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Overview to Africa: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

African Villagers

Africa - right across its vast landmass, few places continue to exert such a pull on travelers. Starting in the north, Morocco is laced with all the continent’s mysterious allure, its ancient cities like Fes and Marrakech rubbing shoulders with the more relaxed towns of Essaouira and Chefchaouen.

Away from urban life, meanwhile, the landscape is studded with a succession of fantastic sights such as the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and the evocative Roman remains of Volubilis.

Its North African neighbor, Tunisia, is similarly well-endowed with attractions: from the ruins of ancient Carthage (not far from the modern-day capital Tunis) to the rolling sands of the Sahara, it’s an exquisitely visual place.

Moving south, the tiny country of Benin is stuffed with amazing scenery, including verdant natural parks and gorgeous strips of practically deserted coastline. Nearby Kenya is famous for its vast reserves of wildlife: whether it’s the never-ending grasslands of the Maasai Mara, Kakamega Rainforest or Nairobi National Park, it will always be known for having some of the best safari in the world.

Botswana essentially offers more of the same thing. With the Okavango Delta, Nxia Pan, Gemsbok and, at its heart, the mighty Kalahari, it is (like Kenya) a series of one awe-inspiring natural habitat after another.

And Zambia is no less blessed with awe-inspiring scenery. In addition to its natural parks, it’s home to one of the world’s most impressive spectacles: the Victoria Falls. Right the way along the Zambezi River, however, there are a host of activities on offer, with some great whitewater rafting and canoeing opportunities.

Over on the east coast, Tanzania is such a vast landscape that - like so many other parts of Africa - it can easily seem a little overwhelming. The country boasts some of the richest wildlife resources, from wildebeest, lions and cheetahs through to crocodiles and flamingos.

But when it comes to natural habitats, few places can match South Africa for the sheer variety of breathtaking landscapes it offers. Although it’s also home to vibrant cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town, it is (as with the rest of the Africa) the wide open spaces that continue to be so beguiling to travelers.