Even thinking about where to go in Africa can be overwhelming, as there are 54 countries to choose from and endless attractions and destinations in each of them. How can we decide? To help you (at least a little) with your decision fatigue, I’m here to give you some ideas about some of the most beautiful places in Africa. There is no particular order, because beauty is really in the eye of the beholder with this. There you will find some of the best places to go on a safari, as well as many natural wonders and even a few cities that you will definitely fall in love with.
These, in my opinion, are the most beautiful places in Africa:
1. Sossusvlei, Namibia
There is something about seeing bright orange dunes miles in all directions that makes you breathtaking. The fiery hue of the sand contrasts with the baby blue of the clear sky, offering your eyes a complete feast. Given that” Sossus “means” place of no return”, this is one of the destinations on this list for daring travelers who are not intimidated by the idea of going to the end of the Earth.
Sossusvlei is part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest protected area in the country. Thanks to conservation efforts, this beautiful natural area retains its otherworldly landscapes, where you can see Mother Nature at her best. Since it’s so far away, be sure to read our guide on Sossusvlei to start planning.
Where to stay: Hoodia Desert Lodge is one of the best accommodations near Sossusvlei and organizes excursions to the dunes and other nearby attractions.
When to go: Experts say March and April are the best months to visit, as you’ll find clear skies and relatively mild temperatures in Sossusvlei.
2. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
One of the many beautiful places in Rwanda is the Volcanoes National Park, near the Ugandan border. This National park is home to ancient volcanoes, lush green rainforests and the fascinating Musanze caves, home to some of the country’s most sacred legends. These caves were formed 62 million years ago, after the last estimated volcanic eruption in the park.
Volcanoes National Park is a popular place for a gorilla hike, but also to spy on other wildlife, such as chimpanzees, rare golden monkeys, and hundreds of native bird species.
Going to Rwanda specifically for its breathtaking landscapes and wildlife is understandable, but don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the country’s history. The Rwandan genocide of 1994 is a much more complex and heartbreaking story than could be portrayed in the popular film Hotel Rwanda. Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center to get a glimpse into Rwanda’s troubled past and how the country and its brave people have rebuilt since.
Where to stay: Virunga Inn Resort & Spa is a sustainable property offering free continental breakfast and other quality amenities such as a fitness center, spa, and terrace. It is highly recommended and is a short drive from the park.
When to go: the dry season from June to September is the best time to go, as there is very little chance of rain and temperatures are mild. Keep in mind that the park is located in the mountains, where it is cooler, so bring layers!
3. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
As in Rwanda, many tourists visit Uganda specifically to see the mountain gorillas in Bwindi. Can you blame them? With the opportunity to get up close and personal with these awesome creatures, it’s no wonder so many people have the impenetrable Bwindi National Park on their bucket list.
Not only is this National park one of the best places in the world to see gorillas in their natural habitat, but it is also packed with incredible jungle views, a spectacular variety of plants, and many other animals to see.
If you’re combining a trip to Bwindi in Uganda with your itinerary in Rwanda, consider this tour, which starts in Kigali and spends three days in Bwindi to see the gorillas.
Where to stay: Rushaga Gorilla Lodge in the impenetrable Bwindi National Park is located about as close as possible to the natural habitat of gorillas.
When to go: June to August and December to February are the driest months of the year, making it an ideal time to visit as you don’t have to worry about the strong monsoons sweeping the region during the rainy season. There may be more tourists during this period, so make sure to book your accommodation and excursions months in advance.