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There’s no denying that Africa has inspired many a traveler. Those fortunate enough to set foot upon the continent often proclaim that visiting Africa changes you forever. It’s a place where you can be in the middle of nowhere yet feel somehow like you’re at the center of everything.

Africa is the cradle of humanity and the Earth’s heartbeat. It’s a land of contrasts, from the sweeping savannas of the Serengeti to the majestic peaks of Kilimanjaro. Marvel at the towering Egyptian pyramids, trek through the lush jungles of Rwanda in search of mountain gorillas, experience the hauntingly beautiful landscapes of the Namib Desert, or simply relax on the pristine beaches of the Seychelles.

Join us as we uncover just a few of the must-see African travel destinations to add to your bucket list in 2024.  Uncover the secrets of this continent for yourself and come away with memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

An African Dream: Must-See African Destinations for 2024

Things To Know

Traveling in Africa offers plenty of adventures, but it’s essential to be prepared for the unique experiences this vast and diverse continent offers. African travel will take you from dusty desert sands to verdant forests and jungles. From bustling, fast-paced cities to laid-back coastal towns and tiny rural towns (called “dorpies” in Afrikaans) that are barely more than a crossroads.

Though many travelers anticipate an entirely rural or possibly even tribal setting, Africa is again quite multifaceted with a wide offering of cultures. It’s a place that not only offers untamed wilderness where the circle of life takes place daily, but also modern bustling cities as well.

You can easily travel by charter jet to all major cities, and several of the continent’s more remote destinations will require booking a smaller aircraft. Bus travel in major cities is an option, but train travel is not always the safest on some lines, so be sure to ask the locals if you plan to use the train systems. You’ll be able to book an Uber in most major cities, but renting a car is best if you’re planning a trip to small towns outside the larger cities.

Be sure to research visa requirements for each country you plan to visit well in advance of your trip. Some countries offer visas on arrival, while others require pre-approval or visas.

When traveling to Africa, it’s essential to ensure you are up to date on common travel vaccinations and possibly consider additional immunizations if necessary.

For instance, yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into many African countries. Some countries may also require proof of yellow fever vaccination for entry or re-entry, so check vaccination requirements before traveling.

And while there may not be a vaccine for malaria, prophylactic medications may be prescribed to prevent infection. It’s essential to take antimalarial medication as directed alongside insect repellents, bed nets, and other preventive measures to reduce the risk of mosquito bites.

African countries use a variety of different currencies, so it’s essential to familiarize yourself with local currency and exchange rates. While credit cards are accepted in urban areas and tourist hubs, cash is often preferred for transactions in rural or remote areas.

Practice responsible tourism by minimizing your environmental impact, supporting local communities, and respecting wildlife and natural habitats. Choose eco-friendly accommodations, opt for guided tours led by knowledgeable local guides, and purchase souvenirs from local artisans.

African Destinations Worth Experiencing


Madagascar, or “Land of the Lemurs” if you will, is a biodiversity hotspot which is home to a remarkable array of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Approximately 90% of its wildlife is endemic, including its famous lemurs as well as chameleons and baobab trees.

Madagascar’s isolation from mainland Africa has resulted in the evolution of a diverse range of endemic species, making Madagascar a living laboratory for evolutionary biology and conservation. Lemurs, the island’s most famous inhabitants, are found nowhere else in the world.

Witnessing the iconic Avenue of the Baobabs is a must, especially if you’re a photographer or simply wish to get some impressive shots for your socials. Consider booking a wildlife safari in the UNESCO-listed Ranomafana National Park and explore its dense rainforests, hot springs, and many lemur species. Another notable park is Tsingy de Bemaraha NP with its exciting suspension bridges.

Or you can simply choose to relax on the pristine beaches of Nosy Be, a tropical paradise known for its coral reefs and vibrant marine life. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, or simply soaking up the sun on this idyllic island off an island.

Rabat, Morocco

With its fascinating history, architectural wonders, and vibrant culture, Rabat promises an unforgettable travel experience for those wishing to explore the heart of Morocco’s capital city.

The indigenous Berber people have inhabited Morocco for millennia and continue to preserve their unique language, customs, and way of life. Berber villages dot the countryside, and Berber festivals and celebrations provide insights into their rich cultural heritage.

Within Rabat, there are some pretty impressive landmarks to visit including Kasbah of the Udayas, a fortified citadel with narrow alleys, Andalusian gardens, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

You’ll also want to pay a visit to the iconic Hassan Tower, a minaret of an incomplete mosque dating back to the 12th century. Nearby is the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the final resting place of Morocco’s former king and his two sons, which showcases Moorish architecture and intricate tilework.

Uncover Rabat’s history and culture at the Kasbah Museum, housed within the Kasbah of the Udayas. The museum showcases artifacts, exhibits, and multimedia displays highlighting Morocco’s heritage and traditions.

Another popular activity is immersing yourself in Rabat’s bustling souks such as Souk as-Sala, where you can seek out souvenirs like handicrafts, textiles, spices, and traditional Moroccan goods. Rabat also has a more modern side which you’ll find in contemporary landmarks such as the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI), showcasing Moroccan and international art, and the Rabat Zoo.

The Rabat Zoo offers the chance to see many unique animals found in the region such as striped hyenas, scimitar-horned oryx, crested porcupines, and other animals of the Sahara and Atlas Mountains. There are even descendants of Barbary lions once held in the Royal Palace.  

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town has something for every traveler and is often referred to as Africa’s “Mother City”. Cape Town is home to iconic landmarks such as Table Mountain, the historic Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and Cape Point at the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula.

Cape Town is a melting pot of cultures, with influences from African, European, and Asian communities. This cultural diversity is reflected in the city’s cuisine, music, art, and festivals. Just a short drive from the city lies the Cape Winelands, a region known for its world-class wine estates and gorgeous scenery. Take in charming towns like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, sample award-winning wines, and indulge in gourmet cuisine.

Cape Town also boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with pristine white sands, turquoise waters, and dramatic backdrops. From the trendy beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay to the windswept shores of Muizenberg and the secluded coves of Llandudno, there’s a beach for every taste. You can even work on your tan alongside penguins at Boulders Beach.

Ride the cable car or hike to the summit of Table Mountain for panoramic views of the city. Then make your way to the bustling V&A Waterfront, a vibrant hub of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues overlooking the harbor. Visit its top attractions like the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.

At the base of Table Mountain lies the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, regarded as one of the most beautiful botanic gardens in the world. And if you’re in the need for a bit more adventure, consider great white shark cage diving just off the coast.

Sierra Leone, West Africa

Welcome to one of the newest eco-tourism paradises. Lush and verdant Sierra Leone boasts a solar-powered airport near its capital, Freetown. The country has made considerable strides in preserving its natural flora and fauna with initiatives like the chimpanzee sanctuary that offers travelers beautiful accommodations and an insight into how these beautiful apes live.

The “Land of Diamonds” is home to an incredible biodiversity despite its rather small size. The country is home to several national parks and protected areas, including the Outamba-Kilimi National Park and the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary, where visitors can spot endangered species such as chimpanzees, pygmy hippos, and a variety of rare birds.

Despite a turbulent history marked by the Atlantic slave trade, civil conflict, and the Ebola epidemic, the people of Sierra Leone are known for their resilience, warmth, and hospitality.

The country is of course also famous for its diamond mines, which have been a source of both wealth and conflict in the nation’s history.

Today’s travelers can learn about the diamond mining industry and its impact on the local society by visiting diamond mining communities and learning about efforts to promote ethical and sustainable mining practices.

Sierra Leone is surprisingly emerging as a popular beach destination as well, offering up beaches like Lumley Beach and Tokeh Beach. Book a stay at one of Sierra Leone’s beachfront resorts, where you can enjoy luxury accommodations, gourmet dining, and spa treatments overlooking the ocean. Many resorts offer sunset cruises along the coast as well as boat trips to nearby islands.

Sierra Leone’s beautiful offshore islands include the Banana Islands and Turtle Islands, which offer more secluded beaches, crystal-clear waters, and opportunities for snorkeling and diving. Spend a day island-hopping or book a multi-day excursion to explore these pristine island paradises.

Africa Awaits You in 2024

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Your African adventure awaits you. All that is left is to decide where you will go first, and which friends or family members will be lucky enough to join you on your once-in-a-lifetime African expedition. From jungles to deserts, there’s so much to learn from the African continent.

The memories you’ve collected here will stay with you long after your journey ends. Not only will you come home with endless photos and possibly a few souvenirs, but hopefully also some of the spirit of Africa as well.


Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.



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