The world’s second-largest continent is a bit of a mystery, especially for first-time visitors. Africa is vast, with 54 countries each with different political systems, tribes, and cultures. Within these countries are various natural features, from mountains and lakes to deserts and rain forests.
Africa’s vast savannahs, game reserves, and dreamy beaches are magnets to the most adventurous at heart. With airline connections from most African cities to major airports in the west readily available, taking a trip to Africa is now easier than ever before.
If it is your first time, however, we understand that you might be a bit overwhelmed. After all, there are so many fantastic choices of places to go and things to do. If you are ready for adventure and wonder, this list will show you the five most amazing things to do and see in Africa. Hopefully, your first time will be amazing, and you will keep going back for more!
See the Great Migration in Masai Mara, Kenya
If it’s going to be the first thing you do in Africa, you want to start big. How about witnessing a phenomenon that is so epic, so exhilarating that is it now classified as a wonder of the world? Every year between July and October, millions of wildebeests, gazelle, and zebras make their way from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in search of pasture. This is no ordinary journey though, as it also doubles up as a fight for survival.
At the Mara River, the herbivores spend some time on the banks, perhaps discussing strategy. Hundreds of crocodiles lie in wait under the waters, and an impressive number of carnivores wait on the opposite side. What ensues is a battle of wits, strength, and survival. As the cycle of life must go on, the strong will survive and live to fight another day. In 2007, the great wildebeest migration was declared one of the 8 wonders of the world.
Bungee Jump at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
Bungee jumping is the quintessential adrenaline generator. How about freefalling 111m at the edge of the largest waterfall in the world? We guarantee that this will be the longest, but also the most thrilling four seconds of your life. Victoria Falls are a world heritage site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The large sheet of waterfalls with a thunderous roar into the mighty Zambezi River below.
To make the jump, a cord is attached to your feet, which will have you diving headfirst into the Zambezi below. If you start doubting yourself or all the bravery leaves you, you can opt for the less scary bungee swing. Alternatively, you can try a tandem jump with a friend or family member. As the jump itself takes place in a ‘no man’s land’ between Zambia and Zimbabwe, you will need to bring your passport or ID along.
Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Located inside Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro National Park, this snow-capped mountain is a constant feature in many bucket lists.
And it is not hard to see why. There is a great sense of triumph that accompanies days of trekking through rainforests alpine deserts to finally stand at the peak. Climbing a mountain calls for discipline, preparation, strong will power and a sense of adventure. One you stand at the tip of Africa, you realize just how strong you are and what you can achieve. Suddenly, your whole perspective on life changes and you very likely will be transformed.
Mt. Kilimanjaro does not require technical climbing equipment, but it is not a walk in the park either. It will take a bit of effort but you can be sure that the six or seven days spent here will be some of the most memorable of your life.
Visit the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt
If you are looking to be awestruck by ancient architecture, the pyramids of Giza will do it. Built over 85 years between 2504 and 2560 BC, these ancient wonders are an architectural mystery shrouded in tradition. Most were built as tombs for Egyptian Pharaohs, with the Pyramid of Khufu being the largest.
It is currently the only Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that remains standing. Interesting fact- all the pyramids were built on the west bank of the River Nile, where the sun sets. Ancient Egyptians believed that the living should be on the side where the sun rises and the dead where it sets.
Giza is located about 15 miles from Cairo, the capital city of Egypt. You want to take a peek inside the pyramids, and this is allowed. Don’t worry about encountering a mummy; they have all now been moved to the Egyptian Museum, which would also complement your historic trip nicely. You might also want to try a camel ride while here.
Relax on a white sandy beach in Seychelles
After going on safari or climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, you will want nothing but to lie on a white sandy beach overlooking pristine blue waters, watching time stand still. Seychelles, a collection of Islands off the coast of E. Africa, is truly paradise. It has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world which are surrounded by lush green forests and palm trees.
If you don’t believe us ask the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – they honeymooned here. The beaches here are so pristine and uncrowded that you can literally make footprints on the sand.
If you want a change of scenery (don’t see that happening), Seychelles has beautiful natural features, including rain forests and mountains. The largest island, Mahe, boasts luxury resorts and restaurants. The seafood here is to die for, and don’t forget to try some typical African dishes.
Water sports are available in plenty, and you can try your hand at snorkeling, kayaking, diving, and boating. It’s as exciting as choosing the best betting app on BestAppBet.com. If you feel adventurous, venture out to the remote, untouched Islands.