When CNN released its review on the 25 most amazing places to visit in Africa in 2018, we were intrigued to see what made it on to the list, and perhaps most importantly of all, what did not. However, we were not disappointed. The list includes some of the very best highlights that the African continent has to offer international travellers, and if you are looking for some African Inspiration for your next long-haul holiday, you may just find it right here on this awe-inspiring list…
The Great Migration, Tanzania
This had to feature on this list – it’s a world wonder after all, and if you dream of seeing over a million wildebeest and zebras on their annual migration, Tanzania is the place to do it.
Table Mountain, South Africa
One of the most iconic mountains in the world, Table Mountain is a sight to behold, and if you plan on visiting Cape Town anytime soon, this should be at the top of your Bucket List.
Djemaa el Fna, Morocco
If northern Africa is your chosen destination in 2018, make sure you visit Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech, described as, “the world’s most exciting town square”.
Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
Big, beautiful, and just waiting to be discovered, the russet red sand dunes of Sossusvlei never fail to impress. A hike up ‘Big Daddy’ is essential.
It’s not a cheap exercise by any stretch of the imagination, but if you want to see some of the world’s last remaining gorillas living in their natural habitat, Rwanda is the place to do it.
Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe
There’s something so incredibly majestic about Victoria Falls, that everyone should witness it in their lifetime. Mosi-oa-Tunya or The Smoke that Thunders is waiting for you!
Heading back to Namibia, Spitzkoppe is a breathtaking display of granite peaks in the Namib Desert. Perfect for hikers, bird watchers and stargazers, it belongs on every Namibia self-drive itinerary.
Sahara Dunes, Morocco
One of the few places left on earth where you can really get away from it all, the Sahara Dunes in Morocco is an awe-inspiring holiday destination for the adventurer.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
They may be a tad touristy, but one cannot deny the magnificence of the Pyramids of Giza. Combine a visit with some serious deep water diving in Egypt.
Nyika Plateau National Park, Malawi
Malawi’s biggest National Park, Nyika is the perfect destination for mountain biking, trekking, and 4×4 explorations.
Makgadikagidi Pans, Botswana
Africa’s most magnificent salt pan is every bit as beautiful as Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, so why not visit it after your Okavango Delta Safari.
Draa Valley, Morocco
Described as one of Morocco’s most splendid landscapes, the Draa Valley between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert is an object of natural beauty.
After a barrage of bad publicity, Egypt is back on track and set to become a popular holiday destination once again, and so if you have dreamed about visiting the Sphinx and the pyramids, now is a great time to go.
Mount Mulanje, Malawi
If you have already climbed Kilimanjaro, why not tackle Mount Mulanje in Malawi next? At 3,000m high, it will seem tiny compared to Africa’s highest mountain at 5,895m, but it’s a strenuous trek to get to the top!
Riding Safaris, Kenya
A relatively new concept, but one that is growing in popularity, Horseback Riding Safaris in the Masai Mara of Kenya are set to be one of this year’s biggest travel trends.
Wonders of the Nile, Egypt
Featuring on CNN’s list for a second time, the Wonders of the Nile in Egypt are believed to be one of the most amazing places to visit in all Africa, so why not book a Nile Cruise.
As any keen birdwatcher will know, Kenya is famous for its flamingo population, and with over a million of them resident to Lake Nakuru National Park, it is the perfect destination for those who love these vibrant and colourful birds.
Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Get up close and personal with Zambia’s hippos and elephants on a canoeing safari along the lower Zambezi.
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
There are some stunning beach destinations in Africa, and if you are looking for a luxurious resort for your honeymoon, you’ll find it in the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique.
Nxia Pan National Park, Botswana
One of Botswana’s many worthwhile attractions, Nxia Pan National Park homes salt-rich pans, an abundance of wildlife, and Baines baobabs with their sherbet flavoured fruits.
Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Africa’s version of the Grand Canyon, Fish River Canyon in Namibia is a spectacular sight. Visit during the dry season for spectacular photography opportunities.
The Rhinos of Solio Reserve, Kenya
With the rhino on the verge of extinction, now is the time to go and see them living in their natural habitat. There are over 250 of them in Kenya’s Solio Reserve, between the slopes of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountains.
Nyiragongo Volcano, Virunga National Park, DRC
The Democratic Republic of Congo is growing in popularity as a tourist destination, and rightly so. It not only homes some of the worlds last remaining Mountain Gorillas, but if also boasts Africa’s most active volcano – Nyiragongo.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is a Bucket List dream for many. One of the few Seven Summits that everyone can climb, it is truly magical.
Lake Malawi, Malawi
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Malawi homes more than 1,300 species of tropical fish, making it the perfect location for a freshwater diving holiday.
Where in Africa will you be visiting in 2018?