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9 African Countries You Should Consider For Your Next Vacation

9 African Countries You Should Consider For Your Next Vacation


With Easter a few weeks away, it’s likely that you’re considering a vacation; so how about you consider Africa? Beyond the Easter celebrations, if you’re ever looking for a summer vacation spot, the continent has a lot to offer. With 54 countries that are spread from north to south and east to west, figuring out which African destination holds the most promise for a wonderful vacation could be tricky, so we curated this list to help you select your next African vacation.

The rich diversity of Africa is what makes the “Cradle of Humankind” a must-visit for your next vacation. Whether you’re drawn to arid lands, lush rainforests, or irresistible beaches, you’ll certainly discover a spot that’s perfect for you. In addition to the intoxicating scenic views, the African people are warm and friendly, the various cultures are rich and diverse, and the food is delicious! This is great news because a good vacation isn’t just an excuse to take a break, but an opportunity to learn about the people and cultures beyond your immediate environment and Africa boasts plenty of this! How about we take a journey through this incredible continent as we explore our top nine location picks sure to satisfy your motherland yearnings?

Check out 9 amazing African countries perfect for your next vacation…

#1. Mauritius

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The East African island nation of Mauritius is a breezy delight for lovers of mesmerizing beaches. Crystal clear waters, pristine sands, diverse reef life, and the sun makes this destination a good romantic destination. Mauritius is a fusion of European, African, Oriental, and Indian influences, and when you get here you’ll definitely experience the best of all worlds. Discover giant waterlilies and giant tortoises at SSR Botanic Garden, lovers of hiking would love Black River Gorges National Park, and see some wildlife at La Vanille Nature Park.

#2. Ghana

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There are 14 regions in the West African country of Ghana, and each provides one inspiring experience after another for the thrill-seeking tourist. For instance, the southern part of Ghana will greet you with attractions such as the famed Kakum National Park. On the other hand, in the Nothern region, you’ll discover special spots like the Mole National Park. Combine that with sunny beaches, lively cities, friendly people, and easy methods of traveling around the country, and you’ll find that Ghana is a great place to spend your vacation.

#3. Cape Verde

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Cape Verde is one of Africa’s most stable democracies and boasts fascinating sights that you will be happy to explore. From discovering the largest nesting site for loggerhead turtles to volcanic islands and sand dunes, perfect locations for water sports, and generous locals, a visit to Cape Verde will surely impress any discerning traveler.

#4. South Africa

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South Africa is a country that seems to have it all — good wine, wildlife, spectacular landscapes, etc., it’s indeed an adventure lover’s paradise. The country also boasts cosmopolitan cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Port Elizabeth, and famous destinations like the incredible Kruger National Park and its own penguin beach. No jokes, there’re a thousand and one things to do and see in South Africa.

#5. 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 with enigmatic cities in between, Morocco is a melting pot of cultures. With elements of European, Arabic, and Berber influences to find on every corner, its mixed heritage makes it a particularly fascinating country to explore.

#6. Egypt

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There is nothing better than visiting a country where ancient kings walked and the layers of history that have shaped the modern world surrounding you. From the magnificent Pyramids of Giza to the wonder at the Sphynx, or even taking a float in the saltiness of the Red Sea and cruising the Nile River in a Felucca, the beauty of Egypt is best felt and not imagined. It’s undoubtedly one of the best African countries for a vacation.

#7. Tanzania

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In Tanzania, you certainly don’t have to choose between beaches and wildlife as the country offers these and more. This haven of rich natural beauty pleases the palette of several kinds of people with enough pleasures to go around. For example, if you’re a mountaineer or hiker, you’ll find that Mount Kilimanjaro tickles your fancy. How about a wildlife lover? Then, catch a safari at Serengeti National Park to spot the “Big 5.” Finally, the tropical island of Zanzibar is perfect for those who seek uncompromising relaxation.

#8. Kenya

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People, experiences, panoramic views, is it really a vacation without all these? Certainly not! That’s why we propose adding the beautiful country of Kenya to your must-explore list. This East African country has stunning views of the Indian Ocean, but that’s not all that make it appealing. It’s also home to the savannah, Lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley, and mountain highlands.

Of course, wildlife like lions, elephants, and rhinos call this place home, so if you’re obsessed with nature, you can’t get it better than in Kenya. Plus the famous Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and the Amboseli National Park which offers views of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro, are enough to land this country on our list.

#9. Seychelles

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Another reason to head to East Africa for your vacation is Seychelles, especially if you’re obsessed with the sun, sand, and sea. It is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean and is home to numerous beaches, coral reefs, and nature reserves. In addition, the region also houses rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Of course, the country is more than just beaches as it has the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park. So, why not pack up and book your next vacation here? Even Maldives will have a run for its money. 

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