Africa: what do you think?
Readers give the lowdown on their favourite places in Africa
If you’re looking for a great culture and weather fix on a budget then Morocco is always an overlooked option. A mere four hour flight and with some great connections, it can be great for your camera as well as your pocket!
Whether you get your bartering on in the souks of Marrakesh, watch the sunset over the sea with a shisha in Agadir or head into the Sahara on camel-back, it’s got something for everyone. Plus there’s no better way to fuel yourself for an evening in the African heat than a hearty home cooked tagine.
Rwanda is a luscious green mountainous country, with a harrowing recent history, but seeing how it has rebuilt itself is an inspiration. Seeing the mountain gorillas in Rwanda was a highlight.
My favourite city is Marrakesh in Morocco. I went there with a couple of friends and fell in love with the place. The souks (markets) are a must see but try not to get hustled by the taxi driver. It was our first time and we didn’t know what to expect so the taxi driver took us to a Debenhams style market, air conditioned – the works. We did think to ourselves, this isn’t right, and figured that the taxi drivers must get paid to bring first time tourists to their malls. One nil to Marrakesh.
Once you are in the souks it’s easy to get lost, but it is amazing with maze-like narrow paths and an Indiana Jones type atmosphere. The shop owners are always inviting you in to their shops and are surprisingly very much on top of the lingo. One shop owner grabbed our attention by saying “That’s Asda price!” Everyone is so nice there, the local males do not stare as you may think, instead they are welcoming and always smiling – you feel at ease!
Uganda is incredibly beautiful and the people are very friendly. Contrary to what you might expect from Africa, Uganda is incredibly green. My favourite town is Jinja because it’s not too big and not too small and it’s the source of the River Nile. The highlight of my trip was a two-day white water rafting trip down the River Nile! This was literally the most exhilarating experience of my life! I went down grade 5 rapids and was thrown from the boat by the power of the water – absolutely brilliant!
Ghana is a great country full of lovely, friendly people. At the weekends I had loads of fun travelling to different parts of the country with other volunteers. We spent a weekend at a beach party and a weekend in the mountains hiking up to a beautiful waterfall.
Namibia is a beautiful and diverse country with welcoming people and it’s not classically ‘touristy’. Going on a safari in Etosha National Park and seeing lions and elephants in their natural habitat was a highlight.
Morocco is a great trip with your mates or on your own. Ouzoud Waterfalls and the souks of Marrakesh are the best places to go – especially if you like photography. You can take some really good pictures with a decent camera. People are welcoming and the food is fantastic.
South Africa is one of my favourite countries because the backpacking culture is really established. There is the bazbus which makes the experience so much safer and the scenery is so diverse. There’s beautiful animals, mountains and beaches. Also, a great surf and sports scene!