For years, the popular narrative about Africa has centred around poverty, crying children and diseases. This blinds many to the truth, the reality that the continent is actually a really beautiful place.
It is a place that is teeming with exotic wildlife, breathtaking landscape, beaches that make this continent stand out from other regions of the world.
Here are more amazing reasons to add Africa to your travel bucket list:
Once-in-a-lifetime unique African experiences
There are a few things you can find on the continent of Africa. According to Eye See Africa, they are:
- Walking the Avenue of the Baobabs between
- Driving Through The Kingdom In The Sky in
- Swimming in the Devil's Pool above
- Hot air ballooning in
- You can also see firsthand the 1100 different species of mammals and 2600 species of birds that only exist in Africa.
Walking a safari
Walking in the wild with animals like African elephants, the Big Five - lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinoceros is hands down one of the most exhilarating things to do in Africa.
You get to experience the thrilling feeling that comes with having lions and other wildlife roam freely beside you at the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, Tanzania, the Kruger National Park's Northern Pafuri region in South Africa and with Masai warriors.
P.S: You can also trek with gorillas in Uganda.
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Beautiful water-related activities
Africa is home to gorgeous beaches layered with silky white sand disappearing into the deep blue, clear water. You can find them in South Africa's Western Cape, the islands of Mozambique, Zanzibar, and Mauritius.
Apart from beaches, you can also sail and take canoe trips to places like the Okavango Delta, a vast inland river delta in northern Botswana.
Africa is home to several rich and diverse cultures. This is proudly displayed everywhere you look from the art, customs, music to even the outfits.
Local, tasty dishes
The food in Africa is unlike anything you will find in other parts of the world. Every country boasts of its own unique cuisine. You can find Piri piri chicken in Mozambique, bunny-chow in Durban, Kapenta with sadza in Zimbabwe, Injera in Ethiopia, and Nigerian jollof rice that will have you licking your fingers.
With of these amazing experiences available in Africa, its no wonder Richard Mullin once said, "The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa - for he has so much to look forward to."