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Top Holiday Destinations in Africa in 2020

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.

Top Holiday Destinations in Africa in 2020 – Zanzibar

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.

Top Holiday Destinations in Africa in 2020 – The Great Pyramids of Giza

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.

Top Holiday Destinations in Africa in 2020 – The Victoria Falls

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.

Top Holiday Destinations in Africa in 2020 – The Serengeti N.P

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.

Top Holiday Destinations in Africa in 2020 – Maasai Mara National Reserve

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.

A Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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.

The Great Mosque of Djenne – Top Holiday Destinations in Africa in 2020

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.

Top Holiday Destinations in Africa in 2020 – Mount Kilimanjaro

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.

Climbing Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park

CAVE CHURCHES, EGYPT

Top Holiday Destinations in Africa in 2020 – Cave Church, 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.

24 thoughts on “Top Holiday Destinations in Africa in 2020

  1. hi, I’ve never been to Africa but I have always wanted to go , I think that is a lot of incredible things that I would like to see there.

     In particular in the pyramids of Egypt would be an Unforgettable experience. I have read about them when I was in school and they seem very fascinating. I still wonder today how they were able to build it with such limited technology I often wonder I bought it.

    1. There is always a first time for everything Jake. I know that you will visit the pyramids in your life since you have perceived it in your mind. The technology used to build them still remains a subject of debate given the technological advancement at the time. The tour guides have information available to give you a clue about how they were made. 
      Thank you for your comment. 

  2. Hey thank you for the awesome post!  These are some great places to visit, but the two I would like to visit the most is the Great Mosque and the Pyramid!  They are absolutely beautiful and stunning, and there is so much national and religious history behind them!  Of course, since I have kids now, though, so Queen Elizabeth park might actually be best for them!

    1. Thank you, Jessie, for your comment to this post. I like your choices based on the fact that you did not leave out the young ones. It is possible to visit all these places, it is just a matter of setting up your travel plan nicely.

  3. Hi there and thanks for your informative and timely article regarding holiday destinations in Africa.

    I have long wished to travel to Africa but since having children have always worried about the safety aspects of travel to Africa. Where would you recommend to go with young children? We would like to experience genuine African culture but in a way that is suitable for young children who have been raised in the first world. 

    1. Thank you Marketa for your response. I know when it comes to travelling with children, security comes first and Africa has its name tinted with stories of unrest. But there are secure places you can visit and have a good time with your loved ones.

      A case in point is Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. The reason I suggest this place to you is that the package covers a lot for tourists especially those with children. The other plus is that there are several other national parks nearby that can be visited too.

  4. Hi Edgar,

    Thanks a lot for the informative and insightful article. Being a traveler your article means a lot to me.

    The Great Pyramids of Giza will be on the list of any traveler and it’s on my list for a while. I love hiking and Uhuru summit is on my list too. Information about caved Churches of Egypt is very interesting.

    The images you shared are a treat to my eyes and the description you have provided on each destination is very informative. The video you embedded is very helpful. I am bookmarking your post for future reference.

    1. I am glad to know that you love travelling too, Paul. If indeed hiking is your passion, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro will derive a lot of excitement for you.
      Most travellers I have met have the Pyramids of Giza on the bucket list, so you are not alone. You will enjoy the tour of these pyramids on a camel’s back. 

  5. I know that it’s a very common destination but if there is one place that I want to visit for many years now is the pyramids of Giza. I think there is something mystical about these pyramids that attract so many people including me. I have a few friends that have visited them and have heard only good words so this is a destination that I will definitely go at some point in the future.

    1. The Pyramids of Giza have remained one of the most popular tourists sites in Africa. The natural beauty of the pyramids has stood the test of time and their structural engineering remains a marvel. Be rest assured that for many generations to come, these pyramids will be standing.
      I urge you to visit them in your lifetime.

  6. This is really an interesting article on various holiday destinations in Africa. I’ve never been to Africa, but though I’m pretty much aware of their amazing wildlife and tourist centers.

    Reading your post alongside with the attractive images really piqued my interest to visit some fascinating places in Africa like the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

    Thank you so much for this informative post.

    1. If you have not been to Africa, I hope you include it on your travel destinations list for the very reason I wrote this post; to have a wonderful holiday destination. There various places besides your preferred destination that you can visit, some not mentioned in this post. Picking one destination guarantees you a host interesting scenery, sights, people and unique environment that would impress you.
      Thank you, Kell, for your post. It encourages me to write about other top holiday destinations to visit in Africa.

  7. Hello Edgar, Thank you for writing on Top Holiday Destinations in Africa in 2020. I enjoy your article while reading and find many things useful for me. If I hot a chance I will visit THE VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE AND ZAMBIA. I love each destination and hope I will visit in my life. Thank you

    Parveen

    1. Parveen, I am glad you liked the top holiday destinations and The Victoria Falls in particular.
      These falls are spectacular indeed and have given photographers, swimmers and nature lovers their favourite moments. They highlight the beauty of Africa and are not comparable to any other place in the world.
      I hope you one day make it there and have an interactions with nature.

  8. Hiya Edgar

    Thanks for your fantastic article about the top holiday destinations in Africa for 2020. I have bookmarked it because I want to go to all of them! Your eloquent descriptions of the many beautiful and interesting places to go and see left me wanting more. Now for my 64000 dollar question – can I get up Mt Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair? What about safaris on wheels? I have to ask because I have to be careful about where I can go in my wheelchair. 

    I have been to Johannesburg years ago but I’d love to explore more. Thank you for an excellent guide to the many exciting places I could go, krs PurpleLioness 

    1. Purple Lioness, i you intend to travel to all the top holiday destinations in Africa I have shared, then hats o for you as a true traveler!
      However, ascending to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro may need extra preparation. Despite having many routes, some hard and some easier, I doubt that you can make it on a wheelchair. The paths are rocky and rough and that would damage your wheelchair. Yet trying to save it would mean taking many days and this would have a tole on you.
      The good thing is that the Mount Kilimanjaro summit – Uhuru – can be reached by helicopter. 

  9. Edgar,

    Your holiday destinations in Africa flash like a marquee for all to read and enjoy. Wonderful recommendations. So many national parks. For those looking to discover diverse culture, food, and history, you can’t beat Africa. I didn’t know that Victoria Falls which borders Zimbabwe and Zambia is the largest in the world. 

    JR

    1. JR, I am glad you liked my Top Holiday Destinations in Africa and even left me a comment.
      The Victoria Falls are the largest water falls in the world. Others conveniently call it the largest curtain of water falls in the word.While the locals call it the “Smoke that Thunders” I would urge you to take a vacation there and you will have a tale to tell.

  10. I must say, this article has opened my eyes to the places I need to visit in Africa. I am a Kenyan and I must admit that I am ashamed to say that there are so many places I haven’t visited in Kenya, like the Masai Mara. I have visited Zanzibar, and I went for the spice tour which was amazing.

    I really would like to visit The Victoria Falls, The Pyramids in Egypt and I always wanted to visit Morocco, I don’t know why, I guess it’s because of all the movies I have watched over the years including a Telemundo series that was based in Morocco.
    Thank you for this article, Edgar.

    1. Rose, the best could have been saved for later! The Pyramids of Giza are on almost every traveller’s bucket list, while the Victoria Falls are one of the top beautiful places in the world. You ought to visit these places one day.
      I want to visit the city of Marrakesh in Morocco because I have heard wonderful things about it. It is where I will set base as I tour Morocco, a country known for its traditional handmade crafts like pottery, rugs and carpets ass well as Moroccan leather. I didn’t know the Telemundo series were shot in Morocco; I will be looking forward to confirming that too.
      I appreciate your comment, Rose.

      1. Yes, Edgar, there was a Telemundo series, it was airing in Kenya a while back, and it was filmed in Morocco. I later found it on Youtube, its called The Clone. Yes, Morocco Is Great and I would really like to visit there someday. I also would like to Visit the Pyramid in Egypt as I mentioned and buy lots of perfumes and gold jewelry to take home with me.

        But in Morocco I would like to buy a rug or two, I guess I will need a big suitcase lol

        1. Morocco and Egypt are great holiday destinations for many and you also get to come home with nice things from these places.
          You seem to be a traveller, Rose. I believe these are places you should go ahead and visit.
          Thank you for leaving this valuable comment.

    1. Roz, I am glad to know what is on your bucket list and I must say you will be in for a great treat. These two places are both amazing, especially for picture moments.
      I will be at hand if you need any further information prior to making the journeys or during preparations.
      Thank you for leaving me a comment, Roz.

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