Trip to Africa: Most beautiful African destinations to visit in Summer 2021

A trip to Africa is not necessarily the first that come to mind. However, the black continent is experiencing a significant tourist boom. The reasons for this growing interest are numerous, visas easier to obtain than before in several countries, including South Africa, better air and sea connections in some countries, and unique natural landscapes.

In addition to popular Safari destinations, enthusiasts such as Zambia, South Africa, and the paradisiacal beaches of Tanzania and Tunisia, many parts of Africa remain shrouded in an aura of mystery. We offer you in our guide a tour of the best African destinations not to be missed in summer 2021 but before that, let’s see how to be ready for a trip to Africa.

How to be ready for a trip to Africa

Medication and protection equipment.

A trip to Africa is thrilling, exciting, and something you will never forget, but it requires a lot of preparation. So, here are some pieces of advice provided by Sonema that may help you in preparing for your African journey. Firstly, bring with you a small pharmacy along with an excellent first aid kit. In addition to essential medications, consider getting mosquito repellant sprays, especially for Southern African countries, and a wide-brimmed hat. Also, keep in mind that in the black continent, the sun’s rays are not particularly tender; it is better to protect yourself well to prevent the appearance of solar urticaria. Additionally, you can use sunscreen lotions to alleviate the discomfort caused by these skin irritations.

Vaccines.

We at Sonema also advise you to make a prior visit to a travel clinic to be aware of essential vaccines before entering Africa. Believe us when we say that this move can prevent turning your trip to Africa into a nightmare. Think about getting antimalarial, yellow fever, and diarrhea treatments. We also recommend that you plan to get the vaccines as some of them require double doses.

Clothing and other tools.

Concerning clothing, know that staying in Africa does not mean that you end up in a wild place. For this reason, you can travel light and bring only the bare minimum. Give preference to versatile outfits because the weather can be sweltering during the day, and a little bit cold at night can be a little bit cold. Additionally, we advise you to bring shower accessories, a camera, a sheet, a mosquito net, and a flashlight.

Food.

Lastly, concerning food, it is the best way to experience the African subcultures. However, since Africans use different spices and you are probably not used to the African food, you may have digestion issues. To this end, during your trip to Africa, it is recommended to favor well-cooked foods, such as vegetables and meats, and avoid extra spicy food. For the choice of fruits, opt for those with thick peels. Additionally, using bottled water is also the safest choice when you are thirsty.

Best places to visit during your trip to Africa in summer 2021.

Morocco

Revered for its beautiful coastlines, stunning architecture, and bustling markets, the Kingdom of Morocco has a lot to offer to tourists during their trip to Africa. With Berber, Arab, Roman, Jewish, French, and Spanish cultural influences, Morocco has created its own world. Today, home to many upscale restaurants and hotels, tourists can visit ancient cities and mosques while enjoying luxurious facilities and lush beaches.

Casablanca

Casablanca, the white city, is the first and last city you will discover during your 10 Days Morocco Tour with Sonema. Located on the Atlantic coast, Casablanca will charm you with its significant buildings as well as its small souks. On the way, you will discover the Hassan II Mosque, the largest in Africa. The visit to this building is definitely worth the detour; the architecture is magnificent, and being able to walk in a mosque for non-Muslims is quite rare, so you might as well take advantage of it before ending your trip to Africa.

Nearest Airport: Mohamed V Airport.

 

Casablanca-Trip to Africa

Marrakech

An incredible effervescence reigns in Marrakech; you will have the impression of being caught in an absolute sensory whirlwind. There are many places to see in Marrakech between the ocher alleys of the medina, the palm groves, or the Atlas mountains. With Sonema, you will have the chance to stay in one of the city’s riads to get a glimpse of the old Moroccan way of life. Stroll through the heart of the medina, the historic center of Marrakech.

Additionally, lose yourself in Jamaa El Fna Square, a square praised everywhere for its folklore, costumed water vendors, henna tattoo artists, and snake charmers. Wander into the souks of Marrakech, extraordinary places to visit, which represent the perfect site to find souvenirs to bring back home. Finally, admire the splendid Garden Majorelle, one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. An exceptional place created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle.

Nearest Airport: Marrakech – Menara Airport.

 

Marrakech-Trip to Africa

Merzouga

Once you make your first steps in Merzouga, you will already feel freer. Sonema offers you the chance to witness, little by little, roads being replaced by kilometers of endless dunes. Sleep to the sound of Berber chants and the sight of thousands of stars keeping you company. Wake up to the glorious light of dawn, then set off for a unique experience to discover the horizons on the backs of camels. Challenge the dunes by surfing in the desert, then discover the daily life of the local population and immerse yourself in their traditions and cultures with the help of an English and Spanish-speaking guide.

At the end of the day, witness the sunset, an exclusive spectacle where you will see the sun gradually disappear behind the desert that stretches as far as the eye can see in front of you. In the evening, enjoy your dish in the middle of the desert. You will eat a generous local meal followed by a moment around the campfire with the people of the camp. Lastly, live an unforgettable moment thanks to the calm of the desert and the sky’s view.

Nearest Airport: Moulay Ali Cherif (Errachidia) Airport.

Merzouga-Trip to Africa

Ifrane

Ifrane, a city renowned for its Alpine-style architecture, its red-tiled houses, and its backdrop of mountains and forests. You will stop in this city for a drink and capture the city’s beauty and the peaks of the Middle Atlas in a few images.

Nearest Airport: Ifrane Airport.

 

Ifrane-Trip to Africa

Fes

Fez is the cultural capital of Morocco; the city has consistently been recognized as the cradle of Moroccan craftsmanship. Now a large modern city, Fez has seen the country’s history unfold since its founding in the 8th century. It is evidenced by its medina, the old town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. With Sonema, you will discover with a local guide the Moulay Idriss II Mausoleum, founder of Fez. You will also visit the tanners’ quarters, a wonderful place where you will meet the most people and discover the tanners’ daily routine.

Additionally, you will also pass by the Royal Palace, an 80-hectare building, which contains at its heart a real small town. While visiting the Royal Palace, you will also wander in the Jewish quarter. These two mythical places are close to each other because historically, the King’s cooks were Jewish for their excellence and know-how in gastronomic matters. Lastly, you will also have the chance to admire Al Quaraouiyine University, the oldest university globally, with its blue tiles that catch the visitor’s eye.

Nearest Airport: Fes – Saiss Airport.

 

Fes-Trip to Africa

Meknes – Volubilis

 

Meknes is one of the Moroccan imperial cities. Calmer, more colorful and less touristy than its neighbor Fes, Meknes, will be a highlight in your trip to Africa. With Sonema, you will visit the sumptuous Bab El Mansour, the largest portal in Morocco, as well as the famous El Hedim square, where you can take selfies with monkeys, ostriches, peacocks, and snakes. Then you will travel to the legendary city of Volubilis, one of the largest Roman cities in the black continent and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be dazzled by the ruins of Volubilis, considered to be the most beautiful Roman ruins in North Africa.

Nearest Airport: Fes – Saiss Airport.

 

volubilis-Trip to Africa

Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen is one of the pearls of Morocco. If the city does not have any particular monument, it is primarily to let yourself stroll along the blue alleys of the medina that you will come here. The city was painted in blue 20 years ago by the town’s women, making it known a bit. Some say it was the primary purpose; others say it was to keep the bugs away. But there are still other hypotheses, so we don’t know! In short, Chefchaouen is undoubtedly one of the most unusual medinas in the world and an essential stop during your Trip to Africa.

Nearest Airport: Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport.

 

Chefchaouen-Trip to Africa

Rabat

Before leaving for Casablanca to end your 10 Days Morocco Tour with Sonema, you will discover Rabat, a gem nestled on the Atlantic shore. Take your best photos next to the Hassan Tower, a symbolic monument of Rabat, which dominates the city and the Bou Regreg river from its 44m. This tower was to be the minaret of an unfinished mosque claiming to be one of the largest in the world. Additionally, admire the Oudaya Kasbah, which forms a maze of tiny streets where it is good to walk. Once there, you will find a few souvenir shops lining the main road that leads to the tip of the fortifications for a view of Sale and the Atlantic Ocean.

Nearest Airport: Rabat-Sale Airport.

Rabat-Trip to Africa

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Tunisia

Subject to multiple influences, Tunisia rhymes with history, culture, and well-being. With Sonema, you can discover its Roman mosaics, Islamic arts, mosques and stroll around the archaeological site of Carthage. You will enjoy learning about Sidi Bou Saïd, the white and blue paradise, and Tozeur, the gate of the Tunisian desert. As for relaxation, the North African country will charm you with its many seaside resorts.

Tunis

 

Tunis is a modern city that reasonably represents the country’s contrasts and is undoubtedly one of the best destinations you can visit during your trip to Africa. The capital will be your first stop on the Wonders of Tunisia trip, a journey hosted in different languages, including Chinese, Italian, English, and other languages. Discover the medina, the historic center of Tunis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Soak up the colorful atmosphere of its souks and its maze of alleys. Medina is home to many private roof terraces with magnificent views of the city. Next, admire the world’s finest collections of ancient mosaics at the Bardo Museum in Tunis.

Nearest Airport: Tunis-Carthage International Airport.

 

Tunis-Trip to Africa

Carthage

Sonema offers you the opportunity to visit Carthage, one of the most emblematic cities of North Africa. The city of Carthage was founded in the 9th century BC. in the gulf of the capital by the Phoenicians. From the 6th century BC, the town was the mighty capital of a maritime empire spanning the entire western basin of the Mediterranean. Additionally, Carthage was the rival and enemy of Rome for many years, during which long Punic wars pitted the two cities against each other. The Romans finally destroyed Carthage in 146 BC. and a second Carthage, this one Roman, was then founded on its ruins.

Nearest Airport: Tunis-Carthage International Airport.

 

carthage-Trip to Africa

Sidi Bou Saïd

Located on a cliff overlooking Carthage, the village of Sidi Bou Saïd does not lack charm and will undoubtedly be an essential stop during your trip to Africa. The particularity of Sidi Bou Saïd is its blue and white facades. The whole gives a dazzling harmony under the sun. Enjoy an excellent mint tea or other typical country drinks such as North African wines.

While enjoying these delicious drinks, look around and admire the city and its architectural beauty. In the heart of Sidi Bou Saïd, you can visit the Ennejma Ezzahra Palace, now transformed into an open museum. Then, marvel at one of the most beautiful views of the country by taking the tourist route of Sidi Bou Saïd. End your visit by walking along rue Habib Thameur, the main street of Sidi Bou Saïd.

Nearest Airport: Tunis-Carthage International Airport.

 

Sidi Bou Said-Trip to Africa


Bizerte

 

The city of Bizerte is located between the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the eponymous lake, itself connected to Lake Ichkeul. This strategic position explains the city’s importance since the Phoenician period and even more so today since a canal connects Lake Bizerte to the crystal clear waters of the Big Blue. While visiting Bizerte with Sonema, let yourself be captivated by the atmosphere of the Old Port, then stroll through the city’s markets.

Nearest Airport: Tunis-Carthage International Airport.

 

Bizerte

Sousse

 

A port city located in easter part of the country, around 100 kilometers from the capital, Sousse. It opens onto the Gulf of Hammamet, in the Mediterranean Sea area. The city is home to medina, a historic center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. You can also visit the city’s oldest mosque, Bu Ftata, which is located in the southern part and whose architecture is based on the tradition of the time. For art lovers, Sousse has a magnificent archaeological museum built in the 1950s. It houses the second collection of mosaics and thus ranks immediately after the Bardo Museum. In Addition, Sousse beach is a must-see during your trip to Africa.

Nearest Airport: Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport.

 

Sousse

Tozeur

 

Tozeur is located on the Franco-Algerian border in the southwest of the country, about 450 km from the capital. the town is surrounded by around 1,000 hectares of palm groves or approximately 400,000 trees subdivided into thousands of small gardens. Additionally, it is also the city where many films such as Star Wars were filmed; it is also the gateway to the desert.

Nearest Airport: Tozeur Nefta International Airport.

 

Tozeur-Trip to Africa

Djerba

Located in the southeast of the country, Djerba is an island of approximately 514 km². It is considered the most significant island off the coast of North Africa and one of the most beautiful sites to visit during your trip to Africa. Visit Cape Taguermès and its lighthouse, then admire Erriadh, a former center of Jewish settlement in the island’s heart. Know that it is possible to see an old synagogue dating from the 5th century BC. Then, end your visit to the city by going to Houmt Souk, which offers authentic accommodation through its alleys that mingle with small flower-filled squares.

Nearest Airport: Djerba-Zarzis International Airport.

 

Djerba
  
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Egypt

 

Egypt is one of the most wonderful and popular countries globally and an unmissable place to visit during your trip to Africa. The land of the pharaohs will seduce you with its treasures and leave your heart full of memories.

Cairo

 

The first part of your trip to Africa in Egypt begins in Cairo, one of the most populated cities in the world. Do not miss the chance to discover the Cairo Museum to learn more about the ancient Egyptian civilization. The Cairo Museum is enormous and spans several floors. It contains thousands of unique pieces ranging from small antique jewelry to the contents of Tutankhamun’s tomb. To fully discover the excellent Cairo Museum, we at Sonema created an amazing Egyptology Tour guide that lasts 4 hours, enough to learn everything about the museum’s collection.

You also have the choice to combine a visit to the museum with the famous pyramids by choosing a traditional experience with Sonema. Built around 5,000 years ago, the mystery remains how the Egyptians succeeded in erecting these immense monuments. Additionally, we offer you another traditional experience in the form of an opportunity to visit all these magnificent places mentioned above and discover part of this eastern country’s history and religious diversity by visiting the Coptic and Jewish quarter of the city.

The Copts are the Christians of Egypt, who are the direct descendants of the ancient Egyptians. The Coptic and Jewish quarter of Cairo offers a somewhat cozy atmosphere, very different from the rest of the city. Additionally, you can go for a lighter program which includes a day tour to the Egyptian Museum, the Coptic Cairo, and the Citadel, built by the famous Saladin on the heights of Cairo at the end of the XIIth century.

Nearest Airport: Cairo International Airport.

 

Cairo-Trip to Africa

 

Alexandria

 

Alexandria is an Egyptian port city on the Mediterranean and is the second-most populous city in Egypt. We offer you the opportunity to discover this city like no one else can by opting for our particular Alexandria program. By choosing our program, you will be able to visit the catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa, a cemetery dating from the 2nd century AD. Next, admire the famous Roman theater with its marble seats, then marvel at Qaitbay Citadel, a defensive fortress that dates back to the 15th century. Built in a medieval style, it now houses the Naval Museum, which contains artifacts from the Roman naval battles and Napoleon.

End the tour by visiting the Sufi Al Mursi Abu Alabbas Mosque, and let the sea breeze touch your face at the seaside ledge that starts from the Citadel of Qaitbay to the Montazah Palace and its famous gardens. If a six-night and seven-day guided tour of Cairo and Alexandria appeals to you, we have put at your disposal a special offer that you can consult at any time.

Nearest Airport: El Nouzha Airport

Alexandria

Luxor

The city of Luxor is a must-see when making your trip to Africa. The city is at the heart of the historical places of ancient Egypt. We put at your disposal the chance to discover this magnificent Egyptian city from the sky by enjoying a hot air balloon experience. The flight takes place at the first light of the day to take advantage of the sunrise. It lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour, depending on the wind conditions. By opting for such a unique experience, you can see the city of Luxor from above, the Nile and its surrounding region made up of villages, sugar cane fields and banana plantations, the Valley of the Kings, and the Queen Hatshepsut’s temple.

Nearest Airport: Luxor International Airport.

 

Luxor

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Zambia

Zambia offers the opportunity to explore wild and remote nature, of incredible richness, without barriers or time limits. An unspoiled Africa that makes Zambia the most authentic safari destination to visit during your trip to Africa.

Victoria Falls

A trip to Africa would mean nothing without visiting the majestic Victoria Falls, which the country shares with Zimbabwe. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989, these waterfalls are among the most spectacular in the world. At Victoria Falls, the land divides and engulfs one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Zambezi. It acts as the border between the country and its neighbor Zimbabwe. We offer you the opportunity to spend a day trip in the Victoria Falls or to enjoy the thrill of a Victoria Falls River Safari Cruise. Whatever your choice, you will not be disappointed!

Nearest Airport: Livingstone Airport.

 

Victoria Waterfalls-Trip to Africa

Royal Livingstone Express

We offer you the exclusive opportunity to live a unique culinary experience aboard the Livingstone Express; a majestic train inherited from British colonization. The ride departs from Livingstone and takes you to the bridge marking the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. On your return, a delicious dinner will be offered onboard the train.

Nearest Airport: Livingstone Airport.

 

Royal Livingstone Express-Trip to Africa

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Botswana

Botswana is not the most well-known of the safari countries to visit during your trip to Africa; however, the country has lush wildlife, unspoiled landscapes, and wilderness. Additionally, Botswana is home to one of the oldest people on the planet, the Sans.

Chobe National Park

 

Chobe National Park is located in the North East of Botswana. It is famous for its incredible density of animals and the gigantic herds of African elephants. In 1968, Chobe National Park became the country’s first national park. Moreover, the parl has three regions: Chobe Riverfront, Linyanti, and Savuti. It is a must for safaris in Botswana!

Nearest Airport: Kasane Airport.

Chobe National Park-Trip to Africa

Victoria Falls

 

If you want to visit Victoria Falls without going through Zambia, know that it is possible to see them from Botswana. Admire the most majestic waterfalls globally and enjoy a unique spectacle offered by the 108 meters high of these falls. You can also take a cruise on the Zambezi River, passing through the Zambezi National Park. Additionally, for the thrill-seekers, you can opt for a helicopter ride or even leap into the void.

Nearest Airport: Maun Airport.

 

Victoria falls

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South Africa

South Africa is a fascinating country to discover and one of the most important destinations to visit during your trip to Africa. Grandiose landscapes, wildlife, and tormented history created a unique blend that makes South Africa an exceptional nation.

Cape Town

Cape Town is a port city located on the Cape Peninsula in southwestern South Africa. It is built at the foot of the imposing Maclear’s Beacon. The hills of Signal Hill and the Lion’s Head at its summit give relief to this metropolitan city. Additionally, Cape Town is an urban city that is home to abundant artistic activity. It also provides access to the natural gems of the Cape Peninsula.

Nearest Airport: Cape Town Airport.

 

 

Cape Town

Pretoria

Pretoria, the capital of South Africa is one of the most beautiful cities to visit during your trip to Africa. Additionally, Pretoria has many flowering trees that bring a purple color to urban sites. The colonial past is part of the city’s architecture, witness to South African history. Today it is a tourist town with large hotel complexes, and it has many museums to visit. Pretoria has excellent sights to see; visit Church Square, commemorate the dead at the Old Cemetery and then shop at Menlyn Park, Africa’s largest shopping center.

Nearest Airport: Wonderboom Airport.

 

Pretoria

Kilimanjaro

Sonema offers you the chance to climb the highest mountain in the black continent during your trip to Africa. Hikers with good form and a solid physical condition can, with proper preparation, achieve this goal. You can do Trekking on Africa’s highest peak all year round. During 120 hours, you will pass through a humid forest, dusty slopes dotted with rocky scree, rain, snow, or hail. At an altitude of about 3800 m, the clouds are often suspended; So be prepared to find it raining at or below this height, even in a dry period.

 

Nearest Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport.

 

Kilimanjaro-Trip to Africa

Zambezi River

The Zambezi River cruise is not only reserved for Botswana and Zambia. We offer you the opportunity to live the same experience in South Africa. The trip can last from a couple of hours to a full five nights.

Nearest Airport: Victoria Falls Airport.

 

Zambezi River

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