Windhoek, Namibia

The 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa (Part 2)


  1. Introduction
  2. The 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa (Part 2)
  3. Other Travel Destinations in Africa
  4. Summary
  5. Conclusion


With the First Part (Part 1) of my 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa presenting five (5) amazing African travel destinations which include South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco and Egypt, this Second Part (Part 2) discusses five (5) more exhilarating travel destinations in Africa.

Africa is one of the foremost travel destinations for adventure and nature lovers entrenched amidst thriving and radiant traditional African cultures.

In the first part of this post, I concluded by highlighting eight (8) characteristics of an ideal African travel destination.

These characteristics include:

  1. Great Landscape – featuring mountains, lush forests, deserts, etc.
  2. Pristine natural environment with some dash of traditional African feel
  3. Vibrant Wildlife
  4. Emerging Cities and exotic towns and villages
  5. Virgin beaches
  6. Amazing culture and pleasant people
  7. Historical Sites and Monuments, and
  8. World-class Food and Winery (especially in a country like South Africa)

Safaris, urban parks and nature reserves are also common in many African travel destinations. Most tourists enjoy activities such as hiking, snorkelling, scuba diving, camel rides, river cruises, jungle escapes, souvenir shopping, and even parties with the locals in some African destinations.

And as the concluding part of the 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa, in this post, I will take you around five (5) thrilling African travel destinations which are also some of the favourites and most popular among international tourists and visitors to the continent.

These five (5) African travel destinations in no particular order are:

  1. Namibia
  2. Botswana
  3. Mozambique
  4. Seychelles, and
  5. Madagascar
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Antananarivo, Madagascar

1. Namibia (Map)

Namibia is a multicultural country in Southern Africa (southwest Africa really) that shares a boundary with Angola (to its North), Zambia (to its Northeast), Botswana (to the east), South Africa (south and southeast) and the Atlantic Ocean (to its west).

A country of diverse culture and spectacular landscape, Namibia is the second most multicultural country in Africa after South Africa, it has the second largest population of nationals with European and Asian origin in Africa.

With its mountains, desert (the Namib desert), rivers, canyons and savannahs, the country is adorned with natural wonders that fill tourists and guests with pleasant memories.

The total population of Namibia is around 2.6 million people and it has its capital and largest city as Windhoek. Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are two of Namibia’s most popular coastal cities.

There are also several cultural cities and towns that are revered by and peculiar to some of the different cultural groups in the country.

A combination of surreal landscapes, unusual deserts, wildlife (with some of the best wildlife viewing experiences on the continent), uncanny shipwrecks, ghost towns, remote or jungle escapes, lively local cultures, starry skies and historical and monumental marvels are some of the exciting features that draw tourists to Namibia and makes Namibia unforgettable to many of its guests.

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Windhoek City, Namibia

The Top Cities and Towns in Namibia

With Windhoek being the country’s capital and most prosperous city, Namibia has some other remarkable cities and towns that should spark an interest in guests and tourists to the country.

There are various reasons to visit a city or town in Namibia, if it is not for modern facilities like shopping, restaurants and hotels, upscale residences and historical and modern landmarks, it is usually for the buoyant culture and natural features especially the beaches and spectacular landscapes.

Below is a list of the 10 biggest cities in Namibia by their total population.

No.CityRegionCity Population
2.RunduKavango East58,172
3.Walvis BayErongo52,058
6.Katima MuliloZambezi25,027
The 10 Largest Cities in Namibia by Population [Source]

Gobabis in Omaheke (Pop. 16,321) and Keetmanshoop in the Karas Region (Pop. 15,608) are two of the other Namibian towns with a population exceeding 15,000.

With Windhoek being the capital and the most vibrant, most beautiful and poshest city in Namibia, cities like Swakopmund are known as Namibia’s most popular holiday resort or resort city.

If the beauty of Namibian cities is what would captivate you, TripLengend felt that Windhoek, Swakopmund, Opuwo, Rundu, and Luderitz are the five (5) most beautiful cities in Namibia.

While on the other hand, according to AdequateTravel, the following are the best cities to visit in Namibia:

  1. Windhoek
  2. Rundu
  3. Swakopmund
  4. Walvis Bay, and
  5. Okahandja

Omaruru, Gobabis, and Luderitz are the three (3) other cities that are great to visit in Namibia according to AdequateTravel.

Asides from the Capital, Windhoek, which Namibia cities or towns to visit largely depends on your visiting interests and expectations.

An Art Nouveau Building in Swakopmund, Namibia - The 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa (Part 2)
An Art Nouveau Building in Swakopmund, Namibia

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Namibia

A country known for its desert, canyon, ghost towns, national parks and fairytale landscape, below are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Namibia [Source].

  1. Sossusvlei – home to the largest dunes in the world
  2. Etosha National Park – best for Wildlife Safari in Namibia
  3. Fish River Canyon – the largest canyon in Africa
  4. Twyfelfontein Rock Art – the largest concentration of rock paintings in Africa
  5. Spitzkoppe (Mountains) – a fairytale destination best for hiking and rock climbing
  6. Kolmanskop Ghost Town – an abandoned colonial German town
  7. Swakopmund – a thriving resort city with German colonial history and an undertone
  8. Skeleton Coast National Park – perfect for viewing remnants of wrecked ships
  9. Deadvlei – one of the most photogenic places in Namibia, and
  10. Brandberg Mountain Range – known for its ancient rock paintings

Damaraland, Caprivi Strip, Epupa Falls (one of the largest waterfalls in Namibia), Walvis Bay Lagoon, Luderitz, the Waterberg Plateau, and the Cape Cross are other popular and fascinating tourist attractions and destinations in Namibia.

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Zebras in Etosha National Park, Namibia

2. Botswana (Map)

With a landscape that is mostly defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, Botswana is an astonishing landlocked country in southern Africa.

Located at the centre of Southern Africa and sharing borders with other African countries such as Namibia to its west and north, Zimbabwe to its northeast and South Africa in the south and southeast, Botswana is one of the most naturally diverse countries in Africa boosting of lush natural environment and wide collection of lively wildlife in their natural habitat.

Botswana has a population of about 2.5 million people and its capital is the city of Gaborone.

Being one of the most sparsely populated countries in Africa, this means that there are plenty of space and pristine natural features to explore in this plush travel destination on the continent.

The country is perhaps one of the most amazing African destinations for nature and wildlife lovers around the world.

With fun activities such as river safari, riverboat cruises and canoe rides in the Okavango Delta and life experiences with iconic animals such as elephants, lions and leopards (among others) in the Botswanan wilderness, Botswana is a destination with a feel of excitement, amazement and thrill. A truly authentic African safari destination!

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Tourists on an off-road adventure in Botswana

The Top Cities and Towns in Botswana

As a country with a modest population density, Botswanan cities are neither crowded nor gloomy. In Botswana, it is more of a perfect and harmonious coexistence with nature in an unusually pleasing, gentle-paced, lively and regenerative manner.

A visit to Botswana is a lifetime experience and interestingly, this has kept many tourists and guests to the country coming back again.

If you would be visiting Botswana and have heard of the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta (two major iconic natural characteristics of Botswana) and their attendant wildlife, landscape, dynamic floras and mesmerizing fun activities, how about meeting, socializing and interacting with the locals (people) of Botswana?

You can also visit the local markets, and get yourself some local produce, souvenirs and handicrafts.

Meeting the people and revelling in an urban-to-township atmosphere within a country symbolic of its safari, landscape and wildlife is best done by heading to the cities and towns!

Therefore, what are the best cities and towns to visit in Botswana?

No.CityDistrictCity Population
2.FrancistownCity of Francistown89,979
8.Selebi-PhikweSelibi Phikwe42,488
The 10 Largest Cities in Botswana by Population [Source]

Palapye, Kasane, Jwaneng, Lobatse and Shakawe are some of the other interesting towns you can visit and explore in Botswana.

Many Botswanan cities and towns are beautiful and usually with uncanny authentic traditional African feel with an additional charm of the pure and unadulterated natural environment.

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Gaborone, Botswana

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Botswana

Though most tourists to Botswana are interested in the Safari and wildlife sanctuaries, the country has a lot more to offer.

From enchanting nature-rich cities and towns to exhilarating national parks and game reserves where you can easily lose track of time, below are some of the best and most popular tourist attractions in Namibia.

  1. The Okavango Delta
  2. Chobe National Park
  3. Maun – the tourism capital of Botswana
  4. Tuli Block
  5. Makgadikgadi Pans
  6. Tsodilo Hills
  7. Nxai Pan National Park
  8. Moremi Game Reserve
  9. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  10. The Kalahari, and
  11. Khama Rhino Sanctuary
The Okavango Delta, Botswana - The 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa (Part 2)
The Okavango Delta, Botswana

Aside from the eleven (11) popular tourist attractions and iconic destinations in Botswana listed above, several cities and towns in the country are also very famous among tourists as refreshing and engaging destinations.

Some of the other attractions or attractive destinations in Botswana include Gabane, Kasane, Gaborone, Gweta, Kang, Francistown, and Savuti.

And if you are wondering, what fun activities can you indulge in while in Botswana, there are a plethora of exciting things to do in the country, some of which are:

  1. Meeting the San Bushmen of Botswana
  2. Embarking on a guided game drive
  3. Indulging in some aquatic safaris in the Okavango Delta
  4. Soaking in the views of Botswana’s eclectic landscape and features from the top of lodges and camps
  5. Birdwatching or general birding
  6. Tracking the Big 5 – elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo in the Okavango Delta
  7. Spending time with Meerkats
  8. Experiencing some predator sightings
  9. Sighting rare, unusual and endangered wildlife, and you can also
  10. Go for horseback gaming

[External Link: Best Things to Do in Botswana | Go2Africa]

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San Bushmen Women in Botswana

3. Seychelles (Map)

Consisting of 115 charming islands, Seychelles is a beautiful archipelagic country off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean.

Seychelles is famous for its pristine beaches, coral reefs and marine life, nature reserves, lush tropical vegetation and uncommon animals such as the giant Aldabra tortoises and assorted land birds.

Having its Capital as Victoria on its main island Mahe, Seychelles has a total population of more than 100,000 people and three-quarters of the country’s inhabitants reside on Mahe. The Mahe Island is also host to an international airport, a cruise ship port and the Morne Seychellois National Park.

Seychelles has the highest GDP per capita in Africa and its economy is largely dependent on tourism and fisheries [Source].

A country of several island hotels and luxury beach resorts, Seychelles is one of the foremost go-to destinations in Africa for luxury island tourists and vacationers.

And if you are thinking of what really makes Seychelles a great travel destination in Africa, here are 10 reasons why you should consider a visit or a holiday to Seychelles [Source]:

  1. Clean, serene and refreshing white sand beaches – the country boasts of having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world!
  2. Diverse, unique and beautiful islands – perfect for African island hopping!
  3. Breathtaking nature – wide varieties of floras and exotic vibrant faunas
  4. Impressive animal world
  5. Incredible underwater world – diving and snorkelling getaway!
  6. Amazing Creole culture, cuisine and way of life
  7. Pure relaxation – with its tranquil laidback vibes
  8. Seychelles is a year-round travel destination
  9. Safety. Seychelles is a very safe, relaxed and uncomplicated destination
  10. There are a variety of hospitality and accommodation facilities to host all classes of guests and tourists in the country – from budget to boutique and luxury accommodations!

[External Link: Seychelles Travel – Official Tourism Website of Seychelles]

Mahe Islands, Seychelles - The 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa (Part 2)
Mahe Islands, Seychelles

The Top Cities and Towns in the Seychelles

As an island destination with a relatively small population, most tourists’ visit to Seychelles is more about the calm, relaxing laidback vibes of the country and its rich natural biodiversity (e.g. lush tropical forests, beautiful beaches, exotic animals, diverse plants and buoyant marine life) rather than to seek for an “urban bustle” or upbeat city vibes.

Therefore, most cities and towns of Seychelles are perfect escapes from the general “noises” of the fast-paced world.

You may not find skyscrapers in Seychelles but you will find peace and tranquillity necessary for natural rejuvenation!

Below is a tabulated list of the largest cities and towns in the Seychelles by their total population.

No.CityDistrictCity Population
1.VictoriaEnglish River22,881
2.Anse BoileauAnse Boileau4,183
3.Bel OmbreBel Ombre4,163
4.Beau VallonBeau Vallon4,142
6.Anse RoyaleAnse Royale3,818
8.Port GlaudPort Glaud2,174
9.Anse LazioBaie Sainte Anne210
10.Saint LouisSaint Louis86
The 10 Largest Cities in Seychelles by Population [Source]

With several of these amazing Creole cities and towns being the host to some of the most gorgeous beaches and upscale hotels and resorts in Seychelles, you will find many of them irresistible.

For most tourists, Victoria, Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka (Takamaka) are the three most vibrant cities to visit in Seychelles. This is where you will find many of the high-end residences, luxury hotels and shopping facilities in the country.

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The City of Victoria City on Mahe Islands, Seychelles

Luxury Private Islands in Seychelles

Seychelles also provides some of its guests who desire total exclusivity access to some luxury private islands. Some of these exclusive Islands are hosts to world-famous resorts and hotels offering 5-star luxury experiences.

These private resorts and islands in Seychelles include [Source]:

  1. Four Seasons Seychelles Descroshes – Descroches Island
  2. Sex Senses Zil Pasyon – Felicite Island
  3. Ja Enchanted Island Resort – Round Island
  4. Denis Private Island – Denis Island
  5. Fregate Island Private Resort – Fregate Island
  6. North Island Seychelles – North Island
  7. Cerf Island Resort – Cerf Island
  8. Cousine Island Resort – Cousine Island, and
  9. Chauve Souris Relais – Chauve Souris Island

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Eden Island Villas, Seychelles

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in the Seychelles

In Seychelles, there are literary endless activities to indulge in and attractive places to visit in this enchanting African archipelago of 115 islands.

From the incredible beaches set along the coast of warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean to nature reserves, national parks, island conservatories, and modest cities and towns, the following are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Seychelles [Source]:

  1. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island – one of Seychelles’ most beautiful beaches
  2. Anse Intendance, Mahe Island – an amazing surfing spot
  3. Baie Lazare, Mahe Island – a stunning Creole village
  4. La Digue Island – a haven for nature lovers
  5. The Curieuse Island – a great place to see rare animals like the giant tortoise
  6. Beau Vallon Beach on Mahe Island – one of the best beaches in the Seychelles
  7. Ste Anne Marine National Park – encompassing six islands, this is the perfect Seychellois destination for snorkelling, scuba diving and glass-bottom boat excursions
  8. Cousin Island – the best place to sight rare birds such as the Seychelles warbler
  9. Silhouette Island – is known for its rich biodiversity, and
  10. The Aldabra Atoll – the world’s largest raised coral atoll

The Morne Seychellois National Park in Victoria, Anse Volbert on Praslin Island, the Bird Island, Copolia Trail, Grand Anse on La Digue Island, Aride Island Nature Reserve, and the Vallee de Mai National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) on Praslin Island are some of the other popular and most exciting tourist attractions in Seychelles.

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A Tropical Beach on Praslin Island, Seychelles

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4. Mozambique (Map)

Mozambique is a sovereign country in southeast Africa along the Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean. The country lies on the African mainland opposite the Island of Madagascar across the Channel.

With attractive characteristics such as popular beaches including Tofo along its coastline, coral islands, mangrove forests and several marine parks, Mozambique is one of the most exciting travel destinations in Africa.

Cut into two topographic zones by the Zambezi River, Mozambique has a total population of around 31 million people and its capital is the city of Maputo in the southern part of the country.

Mozambique is a very scenic destination with alluring beaches, topography, wildlife and natural attractions.

The country shares its border in the north with Tanzania and has Malawi to its northwest, Zambia and Zimbabwe to the west, South Africa to its southwest and south, and Swaziland (Eswatini) to its southwestern corner. Mozambique shares its entire eastern boundary with the Indian Ocean.

Mozambique is an African country and popular travel destination with a reputation for:

  1. Incredibly beautiful beaches
  2. Delectable fresh seafood
  3. Wild game reserves
  4. Beautiful and romantic tropical islands
  5. Scuba diving and snorkelling escapes
  6. Swimming with dolphins, whale sharks, rays and turtles
  7. Cities offering authentic African heritage and culture
  8. Fantastic artworks and crafts – including sculptures of the Makondo people in the northern region of the country
  9. Unspoilt national parks, and
  10. Its renowned sensational music genre

In Mozambique, it is a perfect balance of nature, wildlife, culture and heritage, marine fun, food, emerging cities and peaceful recreation on the extensive array of beaches along its coastline.

Though Mozambique conveniently accommodates and hosts all classes of visitors and tourists throughout the year, the country also boasts a good number of luxury hotels and resorts that cater to the hospitality needs of its high-class guests.

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Stone Fortress in Mozambique

The Top Cities and Towns in Mozambique

Cities and towns in Mozambique are beautiful just like the natural scenery of the country. Every city and town in the country exhibits authentic traditional African splendour amidst emerging modernization.

Listed according to their population sizes, here are ten (10) of some of the best cities and towns you might consider visiting in Mozambique.

And though the official language in Mozambique is Portuguese, in the bigger cities, you will find several locals who have a good comprehension of the English Language.

No.CityProvinceCity Population
1.MaputoMaputo City1,191,613
2.MatolaMaputo Province1,032,197
10.PembaCabo Delgado201,846
The 10 Largest Cities in Mozambique by Population [Source]

Beyond urban population consideration, Mozambique also has some other amazing and beautiful cities, towns or islands (destinations) that are known as being touristy and the favourite of many guests and visitors to the country.

Such destinations include [Source]:

  1. Vilankuko & the Bazarut – a perfect wedding destination
  2. Angoche – an old Islamic town which was an important gold and ivory trading post
  3. Inhambane – known for its grand colonial architecture and Tofo (the whale shark hub of the world)
  4. Quelimane – a seaport town and host to the enchanting Zalala beach, and
  5. Xai Xai – sunshine, perfect turquoise ocean water and grocery shopping are a few of the characteristics of Xai Xai, a town on the Limpopo River in southern Mozambique.
A Bridge in Maputo, Mozambique - The 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa (Part 2)
A Bridge in Maputo, Mozambique

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Mozambique

A country known as host to some of the most beautiful beaches, scenery and national parks in Africa, some of the most popular tourist attractions in Mozambique are:

  1. The Bazaruto Archipelago
  2. Katavi National Park
  3. Gorongosa National Park
  4. Quirimbas National Park
  5. Island of Mozambique
  6. Inhaca Island
  7. Ponta do Ouro
  8. Lake Cahora Bassa
  9. Niassa Reserve, and
  10. Limpopo National Park

Tofo, Benguerra Island, Medjumbe Island, Fortress Maputo, Museum of Natural History, Tunduru Botanical Gardens, Praia do Wumbe, Ibo Island, Barra Beach, Macaneta Beach, Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao and the Santa Carolina Island are some of the other famous tourist attractions and destinations in Mozambique.

Maputo being the capital city of Mozambique, the largest and most vibrant city in the country is unavoidable for most tourists and visitors. Other very tourist-friendly and visit-worthy cities and towns in Mozambique include Beira, Pemba, Sofala, Vilankulo, and Inhambane.

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Inhambane Handcraft, Inhambane, Mozambique

5. Madagascar (Map)

Madagascar is an island country off the southeastern coast of mainland Africa. The country is separated from Mozambique (and mainland Africa) by the Mozambique Channel. Madagascar is Africa’s largest island!

Having its capital as Antananarivo and with a population of 28.92 million residents, Madagascar is one of the truly most unique destinations in the world.

The country is characterized by lush mountains, untouched beaches, pristine forests, heartwarming people, scrumptious cuisines, endemic plants, and a vast variety of wildlife which up to 90 per cent cannot be found anywhere else on Earth.

This is truly a unique destination in Africa!

Madagascar is probably symbolic for having one of the largest concentrations of Baobab trees in Africa with some species of Baobab endemic to the country. The country is also famous for the cultivation of Vanilla which is its dominant export crop.

Aside from its exceptional landscape, virgin beaches, diverse culture and modest cities and towns, Madagascar is home to some of the world’s most unique plants and animals. This is where you will find lemurs (primitive relatives of monkeys and apes), colourful chameleons, fossas, Malagasy civets, and spectacular orchids.

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An Old Plane Museum in Majunga (Mahajanga), Madagascar

Why You Should Visit Madagascar?

The world’s fourth largest island, Madagascar, is a perfect destination for nature lovers, and beyond the unusual natural characteristics of Madagascar not found anywhere else in the world, as a visitor or guest, you will fall in love with the culture, food and people.

If you are still wondering why Madagascar is one of the most remarkable travel destinations in Africa, here are four (4) reasons why a visit to Madagascar could blow your mind away [Source].

  1. The Wildlife. Lemurs are perhaps the most iconic fauna of Madagascar. However, with over 300 species of birds, about 260 species of reptiles and hundreds of species of insects and other mammals with most endemic to the country, Madagascar provides a rare opportunity to sight wildlife you will not find anywhere on Earth.
  2. The Beaches. Madagascar beaches are vast, unspoilt and beautiful! From the popular northern island of Nosy Be to the eastern coastal destinations such as Ile Sante-Marie and Toamasina; Morondava and Mahajanga in the west and southern cities such as Toliara, Androka and Tolanaro, any coastal location you go in Madagascar, you will find pristine palm-lined beaches waiting to be explored.
  3. The Flora. Home to roughly 15,000 species of plants, of which 80% can only be found in the country and nowhere else in the world, Madagascar offer access to nature-rich experiences that can not be replicated anywhere else on Earth.
  4. The Culture, History and Heritage. Madagascar is a country of rich and buoyant cultures consisting of over 18 different ethnic groups. Madagascans are some of the friendliest people in Africa. The cultures of Madagascar are a mixture of African, Arab and Malayo-Indonesian origins.

The food or cuisines (which largely adapted from Asian cultures), safety and affordability are three other potent reasons why Madagascar is one of the most outstanding travel destinations in Africa.

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A market girl in Madagascar

The Top Cities and Towns in Madagascar

Many cities and towns in Madagascar are either built upon a rich history or along the alluring coast of the Indian Ocean – several Madagascan cities are the perfect combination of both!

While cities in the fourth largest island nation in the world have from low to average population density, there are several natural, cultural and recreational reasons to visit and love this country.

The table below presents the twelve (12) largest cities in Madagascar by population.

No.CityRegionCity Population
5.FianarantsoaUpper Matsiatra191,776
The 10 Largest Cities in Madagascar by Population [Source]

As a guest, tourist or visitor to Madagascar, the Capital City, Antananarivo (formerly known as Tananarive) is usually the first city of call. Many tourists use Antananarivo as their base city (destination) while they tour other exciting destinations in the country.

Cities such as Toamasina (Tamatave), Mahajanga (Majunga), Toliara, Morondava, Antsirabe, Diego-Suarez, Anbanja, Ambohimanga, Antanifotsy, Joffreville and Ihorombe are some of the other interesting cities to visit and explore in Madagascar. These cities have a lot in common.

Several of Madagascar’s cities including Toamasina and Mahajanga developed as important seaports.

Nosy-Be is a famous resort island in the nonwestern fringe of the country in the Diana Region. This island paradise has some of the most beautiful beaches in Madagascar. There is an airport and several boutique hotels and lodges on the Island.

Ile Sainte-Marie is another perfect island for relaxation in Madagascar. Many tourists also experience the SAVA region, the most prominent vanilla-growing region in the country.

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Antananarivo Old Town, Antananarivo, Madagascar

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Madagascar

Madagascar as a country of natural beauty and remarkable ecological diversity does not disappoint in the quality, expanse and depth of natural attractions and features it offers its guests.

From the island nation’s iconic lemurs and baobab trees to the vibrant chameleons, orchids and other endemic floras and faunas, every destination in Madagascar reveals its rich, unmatched and extraordinary natural treasures.

With its unimaginable limestone formations, memorizing rhythms of the local music, delicious flavours of the local cuisines and the heartwarming hospitality of the Malagasy people, the attractions, and people of Madagascar will blow your mind away.

Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Madagascar are:

  1. Nosy-Be – a tropical paradise with pristine beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and lush forests. You can also dive and snorkel in the surrounding reefs.
  2. Tsingy de Bemaraha Reserve – explore a world of geological wonders (e.g. karst limestone formations) and ecological diversity.
  3. Avenue of the Baobab – perfect for witnessing the country’s iconic baobab trees in Morondava in the island’s Menabe region.
  4. Ile Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha) – a great tranquil tropical escape from the main island of Madagascar.
  5. Isalo National Park – a vast national park where you can experience a combination of unique landscapes, rock formations, diverse wildlife and endemic plants.
  6. Andasibe-Maantadia National Park – popular for its rainforests, animal life and landscapes.
  7. Masoala National Park – a spectacular and magnificent tropical rainforest sanctuary.
  8. Ifaty – perfect for a serene beachy escape. Mostly renowned for its fascinating white sand beaches.
  9. Lemur’s Park in Antananarivo – the best destination to sight and experience the island’s most iconic animal – the lemur!
  10. Tsingy Rouge Park – known for its red limestone formations.

Other most frequented tourist attractions and destinations in Madagascar include the Andafiavaratra Palace, Ruwa Palace, Tropical Forests of Atsinanana, Ankaratra Volcano, Montagne d’Ambre National Park, Lake Tritriv, Royal Hill of Ambohimanga and Ranomafana National Park.

Lemurs at the Lemur’s Park in Antananarivo, Madagascar - The 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa (Part 2)
Lemurs at the Lemur’s Park in Antananarivo, Madagascar

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Other Amazing Travel Destinations in Africa

Africa as a developing continent means an abundance of unspoilt natural and cultural endowments to explore and experience.

Several African destinations never cease to amaze tourists and guests with the richness, beauty and authenticity of the natural attractions they offer.

Below is a list of eight (8) other equally thrilling travel destinations in Africa.

In case Part 1 and Part 2 of my 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa do not fully satisfy your African travel appetite, this list provides an expanded range of selections of destinations for your first or next trip to Africa.

These other amazing travel destinations in Africa are:

  1. Lesotho
  2. Reunion
  3. Sao Tome and Principe
  4. Rwanda
  5. Cape Verde
  6. Mauritius
  7. Nigeria
  8. Gold Coast (Ghana)
  9. Zimbabwe, and
  10. Senegal

All these destinations fully feature my 8 characteristics of an ideal travel destination in Africa.

Mbabane City, Lesotho - The 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa (Part 2)
Mbabane City, Lesotho


As the second part (Part 2) and conclusion of my 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa, I presented in this post five (5) exciting and incredible travel destinations in Africa.

This post takes you through exhilarating and must-visit African destinations including:

  1. Namibiaremarkable for its deserts, canyons, ghost towns, national parks and “multi-coloured” culture. Home of the Himba people!
  2. Botswanaemblemized by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, Botswana is home to the earliest humans to settle and inhabit Southern Africa – the San people!
  3. Seychellesan archipelagic destination of 115 islands, it is renowned for its pristine and tranquil beaches, exclusive private islands, and enchanting Creole culture.
  4. Mozambiquenature, wildlife, tropical islands, beaches, culture and heritage, seafood and intoxicating local music are a few words to describe why Mozambique is so captivating.
  5. Madagascarknown for its iconic lemurs, vanilla, baobab trees, several endemic species of plants and animals and its unique “Afroindoarabian” cultures. [See Note]

Note: The term Afroindoarabian describes the origin of most ethnic groups in Madagascar which includes a mix of African, Malayo-Indonesian and Arabian cultures and influences.]

Seals on a Beach in Walvis Bay Namibia - The 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa (Part 2)
Seals on a Beach in Walvis Bay Namibia

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Though many parts of Africa remain touristically underexplored, this post reveals the exhilarating and breathtaking natural tourism potentials of the continent in terms of the 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa (Part 2).

If you are stuck in deciding where to go on your next trip, itinerary or vacation, maybe it’s time for you to visit or revisit Africa!

Travel destinations in Africa are remarkable for their largely unadulterated natural features and characteristics.

From spectacular landscapes to endemic wildlife and floras, natural recreational spots, historical towns, virgin beaches, amazing cultures and heartwarming people, travel destinations in Africa have usually left lifelong beautiful imprints in the hearts of guests and this has kept many visitors and tourists to revisit these irreplaceable destinations again and again.

Whether it is Namibia you are visiting next or Botswana, Seychelles, Mozambique or Madagascar as presented in this post, you are certain to encounter some of the best naturally and culturally rich experiences of your life.

I will wrap this post up by saying in every ideal travel destination you visit in Africa you will experience a combination of:

  1. Great landscapes (mountains, lush forests, deserts, canyons, rivers, etc.)
  2. Pristine natural environment
  3. Vibrant wildlife (with many endemic, rare or endangered)
  4. Emerging cities and exotic towns and villages
  5. Virgin beaches
  6. Historical sites and monuments, and
  7. Amazing cultures with pleasant people

Centred around these authentic African travel destination characters are several exciting tourist and recreational activities including hiking, diving, sunbathing, snorkelling, safari, boat cruises, city and town tours, souvenir shopping, etc.

You can read the Part 1 of this post here: The 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa (Part 1).

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