Africa is a poetic continent of many ethnic nations, cultural and social diversities rich in tradition. Every country has a mix of tribes each with their own unique language and culture. Countries as small as Uganda is home to more than 30 tribes while in Nigeria we have more that 250 ethnic groups with more than 1000 dialects.

If you’re planning a vacation in Africa, here’s a list of places you might want to visit. Although the list is endless, but these few have been singled out of many.

1. The Pyramids and the Sphinx

The Pyramids and the Sphinx is one of Egypt’s top tourist attractions. The last surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza. There are in fact three main pyramids in Giza; the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), The Pyramid of Kafhre and the smaller Pyramid of Menkaura. Each Pyramid is a tomb to a different King of Egypt. In front of the pyramids lies the Sphinx, or Abu al-Hol in Arabic, “Father of Terror”. Carved out of a single block of stone, this enormous cat-like sculpture has mesmerized millions of visitors. Giza’s three pyramids and the Sphinx were thought to have been constructed in the fourth dynasty of Egypt’s Old Kingdom.
2.  The Victoria falls
          
The Victoria Falls are one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The Victoria Falls lie in between Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa. The falls are part of two national parks, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe. The Victoria Falls are just over 1 mile wide (1.7 km) and 355 feet (108 m) high. During the wet season over 500 million liters (19 million cubic feet) of water plummets over the edge into the Zambezi River. The best time to view the Victoria Falls is during the rainy season from March to May.
3.  Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya
                    
             The Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya’s premier wildlife park. It was established in 1961 to protect wildlife from hunters. The Masai Mara is the reason many visitors come to Kenya and its beauty and abundant wildlife. The Masai Mara located in southwestern Kenya on the border of Tanzania. The reserve is situated in the Rift Valley with Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains running along its southern end. Most of the Masai Mara is made up of hilly grassland which is fed by plentiful rain, especially during the wet months between November and June. The areas bordering the Mara river are forested and are home to over several hundred bird species.
4.   Obudu Mountain Resort
            
Obudu Mountain Resort is found on the Obudu Plateau close to the Cameroon Border in the North Eastern part of Cross River State of Nigeria, approximately 110 km east of the town of Ogoja and 65 km from the town of Obudu in Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State. It is about 30 minutes drive from Obudu town and is about 332 km drive from Calabar,the Cross River State capital.The climate on the obudu cattle ranch is the semi-temperate mountain climate, which is the general weather condition experienced on the obudu plateau due to its altitude.
5.  Cape Town, South Africa
          
Cape Town in South Africa is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. When you visit Cape Town you’ll see a huge slab of sandstone, 1086m high and 3km long, smack in the middle of town – that is Table Mountain. Table Mountain’s top is often shrouded in clouds commonly known as the mountain’s “tablecloth”. The mountain is home to more than 1400 unique species of plants as well several mammals and over 100 invertebrates. The views of Cape Town and its coastline from the top are spectacular.
6.  Virunga Mountains (Tracking Gorillas) , Uganda, Rwanda, DRC
      
         About 450 mountain gorillas inhabit an extinct volcanic region called the Virunga Range along the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in East Africa. The other 350 or so mountain gorillas inhabit a nearby area of Bwindi in Uganda, a thick rainforest. Seeing gorillas in the wild is something only a few people will ever have the chance to experience.
7.  Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
        
Africa is known as one of the best tourist attractions for adventure travel and what can be more adventurous than hiking up the world’s tallest free standing mountain. Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania stands at 19,340 feet (5896m) and will take you 6 days to conquer.
8.   Zanzibar, Tanzania
        
Zanzibar is one of Africa’s top tourist attractions because of its fascinating history and its incredible beaches. Zanzibar’s location in the Indian Ocean (off the coast of Tanzania) has made it a natural trading center throughout its history. Famous for its spices, Zanzibar also became an important slave trading post under its Arab rulers. Stone Town one of the island’s biggest attractions. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, Stone Town boasts beautiful traditional houses, narrow alleyways, a Sultan’s palace and many mosques.
9.   Omo River Region, Ethiopia
       
More than 50 unique tribes living in the Omo River Region of Southwestern Ethiopia, it’s a enchanting tourist attraction for those interested in African culture. The remote location, which is barely accessible by 4 wheel-drive, has meant that traditional customs and beliefs are very much intact for most of these tribes. The Kalashnikovs slung across some warriors’ backs can be a little disconcerting but the tribes are friendly and this is often the only western accessory you’ll see them wear.
10.  Marrakech, Morocco
        
Located at the foot of the Atlas mountains, the imperial city of Marrakech is large, noisy But Marrakech is also enchanting, full of history, the cultural center of Morocco and beautiful. If you enjoy a daily assault on all your senses then you’ll have a lot of fun. When the most popular sights include numerous references to “tranquility” and “peace” like the Majorelle gardens or the gardens around the Saadian Tombs you know you’re in for an interesting experience.
I hope this information will be useful to you. Have a wonderful vacation in Africa!
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