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18 August 2020 

5 reasons to visit Africa and to fall in love with this beautiful continent

Africa will touch your heart and after your first visit, you will never be the same. It’s one of the most beautiful continents in the world and I can honestly think of a million reasons to fall in love with Africa, but I tried to narrow it down to 5 reasons why you should visit Africa.

1. Visit Africa to discover the most varied wildlife & bird species in the world

The number one reason to visit Africa is because of its wildlife (and birdlife). Africa has the most varied wildlife and bird species in the world. A game drive (or walk) gives you the chance to see different types of wildlife in their natural habitat. From the Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (better known as Zazu), bush babies, and baboons to antelopes, giraffes, hippos, and the well-known ‘Big 5’ (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino).

Leopard: one of the Big Five in Africa

Leopard: one of the Big Five in Africa

Where does the Big Five come from?

The origin of the ‘Big 5’ is from the days when hunters considered these animals the most dangerous to pursue. Except for the Buffalo, all of these animals are tragically endangered because of the poaching crisis or other reasons, which makes it more important than ever to protect and cherish our wildlife.

Endangered White Rhino due to poaching crisis

Primates of Africa

If you want to add different species of primates to your list, you should add Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, or Madagascar to your bucket list. In Uganda, you will find Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and other smaller primates like different species of colobus monkeys. Visit Ethiopia and trek through the Semien Mountains to photograph the Gelada Baboons, which are also known as the ‘bleeding-heart’ monkeys. In Madagascar, you are able to spot different species of Lemurs like the ring-tailed lemurwhich are primates as well! Africa would not be Africa without these magnificent creatures.

Spotting wildlife in Africa is the main reason why most people travel to Africa.

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

2. Visit Africa to witness the most beautiful sunsets in the world

As the sun sets, the grass on the savannah glows gold and the silhouette of an acacia tree appears on the horizon. The sky turns from blue and purple colors into the orange and red colors of the setting sun.

Typical orange African sunset with a silhouette of an Acacia tree

Typical orange African sunset with a silhouette of an Acacia tree

At the end of an exciting day of game viewing on the plains of Africa, it’s a tradition to stop for a sundowner – a cold beer, wine, or a gin-tonic to enjoy the sunset. Whether the sun sets above the open savannah, behind iconic Baobab trees, on a lake, over the colorful dunes or the sea, you will never get tired of it. Who doesn’t love these orange African sunsets?!

Magical African Sunset on Avenue of the Baobab in Madagascar

Magical African Sunset on Avenue of the Baobab in Madagascar

And it doesn’t stop there. The African night skies host millions of bright stars and the sunrise is a real teaser to experience as well. A perfect way to start another incredible day in Africa.

Photograph the Milky Way above the Baobabs on Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

Photograph the Milky Way above the Baobabs on Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

3. Travel Africa for its stunning and ever-changing landscapes

Africa is blessed with magnificent diverse landscapes like tropical beaches and jungles, deserts and mountains, open savannahs, and everything in between. As you travel through Africa the landscape constantly changes, but it’s beauty always remains.

Watching an African sunset over the savannah with rains in the background

Watching an African sunset over the savannah with rains in the background

Beaches in Africa

If you are looking for white sandy beaches go to East-African countries like Tanzania (Zanzibar), Kenya, Mozambique, or Madagascar. These African countries have stunning coastlines with wide beaches and palm trees. Don’t forget to order a coconut drink to keep hydrated while you are enjoying the sun on one of the paradise beaches in Africa.

Adventure-capital of Africa

Visit Victoria Falls – one of the 7 natural wonders of the world – if you like a bit of adventure. I jumped off the 111-meter high Victoria Falls Bridge and had a swim in Devil’s Pool on the edge of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side. It’s an exhilarating bucket list adventure.

Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

Magical Savannah Plains

Would you like to see savannah plains with typical African Acacia (umbrella) trees? Visit the wide-open spaces of the Maasai Mara in Kenya and Serengeti in Tanzania.

African Desert

If you are a lover of dunes and desert, definitely add Namibia to your bucket list to climb Dune 45 or Big Daddy Dune, which is located in the Sesriem Canyon near Sossusvlei to watch the sunrise over the Namib Desert and visit the iconic white salt flat with its dead trees in Dead Vlei or ‘Dodevlei’ to discover the best of Namibia.

Sunrise at Spitzkoppe in Namibia

Sunrise at Spitzkoppe in Namibia

The most iconic trees in Africa

Baobab lovers have to travel to Madagascar; a Treasure Island with impressive landscapes from rainforests to dry deserts and from stunning beaches to mountains and stone forests. Madagascar has much endemic flora and fauna, like different species of Baobabs that can’t be found anywhere else in the world!

Baobab Reflection in the rice fields of Morondava in Madagascar

Baobabs are the most Iconic trees in Madagascar

Africa’s Rainbow Nation

Visit South Africa to discover a diverse range of landscapes combined with the most beautiful city in the world and great architecture. South Africa has it all! From beautiful mountains like the Drakensberg Mountains and Table Mountain to amazing plateaus, ridges, beaches, and more. Definitely add Cape Town to your Africa bucket list as it’s the most beautiful city of Africa and maybe even the most beautiful city in the world.

All the different African landscapes are breathtaking and there are spectacular views everywhere.

4. African Beauty has many faces

Africa is a diverse continent where tribes, strong traditions, and stunning beauty coexist. Africa teaches you that beauty has many faces. South Africa alone, has eleven official languages and tons of tribes or ethnic groups and that is also the reason why South Africa is called ‘Rainbow Nation’.

Batwa Tribe living near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda

The iconic nomadic Maasai are one of the most famous tribes of Eastern Africa who live in traditional villages near the Maasai Mara and Serengeti. They are incredibly welcoming and love to share their culture with you. In the Southern part of Africa are the Zulu (South Africa) and Himba people (Namibia) among the most well-known tribes. The Himba are well known because of the red coloring of their skin and the reason why the Zulu’s are widely known is because of Shakaland, which is the birthplace of the legendary Shaka Zulu.

Tribes in Africa

Every African country has its own tribes and there are estimated to be 3000 tribes in Africa. It’s an incredible experience to travel to Africa and meeting these indigenous African tribes to learn more about their history and traditions.

Ugandan kids ending their day at school

Ugandan kids ending their day at school

5. Africa is not just a place, it’s a feeling

Like Kevin Fraser once said Africa is not just a place, it’s a feeling’. And that is exactly what it is. The beauty of the places and the people, as well as the difficulty experienced by those living there, make you feel both very grateful for what you have, and in a strange way also longing for more simplicity. Africa will make you feel more grounded, connected to nature, the people, and yourself. It forces you to be in the moment because you don’t know what the next minute will bring. Being so close to nature makes you feel alive and free.

Travel to Africa to experience the true Africa feeling and its wildlife

Travel to Africa to experience the true Africa feeling and its wildlife

Africa Travel Guide

Do you want to read more about travel to Africa? Check out my Africa Travel Guide for more Africa travel inspiration including some useful things to know before you travel to Africa.

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About the author
I’m Kim! 1982-millennial travel writer, entrepreneur, and award-winning travel- and wildlife photographer with a crush on Africa. I am on a mission to travel, explore, and capture the world with love and respect for our planet. I believe that travel makes you a better person and truly enriches your life if you treat 'Mother Earth' and all its inhabitants the way you want to be treated, with love and respect! Always taking the scenic route. Interested in self-development, happy when I hear the birds sing in the morning, and excited every time the sky turns in pretty colors. Committed to being a more responsible traveler, wildlife enthusiast, and feeling at home on the plains of Southern and Eastern Africa. Because it’s never too late to pursue your dreams and to live your best life, I decided to start this travel- and photography blog where I share my travel experiences and travel images, taken on our planet. Meet OUR planet in MY lens! Navigate to the 'about' section to read my full story!
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