As COVID-19-related travel restrictions begin to lift, many are looking for a way to escape their cabin fever. For those seeking to get away, Africa should be high on the list of possible travel destinations. The continent is made up of 54 countries and roughly 2000 languages, has a variety of scenes, activities, and locations, that go far beyond those often portrayed in the media.
There are many misconceptions about the African continent. These range from negative assumptions about safety, cost, lack of amenities and modern conveniences, etc., but those familiar with its many beautiful locales know that in many cases, nothing can be further from the truth.
Additionally, according to the CDC website, the African continent has under 4,000 COVID-19 related deaths, as compared to the nearly 220,000 in the United States, at the time of this writing. This may come as a surprise to those who view Africa as a health risk based upon a view of the continent that is centered around diseases such as Ebola and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
There are numerous cost-effective ways to visit while participating in activities that range from backpacking, bungee-jumping, hiking, exploring, safaris, among others. Each country has its own personality and attractions, creating the possibility of a unique experience with each visit.
Some highlights of possible places to visit include:
- Uganda, where you can see mountain gorillas in their natural habitats.
- Kenya and Tanzania, where you can see the Great Migration. The annual event in which "2 million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle make a migratory circle from the Masa Mara in Kenya to the Serengeti in Tanzania and back again."
- Zambia and Zimbabwe, where you can see Victoria Falls, the largest waterfalls in the world.
- And last, but certainly not least, Egypt, where you can visit the world-famous Pyramids of Giza.
With so much to offer, it is clear why the African continent has long been considered a tourist destination by so many. Despite misconceptions and limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the many countries that make up this cultural mecca should still be high on your list of places to visit.
Learn more about COVID-19 travel restrictions to the African continent here.