When it comes to choosing your next vacation destination you might be wanting to pick something with a bit of spice, excitement and an air of adventure that you just don’t get from package all inclusive deals to the Mediterranean islands or to the old standby cities of Europe. Taking the plunge on visiting a new and exotic location for a holiday can be exhilarating and just what the doctor ordered to get rid of the doldrums of the daily grind. But where to? Check out these hot African up and comers for a taste of the adventurous for you next getaway.
Following on from the political troubles in 2011 and other safety issues since, Egypt is slowly but steadily clawing its way back to its former glory as a tourist haven. With new moves being made by the government to crack down on security issues as well as heightened checks and patrols, Egypt is now in a lot of ways much safer than London or Brussels. With so much to see and do throughout the country from the Western Desert through the Nile Valley to the Sinai peninsula and Red Sea diving, it’s no wonder so many people refuse to give up on this gem of a country.
Touted as one of the safest African countries, Uganda is currently enjoying a boom in tourism. From outdoor options for different types of safari in Uganda all the way up to adventure sports, unique market stalls strewn about bustling towns and cities along with the friendliest people you could hope to come across, it’s not surprising that so many backpackers, flashpackers and luxury adventure-seekers have begun to flock to this sub-Saharan African nation in search for that piece of Africa for themselves.
Some may consider this to have already been on the map, but with more and more people seeking out relatively untouched or adventurous options for hitting the slopes in the winter, Algeria is suddenly hitting everyone’s radar. Imagine zipping down the slopes of some of the most unique mountains you’ve ever skied, and for a fraction of the price. Win – win right? The rest of the year though, Algeria is a great alternative to Egypt and Morocco, a little less frequently visited than either of the other two and with a lot of great options for varying degrees of luxury for hotels and restaurants, so it’s well placed to accept even the most discerning of traveller.
While Botswana has attracted a certain class of traveller in the past due to its reputation as being primarily a luxury based safari destination, in recent years it’s begun to open up to more casual travellers including those who aren’t seeking out safaris or who are opting for lower priced ones. Pristine natural wonders within the country such as the Okavango Delta are becoming huge draws for people of all ages, and trips on the river can warrant seeing a number of great types of wildlife without having to try too hard. This coupled with other national parks and a whole array of safari lodges makes Botswana an ideal place for outdoorsy adventure lovers looking for something new.
So if you’re looking for a great new option for a getaway this year, consider one of these fantastic African up and coming destinations and get in on the ground floor for some before they get too popular. Get those bags packed and enjoy!