Africa is a large continent of 54 countries with endless possibilities when it comes to history, culture, nature, food, wildlife, activities and beauty. The various countries cannot be more different from one another. What makes Africa so special to visit? The vastness of the Sahara desert, the pristine beaches of the coastal regions, the various mountain ranges, the wildlife roaming the savannahs, the rivers that cut through the landscapes, the pyramids in Egypt, each country and region has something special and beautiful to offer.
Did I just say that Africa has 54 independent sovereign nations? In other words, Africa is not a country.
What makes Africa so special?
Zambia was the first country I visited in Africa. I had no idea what to expect and never imagined I would be so blown away by it. I loved being out in the bush, going on a safari and meeting the lovely African people. South Luangwa National Park was the first game park I ever visited, and to this day, it still is my favourite park for an African safari. When I was travelling in Zambia, I already knew that one day I would live in Africa.
Like Brian Jackman said:
‘Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is the worst of all.’
My second visit to Africa was a few years later. I travelled overland from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, visiting mainly Namibia and Botswana. It was then that I took the decision to give up my corporate job in Europe and move to Africa. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
During the last years I have travelled extensively throughout Eastern and Southern Africa. I love being out in the bush or the wilderness, being one with nature, being able to observe wildlife in its natural environment, the silence, the vast open spaces, the cooking on the campfires, the spectacular sunrises, the golden sunsets and the beautiful nature. I guess Africa is like an addition.
Ernest Hemingway described it perfectly: ‘I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.’
Collectively, Sean and myself have covered a large part of the continent. Sean has volunteered in West Africa for a few years, namely; Sierra Leone, Togo, Benin, Liberia and The Gambia. I have visited Morocco, Egypt and some Eastern African countries. Together we have explored the South very extensively. What is still on our bucket list are countries like Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, and we’d love to visit with our trusty Land Rover Defender and drive all the way up there one day.
I guess you can really call us African travel addicts.
What country in Africa do you secretly want to explore?
Travelstart has created a very fun quiz to help define which country in Africa it is that you secretly want to explore. By means of some beautiful photographs, embark on a tour through Africa by taking this quiz. It will show you what country will best fit what it is you like to do while travelling.
I did the quiz and so did Sean. And the results were actually no surprise to us at all.
Sean’s favourite African ‘crush’ is Namibia (not Nambia). Together we must have visited Namibia about 30 times, but he was already travelling there before we even met. In fact, we both met in Namibia and in the meantime we have been married for 7 years. No surprise there why Namibia is very dear and special to us.
Many of our posts on the website are about Namibia. We give tips and advice about activities, things to do in Namibia, things to see in Namibia and a very important piece of advice is the post about things you should know before travelling to Namibia. And let yourself be inspired and convinced by these 35 photos about Namibia.
The country that best fits me is Botswana. Also no surprise there. I love travelling in Botswana. One of my favourite places in Botswana is the Okavango Delta. I have visited the Okavango Delta dozens of times and I cannot get enough of the pristine beauty of this inland wilderness.
Another favourite of mine is Chobe National Park with its hundreds and thousands of African elephants. When taking a boat cruise on the Chobe river, you don’t know where to look first; left, right, in the water, there are elephants, buffalos, crocodiles and so many more animals just about everywhere. This is especially true during dry season when all the wildlife is attracted by the river.
Travelstart is an online travel booking website, known for its cheap flights to the various African countries.
Which is your favourite country in Africa? Which country do you secretly want to explore? Let us know in the comments.
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