Travelling and exploring other parts of the world can be so much fun and an exciting adventure while at the same time a challenge. This can be due to some reasons which could be that you are travelling solo, sea sickness, air sickness, road sickness or when you find it difficult to adapt to a new environment. But the fact that you are going solo shouldn’t stop you from experiencing it as it would be highly rewarding for anyone to explore this continent during which you encounter wide landscapes, unique cultures, wild animals, and friendly communities.
What many people are not aware of is that traveling through Africa by yourself is possible because you are more likely to find new friends along the way. Africa has one of the nicest and friendliest people in the world. Actually, most countries in Africa pride themselves on their kindness and friendliness to foreign visitors.
Whether you are on the bus to your next destination, taking a sip of a warm tea at a coffee shop, or simply wandering around the town, expect to meet curious locals wanting to talk to you. And honestly, spending some time with locals and learning different cultures through them is definitely one of the best things you will experience when travelling here. On top of this, meeting fellow travellers and solo backpackers is also very easy. Probably the best time to visit Africa is whenever you feel ready to experience its wilderness. But of course, a rough adventure does not mean you have to sacrifice your safety; it is only for you to enjoy what the continent has to offer.
Are you planning on going for a solo journey? Then you may want to consider some of these African countries to visit while you are still young and strong.
Botswana was once a British Colony but since it got freed and became their own nation, Botswana got the steadiest democracy in Africa which makes the place an ideal destination for any kind of traveler. Exploring the country is safe and easy. Actually, you wouldn’t have a problem getting around here as almost everyone speaks English. During your stay don’t forget to try a “mokoro” ride in order to have a unique canoeing experience! Another incredible thing to do here is to watch the everyday life of the zebras, elephants, and hippos in their natural habitats!
Next to Botswana, this is another safe destination for solo travelers due to its good governance. Namibia will not fail to offer you an adventure of a lifetime. When visiting the country, don’t forget to check out Etosha National Park where you can see over hundreds of families’ mammals and different species of birds! Hire a truck that will make you have closer wildlife encounters.
This country is making a lot of noise lately for boosting its tourism sector. But unfortunately, not a lot of people are aware of how beautiful it is. Violence in Ethiopia is almost non-existent. Extremely visitor-friendly – you may still expect some predictable hassle and scams along the way. But then, this happens almost anywhere in the world, doesn’t it?
Not even a decade ago, Malawi wasn’t a good place to travel for foreign adventurers. But because of its new Government and economic boom, this country is now one of the best African countries to visit. Most travelers go to the rural parts of the country as getting along with and getting to know the local Malawian can be a once in a lifetime kind of experience.
Seychelles is another must-visit gem in Africa. The country hardly delivers bad news on TV and the internet and it has beautiful and peaceful places to visit like the Petite Anse and Mahe where you will experience an easy-going lifestyle. Seychelles has converted many of its small islands to national parks. This is the way of their government to preserve the picturesque beauty of the country while allowing travelers to see it for themselves!
Madagascar is known for its wildlife, thanks to the animated movie with the same name. The animals in the movie including the cute but wild lemurs are seen here. In general, it’s a safe country in Africa to visit due to its policies and good governance.
You don’t have to travel to all the countries at once; you can decide to choose any of the country to travel to just to have a taste of their food, make new friends, learn a different language and catch lots and lots of fun.
By Pupwaya Timothy Dibal