Africa’s cheapest travel destinations
Traveling to Africa can seem pretty daunting as safety is a shaky subject. However, Africa has some of the best budget travel destinations that perhaps require a bit more research and preparation, but definitely perfect for the gutsy backpackers, especially those live quite close by and can save a little bit of that expensive flight ticket.
After all the protests in 2011, the tourism of Egypt has definitely declined since tourists are concerned about their safety while traveling. However, if you fancy yourself a chance for an adventure since things have calmed down starting last year, Cairo is a good place to see last remaining of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Pyramids of Giza. To have extra assurance of your safety as you travel, make sure to double check with your foreign office or state department if you are from the U.S.
Africa might be known for the safari, but for travelers who aren’t keen on seeing animals in the while, Morocco is the perfect destination for them. On top of that, it’s also the safest country in North Africa, which can also appeal to travelers who prefer a more secured country. Visit the port city of Essaouira, where you can see the amazing citadel, enjoy the beach, or go fishing at port. If you want to go where the famous people go, stop by Cafe Baba in Tangier, where the Rolling Stones got their last name of the band. If you are more of a ‘Sex and the City’ girl — or guy and want to relive the girls’ crazy adventure, go to Marrakech. Stop by Marrakech Medina, the famous beautiful market in the whole city and Djemma el Fnaa, the city’s main square.
If seeing animals in the wild is actually something that’s on your bucket list, then come along to Cape Town where the safari isn’t the only attraction. Good weather, good beaches, and a great culture awaits. Depending on where you are in the world, it might be a destination that’s quite far away, but the whole packaged experience that the city offers is definitely tough to beat.
Arusha is the main hub that connects hikers aiming to climb up Mount Kilimanjaro and tourists planning to see the safari at Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. However, visitors can also see the small city’s unique sights like their museums, mosques, and snake park. It’s also gives tourists a nice break from all the rigorous safari and hike to just relax and experience more of the rich culture that the country offers.
Not only Rwanda is one of the safest country in Africa, this country is known for Volcanoes National Park, the home of endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in Ruhengeri. On top of that, its largest city, Kigali is also good place to visit because it’s still affordable. Food can be quite expensive, but stick to local produce and goods, instead of imported products to save your buck. Make sure to visit Kigali Genocide Memorial to commemorate and learn more about this horrible tragedy that happened in 1994, an experience that is highly recommended for history buffs.
Last but not least is Botswana. Unlike other African countries and its safaris, Botswana has the world-known Makgadikgadi Salt Pan in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. This beautiful landscape appeared after a huge lake dried up a millennia ago, which is now appreciated as an endless surface of dried-up salt pans in the Kalahari Desert. However, during the winter, things can still turn around as grass might grow and bring some wildlife like zebra, wildebeest, and flamingos, which is a pleasant sight to see.