10 African Countries You Need to Visit In 2019
Africa is one of the most stunning and diverse continents you can visit. There is so much to see and do from vibrant cities, small rural villages and breathtaking scenery. The world’s second-largest continent has a lot to offer every type of traveller, find out more below as MyBaggage.com cover ten countries in Africa that you need to visit in 2019.
Morocco is located in North Africa and offers you bustling cities, quiet seaside resorts and the snowy Atlas mountains. It is a melting pot of cultures with European, Arabic and Beber influences. Explore the bazaars of Marrakech and make sure to try tagine, your taste buds will thank you. There is plenty to see for any history buff, with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou being one to have on your to do list. Take beautiful selfies in a visit to the Blue City and enjoy a trek along the Atlas Mountains. Morocco really has something for everyone!
If you love nature, then you have to head to Zambia, the home of Victoria Falls. Enjoy safaris to see hippos, giraffes and hundreds of species of birds. But there’s also something for the thrill seekers, why not try white-water rafting down the Zambezi river, just remember to keep your eyes out for crocodiles!
Tanzania has a lot to offer from hiking Africa’s highest mountain Mount Kilimanjaro to safari with the big five at the Serengeti National Park and rest and relaxation on the tropical island of Zanzibar. You can take your pick from the variety of destinations this country has to offer.
South Africa has it all. Shop til you drop and marvel at the beauty of Tabletop Mountain in Cape Town, discover fine wine in Port Elizabeth and discover penguin beach at Kruger National Park. Go whale watching in Hermanus and drive the epic Garden Route to explore the beauty of this amazing country.
Ethiopia is the perfect destination for a history geek. This country has archaeological finds dating back over 3 million years including 12th century churches in Lalibela and the ancient city ruins of Aksum. If you want to take in the nature you will not be disappointed, with a visit to the Simien Mountains National Park and Nechisar National Park, just remember to watch out for those bigger animals!
If you want to see gorillas in the wild then Rwanda is the country for you. It is possible for you to catch a glimpse of the amazing mountain gorillas up close at the Volcanoes National Park. It is costly but the profits go into protecting the park and its outstanding efforts for conservation as well as towards supporting the local community. Defintely remember to try Matoke, a popular dish made from steamed plantains. Of course you can’t ignore the tragic history of this country, so it would be important to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre to understand and reflect upon the horrors that occoured.
Namibia neighbours Botswana so is rich in wildlife and offers an incredible landscape ready for adventure. Check out Etosha National Park which is home to 114 types of mammals and over 300 species of birds. If you are a lover of big cats then make sure to visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund where you can learn about the efforts being made to protect this big cat. For an unforgettable experience explore the ghost town of Kolmanskop and take a quad bike tour across the Namib Desert.
Africa’s largest island is full of things for you to see and do. If you are after history then visit the UNESCO World Heritage sight of Ambohimanga, which is close to the capital. Explore the beautiful Avenue of the Baobabs, Ranomafana National Park and the breathtaking Isalo National Park. This is the only place in the world you can see lemurs in their natural habitat and the welcoming and friendly locals will make sure that this is a destination you’ll long to revisit.
Botswana is the jewel of Africa when it comes to wildlife. This country is committed to environmental conservation so it is the perfect place to visit African animals. The Okavango Delta, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Chobe National Park are just a few of the top safari destinations this country has to offer. You will be greeted by friendly locals who are welcoming towards tourism and will get to spend your evenings watching watercolour style sunsets.
Gambia is a small country to visit on the African scale but what it lacks in size it makes up for in wildlife. Visit the Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve to see monkeys, hippos, hyenas, leopards and several types of rare birds. The beaches are breathtaking and the capital city of Banjul has museums and bustling streets to offer. There’s lots to enjoy in this little African country.