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Are you looking for some cheap places to travel in the world? These are some of the cheapest places to travel in the world that are currently a blessing for both the senses and the wallet. We also provide information about the best of the wild and beautiful Tanzania, the country where the safari meets the luxury Zanzibar and the prestigious ascent of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.

Africa is the ONLY continent on earth surrounded by four continental waters; border in the north by Mediterranean Sea, to the West and South, are North and South Atlantic Oceans, in the Northeast, Red Sea, in the East, the Indian Ocean. No continent on earth has such geographic feature.

Cheap Places to Travel in the World

1. Tunisia


Tunisia is one of the best countries to visit near Dubai and has the colors, the smells, the tastes of many civilizations that have left their mark. Each stone has its sculptor, all of them legendary from those that raise the amphitheater of Djem, the ruins of ancient Carthage, the holy city of Kerouan, the fortresses of Monastir or the mud houses of Tozeur hit by the seas of dust of the desert.

Matmata is a town in southern Tunisia where the local Berbers build underground dwellings to take refuge from the blazing sun. The houses consist of large pits with artificial caves around the perimeter. Matmata was also the site of most scenes on Tatooine in the Star Wars films.

The Tunisian desert has been the scene of films like the Star Wars saga. Tour operators in Douz and Tozeur offer excursions through the desert visiting the places where famous films were filmed. Move through the Douz desert, either by camel or vehicles. You can also go to the dunes of the Sahara with 4×4. The salt sea of Chott El Jerid, formed by a series of lakes that extend through the south of Tunisia as if it were a mirage.

Enjoy the experience of a hammam (Turkish bath). There are baths in all Tunisia, where you can take steam with the locals, many of the natural springs of thermal waters have been used for this purpose since Roman and Punic times.

Play a game of golf near Port El Kantaoui Sousse, Monastir, Tabarka, Carthage, Tozeur, Djerba and Hammamet. See the coral bottoms through diving dives observing the marine life of the waters of Tunisia, in the diving centers of Tabarka Yachting Club, the International Diving Center in Port El Kantaoui or the SAAM Diving in Monastir.

Take a ferry to the Djerba island, with its soft beaches bathed by the waters of the Mediterranean, and throw yourself in the shade of the palm trees. Explore the ksour in southern Tunisia. These barns molded with mud were used as location in the recording of Star Wars. Visit one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the Bardo Museum.

Located in a seventeenth century palace, the museum exposes the archaeological wealth of the Carthaginian, Roman, Christian and Islamic eras. Explore the remains of a great ancient civilization founded by the Phoenicians. Carthage was razed by the Romans who rebuilt it in the third largest city of the Roman Empire, before it was destroyed again by the Arabs.

Visit the medina of the holy city of Kairouan, where there are more than 50 mosques and know how their famous carpets are made. See the magnificent Roman site of Dougga. A good conservation of the ruins gives a tempting idea of ​​how the Romans lived. Stroll around El Djem Amphitheater, Dougga / Thugga, Kairouan, Medina of Susa, Medina of Tunis, Punic City of Kerkuane and its Necropolis, Carthage and the Ichkeul National Park.

Go to Matmata. Here the Berbers found an ingenious way to overcome the heat of summer by digging the houses in the earth. Many of the troglodytic houses - underground cave that surround the courtyards - are still inhabited, and some of them are now hotels. See another underground world in Bulla Regia. Here the Romans also used architecture as a way to keep cool when the sun warms.

Spend a day in Sousse, built by the Arabs which includes the Grand Mosque and its Ribat. There are several theaters and numerous movie theaters in Tunisia, with plays and films in Arabic and French. In Tunisia and the main tourist centers, many restaurants and bars of the hotels there are live music and dancers in the nights from May to September, there are numerous nightclubs.

Summer is the season of art festivals, and when international artists arrive in Cartago, Hammamet and Nabeul. At the end of summer there are several music festivals in Tabarka on the north coast, with live music in the afternoons. Yasmine, Hammamet, Port El Kantaoui Djerba have great casinos.

2. Mali


In the heart of West Africa, Mali is a territory with many natural and especially cultural attractions, surrounded by Mauritania, Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea and Senegal. Each region has a mosaic of ethnic groups whose only evocation inspires myths such as the Peuls, the Dogon, the blue men or the Tuaregs.

Mali follows a glorious past through its cities and historical sites such as Djenné, Gao or Timbuktu. From the Sahara in the north to the forests of the south, one of the main places to visit in Mali is the Niger River, the main river in Mali. The most important cities along the Niger River are Bamako, but also Mopti. The most important cities along the Niger River are Bamako, but also Mopti.

Timbuktu is a beautiful city that was in the hands of Boko Haram for more than a year. The Boucle du Baoulé National Park is a huge protected area that stretches between Siby and Kita, just in the confines of the border with Mauritania.

3. Senegal


The world’s largest collection of megalithic structures is in Senegal - the Senegambian Stone Circles. Covering an area of 30,000 square kilometres, there are some 29,000 pillar-like stones forming a total of 17,000 rings, built by some mysterious ancient civilization.

Dakar, the capital of the country, is the westernmost point of the Cape Verde peninsula and the entire African coast. The charming Goree island is a real haven of peace located in front of Dakar, from where you can admire the Atlantic Ocean, which extends to infinity, and the city of Dakar, which is seen in the distance. From the bar you can enjoy the sunset with a cold Gazelle beer in your hand.

The Bassari Country route is one of the most beautiful trips in Senegal. It is a bit far from Dakar. Kedougou is the main entrance to the Bassari Country and is the typical city that is best to pass by. Iwol, is possibly the most beautiful village of the Bassari Country with many small huts, surrounded by baobabs and hidden in the mountain is the typical place that has something.

You can see a party that takes place every 5 years called the party of the girls, a party in which young women of age to have a husband are available for 3 days to find handsome gentlemen. In that period they dress in their best clothes, sing beautiful songs and dance under incredible ceibas. The Segou waterfall is the least visited. The route to the Dindefello waterfall starts from the village of the same name.

A delight from Western Africa is Thiebou Yap, a decadent rice dish with meat (mostly beef or mutton) which has been braised and grilled, and fragrant rice which has been cooked in the meat’s fat with onions and spices. It’s actually a celebration dish.

4. Ghana


Acclaimed as the spoiled child of West Africa, travel to Ghana and discover the country of colors. Discover the Volta region and here is the large hydroelectric dam of Akosombo, which contains the largest reservoir of water ever made by man, its majestic lake Volta. From there go to the city of Ho, at the foot of Mount Adaklu.

Go to the city of Hohoe to approach the border with Togo, where you can discover the Wli Falls, the highest in West Africa. Go by boat to the fishing village of Kpandu, on the shores of Lake Volta.

Then go to the Ashanti Country, known for the gold trade. In the north, visit the Mole National Park and meet its famous inhabitants like elephants, baboons, monkeys, buffalos, leopards, lions and antelopes.

Returning to the south, sail through the villages bordering the sacred lake Bosumtwi, emerged in the crater formed after the impact of a meteorite. Crossing lush jungle landscapes and banana plantations, arrive at the sadly famous coast of the slaves, crowned by two of the largest and best preserved European castles in West Africa of Cape Coast and Elmina.

The calm atmosphere of the beaches and coconut trees of Kokrobite will be the final point before returning to the bustling Accra. Akwaaba! It is the warm welcome of the Ghanaians.

5. Benin


With the aim of helping a little who wants to travel to these two countries of West Africa, here are a few tips for traveling to Benin. Benin shares borders with the giant Nigeria, the tiny Togo, Burkina Faso and Niger. A trip to Benin is perfect to get into sub-Saharan Africa, a virgin country that has not yet been invaded by tourism.

The capital is Porto Novo, but Cotonou is the largest city in the country. On the opposite side, the northern part of the country is made up of savannas and semi-arid mountainous areas such as the Atakora chain, one of the great tourist attractions of Benin.

On a trip to Benin it is possible to cover the Nazenga Reserve, where the largest number of elephants in West Africa are concentrated. Ouidah is the voodoo capital See Gran Popo and its golden beaches, the floating cities of the south, Lobi, one of the African ethnic groups that best preserves its traditions, the small animist villages and their famous masked dances gèlèdè.

Leave the bustling Cotonou, to start the boat route to the popular lacustrine city of Ganvié. Crossing Lake Nokué, continue to historic Porto-Novo. In Abomey visit the palaces of the ancient Dahomey kingdom, before continuing to the Taneka villages and meet the fetish chief and his eternal pipe. Resume your ethnic journey through the Somba region.

See its famous tatas or adobe castle houses, where you can admire the purity of this country of myths and legends. Crossing the border, reach the Togolese city of Kara and its lively market. Continue the route to the Muslim Sokodé, passing through fields of sesame and cacao trees, before reaching the mountainous Atakpamé.

Return to the civilization in Lomé to visit the peculiar market of the fetishes and the Mama Benz. After seeing the coast of the Gulf of Guinea arrive at the colonial Grand Popo, to navigate the lagoons of the Mono River and attend colorful voodoo ceremonies, letting yourselves be carried away by the hypnotizing dance of the Zangbetoor, guardian of the night.

In Possotomé, explore Lake Ahémé, with its small villages, where you can learn about traditional fishing techniques. In Ouidah, annual protagonist of the Voodoo Festival, visit the Pythons Temple and the door of No Return, testimony of one of the most important diasporas in history.

Traveling to Benin also means tasting its gastronomy, which is very diverse due to the ethnic and cultural complexity of the country. In some populations corn is its main food and serves for the preparation of several dishes. The meats - mainly ox, chicken, pork and rabbit - are accompanied with vegetables and rice.

6. Ethiopia


Ethiopia is a unique wonder on Earth, the cradle of humanity. Traveling to Ethiopia is a complete experience that few countries can offer in their entirety. Visit the capital Addis Ababa and stroll through the large open-air market, see the skeleton of the famous Lucy Australopithecus in the National Museum, and the remains of King Haile Selassie in the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Lalibela, a place of pilgrimage for Coptic Christians, is one of the essential gems to discover in the country. Gondar, the Camelot of Africa, a city full of castles and walled complexes among abundant vegetation, is a real contrast to the rest of the country's landscapes.

Gondar, one of the largest cities in the country, is probably the most emblematic place of the Timkat, although this event is celebrated with great intensity throughout the region. The Tabot, a model of the Ark of the Covenant, is present in all the Ethiopian altars and goes out in procession.

Nowhere is the festival more spectacular than in Gondar, in whose palaces the Ethiopian emperors reigned from the 17th century. The main ceremony takes place in the Royal Enclosure of Fasilidas Castle, located on the outskirts of the town.

It is also a good place to go on a hiking excursion through the Simien Mountains National Park. In the middle of a green valley you will find the Bahir Dar falls of the Blue Nile, a magical place with the appearance of an oasis. Sail through Lake Tana and discover in the midst of calm its dozens of islands and monasteries and Ethiopian churches, circular in shape and decorated with frescoes of the time.

Omo Valley feels a rhythm of life away from modernity, here live many ethnic groups that continue to practice rituals and traditions. You can spend time with tribes such as the Hamer or Mursi that are a real treasure for anthropologists. Explore the Danakil desert, one of the rarest places in the world as it hosts salt deserts and lava lakes.

Climb the Erta Ale volcano and observe the lava bubbles exploding, in what they call hell on Earth. Aksum and Harar are some of the cities of Ethiopia to visit. The first was an ancient powerful empire and land of the Queen of Sheba which, according to the Ethiopians, houses the relic of the Ark of the Covenant.

In Harar you can travel the thousands of alleys, visit markets, mosques and get into the harari culture. Enjoy the ritual of Ethiopian coffee, a product valued worldwide and that in the country is considered almost a treasure. Visit the churches of Tigray, hidden in the middle of a rural landscape. The location of these, the frescoes that decorate them and the ancient stories that they contain, make this place a magical place.

Some typical dishes of restaurants in Ethiopia are Tif FirFir, FirFir and Tegabino, a kind of red puree that is eaten with the ingest. It is a kind of very thick pea puree with fried tomato and onion. Goman is a dish of dinosaur kale seasoned with a tasty mix of olive oil, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger and jalapeño.

Shiro is a stew made of chickpeas, with onions, garlic, peppers, and berbere spice. Fosolia is a sweet and savory dish of green beans, often with carrots and onion. Keysir is a bright red wat made of beets, and seasoned with onions and spices. Atakilt alicha is a fresh mix of cabbage, potatoes, and carrots, simmered in vegetable broth and garlic, ginger and tumeric.

The kik alicha is a creamy stew of soft yellow lentils, very gently and delicately spiced with ginger, garlic and tumeric. Injera is a spongy, fermented, tangy-tasting sourdough that's naturally gluten-free and high in nutrients such as iron. Injera ranges in color from light to dark, depending on the grain quality, but the color differences only really mean less or more tang in the flavor.

It's made up of a mix of vegan curries and vegetables served on a plate of injera. Yetsom means fasting and beyaynetu means combination platter. ... Basically, they adhere to a vegan diet during fasting days. As a result, Ethiopian cuisine contains many dishes that are vegan.

7. Kenya


Kenya is among the best African countries to visit. Lamu is often seen as the limit of the Kenyan coast over the Indian Ocean with wonderful vestiges of the Swahili civilization, to a greater extent even than Mombasa or Zanzibar, picture-postcard beaches, dhow-style sailboats sailing from one side to another, coral reefs. For anyone who comes looking for exoticism, Lamu embodies that mystery made of Levante and the ocean.

The dhow, a traditional boat of the Swahili people, is still used by fishermen every day. Dive into the sea of coral, populated by tropical fish of dreamy colors, in front of the Lamu island. Lake Nakuru is especially famous for being home to several black rhinos. In the past the lake was full of flamingos. This site is one of the best for taking close-up pictures of animals.

A good trip would include both a visit to Lake Nakuru, and a visit to Lake Naivasha. Malindi is the second city on the coast of Kenya after Mombasa. Halfway between this and Lamu, it is a large seaside resort, well built and quite "African". It has beautiful beaches and a fascinating marine natural park, full of tropical fish and ideal for scuba diving.

Take a trip to the Malindi Marine National Park. You will sail along the coast in a boat with a glass bottom and you will be able to observe a lot of tropical fish, before diving with them. Many Europeans go there to spend their vacations and it looks more like a seaside resort on the Costa Brava than a Swahili city.

When you move away from beach resorts all inclusive, the cosmopolitan and jovial side of the Swahili coast reappears. Ucuru is a fermented porridge drink from Kenya that’s drunk during celebrations much like how people in the West drink Champagne.

8. Tanzania


The Tanzania-Kenya border, which is otherwise fairly straight, swerves unusually so that Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania. This is because of a 19th Century agreement between Britain and Germany - British Kenya got the port of Mombasa, while German Tanganyika got the mountain.

In Tanzania you have the opportunity to see the Big 5: the lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo. Here are the two largest national parks are Ngorongoro and Serengeti, and you can also visit the popular Masai Mara - which is part of the Serengeti.

480 km from the capital Dodoma, located on the Indian Ocean coast, Dar Es-Salaam is the most important city in Tanzania. Dar Es-Salaam is a truly legendary name, which by evoking it simply, generates an irresistible desire to travel. For most tourists, Dar Es-Salaam represents the first stop on a trip to Tanzania. From there you have to get on a bus, plane, boat, bicycle, or whatever, to reach places like Arusha and Zanzibar.

Although now Dodoma is the official capital and Arusha is the natural starting point for tourists heading towards the big parks such as the Ngorongoro, the Serengeti and the Kilimanjaro, Dar Es-Salaam as the mythical city. Even tourists accustomed to safaris in Africa will be surprised by the Ruaha National Park.

This national park in the center of Tanzania is the second largest in the country, after the Serengeti. The fauna is very wild and the savanna landscapes are incredible. It is known for its population of elephants.

First of all, because in Tanzania, the size of the parks is unique, there are no barriers of any kind and the space is really wild and afterwards, for the richness of its fauna. Specifically in this park, you can see the migration of the elephant, not hindered by barriers as in other African countries.

The valley of the Ruaha River, which gave its name to the park, is the only source of water in the region, attracting 10,000 elephants. Enjoy seeing the diversity of antelopes like the sable antelope. All these prey attract many predators. You will see big cats everywhere! Above all you will see groups of hyenas, cheetahs and leopards. It is a perfect habitat for them, as they have unobstructed views.

The Lemosho route trek allows you to climb the Kilimanjaro following one of the quietest, longest and longest routes. The starting point of the ascent is Londorossi Gate, following a narrow path that runs through the first days a tropical forest with great wildlife and that continues through the vast highlands of Shira. It offers, along its entire route, some of the most spectacular landscapes in Tanzania.

The trekking of Kilimanjaro by the Machame route, is a route of camps that approaches by the southwest of the mountain and that offers us varied and spectacular views during the ascent. Going up Kilimanjaro for this route is demanding, for a rugged terrain, but the effort is rewarded by the incredible beauty of the landscapes. It is considered one of the most beautiful routes to climb the highest mountain in Tanzania.

The Marangu route is the most popular route to climb Kilimanjaro. This trekking route in Tanzania is recommended for those with less experience and preparation. The route has shelters where you can spend the night, following a very well defined path that offers the opportunity to observe the local fauna and flora during the entire ascent to Kilimanjaro.

Complete a safari for the most important reserves such as Serengeti or Ngorongoro and ending on the Zanzibar island, a paradise bathed by the Indian Ocean with magnificent beaches of white sand and turquoise waters. Here we find beautiful cities such as Jambiani within the Unguja island, between the towns of Makunduchi and Paje.

In the region we also find Stone Town, the most important city of the place. The nights in Jambiani are very calm and the views of the starry sky are unforgettable. You can walk calmly along the beach. There are many small bars and hotel restaurants where you can dine.

The path or rather the forest track that leads to Lake Natron is great and worth the torment of traveling for a few hours between the jolts of a dalla-dalla, a truck or a 4x4 from the city of Arusha. Across the Great Rift Valley, the track crosses the Maasai territory, formed by endless plains and hills that accentuate the greatness of the landscape.

Although the space has remained quite wild, apart from some Masai shepherds along the way, at most you will cross with some zebras. In the second half of the journey you will possibly see lions. You will pass through the towns of Selela and Engaruka. After having traveled half of the 80 kilometers from Mto Wa Mbu to the lake, there is not much alternative.

But all that is quickly forgotten when you reach the shore of Lake Natron. It has surprising colors due to the composition of the water, and an extraordinary population of dwarf flamingos. Lake Natron is isolated from the Serengeti-Ngorongoro route and accommodation possibilities are limited. Oldonyo Lengai is the sacred mountain of the Masai. And its ascent, which takes place at night, becomes one of the most special experiences of the trip.

If you decide to get away from the classic tourist circuits that usually take you from the Serengeti National Park to the beaches of Zanzibar passing through the Ngorongoro protected area or the Kilimanjaro peak, you can, for example, go directly to the south, towards the region of the plains. After crossing the whole country, you will probably reach the city of Mbeya.

Mbeya is a city in the middle of different roads, a necessary step on the road to Zambia and Malawi. Before becoming the economic capital of the region, it was born in the 1920s in full gold rush. Botanists do not miss the opportunity to visit the Kitulo National Park. It is known as the Serengeti of flowers.

In the rainy season, from November to April, the flowers bloom and the landscapes are wonderful. Many consider it to be the greatest floral show in the world. Sixty miles from Mbeya, you can admire the Mbozi meteorite, which is one of the largest in the world.

Finally, hiking enthusiasts will put on their sneakers and embark on magnificent walks in the heart of a sumptuous nature. The Loleza mountain, the Mbeya peak, discovering small towns, the Poroto mountain are beautiful goals to reach in a day or something else.

9. Angola


Facing the Atlantic and extending into the interior of Africa, Angola is pure diversity and one of the last mysteries of Africa. The country remains closed to travelers (except the most adventurous), with a severe visa policy. Behind its borders lies the second largest waterfall on the continent, remnants of the Portuguese colonial past, emerging national parks, beaches and a mix of diverse and highly stoic people.

Angola has spectacular natural attractions. The number one is occupied by the Kalandula Falls, on the Lucala River, near Malange. Lubango offers impetuous waterfalls, spectacular volcanic fissures and a vibrant small-town environment, surrounded by mountains and nestled in a cool valley. Kissama (also Quiçama), 70 km south of Luanda, is the most accessible and well-stocked wildlife park in Angola, a huge strip of coastal savanna dotted with knotty baobabs.

Nestled on the Atlantic coast, Benguela is the second largest city in the country and the self-proclaimed cultural capital of the republic.

10. Namibia


Start the visit in Windhoek. The capital of Namibia is usually the point of entry and exit of the country and, for the vast majority of travelers, the first contact with the country before entering the desert. The small historical center surrounds the Lutheran Church of Christ and the Alte Feste, a military building built by the German colonial authorities that today houses the Museum of Independence.

In Windhoek there are a couple of other museums, the National Gallery of Art for lovers of African art, a couple of shopping centers and an interesting Local Crafts Center. One day is enough to see the most important part of the city. There are also a couple of good restaurants and some places to have a drink at night. But what most catches attention is the Meteorites exhibition at the Post Street Mall.

There are about thirty space boulders that fell to the planet in prehistoric times near the town of Gibeon. As a curiosity it is said that the tribes of the area used these meteorites as an iron mine for centuries. Another good experience is to take a walk through the popular district of Katutura. The Waterberg Plateau Park is located in a spectacular area marked by a deep valley where an important mass of vegetation develops.

An interesting visit to Ethosa is the Hoba Meteorite, a huge metallic boulder that fell from the sky about 80,000 years ago and is the largest meteor found on the entire planet so far. It weighs about 60 tons. In places like Twyfelfontein 3,000 years of history concentrates with engravings and cave paintings in which many of the great African fauna and the humans who lived here in the transition period from the lithic cultures to the metal ones are represented.

The figures have been interpreted as manifestations of shamanic rites characteristic of hunter-gatherer societies. We are facing one of the most important rock deposits in Africa comparable to those of Tassili N Najer in distant Algeria. Very close to the paintings is the mountainous area of ​​Damaraland, one of the most beautiful and impressive in the country.

If you like arid and monumental landscapes like the Grand Canyon or the Great Australian Desert, you cannot miss this place. There are several accommodation options that range from luxury lodges to campsites. If you go by rented car, you will surely choose to spend a night in the city of Opuwo before continuing towards the border with neighboring Angola.

There you will begin to see the first Himbas, the mythical tribe of the Kunene region (northern Namibia) which is famous for the proud attachment to its traditional culture. From here you can easily access the Epupa Waterfalls and to the Himba villages. Also in this area are the villages of the Herero, a human group related to the Himba that are characterized by the colorful long dresses of their women.

Ah, the incredibly intriguing Skeleton Coast of Namibia. Parts of this remote landscape are so inaccessible, yet so otherworldly, and those two factors make it such an unforgettable experience if you can make your way there.

The Skeleton Coast stretches for about 600 kilometers in the extreme north of the country reaching the border with Angola. This stretch of white dunes meets the Atlantic Ocean in a veritable hell of ocean currents and winds that make the place one of the most dangerous areas for navigation for hundreds of years. Many ships have been shipwrecked there since the time when the Portuguese started the African circumnavigation routes.

Between the mine of Toscanini and Mowe Bay there are a good number of boats stranded, some of several centuries old. The most evident traces of the three decades of German colonialism in the country are found in the coastal city of Swakopmund. From here you can easily reach the most accessible attractions of the Namibian desert.

In Namibia’s Namib Desert (the oldest desert in the world, having been around for 80 million years) you can find the tallest dune in the world, known as Big Daddy. Big Daddy is indeed big, as it’s a staggering 325 meters tall. It faces another large dune, appropriately named Big Mama.

The Sesriem River Canyon, despite being at the gates of the Namib is one of the few places where there is water throughout the year. The fossil dunes of Deadvlei where the famous petrified trees and the Big Daddy Dune are located are one of the highest dunes in the world. Very close to the Sesriem Canyon is the small airstrip from which depart the air excursions that offers panoramic flights over the Namib.

The Namibian summer rains are between November and April, making February a peak stormy month. More water means lush vegetation and greener landscapes. It also means that the wildlife no longer gathers around water holes like those we find at the Nature Parks; making it harder to spot, but more adventurous to find them.

Nevertheless, the rainy season is marked by the birth of many species as well, which means that you might find a cub or two roaming around.

11. Botswana


Many experts consider their safaris to surpass even Kenya and Tanzania. The country features lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, hippos, and zebras, everything but the cheetahs. These are some places to see in Botswana. Gaborone is the capital of Botswana and is located in the south of the country, near the border with South Africa.

See the Okavango Delta by sailing in mokoro (traditional canoe) or flying over it in a small plane. Imagine a 1000-kilometer river that does not flow into the sea, but into the arid Kalahari desert and the salt pans of Makgadikgadi, thus connecting three ecosystems and the impressive baobabs.

Here live the Bushmen (San people), nomads of the desert. Spend time with the San people, the oldest people on earth whose presence goes back to 20,000 years ago. They are nomads and inhabit the Kalahari desert. Camp in full safari and spend the night under the stars, in the middle of the African nature. Observe the cave paintings in the Tsodilo hills.

Take advantage of the proximity to move and see the Victoria Falls from a helicopter, in the border area of ​​Zambia and Zimbabwe. Chobe National Park is a huge park crossed by the Chobe River, which goes from the Victoria Falls to the Okavango delta. You can tour it by 4x4 or by the river, so you will see an extensive fauna in its wild habitat, including the other Big Five. The best time to travel to Botswana is from May to October.

12. Cape Verde


This is another island in the Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast of the African continent. It is very beautiful and had lots of history. You can’t go wrong with the beach. Apparently, only 1% of Africans can locate it on the map. Just a bit warmer, you get to Cape Verde, where it is about 22 degrees and the sea is perfect for diving and long days on the beach.

In March, Cape Verde is set to 25 degrees with relaxing days on the golden sands. A light sea breeze means that it does not feel too hot. Cape Verde is the country people forget (or have never heard of). This underdog has the best beaches in Africa, better than South Africa, with 350 days of sunshine and completely safe to visit!

Yet only half a million tourists arrive each year. End the day with fresh seafood and a drink at one of the music bars.

13. Uganda


Roughly one quarter of Uganda’s area is taken up by lakes and rivers - the highest ratio of water area to land area of any country, I think. Among these water bodies are Lakes Victoria, Kyoga, Albert, Edward and George. For a landlocked country, it certainly has plenty of water.

There is no other wildlife encounter in all Africa that parallels the astonishing experience of meeting and spending time with Mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is a very restricted activity and takes place in only a few isolated locations, so getting there is not only a fascinating adventure as well as a once in a lifetime experience. Either you choose Uganda or Rwanda; we can guarantee you that it will be unforgettable!

Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park is a life-changing experience for travellers to Uganda. Get a close encounter with the Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary while Rhino trekking in Uganda.

On the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda is Africa’s highest mountain range - the Rwenzori Mountains. While Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya stand taller, they are freestanding volcanoes not part of any range. The highest peak in the range - Mount Stanley - is 5,109 metres above sea level, and covered in snow year-round.

The Rwenzori Mountains are one of the only places in Africa where you can see glaciers, although many of these have shrunk at an alarming rate in the last century. The Rwenzori Mountains are part of a larger area of mountainous terrain known as the Albertine Rift. This is the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, and contains more endemic species than almost anywhere in East Africa. Speaking of species, let’s look at the wildlife.

In the mountain range, you can see some bizarre, larger-than-life plants, such as the giant groundsel. Amongst the strange plants live many large mammals, such as African forest elephants, chimpanzees, hyraxes, duiker antelope and several species of monkey. Due to the isolation created by the mountains, there are many animal species found only in the Albertine Rift.

You can find 19 of the birds - and 4 of the mammals - endemic to the Albertine Rift in the Rwenzori Mountains.

14. Rwanda


See the awesome scenic features of the volcanic landscapes and crater lakes and breath-taking waterfalls that will make your holiday unforgettable. Kigali is a peaceful and thriving city, nestled against scenic hills. Golden monkeys are beautiful and unique primates found on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda will take you adventuring into the tropical rainforest jungles.

Watch the exhilarating colourful cultural gala of the Rwandese people at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village. The Batwa cultural experience is one of the highlights as far as cultural and community experiences go. Learn about the unique pastoral life and rich cultural heritage of the Karimojong people.

15. Moldova


Moldova is one of the most unknown countries in Europe and least visited countries in the world. Formerly on the edge of the USSR, Moldova has walked solo since the early nineties. Through the following guide we will show you that traveling to Moldova can be those unforgettable trips to be made in the old continent.

Going through this nation we will understand the importance of the Soviet bloc in the east. Romanians consider Moldova as their own. Chisinau located in the west of Romania and in the north, east and south of Ukraine is its capital. In 100 kilometers away you can find the Black Sea. It has two main rivers, the Dniester and the Prut.

The most popular thing grown there to this day is grapes. In fact, Moldova is known for its wine. It is said to be some of the purest wine in all of Eurasia. Some of the oldest wines are even located here, tucked far down the cellars and cages. Cricova is possibly the best known winery in Moldova. Its underground wine kingdom, 15 km north of Chisinau, is among the largest in Europe.

Moldova’s food is of the Russian cuisine, and it contains variations of borscht, pierogi, placinta, coffees, teas, and the most exquisite wines. Orheiul Vechi monastery carved into the rock of an imposing cliff is the most evocative attraction in Moldova.

There’s a country at the edge of Europe that feels like time stopped in the 80s. Literally. People from Transnistria, a breakaway region of Moldova that declared independence in 1991 but that no one else recognizes, cannot cope with the fact that the Soviet Union ceased to exist 25 years ago. If you really want to visit Transnistria, you can board on the train from Chișinău to Odessa and stop in Tiraspol.

There, the local police will issue you a 10-hour visa that will allow you to spend the day visiting this lost and forgotten corner of the Soviet Union. Tiraspol (the capital) is your average provincial city from the Soviet era, with concrete buildings and large avenues. The rest of the region features two major settlements, Bender and Rîbnița, and a lot of bare countryside. There are almost no places where to eat or stay, anyway.

16. Comoros


The Comoros is a small archipelago, consisting of three major islands, which lies in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique. Its capital is the attractive port city of Moroni. It’s the 24th smallest country in the world, and the only Arabic one in the Southern Hemisphere. Comoros is home to the main population of West Indian coelacanths.

The coelacanth order of fish was thought to have gone extinct over 65 million years ago, but a living specimen was remarkably discovered in 1938. In 1938, a trawler first turned up one of these strange fish, and it was later identified as a coelacanth - a type of animal which was thought to have gone extinct hundreds of millions of years ago! The discovery shocked the world.

The vast majority of the world’s African coelacanths live in Comorian waters. African coelacanths can grow up to 2 metres in length and weigh around 80 kilograms, but are sadly critically endangered.

17. Congo


African Rain Forest, which parades or features some of the tallest and biggest trees in the world is located in the HEART OF AFRICA, the Congo Basin. The region has multiple forests, such as Ituri Forest, which has from small trees to gigantic hardwoods reaching heights of 170 feet or 52 meters.

And here came the legend of the Giant Congo Snake. Others speculate that the serpent could have been a surviving Titanoboa, an extinct species of snake that used to live in prehistoric Colombia – and most likely crossed the Atlantic ocean to reach the Congolese jungle, where it survived for the next millions of years, though that’s unlikely since snakes don’t have a long lifespan, or maybe even an undiscovered species of giant constrictor.

Here you can find Diosso Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Congo because of its spectacular red cliffs.

18. Zambia


Zambia’s Lake Kariba is the largest man-made lake in the world, at 5,580 square kilometres. Before filling Kariba, they burnt all the plants to clear the land. This has created a layer of highly fertile soil, and as a result, the reservoir has a thriving ecosystem of big game, fish, birds and more.

Victoria Fall along Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe is one of the wonders of modern world. Victoria Fall is 5604 wide; 108 meters or 354 feet high. It is twice the size of Niagara Fall, twice Horseshoe Fall width; about the same size with Iguazu Fall in South America.

19. Algeria


The Sahara Desert engulfs about 90% of Africa’s largest country. The Algerian Sahara experienced snowfall, something that has only happened to the world’s largest hot desert 5 times in the past 100 years.

20. Burkina Faso


This country is one of the richest in art and culture in Africa. One Burkinabé ethnic group, the Bobo, are known for their exquisite masks. During fertility ceremonies, painted butterfly masks are worn to invoke a god known as Do.

21. Burundi


The Ruzizi River of Burundi is the haunt of the infamous Gustave. Gustave could be the world’s largest Nile crocodile, and the deaths of over 300 people have been attributed to him. He’s also survived direct gunfire and allegedly kills and eats fully grown hippos.

22. Cameroon


Cameroon is the primary home of the aptly named goliath frog, the largest frog in the world. About a foot long, the adults have been known to eat very large prey like other frogs, turtles, snakes and even bats.

23. Chad


Thousands of years ago in the African Humid Period, the Sahara was green, and Lake Chad was probably the largest lake in the world. At over 402,000 square kilometers in area, it would have outsized the Caspian Sea and made its modern equivalent look like a pond.

24. Cote d’Ivoire


In this nation’s capital, Yamoussoukro, you’ll find the world’s largest church, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. It was completed in 1989, and estimates say it may have costed up to 600 million US dollars.

25. Djibouti


The lake of Lac Assal, Djibouti, is the second-saltiest water body in the world, after a pond in Antarctica. 10 times saltier than the ocean, the waters are so saline that they are devoid of any aquatic fauna whatsoever.

26. Eritrea


What is now Eritrea was the site of the mysterious Iron Age kingdom of D’mt, one of the first advanced civilizations in Sub-Saharan Africa. The kingdom emerged at around 1,000 BC, and disappeared for unknown reasons in 400 BC.

27. Gabon


This is one of the most promising African countries for wildlife conservation, as it is fairly prosperous, politically stable and biodiverse. Of the nation’s rainforests, which make up 85% of its area, a whole 11% is dedicated to natural parks and wildlife reservations.

28. Gambia


The highest point in all of the Gambia is the aptly named Red Rock - which is a measly 53 metres above sea level!

29. Guinea


Despite being rather small for a country (though as an Irishman I can’t say much), roughly a quarter of all the known bauxite in the world is found in Guinea. Bauxite is a reddish rock and the world’s main source of aluminium, and is mined on a huge scale in Guinea.

30. Libya


Overall, Libya is perhaps the driest and hottest country in the whole world. Its average annual precipitation is 55 millimeters - compare that to the USA’s 1,035. Sometimes, here, a drop of rain doesn’t fall for decades at a time.

31. Malawi


Lake Malawi is Africa’s third largest and second deepest lake, and has more fish species than any lake in the world, at an estimated 1,000. In the rainy season, millions of midges hatch beneath the surface and emerge, forming impossibly huge swarms like plumes of smoke. This is, in fact, the largest gathering of animals on Earth.

32. Mozambique


Mozambique’s Gorongosa was once a national park rich in wildlife - however, in the ‘80s, the area was ravaged by brutal civil war and turned into a wasteland. But thanks to a $10 million, 8-year restoration effort, it is once more a thriving ecosystem of spectacular fauna.

33. Sudan


At 350, Sudan has well over twice as many pyramids as Egypt does - only its were not built by the ancient Egyptians. Rather, they were the work of Nubia, an early African civilization which had mixed relations with Egypt.

34. Zimbabwe


In Medieval times, Zimbabwe was ruled by an empire known as the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. There are ruins of a huge stone city - known as Great Zimbabwe - which was likely the capital of this kingdom.

35. Ukraine


This country would probably be the most expensive on the list. A home to a lot of churches, villages and nice landscapes, this country was a host to a European football cup and has won the Eurovision song contest twice. You would be well off with 600$ for a couple of weeks including renting the apartment in the high season and other expenses.

Ukraine is not among the favorite destinations of travelers. However, appearances sometimes deceive, because Ukraine has nothing to do with those prejudices. Surely there will be something that will surprise you as soon as you arrive in Ukraine is the Cyrillic alphabet! Ukraine is famous for its extremely beautiful girls.

This perception is not only true in the West. For example, in China, there is at least one reality show which heavily features Ukrainian girls as candidates for dating or even marriage. Ukrainian customs are highly influenced by orthodox Christianity. Undoubtedly, the most typical you will see are its monasteries and churches.

An example is the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery in the capital, Kiev or Kyiv. Very interesting is also the city of Leopolis or Lviv. Undoubtedly the most beautiful city in the country, the poetic Lviv stands out in western Ukraine as an unpolished precious stone.

Lugansk is a city in eastern Ukraine located at the confluence of the Lugán and Oljóvaya rivers and the capital of the oblast (province) with the same name. The city is an industrial center located in the mining basin of the Dónets River.

Unlike its counterparts in central Europe such as Prague or Krakow, Lviv has not yet been deformed and shaped to become a great tourist destination. So, if you walk by right now, you can discover its streets, testimony of the richness of past centuries, more authentic by that feeling of slight urban decrepitude that accentuates the air of lost glory that the city gives off. It is a must-see destination during a trip through Ukraine.

Ukraine is also well known for its food, mainly borshch, a type of soup widespread in many places in Eastern Europe, and varenyky, some kind of dumplings also popular in the area.

Insider Tip: Eastern Europe is in full bloom, and Kiev breaks all gray illusions. Here you will find a modern city with gilded domes, history and hip neighborhoods filled with bars and cafes. Take a trip to Kiev Pechersk Lavra or experience the magnificent opera.
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