African Bucket List: Things to Do in Africa Revealed

For most people, the very mention of a safari brings to mind scenes of roaring lions and elephants drinking at a watering hole. This, however, is not limited to just that. To be more specific, its original Swahili meaning was “journey,” and there are countless adventures waiting for you on your travels across Africa. With that in mind, here is our ten-item, non-ranked list of must-dos for an African safari. Experience the globe like never before on an African safari, where you can partake in animal drives and tick off bucket-list thrills like flying over Victoria Falls.

Africa is a continent that should go on everyone’s bucket list; it is full of amazing landscapes and wildlife, as well as adventure, culture, color, and diversity. You should include these legendary African excursions to your Africa bucket list:

1. Maasai Mara, Kenya

Large felines, like as tree-climbing lions, and the yearly passage of more than 1.5 million wildebeest make the Maasai Mara famous. While game drives are the most common method to explore the reserve, nothing beats a hot air balloon trip over the grasslands for a once in a lifetime safari experience. You can even see the Big Five—lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard, and elephant—up close and personal. What really sets the Maasai Mara apart, beyond its abundant animals, is the opportunity to immerse oneself in the vibrant culture of the indigenous Maasai people. Every African should make sure to include this legendary site on their travel wish list.

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2. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe & Zambia

The world-renowned Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the planet, is an essential component of any Africa bucket list. The Falls are seen from both Zimbabwe and Zambia, and the two countries provide very different perspectives. Those seeking extreme adventure can go white water rafting on the rapids of the Lower Zambezi or walk the nerve-wracking Knife-Edge Bridge in Zambia, which dangles over a valley 100 meters below. Read our other blog if you want to know some fascinating things about Victoria Falls

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3. Western Cape, South Africa

Any traveler visiting Africa should make a point of visiting the Western Cape, the most colorful, beautiful, and diverse province in South Africa. Expansive mountain ranges, miles of sandy beaches, wildlife, floral, and marine life reserves, world-class wineries, and exquisite gourmet dining are all found in the Western Cape. Cape Town offers culture, food, nature, and city life; the Cape Winelands are home to world-class restaurants and wines; and Hermanus is the place to go if you want to see whales up close.

Western Cape – South Africa

4. Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango Delta is a verdant, complex network of rivers, islands, and hills that is affectionately called the “river that never finds the sea” by the locals. The Big 5, wild dogs, and the incredibly uncommon Pel’s Fishing Owl are just a few of the animals and birds that call this area home. Experience the Delta like never before from the seat of a traditional mokoro, a dug-out canoe. See our other blog if you’re interested in various kinds of safari tours.

Botswana’s Okavango Delta – Heaven on Earth

5. Marine Safari, Mozambique

One of the most beautiful and undiscovered hidden gems in Africa is Mozambique. Mozambique boasts Africa’s largest marine protected area, made up of isolated islands and coral reefs that stretch out into the Indian Ocean. From the bow of a traditional Dhow, you can snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, or explore the area at your leisure. An unforgettable African marine safari awaits you in this tropical paradise, home to dolphins, whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and the elusive dugong.

Ocean Safari teaser (Tofo, Mozambique)

6. Gorilla Trekking, Uganda, Rwanda & Congo

Just over a thousand mountain gorillas remain, and nearly all of them call one of three extremely protected national parks home: Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, or both. Because each park is only allowed a certain number of permits each year to ensure the safety of the gorillas and their ecosystem, visiting these parks is like checking an item off a unique, exclusive, and immersive Africa bucket list.

Face To Face With Silverback Gorillas In Uganda

7. Kruger, South Africa

Kruger National Park is a world-renown wildlife sanctuary and the site of the world-famous Big 5 safari. Travelers of all experience levels will love a safari in the Kruger. More than 500 bird species call the Kruger their home, and there are also the less obvious “little five” animals that call it home: the antlion, leopard tortoise, elephant shew, buffalo weaver, and rhino beetle.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

8. Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Among the most breathtaking natural attractions on Earth is the Skeleton Coast. It’s the meeting point of a scorching desert and a dangerous, freezing ocean current, which together form a desolate, unspoiled, and hostile environment. You won’t find a safari location just like this one. You can’t visit Africa without it on your bucket list if you’re an adventurer. Explore the expansive vistas by hot air balloon, photograph ancient shipwrecks, climb towering sand dunes, meet the local Himba people, or go on a game drive in search of the renowned desert-adapted lions.

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

9. Island-Hopping, Seychelles

Interisland hopping between the Seychelles’ main islands and its more remote outlying islands is the ideal way to see the country. A yacht, light plane, or ferry can accomplish this. Despite this, a helicopter is the only means of access to some of the most secluded islands. Imagine spending your days carefreeing between the private pool deck of your villa, unspoiled beaches, luxurious spa treatments, or snorkeling or scuba diving over vast coral reefs abounding with marine life. It seems idyllic, doesn’t it?

Seychelles Island Hopping Travel Guide

10. Great Migration, Serengeti, Tanzania

One of the most famous and spectacular safaris in Africa is the Great Migration. It’s the yearly migration of over two million wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, and other antelopes, all escorted by a plethora of predators, as they follow the rains across Kenya and Tanzania in quest of better grazing. You will be astounded by this wildlife display. Our second blog delves further into the Great Migration for those interested.

Crazy Great Migration Mara River Crossing in Serengeti – Tanzania Safari

11. Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is a must-visit African destination due to its fascinating history and world-famous monuments, which will leave an indelible impression on visitors. As you gaze at the mysterious Sphinx protecting the pyramids of Giza, you will be filled with wonder. These ancient buildings are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Stroll through the colorful kiosks and fragrant spices of the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, where you can buy traditional crafts and delicious street cuisine. Witnessing Egypt’s numerous archaeological wonders begins in Cairo.

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12. Walking Safaris, Zambia & Zimbabwe

Get lost in Africa’s natural beauty by hiking its trails. If you’re looking for a real taste of Africa, this is it. South Luangwa National Park in Zambia (often called the “cradle of the walking safari”), Hwange National Park in neighboring Zimbabwe, and Mana Pools National Park in neighboring Tanzania are three of the top and most exciting places in Africa to go on foot.

Zambia | The Home of the Walking Safari