Visiting Africa comes with a full of adventure filled with jungles, safaris and elephants, deserts and a beautiful sunset. It is such a continent that every country within it has a vast selection of amazing food, local music and wild nature that is unique.
Africa is a dream destination for many travelers, holiday-makers and nomads too. And this is why we have recently asked 19 African travel bloggers what their top 3 African destinations are. Here are their picks:
South Africa (Various Destinations) – 22 Votes
Zanzibar – 5 Votes
Botswana – 2 Votes
Mozambique – 2 Votes
Kenya – 2 Votes
Morocco, Tanzania, Marrakech, Malawi, Namibia, 1 Vote
Verushka Ramasami – Spicegoddess
- South Africa
Kim Gray – Kim Gray Blog
- Samara Private Game Reserve – Karoo
- Akasha Mountain Retreat – Heidelberg
- Hermanus – Cape Town
Bridget Williamson – The Wandering Bridge
- The Garden Route, South Africa – everywhere is pretty, and there’s so much to do.
- Stellenbosch, South Africa – the world’s most delicious wine, the prettiest mountains, and endless supply of tasty food and fun activities to do.
- Okavango Delta, Botswana – the amount of animals wandering around is unreal and the landscape is just as incredible.
Lerato – Life From A Bag
- South Africa
Ishay Govender-Ypma – Food and The Fabulous
- Ethiopia (which I’m yet to visit)
Kathryn Rossiter – Becoming You
- Cape Town
- Victoria Falls
Jonker Fourie – Firefly the Travel Guy
I haven’t had the privilege to travel beyond South Africa’s borders, but seriously, with everything this country has to offer, why do you need to?
Eastern Cape – The Eastern Cape isn’t just the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, but truly South Africa’s Cinderella province when it comes to tourism. The province is beautiful and has so much to offer yet often gets very little exposure through SA Tourism and others promoting the country. There are endless things to do and see starting in the beautiful Tsitsikamma with its stunning coastline, lush indigenous forests and many adventure activities. Jeffrey’s Bay has one of the top 10 surf spots in the world and everybody wants to visit the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, an UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The Friendly City of Port Elizabeth is the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of South Africa and Algoa Bay is also home to the biggest population of African Penguins in the world. Right on the city’s doorstep is the magnificent Addo Elephant National Park, the best place in the world to see wild African Elephants up close. Addo is also the only Big 7 reserve in the world with not just the Big 5 within its boundaries but also Great White Sharks and Southern Right Whales. The region also offers some of the best private game reserves in the country. Route 72 on the Sunshine Coast offer beautiful beaches, lekker farm stalls and perfect rivers for water sports. The Wild Coast with its rugged coastline, rolling green hills dotted with villages, waterfalls, shipwrecks, friendly people, Nguni cattle on the beach and world famous Hole in the Wall is on everybody’s bucket lists. Into the interior the wide open spaces of the Karoo Heartland with its big skies, windpompe, Angora goats lekker Karoo lamb chops awaits you to visit the Valley of Desolation in Graaff-Reinet, Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda, Mountain Zebra National Park in Cradock or go fly fishing in Somerset East. Or just spend winter days snuggled in front of a fireplace with a loved one under a mohair blanket and enjoy a good South African wine. Why not go in search of fairies and elves in the forests around Hogsback, explore where the Xhosa and English clashed in the Grahamstown region or head up north to the North-Eastern Cape and enjoy snow on the mountains in winter, trout in the rivers and outdoor activities galore.
Having said all that, I don’t think it’s necessary to even mention a second and third option.
Tami, Anton, Zac and Zoe – Tazz Discovers
- Hazyview in Mpumalanga
- Coffee Bay
- St Lucia
Sara Essop – In Africa and Beyond
- Mpumalanga – in no particular order
Jacqui Cooks – The Jax Blog
- Cape Town
Rose Bilbrough – Go Travel Bug
- The Bushveld – Kruger Park
- The Garden Route – Witsand – Tsitsikamma
- North Coast Kwa-Zulu Natal – Kosi Bay/ Sibaya/ Sodwana
Meruschka – Mzansi Girl
Tracey Pictor – Journal of a City Girl
- South Africa – Is my home country and will always hold a special place in my heart. It is beautiful at every turn, the coastline, the mountains (we have more than Table Mountain), the wineries and game reserves. But beyond my personal connection to South Africa, I believe there is a pulsating energy that emanates from the vibrant people that have fought, witnessed and overcome great challenges in the past and in the present, yet we as South Africans have kept a sense of humour through it all. Beyond the beautiful vistas, it’s the spirit of the nation that makes a trip to SA unique and memorable.
- Namibia – A road trip across this country should be on everyone’s bucket list. The landscapes will humble you from the endless horizons, the vast and breath-taking sights of the arid Deadvlei, Skeleton Coast and Fish River Canyon to the lush Caprivi Strip. Namibia also has the added allure of not being nearly as touristy and congested as most destinations as well as being one of the safest African country’s to travel through.
Sandile Nene – On Point
- Margate in KZN
- Smithfield in Freestate
Anje Rautenbach – Going Somewhere Slowly
South Africa – Not to be biased about my home country but I really do think South Africa offers a world of variety for visitors and locals alike; whether you’re after adventure, a wildlife and nature experience, something on, under or in the water (from oceans to river rapids), a bustling city with nightlife and food hot spots or history, architectural wonders and heritage.
Desiree Haakonsen – Edutours Africa
- South Africa
Katarina Mancama – My Slow Journey
I’m an outdoors girl at heart, so it will all be fabulous hiking destinations!
- Fish River Canyon. The world’s second largest canyon (after Grand) offers the ultimate hiking trail: 5 days, completely self sufficient and sleeping under the stars. A must-do for every keen hiker.
- De Hoop’s Whale Trail. Unique slack-packing trail through beautiful fynbos, where you will see more whales than you can count (in season). The trails are perfect and the overnight huts are located in otherworldly locations.
- Pafuri. Another uniquely African destination where you hike in Big Five territory and sleep in tents surrounded by the African bush. I particularly love the amazing Baobab trees in this area.
Patrycja Oosthuizen – Travel Opulent Box
For me and undoubtedly it’s South Africa. It’s a country that should be on anyone’s bucket list.
It’s where one can explore and experience great nature, beautiful beaches and mountains, the beauty of an amazing wildlife. It’s a country of passionate and welcoming people with rich and divers’ history and culture.
Did I mentioned food?
South Africa has so much to offer and it’s been always highly rated by visitors.
I don’t have a favorite place really as each part of South Africa is very unique. If you visiting African land, take time to go to Karoo via Route62 and enjoy the beautiful scenery and charm of little towns often forgotten on travelers itineraries. Explore West Coast of South Africa with all hidden gems. Travel Wineroutes and indulge in the best wines in the world. Safari experience is a must to learn about our Wildlife -it’s an amazing experience.
One should not think any further -just plan your visit to South Africa.
- Kruger National Park
- iSimangaliso Wetlands Park
- Panorama Route