Africa is home to some of the most fascinating cultures, languages, people, and beautiful places in the world. Although there is a travel ban in many countries, taking a trip is always best when planned ahead of time. If you are thinking of tourist attractions that are mind blowing or simply the opportunity to have a fun and relaxing time, East African countries have multiple locations to consider.
Below are five great vacation spots and historic sites for you to consider this year and when ever you decide to travel to or within Africa.
Lalibela is a town located in the Amhara region, north of Ethiopia. This is one of the country’s most serene and famous settings. With its existing religious meaning and intricate architecture, this town has an energy like no other. The site according to history was originally called Roha but later took the name of King Lalibela who ruled around the year 1200 CE. It has 11 churches known to be carved out of a hillside. The spectacular site is marked by the soft reddish volcanic rock it’s engraved out from.
Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities and a center of pilgrimage which many have likened to a symbolic representation of Jerusalem. It is known to be one of the wonders of the world and nothing can prepare you for the reality of experiencing and seeing this city for yourself. So, if you want to have a touch of African history, human civilization, and spirituality, then Lalibela is the place to visit.
This a city in Kenya found along the Indian Ocean. Thus, you can begin to imagine the beautiful beaches in a place popularly described as the “white and blue” city of Kenya. Mixed with a blend of African, Arab, and Indian culture, Mombasa is East Africa’s largest cosmopolitan port. It is rich in architecture and history, likewise one of the most ideal spots for a beach holiday. With consistently good weather, an array of fine restaurant cuisine and street food, Mombasa is considered to be a paradise on earth. A trip to this city is an opportunity to experience diversity, historic architecture at its best, fun and relaxation all at the same time.
Lake Assal (Djibouti)
This saline lake is located in the Danakil Desert in central Djibouti. Known as the lowest point in Africa, and the third lowest point on earth, Lake Assal is more than 150m below sea level. Djibouti as a country has landscapes with multiple hot springs and your visit to Lake Assal would not be void of that, likewise an opportunity to have a once in a lifetime experience in Africa. It is sheltered in a volcanic crater and heralds the genesis of the Great African Rift Valley.
The landscape is breathtaking as it is the biggest salt reserve in the world. If the Dead Sea in Israel is on your bucket list, then it’s best to know that Africa also offers the opportunity to experience one of the wonders of the world.
Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
If you have ever watched The Lion King and been affected by the adrenalin of seeing how wild and free animals can be, then Tanzania is the place to visit. The Serengeti National Park is one of Tanzania’s oldest parks and marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a spectacular African scenery and a classic example of wildlife on display. Every year there is a great migration of 2 million wild beasts including the gazelle and zebra to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya from the Serengeti.
Hence, if you are privileged to be there at the right time you can spot the magnificence of the movement of the herd extending to the horizon. The park also has an array of animals from cheetahs, rhinos, and all the major safari animals. With an amazing scenery and beautiful weather, the Serengeti National Park is certainly a trip of a lifetime.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park (Uganda)
This is situated in the Western part of Uganda but specifically at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Although not as high as Mount Kilimanjaro, with 6 glacial peaks it has the highest mountain range in the entire African continent. It has main peaks which are known to be adventurous for mountain hikers who love hiking and are open for a fun challenge. There are several mammal species at the national park, which comprise of buffaloes, elephants, leopards, and forest hogs. Thus, if you love mountain hiking, birding safaris or wildlife tours then Rwenzori Mountains National Park is worth experiencing.