If you intend to travel in the new year, I strongly suggest you consider these Top Holiday Destinations in Africa in 2020. It should be noted that after the Asia Pacific, Africa follows is next as the fastest growing tourist destination. Most African countries have relaxed visa restrictions, enabled business forums and invested heavily in tourism-enabling infrastructure.
The continent hosts a number of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage sites which have helped in the preservation of the world’s man-made wonders.
The African continent offers a variety of options to choose from for your ultimate holiday, like ancient temples, beaches, botanical gardens, camping sites, carnivals, historical places, monuments, museums, national parks, religious festivals and tropical islands.
Here are the amazing Top Holiday Destinations in Africa in 2020.
ZANZIBAR ISLAND, TANZANIA
This island is known for its exotic dishes, hospitable people, luxury tourists resorts and white sand beaches. It is also popular for beach games, diving, fishing, jungle safaris and massage.
You will get to learn about the Swahili time, where people start counting time at sunrise and not at midnight. So 8:00 am Western time is 2 Oclock in Swahili time.
The popular places you should not miss visiting are Prison Island, Forodhani gardens, the Spice tour, the Palace Museum, Jozani forest, the Dolphin tour and the Rock restaurant.
THE GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA, EGYPT
Built to last forever, the Great Pyramids of Giza are monumental tombs constructed between 2500 and 2490 B.C. The largest pyramid of Giza is believed to have taken 20 years to construct and stands at 481 feet or 147 meters high, covering 13.1 acres. It remained the tallest man-made structure on earth for nearly 4,000 years. The construction materials were transported 500 miles from the site and the pyramid was encased in polished white limestone.
THE VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE AND ZAMBIA
These falls are also known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world, stretch for more than a mile in length and with a height of about one hundred meters, are the world’s largest waterfalls and one of the main attractions in Africa. The facts about the Victoria Falls are fascinating and incredible making them one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
The major attractions when you get there are the Devil’s pool, the Victoria Falls gorges, the Moonbows and the Victoria Falls Bridge.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
This national park is home to animals like birds, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, lions, wildebeests and zebras. Most importantly is the great wildebeest migration where over two million gazelles, wildebeests and zebras move in a spectacular pattern in search of greener pastures across northern Tanzania and southern Kenya all year round.
MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, KENYA
Located in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, this national park is home to over 95 mammal species. It is home to the Big Five; that is the cape buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinoceroses. Along with cheetahs, hyenas, foxes, jackals, warthogs, topis, elands, Thompson’s gazelles, Grant’s gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, oribis, reed-bucks and zebras.
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK, UGANDA
This national park UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994 and is home to over half the entire world’s Gorilla population. Other notable animals at the park include antelopes, birds, elephants, other primates like the baboons, chimpanzees and colobus monkeys. The popular activities at this park are Gorilla trekking, cultural encounters, bird watching, hiking and nature walks.
THE GREAT MOSQUE OF DJENNÉ, MALI
This the biggest mud-built mosque in the world with a unique architectural design. The mud collected from the Bani River is mixed with straw and rice husks to strengthen it to make it rain or wind resistant.
You should not miss the Festival of “Crepissage De La Grande” – an annual festival that takes place to plaster the walls of the Mosque to bring back the beauty lost during the rainy season when some plastered walls peeled off. This involves all the occupants of the town as male and female workers or entertainers are involved regardless of their ages.
MOUNT KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA
This is the highest freestanding mountain in the world and the tallest mountain in Africa. Uhuru point on this mountain, is the fourth highest summit at 5,895 meters above sea level, after Mount Everest, Aconcagua, and Mount McKinley. Uhuru summit is the easiest to climb without the need for special equipment or technical skills as long as you have catered for water, food, warm clothing and shelter.
It has six major climbing routes that vary in terms of scenery, cost, distance and difficulty.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA
This national park offers a diversity of wildlife with high chances of spotting the big five, that is the African elephant, the Black rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo, African lion and the African leopard than anywhere else on the continent.
The popularity of this national park rose as a result of its affordable self-drive safaris and wildlife photography. It also boots over It has over 74 historical sites that make it an ideal place for archaeologists and historians.
Be sure to enjoy its walking trails, bird watching, the Letaba elephant museum, Masorini village museum and the Albasini ruins.
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK, UGANDA
This national park is not only home to various bird species, but also to animals like buffalos, climbing lions, chimpanzees, crocodiles, elephants, hippopotamuses, hyenas and Uganda kob.
What makes it popular is that it is home to one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos and Nile crocodiles.
You can never be bored with various activities lined up for you like chimpanzee tracking, the Hot air balloon drive and wildlife viewing, where you cannot miss the climbing lions.
CAVE CHURCHES, EGYPT
Prepare to be mesmerized by visiting the settlements below the Mokattam Mountain and their worship centres the caved Churches of Egypt. It is a memorable experience as you wonder how the marginalized people of this world to come up with the seven caved churches of Zabbaleen.