Africa is the 2nd largest continent in the world with a vast number of cultures. It is a continent with so much diversity that can never be under looked – from tribes, languages to religions. Africa has so much to offer to any kind of tourist – whether you long to see the famous mountain gorillas in Uganda, the great Giza pyramids in Egypt or just looking for the best holiday destination in Zanzibar. They’re so many places to visit in Africa to meet every traveler’s needs. It is no surprise that everyone would want to Travel to Africa at least once in their lifetime -the beauty in Africa is indescribable. But faced with hundreds of countries to visit in Africa, how is one supposed to choose which country to travel to. This post narrows it down for you by listing the best African countries to visit.

If you’re traveling to Africa for the first time, here is everything you need to know before you embark on an African safari.

Best African countries to visit

1. Uganda

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Located in the Eastern part of Africa, Uganda tops the list of the best African countries to visit and also one of the safest African countries to visit. And it’s not because it’s where I come from but because it is the pearl of Africa, the home to the source of the Nile.

It was also named as the friendliest country in the world by BCC from its annual expat insider survey. The survey was made on 14000 expats from 191 countries who gave Uganda a 57% mark on its friendliness, the highest ever. Kim Kardashian called it another heaven during her short visit to Uganda in October 2018 and the most beautiful country in Africa.

Uganda harbors most of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world making it a perfect location for gorilla trekking, and the best country to visit in Africa. (You can book your gorilla tracking experience in Uganda from here.) The capital city of Uganda, Kampala was recently named one of the most fast-growing ideal places to visit in Africa.

Visiting Uganda will leave you wondering why you might not have heard so much about this beautiful landlocked country. Need to learn more about Uganda, grab yourself this travel guide book.

Some of the best places to visit in Uganda.

  • The source of the Nile
  • Murchison falls
  • Queen Elizabeth National park.
  • Bwindi Impenetrable forest
  • Lake Victoria

With so amazing places to visit, now you know why Uganda is one of the top African countries to visit.

Not sure where to stay in Uganda, check out the best rates on hotels here or here.

Related post:  8 best places to visit in Uganda.

2. Egypt

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Egypt is one of the best African countries to visit. It is located in Northern Africa and most famous for its historical sites of the Giza pyramids.  Egypt is almost on everyone’s bucket list that is why it receives millions of tourists every year making it one of the best places to visit in Africa.

Egypt is a perfect place to enjoy outside door adventure, see the historical sites on a budget according to Lonely planet’s list of the best places to visit in Africa in 2019 based on budget.

With so many landmarks in Egypt, a trip to this Pharaoh land will be rewarding and the memories you’ll create will be forever.

Some of the best places to visit in Egypt.

  • The Giza pyramids
  • The Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo Citadel
  • The Cairo tower
  • Dahab

You can enjoy all these tours on your own or book a tour company through Getyourguide to show you around. Book your stay in Egypt here and if you are a backpacker on a budget, check out this great hostel in Cairo.

    3. Seychelles

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    Situated on the Indian Ocean and the northeast of Madagascar, this small country with the least number of people in Africa has a total of 115 beautiful islands which receive over 300,000 visitors every year. The Seychelles islands are believed to have been discovered by a Portuguese admiral Vasco Da Gama.

    Seychelles is a tropical country with amazing weather all year round to let you hit the beach almost daily. The beautiful beaches, the sand so soft and the water crystal clear makes Seychelles one of the best holiday destinations in Africa.

    The beauty of this place made the royals Prince William and Kate Middletown choose Seychelles as their perfect safari honeymoon getaway and this is exactly why it makes it to the list of the best countries to visit in Africa.

    Lying on the beach is not the only thing to do in Seychelles, going for safari is one other thing as part of the country’s land is protected in the form of game reserves and national parks.

    If you are looking for a romantic getaway or just a dream vacation, Seychelles is the best African country to visit just for that.

    Tip: Traveling to the Seychelles island doesn’t come cheap, you might want to start saving right away to be able to afford it and you can also compare prices on flights with Skyscanner for best flight deals.

    4. Zambia

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    Zambia is a landlocked country located in the south-central part of Africa. It is on the list of best African countries to visit in 2019 as it offers one of the best wildlife and game reserves in Africa and harbors the mighty victoria falls.

    The glorious Victoria falls in the southern region of Zambia and  Zimbabwe border is one of the landmarks of the country’s tourism.

    Victoria Falls is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest waterfall in the world with a height of 108 meters (354 ft) and a width of 1,708 meters (5,604 ft).

    The Victoria falls is one of the best places to visit in Africa that should be on every tourist’s bucket list. The best experience at Victoria falls is paying for a helicopter flight commonly known as the Flight of Angels to enjoy the view of the falls and River Zambezi from above. Click here to book some of the amazing activities at Victoria Falls.

    5. Zanzibar

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    Can we talk about Zanzibar? Just the thought of Zanzibar warms my heart. Located 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is a perfect place to disconnect from the busy city life and soak in the fresh views and breeze of the ocean.

    The dazzling beaches and coral reefs of Zanzibar make it a perfect destination for snorkeling lovers and one of the most beautiful places in Africa.

    If you are wondering what the most beautiful African country is and where to travel to next, Zanzibar has to be one of the best African countries to visit and definitely one of the top holiday destinations in 2019. The only downside of this paradise is that it’s always full of tourists who can’t get enough of the tranquillity of Zanzibar.

    Torn between which hotel to make your home during your stay in Zanzibar, look out for the best offers on Booking.com or Hotels Combined.

    6. KENYA

    This is one of the best places to go on safari, so if you are a traveler all about safari, Kenya is among the best African countries to visit in 2019. Kenya is home to Masai Mara national park which is famously known for being highly populated with lions, cheetahs, leopards and the annual migration of zebras, gazelles, and wildebeest to and from Serengeti national park in Tanzania annually from July to October known as The great migration.  

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    This is one of the most amazing experiences in wildlife and one of the best safari in Africa, none like other with over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, and 350,000 gazelles.  The great migration is a sprint of survival, walking a total of approximately 1800 miles.  Unfortunately, a whopping 250 000 wildebeest don’t make it, it’s survival for the fittest. The great migration can also be experienced when you visit  Serengeti National park in Tanzania.

    Some of the best places to visit in Kenya.

    • Mountain Elgon National Park
    • Lake Nakuru National park
    • Tsav conservation area
    • Mountain Kanya national park
    • Nairobi national park
    • Mombasa

    Visiting some of these places is much better when using a tour company though doing it solo can also be fun. But if you want to know all about Kenya before your Kenyan safari, this Lonely Planet Kenya travel guide will give you all the information.

    7. MOROCCO

    Morocco has the 5th largest economy in Africa which is derived from majorly phosphate and tourism as the second largest foreign exchange earner.

    Being geographically located near Europe, most of Morocco’s tourists come from Europe especially  Spain which is in close proximity to it.

    From visiting the small beach towns to the beautiful landscape of the Sahara desert, Morocco is one of the best African countries to visit.

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    Apart from the Sahara desert which is the highlight of visiting Morocco for almost every traveler, there are so many things to do and see.

    Some of the best places to visit in Morocco.

                • Marrakech. This is one of the most famous cities in Morocco that you shouldn’t miss on your adventures in Africa.
                • Visit the Blue Village of Chefchaouen. If you are an Instagram savvy, you’ve probably seen many pictures of this town covered in blue paint.
                • Visit Casablanca
                • Explore the capital, Rabat.

    All these amazing places make Morocco one of the top African countries to visit.

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    8. SOUTH AFRICA

    South Africa is sometimes referred to as another city in Europe because it is highly developed compared to other African countries making it the best country in Africa to visit in terms of development and also one of the coolest African countries.

    South Africa has so much to offer that you would want to stay there forever, from the beautiful landscapes, friendly locals, amazing wildlife, great food, the list as to why South Africa is one of the best places to visit in Africa is literally endless. You can check out more activities and sightseeing in South Africa from here.

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    some of the places to visit in South Africa.

    • Visit Capetown. It is an amazing city with so much to offer. The table mountain is one of the major tourist attractions in South Africa. you can opt to hike your way up the Table mountain or take a cable car. The mountain offers 360-degree panoramic views of the city.
    • Visit Hermanus village. It is a small village near cape town. If you are up for the thrill, go cage snorkeling to see the dangerous white shark.
    • Explore Cape point. This is one of the beautiful places to visit in South Africa. See African penguins on the beach-this is truly an amazing experience.
    • Bungee Jumping off Bloukrand Bridge. This is the highest bungee jumping bridge in the world. If you want to up your adrenaline, this is a must-do activity in South Africa

    Traveling to Cape Town during the winter season, read this comprehensive post by “What the saint did next” that details the cool things to in Cape Town in winter.

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    Grab yourself this copy of the South Africa Travel guide to satisfy your wanderlust and to also get to know why it features in the top 10 African countries to visit.

    9. BOTSWANA

    Botswana is one of the best places in Africa to visit in order to enjoy wildlife. Northern Botswana has the largest number of the remaining most dangerous wild dogs in the world plus the world’s largest concentration of African elephants.

    Lion at chobe river in chobe national park

    The most famous places to visit in Botswana are the central Kalahari game reserve which takes up the largest part of Botswana and the great safari at  Chobe National park. You can book your spot to Chobe National Park from here to go with a tour guide or opt for a self-drive safari which is not only fun but also a cheaper way to enjoy Botswana.

    So if you’re looking for the most beautiful country in Africa in 2019, Botswana should be on your list.

    10. RWANDA

    It is a beautiful mountainous landlocked country that has evolved from the dark side of genocide to one of the best African countries to visit. Regardless of how the genocide impacted the country, Rwanda is now regarded as one of the safest countries as well as one of the best countries in Africa.

    The tourism sector has been predominantly low in the past couple of years but thanks to the mountain gorillas in volcano national park, many tourists are starting to travel to Rwanda and it has been one of the leading foreign exchange-earners.

    Just like Uganda, gorilla trekking is also the highlight of traveling to Rwanda though the activity is a bit more expensive in Rwanda.

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    Unlike other East African countries, Rwanda’s capital city Kigali is one of the cleanest and most organized cities. There are strict laws and orders that you can barely see garbage on the streets.

    Some of the fun things to do in Kigali

    • Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial
    • Climb Mt. Kigali
    • Take a self-guided tour around Kigali
    • Visit Nyamata church

    Summary of the best African countries to visit.

    I agree, that was a lot to take in and if you’re like some of my friends who want everything summarised, here is a brief of the best countries to visit in Africa.

    1. Uganda
    2. Egypt
    3. Seychelles
    4. Zambia
    5. Zanzibar
    6. Kenya
    7. Morroco
    8. South Africa
    9. Botswana
    10. Rwanda

    So now that you know the best African countries to visit, why not go ahead and book that air ticket from here,  to what will be your greatest adventure. But before you do, check out this post to know how to stay say while traveling.

    These are some of the best countries to visit in Africa in 2019. Have you been to Africa or just planning your trip? Let me know in the comment section with the African country you will be visiting first in 2019. If you’ve already been to Africa, let me know your experiences and whether you agree that these are the most visited countries in Africa as previous research has shown.

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