Your Ultimate African Travel Checklist

Visiting Africa will be one of the greatest highlights in your life’s journey. We can pretty much guarantee this, as everyone who has been to Africa has been deeply moved in some way. Whether it’s the breathtaking beauty, the warmth of the African people, or even just the incredible food, Africa certainly is a special gem with so much soul, which is why you will leave feeling utterly fulfilled.

Now, we know you’re thinking Africa is a big continent and there’s many amazing places to visit – (and yes, even some places that should be avoided). If you’re a first-time traveler to this majestic continent and need some great travel recommendations, such as places to visit, extraordinary activities to do, and incredible sights not to be missed, then take a look at our ultimate African travel checklist. If you tick these off, you’ve left no stone unturned on your African adventure!

  • Go on a Safari

Your Ultimate African Travel Checklist

One thing you cannot miss is an African safari experience! Don’t be fooled, you don’t need to travel to the popular destinations of Botswana or Kenya to enjoy an authentic wildlife safari packed with incredible sightings amidst the grand open plans of Africa. There are many luxury safari game lodges scattered all over the continent, with South Africa being a favorite for these finds. Of course, the Kruger National Park is the most popular, but if you extend your search you’ll come across exclusive hidden gems that will likely offer you an even grander, more luxurious safari experience. Some are located just a short drive from some of the main cities of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg; which is a convenient option if you have visited one of the cities.

  1. Visit Namibia’s Rolling Desert Dunes

Namibia is known for its rolling desert dunes. The dunes are a product of nature and were created by the wind from the coast of Namibia. An all-time high for tourists is to climb Dune 45 which is located next to Deadvlei – one of Namibia’s most photographed spots. Try to go early in the morning if you want to witness the sunrise over the vlei from the top of Dune 45, which is 85 meters high but well worth the climb when you see the view unfold before you, it is spectacular and a sight you will never forget.

  1. Experience Wildlife in Abundance in the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Your Ultimate African Travel Checklist

A canoe safari is an extraordinary adventure that can either last a couple of hours or a few nights, meaning you’ll camp along the delta and really get in touch with nature. The trail is either walking or a combination of walking and canoeing depending on the water flow. The walk covers a distance of 20kms and canoeing segment covers 40 km. The advantage of canoeing allows you to get up close and personal with the wildlife such as: African wild dog, elephant, sable antelope and buffalo.

  1. Go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda or anywhere in the world is expensive but worth every penny spent. Travel through the misty mountain slopes of Bwindi Forest to catch sight of the gorilla families. Once you have come upon them you can spend hours watching them interact with one another, which is a heartwarming experience. Even though some are rather large they are very gentle and loving towards their group members. They are wild animals and therefore don’t try to interact with them but allow them to entertain you.

  1. Witness the Great Mammal Migration in Kenya or Tanzania

Your Ultimate African Travel Checklist

Kenya and Tanzania’s Great Migration is an experience on most travelers ‘to do lists’, as it’s one of nature’s greatest shows. Large herds of zebra and wildebeest – about two million of them, make the great journey across the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania. This mass animal migration in Africa has become one of the most popular reasons to visit these African countries and is one of nature’s most incredible wildlife events. It is an experience not many get to witness so plan well ahead of time.

  1. Visit the Cosmopolitan city of Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and has so much to offer. W’s recommend you take a trip to Robben Island and experience the “life” that Nelson Mandela and many others endured there. There is so much fascinating history and your tour guide will likely be a former political prisoner themselves, who will enlighten you to the history of the island. Another great activity is hiking Table Mountain, or at least taking the cable car. Lions Head is also an incredible hike with unrivaled views of the city. There are many art galleries, museums as well as theater shows, restaurants, and great shopping malls scattered around the Cape. For the wine lovers, be sure to visit Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl for some of the best wines you’ll ever taste!

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