Africa, being the second largest continent in the world is massive. Comprising of over 54 different countries with vast landscapes, it is home to numerous ethnic groups. But what are the best things to do if you’re on holiday to Africa? Given the variety of wildlife adventures and activities, cultural experiences and must go destinations, you might have a hard time choosing.
That’s why we’ve rounded up the most iconic options you can do during your vacation. One you definitely shouldn’t miss is to book and experience the Southern Africa Safari yourself. You can do this by booking your travel DIY or get a travel company that offers Safari adventures
Hit the Sands
It’s a given fact ‒ no one really associates Africa with beaches.
However, unknown to most people, this continent is blessed with the most breathtaking beaches with turquoise waters. Spend a few days under the tropical island of Zanzibar where you can soak at its powdery white sands, do exciting activities such as snorkeling, explore local spice farms and indulge your palate in the island’s fantastic seafood.
Another tropical paradise is the Seychelles islands, an archipelago located northeast of Madagascar. For years now, it has earned the reputation of being one of the most sought-out honeymoon destinations in the world. Who couldn’t resist the white sands, crystal clear waters, and lush vegetation this island has to offer? Visitors can also enjoy a slew of outdoor water activities such as extreme kiteboarding and diving in the abundant coral reefs.
Moreover, South Africa also boasts many of the best beaches in the world, where one can have the chance to see exotic animals such as rare penguins and whales.
Here is a list of the top best beaches in the archipelago:
- Cape Verdean islands
See the King of the Jungle
Africa has the most fantastic safaris in the world.
You’ll feel the utmost wonder of meeting the most majestic animals living in the wild. In fact, it’s so iconic that you simply could not leave the country without experiencing it. These safari activities can either be jam-packed or laid-back depending on your individual preference.
South Africa is the perfect place to spot the most popular big game animals, also known as the big five ‒ the African lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo.
Usually, the best time to go is between May and October. It’s because it’s during the spring and dry winter seasons that most animals are forced to come to watering holes to drink. Thus, seeing these creatures are more likely.
Here are the most recommended parks:
Kruger National Park- Perhaps the biggest, and the country’s most popular game reserve. It features a multitude of archeological and historical sites with over 250 cultural heritage areas. If you want to go to a place where you want to spot not just the big five, but a broad mix of quintessentially African wildlife, then put this park on top of your list.
Kgalagadi National Park- This park offers guests the spectacular landscape of the Kalahari Desert for a safari. Visitors have the chance to spot either a black-maned lion or an elusive leopard walking in the wild.
Addo Elephant National Park- This park features not only the big five but also whales and great white sharks as well. Get a chance to see the Transvaal lions, rare black rhinos, herds of elephants and a lot more. History buffs will also love exploring the several archaeological sites that are found in the area.
Experience the Culture
Traveling is all about immersing yourself in the experience and experiencing the local culture. Africa might have been in so much conflict, with justice and inequality predominant on its land, but as the country slowly rebuilds itself, the culture of the African people remains rich.
Have the time of your life in Soweto as you learn to ride a quad bike with the local children. The little ones always have big, bright smiles that can send a fuzzy feeling in your heart.
Usually, if you’re in town on the last Saturday of the month, take part in the local festivities and dance your heart out with the locals.
Food and Their Wine
After a long, tiring day of a dusty game rides, most game parks offer guests excellent dining experiences. If you’re feeling up to it, you can have the option to dine outdoors and set up a fire.
For non-vegetarians, you surely can’t go home without trying the South African’s Bunny Chow ‒ a buttered chicken curry that comes along with a round bread roll, wherein the center of the roll is taken out, like a cob.
South Africa is also a celebrated wine region and is widely known for its Pinotage. If you’re fond of the Sangiovese or the Pinot Noir, then a glass of South Africa’s finest red will impress your palate.
If you want to go wine tasting with a little bit of an adventure, marvel at the breathtaking vineyard views as you speed up and down the hills riding an ATV ride. Then, visit the world’s renowned vineyards such as the Southern Right and Hamilton Russell wineries.