Africa is a large continent, like a huge one. It’s a vast continent that’s so varied and filled with a melting pot of cultures, identities, beautiful nature, and history. It’s a continent that has so much diversity that is sometimes forgotten when we hear ‘Africa’ mentioned as a place to go to. It really is hard to bottle down the essence of Africa into a singular destination.
1. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The most famous of the structures at Giza, near Cairo, the Pyramid of King Cheops was built around 2650 BC from 2.5 million blocks of limestone. Its sides are oriented exactly to the north, south, east, and west. The Chephren pyramid, built by Cheops’ son, is similar in size and incorporates the entrances to a burial chamber that still contains the large granite sarcophagus of King Chephren.
2. Cape Verde Archipelago
Located in the North Atlantic and consisting of 10 islands, the Cape Verde archipelago is a cultural blend of African, Iberian, and Brazilian influences. If you make it there between February and March, the annual Cape Verde carnival in the cultural capital of São Vicente is a must-see. From water sports and hikes through volcanic landscapes to leisure times at the scenic beaches, Cape Verde offers it all.
3. The Gambia
The Gambia is a beautiful (and relatively small country to visit) when it comes to Africa. Like most of the other countries on this list, Gambia has an abundant wildlife population that’s just too good to miss. The vibrant capital of Banjul is also great to visit too; with its fascinating National Museum of Gambian history, and the beaches aren’t far away either; in fact, they’re famed in the Gambia.
4. Lake Retba (Lac Rose), Senegal
There are few pink lakes in the world and one of them is in the Cap-Vert peninsula in Senegal. Lake Retba, also called Lac Rose by locals, is a highly saline body of water – one of the highest in the world. The lake gets its color from safe bacteria in the water, which produces a red pigment to absorb sunlight.
5. Wonders of the Nile, Egypt
A cruise down the Egyptian Nile, ideally on a romantic felucca rather than a crowded tourist boat; also reveals relics of one of the world’s most ancient civilizations.
The high point is the Valley of the Kings, with its monumental statues, and the magnificent Kom Ombo Temple, north of Aswan on the east bank.
Travelling opens all of our eyes to these naiveties and makes us appreciate how wonderfully diverse the continent of Africa is. If you have the chance to visit Africa, just do it!