Africa is one of the most fascinating and culturally rich continents you can visit and these are 10 of the best countries to visit in Africa to help you plan a trip there.
Personally, I have spent around one year in Africa travelling to many different countries and having amazing adventures. Some of my best memories come from my time there.
Normally I wouldn’t like to use a ‘best’ country as every country has its own things to offer, but I understand if you are going to Africa for the first time you may want to visit some of the more popular countries to go there.
After all, they’re popular for a reason.
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South Africa makes one of the best countries to visit in Africa for a first-timer to the continent as it eases you in slowly, especially if you land in Cape Town.
The country has a lot to offer the traveller and plenty of varying landscapes and things to do.
Start in Cape Town and work your way up the gorgeous Garden Route and then onwards to the east for one of the best safaris in Africa at Kruger National Park.
Kenya is one of my favourite countries to visit in Africa and I’ve been there three times.
It has everything you could want from an African experience; local culture, wildlife safaris, white-sand beaches, and hiking up mountains, plus more.
A must-do for the ultimate wildlife experience in Africa is to go on safari in the Masai Mara.
Tanzania has a very similar feel to Kenya and is indeed its neighbour. I also visited there three times and it’s easily one of the best countries to visit in Africa.
The Masai Mara in Kenya extends across the border into Tanzania where it is known as the Serengeti, and also make for an epic safari experience.
The continents largest mountain, Kiliminjaro, can be climbed, while the white-sand beaches and excellent multi-cultural food await you on the island of Zanzibar.
Ethiopia is one of the best countries in Africa for history as far as I’m concerned as well as stunning landscapes.
Explore the old rock churches of the Tigray region, go hiking in the Simien Mountains, see traditional culture in the Omo Valley, and escape everything in the remote and barren Danakil Depression.
Morocco is also a fascinating place for history and the varying landscapes as well. It also has some of the best food in Africa you can try.
This was actually the first African country I ever visited but it was as a child. Later on, as an adult, I spent several weeks travelling the country.
See the ancient city of Fez, hike in the Atlas Mountains, eat some of the best seafood in Africa at Essaouira, and get lost in the markets of Marrakech.
Oh, and there’s the remote Sahara desert safaris to do.
Rwanda has made a massive comeback from the site of genocide in the 90s’ to one of the safest countries in Africa and a teeming tourist network of places to visit.
The capital sits surrounded by lush green mountains and there are excellent trekking opportunities in the jungle.
Rwanda is most famous for its gorilla trekking where you hike through the jungle to see gorillas in the wild.
A beautiful country with very friendly people and right next to Tanzania so easy enough to get to.
Ah, Egypt! This was my first country to visit in Africa as an adult.
Egpyt is also one of the best countries to visit in Africa for a first-timer as it’s heavily touristed and has a lot of places to see and many experiences to have.
Having said that you won’t get a ‘proper’ African experience such as wildlife safaris etc, that you would get in places like Kenya and Tanzania.
Botswana is one of the safest places to visit in Africa and also has an abundance of wildlife and nature opportunities to explore.
From the vast Okavango Delta to the easier to reach Chobe National Park, and then the vast landscape of the salt plains and the Kalahari Desert awaits adventure.
The Okavango Delta is one of the most unique experiences I had in Africa.
Ghana is the best country in West Africa to visit for a first-timer as it is easy to travel in comparison with other countries in the region.
It has beautiful beaches and a laid-back tropical feel along with excellent seafood. There are wildlife safaris to do in the interior and traditional cultures to explore.
Grab a drink and relax on the beach, maybe try surfing, watch the sunset, and take in the charm of Ghana.
Zambia has it all, except for the beaches. You can go on some of the best safaris in Africa such as at South Luangwa National Park and get an in-depth look at African life.
The main draw for the country without a doubt though is the famous Victoria Falls where there are so many fun activities to do and the stunning sight of the falls themselves.
Relax with a beer at sunset by the Zambezi River listening to hippos grunting away in the water and soak up the atmosphere.
Best Countries To Visit In Africa
And that’s what I recommend for the top 10 best countries to visit in Africa.
If I was going to suggest where to exactly go then I would say do Kenya and Tanzania together for the ultimate African experience.
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