Africa has been called “the cradle of humanity” because it was here that modern humans first evolved; years ago, our ancestors walked through this vast savannah we call home. This same land where wild animals still roam free today – lions and cheetahs, giraffes and hippos – was once populated by early hominids like Homo erectus. The earliest evidence for stone tools in East Africa dates back 3 million years BC – proof that human ingenuity goes way back! And there are plenty more mysteries to uncover on a trip to Africa.
Explore trips in some of Africa’s most spectacular attractions on your next vacation, including:
The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania
One of Africa’s oldest and most popular parks, the Serengeti is home to an abundance of wildlife including lions, elephants, cheetahs, and zebras. Travelers can also embark on a safari and track wild animals, like hippos and crocodiles, in their natural habitat.
Abundant wildlife: one of Africa’s oldest and most popular parks, the Serengeti is home to an abundance of wildlife including lions, elephants, cheetahs, and zebras. Travelers can also embark on a safari and track wild animals, like hippos and crocodiles, in their natural habitat.
The Great Rift Valley
Home to some of the oldest hominid fossils ever found-including “Lucy,” a 3 million-year-old skeleton discovered in Ethiopia! A visit to Africa is not complete without a trip to the Rift Valley, where you can see stunning landscapes and learn about our ancestors.
The largest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is a must-see for any traveler. The falls are located between Zambia to the north and Zimbabwe to the south and can be accessed from either country. Visitors can take a safari, enjoy white water rafting, or simply relax by the river’s edge and take in the natural beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For a relaxing beach getaway, explore trips in some of Africa’s famous coastal destinations. In Mozambique, you’ll find warm waters and white-sand beaches. Try your hand at kitesurfing in Mozambique, or go scuba diving and snorkeling-a favorite activity of locals. In Nigeria, you’ll find deserted islands that serve as a playground for the rich and famous. Rent a yacht for a day or two and explore some of the world’s most beautiful beaches from your private yacht.
The Nile River
The Nile River is the longest in the world, while Lake Victoria – the second largest freshwater lake in the world – borders Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Other famous lakes include Lake Malawi, a popular diving destination because of its clear waters and tropical fish, and Lake Tanganyika, one of the deepest lakes in the world also known for its rich array of fish. A cruise down the Nile River is a perfect way to see some of the most picturesque areas of Africa.
No matter what kind of experience you seek on your African vacation, there’s plenty to see and do! Explore trips in Africa with Expedia to find your perfect destination today.