9 Things to do in Africa besides a Safari

by | Oct 10, 2021 | Africa Live Work and Play, Live Work Play Travel | 23 comments

Africa is the world’s second largest continent and covers some 6 per cent of the Earth’s surface. And within this area you will find some 54 countries with around 1.3 billion people calling the African continent home. So as you can imagine, Africa is big, or a better word is huge. With so many countries, you would think that Africa would be known for many more things than just safaris. I am here to tell you that there is plenty to see and do in Africa. Here are my suggestions of 9 things to do in Africa besides safaris.

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Egypt’s Great Pyramids


The Pyramids In Egypt Are A Must See. Marvel At These Triangular Stone Buildings.

Visit the Pyramids in Egypt


The pyramids of Giza in Egypt are one of the seven original wonders of the world. Don’t miss them when visiting Africa. They are a human engineering marvel built around 2560 BC.


Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe


Victoria Falls In Africa Is One Of the 7 Natural Wonders Of The World. It is Believed To Be The Biggest Waterfall In The World.

Try not to get wet!


Victoria Falls is a waterfall on the Zambezi River bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and it is a sight to behold. It is known by the locals as ‘Mos-oa-Tunya’, The smoke that thunders, and that she does! Named by David Livingstone, the first European to see it. He named it Victoria Falls after the Queen of England at that time. It is regarded as the largest waterfall in the world and is a ‘must see’ on my list of the best 10 things to do in Africa besides safaris.


Mount Kilimanjaro


Snow Capped Mount Kilimanjaro Is The Highest Mountain In Africa.

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro


Like conquering mountains? Then here is another to conquer! Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. In fact, it is actually a dormant volcano with its last activity taking place around 200 years ago. Often snow-capped, thousands attempt to climb it each year. But you don’t have to climb it, just seeing it is quite spectacular.




Timbuktu Is Disappearing Into The Sand But Golden Buildings And Walls Still Remain.

From Here to Timbuktu


You have probably heard the phrase ‘from here to Timbuktu’ to denote somewhere very far away. Well, when visiting Africa, it isn’t that far away! Timbuktu was a centre for trade and learning during the 15th and 16th centuries but today, it is mostly known for its remoteness. Step back in time here at this UNESCO World Heritage Site to relics of its golden age. A must see when visiting Africa before it disappears.


Sand Dunes of Namibia


Marvel At The Golden And Reddish Sands Of The Sand Dunes In Namibia.

Sand Dunes as far as the eye can see


Namibia is home to some of the oldest and largest sand dunes in the world. Climbing these stunning red dunes will provide spectacular panoramas of the surrounding dune landscape.


Enjoy some of Africa’s Beaches


Spend Lazy Days On Sun Drenched Golden Sand Beaches With Palm Trees Along The African Continent Coastline.

Spend lazy days on an African beach


Africa is a continent surrounded by oceans, the Indian Ocean to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. With so much ocean, Africa is home to some of the best beaches in the world. You could enjoy your days lying on picturesque white sands with palm trees swaying in the sea breeze while enjoying a local drink and food. Why not discover for yourself on your African adventure the beaches of Zanzibar, Mauritius, Madagascar and the Seychelles.


Learn to surf in Morocco


Surfing At One Of Morocco's Beaches Is A Popular Activity. So Get Your Surfboard And Walk Along The Golden Sand, Maybe Sharing It With Camels, And Surf In The Excellent Waves.

Surfs Up!


When you think of Morocco you may think of many things. Markets full of spices and local produce. Mosques. Adventures of Lawrence of Arabia. Palaces in Marrakech. The Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains and walking into a bar in Casablanca! But Morocco also has a great coastline and is a great place for a surfing adventure.


Avenue of the Baobabs in Madagascar


Walk Along The Sandy Road Between The 30 Metre Tall African Baobab Trees.

Take a walk through the Baobabs


Madagascar is known for its beaches and animals but also is the best place to see the Baobab Trees. Don’t miss a visit to the Avenue of the Baobabs while in Madagascar. The ‘avenue’ is a group of Baobab Trees that reach around 30 metres high. Very impressive sight to see while in Africa and it makes my list of the top 10 things to see in Africa besides safaris.


Table Mountain in South Africa


Table Mountain In South Africa Provides Fabulous Views Over Cape Town. It Has A Flat Top Making It Look Like A Table.

Great views from the top


Yet another one of the world’s seven wonders of nature found in Africa, is Table Mountain in South Africa. This flat-topped mountain sits overlooking the South African city of Cape Town. You can hike to the top of the mountain or take the aerial cableway. Whichever way you choose to reach the top you will receive panoramic views over the Cape Peninsula and out to Robben Island where Nelson Mandella was imprisoned. 


Go on a Safari


I know, I know, this post is about the things to see and do in Africa besides a safari…..but! If you want to know about going on a safari read my post Best African Safari Tours – Top 11 Picks.


Final Words


I hope you enjoyed discovering these 9 other things to do in Africa besides a safari. In fact, I have only just touched on the things to do. I would love to hear of your adventures to the places mentioned or other places not on this list in the comments below.


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  1. Christina

    Really cool list and suggestions.

  2. Catherine - Savvy Family Travel

    Your baobob tree pic is awesome. I never would’ve associated surfing with Morocco! Mt Kilamanjaro and the Pyramids have been on my bucket list forever, adding the rest of these as well!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      I hope you can get to Africa soon and cross these places off your bucket list. Surfing was great fun in Morocco.

  3. Lindajane

    Africa is an amazing place to visit and you’re right, there are lots of great things to do besides safaris. I’ve been awed by the Egyptian pyramids and Victoria Falls but Madagascar, Kilimanjaro and Morroco are still on the list. Thanks for sharing!

    • Puloma Bhattacharya

      Great post on 9 places to visit in Africa, most of them is in my bucket list including Avenue of Baobabs, Victoria falls, Morocco and Namib desert.

      • Sharyn McCullum

        There are many more places you could include but this is a great start for your bucket list.

  4. Lina

    Africa is such a fascinating continent! I’ve only made it to Morocco so far (and didn’t even try surfing there) but I’d loooove to see much more such as the sand dunes in Namibia or the baobabs in Madagascar.

  5. Emma

    So many of these are on my bucket list it’s not even funny. I’m going to need so much time in Africa to get everything done. I was planning on Kilimanjaro until the pandemic hit so once I do that I’ll hopefully be able to fit some more of these things in. Madagascar would be amazing, and the pyramids are just a dream trip.

  6. Coralie

    Africa is one place I long to explore more and you’ve given some great ideas here. Namibia looks so enticing – definitely on my bucket list!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Glad to provide you with some inspiration. I would love other about your travels to Namibia if you do get there!


    Africa is a continent that has always attracted me, primarily for its wildlife. Thank you for giving me so many more reasons to visit the continent now. Kilimanjaro and Timbuktu, being at the top of the list.

  8. Hannah Ackroyd

    There are so many incredible things to do in Africa! Being honest, safari is normally the first thing that springs to my mind too when I think of an African vacation, but that’s just scratching the surface! I’d love to see the pyramids one day! And the sand dunes of Namibia look incredible! For some reason I never think of beached when I think of Africa but it sounds like they have some magical ones! Thanks for the great guide!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      There are many things to do in Africa that we just don’t realise. And yes, usually safari springs to mind with me too.

  9. Terri

    I would love to see the Baobab Trees! But all 9 suggestions sound incredible. Ahh to dream of future travel!

  10. Paula Martinelli

    What a great post! I absolutely love Africa and the more I explore, the more my bucket list grows. Exploring the sand dunes in Namibia has been one of the most amazing things I have done in my life and I love the idea to learn how to surf in Morocco – Thanks for sharing all these bucket list things to do!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      That is good to hear about the sand dunes. And surfing in Morocco is so much fun!

  11. Susanna

    Africa is such a diverse continent. You can do a bit of everything from hanging out on the beach to exploring awesome nature – like those sand dunes—great ideas for things to do in Africa that aren’t safaris.

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Agree, Africa is very diverse and we sometimes forget just how diverse it is.

  12. Amy

    These are great suggestions! People sometimes forget the range of countries, ecosystems, and cultures present in the continent of Africa.

    • Sharyn McCullum

      That is right. There are 54 countries on the African continent and as you say, each with they own ecosystems and cultures.

  13. Jo Clark

    What FUN!! I am soooo longing for a safari!!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Safaris in Africa are wonderful, but there is plenty of other things to see and do while there.


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