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Which African Country Is Best For Your First Trip To The Motherland?

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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With 54 countries making up the continent of Africa, planning your first trip to The Motherland may seem like a daunting task. Here are 5 countries that offer the first-time traveler a range of natural beauty and vibrant culture. 

Kenya

Kenya is located on the eastern side of the continent along the Indian Ocean and is filled with incredible diversity of landscapes, cultures, wildlife and activities offering endless opportunities of discovery for visitors. In a single trip to Kenya, you can visit tropical forests, beautiful beaches, and deserts, climb mountains and explore the wild. With a thriving entertainment and nightlife as well as many events and festivals throughout the year, every season is the high season in this stunning country. 

Kenya | Sho Hatakeyama | Unsplash

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Uganda

Though many people visit this landlocked country in eastern Africa to see mountain gorillas in the wild (there are only 1,000 mountain gorillas left in the world), there is much more to this country than its unique wildlife. Also known as “Victoria Nyanza,” Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and is commonly referred to as ‘The Pearl and Pride of Africa’. With beautiful views, many outdoor activities, and vibrant locals, a trip here will be a treasured and unforgettable experience. 

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is truly a ‘world of wonders’.  Victoria Falls has the largest waterfalls in the world and is a sight to behold. Plus, you can go white water rafting down the Zambezi river if you are looking for a little more adventure. Since it can be very hot from October through January, you should plan on visiting during their winter time, when it is dry and mild—anywhere from June through September is ideal. 

Victoria Falls | Jäger | Unsplash

South Africa

From city life to adventure, wildlife to culture, breathtaking scenery to sun-soaked coasts, South African offers something for every type of traveler. South Africa is home to a cultural melting pot of over 55 million people of diverse cultures, religions, and languages. With over 1,600 miles of coastline shared between the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the Indian Ocean on the east, South Africa is a haven for surfers and those seeking refuge near the ocean. This beautiful country is also home to Table Mountain, that overlooks Cape Town and offers hiking and breathtaking views. 

Cape Town, South Africa | Tobias Fischer | Unsplash

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Morocco

Morocco has recently catapulted to the top of many travel bucket list destinations over the past year. The North African country on the Atlantic Ocean, offers a dizzying variety of scenes from desert oasis to bustling city. The architectural beauty of this country along with its hospitable locals is a huge draw for many travelers. A quick image search of Morocco and/or Marrakech may be all it takes to win over your wanderlust-filled heart. 

Morocco | Louis Hansel | Unsplash
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