The best of Africa for first time travellers

Africa is pretty huge, as continents go. It’s the second biggest in the world, after Asia, and is home to more countries than anywhere else. With that being said, it means that it’s got an insane amount of stuff to offer the average traveller. However, if you haven’t been before, it’s hard to know where to start – and where to go to find the stuff that would appeal to you.

Where To Find … The Pyramids


The Pyramids are nestled in Giza, Egypt, which lies on the outskirts of the capital city of Cairo. These ancient monuments are the last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and it can be hard to comprehend how they were made by human hands when you get to see them looming in front of you. They are the tombs for Pharaohs who reigned over 5,000 years ago, and the history that resides in and around them is monumental. They’re definitely worth seeing, if only to tick them off on your bucket list.

Where To Find … The Animals


There’s nothing that springs to mind more when thinking of things to do while visiting this continent than safari in Africa. This is something that has seen a boom in recent years due to just how many different ways you can get out and do it – from hot-air balloon to boat ride – as well as the tour guides being more informed about the habitat and welfare of the animals that are so pleasurably viewed. There are many different places to go on safari, with Botswana being one of the highlighted countries due to its ever-changing seasons that attract a variety of wildlife species across the year. If you are looking for a dry desert safari, then this may not be the place for you at certain times as it turns into a lush green landscape towards the end of the year, so doing some research on your country of choice is advisable.

Where To Find … The Mountains And Waterfalls


The scenery in Africa is one of the things that attracts so many photographers, wanderers and enthusiasts alike. Changing from dry lands to snow-topped mountains, there is a lot to take in. If you are looking for the world-famous Victoria Falls, this landmark is found within the country of Zambia – which is also coincidentally a great place to go on safari. The highest mountain that Africa has got to offer is the notorious Kilimanjaro, which is nearly 5,000 metres (5 miles) high. In comparison with other mountains that are on offer for you to climb around the world, Kilimanjaro is relatively easy and sees a lot of people attempting its ascent every year. You would need a moderate level of fitness to give it a go, and to be fully prepared (don’t just turn up expecting to climb it in a day!), but it’s a great thing to accomplish and the views on the way up are spectacular.

2 responses to “The best of Africa for first time travellers”

  1. I couldn’t agree more! I absolutely loved Botswana, but more for the human inhabitants, beautiful tribal cultures throughout. For me, I think the Serengeti in Tanzania and Etosha in Namibia for the incredible wildlife. Great post!


  2. Oh we read of this 47 day safari that runs through Central to South Africa! Something like that might be a exciting one to do!


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