My African Bucket List

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While I’ve been dreaming about exploring Africa and seeing the wildlife of Africa ever since I was a child, I’ve yet to visit. Well, technically speaking, I’ve been to Africa, but only to Egypt, so I can’t really say that I’ve travelled in Africa since there are so many different countries and cultures to experience!

However, in 2018 I hope to visit and I got quite a few places that I really want to visit!

Here is my African bucket list with things I want to do and places I want to see and experience. If you have some more suggestions feel free to write me a message or leave a comment! It will be highly appreciated.

All african countries are listed in alphabetical order.

Places that I want to visit in Africa / Country by Country

Algeria

  • Atlas Mountains
  • Al Qal’a av Beni Hammad
  • El Kala National Park
  • Tassili n’Ajjer

Angola

  • Benguela
  • Quicama National Park



Benin

  • Cotonou
  • Ouidah

Botswana

Another country that is high up on my list!

  • Chobe National Park
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Khama Rino Sanctuary
  • Kubu Island
  • Okavango delta
  • Nxai Pan

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Burkina Faso

  • Lake Tengrela

Burundi

  • Bujumbura
  • Kigwena Forest
  • Gishora
  • Ruvubu

Cabo Verde

Paradise beaches, hiking and food. Sounds good to me!

  • Boa vista
  • Fogo
  • Sao Vicente
  • Sal
  • Santo Antao

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Cameroon

  • Bimbia Rain forest
  • Mount Cameroon
  • Ekom Nkam Waterfall
  • Yaounde

cameroon waterfallBy Razdagger (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Central African Republic (CAR)

  • Bamingui-Bangora
  • Boali Waterfalls
  • Dzanga-Sangha

Chad

  • Lake Chad
  • Guelta d’Archei
  • Tibesti Soda Lake
  • Tousside
  • Zakouma national park

Comoros

  • Mount Karthala
  • Moheli Marine Park
  • Grande Comore




Democratic Republic of the Congo

A big reason why I want to visit here are the Bonobo, which is a close relative to us humans. They have similar appearance as the chimpanzee, but they are an own species. What fascinate me after seeing quite a few documentaries about the Bonobos, is that they leave in peace and harmony.

Something that both we humans and the chimpanzees should learn from. Sadly, the bonobos are strongly endangered.

  • Kinshasa
  • Kivu Lake
  • Tanganyika Lake
  • Virunga

bonobo

Republic of the Congo

  • Brazzaville
  • Pointe-Noire

Cote d’Ivoire

  • Abidjan
  • the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

Fantastic dance performance in Ivory Coast!

Djibouti

  • Djibouti city
  • Tadjoura

Egypt

  • Alexandria
  • Cairo
  • Karnak

Also read: 15 Reasons to Visit Egypt

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Equatorial Guinea

  • Malabo

Eritrea

  • Asmara




Ethiopia

I’m a big fan of Bob Marley, so obviously I’ve heard about Haile Selassie. But unfortunately, I don’t know that much about Ethiopia, but I would love to get to know the country and its people!

  • Addis Abeba
  • Lalibela Churches
  • Gonder
  • Harar

LalibelaPhoto: Rod Waddington

Gabon

  • Akanda National park
  • Libreville
  • Loango National Park

Gambia

I’ve seen photos from paradise beaches, and lively cities and markets. Can’t wait to visit Gambia!

  • Banjul
  • Bakau
  • Kololi
  • Georgetown
  • Serrekunda

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Ghana

I have a friend in Sweden who originates from Ghana, and ever since I found out about that I’ve been wanting to visit here!

  • Accra
  • Kumasi
  • Tamale
  • Sekondi-Takoradi
  • Volta Lake

Guinea

  • Conakry
  • Dubreka

Guinea-Bissau

  • Bissau




Kenya

A clearly developed country that I think will be a nice destination to visit with lots of things to do and see. I have also heard that the night life in Kenya is supposed to be very alive?

  • Amboseli National Park
  • Diani
  • Masai Mara
  • Malindi
  • Mombasa
  • Nairobi
  • Giraffe Manor Inn
  • Makanyane Lodge

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Lesotho

  • Maseru
  • Maletsunyane / Semonkong Falls
  • Katse Dam and Botanical Gardens
  • Tse’hlanyane National Park
  • Sehlabathebe National Park

Liberia

George Weah used to be one of my favorite football players!

  • Monrovia

Libya

  • Benghazi
  • Misratah
  • Tripoli




Madagascar

  • Antananarivo
  • Ambalavao
  • Baobab trees
  • Nossi-Be
  • Ifaty

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Malawi

  • Malawi Lake
  • Monkey Bay
  • Lilongwe

Mali

  • Djenne




Mauritius

  • Chamarel
  • Moka
  • Port Louis
  • Grand Baie

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Morocco

  • Casablanca
  • Chefchaouen
  • Fes
  • Marrakech
  • Tanger
  • Telouet

Mozambique

  • Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Maputo
  • Malawi lake
  • Ponta do Ouro

Namibia

After seeing photos from Namibia, I can’t wait to go. As a photographer, some places seems almost to cool to be true, such as the Sossuvlei Dunes for example!

  • Sossusvlei Dunes
  • Swakopmund
  • Kolmanskop

namibia


Niger

  • Agadez
  • Niamey
  • Zinder

Nigeria

I want to experience the hustle and bustle of the crowded Lagos as well as exploring outside the megacity. I don’t know too much about Nigeria, but I believe it’s a country with a bright future!

  • Lagos
  • Erin Ijesha Waterfall
  • Idanre Hills
  • Nok Village
  • Obodu Mountain Resort
  • Yankari National Park

Rwanda

I want to experience the kindness of Rwandan people and see the gorillas. I’ve heard great things from other travelers about Rwanda, and i’m very much looking forward to visit!

  • Nyengwe Forest
  • Gishwati 
  • Kibuye
  • Kigali
  • Volcanoes national park

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Sao Tome and Principe

  • Obo Natural Park
  • Lagoa Azul
  • Praia Jale
  • Praia Micondo
  • Pico Cao Grande

Senegal

Senegal is another interesting country that many tourists don’t go to, so that’s exciting for me, who like to explore new places!

  • Dakar
  • Saint-Louis
  • Lake Retba

Seychelles

  • Anse Royale
  • Mahe
  • La Digue
  • Praslin
  • Silhouette Islands
  • Victoria

Sierra Leone

I would love to visit here and see what it’s really like to experience Sierra Leone!

  • Freetown
  • Makeni
  • Kabala
  • Waterloo

Somalia

  • Mogadishu
  • Berbera
  • Garowee

South Africa

I have dreamt of going to South Africa for a long time, and hopefully I will do it next year!

  • Durban
  • Table Mountain
  • Johannesburg
  • Boulders Beach

table mountain south africa

Sudan

  • Nubian Pyramids

Swaziland

  • Hlane Royal National park 
  • Lobamba Village
  • Mantenga
  • Shewula Mountain Camp

Tanzania

One of my dream destinations in Africa!

  • Arusha
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Ngorongoro
  • Mafia Islands
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Pemba Island
  • Serengeti
  • Zanzibar

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Togo

  • Lome
  • Togo Lake
  • Mud Tower
  • Le Ramatou Beach

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Tunisia

Have you been to Tunisia or are you from Tunisia? Share your best tips.

  • Djerba
  • El Djem
  • Douz
  • Tataouine
  • Tamerza
  • Tabarka
  • Sousse




Uganda

Uganda is a dream destination for me. To see the gorillas and learn more about the culture, and meet the people of Uganda. They seem so friendly. If you have more tips on places to visit in Uganda, please share!

  • Bwindis
  • Entebbe
  • Kampala
  • Kibale
  • Lake Victoria
  • Murchison Falls
  • Rwenzori Mountains
  • Ssese Islands
  • Zhiwa Rhino Sanctuary

Zambia

Ever since I saw a photo of a lion cub from Zambia, I’ve had Zambia on my bucket list.

  • Lusaka
  • Livingstone
  • Kariba Lake
  • Kazungula
  • Mukuni
  • Slavonga

zambia lion

Zimbabwe

  • Maria Pools
  • Harare
  • Nyanga
  • Victoria Falls
  • Zambezi

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Do you want to invite me to your home or show me around your city?

I would be happy to meet locals wherever I go in Africa, and there’s no better guide than a local sharing his/her insider tips about food places, things to do, culture and so on.

So, don’t be shy, me and my girlfriend Christine are quite humble! I promise to bring Swedish cookies or some other Swedish gift.

You can read more about me and my life as a full-time traveller here

I want to experience the local life of Africa

I love to travel locally as much as possible. Sure I’m a tourist, but I travel to learn about other cultures, and meet other people. I love to speak with people from other countries that I visit. The best experience according to me is to stay with a local family and eat dinner with them, and just talk about whatever comes to mind.

Do you have a hotel or guesthouse in Africa?

If you have a hotel or guesthouse in Africa, feel free to invite me. I often work with hotels, mostly luxury hotels, but I would be happy to write about your place as well if I visit.


This is my African bucket list so far, and I hope to add things after getting more tips and reading more about Africa. It seems such diverse and interesting as a continent and countrywise too.

Not only the beautiful nature and the animals, but also the people. The culture and food seems fascinating, and I can’t wait to experience Africa like a local!

29 Comments

  1. Colleen Becker August 5, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    You are more than welcome to stay with me and my family in South Africa.

  2. Justine August 5, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    heey! nice write up. iam so impressed that you wanna visit Africa. iam African and i still need to visit several of these countries… Iam From Uganda. i recommend you visit Lake bunyonyi, kigezi wild life reserve. On your way to Murchision falls, you should pass by the point where “EQUATOR CROSSES”… equator crosses a couple of countries including Uganda…… About Guest house, i have a very good friend who runs a hotel.. He is very kind and would arrange many f your trips to these places or even drive you there himself… Also, this hotel usually has foreigners, so your likely to meet other travellers… ps: this hotel is not in the capital…..but in one of the smaller towns……….i can always give my friend’s contact, when yo ready to go….the hotel name is ” NTINDA VALLEY RESORT” IGANGA TOWN, UGANDA. ………..not sure u can find it online…….but yeah……………….i hv been away from Uganda almost 5 years

  3. Penina August 5, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    I can be a welkaming frend in kenya

  4. Ylva Bergström August 5, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    On your way to Victoria Falls you could stop by at our place in Bulawayo Zimbabwe.

  5. Jennifer August 5, 2017 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed the write up and as a Nigerian and African,i tell you,you wouldn’t be diappointed when you come to any country in Africa,we are rich in culture hospitality and food. I’m a Nigerian and would be open and happy to hear you when you come to Nigeria. I also have countries on the continent I would like to visit and your list has died more light for me. Good luck in your travels.

  6. Otie August 5, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    I’m in Ghana and I’d like to show you around Accra

  7. Chelseaqueen August 5, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Hi! Please make sure to visit Nigeria during the festive period,December precisely. There are lots of carnivals that take place in December and I’m so sure you are going to love the experience. You can google about Calabar Carnival and Lagos Carnival. I will update you from time to time.

    It would be really nice to have you and Christine in Nigeria

  8. Lara August 5, 2017 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    You should totally visit Nigeria. It is not your usually touristy destination but beautiful in its own way.

    Beyond the places you listed, there are countless to be explored. You can check my blog for some of Nigeria’s destinations.

    http://Www.molarabrown.com

  9. Ayebobo August 6, 2017 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Hay,
    I just stumbled upon your blog on facebook..
    If you are ever in Abidjan you are welcome to our home and my parents in Conakry will also be happy to have you and Christine !
    Do not hesitate to reach out.
    Cheers !
    Aye !

    • Alexander Waltner August 11, 2017 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you! That’s very kind. I will be happy to visit when we come to Abidjan.

  10. Sara August 6, 2017 at 3:16 am - Reply

    In Angola don’t need to go to Quiçama National Park (not worth compared to other Safari places you mentioned on your plans). In São Tomé add the Irland of Príncipe and stay at Bom Bom Resort. In Cape town, on your way Back from Boulders beach to Cape Town go through the Chapman’s Peak (one of the most scenic routes – try to get at near sunset time). In Mozambique worth to go to Gorongosa National Park and at Zanzibar have lunch at The Rock and dinner at the Jetty (Diamonds of the Star East hotel).

  11. Linda August 6, 2017 at 7:22 am - Reply

    I Lesotho ligger Afrikas högst belägna pub, vid Sani pass. Värt ett besök.

    I Sydafrika;
    – missa inte Drakensbergen med vandring och otroligt vacker natur!
    – Lilla samhället St. Lucia är mysigt, med flodhästar som går lösa på gatorna kvällstid. Även härliga stränder! I närheten ligger även Cape Vidal. Plus många mindre safari parker. Mest prisvärd är Imfolozi-Hluhluwe.

  12. Esmé van Niekerk August 6, 2017 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Wow! What a list! I have certainly not been to all these countries, but here are a few things I would suggest you add:

    Ethiopia: you have to go see the Ethiopian wolves while they are still around! Endangered because their habitat is being encrouched, they are a sight to behold. You will also see amazing mountainous areas to get to them.

    Kenya: Naironi National Park is unique because it is the only National park that borders a city. Close to Giraffe Manor (whis is on your list) is a Giraffe Sanctuary where you alos feed the giraffes (at a fraction of the cost of Giraffe Manor!!!) and the Sheldrick Trust is also close by. Well worth a visit to see the elephant orphans and maybe get splashed with some mud while they play:-) Lake Naivasha, Lake Elementaita and Nakuru is breathtaking! Nakuru National Park is absolutely beautiful. Also, don’t miss out on Nanyuki and Mount Kenya!

    Malawi: Zomba Plateau is gorgeous and you can camp and hike ar the top. Nkhata Bay is also fantastic and not as busy as Monkey Bay and Cape McLear.

    Namibia: Fish River Canyon!!!

    South Africa: Garden Route, Drakensburg area, Sani Pass (also a border post to Lesotho) Transkei, Kruger National Park (I prefer the northern section of the Park), Eastern Free State (Clarens, Fouriesburg, Ficksburg – these last two both have border posts to Lesotho too), Bushvel area is incredible (also close to Botswana borders), West Coast is rustic, charming and unique and so i can go on, and on, and on …

    I currently live in Diani Beach, Kenya (on your list) but I am South African. Shout out if you need more recommendations:-)

  13. Mohamed August 6, 2017 at 8:46 am - Reply

    In Ethiopia I suggest you to visit Dallol and The Danakil Depression

  14. Lizzie August 6, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Kenya is beautiful and addictive. You will find accommodation to suit your taste at very affordable rates. When in Nairobi, Kisumu or Mombasa, I will gladly offer you comfy living at no fee at all… I will be glad to learn more about your culture and travels during your visit to kenya. Kenya is addictive. Welcome to Kenya #SwedishNomad

    • Alexander Waltner August 11, 2017 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you Lizzie, very kind of you :) I will be happy to visit and experience Kenya!

  15. Jaini August 6, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

    I’m a wheelchair blogger from Nairobi and have travelled around Nairobi and a little bit of Southern Africa. I’d be happy to meet you!

  16. Laurence August 6, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Hi Alex! I’ve been living in Nairobi for 2 years. If you are in Kenya anytime between July & October, going to the Masai Mara to see the wildebeest migration is a MUST! Ol Pejeta is a top conservancy close to Mount Kenya. And while you’re on the coast, you might want to stretch it all the way to Lamu – it’s a UNESCO World Heritage not to be missed. In Ethiopia, I would suggest to fly to Bahir Dar, explore the lake & it’s breathtaking monasteries (On a festival day if you can) then drive up to Gondar & spend 2 or 3 days hiking in the Siemien mountains (where you’ll encounter hundreds of Gelada monkeys) & continue North to Aksum. Lalibela was my personal favourite! Zanzibar is one of favourite places on Earth – amazing snorkelling at Chumbe island & The Rock restaurant is a fantastic place to sit back and relax. Enjoy this beautiful continent!

  17. Peter Mubanda August 6, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Hi..cool approach..gave me ideas for my trip. My partner and I live in Zimbabwe and I’m from Uganda. So both countries are open for your visit

  18. Ulf Olsson August 11, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    You have missed one of the best places in Tanzania which is Tarangire NationalPark it’s a wonderful place to camp in for a few
    days,And if you have a day or two left you should also visit Matema.

    • Alexander Waltner August 11, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing :) Ulf sounds Swedish, so, Tack så mycket för tipset! :)

  19. pilla August 13, 2017 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Could been a great list if you had included more pic’s – names on places in Africa doesn’t give me any inspo since I am not that familiar with that continent. Hope to be though.

    • Alexander Waltner August 13, 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      Sure, thanks for your feedback, but this particular post was not meant as inspiration for others :) Also hard to include photos since I haven’t been there yet myself.

  20. Clarice August 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Love that you are so excited to visit the continent of Africa!! I am like you and dreamed of traveling through Africa as a child while watching The Lion King on repeat. I currently live in Namibia and a couple of months ago my family came to visit for a self-drive tour of the country. Soussvlei is a MUST!! Wake up early and watch the sunrise from the dunes. Walk out to Dead Vlei to see the eerie trees. Etosha is also a great place to visit to see wildlife. Traveling along the Skeleton Coast is magnificent due to the lack of pretty much anything.

    Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe and Zambian side is magnificent! Definitely worth a visit. (Spend the money to rent a rain coat if you don’t have one!! You will need it and a waterproof case for cameras.)

    Chobe in Botswana is AMAZING!!! I was only there one day and camped in the park for a night before heading back to Zambia. Spend a few days there. The amount of wildlife is just breathtaking. I even saw a couple wild dogs which are endangered. I would love to visit the Okavango Delta one day as well.

    I am also so excited to see that Sierra Leone is on your list. I lived there for 2 months right before the Ebola crisis in 2014. Its a country full of beautiful souls and delicious food.

    For Tanzania, Ngorongoro is a must. I went in 2011 and I am trying to go back end of next year and get my mom to meet me there. Tanzania is a another country full of amazing people and that are so kind.

    No matter where you go on this continent, I’m sure you will be welcomed with open arms, smiling faces, and a home-cooked meal. I plan to visit a few more countries when I finish my volunteering stint before heading back to America. Enjoy!

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