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Underrated Summer travel ideas in Africa to jump on right now

With summer just around the corner, I have been singing praises of Africa to everyone I come across. Also I will be sharing some underrated summer travel ideas. Pack your bags and hop on the plane down to Africa for the best things to see and do.

Without a doubt, I can tell you that Africa is one of the best places to be during the summer. If you’re a nature lover, there are so many outdoor activities in Africa to explore.

Typically, many tourists flock to popular sites like the pyramids of Egypt or South Africa’s Kruger National Park. However, the continent is filled with countless activities that often fly under the radar but offer exceptional and enriching experiences. 

The next question you may ask, is it safe to travel to Africa? I would recommend you read up the travel advisory for places you want to explore in Africa. I have also written a detailed travel advisory if Nigeria is your choice country to see in Africa.

To enjoy any of these experiences in Africa, I highly recommend Getyourguide. They offer fun experiences all over Africa irrespective of your budget. I also have a more detailed travel resources section to enable you plan your trip.

Underrated summer travel ideas in Africa

Lately, I find myself curating a list of interesting activities that can be done within Africa during the summer. So, I’ll be sharing some of these underrated summer travel ideas with you in this blog. 

They include:

Track Desert Elephants

Have you seen desert elephants before? If not, you need to take  a trip to Africa! Desert Elephants are quite fascinating and these creatures have evolved to thrive in harsh environments. It is why you would often find them in the Safari environment. 

For those who would love to indulge in this activity, you should go to Namibia. In the arid landscapes of Damaraland, you can track rare desert-adapted elephants. Be sure to take along your camera while going as you would get some cool shots at this place.

Explore the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

Somewhere in Ethiopia lies the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. I recently came across these and wondered why they have not gained so much popularity. Undoubtedly, it stands as one of the hidden gems in Africa. 

The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are 11 medieval monolithic churches that are carved out of rock. I haven’t been here, but it is now on my bucket list and I look forward to visiting it soon. 

Go Snorkeling

One thing about Africa is that the continent has many water bodies that are perfect for snorkeling. I would say that there is almost no country in Africa where you cannot go snorkeling. 

I always recommend snorkeling during the summer as it comes with a certain sense of calm and peace. It is an activity to do and marvel at the wonders of the world. If I’m to recommend, I would say Lake Malawi is a perfect destination for snorkeling. Snorkeling here allows you to see some of the most colorful cichlids in the world.

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Go Hiking

Similar to snorkeling, hiking is an activity that can be done in almost any African country you visit. I always look forward to hiking because it lets me explore various parts of the country that I might have never encountered if I didn’t opt for a hike. 

Simien Mountains in Ethiopia is a perfect destination for hiking in Africa. As you trek through the mountains, you get to see spectacular landscapes and encounter wildlife such as gelada baboons, Ethiopian wolves, and Walia ibex. Yes, these are animals you would only see in Ethiopia.

Attend Festivals

You are missing out if you have never attended an African festival! Well, you can make up for it by planning to attend one this summer! 

From the energy of the people to the vibrant colors, unique traditions and music, and more, there is a lot to enjoy during any African festival. In fact, you should witness the Gerewol festival in Chad. It is a rare cultural celebration by the nomadic Wodaabe tribe. During this festival, men adorn themselves in elaborate costumes and makeup to compete for the affection of women.

Another fun festival you need experience is the Ojude Oba festival in Ijebu, Ogun state, Nigeria. People travel from far and wide to enjoy this festival. You get experience the culture as well as the fashion. I have never more colourful outfits like that worn during this festival.

Sounds weird and interesting? Plan to experience it this summer! 

Go Kayaking

I always say that one of the best ways to bond with the locals in any region is by going kayaking. Of course, you didn’t think I would encourage stepping into strange waters without the locals by your side. 

It is always fun to kayak with the locals as you get to hear fun stories and admire stunning scenery while at it. One kayaking experience that would always stand out to me is paddling through the mighty Zambezi River just below the Victoria Falls. It was a thrilling adventure!

Underrated summer travel ideas in Africa

Explore Ancient Ruins

I know that Egypt is one of the first places that would come to mind when anyone suggests exploring ancient ruins during the summer. After all, Egypt is known for its pyramids and Egyptian mummies. 

However, let’s switch things up a bit this summer by exploring the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe. This place was a major trading city from the 11th to the 15th centuries and today stands as a UNESCO World Heritage site. I can only imagine the fascinating stories I would hear while exploring this place. 

Another fun ancient place to visit is located at Sungbo Eredo. This place is rumored to the place where queen Sheba traveled to vist King Solomon back in the day. It was fun hiking experience to do in Nigeria.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Although I haven’t gathered the courage to go on one yet, taking a hot air balloon ride sits on my bucket list. Many people recommend doing this activity in Magaliesburg, South Africa. 

While curating this list, I did my research and I was blown away by the beautiful and serene landscapes in this area. It is perfect for watching the sunrise. 

Underrated summer travel ideas

Climb Dunes

Wondering where you would find dunes to climb? Visit Namibia! Early morning climbs up the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei provide breathtaking views, especially at sunrise when the colors change dramatically.

I would advise you to visit this place with a camera as you wouldn’t want to miss having memories of these views. 

Go Chimpanzee Trekking

It’s common to hear about walking lions, but I doubt you’ve heard of or indulged in trekking Chimpanzees. I was giddy with excitement when I learned about this activity and its possibility in Africa. Yes, you can go Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest, Rwanda. 

Here, you get to track Chimpanzees as they swing through one of Africa’s oldest forests. Nyungwe also offers a chance to see a variety of other primates and rich birdlife.

Explore Villages 

Typically, people tend to stick to towns when in new places, including Africa. However, that is not a great way to enjoy your holiday. 

The best way to enjoy your holiday in Africa would be to immerse yourself in the culture of the local region by visiting traditional villages. During these visits, you learn about their customs, dances, and way of life. Trust me, you may want to extend your stay. 

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