Africa is an underrated tourist destination. Whenever we hear “Africa,” we imagine poverty, civil war, violence, water crisis, and tribal traditions. Our understanding of Africa has become clouded because we tend to pay attention only to what we see in the mainstream media.
This may come as a surprise to you, but Africa is one of the most remarkable tourist destinations in the world. It is a hotspot of myriad cultures, races, languages, history, and what not.
It may not have the grandeur of modern-day architecture and technological innovations, but you do not need them to be exceptional. Africa is a world of its own, and there are many places where it can be experienced at its best.
In this article, you will come across five places in Africa, which should be on your list. I am telling you that once you get to know about them, you might have a different opinion about what Africa is.
- Victoria Falls at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya which means “smoke that thunders, is a treat to the eyes. It is a massive waterfall that borders Zambia and Zimbabwe and transforms the otherwise peaceful Zambezi river into a violent volume of water plunging into the deepest regions of the planet.
There is no way one can describe the beauty and wonder which Victoria Falls is. You have to be there to witness the charging mist and the roaring water which makes your heart beat like a drum!
- The Great Migration Safari (Tanzania & Kenya): The Great Migration is as great as it sounds, at least in the animal kingdom. It is said to be one of the most breath-taking and educational wildlife experiences one could ask for. So, what is the Great Migration?
The Great Migration is an annual event marked by the migration of millions of Zebras, Wildebeest and other similar species across Kenya and Tanzania. The journey is tough and challenging, with crocodile tailing Zebras while the latter quench their thirst from the pool of water and the land predators such as Lions haunt them from shadows.
Somehow and for some reasons, the very vibe of the Great Migration reminds me of the song “Circle of Life” from Lion King which sings about the interconnected fates of everyone on this planet—and I believe that the Great Migration is the manifestation of the very same idea.
- Jemaa el-Fnaa (Marrakech, Morocco): Welcome to Morocco, which incidentally is one of the most visited places in Africa; and while you are here, make sure you pay a visit to Jemaa el Fnaa in Marrakesh.
Jemaa el Fnaa is a market square, but it is not just about that. It is located in the capital city and is marked by the peculiarities of the city manifested in the form of henna painters, fruit vendors, snake charmers, vibrantly colored stalls, and what not. As the day comes to an end and the night takes over, the atmosphere becomes less noisy and more melodic, with tribal music playing all around you and restaurants selling delectable food until midnight.
Come here to shop, dance and experience the world of everything Moroccan!
- Mount Kilimanjaro (Kilimanjaro National Park) in Tanzania: The grandeur of Mount Kilimanjaro is world renowned. Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania and is basically a dormant volcano. It is a part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the continent. However, it is not just a tourist destination—it has become a subject of wildlife and scientific investigation. Climb up the mountain and watch the sunset, and there will be only a few other moments in your life which could compare to the wonder you would experience here atop Kilimanjaro.
- Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt: There are many pyramids in Egypt, but none match the glory with which the Great Pyramid of Giza (also called Pyramid of Cheops or Khufu) stands. It belongs to the family of the Seven Wonders from the Ancient World and has become a popular tourist destination.
You might have seen it in the movies or books, but you will not get the true feel unless you see it in real. Trust me, it is worth all your money!
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