65 Amazing Things To Do In Africa
It's the place where the earliest humans lived and even today, you'll find numerous people living the primitive life there! When you think of 'Africa', perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is wildlife - but trust me when I say this - there's much more to be explored in this continent, which is the 2nd largest one! And what can be better than spending your gap year in Africa, exploring the beauty of nature, traveling on a time machine to the past and digging deep into the history of humankind, experiencing thrilling game drives, soaking by the pristine beaches and learning more about the indigenous people & their bond with the animals! Well, there’s a lot more to be honest…
What you need to do is, plan effectively and chalk out a route (and the countries) that you’d want to cover during this period - try to keep it realistic and manageable, and you can reach out to the Go Discover Abroad experts, anytime!
For those who have been thinking of exploring Africa, here's a comprehensive list of 65 amazing things to do in Africa - and I'm sure you'd want to tick off most from this list. Check 'em out, now!
1) Explore the picture perfect blue lanes in Chefchaouen. You must have seen numerous photographs of this place, and you'll be awestruck to see that it's as beautiful as it appears in the photos!
2) Spend some time in Casablanca, soaking in the authentic Moroccan vibes. You can't miss Hassan II Mosque when you're there! Head to the Quartier Habous where you'll find the local sellers with handmade good - and you can pick up some souvenir as well.
3) Take a road trip from Casablanca to Marrakech - it'll definitely be a journey of experiencing the mysteries of Morocco!
4) And in Marrakech, don't forget to explore the beautiful Jardin Majorelle, visit Ben Youssef Madrasa, El Badi Palace and wander around Bahia Palace.
5) Get lost in Fes el-Bali - having a maze of 9,400 winding alleyways, this is believed to be the world’s largest car-free urban zone. It’s no surprise Fes el-Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
6) Savor the taste of delicious Moroccan cuisine and get hooked to mint tea! Moroccan cuisine is famous around the world for its fragrant spices and unique cooking methods. It is an amalgamation of many different influences - including the native cuisine of the Berbers, the Arabs, the Andalusians, and the French. If you are interested, you can also sign up for a cooking class and learn how to prepare a delicious bowl of tagine!
7) Spend some quality time with the underprivileged women, and show your support by volunteering for the women empowerment program. Not only will you get to make an impact in their lives, but you'll also get to learn a lot from them as well.
8) Go for a desert safari - ride on the camels and watch the scarlet sunset while sitting on a sand dune, and spend a night camping amidst the vast sandy stretches.
9) Explore the beaches bordering the Atlantic Ocean, soak in the sun and admire the gorgeous sunsets that'll be immensely different from what you see from the deserts! If you get to visit the famous Legzira Beach, you can watch the magnificent red cliffs and the arch, and gorge on some delicious food at the beachside eateries!
10) Trek the Atlas Mountains! North Africa’s tallest peak, Djebel Toubkal, rises to nearly 14,000 feet and is only a two-day climb, best done in late summer.
11) Attend a cultural festival to immerse yourself in the local culture. You can plan your trip accordingly so that you get to witness one of the big events that take place in Morocco! Perhaps the most exciting event of all is the Marrakech Popular Arts Festival, which sees entertainers and artists from all over the world gather for open-air performances in the Djemaa el Fna and 16th-century El Badi Palace.
12) Spend a day or two, in a Berber Village. Morocco’s indigenous people take great pride in their way of life and are incredibly hospitable to passing visitors, where you can witness bread being baked in outdoor ovens and the lifestyle of families living close to nature.
13) Rejuvenate your senses while getting scrubbed and steamed at a local hammam! Whether you choose a communal public bath or private room in an upscale spa, this traditional therapy of brisk exfoliation and bathing using natural cleansers has promoted physical and mental hygiene and restoration for centuries.
14) When you're there in South Africa, you gotta experience an extra dose of adrenaline rush! Leap from the 709 ft high Bloukrans Bridge - it's the ultimate Bungee Jumping Experience ever!
15) Hike up the Table Mountain in Cape Town, to get a breathtaking aerial view of the city and the Camps Bay from the top! It's gonna be worth the effort...and if you aren't sure about hiking, you can also take the Cable Car to the top!
16) And while you're there in Cape Town, spend a day at Boulders Beach, with the cute African penguins! And to add to your surprise, you can also swim with the penguins! Now that’s an experience you will never forget…especially when you feel how cold the water is!
17) To add to your experiences, you can choose to volunteer with the kids in Cape Town and make a difference in their lives. There are several programs available, and you can either opt to join a teaching program or become a sports coach - the choice is yours!
18) Spend a day at the Muizenberg Beach, lazing and sun soaking! You can also go surfing and then you can get some delicious fish and chips! This beach has a series of colorful huts where you can also click some Instagram worthy shots!
19) Hike around the Cape of Good Hope - the most South-Western point on the African continent!
20) Scuba diving is surely a thing, but how about diving with sharks? Yeah, that's what you can do in South Africa! Go for a shark cage diving at Gansbaai, also known as the great white shark capital of the world and it's only a two and a half hour scenic drive from Cape Town.
21) Go for the Garden Route road trip from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn via Route 62. Gaze at the picturesque landscapes and vista, soaking in the beauty of nature along the way!
22) Spend a day at the Tsitsikamma National Park, soaking in its unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline.
23) Visit the Addo Elephant National Park, which is home to 600 elephants and a large number of other animals. It's the best place to spot elephant families and watch their activities!
24) Experience thrilling game drives in Kruger National Park, which is the largest in this country, and spot the Big 5. Animal lovers can treat themselves by joining the conversation program and volunteer to learn more about the flora & fauna of this region.
25) Pursue your passion for wildlife photography, as you get to spend some quality time exploring the National Parks of the country!
26) Continue with your adventures while in Swaziland! Spend a few days in the foothills of Drakensberg at the Ezulwini Valley, also known as "The Valley of Heaven".
27) Lend a hand and support the local communities by helping them to build a better future! It'll be an incredible learning journey for you, as you'll get to spend some quality time with the natives and immerse in the local lifestyle.
28) Spend a day at the Mantenga Cultural Village, located in a lush setting in the Mantenga Falls Nature Reserve and enjoy the traditional harmonies and energetic dances. When the show is over, you’ll get to tour a reconstruction of a Swazi hut village from the 1850s.
29) Hike up the Sibebe Rock, which is located northeast of Mbabane and ranks as the world’s second-largest monolith, after Uluru in Australia.
30) Spot the critically endangered white rhinos as well as elephants in Hlane Royal National Park, which is the biggest conservancy area in Swaziland.
31) Spend a couple of weeks in Nairobi and volunteer at a childcare center, spreading happiness in the lives of the little ones.
32) Visit the David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage, and adopt a little ele!
33) Feed the tall-necked Rothschild Giraffes at the Giraffe Center and know more about how they are conserved here.
34) Go for a safari in Nairobi National Park, one of the earliest NPs in the country! You'll definitely stand a chance of spotting the carnivores with a view of the skyscrapers behind them!
35) Satiate your love for meat at the Carnivore Restaurant, where you can gorge on some exotic delicacies like crocodile meat, ostrich meat, oxballs and much more!
36) Heal all your cheese cravings at the Brown’s Cheese factory to indulge in an extravagant mouth-watering experience. Here, you get to observe the cheese-making process which is entirely based on organic principles and get to taste the cheesy delights afterward.
37) Ride on a matatu - the local means of transport in Kenya!
38) Spot the flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park! This is also a hotspot for rhinos and definitely one the top places to grab a glance of these incredibly rare animals.
39) Wake up to see the breathtaking views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park, and spot the elephants with the mountain at the backdrop!
40) Go for a cycling safari in Hells Gate National Park - it's surely one of the best things to do in Kenya! You'll get to see the giraffes, zebras, and warthogs from closer proximity, and might have to stop at places, to give them a way!
41) Boating in Lake Naivasha is a must, where you'll get to see hundreds of hippos! And you might just be lucky to spot a Fish Eagle, catching a fish and sitting atop a branch to finish its meal.
42) Of course, you're in Kenya and there's no way that you can miss the game drives in Maasai Mara National Reserve! You need to be there to know why it's called 'The Safari Mecca' of the world! One can also opt to be a part of the Big Cat Wildlife Research Project in Maasai Mara.
43) Visit a Maasai village, spend some time there with the tribal folks and get to know more about their struggles and way of life! Peep into their houses and see how they still lead a primitive life and discuss the matter of human-wildlife conflict with them.
44) Pick up your souvenirs from the Maasai market - you'll find some beautiful artwork and handmade stuff, that can be perfect as gifts!
45) Don't miss the beaches while you're there in Kenya! Head off to Mombasa, to spend a few days by the beach and soak in the sunshine!
46) Go for scuba diving at Mombasa Marine National Park and feed the fish underwater! It'll definitely be an experience worth cherishing, trust me when I say this!
47) Explore the old town of Mombasa, where the Portuguese had settled once! Visit Fort Jesus and talk down the lanes of history, knowing more about the maritime activities from the past.
48) Visit the oldest, living Swahili town of Lamu, at the northern tip of Kenya’s coastline. Marked as a UNESCO World Heritage City, you'll feel as if time has taken a pause here!
49) Go for a trek and climb Mt. Kenya - the highest peak of the country! It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
50) Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration! It'll be one amazing experience to see the animals crossing the borders of Serengeti (Tanzania) as they migrate to Maasai Mara (Kenya), in search of greener pastures!
51) Climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro - the highest free-standing mountain in the world! Embark on the journey from Moshi and soak in the beauty of the trail, as you climb up. Needless to say, hiking up the Kilimanjaro will be one of the best adventures of your gap year in Africa!
52) Go for game drives in Serengeti and Ngorongoro, and spy on the lions, cheetahs, elephants, and leopards living in their natural habitats on the vast African plains.
53) Visit the Isimila archaeological site, where you'll find hammerstones, axe heads, flints and scrapers that are estimated to be between 60,000 and 100,000 years old.
54) Visit the Gombe Stream National Park and trek to see the famous chimpanzees of the area. You'll surely stand a chance of spotting our closest cousins!
55) Discover Tanzania while living with the locals in Arusha, contribute towards the social development by volunteering for a meaningful cause, explore the hidden gems of the area and get a sneak peek of their authentic lifestyle.
56) You'll surely head to Zanzibar, to spend a few days on the tranquil East African shores! Explore the Old Stone Town, head to Prison Island, go for snorkeling or scuba diving - Zanzibar is surely the best place to take a break and unwind!
57) Madagascar is a paradise for nature lovers, for its wide range of exotic flora and fauna! Kick start your adventures in Antananarivo and travel through the Madagascar Highlands to the village of Miandrivazo, to soak in the beauty of the land.
58) Visit the Croc Farm, where you'll not only get to see the breeding of crocodiles, but also that of lemurs, chameleons, and toucans!
59) Head off to Ile Sainte Marie and watch the humpback whales who migrate all the way from the South Pole to Sainte Marie channels for breeding and calving. It'll be a sight to behold!
60) Ride through the dirt road linking Morondava and Belo Tsiribihina - and you'll get to spot the dozens of rare and ancient baobab trees, composing the Alley of Baobabs!
61) Choose to go for an adventurous island-hopping journey, as you sail out on the catamaran!
62) Play the role of a mentor in the lives of the little ones as you volunteer for a teaching program in a rural school. You can contribute effectively towards educating the youth, and ensure that they can do something to earn their livelihood in the future.
63) Explore the flora and fauna of this East African nation and visit the Lake Malawi National Park, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, and Ntchisi Forest Reserve.
64) Visit the historical town of Dedza, and get mesmerized by the Chongoni Rock Art Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can see the rock paintings, that dates back to the Stone age!
65) Head off to the Lower Shire Valley, which is at the lowest altitude (below sea level) in Malawi. Nature lovers will appreciate this vast floodplain with three national parks - and you can also arrange to view the big game at Majete Wildlife Reserve, Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve, or Lengwe National Park.
Guess the list has already raised the bar of excitement in you! So what are you for? Start planning for your gap year adventures in Africa and write to us at [email protected] for further assistance! We shall try our best to make this journey memorable for you.