The African continent is vast and diverse with a lot to offer families. Home to the Big Five, picturesque rivers, lakes, cultures and some of the world’s finest beaches, Africa promises to thrill and inspire. In Africa the sunshine is almost guaranteed, there is a wealth of attractions and vacations to choose from; sightseeing, wild safaris, trekking, cultural and even relaxing options.
Africa’s top Safari destinations include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana and Gabon: here you can enjoy the best safaris and also guaranteed of spotting the bid five deep in the jungle. The great annual migration is a great spectacle to witness; each year around 1.5 million wildebeest, antelopes along with zebras start their trek from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania and head north to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in search of pasture and water. Witnessing huge herds of animals running in the plains and then crossing the two rivers is an amazing spectacle.
Kenya is Africa’s tops safari destination with Masai Mara being its main highlight. Here wildlife is in plenty and the Maasai warriors will enhance your trip with their unique culture and special field guides.
For an activity filled holiday, there are great trekking places in Africa. The most renowned trekking region is the scenic Atlas Ranges, though it competes with various other locations around the continent. Here, you get to choose from the mid, high and Anti Atlas Mountains, you even have a chance to experience the Berber culture. There are also other great choices such as Mt Kilimanjaro which boasts of Africa’s highest peak, Mt Kenya which has three peaks and Drankensberg in South Africa which offers great hiking terrains and also bird watching and horse riding.
For picture perfect beaches the spectacular islands of Seychelles, Mauritius, Lamu and Zanzibar offer the best. They all lie on the massive Indian Ocean which boasts of marvelous sandy beaches. Lamu is an archipelago of islands located off the Kenyan coast and the Shela beach on the main island has all the quintessential Indian Ocean beach qualities. Lamu town is one of Kenya’s most ancient towns and the Swahili culture is highly saturated; the narrow streets are fascinating to explore and the fact there are no vehicles in the island adds to its quaint appeal.
There is never a shortage of charming historical sites in Africa; the historical pyramids of Giza are fascinating are waiting to be explored. Other activities of interest here include camel riding, trains and feluccas along the scenic River Nile.
The Fes Medina in Morocco is an interesting historical town which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site; it is also the cultural and spiritual center of Morocco.
It is hard to be in Africa and never witness any cultural festivities; these festivities always include the best of African dances, music, attires and even art. It is best to check out the dates and months for particular festivities and then get ready to have the time of your life. Colors, smells, feasts and reality of Africa will intrigue your senses.