Africa, with all its infamous controversies for poverty and under-development, has one quality for sure; she is a beautiful continent. Africa offers many hidden gems with great lakes and waterfalls, crystal blue beaches and pearly white sand, amazing flora and unbelievable wildlife and mountains within its borders.
According to the UN World Tourism Organization report , Africa recorded a 2% increase in its tourism sector in 2014, leading to an estimated $36 billion in revenue, a great improvement from the previous year. The world Travel and Tourism Council also reports that tourism and travel contributed about 8.5% to the continent’s GDP, which is more than $177 billion.
This article puts together the top 20 most beautiful African countries. The list is in a descending order and it contains some obviously popular countries that are well known around the world and some not so popular countries that nonetheless are among the most beautiful countries in Africa.
South Africa ranks top in Africa for many reasons. Chief among them is the country’s beauty. The country’s tourism industry is the continent’s second biggest after Morocco. The country has some of the most beautiful cities in Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria. Johannesburg is the biggest city in South Africa followed closely by Cape Town. It is actually the second most developed city in the Southern region of Africa with a population of about 1 million. It has amazing attractions like the City Deep which, according to sources, is the largest dry port in the world. It also has the Apartheid Museum. It was named the best place to visit in the world in 2014 by both the Telegraph and the New York Times.
Egypt is another beautiful country in Africa. With lots of beautiful cities that earned the country a spot among the top twenty most beautiful African countries, you will enjoy every bit of this ancient enclave from Cairo to Alexandria, and even Giza. Egypt also has a good economy, basic amenities and massive infrastructure has never been a problem to the very old country. Cairo is the undoubtedly the largest city in the Middle-East and second only to Lagos, Nigeria in Africa.
Morroco is in the North of Africa bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. It is unique for its Arabian, Berber and European cultural influences. This country has consistently been Africa’s most visited country for about two decades. It is laced with Arab city looks. The capital city is Agadir, one of the major urban centers of Morocco and its major seaside resort, attracting tourists from all over the world.
Kenya is among the popular countries in Africa and it is well known for its beauty and development. The country has experienced lots of development in its infrastructures in the last ten years. Kenya has an amazing environment that keep tourists coming back for more. With beautiful cities like Kisumu and Mombassa in the country it’s no wonder they are ranked the 4th most beautiful country in Africa, 2018.
The country is known for its clear and turtquious beaches, lagoons, reefs and corals. The mountainous interior includes Black River also called Rivière Noire, National Park, the rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and they also have rare wildlife like the flying fox. The capital city Port Louis has sites like the Champs de Mars horse track, the 18th century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, and the Eureka Plantation House.
The country is also known as Cote d’Ivoire to many. It’s a sovereign state located in the Western region of Africa. The economic capital and largest city is the port city of Abidjan. It also has one of the most alluring skylines in the world.
The East African country is known for its vast wilderness span. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big 5” game (elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo, rhino) and the famous Kilimanjaro National Park, where you will find Africa’s highest mountain. Just offshore lies the tropical islands of Zanzibar.
This North African country borders the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara desert. The capital city, Tunis has the Bardo Museum which exhibits archaeological artifacts like the Roman mosaics and the Islamic art.
Africa’s most populous nation and it’s well known for being a giant player in the economy of Africa but she also has a lot of beautiful sites and sceneries, from the capital city Abuja to Lagos, Kano, Calabar and more.
The South-West country is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. It has diverse wildlife including the cheetahs.
The capital of Ethiopia Addis Ababa is one of the most developed in Africa by many standards. The roads and towering skyscrapers are world class.
This country is well known as a diamond producing country, especially the capital city Gaborone. The beautiful transformations that have swept the city since after its civil war have left the world in awe.
This is Africa’s second largest oil producing country after Nigeria. The capital city is Luanda and it houses the nation’s main seaport and administrative center. Over the past decade, the country has witnessed lots of development, especially Luanda. Today, it has the feel of a western city by many standards.
Seychelles is literally a delightful tropical paradise. It has 115 islands and a superb blend of English, French and Creole culture. It has a relaxed ambience and is home to the continent’s most priced hotels and resorts. It has one of the best diving locations found in the world.
Algeria has a very big and developed city which happens to be its biggest and most developed city and it is also the capital, Algiers. Algiers projects a prominent economic and financial center. The city is built along Algeria’s seashore.
Libya is Africa’s 7th richest and 8th largest economy in Africa. Tripoli is Libya’s largest business and manufacturing center. It is also the country’s capital city. The country is also regarded as an upper-middle economy just like South Africa.
The country is embracing new development plans and ideas and in recent times has started sprouting new buildings, skyscrapers and infrastructure. The capital city is Malabo.
This beautiful country is known for its significant improvement and has made 52 reforms in the past few years.
Uganda is often referred to as the pearl of Africa. Its capital city is Kampala. Canoeing along its lakes is a major activity for many tourists.
Also known as the republic of Madagascar, it is a beautiful Island , well known for its beautiful sunsets and skylines.
Africa is blessed and beautiful and I hope that this compiled list of the top twenty most beautiful African countries helps you plan your next trip to Africa.