What travel experts thinks about you some of your favorite destinations in Africa.

Where do you intend to travel to in 2021? All year round, people visit destinations across the world for different reasons. Some do it for business, others for leisure. Below are what some travel experts think about some of the favorite travel destinations you would want to visit at all costs before we port into the year 2022.

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10 popular African destinations you should visit in 2021

If we have learned anything from this year, it is that time with our loved ones is more valuable than anything. We also know that reconnecting in the beauty and natural wonderlands of Africa is the perfect blank canvas to re-imagine a 2021 filled with joy, exploration and wondrous discovery. We have crafted our list of African places you should visit in 2021, each one hand selected for its incredible beauty and diversity as well as its remoteness – far away from bustling cities and large tourist crowds.

1. Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda

View from the Bisate Lodge in the Volcanoes National Park

Go Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park, Photo credit: Bisate Lodge

There is one main reason to travel here – and that is to see gorillas. The Volcanoes National Park is the Rwandan portion of the Virunga Volcanoes Mountains (which straddles Uganda and the DRC as well) and is home to around half of the world’s mountain gorillas and often considered as Africa’s best gorilla trekking experience.

2. Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve – South Africa

One of the African places to visit is the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and its leopards

Spot leopards in Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Set along the Kruger National Park’s western boundary, this private reserve offers the best Big 5 game viewing in Southern Africa as well as some of Africa’s most luxurious and groundbreaking lodges. And the best part, the Sabi Sand is easy to access and far away from tourist crowds of Kruger National Park!

3. Kafue – Zambia

Hot air ballooning in Kafue National Park in Zambia

Explore the Kafue National Park from above. Credit: Shumba Camp

A hidden gem of a safari destination and flying well below the radar of most safari travellers, Kafue is the largest of Zambia’s conservation areas. With only a handful of lodges, this enormous reserve is often explored with barely another vehicle in sight. Added to this the huge number of unusual plains game, such as lechwe and puku, and the usual predators they attract, Kafue is an off-the-beaten-track destination to add to your bucket list.

4. Skeleton Coast – Namibia

African places to visit in 2021: Skeleton Coast in Namibia

Skeleton Coast, where the desert meets the ocean

Named after the shipwrecks which litter the beaches of northern Namibia, the Skeleton Coast is a remote and desolate part of Africa. With great sweeping vistas of vast desert and violent ocean, you would be surprised to find the volume of fauna and flora it supports. Lions on the beach, brown hyenas, seals and oryx make this a perfect stop in a Namibian itinerary – but be warned, it sells out fast.

5. Pemba Island – Zanzibar

Wooden jetty on Pemba Island

Welcome to your paradise in the Indian Ocean

Situated in the Indian Ocean, a short distance off the Tanzania coast – Zanzibar has a colourful history with connections to Africa, Middle East and Asia. As you would expect the culture is a big drawcard for visiting however the island life of palm-fringed beaches, cerulean waters and local dhow sailing boats make this an island paradise like no other.

6. Masai Mara – Kenya

Masai Mara in Kenya is among the African places to visit in 2021

Live your African dream in the Masai Mara

Easily one of Africa’s most famous safari destinations – there is little which needs to be said about it. A well known cog of the great migration machine, the Masai Mara is actually an incredible destination to visit year-round. One particular highlight would be to view Africa’s magic from the air in a hot-air balloon ride over the savannah.

7. Franschhoek – South Africa

Romantic sunset in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands

Fall in love with the Cape Winelands

As the only town featured in our list, Franschhoek clearly has to be something special – and it really is. This quaint little town is very firmly part of South Africa’s famous wine route. Synonymous with its effortless French flair, it is not surprising that Franschhoek boasts a significant number of award winning restaurants and wine farms to please even the pickiest gourmand.

8. Selous – Tanzania

Lions in Selous National Park in Tanzania

Dream safari, anyone?

Probably a name you have never encountered before, but trust me you need to take note. Selous National Park is actually Africa’s largest game reserve and, although difficult to imagine, it is four times the size of the Serengeti! A traditional Big 5 safari destination, with incredible numbers of buffalo and elephant as well, what really makes this place stand out is its remoteness and raw, untouched wilderness.

9. Hwange National Park – Zimbabwe

African places to visit in 2021: Hwange National Park

Spend a night in a hide surrounded by nature, Photo credit: The Hide

From Africa’s largest reserve, to Zimbabwe’s. Hwange (pronounced ‘Wang-gee’). Boasting huge herds of elephants (second only to Chobe National Park), as well as a very strong lion population with frequent sightings. This reserve is also an important breeding ground for the endangered African wild dog, black rhino as well as both sable and roan antelope.

10. Amboseli – Kenya

21 African Places to travel to in 2021

Panorama views with the Kilimanjaro in the background

I’m certain you have all seen the iconic views of Mount Kilimanjaro – the world’s tallest free standing mountain. Well they are more than likely to have been taken in Amboseli. The mountain is actually situated across the border in Tanzania, but the game rich area of Amboseli, with large herds of elephants, is a great reason to enjoy this spectacular reserve.

Source: https://blog.rhinoafrica.com/2020/12/23/african-places-to-travel-to/