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Here Are 10 Cheap & Amazing Tourist Destinations In Africa

By Parker Diakite

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Making a trip to Africa is bound to be a life-changing experience.

From the food, culture, history, and famous safaris, there’s so much to do in the Motherland. However, with that being said, the excursions can quickly add up and your trip can put you way over budget.

That’s why we researched some cheaper activities in popular destinations across the continent.

Kigali, Rwanda

When comparing Kigali to other African cities, you will find that it’s easy to navigate on a budget.

A favorite among tourists to Rwanda is the gorilla trekking tours in Volcanoes National Park. Those tours, however, can easily come with a $750 or more price tag.

There are cheaper tours that you find for as low as $240,  according to Trip Advisor.

If that’s still too much money for your budget, then skip gorilla trekking altogether and opt for a cruise on Lake Kivu for $84 or support the locals by booking a cultural walking tour.  

Cairo, Egypt

Even with its popularity, Egypt is one of the cheapest African countries to visit if you’re on a budget.

From the beginning, you should have the Giza Pyramids on your itinerary. If you’ve done some research, you know that your experience depends on the tickets you purchase.

According to Egypt Travel, a ticket to the Giza Plateau costs $10.

If you want to splurge a little more, Egypt Pyramid Tours has a day trip to see both the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx for $35.  

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Nairobi, Kenya

Known as one of the world’s safari capitals, Nairobi is another popular destination that can be rather expensive. Rates for one of its iconic activities,  breakfast with giraffes, start at approximately $620 per night.

Not wanting to spend that much?   The good news is that there are other alternatives including opting to visit Nairobi’s National Park.

The entrance fee is $50 and visitors will still have the chance to see the world’s most stunning wildlife up close.

Zanzibar, Tanzania

In the past, Zanzibar was considered one of those once-in-a-lifetime trips thought to be exclusive to those with a lot of money.

Don’t get us wrong,  Zanzibar is still a beautiful and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but if you pick the right time to travel, you can purchase a round-trip ticket significantly lower than the average price of $1500. 

The best part about Zanzibar is once you get there, there’s not much more you have to do than head to the beach to enjoy luxury and beauty for no cost.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Speaking of East Africa, carriers like Ethiopian Airlines have made Addis Ababa not only more attainable but more affordable than ever.

As one of Africa’s largest cities, there so much to see and do in Ethiopia’s capital city. Travel Noire, however, recommends a trip to the National Museum.

The National Museum of Ethiopia houses the nation’s artistic treasures as well as one of the best archaeological finds: the remains of early hominids, the most famous of which is “Lucy,” according to Joy of Museums.

The entrance fee inside the museum is less than $1.

Cape Coast, Ghana  

The castle, along with other slave castles from Ghana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s inexpensive to visit.   

The entrance fee for an adult will cost $7 and $4 for students.

It may be inexpensive in price but prepare for an emotional visit with your tour guide, who will explain how the castles served as the starting point of the Transatlantic slave trade where a number of African slaves were transported to North America.

Amazing shore at “Butre Beach”, View from fort Battenstein, travelling Ghana 2018

Livingstone, Zambia

Zambia is one of the cheapest countries to visit in Africa and serves as a mecca for backpackers, according to the Wanderlust Movement.

One of the most iconic activities – a visit to Victoria Falls National Park – which costs $30 per person, according to African Budget Safaris.

Marrakech, Morocco

If you’re looking for once place to experience Moroccon culture on a budget, then look no further than Djmaa El Fna Market.

As with any market,  how much you spend depends on you what you plan to buy and experience.

Windhoek, Namibia

Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa, Sossusvlei is Namibia’s most spectacular attraction and about a five-hour drive from the capital Windhoek.

The burnt orange hues truly make this a one-of-a-kind experience.  There are a ton of options for every budget, including a self-guided tour or reserving a private tour with a guide.

Dakar, Senegal

One thing about Dakar that’s unexpected is just how beautiful and vibrant the streets are.

Even more breathtaking? The beaches.

If you’re looking for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of Dakar, take a bus or taxi to Ngor Island. Your ride should cost no more than 2,500 CFA or about $4 and only takes about 15 minutes.

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