Africa is world’s second-biggest continent, and it is full of incredibly varied and beautiful places to visit, from expansive landscapes to ancient cities to beautiful beaches and surfing spots, like Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa.
In the northern part of the continent, there are numerous cities and landmarks brimming with history and unforgettable architecture, such as Morocco’s fortified berber market town of Taroudant, Tunisia’s roman ruins of the El Jem Ampitheter, which date back to the third century, and the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.
For animal lovers, there are numerous expansive reserves and national parks bursting with wildlife. South Africa’s Kruger National Park might be the most famous, but in Chobe National Park in Botswana visitors can see the largest elephants in the world. Meanwhile, Ghana’s Kakum National Park offers a glimpse at a largely untouched rainforest, brimming with birds and other creatures.
So when is the best time to go? It depends on where you go. “Cape Town and the southwest of South Africa is great to visit in December to February, with a warm dry climate similar to that of Italy, but not quite as hot,” said senior meteorologist for weather.com, Jonathan Erdman. Meanwhile, according to Erdman, the winter dry season is a great time to visit sub-equatorial African countries like Kenya and Tanzania.
Ilha de Moçambique, Mozambique
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Medina of Marrakesh, Morocco
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The Sahara Dunes, Morocco