If you have been thinking of where to go for your next amazing getaway but you aren’t sure where you should hit up, why not consider the diverse and unique continent of Africa? With so many countries spread across this enormous land mass and from islands to jungles to safaris and more, you will be left purely in awe at not just the level of things to see and do in this region of the world, but the continued friendly welcomes you receive from the people who make this continent their home. Here are a couple of perfect first time African countries for you to consider for your next exciting holiday.
Morocco is a country in northern Africa in the very north western corner. This relatively small nation is majority Muslim with many unique and interesting things to see and do, including tours to the Sahara desert which should not be missed. Be sure to check out the mazes of souks in the cities such as Fes and Marrakech and visit the leather tanning vats of Fes for a look at the production of leather products. Essaouira on the coast is home of the Gnaoua World Music Festival – a must see for those who love various types of ethnic music.
One of the most beautiful countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Tanzania is welcoming and large with a seriously laid back nature about it. Visit the gorgeous island of Zanzibar with its turquoise seas and white sand beaches – idyllic by many island standards and be sure to visit Stone Town – the capital of the island and also birthplace of legendary Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. While on the mainland, consider heading to the north of the country and climbing Kilimanjaro – a bucket list item for thousands of people the world over. There’s nothing quite like it.
Perhaps one of the most visited countries in all of Africa, South Africa is a perfect combination of Africa meets Europe. Founded and settled by Dutch explorers, the country is awash with mountains, vineyards, national parks and coastline that plays host to impressive wildlife such as penguins.
Despite what the media will try to tell you, Egypt is safe, beautiful, welcoming and an amazing place to visit. Home to some of the most impressive ancient ruins in the world in the likes of Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel, Egypt still continues to enjoy numerous tourists (and tourism is on the rise again!). With amazing Red Sea coastline home to everything from Lionfish to sharks along with amazing natural scenery throughout the country such as Farafra desert to the Coloured Canyon north of Nuweiba on the Sinai, it’s easy to see why people keep coming back for more Egypt.
So if you’re looking for action, adventure and a bit of chill, consider Africa. It has everything you could possibly want with a lot of options for creating the trip of your dreams. Come and see for yourself just why visitors to this amazing place all say they leave a piece of their hearts here. We bet you will too.