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Your secret African travel destinations
Africa has already some classic destinations, which are mostly confined to North Africa's pleasant coast, the Indian Ocean island pearls, East and Southern African safari hotspots and a growing number of coastal charter destinations in Egypt, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.
These destinations, although most are indeed excellent, we will ignore in this guide to Africa's undiscovered paradises.
And actually, if you are prepared to accept some extra preparative works booking tickets and spend some extra time on getting there, Africa's less known destinations are worth every penny/cent compared to the well established ones.
One great advantage by travelling off Africa's beaten track is the authenticity and hospitality always experienced. No one can give you a warmer welcome than Africans. And in no place are you safer from crime than among local Africans outside the large cities and tourist destinations.
In a decade or two, Africa will be as densely travelled as other continents, with charter destinations along much of its Atlantic, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean coasts. As in other parts of the world, genuine age-old culture will succumb to national and globalised culture. An era will end.
Therefore, use your chance to visit the unique destinations of Africa while they are still unique and before everybody else has done it.
afrol News' travel tips will take you to unspoilt beaches and coasts in São Tomé, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon, Namibia, Mozambique, Comoros, Somaliland and more. We will introduce you to some of the world's most amazing trekking areas in Cameroon, Guinea, Lesotho, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, Mali and Rwanda. And we will guide you to fascinating cities and urban life in Mozambique, Senegal, Togo, Ethiopia and Madagascar.
Rhumsiki, northern Cameroon
We start our travel guide with a
São Tomé island
The second leg of afrol News' African secret destination guide is the tropical island paradise of São Tomé. This Gulf of Guinea island, hosting one of Africa's quietest and safest capitals, is the perfect and genuine African version of a Caribbean or Pacific pearl: excellent beaches, lush volcanic rainforest and farms, warm Portuguese architecture, Creole culture and African hospitality. See why you have to visit São Tomé here.
Nightlife of Lomé, Togo
As a our first urban destination, we present you to the amasing capital of Togo, Lomé. Although Lomé is a secret haven for both culture and beach lovers, this time we focus on nightlife. The reason is that West Africa's sparkling nightlife should be on the world's top-ten tourist attraction list. Among very many good candidates, we chose Lomé for you as a perfect place for first-time visitors. Find out why you cannot miss out on Lomé here.
Zululand and Swaziland
Africa is also a major destination of cultural tourism, or at least should be. Our first choice within this segment are two neighbouring, culturally packed destinations in the otherwise globalised region of Southern Africa. In the outskirts of the principal tourist destination South Africa, the little visited cultural adventure hotspots Zululand and Swaziland are found. Easily accessible and highly moving! Find out more about Zululand's and Swaziland's delights here.
Saint-Louis city of Senegal
Africa is not what it is without taking into account its colonial history and culture. Saint-Louis, the capital
The world's largest and second deepest lake provides you with the opportunity of one of the most exotic cruises you have ever experienced, probably without meeting any tourists at all. A ferry from 1913, pleasant swims, sports fishing, chimpanzee safaris, lovely landscapes and good cooking is among the treats offered you on and along the lake. Find out more about this Tanzanian and Zambian destination here.
No, it is not a joke! The breakaway republic of Somaliland is a safe and amazing travel destination that not should be confused with violent and chaotic (southern) Somalia. What Somaliland lacks in tourism infrastructure, it returns tenfold in adventures, culture and spectacular destinations, spanning from coral reefs and beaches to scenic trekking mountains and ancient towns. Find out why you are in a hurry to go here.
Gabon's tropical coast
Gabon is where the Congo Basin rainforests hit the Atlantic coast in a patchwork of beaches, mangroves, rivers, lagoons, forests and savannas. The result is a spectacular coastal landscape with unique biodiversity. And large parts of the coast are national parks where government promotes ecotourism. But tourists have not discovered this pearl yet, so it is now time to go before luxury resorts pop up behind great fences. Find out more here.
Make sure to look out for new secret African destinations that are added frequently to this guide!
By staff writers
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