Which country in AFRICA should you visit?

Africa is believed to be the most diverse, beautiful and interesting continent that our planet has to offer.

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 The adventures and beauty seen in Africa are found in some of the oldest story books. In fact, some of the first civilizations that back to 3300BC were discovered here.

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It feels like God visits everywhere else, but lives in Africa.”  — Will Smith

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A RICH TASTE OF CULTURE AND HERITAGE

The continent has 54 countries, all unique with their own personalities and cultures.  Africa is known for its popular and interesting travel destinations and cities.

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Staying entertained in Africa comes naturally!  See the pyramids in Egypt, fly over Victoria falls in Zimbabwe, get lost in the streets of Stone Town or even enjoy a cocktail with the beautiful backdrop of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.  You wouldn’t be disappointed with the fantastic range that caters for everyone’s taste.

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EVER BEEN ON A SAFARI IN AFRICA?

Many only dream of going on an African safari to see the big five.  There is nothing quite like watching a tower of giraffes stretch their necks high up into the acacia trees, first spotting the eyes of a cheetah on a night drive or watching a busy heard of elephants stampede through the mud just a few meters away.

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Africa is home to the worlds largest animal which is the African elephant, the worlds tallest animal which is the giraffe and the worlds fastest land animal, the cheetah.  The land is flush with wildlife and the soil is filled with riches.

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WHERE DOES YOUR AFRICAN ADVENTURE START? – TAKE THE QUIZ

Travelstart came up with a FUN quiz to help you discover your ideal African travel destination, The quiz sets your holiday preferences and helps you match your travel needs.  Travelstart is a leading Online Travel Agency that offers cheap flights to counties all over Africa.  They invite you to explore the unique rhythm of Africa and find out which country you secretly want to explore.

 Take the quiz here and let us know which county in Africa you picked? Click here to share this quiz with your frineds on Twitter

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SOUTH AFRICA – OUR HOME TOWN

Both Liza and I were both born in South Africa and love the diversity offered throughout the country.  We highly recommend adding our beautiful home to your travel bucket list.  It’s no surprise that Cape Town, South Africa is ranked one of the worlds best cities by Travel and Leisure, including numerous other travel awards.

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Many inspirational people have called South Africa home including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi who lived here for over 20 years. Many travelers have shared some incredible adventures with us about their South Africa travels and always tell us that they have met the nicest people here. (Makes us extra proud to call it our home)

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SOUTH AFRICAN ATTRACTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIMER

There are so many amazing things to see and do around the country.  If you visiting for the first time it will depend what province you exploring and if you interested in adventure, culture or just looking to unwind in the wild with an African sunset.  Here are just a handful of ideas to consider during your first visit:

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Catch the Cable Car Up Table Mountain (Western Cape)

Either hike or take a cable car up Table Mountain.  Not only are the views truly breathtaking but the mountain is also one of the new 7  wonders of nature.  (Tip – Book your cable car ticket online to avoid the ques and a lot of waiting)

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Hike through the Drakensberg Mountains (KwaZulu-Natal)

The Drakensberg escarpment stretches for over 1,000 kilometers.  There is a variety of hiking trails and paths available.  Some trails are suitable for the whole family and others are ideal for adventure seekers which can be completed over a few days.  The Drakensberg mountains offer beautiful panoramic views, scenic waterfalls, beautiful fauna and even a few bushman paintings.

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Spot the big five on an African Safari at Kruger National Park (Limpopo)

The world renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.  It is one of the largest game reserves covering an area of 19,485 square kilometers.  (Safari Tip: Early mornings and evening time are usually the most productive game viewing periods.)

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Discover the rugged and untamed Wild coast (Eastern Cape)

Meet the friendly Xhosa peoplespot the Hole-in-the-Wall and discover beautiful waterfalls that drop into the sea.  The phenomenal scenery is quite unlike any other area in South Africa, the Wild Coast is a hiker’s and bird watchers paradise.

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Take a Soweto Township Tour (Gauteng)

Interact with the people of the township, hear their untold stories, experience the music, share traditional food and enjoy the customs.  Soweto is Infused with the history of the struggle against apartheid and the perfect opportunity to visit a local shebeen.

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Have you have been to Africa or did you take the online quiz? What country in Africa is on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Lisa N

Adventure junkie, coffee addict and passionate about travel. “It’s better to look back on life and say “I cant believe I did that” then look back and say “I wish I did that” Follow me on twitter @soul_drifters

19 thoughts on “Which country in AFRICA should you visit?

  • November 22, 2017 at 9:58 pm
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    Drakensberg Mountains was something I never knew about. I think that is the place I choose 🙂 Nice post!

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  • November 22, 2017 at 7:32 am
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    The only place I’ve been to in Africa is Zanzibar and I absolutely loved it! Africans are so colourful, I love their clothes, their dances, they’re so chilled out. I wish to visit South Africa next year, thanks for this guide, will refer to it when planning my trip. Cheers!

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  • November 21, 2017 at 12:37 am
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    Choosing out of 54 countries is no easy task. You have presented such a beautiful breakdown of activities to choose from. I’d love to go hiking through the Drakensberg Mountains. Wildlife safari tops my list though. Cheers!!

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  • October 28, 2017 at 4:24 am
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    I’ve always thought Tanzania would be the first African country I’d visit, but lately Namibia has really caught my eye. The quiz told me Botswana, though, which has never been on my radar! Sounds like I need an extended trip to visit them all!

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  • October 27, 2017 at 10:25 am
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    Great post and I agree with you, there is so much to see in this continent. I have been living in East Africa for three years and have hardly scratched the surface! I hope to visit South Africa soon and enjoyed reading about places to visit and things to do.

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  • October 26, 2017 at 8:03 am
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    I have been to Cape Towm and thought it was fantastic! We are heading back to SA next year and hope to see more of the South-East.
    That quiz thought I should visit Kenya…I wonder if they’ll pay!?

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  • October 26, 2017 at 6:44 am
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    This is an amazing post. South Africa is so beautiful. And you have given such detailed account of things to be done.

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  • October 26, 2017 at 2:31 am
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    I got Botswana! But from what I’ve read and seen, I definitely would have a difficult time narrowing down which country to visit. Each area seems so unique. But maybe I’ll have to start doing more research on Botswana.

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  • October 25, 2017 at 9:40 pm
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    So many incredible photos! South Africa looks just beautiful. I was lucky enough to visit Uganda when I was younger as my father grew up there. I’ve not yet returned and the number of African countries I’d like to visit is growing, thanks for the inspiration!

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