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.
Egypt’s Great Pyramids
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
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.
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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.