If you read our resolutions to adopt this year blog post, then you know that travel is a biggie for us. Traveling helps us understand and know more about the world and other cultures. It also helps us build experiences and make beautiful memories.
Looking for African cities to travel to/explore this year? We have some suggestions.
1. Accra, Ghana
Accra is one of the places to be this year! This West African city is all about good vibes and rich culture, and let's not forget the epic end-of-year festivals!
There are so many fun things to do in Ghana, hit up the beaches and party all night long. Take a stroll through the Aburi botanical gardens, and Kwame Nkrumah Park, and check out the black Stargate. And don't forget to chow down on some amazing street food like Kelewele and Kychinga (plus many more!).
Currency: Ghana Cedis
2. Lagos, Nigeria
The home of detty (dirty) December: meaning partying and fun. Lagos takes the phrase Detty things seriously as it is a bustling city with lots of energy and excitement. From exploring historic sites like the National Museum Lagos and Freedom Park to sunbathing and partying on beautiful beaches like Elegushi, Ilashe, Landmark, and Tarkwa Bay as well as the numerous clubs and lounges; there's always something fun to do. And let's not forget about the delicious street food like suya and the world best jollof rice that you simply have to try!
Currency: Nigerian Naira
3. Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya is a vibrant city that offers a unique blend of urban and natural experiences. Take a walk through the Nairobi National Park, which is home to lions, giraffes, and other wildlife, or visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see baby elephants up close.
For a taste of the local culture, check out the Maasai Market to shop for handmade crafts and souvenirs. And don't forget to indulge in some of Nairobi's delicious cuisine, such as nyama choma (grilled meat), ugali (a staple made from maize flour), and samosas (a savory pastry snack).
Currency: Kenyan Shillings
4. Kigali, Rwanda
If you're looking for a calm African country with picturesque views, and zero traffic, then visit Rwanda. Kigali, Rwanda is a beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage, take a tour of the Kigali Genocide Memorial to learn about Rwanda's history and pay tribute to the victims of the genocide.
For a taste of Rwanda's natural beauty, visit the Nyungwe Forest National Park to see chimpanzees and other wildlife. And be sure to check out the local markets for handmade crafts and traditional Rwandan textiles. Rwandan cuisine is a unique blend of East African, Indian, and French influences. Don't miss out on trying some of the local dishes like matoke (steamed plantains), sambaza (small fried fish), and brochettes (grilled meat skewers). And for a sweet treat, try some Rwandan honey or banana bread.
Currency: Rwandan Franc
5. Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco is a lively city with a rich history and culture. Take a stroll through the bustling souks (marketplaces) to shop for handmade crafts, spices, and textiles. Visit the Bahia Palace to see stunning architecture and beautiful gardens, or explore the Koutoubia Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Marrakech. And don't forget to indulge in some delicious Moroccan cuisine, such as tagine (a slow-cooked stew), couscous, and mint tea.
Currency: Moroccan dirham (MAD).
6. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa is a beautiful coastal city with stunning beaches, mountains, and vineyards. Take a trip up Table Mountain for breathtaking views of the city, or visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to see a wide variety of indigenous plant species. For a taste of the local cuisine, try some bobotie (a spiced meat dish), boerewors (a type of sausage), and biltong (dried meat). And don't forget to sample some of the region's delicious wines from nearby vineyards like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.
Currency: South African rand (ZAR).
Have fun visiting and exploring these cities! Did you know that with the Afriex app, you can transfer money for free from over 7 countries on Afriex? So, you can make transfers easily to locals and tour guides, even currency exchange specialists during your trips. How cool is that? Download the Afriex app now to get started!