6 African Countries You May Not Have Considered Travelling To

6 African Countries You May Not Have Considered Travelling To

Most proponents of dream manifestation will tell you to be specific about your dreams. Know where you are, what it looks like, and more importantly, what it feels like to be there.

So by now, you might have guessed that it’s not enough to imagine visiting Africa as a general goal. In fact, it’s difficult to visualize your trip to this massive continent without getting specific. For example, there’s going to be a major difference in your experience whether you visit South Africa, Morocco, DR Congo or Zimbabwe.

Insanity in The Democratic Republic of Congo: Why We Didn't Do The Gorilla Tour

Insanity in The Democratic Republic of Congo: Why We Didn’t Do The Gorilla Tour

But there’s no reason to limit yourself.

You can visit all the African countries you want. But the journey begins with research. In order for you to know what you want, you have to know your available options. Those options may be broader and more beautiful than you realize. You’ll see this when you start looking outside of the mainstream.

Here are 6 African countries you may not have considered travelling to.

Ethiopia

When most people think of Ethiopia, they think of feeding hyenas in Harar! But Ethiopia has so much more to offer from Lalibela to the Danakil Depression. With archaeological specimens that date back over 3 million years, this destination could be the ideal choice for anyone interested in history.

Here, you’ll find 12th-century churches and breathtaking ruins you won’t find elsewhere.

One of my crazy moments in Africa – feeding hyenas hand to mouth and mouth to mouth

Seychelles

You can visit Africa for more than just a safari. No doubt, an African safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but so is a visit to Seychelles.

Seychelles contains some of the most beautiful settings on the planet. You could spend an entire vacation just sitting by the beach and enjoying the view. But with many islands in this network, there’s a lot more to see and do during your visit to Seychelles.

Botswana

Now, if you are interested in an African safari, Botswana is one of the best places to go. This African jewel stands out because this country is hyper-focused on conservation. So regardless of its tourism industry, Botswana will largely remain an untouched paradise. While you’re here, you’re sure to fall in love with the Botswana sunsets. They are among the most beautiful in the world.

Backpacking in Botswana, flying the flag in Gaborone.

Burundi

You’ve undoubtedly heard the tale of someone’s travels to Kenya or Tanzania. But too many people overlook Burundi when planning their African travels. While you’re here, you’ll sit in awe of Lake Tanganyika and enjoy the bars of wacaday Bujumbura, which is the largest city but not even the capital.

Thirsty Thursdays: Bars and Cafes I Visited in Burundi

Madagascar

You’ll find the Malagasy locals to be warm and welcoming, and they may even stand out as your favorite part of your trip to the largest island in Madagascar. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ambohimanga, a royal settlement. It’s close to the capital, so you won’t have to travel far out of your way. You’d have to be a mad whackpacked to visit MAD-agascar!

The Gambia

The Gambia is one of the smaller countries you could visit in Africa, but it’s definitely worth the trip. This is one place where you can see a diverse range of wildlife, including crocodiles, monkeys, hippos, leopards, and hyenas, amongst a serene and beautiful backdrop.

Stroking crocodiles at Kachikally

Stroking crocodiles at Kachikally, The Gambia

These are all great countries to visit, but you almost can’t go wrong in your choice. Wherever you visit in Africa, it’s sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But if you want to make the most of your trip, you’ll want a reliable car with 4-wheel drive. This way, you can safely get from point A to point B without impacting your timeline. Consider getting a new SUV for your trip – you can always sell it to another traveler when you’re done exploring.

What’s your favorite African country to visit?

 

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