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Top holiday destinations in Africa

In 2016, it was reported that over 30 million people visit Africa each year. The 54 countries that make up the continent are coming of age and travellers are finding plenty of reasons to jet off to Africa. Not only can you find one of a kind attractions, but you can meet locals on holiday and learn more about the region thanks to NuTravelAfrica.

Africa offers visitors a number of great travel options from adventure holidays abroad to learning about new cultures. Here are the top 10 holiday destinations in Africa you shouldn’t miss.

1. Lake Malawi

Malawi is situated in southeastern Africa. The country is defined by its beautiful natural scenery that brings travellers to its towns and cities each year. Malawi is growing as a travel destination, and according to its Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malawi will receive over 1 million tourists a year by 2022.

One of the reasons so many people go to the country is due to Lake Malawi. The large, freshwater lake is an important part to the people who call the country home. According to CNN, it is the lifeblood of Malawi and provides everything from food to water to recreation.

Lake Malawi is surrounded by golden beaches that soak up the rich African sun. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to as many as 1,000 species of fish. Birds, hippos, and elephants are also attracted to the lake to cool off and quench their thirsts.

2. Mount Kilimanjaro

Located in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. The mountain can produce one of the most exciting adventure holidays abroad. Mount Kilimanjaro is made up of three volcanic cones Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, all of which are dormant.

Mount Kilimanjaro provides a gradual incline, so hikers experience a challenging trek rather than climbing up a straight face. You do need to be fit to summit Mount Kilimanjaro as it will challenge and push you to your limits.

Mount Kilimanjaro.

3. Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and around 1 million visitors experience this adventure holiday abroad each year. Situated on the Zambezi River which runs between the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia, the falls are a breathtaking natural phenomenon thanks to their sheer size.

According to Rough Guides, the majority of Victoria Falls run on the Zimbabwe side. Victoria Falls National Park is located on the Zimbabwe side giving you the chance to experience the falls from well positioned look outs.

4. Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

In 2017, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve receive around 2,500 animals after the original population had been nearly hunted out of the area. Today, Malawi’s Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is a well-maintained area that attracts visitors year-round thanks to its scenery and thriving animal population.

The park’s 520 elephants are one of the most popular reasons to visit the park. Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is one of the best destinations for solo travel and gives travellers the chance to see unique wildlife in a beautiful natural setting up close.

5. Table Mountain

Table Mountain provides visitors unparalleled views of Cape Town, South Africa. The flat-top mountain’s a cable car ascends to the top of it giving you breathtaking photo opportunities. Table Mountain is one of the best destinations for solo travel thanks to its easy to access nature.

The location in Cape Town also gives you the chance to explore one of South Africa’s most modern cities. Table Mountain is iconic and using My Buddy Abroad to meet locals on holiday to Cape Town will give you the chance to learn even more about the landmark.

6. Sossusvlei Dunes

Sossusvlei Dunes are situated is Africa’s largest conservation area, the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt, and clay pan that is surrounded by red sand dunes.

Although the Namibia Desert is a harsh area, you will find a number of unique plants and wildlife that call it home. There are various natural attractions to explore near Sossusvlei including Dune 45, Big Daddy, and Sesriem Canyon.

Sossusvlei Dunes.

7. Praslin Island Praslin Island is a paradise with perfect white sand beaches, stunning resorts, and large tropical forests. The island is different than many of the other destinations in Africa, and after an adventure holiday abroad, it is a great place to stop for some rest and relaxation. Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles, but it has a population of just 6,500 people. The island is extremely quiet, laidback, and has a chilled-out vibe in the air. You can stay at one of the top-class resorts and day trip to other local islands when not sitting on the beach. 8. Livingstonia In 1859, British explorer David Livingstone proclaimed the areas around Lake Malawi as an excellent place to set up European settlement. Today, Livingstonia still exists as an historic town and cultural centre. Founded in 1894 by Robert Laws, the town provides panoramic vistas of Chitimba Bay and the Livingstone Mountains across Lake Malawi and into Tanzania. Laws’ former home is now a museum and lodge providing a great base for your trip to Malawi. 9. Sahara Dunes The Sahara Desert stretches some 9 million kilometres and is the second largest sand desert in the world. The Sahara Dunes are beautifully manicured natural formations thanks to the wind that blows across the desert. Erg Chebbi is the most popular Sahara Desert destinations for adventure holidays abroad. Tourists from all over the globe head to Morocco to begin their exploration of the vast Sahara Dunes. 10. Pyramids There is no more mystical travel destination in Africa than the Egyptian pyramids. According to the BBC, 8.3 million tourists visited the pyramids in 2017 making them one of the most seen landmarks in all of Africa. The most famous Egyptian pyramids are located just outside of Cairo in Giza. The location makes it possible to combine a holiday in the Egyptian capital while visiting the tombs of the pharaohs. The Pyramid of Khufu is the most famous and largest of the pyramids located at Giza. Due to its importance, it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Egyptian pyramids.

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