African vacations: what countries to visit for an unforgettable trip
The continent where elephants, rhinos and giraffes live. That's what comes to mind when we think of Africa. However, there is not only magnificent flora and fauna but also royal castles, ancient architecture, spontaneous markets, authentic food and traditions that are unusual for us. We'll tell you where to go to get as close to the flavor of the republics there as possible!
This small kingdom is located not far from Europe. The Strait of Gibraltar flows between it and Spain, so flying here is not so long or difficult. It is a safe country that welcomes tourists. It has everything for recreation: attractions, well-groomed beaches, and hotels for different budgets.
The bright blue city of Chefchaouen, which has a very interesting history, is considered to be the country's business card. Once upon a time, all Jews and Muslims were expelled from Spain. While fleeing, they stopped here, not far from their homes. People were so homesick for the place where they had spent their childhood and most of their adult lives that they began to paint their houses shades of blue. This color reminded them of God. A lot of time has passed since then but the tradition has not changed. Every new building that is being built is dressed in aquamarine.
We advise you to go to the ancient capital of Marrakech. Here you can still plunge into the life of the old Moroccans who developed these lands and settled in these places. Be sure to go to the colorful markets that sell a variety of spices. You can bring them back for yourself or give them to your friends. You won't find such spices anywhere else.
Bu sure to check out Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Here you can feel the local atmosphere and taste national dishes while listening to street musicians. Visit Al-Koutoubia Mosque, Dar Si Said Museum of Folk Crafts, Majorelle and Menara Gardens, as well as El-Badi and Bahia Palaces, where the tombs of the Saadi dynasty are located.
And if you want to explore the Sahara, we recommend going to the small town of Merzouga. From there, you can reach the famous desert.
A wild land famous for its nature reserves, mountains, savannas, tropical shrubs and deserts. It is considered the pearl of the African continent. A vacation in these parts will be filled with contrasts and pleasant surprises.
We advise you to start your vacation in the capital, which is radically different from European cities. It is suitable for lovers of extreme leisure and those who want to get a dose of adrenaline from traveling. Nairobi is a real beehive where nothing is clear but it is very interesting. Here, chaos awaits tourists at every turn. There is no other way to put it. Cars, mopeds, and buses drive as they please. There is a constant hum of horns. It is complemented by people's shouts, laughter and noise. The streets are also surprising. Abandoned slums and fallen-down huts are located right next to new buildings, as if intended.
If such a frantic rhythm is not for you, then go to Mombasa. It is also a lively place but still more calm and focused on a beach siesta. It has a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere that attracts tourists. In addition to the clean promenades, you can go to the Mandhry Mosque, which is almost five hundred years old, walk to the symbol of the resort - a huge elephant sculpture - and also stop by the Bolombulu Folk Crafts Center. By the way, many souvenirs are sold here. Don't miss the opportunity and buy them in advance so that you can go home at the end of your vacation and not run from one shop to another.
This country welcomes visitors all year round. Thanks to its favorable location, it is always warm here: from 25 to 30 degrees above zero. It is only in the east of the country that the temperature can drop to plus 15 in winter.
This republic has no access to the sea or ocean but it is rich in historical sights. The city of Axum, which, according to legend, was founded by the son of King Solomon, is worth a look. There are more than 200 obelisks on its territory, all of which are radically different from each other.
Do not overlook the former capital, Gondar. Many beautiful royal castles, where monarchs lived, were built here. It's also home to a complex of monasteries, which is a popular destination for those who want to have children. It is said that there is a miraculous pool in the courtyard of the Orthodox shrine that cures infertility.
Of course, you should visit the main city of the country, Addis Ababa. You should go to the palace of Emperor Menelik II, the Coptic Church of St. George, the archaeological and art museums, as well as the famous Mercato market.
From the capital, head to Lalibela, a center of religion and pilgrimage. Visit the rock-cut churches of Christ the Savior, the Virgin Mary, and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This destination is popular with beachgoers. People come here to enjoy the sun and warm ocean water. The most visited place is the Golden Mile of Durban. This is a stretch of well-groomed promenades and luxury hotels, apartment complexes and villas. In addition to a relaxing vacation, it offers a lot of active entertainment: diving, yachting, catamaran sailing, etc.
We advise you to visit Cape Winelands, where wineries are located and the best grape varieties are grown. Don't be lazy and go to Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve, Addo Elephant Park, Blyde River Canyon or Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Discover the stunning and safe countries of Africa. Get to know the flora and fauna of the continent. Explore ancient cities and their architecture. Learn about the traditions, customs, culture and religious features of each country. They are significantly different from ours, so we are sure that you will find this trip interesting and informative.