Best African destinations

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    A lot of people think Africa is all dying people, flies and wars. But given there are 51 countries in Africa, that has always been a very narrow view. So much of Africa is great and doing well, and visiting these countries is one way to help them develop through trade, not aid.

    So these are my Top 5 African destinations.

    1) Ghana. It's safe, it's English speaking, it's a genuine democracy, and it has great beaches! What else do you need? Well, it has amazing history (the slave coast), beautiful nature (some rain forest and semi-desert) and really terrific people.

    2) Rwanda. One of only 3 countries which have Mountain Gorillas, and that is a once in a lifetime experience for anyone. It's now English-speaking, and despite the 1994 genocide is very safe, welcoming and developed. Great people, amazing nature, and some gorgeous resorts with (lakeside) beaches.

    3) Namibia. The most stunning desert landscapes I've ever seen, with 300 metre high red sand dunes and empty salt lakes. All this and the chance to see lions, rhinos and giraffes up close. They even have UV lights at one oasis, so you can see the animals at night.

    4) Egypt. Probably the best country in the world for history, and not just at the overcrowded pyramids. There are pyramids out in the desert where you can be almost alone, then head into the museums to learn more. Amazing diving, great markets, and it is a very real, very untouristy experience. Yes, it can be hard work, but for open minds also a revelation.

    5) South Africa. Not the safest place on earth, but possibly the most beautiful. Tour the Kruger to see leopards & lions, but also take a tour of Soweto to soak up some history and culture. Great food, and wonderful people.

    I also enjoyed Botswana and Togo a lot, and reccomend those if you have time.

    I'm going to Senegal this year, which many people say is in their Top 5, so I hope they are right.

    Feel free to add in any others you have been to and enjoyed.
     
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    Thanks for the great info Saigon! A friend of mine and I are planning a trip to Botswana and Namibia next January. These are great recommendations. I'm particularly excited to go to Namibia as I have heard similar things about the country as you have said here. Your list might influence me to go to Ghana as well.

    I've been to Kenya and fell in love with Africa then and there. I've also been to South Africa and you are correct about the safety (lots of dangers there) but the beauty is unparalleled.

    Happy travels!
     
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    I have heard that Tanzania has the best wildlife reserves and is like paradise......... :cool:
     
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    But what if I want to see dying people, flies, and wars.
     
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    Then I suggest you visit the hood in Detroit......... :cool:
     
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    I'm sure the safaris there are great, and I admit that I haven't done one there, but to be honst I'd be surprised if they were as good as Namibia or Kruger.

    I hear tourist services are not always so good in Tanzania, and sometimes it can be very crowded.

    Even so, I'm sure it is still great, and Zanzibar is magnificant.
     
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    Cool, happy to help! Let me know if there is any other info I can help with!
     
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    Ir says a lot about you that you consider starvation a topic for humour.
     
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    I'm a societal anthropologist who happens to be researching such things.

    Why do your travels purposefully avoid reality?
     
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    Mr H -

    You may be asking the wrong person. As a journalist I've covered a half dozen African conflicts, including Liberia, Congo and Sierra Leone.

    I've just never find much to laugh at in poverty and death.
     

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