Where to go in Africa?

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I am going to travel to Africa, as I didn't visit it before. And now I want to find out, what are the best variants for leisure time there? Climbing? Nature with the animals there? Safari? Or may be local tribes? Thanks a lot for the variants!

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Jun 27, 2019

Egypt and South Africa are cool. I heard Tanzania is chill. Morocco is popular as well.

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Jun 27, 2019

Have a buddy who lives in Mozambique on the beach. Looks like absolute paradise.

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Jun 27, 2019

South Africa is the obvious answer. Less obvious is Rwanda, Botswana, Morocco has already been said. Stay away from northern Nigeria and any country near it. Most of Northern and North Eastern (Somalia, Sudan) Africa is probably not worth the risk. Central is hit or miss but check the state department website.

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Jun 28, 2019

I'm African. Lived in a number of African countries including South Africa. While South Africa is great, I would stay away from it only because there is a lot of crime in certain areas. Unless you're going with someone who knows their way around I would stay away. Visit countries like Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles, Cape Verde, Kenya, Morocco, Tanzania, Botswana.

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Jun 28, 2019

I'd like to add Namibia to that list if you're just a standard white person.

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Jul 1, 2019

This is the dumbest comment on this thread and disappointing for an African. South Africa is safe. Just don't be dumb and you'll be fine.

Jun 28, 2019

Uncoventional idea: go to Eritrea.

Often regarded as the North Korea of Africa (though it's perfectly safe for the handful of tourists that visit) you'll have to put up without creature comforts at times, and the bureaucracy can be difficult. All that aside though ,it's a genuinely interesting, authentic, and off the beaten track destination.

I'd have also suggested Sudan, but not at the moment.

Jun 28, 2019

Asmara is gorgeous. The Italian art deco architecture is beautiful.

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Jun 28, 2019

I hear the CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC is lovely this time of year

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Jun 28, 2019

I've been to most of the countries in Southern Africa. Hands down Zambia - most authentic African experience. I've been 3 times and would go again.

I would add Mozambique to the list as well, but they're having some real issues in the North, where all the nice beaches are.

Jun 28, 2019

I am going to respectfully disagree. Zambia has too many expats for the authentic feel. For a more "natural" experience, I prefer some places in Western Africa, including Cote d"Ivoire and Mali.

Also spot on with Mozambique - and you're right about the beaches. Unfortunately, the beaches in the north are usually only accessible by plane from Maputo.

Jun 28, 2019

Kurtis I get what you're saying but there are lots of parts in Zambia that would give you the authentic experience especially when you go deep in. Ivory Coast and Mali would definitely give an authentic feel but the challenge with most of West Africa would be language. Unless you speak French, finding your way around would be a bit difficult. In Zambia, on the other hand, most people would speak English.

Jun 28, 2019

By "authentic" I'm referring to the safari experience. Almost no crowds, walking safaris, lodges w/ only 4 tents, etc... You're going to get the expat feel in any well run safari area.

Since I go to Africa for the safari experience, I've had zero interest in going to Western Africa. I was under the impression Mali wasn't safe?

I'd love to go to Chad - Zakouma, but its difficult to get to. And someone joked about CAR, but Dzanga Sangha is supposed to be incredible, gorillas and forest elephants - but I don't think its safe right now.

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Jun 28, 2019

I used to live in Tunisia back in 2003-05 or so, it's a beautiful country. Tunis itself wasn't that great beyond it's medina imo, but the surrounding neighborhoods are nice (Carthage is ok, but Sidi Bou Said has wonderful architecture with the blue and white painted houses, and La Marsa has some great beaches). Sfax is a nicer city, and the place they filmed the underground houses on Tatooine in Star Wars.

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Jun 28, 2019

If you are looking for one country with everything - it's Tanzania. Can climb Kilimanjaro for 6-7 days (don't do the 5 day option), come down and go to Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater for safari (nearby and crowded, although the ones in south are better, but remote), then go off to Zanzibar for beach / diving (again Pemba and Mafia Island probably offers more but secluded / tough to get to). If you have even more time, you can ride the 2 day train from Dar Es Salam to Zambia and find a way to Victoria Falls (which basically is a bus to Lusaka then to Livingstone) and from there you can quickly take a boat or cross bridge to Botswana or Namibia or Zimbabwe and do more things. Overall - all these takes time especially if you don't take the expensive small flights. Watch out for unreputable Ferries going into Zanzibar. Those sink. Think there is one good one (or used to be). Safari - you can find cheaper options w tent, etc vs a fancy lodge. Uganda - especially gorilla trek is worth it too.

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Jun 28, 2019

Morocco was sick. Easily one of my favorite countries. I also hear Kenya is great too.

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Jun 28, 2019

Uganda/Kenya/Tanzania are where its at

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Jun 28, 2019

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Jun 28, 2019

Morocco is wild place. It has the most mental population Ive ever seen. Ill never forget arriving in Tangiers off the ferry and being surrounded by 20 touts calling me 'friend' in every language possible hoping something sticks. So much hustle over there its amazing. Geography is pretty cool too. Mountains, desert, and beach.

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Jun 28, 2019

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Jun 28, 2019

Wakanda forever

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Jun 29, 2019

If you are actually interested in discovering the real Africa with its own culture, traditional religions, and amazing wildlife in the North you should look no further than little-known but amazing Benin Republic in West Africa.

Jun 29, 2019

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Jul 2, 2019

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Jun 29, 2019

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Jun 29, 2019

Personally have been to a few countries in Africa, of those I would most recommend Tanzania (well covered by a previous poster above) and Morocco (mental place with lots of amazing architecture).

Jun 29, 2019

I am about to head to South Africa for my exchange semester so this is a pretty interesting discussion. What are the must sees I should visit regarding travel? Got plenty of free time at Uni their I suppose

Jun 29, 2019

Tunisia! I love it. Met my wife who is Tunisian in Tunisia. Go there and your life will change for the better.

Jun 30, 2019

Morocco is the best place and by far the safest. Senegal is cool as well. forget Tunisia, lots of terrorist activity in there. forget South Africa crime is sky high

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Jun 30, 2019

Sorry, but shut the fuck up. Can't express enough how much I hate those close-minded comments.

Sky high because of what? Because you saw in the media? Or you've been there by yourself and nearly got killed?

I have spent a few months in South Africa and not even once I felt unsafe. Just take normal precautions. Also, it is one of the most beautiful countries one can ever go to. It's simply stunning. You have everything there - world class cities (as Cape Town) and amazing nature + wildlife. Also, beautiful girls and insane party scene. Absolutely recommended.

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Jul 1, 2019

In SA murder rate is close to Somalia and Afghanistan.
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Jun 30, 2019

I am a native South African and go back there every other year because I still got family there and you've been there for a couple of months... Not sure who knows the country better lol

Jul 2, 2019

Really good posts in this thread, will definitely bookmark and keep for later.

To add to the conversation, Eastern Africa (Kenya and south, including Rwanda) is super nice. Tanzania has pretty much everything one can want but the tourist population is therefore very present compared to other, more niche countries.

Morocco is great if you exclude Casa (in my opinion). Fes and Essaouira stand out as being less touristy with nice architecture and culture. Along with Egypt, it is probably one of the safest destinations if you exclude Mauritius and the Seychelles.

As PopDemand216 said, Benin is very authentic and can be a bit tough if it's your first trip to Africa, but some like this aspect over more well-known destinations such as Senegal or Namibia to the south.

Finally, South Africa is relatively safe if you are not too stupid. Cape Town and Joburg have good and bad neighborhoods, but basic research will help you navigate this aspect. Safaris and e.g. Stellenbosch are on the safer side as well.

Jun 29, 2019

About to head to Stellenbosch for my exchange semester next week. Hope your right on that one haha

Jul 2, 2019

Perfect moment to head to South Africa! I would recommend travelling almost as much as you can during your stay. Other Southern countries are easy to reach and will offer you a variety of experiences.

The currency having lost a lot in the recent past, you will find the CoL to be low, especially if you're into meat and wine (to some extent). Enjoy ;-)

Jul 3, 2019

Stellenbosch is nice and seemed quite safe. You should have lots of fun. University town in a good wine region and you are relatively close to Cape Town.

Jul 3, 2019

The weather could be a downside though - could be wet and cool during winter.

Jul 2, 2019

Do a Nile Cruise in Egypt: Luxor to Aswan, and a day or two in Cairo. Best trip of my life. Most cruise ships have giant sun decks with swimming pools, just chill up there with a beer to relax at the end of a day and grab some sun! Good times.

Jul 2, 2019

Did my honeymoon in South Africa and Mozambique a couple years ago. 2 weeks in SA and a week on the beach on Mozambique - I highly recommend it.

Headed to Botswana and Zambia later this year, supposed to be great as well.

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Jul 3, 2019

Most countries have safe areas but some are more risky than others

Jul 2, 2019

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Jul 4, 2019

Mauritius

Jul 9, 2019

I think, one of the most interesting is Kilimanjaro climbing. Surely, I like this type of rest more than others. But after you try, you will understand why. So the most important question is about time choice and place. My last time was with Altezza. They provided so many thrilling moments, that I didn't want to change the operator.

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