What are the top 10 tourist destinations for travelers to Africa? Check out some of these lesser known locations for a relaxing vacation away from tourist crows.
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi borders Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Snorkeling is perfect in the clear lake waters and boat safaris through Liwonde National Park are not to be missed. Lake Malawi is the fifth largest freshwater lake in the world by volume. It has the most species of fish in a lake in the world. There are crocodiles and hippos in this body of water, but they tend to spend most of their time in murky river deltas.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
One of the best places to spot endangered black rhinos, African lions, white rhinos, or cheetahs is Okavango Delta. The lagoons can be explored by canoe, vehicle, balloon, or helicopter. Wildlife roams free, so stay inside your lodge at night! Safaris in the Moremi Game Reserve are available to book, too.
Nyerere National Park, Tanzania
For travelers wanting to see the Big Nine-elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, and hippos, attend one of the 3 day safaris offered. It runs about $1280 per person, with discounts for group bookings. This wildlife sanctuary is 12,000 square miles in East Africa. Your accommodations include a spacious canvas tent with 24/7 hot water, claw-foot bath, and more.
Get a Caribbean view in Mozambique! The white sand islands have clear waters, sharks, whales, dolphins, turtles, and hundreds of underwater sea creatures. Scuba divers and snorkelers love this adventure-filled group of islands. There are multiple resorts and lodges available around $550-$1,000/night.
Namib Desert, Namibia
The Namib Desert is an amazing stretch of sand which can be climbed, or seen from a hot air balloon. Best climbed in the morning due to warmer temperatures in the afternoon, taking in the views of endemic plants, oryx, and more. The reddish dunes look straight out of a painting.
Felicite Island, Seychelles
Spend the day on Felicite Island, or spend the night at Six Sense Zils Payson where the average night costs $1500-2000 dollars. Explore unique plants and birds, enjoy quiet beaches, and gorgeous snorkeling adventures. Your own private infinity pool, butler service, spa, and more. Add some luxury to your stay, or take a boat over to enjoy the beaches.
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
The Virunga Mountains are one of the few places you can witness mountain gorillas in the wild. Rwanda has one of the largest populations, but only 80 permits are issued a day in Volcanoes National Park. These permits are pricey at about $1600 per permit. You can get a permit for about $800 in Uganda for those on a tighter budget. Outside of gorilla sightseeing, you can also hike a volcano, see a crater lake, or visit twin lakes.
Santo Antao, Cape Verde
This island is a remote adventure area for hikers to get some of the best trails and views. Very few tourists visit this island, so it is a great place to really experience the culture and get to know the locals. There is no airport, so you must take a 50 minute ferry from Sao Vicente island. The ferry usually leaves at 7am and 2pm each day.
Jinja, Uganda is the spot for Nile River rafting adventures. Nile River Explorers currently offers 4 hours of rafting for $140 per person. Pick your grade of water depending on if you want a smoother, leisurely ride, or an intensive, paddling adventure. The dams at Owen Falls and Bujagali keep crocodiles out of the lower river that is rafted. There are no hippos in that section of the river either.
Hells Gate National Park, Kenya
Hells Gate National Park costs 300 Kenyan shilling, which translates to $2.30 today. This is a very inexpensive park entry fee. Because there aren’t really any big cats or predators, this national park is perfect for bike rides. As a major safari park, bike with zebras, buffalo, and gazelles and enjoy the views.