Don’t just jump at every holiday offer; to help you prepare for your 2016 holiday trips and travel, here are sites you should consider to add to your itinerary. These are without a doubt the best 25 adventure sites in Africa. 


1. Kruger National Park, South Africa


Arguably Africa’s most popular and largest game reserves and a prime spot for seeing the “Big Five”: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffaloes, the Kruger National Park is a no-miss for adventurous, as well as leisure traveller. Some say it is a place to be before anyone dies, but we say it is a place not to be missed in 2016!


2. Chobe National Park, Botswana


Chobe NP will grab attention in 2016 as Botswana marks its 50th anniversary as an independent nation. A visit to this site provides a good opportunity to have a cruise on Chobe River and have an unmatched sight of hundreds and hundreds of elephants all at once having a drink before sunset.


3. Giza’s Great Pyramid, Egypt


Unarguably one of the highlights of ancient mouth gapping architectures, the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza was the world’s tallest building for 4 millennia at 450ft high. Built around 2560 BC with nearly 2.3 million blocks of stone as a tomb for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khurfu, this pyramid is a must-see for anyone visiting Egypt. Being the only surviving member of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World definitely makes it a top shot on anybody’s travel bucket list. Don’t let 2016 pass without visiting this site.


4. Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

This may sound like overkill as the Falls literally announces itself! But hey! This is a dispassionate list of destinations based on merit so why won’t the world’s largest waterfalls with a height and width that result in the largest sheet of falling water on earth find its place on it? For its spectacular visual impact and the sometimes deafening roar of its waters, Victoria Falls always make many a travel wish list, and it’s not going to stop doing so in 2016. The Victoria Falls is straddled in the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, whichever side you pick is as good as the other but if I were you I’d just see both.


5. Namib Desert, Namibia


Namib Desert; one of the world’s largest deserts with incredible and spectacular juxtaposition of infinite monochromatic dunes—Sossusvlei Dunes being a standout, against deep blue ocean gets the nod as a place to be in 2016. UNESCO’s listing of Namib Sand Sea as one of the World Heritage Sites just a few years, adds more than enough reasons to visit the desert. Don’t expect lots of human habitation here and it could get really cold, but the experience is worth a cap for 2016. Swakopmund, the popular coastal resort town, and Walvis Bay are close to the desert, they both promise an incredible time in 2016.


6. Table Mountain, Cape Town


This mountain is a defining piece of Cape Town, featuring in the city’s flag and other insignia. It is why Cape Town is picturesque and tourists troop here in thousands for an unforgettable experience, with cable cars taking them to the top of Table Mountain. This won’t change in 2016 and I doubt if it will be in your interest to miss this experience. The beaches around are equally nice.


7. Okavango Delta, Botswana


There is so much going for Botswana as it celebrates its golden jubilee anniversary in 2016. As thousands of people come to town to celebrate, the country’s wildlife safari will grab attention but what you should not miss in Botswana in 2016 is this massive delta. That the oasis in an otherwise dry environment is very much at the centre of Botswana safari industry. It is an important wildlife area protected by both the Moremi Game Reserve, on its eastern edge, and the numerous wildlife concessions within Ngamiland. It is recognized as a UNESCO’s World Heritage and it all adds up to make it a place to visit in 2016.


8. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mountain Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro might well be the icing on any visit to East Africa. The mountain is a ‘majesty’, standing tall as a metaphor for the compelling beauty of the continent. It is not just the highest peak in Africa; it is equally the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. It rises in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet)! The mountain is very accessible and it yearly beckons to visitors from around the world who seemingly can’t reject its attraction. Be sure to be among the lucky few his majesty calls in 2016!


9. Flamingos, Kenya


Kenya is doing a lot to bring everyone to itself and you can’t help yielding the east Africa nation’s call. Beyond its safari and beaches, one can take the Lake Nakuru National Park out as a place to visit in 2016. Though not as popular as Lamu and Diani, the Park is home to about one million resident flamingos, making it famous for the greatest bird spectacle in the world; their swathes of vibrant pink filling the alkaline lake and the huge sky provide one of Kenya’s most unforgettable sights.


10. Draa Valley, Morocco


Draa Valley, Morocco’s most splendid and rewarding landscapes, lies between the Atlas Mountains and the dunes of the Sahara. Formed by a narrow ribbon of water from the High Atlas that occasionally emerges triumphantly in lush oasis. Between Agdz and Zagora, a stretch of about 95km, the Draa Valle is a mass of date plantations punctuated by kasbahs made of rammed red earth rising against the sky. Since nature never grows old, you can count on it as you add a visit to this site to your ‘need-to-be-sites’ in Morocco.


11. Ilha de Moçambique, Mozambique


Partly a slowly reawakening ghost town, partly a lively fishing community, Ilha de Moçambique is a small but picturesque and exceptionally pleasant place to wander around.


12. Lalibela, Ethiopia


Lalibela, a town in northern Ethiopia, is famous for its monolithic rock-cut churches. The town is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities and a centre of pilgrimage and devotion.


13. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Roadway view nearing Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans), Musanze, Rwanda. [NO MODEL RELEASE]

Roadway view nearing Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans), Musanze, Rwanda.

Volcanoes National Park is Rwanda’s most famous destination thanks to the one-third of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla who live there. The site is synonymous with mountain gorilla tracking safaris and no visit to Rwanda is complete without visiting these majestic primates. Volcanoes National Park is actually the Rwandan section of the great volcanic massif called the Virunga Mountains that straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC.


14. The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania


Serengeti, Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, is famed for its annual migration which feature some six million hooves pounding the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing around June. The park is also a world heritage site and has been proclaimed as the 7th world wide wonder.


15. Medina of Marrakech, Morocco


This medina is a fantastic, ancient, vibrant, labyrinth of streets, alley, houses, maze of covered market streets and beautiful city walls. Dive into the souks and soak up the atmosphere, Marrakech is full of snake charmers, donkey carts, spice sellers, ancient Berber cures, carpets and pottery makers; a moment with these folks leaves you with an experience you won’t regret.


16. La Réunion

La Reunion

Call it Africa’s Mini Hawaii or simply the scenically magical island and you just hit it right! This French Department in the Indian Ocean on the African continent is blessed with Emerald forests, tumbling waterfalls, awesome mountainscapes, twisting roads, soul-stirring panoramas, energetic coastal cities and a sprinkling of white- or black-sand beaches. The formidable Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes, adds to the thrill.


17. The Sahara Dunes, Morocco

Sahara Dunes

The subtropical Sahara desert is the largest hottest desert in the world, spanning wide space in most of North Africa, though it is best accessed through Morocco. The Sahara Dunes are simply magical, the sand are stunning orange colour and they form a beautiful landscape with an incredible view.


18. El Djem Amphitheater, Tunisia


These impressive ruins of the largest ‘colosseum’ in North Africa illustrate the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome. It’s a huge amphitheatre built in the third century with a capacity to hold up to 35,000 spectators.


19. The City of Mozambique, Mozambique Island

In the 18th Century, Ibo island was the second most important settlement on the Mozambique coast, and a major conduit for slaves to the French sugar plantations on Mauritius and beyond. But in 1904, with the development of the better deep water port of Pemba (then Porto Amelia), the island became a backwater and slowly decayed. The west side of the island is dominated by the star-shaped fort of São João, which was built in 1791 and designed to accommodate 300 people, with its lower chambers reserved for slaves.

In the 18th Century, Ibo island was the second most important settlement on the Mozambique coast, and a major conduit for slaves to the French sugar plantations on Mauritius and beyond. But in 1904, with the development of the better deep water port of Pemba (then Porto Amelia), the island became a backwater and slowly decayed. The west side of the island is dominated by the star-shaped fort of São João, which was built in 1791 and designed to accommodate 300 people, with its lower chambers reserved for slaves.

The fortified city of Mozambique is a former Portuguese trading-post on the route to India with remarkable architectural unity, defined by the consistent use, since the 16th century, of the same building techniques, building materials (stone or macuti) and decorative principles. UNESCO has recognized the city as a world heritage site and a visit down there won’t be a bad idea. Whilst there take the time to visit the unique star shaped Sao Joao on Ibo Island, built in 1791. It was home to some of the most ancient settlements in Mozambique including slaves!


20. Lac Assal, Djibouti


Lake Assal is a saline lake which lies 155 m (509 ft) below sea level in the Afar Triangle, making it the lowest point on land in Africa and the second-lowest land depression on Earth after the Dead Sea. It’s pretty hot at the site but the adventurous must conquer it before claiming to have conquered the world.


21. Cape Coast Castle, Ghana


This is one of the monuments telling the story of the dark days of slavery in Africa. The Portuguese intended it as a trade lodge, but for many years it was used for developing slave trade.


22. Île Sainte Marie, Madagascar

Île Sainte Marie, Madagascar

This is a very long (57km), thin, lush, and relatively flat tropical island surrounded by beaches and reef, and spotted with thatched villages. It is a perfect site for a great vacation.


23. Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda

Rwenzori Mountains

Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covers about 100,000 ha in western Uganda and comprises the main part of the Rwenzori mountain chain, which includes Africa’s third highest peak (Mount Margherita: 5,109 m). The region’s glaciers, waterfalls and lakes make it one of Africa’s most beautiful alpine areas. The park has many natural habitats for endangered species as well as rich and unusual flora comprising, among other species, the giant heather.


24. Lopé-Okanda landscape, Gabon

Lope Okanda

Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 207, Lopé-Okanda demonstrates an unusual interface between dense and well-conserved tropical rainforest and relict savannah environments with a great diversity of species, including endangered large mammals. The National Park there displays remarkable evidence of settlement stretching over 400,000 years from the Palaeolithic, through the Neolithic and Iron Age, to the present day. It is therefore a place to experience the prehistory era of our world.


25. Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi


This is Malawi’s only national park located at the southern end of the great Lake Malawi, dedicated to protecting hundreds of endemic fishes as well as the aquatic habitats. It is renowned for its deep, clear waters and mountain backdrop.


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Michael Alvin

Michael Alvin

Creative Writer
Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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