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Best places to travel in Africaby Dalene Ingham-Brown

The best places to travel in Africa are places that simply have that X-factor. It’s a place that ignites excitement. A place that opens one’s mind to a bigger picture. A place that sparks curiosity and then fulfills it. These are a few of the best places to visit in Africa: best_places_to_visit_in_africa

Above: The Virunga Mountains are spread over Rwanda, DRC and Uganda where you can find endangered mountain gorillas

List of the best places to travel in Africa

1. Virunga Mountains - One of the best places to travel in Africa

Take Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, add a chain of volcanoes, sprinkle with national parks populated by pupil-dilating wildlife and voila… you have what the world calls: The Virunga Mountains. There are very few places left where you can catch a glimpse of the endangered mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. However, these primates roam Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke (in Virunga Mountains) making the area well worth inclusion in that glossy African travel brochure. Grab your camera, guide and pair of gloves and get ready for a journey through lush stretches of rainforest on an epic gorilla trekking adventure.

2. Cape Town - One of the best places to visit in Africa

Cape Town: a destination which has the ability to make a tourist feel like a kid in a candy store. What’s first? Robben Island? A trip to one of the many beautiful beaches? Skipping through the Winelands? A hike, cycle or cable car trip up one of the 7 Wonders of the World, Table Mountain? With the city’s tourist friendly atmosphere, Cape Town is the ‘can-do’ capital of South Africa, catering for just about all of your activity, hospitality and scenic needs. For that reason, Cape Town is without a doubt one of the best places to travel in Africa.

3. The Masai Mara National Reserve - One of the Africa's best places to visit

The Masai Mara National Reserve is a game reserve in Kenya famous for being part of the Great Migration. Between July and October every year, zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest all migrate from the Serengeti to Maasai Mara in search of water and food. This migratory phenomenon is truly amazing to witness. Pure instinct leads hordes of wildlife to greener pastures, and back.

4. Zanzibar - One of the best places to travel in Africa

It's as hard to imagine Cindy Crawford without a beauty spot as it is to imagine Zanzibar without its beaches. Let’s face it, the main appeal of a holiday to Tanzania's Zanzibar is to lay in the sun like a lizard, and laze your blues away on the sandy beach. What you may not know is that a stone's throw away from the shoreline is Stone Town. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, Stone Town boasts beautiful traditional houses, narrow alleyways, a Sultan's palace and many mosques, making the destination a historical delicacy, telling the tale of the ancient slave trading post run by Arabs. It's no wonder it's on the list of best places to travel in Africa - what an absolute gem.

5. Medina of Marrakesh - One of Africa's best places to travel

This Moroccan World Heritage site is steeped in history and celebrated in modern times for its architectural, historic and quirky beauty. Artistic masterpieces created in different periods in history built the frame of the town which has the Almoravide and Almohade dynasties (11th – 13th centuries), to thank for making Marrakech the capital. Stunning clay ramparts and gates, the Koutoubia mosque, the Saadian tombs, Djemaa El-Fna square and Ben Youssef Madrassa are monuments erected through the ages, still standing proud and strong, adding a beautifully historic flavour to the streets (and alleyways) of Marrakesh. The best places to travel in Africa are waiting to excite you, move you, intrigue and shape you. Find your path and travel in Africa.

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