Did you know there are 54 countries in Africa?
With over one billion people, the African continent ranks second in population density.
If you’ve never visited Africa, it’s time it graced your bucket list! There are so many things to do in Africa, it’s hard narrowing it down to only a few—but we have.
Keep reading for 5 unique things to do in Africa.
1. An African Safari
The safari was popularized in the US by American president Theodore Roosevelt in 1909. Back then, safaris meant big-game hunting.
Today’s safaris are kinder and gentler with most animals getting “shot” by camera only. The safari is unique to Africa, and you don’t want to miss out on the adventure if you’re there.
The Masai Mara in Kenya is a great place for your first safari. Here you’ll find huge herds of wildebeest as well as other grazers of the Serengeti.
Grazers draw predators such as lions and cheetahs looking for food. You’ll also get a chance at seeing rare black rhinos, elephants, and giraffes.
2. Sossusvlei in Namibia
This unique desert area includes sand dunes of red, pink, and orange hues along with white salt pans.
Visit this Mars-like landscape early in the morning or late in the afternoon for the most spectacular colors. It’s also cooler at these times.
Dune 45 offers amazing photo opportunities for photography enthusiasts. Explore Deadvlei and it’s 900-year-old fossilized Acacia trees. This haunting dead forest is beautiful and surreal.
3. Victoria Falls Bungee Jumping
If you’re looking for adventure, how about bungee jumping off a bridge at Victoria Falls?
Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world.
Every minute, more than 550,000,000 liters of water spills over the edge of the falls. Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For a truly spectacular and unique visit, try a star bed experience at the Victoria Falls Island Treehouse.
4. Visit Penguins in South Africa
When you think of penguins, you probably don’t think of South Africa, but you should!
Boulders Beach in South Africa is home to some cute African penguins.
This isolated beach is the only place you’ll get an up-close look at these flightless birds. January is a good time to see the young birds molting on the beach.
5. Cage Diving with Great White Sharks
This Cape Town adventure is not for the faint of heart. Look at these huge sharks up close with only a few bars of steel protecting you.
These graceful killers are terrifying and beautiful. Swimming with sharks is a memory you’ll never forget!
There Are So Many Unique Things to Do in Africa
There are so many fascinating places to visit and things to do in Africa, you could stay busy for the rest of your life. If you only have a couple of weeks, these are some fun things you won’t want to miss.
Whatever you end up doing, you’ll love your trip to Africa!
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