The word Africa conjures up many images of red sunsets over prominent rolling hills and mountains, with herds of wildebeest stampeding across the plains, paired with majestic giraffe raising their heads high to reach canopied trees and the like. It’s easy to get carried away with these romantic images of the African continent, and for good reason. The mystery and splendour that awaits visitors is only outdone by the friendliness of the people and the beauty of the nature you will experience. If this sounds like your ideal adventure, read ahead for our top picks of countries to visit to really get a feel for this beautiful and welcoming continent.
Uganda is a beautiful country that borders South Sudan, Rwanda, DR Congo, Tanzania and Kenya and is one of the hottest destinations in Africa at the moment. With stunning natural beauty, welcoming people and a higher level of general safety than many other countries, it’s no wonder this is a top spot for all levels and types of traveller. The option for a Uganda safari is something that many people choose to include in their itinerary and for good reason – the options are endless. Whether you’re hiking in the jungles of the highlands to see the rare and endangered mountain gorillas or you’re camping out near the Murchison Falls and listening to the various animal calls in the night, you can’t go wrong on a safari in Uganda.
If you’re unsure about your first time to Africa, why not consider going with South Africa. A fantastic blend of Africa-meets-the-west, South Africa is very European in a lot of ways with a stunning backdrop of vineyards, mountains and gorgeous coastline that will have you wondering why you didn’t come sooner. Cape Town is a perfect starting point for those who want to get a taste of the country and with both mountains to climb and wine to taste, you will leave the country wanting to come back time and again to explore more of its terrain, culture and the Kruger National Park – one of the most famous safari sites in Africa.
One of Africa’s most popular destinations, Kenya is home to some beautiful national parks such as the Maasai Mara, which borders Tanzania. This nature reserve is home to some of the most unique sights around – such as the huge wildebeest migration which takes place every year. The sight of millions of wildebeest moving together is something to behold, and many come from around the world specifically at this time to experience this once a year event. Not only this, but Kenya is also home to the famous Giraffe manor, just outside Nairobi where you can dine with giraffes poking their heads through the window to join you. If that isn’t a unique experience, we don’t know what is!
So if you’re on the hunt for something truly exciting and unique to do this summer, consider heading to Africa. With so many things to experience and see, there’s no time like the present to visit any of the countries listed – and more! With places like Uganda being hot destinations at the moment too, you can be assured that you will be in for a treat, regardless of whether you’re backpacking, travelling first class or as a singleton or family.