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12 Top-rated Tourist Attractions in Africa

Top-rated tourist attractions in Africa
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Top-rated tourist attractions in Africa are a key driver for tourism for which the world knows the content. The diversity in them grounds your liking for Africa, to say the least.

Africa is and will always be a thriving tourism destination filled with beautiful beaches, lush interior forests, vast game parks, and breathtaking scenery.  True to its scintillating nature, international travellers flocked the continent even with the coronavirus pandemic.

Data by Statista shows that  1.04 million tourists flew to Africa in 2021. While this number looks insignificant, it is a huge milestone since travel restrictions remained in place for the better part of 2021.

What is the Number One Travel Spot in Africa?

Cape Town, one of the most popular and top-rated tourist attractions in Africa. The city in South Africa treats visitors to different experiences through its popular tourist spots which include: 

  • Robben Island
  • Table Mountain National Park
  • Cape Winelands
  • Table Mountain
  • Long Street

It is impossible to pick just one reason to travel to Africa or just one site. They’re many. To support you as you go off on your African trip.

Which are the Top-rated Tourist Attractions in Africa?

The beauty of these attractions is that they spread out to every corner of Africa. Thus, it doesn’t matter where exactly you are in Africa; there will always be something to work up your wanderlust spirit. In addition, you learn more about the heritage of different countries.

Here are the to-go-to spots while in Africa.

Lake Retba, Senegal

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Lake Retba, Senegal. Photo/Planet of hotels

A beautiful lake sits about 30 kilometres from Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. Lake Retba, or ‘Lac Rou’ as the locals call it, draws day-tripping tourists worldwide. The lake is one of the few pink-coloured lakes in the world, and it gets its color from a pigment produced by the bacteria covering it.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Topmost visited attractions in Africa

Topmost visited attractions in Africa. Photo/

South Africa is undoubtedly the most accessible of all African nations. While Cape Town attracts most of the tourists, the Kruger National Park in the North of the country is often the starting point for a superb trek down the coast toward Cape Town.

The Park is one of the topmost attractions to spot all the Big Five and top tourist attractions in South Africa. 

River Nile, Egypt

topmost visited attractions in Africa

River Nile, Egypt. Photo/

River Nile in Egypt is not only the longest river in the world but one of the top-rated tourist attractions in Africa. It’s second to the Amazon River with a record of being the world’s longest river.

Every year, the River Nile welcomes many tourists. While visiting the Nile, you can also use the opportunity to see the John Speke monument, the first explorer, to find its source. The Nile is one of the seven wonders of Africa and is mentioned in several myths and legends. No wonder it is one of the topmost attractions in Africa.

Lekki Conservative Centre, Nigeria

topmost visited attractions in Africa

Wooden-walkway at Lekki Conservative Centre, Nigeria. Photo/

In the heart of Lagos, Nigeria’s most bustling city is the Lekki Conservativation Ares. Established in 1990, the area attracts tourists year after year. The Conservative Centre is home to the longest canopy walk in Africa.

You can look down at nature from the canopy walk, thrill, and have fun moving up and down your body. At amazing trees, the chirping of birds warms your eyes.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

topmost visited attractions in Africa

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, deep within a rainforest, Victoria Falls sits in splendour. The largest waterfall in the world, its waterfall at about 12,800 cubic meters per second, producing the sounds of thunder. Victoria Falls is also home to a variety of colourful birds. Great scenery for taking photos. 

The Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

The Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Safari vehicle surrounded by wildebeest from the great migration. Photo/

The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is one of the topmost tourist attractions in Africa. Every tourist has a different experience when they visit the reserve during safaris.

See and experience a variety of game views, such as the Big Five and the wildebeest migration. Continuing through the Masai Mara will lead you to the Serengeti National Park and some of the Game Reserves in Tanzania.

Table Mountains, South Africa

Table Mountains, South Africa

Table-Mountain Cape-Town. Photo/

A beautiful, flat-topped mountain overlooks the South African city of Cape Town. This mountain is a prominent tourist attraction, pulling up to 4.2 million people annually.

Tourists love the mountain for its serenity, to hike, and take rides in the beautiful cable cars, among others. The mountain is among the new seven wonders of nature. It is a safe place to be. 

Sahara Dunes, Morocco

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Sahara Dunes, Morocco. Photo/

A trip to the Sahara Dunes, Morocco, should be on your bucket list. Morocco offers one of the safest places to view the Sahara desert.

The Sahara is one of Africa’s topmost attractions and among the largest desert in the world. Camels and Nomads are common sights for visitors. The sand dunes are aesthetic and look great. 

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Photo/

Nothing compares to Mount Kilimanjaro among the top-rated tourist attractions in Africa. It is by far the highest mountain in Africa and one of Africa’s magnificent sights. It is the highest mountain in Africa (19340ft).

Every year, Kilimanjaro draws thousands of tourists who come to explore the talked-about Kilimanjaro. The mountain is a part of the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. Hikers will have a great time at Kilimanjaro! 

Pyramids of Egypt

Pyramids of Egypt

Pyramids of Egypt. Photo/

According to history, these masonry structures are man’s greatest architectural accomplishments dating back to the 26th century.

They are the only surviving wonder of the world that was erected on a rocky plateau on the western end of the Nile, close to Gizah in Northern Egypt. The pyramids of Egypt offer a fantastic sight to tourists; visiting them is a life-changing experience.

Lake Abbe, Ethiopia/Djibouti

Lake Abbe, Ethiopia/Djibouti

Lake Abbe, Ethiopia/Djibouti. Photo/

Lake Abbe is an alkaline lake that lies within the Ethiopian-Djibouti border. It spans about 15km wide and 14km long. It is one of the six lakes connected around this hot area and receives water from the Awash River. The lake offers soothing scenery and is home to a variety of flamingos that gather around the river,

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar, Tanzania. Photo/Kayak

Off the coast is a romantic archipelago with pristine beaches and warm oceans. Zanzibar is one of the topmost attractions in Africa. It is the ideal spot for the perfect, relaxing beach holiday. The destination has a magical mixture of Arabic, Middle Eastern, Moorish, and Indian cultures, making it remarkable, like no other place in Africa.

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Besigye is a Ugandan writer and a teacher by profession. She loves adventure and travelling that's why she loves writing travel blogs.

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