Whenever there is mention of Africa as a
tourism destination, the one thing that comes to mind is African safaris.
The dense forests, game sanctuaries and a highly diverse variety of fauna
makes the African continent the most favoured destination for wildlife
safaris. But the African continent has much more to offer besides the
safaris. The over 50 countries of Africa store a variety of attractions for
tourists. Infact, the diversity offered by Africa in terms of people and
environment can hardly be matched by any other region on earth. Be it the
exciting wildlife, natural landscapes, fascinating culture or historical
heritage, Africa is both thrilling and captivating.
Although the number of tourists visiting Africa is less compared to Europe
or America, tourism reports brought out by United Nations say that tourism
is poised to become the number one sector for foreign direct investment in
Africa in the coming years.
The continent of Africa is located below Europe and west of Asia. With a
land area of 30,244,050 km square, Africa is the second-largest continent of
the world. It covers 20.3 % of total land area on earth. With a population
of over 700 million, Africa is also the second most populous continent in
the world. There are over 50 countries in the African continent. The
continent extends from latitude 35° S to about latitude 37° N.
A vast continent, many variations could be seen in the climate of Africa.
As the equator passes through Africa, the continent is normally very hot.
But most countries of the African continent also receive very high levels of
rainfall. Humidity levels in coastal Africa is very high.
South Africa, one of the most developed countries of the African continent
and Mauritius, the island paradise attract most tourists coming to Africa.
Major Places to Visit
An enchanting destination of African continent, South Africa is known for
its variety. Its cities are modern with state-of-the-art infrastructure for
tourism. Its picturesque beaches are the best places for fun and frolic. Its
liberal culture allows great nightlife activities. Some of its historical
heritage are highly exciting. The national parks of Africa offer the best
wildlife safaris. World famous Kruger National Park is home to the big
five-lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes and rhinos. The cities of Cape
Town, Drakensberg, Durban and Johannesburg attract tourists in large
Major Cities in South Africa
Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Bloemfontein.
Located in the Indian Ocean, the island of Mauritius is regarded as a
tropical paradise. The entire economy of Mauritius revolves around tourism.
Mauritius is the best place to explore the sea and underwater life. The
exotic resorts of Mauritius offer world class luxury and privacy to tourists
far away from the din and bustle of cities. Sea cruises offer a splendid
view of the island's landscape. Scuba diving is the most popular pastime of
tourists in this island. Detached from the outside world, a trip to
Mauritius makes tourists feel like living in a different world.
Major Cities in Mauritius
Port-Louis, Curepipe, Mahebourg, Grand Baie.