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Africa Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the coolest things to do and see when traveling in Africa – only from Travels of Adam
The second largest continent on Earth, Africa is enormously diverse and fascinating. From the mountains and deserts of the north to the wild plains of the Serengeti in the east and the lush fields of the south, Africa has pretty much every climate on the planet, except polar! Culturally, it’s one of the most diverse on Earth too, and as the widely accepted common origin of the human race, it’s no surprise Africa is so full of wonders!
When to Visit
When to plan your visit to Africa will depend greatly on where exactly you visit. If you want to visit Southern Africa with the aim of seeing the famous wildlife, the best time to visit is from May to October, which is winter in the region and also the dry season: this means that thirsty animals will congregate at watering holes, giving you a higher chance of spotting them!
For similar activities in East Africa, January to March is a better time to visit, as the weather is mild and dry. If it’s beach time you’re interested in, most of East Africa is considered a year-round destination, due to being on or close to the equator, but in Southern Africa, it’s definitely advisable to visit in the summer: from December to March.
Two Weeks in Africa
Planning a dream trip to Africa? There are so many ways to plan a trip, but the first step is choosing a starting point and an ending point—usually dictated by your flights. In many parts of the world, once you know your starting city and final destination, you can connect the dots pretty easily, but in Africa this can be a little trickier with less reliable infrastructure in some places and more complicated visa requirements in others. Nonetheless, here are few suggested two-week itineraries for Africa that can be undertaken relatively easily.
Beach bumming in Tanzania: Take in the beautiful coast of this east African country, starting in the country’s largest city, Dar es Salaam. From there, take a ferry to the famous island of Zanzibar for its pristine beaches, varied food and friendly locals. Take a side trip to Pemba island, and back to the mainland at Tenga before flying home.
South Africa road trip: Roadtripping through South Africa offers many different routes. The most popular one is the Garden Route along the south coast. Start in Cape Town, take in the wine regions of Stellenbosch, visit the magical rainforests, and end up in Durban in the far east before turning inland and heading to Johannesburg for some more big city life.
Touring Ethiopia: Base yourself in the capital, Addis Ababa, to explore this fascinating country and its unique history, culture and food. Visit the rock-cut churches from the 12th century in Lalibela, the lowest point in Africa at the Danakil Depression, the fortress of Gondar, the Blue Nile Falls and the Rift Valley, among countless other natural and historical wonders.
LGBTQ – Gay Africa Guide
Traveling in Africa as a gay person can be challenging, depending on where you go. South Africa is the only country on the continent with marriage equality and many legal protections for LGBTQ people, but many other African nations are, legally speaking, very hostile to queer people, so be informed and research the situation for your specific destination before traveling.
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