Africa’s popularity as a vacation destination has gradually increased over the last few years, but with 54 countries to choose from, deciding where to go can be an exhausting decision. The lack of travel literature on places like Togo or Lesotho can make planning even more daunting.
TravelCoterie’s goal in 2020 is making travel to Africa easier for everyone. And the first thing we’re doing is highlighting five countries we think are worthy of a passport stamp.
Ghana is the first country in Africa neophyte travelers should visit. The main reason being that it’s considered one of the safest and friendliest countries in the region. Ghana is home to the ancient Ashanti kingdom, and there are Unesco World Heritage sites illuminating the painful history of the West African slave trade. If you’re not a history buff, there are the beaches of Kokrobite to explore and Accra’s Makola market to pick up gifts. Ghana is truly one of those countries with something for everyone.
Expert Tip: If you plan a trip, make sure to try Fufu, a traditional dish comprised of “pounded balls of yam, plantain, or cassava served with soup, and a side of goat meat or fish.”
Ethiopia has over eight national parks, a rapidly developing capital, remote tribes, rich history, flavorful cuisines, the world’s best coffee, and too many UNESCO World Heritage sites to visit during one trip. This country is massive, diverse and has the fastest growing tourism economy ON THE PLANET. That means time is running out on enjoying all of the country’s jewels minus the horde of tourists.
Expert Tip: Safety concerns are usually regionally isolated, but always monitor your state department website for advisories.