For my graduation gift (next may), my parents are letting me go on a trip anywhere in the world. I have already been to Europe and South America, so I chose Africa. Considering Africa is a huge continent. What countries or areas of Africa should I visit? I plan to be there for 2 weeks, so I want to get a lot out of my trip. Thanks!
You could narrow it down to English speaking countries. It would be convenient to be in countries where you can speak easily with people. What about Kenya and Uganda, or Kenya and Tanzania.
Well the most important of all, Cape Town (South Africa), it is one of the best places to visit in Africa, full of beaches and scenic beauty and mountains............you will get everything there for an excellent holiday.
Then next is Johannesburg, you can spend a day or two in Johannesburg, though there is nothing much interesting there as it is the capital, so its full if commercial places and markets, but it is a good place for shopping.
All the best
You have to get into rural Africa. Fly into Nairobi or Dar es Salaam and go to the Serengeti, the Ngorogoro Crater, or the Masai Mara. Or fly into Vic Falls or Jo'burg and go the the Okavango Delta (my favorite place in Africa) or Kruger.
For 2 weeks the best thing to do is a tour through Namibia - great landscapes, a lot of fun and lots of wildlife.
Enjoy your trip, Nina
well if i where you i would also start in south africa,
arrive in jo´burg and rent a car
with car to durban and from there on the garden route(P.E. Addo Park, Knysna...) to cape town..
give the car back and then with intercap to namibia from there to botswana and maybe zimbabwe and then back to jo´burg to the airport:-)
My vote is for Cape Town (scenic beauty, fun times) followed by Namibia (beauty and solitude) and Botswana (magical wildlife experience).
Leni also has a very good suggestion, but 2 weeks may be too short for the full round trip.
We've only been to Mali and Morocco. Morocco was fascinating and wonderful for photos, easy to travel around, and safe. But it's not the image of Africa that I have in my mind. Mali is definitely off the beaten path. There's not much there but it's an experience you won't forget. But even after visiting both of these countries, we're still left wanting more of Africa, so maybe go with these other suggestions and travel around the South.
Depends on your interests.
Diving/History - Egypt (Cairo, Luxor, Red Sea)
Wildlife/Gorillas - Overland tour through Kenya, Uganda and either Rwanda/DRC
Hiking, Wildlife, Island - Tanzania (Climb Kili, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Zanzibar
Soccer, wildlife, Diving, Wine - South Africa for world cup and more
(If not into soccer/World Cup DO NOT go to South Africa in June to mid July)
Wildlife, Vic Falls, Landscape, wildlife - namibia/Botswana(okavanga delta) Zimbabwe/Zambia(Vic Falls)
Just some thoughts
I would vote for Rwanda!! Amazing natural beauty, super friendly people and such a powerful history (not unlike many places in Africa). It's still "becoming" a tourist destination, so it won't quite be like what you'd get in Kenya or some of the other hotspots in Africa. Or, at least it wasn't when we were there in December 2007!
Visit East Africa
The geography of East Africa is often stunning and scenic. Shaped by global plate tectonic forces that have created the Great Rift Valley, East Africa is the site of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, which have the two tallest peaks in Africa. It also includes the world's second largest freshwater lake Lake Victoria, and the world's second deepest lake Lake Tanganyika.
You have chosen the best time of the year relative a low season not much of traffic of tourist in the parks
Two weeks is enough to probably see one or at a stretch two countires if small.................. no way is this enough time to do very much more than that
I spent a lot of my childhood in Africa and one of the places I would definately recommend is Kenya. I have only been to Kenya once but is by far the most memorable trip I have ever been on. We flew into Nairobi where we stayed for a few days before going on to do a safari. I would definately suggest visiting the giraffe sanctuary in Nairobi where you are face to face with a giraffe which you are allowed to feed. After our safari we moved on to Mombassa and stayed in the Voyager resort where we could relax by the pool.
The whole experience is breathtaking and I would definately advise you consider a trip to Kenya.
You should go to cape town, it is a beautiful place surrounded with table mountains and beaches.
South Africa is such an amazing place- if you can make it down there it's totally worth it. The Garden route is an awesome experience & allows you to see many sides of South African life- from the developed & urban cities like cape town, via the surf spots along the coast, addo elephant park is a must do & the rural villages along the wild coast need to be seen. The contrast between urban & rural life in South Africa is awesome to see & you can learn a lot about the traditional Xhosa tribes if you venture into them. The only problem is that 2 weeks is such a short time to see so much...you'll definately want to stay longer!
What about scuba diving in Africa?
Have a look at
and as well as scuba diving there are all the other things listed above to see - South Africa has all that the rest of africa has and more.....
To truly get a taste for Africa's diverse habitats I would suggest flying into Cape Town and spending a day or two there recovering from your flight. You can do the more tourist things of ascending Table Mountain etc before flying to Windhoek to see Namibia. From Windhoek you can do what's called a flyin safari and see the Namib deserts vast swathes of sand and harsh Skeleton Coastline. After that it is a fairly easy and relatively a short flight to Botswana where you can enjoy the contrasting waters of the Okavango delta for some top notch game viewing whilst staying at a very comfortable safari camp. You could then fly up to Kenya but to be honest, with two weeks I think this outline should give you a very good comprehensive experience of Southern Africa.
Alternatively if you did fancy East Africa you could combine Kenya and/or Tanzania with a trip to see the gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda.
I wouldnt try and cover it all though as I dont think youll do this comfortably in the two weeks you have alloted for the trip.
here a list of good places to visit in Africa