended to admire the miracle of nature there.
In Zimbabwe, the nature conservation structure works very well, and there are unusually many animals, even for Africa. Therefore, hunting is allowed in some places while almost everywhere on the continent, it is already prohibited.