When the year comes to a close, many travelers are making the final descent to Ghana for the end of the Year of Return an initiative by Ghana’s president marking a significant milestone in Black Slavery’s sordid history. Through historic places, to festivals like Afro Nation and Afrochella and galore parties, it is assured that everyone losing out on the experience will trigger FOMO.
Yet the ‘Year of Return’ anticipation is an opportunity to discover a whole continent of natural wonders, ancient ruins, stunning beaches and spectacular sceneries. Be sure to add at least any of the following destinations to the list to see some of Africa’s most spectacular and exclusive sights to offer for those wondering where’s next, or considering a trip to Africa next to them.
There’s a reason they call Kenya “magical.” The country provides something for all as East Africa’s No. 1 travel destination (nearly 1.5 million international tourists in 2019). In addition to visiting the Masai Mara and the Serengeti, travelers can also experience mountain trekking, nightlife, a renowned art & culture scene, and of course world-class safaris.
Namibia will quickly become your new favorite location, from wildlife watching at Etosha National Park to ghost hunting in Kolmanskop. Easily a hidden gem among other often visited African countries, people don’t know that Namibia has plenty to explore with top sites like the Caprivi Strip, Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast Park and Windhoek’s capital city.
Home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is potentially the safest spot in the world to go on a safari. Not to mention, Zanzibar is encircled by some of the world’s best beaches. You’ll get the best of both worlds with this destination and the culture and nightlife to suit any of your preferences!
Consider visiting its neighboring sister country of Zimbabwe, which is only a short flight away for frequent travelers from South Africa. Hwange National Park is the country’s largest reserve, and home to the world’s largest living wild-dog population. And Victoria Falls is a must-visit, being the world’s biggest waterfall. You can also look for a thrill by standing at the “Devil’s Bowl” above the edge of the cliff.
Ethiopia is situated in the ‘Horn of Africa’ in the continent’s north-eastern area and covers more than 70 per cent of the mountains in Africa. Addis Ababa, the thriving capital of Ethiopia, offers a range of authentic restaurants, theatres and Emperor Selassie I’s burial grounds. Traveling to Ethiopia serves as a gateway to all the history lessons and books documenting the history of this magnificent country, and you’ll have a front row seat, experiencing this joyous cultural journey.
Have you seen photos of travelers on the ‘gram recently? Morocco should be on a travel bucket list for everyone. Rich civilization, ancient cities and mountains of the desert so far as the eyes can see it’s a sight. But Morocco too is incredibly diverse. At heart an Adventurer? Then, in the Atlas Mountains, try canyoning and rock climbing. An enthusiastic beach lover? There is plenty of sun and waves along the vast coastline of Morocco.