Backpacking Africa

Travel Destinations — By on December 2, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Sure, you can go backpacking in Europe, or Southeast Asia, or Australia and New Zealand. But if you really want an adventure, what about wandering around part of Africa for a while? It’s not for everyone and it’s a more difficult form of travel, especially since the tourist infrastructure is not as well developed, but there are many fascinating destination options.

Anouk Zijlma, the Africa travel guide for About.com, recently did a feature on her top 10 backpacker destinations for Africa. An excerpt:

Lake Malawi, Malawi – Lake Malawi is a beautiful fresh water lake that takes up about a third of the entire country of Malawi. Most backpackers who make it to Malawi head straight for a beach and they’re rarely disappointed. Malawi is the cheapest place in the world to get your diving certification, so you may as well do something useful while you enjoy the sunsets and grilled fish!

Chefchaouen, Morocco– Chefchaouen is situated in the heart of Morocco’s Rif Mountains. The town is relaxed, with very affordable accommodations, and above all, quite stunning to look at. The streets and most of the buildings in the old part of town (medina) are painted a most brilliant sky blue. The mountains which you can see at the end of every cobbled street are rugged and majestic. The clear mountain light just adds a magical touch to the place. It’s no wonder that Chefchaouen is a favorite destination for backpackers visiting Morocco.

Kribi, Cameroon– Kribi is one of those amazing spots few travelers discover because of its remote location. But those that do make it absolutely love it. West Africa is hard on backpackers and Kribi is just a jewel of a beach place. The nearby Lobe Waterfalls actually tumble into the ocean, a totally unique sight. You can also visit Pygmy villages in the area.

Dahab, Egypt– Dahab is the place for backpackers to congregate along the Red Sea coast of Egypt. There’s plenty of budget accommodation available, nice beach restaurants and lots of diving shops…The snorkeling is very good here too.

The only one of these places I’ve been to is Dahab, but I can heartily recommend it as a place to chill out on the beach or to do some snorkeling and diving. You can read a short entry about my experiences in Dahab here, or a longer version in my book.

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