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15 of Africa’s Most Luxurious Vacation Rentals

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The African continent boasts some of the world’s most beautiful luxury vacation homes. Here are 15 of the best vacation rentals found on Airbnb.

If you think you can’t find luxury in Africa, you better think again. The African continent boasts some of the world’s most beautiful luxury vacation homes, often at prices that can’t be beat. Here are some of the most luxurious rentals found on Airbnb.

This fabulous beachfront villa located is located near Swakopmund, Namibia. It offers 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a private pool, sauna, and gym offering ocean views.

This incredible beachfront home on Senegal’s Petite Coast features 9 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, private swimming pool and a large terrace overlooking the sea. And it’s only located 45 minutes from the international airport.

This stunning villa home is located Abidjan and accommodates up to 18 people in 8 bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms. With a private swimming pool and jacuzzi, small gym, and huge living room, it is a perfect space for large groups.

This spectacular villa home in Vilanculos offers the ultimate in privacy and luxury. It features 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, with indoor/outdoor dining, a sunken outdoor firepit lounge, a jacuzzi, and a beautiful rooftop terrace with stunning panoramic views over Vilanculos Bay and the Bazaruto islands. A private chef and selection of private boats for hire also available.

If you ever wanted to stay on a wildlife game reserve, here’s your place. This modern and private home in the Mara Conservancy in Kenya offers guests an exclusive safari experience away from the crowds. You’ll have views of the Mara river and its hippo residents from your bedroom and see a variety of wildlife in the surrounding area. It features a main house and 5 separate cottage bedroom units, as well as a private housekeeper and chef.

This elite Residence offers guests 5 star luxury in the award-winning N’Wambu Safari Lodge in Mjejane Private Game Reserve in Mpumalanga South Africa. This 10 sleeper retreat is ideal for families, friends or corporate events seeking exclusivity and privacy. A private pool and terrace with firepit features alluring views of the bush.

Villa Zin, near Marrakesh, is guaranteed to leave you in a zin-like state. It sleeps 16 in 10 en suite bedrooms situated among the main house and 3 stand-alone guest apartments. Amenities include a private outdoor pool, 2 al fresco dining areas, a spa with a traditional hammam, massage room and gym, and 2 housekeepers.

This serene lakefront wine retreat is located on the Vrede en Lust wine estate in Franschhoek, South Africa. It sleeps 12 in 6 en suite bedrooms and boasts a private pool with outdoor seating area and gorgeous mountain views.

This exquisite beachfront villa sits on 5 acres of land in Diani Beach, Kenya. It features 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, a massive 82 foot (25 m) pool, and even comes with a private chef.

This exquisite 4-bedroom house with private pool is perfect for a group getaway in Lagos, Nigeria. It provides plenty of sunlight with floor to ceiling windows and features modern finishings throughout.

Go to Hollywood in Cape Town South Africa. This contemporary California-style home boasts breathtaking mountain and ocean views and offers amenities which include a private outdoor pool, terrace, jacuzzi, gym, bar and game room, library, home theater, a housekeeper and a butler. It sleeps up to 12 people in 6 en suite bedrooms.

Experience island living at its best at this luxury private villa on Eden Island in the Seychelles. Offering breathtaking views of the inner islands and Indian ocean, this waterfront home sleeps 10 guests in 5 bedrooms. Amenities include a private pool, use of 2 golf carts, kayaks, as well as access to the nearby resort facilities.

This palatial mansion in Marrakesh is the perfect setting for weddings, receptions, or intimate gatherings with family or friends. It sleeps 10 people in 5 en suite bedrooms and even has its own traditional hammam. While enjoying the 82 foot (25m) pool and palm tree lined outdoor terrace, you’ll be treated with 5 star service by the on-site housekeeper, chef, 2 kitchen clerks and waiter/butler.

Explore the 115 islands of Seychelles by private charter yacht. This 51 foot Leopard power catamaran boasts 4 guest cabins each with en suite bathroom, a large saloon and kitchen, and a large flybridge lounge. Guest charters include an experienced skipper, crew member, and a chef to prepare delectable meals while you relax.

Enjoy your private deck and sunsets on the water with this all-inclusive yacht charter in Zanzibar Tanzania. Featuring 4 en suite bedrooms, two sun terraces, and a professional chef and crew, this yacht has everything you need for a relaxing getaway. There’s no better way to explore the Zanzibar archipelago.


20 of Africa's Best Views: Farafra Desert, Egypt

20 of Africa’s Best Natural Views

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Need some travel inspiration? Well look no further. Here are 20 of the best natural views in Africa.

Need some travel inspiration? Africa will wow you like no other with its million dollar views. Here are 20 of the best natural views in Africa.

Oceans, Lakes and Waterfalls

1. Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa. It’s located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania.

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2. Lake Retba

Lake Retba (aka Lac Rose or Pink Lake) is named for its pink waters caused by Dunaliella salina algae and is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas. It’s located in Senegal.

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3. Mosi Oa Tunya Falls

Mosi Oa Tunya Falls (aka Victoria Falls) is a waterfall on the Zambezi River, located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is one of the 7 Natural Wonders in the World and is considered the world’s largest waterfall.

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4. Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls (aka Kabalega Falls) is a waterfall on the lower Victoria Nile River in Uganda.

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5. Cascades d’Ouzoud

Cascades d’Ouzoud (aka Ouzoud Waterfalls) is the name for a collection of waterfalls in the High Atlas Mountains. The falls tumble 361 feet (110 meters) through a red rock gorge of the El Abid River. They are Morocco‘s highest and Africa’s second highest waterfalls.

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6. Chutes de Kambadaga

The Chutes de Kambadaga (aka Kambadaga Falls) are made up of three successive waterfalls on the Kokulo River, in the Fouta-Djalon highland region of Guinea.

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7. Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the world’s third largest major ocean, touching the continents of Asia, Australia, and Africa and offering spectacular views of turquoise waters for miles on end. It runs along Africa’s southern and eastern coastline, in South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, and surrounds the island nations of Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, and Seychelles.

Deserts, Canyons and Caves

8. Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon is the largest green canyon and third largest canyon in the world. It is part of the Panoramic Route, a scenic road connecting several natural points of interest, and is located in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

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9. Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon is the world’s second largest canyon. It consists of an upper and lower canyon formed by erosion of the Fish River and is located in southern Namibia.

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10. Namib Desert

The Namib Desert is the world’s oldest desert, spanning primarily across Namibia, as well as parts of Angola and South Africa. Its massive red sand dunes are some of the largest on earth.

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11. Sudwala Caves

The Sudwala Caves are the oldest known caves in the world, believed to be more than 240 million years old. They are located in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

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Depressions and Geological Formations

12. Farafra Depression

The Farafra Depression is located in the White Desert National Park in Egypt. The park is the site of cliffs, sand dunes, oases, and large white chalk rock formations, created through erosion by wind and sand.

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13. Danakil Depression

The Danakil Depression, known as the hottest place on earth, is a geological depression caused by the continent drift of three tectonic plates. Its alien-like environment is home to salt lakes, lava lakes, volcanoes and colorful acid springs. It’s located in northern Ethiopia.

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14. Seven Colored Earths

The Seven Colored Earths are a small area of striped sand dunes comprised of seven distinct colors (red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). It is located in Chamarel in southwestern Mauritius.

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Jungles and Forests

15. Congo Rainforest

The Congo Rainforest is the world’s second largest tropical forest, known for its high levels of biodiversity which includes more than 600 tree species and 10,000 animal species. It spans six countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Kahuzi-Biege National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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16. Upper Guinea Forest

The Upper Guinea Forest is a tropical forest region of West Africa, extending from Guinea and Sierra Leone through Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Benin.

Tai National Park, Ivory Coast
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17. Avenue of the Baobabs

The Avenue of Baobabs is a group of baobab trees lining the dirt road linking Morondava and Belo Tsiribihina in western Madagascar. The trees are more than 800 years old, reaching heights of up to 100 feet (30 m) with trunks as big as 10 feet (3 m) in diameter. They are a legacy of the dense tropical forests that once thrived on the island.

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Mountains and Volcanos

18. Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world.

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19. Mount Nyiragongo

Mount Nyiragongo is stratovolcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, located near Lake Kivu at the eastern border of Rwanda. Its summit caldera contains the world’s largest and most active lava lake.

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20. Table Mountain

Table Mountain is a flat topped mountain overlooking the city of Cape Town, South Africa. It is the country’s most iconic and photographed landmark.

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Country Highlight: TUNISIA

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Tunisia is the 35th largest and most northern country in Africa. Learn more fun facts about this fascinating country.

Fast Facts:

1. It’s located in North Africa and is the 35th largest country on the continent.

2. Its capital and largest city is Tunis.

3. Major languages: Arabic, Tunisian Arabic, French, Jebbali

4. Major ethnic groups: Berber/Amazigh (98%), European and other (2%)

5. Major religions: Islam (98%), Christianity, Judaism and other (2%)

6. It is the most northern country in Africa. The northernmost point on the continent is Îles des Chiens, an island located in the Mediterranean Ocean. The northernmost point on the mainland is Ras Ben Sakka.

7. It is popular with Star Wars fans since most desert scenes in the series were filmed there. Some of the original movie sets remain standing and the best-preserved ones are found in Ksour, Matmata, Nefta, and Ong Jemal.

8. In the city of Matmata, the people live in underground homes to escape the scorching heat and sun of the Sahara Desert.

9. It has 17 national parks, including the Ichkuel National Park which is popular with bird watchers due to the large-scale migration there.

10. Kairouan is the 4th most important city in the Islamic world after Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem. The Ugba mosque there is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

11. The Medina of Tunis has more than 700 monuments, including mosques, madrasas, palaces, mausoleums, fountains, and the the El Attarine military barracks.

12. It offers a mix of North African, European and Mediterranean culture and architecture. Tourism centers around its desert landscapes, beautiful beaches and resorts in Sousse, Monastir, Mahdia and the island of Djerba, as well as its many historical sites, including El Djem Amphitheater, one of the largest amphitheaters in the world, Bulla Regia, Dougga, and Carthage.

13. Thing to see and do in the capital of Tunis include: Medina, Al-Zaytuna Mosque, Bardo National Museum, Ville Nouvelle neighborhood, Tunisian National Theater, and the great arches of the Bab el Bhar.

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Country Highlight: SUDAN

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Sudan is the 3rd largest country in Africa and has the most pyramids in the world. Learn more fun facts about this historically rich country.

Fast Facts:

1. It’s located in Northeast Africa and is the third largest country on the continent.

2. The capital and largest city is Khartoum, where the Blue Nile and White Nile tributaries unite to form the Nile River.

3. Major languages: Arabic and English are official languages and more than 100 native languages are spoken.

4. Major ethnic groups: Arab (70%), Nubians, Zurga, Copts

5. Major religions: Islam (91%), Christianity (6%), Traditional and other religions (3%)

6. It gained independence from Egypt and United Kingdom on January 1, 1956.

7. It was Africa’s largest country until 2011, when South Sudan split and gained independence.

8. Its name means “land of the Blacks” in Arabic and refers to the dark skin of the people.                

9. It has more than 500 miles of coastline with many beaches and beautiful coral reefs.

10. The Red Sea is the lowest point in Sudan and a starting point for scuba diving expeditions, one of the most popular being Jacques Cousteau’s underwater village.

11. It has three UNESCO World Heritage sites: Sanganeb National Park, Meroe pyramids and archeological sites, and Gebel Barkal and Napatan sites.

12. It has the world’s largest collection of pyramids. There are more pyramids in one small section of the northern Sudanese desert than in the whole of Egypt.

13. Sudan has a plethora of historical sites and other attractions, including the Ruins of Kerma (an early Kushite kingdom), Nuri Pyramids, Temple of Soleb, Temple of Amun, Meroe Pyramids, Musawarat Es Sufra Temple, Naqa Temple, Nubian Desert, Jebel Marra mountains, Dinder National Park, as well as the Sudan National Museum, Khartoum Camel Market, and Friday Sufi Gathering in the capital of Khartoum. However, caution is advised due to longstanding conflict in some regions.

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Country Highlight: MOROCCO

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Morocco is the 18th largest and most visited country in Africa. Learn more fun facts about this beautiful country.

Fast Facts:

1. It’s located in northwest Africa and is the 18th largest country on the continent.

2. The capital is Rabat and the largest city is Casablanca.

3. Major languages: Arabic, Berber, Darija, Hassaniya, French

4. Major ethnic groups: Arab-Berber (99%), Other (1%)

5. Major religions: Islam (99%), Christianity and other (1%)

6. It gained independence from France in March 1956.

7. It is one of only three nations (along with Spain and France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines.

8. A large part of Morocco is mountainous. The Atlas Mountains are in the center and south and the Rif Mountains are in the north.

9. Morocco is the most visited country in Africa.

10. Tourism in Morocco is well developed with a strong focus on the country’s coast, culture, history and ancient sites.

11. It has 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites: Fez Medina, Marrakesh Medina, Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Historic City of Meknes, Archaeological Site of Volubilis, Tetouan Medina, Essaouira Medina, El Jadida, and Modern and Historic City of Rabat.

12. It has a plethora of attractions, including leather tanneries in Fez, the blue city of Chefchaouen, the ancient city and archaeological sites in Meknes, Hasan II Mosque in Casablanca, the Kasbah of the Udayas in Rabat, the souks of Marrakesh, and the famous tree goats in Tamri, among others.

13. Various art and music festivals take place during the summer months, among them the World Sacred Music Festival at Fez.

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Country Highlight: MAURITANIA

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Mauritania is Africa’s 11th largest country and 90% of its land is located in the Sahara Desert. Learn more fun facts about this interesting country.

Fast Facts:

1. It’s located in northwest Africa and is the 11th largest country on the continent.

2. The capital and largest city is Nouakchott.

3. One-third of the population lives in the capital city.

4. Major languages: Arabic (official), French, Hassaniya Arabic Berber, Pulaar, Soninke, Wolof

5. Major ethnic groups: Haratine [Black Moors] (40%), Bidhan [Arab/Amazigh] (30%), Sub-Saharan Mauritanian: Halpulaar, Fulani, Mande, Wolof, Bambara (30%)

6. Major religions: Islam (99.9%), Christianity (0.1%)

7. It is a former French colony and gained independence from France in November 1960.

8. Approximately 90% of its land is located in the Sahara Desert.

9. It was the last country in the world to abolish slavery in 1981, though it was not criminalized until 2007. Slavery is still deeply rooted in the culture and closely tied to the country’s ethnic makeup. An estimated 10-20% of the population is enslaved.

10. Travel and tourism has been limited due to security concerns, but it is becoming easier with charter flights. Mauritania has much to offer adventurous travelers.

11. It has two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Banc d’Arguin National Park and Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata.

12. Tourism largely centers around the desert, ocean and historical sites. Attractions include the beautiful desert scenery, historical cities and rock paintings in the Adrar region, UNESCO sites, “the world’s longest train” (over 200 cars) that links Nouadhibou and Zouerat, fishermen at Port de Peche, and bird migrations at Banc d’Arguin, where the desert meets the Atlantic Ocean.

13. Things to see and do in the capital include: the African market, the Camel Market, the Crafts Center, the House of Culture, the fine carpets factory, traditional Berber architecture, and the Ksar, an old Moorish settlement.

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Country Highlight: LIBYA

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Libya is Africa’s 4th largest country and it has the continent’s biggest oil reserves. Learn more fun facts about this interesting country,

Fast Facts:

1. It is located in North Africa and is the 4th largest country on the continent.

2. Its capital and largest city is Tripoli. The second largest city is Benghazi.

3. It holds Africa’s largest and the world’s 10th largest proven oil reserves. Its substantial oil revenues give Libya one of the highest per capita GDPs in Africa.

4. Major languages: Arabic (official), Libyan Arabic, Berber, Italian, English

5. Major ethnic groups: Arab (87%), Berber (10%), other (3%)

6. Major religions: Islam (97%), Christianity and other (3%)

7. Muammar Ghadafi served as president for 42 years, until he was overthrown in 2011 during the Arab Spring and subsequent NATO invasion.

8. More than 90% of the country is covered by the Libyan Desert (which is part of the Sahara Desert).

9. More than 90% of the population lives along the Mediterranean coast and the interior is mostly underpopulated due to the desert and lack of surface water.

10. There are no permanent rivers in Libya, but there is extensive underground water and numerous oases.

11. Tourism has faltered since the Arab Spring and ensuing Civil War, but the country boasts a stunning Mediterranean coastline, desert landscapes, many ancient historical sites, and renowned hospitality.

12. Attractions include prehistoric rock art at Wadi Metkandoush and Wadi Tashwinat, ancient ruins of Leptis Magna, Cyrene, and Sabratha, Assai al-Hamra Castle, Qasr Libya, Roman Libya, Jamahiriya Museum, Freedom Square, Ghadames, the Pentapolis, Berber villages, beaches, camel trekking, sand dune surfing, snorkeling, souk shopping, and exploring caves.

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Country Highlight: EGYPT

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Egypt is Africa’s 12th largest country and its 2nd most visited, popular with tourists for its many ancient monuments. Learn more fun facts about Egypt.

Fast Facts:

1. It’s located in northern Africa and links northeast Africa with the Middle East.

2. Its capital and largest city is Cairo.

3. It’s the 12th largest country and the third most populous country on the continent.

4. Arabic is the official language.

5. Islam is the official religion, practiced by 90% of the population. Ten percent are Christians.

6. Major ethnic groups: Egyptians, Nubians, Bedouins, Berbers, Copts

7. The Nile River, the world’s longest river, flows thru Egypt and 10 other African countries. About 22% of the Nile River’s course flows thru Egypt.

8. 95% of Egyptians live along the Nile River or its delta. The Nile provides nearly all of Egypt’s water.

9. It has one of the longest histories of any country and is considered a cradle of civilization.

10. It has coastlines on the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf Sea, with modern resorts catering to sun seekers and scuba divers.

11. Egypt is Africa’s second most visited country, with visitors coming to see its many historical monuments and cultural attractions.

12. Popular attractions include the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza, Luxor’s Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings, Abu Simpel, Mount Sinai, White Desert, Siwa Oasis, the towns of Aswan, Alexandria , Hurghada, Sharm el Sheik, and Cairo, and cruising on the Nile.

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Country Highlight: ALGERIA

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Algeria is the biggest country in Africa and 4/5ths of its land is covered by the Sahara Desert. Learn more fun facts about this beautiful country.

Fun Facts:
1. It’s the biggest country in Africa and the 10th largest in the world.

2. It’s located in North Africa but has a Mediterranean coastline.

3. The Sahara Desert covers 4/5ths of its land.

4. Its capital and most populous city is Algiers.

5. Major languages: Arabic, French and Berber

6. Ethnicity/Race: 99% Berber

7. Religion: 99% Islam, 1% Christianity and other

8. It locally produces beer and wine.

9. It has 18 international airports.

10. Most visitors require a Visa. Only 8 countries have visa free entry. The Visa will be denied if you have visited and have a passport stamp for Israel or one of its neighboring country land borders.

11. It has a rich history with 7 World Heritage sites: Al Qal’a of Beni Hammad, Djémila, Casbah of Algiers, M’Zab Valley, Timgad, Tipasa, and Tassil n’Ajjer.

12. Tourist attractions include ancient towns, the desert region, beaches, botanical gardens, museums, national parks and more.

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Month by Month Guide to Africa’s Best Festivals

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With 54 countries and island nations, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Africa. Here are some its best festivals.

With 54 countries and island nations, there’s never a shortage of things to do on the African continent. Festivals provide a great opportunity to experience the diverse culture, music and food, while also benefiting the local economies. Here are some of the best ones you should consider attending.


The Equatorial Guinea Bodypainting Festival ~ Equatorial Guinea

The Equatorial Guinea Bodypainting Festival is one of the newest festivals on the continent, having only been launched in 2019. But it’s already gaining fans and spurring tourism to the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa. The festival includes tours, eco-adventures, and art workshops on mask making, pole dancing, and creative drawing, among others. Of course, the festival highlight is the amazing body paint presentations.

Timkat Festival ~ Ethiopia

Timkat is Ethiopian Epiphany Day, a celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ, occurring across the country, but mainly in Lalibela, Gondar, and Addis Ababa. The festival happens every year on January 19 (January 20 in leap years), with preparations the day before (ketera) and three days of colorful processions, dance, music, prayer and a ritual baptismal re-enactment. This is one of the major religious festivals in Ethiopia and an excellent way to immerse oneself in Ethiopian history and culture. 

The Voodoo Festival ~ Benin

The Voodoo Festival is a celebration of the voodoo religion that takes place every year on January 10th  in Ouidah, Benin. This popular festival draws fetish priests, adepts, traditional chiefs and onlookers from across the globe. There are ritual sacrifices, dancing, drinking and drumming. Devotees assume the identity of gods, dressing up and transforming into that god as they do, with the realm of the magical close at hand. 

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Abu Simbel Sun Festival ~ Egypt

The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples built as a monument to Pharaoh Ramesses II and his queen Nefertari and to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh. The temples remain in darkness all year, except for two occasions on February 22 and October 22, when a stream of natural sunlight illuminates the entire complex. Tourists come from around the globe to see this solar phenomenon and architectural marvel, and to enjoy music, dance, food, drinking, market shopping and more. 

Carnival ~ Cape Verde

Carnival is celebrated on all 10 islands, but the biggest and liveliest celebrations happen in Mindelo on Sao Vicente island. The dates change each year, but the week leading up to Shrove Tuesday (February 25 in 2020) is filled with street parties and other events, culminating with the main parade complete with samba dancing, singing, live music, elaborate floats, and colorful costumes. Come ready to have fun because the celebrations start early in the morning and go on all day.

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Sauti za Busara ~ Zanzibar, Tanzania

This 4-day music festival is held every February and showcases African music from across the continent. Highlights of Sauti za Busara include 400+ live musicians, a carnival parade, impromptu jam sessions and after parties, with a backdrop of the beautiful beach views and island breezes of Stone Town. 


Bouake Carnival ~ Cote d’Ivoire

Bouake Carnival is the Ivorian version of Mardi Gras. This weeklong celebration of life and friendship is held in late March in Bouake, the second largest city in Cote d’ivoire. Tourists and locals join together to enjoy great music, eat traditional foods, explore cultural markets, attend lively street parties and parades, and hear music from local artists and musicians from all over the continent of Africa.

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Cape Town International Jazz Festival ~ South Africa

Touted as Africa’s Grandest Gathering, Cape Town Jazz Festival is one of the biggest jazz festivals on the continent. This 2-day festival is hosted in the beautiful Cape Town and known for its all-star lineup of local and international acts.


Festival of Urban Music of Anoumabo (FEMUA) ~ Cote d’Ivoire

This annual music festival is a party with a purpose – the proceeds are used to build schools and hospitals across the country. Started by Salif “Asalfo” Traoré, singer of the Ivorian band, Magic System, as a way to give back to the Anoumabo neighborhood, this celebration has morphed from a neighborhood party to a major festival, drawing crowds of more than 100,000 people to Abidjan. FEMUA features a variety of Ivorian and Pan African music and has an annual theme aimed at spurring social awareness and change. Be warned — the festival starts late and typically runs until 5:00 am.

Harare International Festival of the Arts  ~ Zimbabwe

The Harare International Festival of the Arts is one of Africa’s largest art and cultural festivals, held in Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare. The 6-day festival and workshop program showcases Zimbabwean, regional and international arts and culture with dance, music, circus, street performances, fashion, spoken word, theater and visual arts. 


Azgo Festival ~ Mozambique

The Azgo Festival is a contemporary celebration of arts and culture, with a strong focus on artists from Mozambique and the entire African continent. The four-day festival includes live music, films, dance, artistic and cultural development workshops and gourmet street food vendors.

Bush Fire Festival ~ eSwatini (formerly Swaziland)

One of Africa’s most popular events, Bush Fire is an annual 3-day festival which showcases music, art and culture from all over the African continent. Through its mantra “Bring Your Fire”, Bushfire encourages creative expression and social change, and invites everyone to contribute and engage through a program of creative workshops, discussions, art exhibitions and guest speakers. 

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La Biennale de L’Art Africain Contemporain/Dak’Art ~ Senegal

La Biennale de L’Art Africain Contemporain, commonly known as Dak’Art, is a month-long contemporary arts festival held every two years in Senegal’s capital of Dakar. The festival features art exhibitions with a variety of national and international artists, as well as in situ mural and sculpture creations, lectures, films, live performances, African culinary presentations, and more. The next edition of Dak’Art is in 2020.

Saint-Louis Jazz Festival ~ Senegal

Held in the former French capital of Saint-Louis, the renowned Saint-Louis Jazz Festival happens annually in May and attracts local and international jazz greats. The 5-day festival is in its 28th year and attracts close to 100,000 music lovers from around the world.

Windhoek Annual Cultural Festival ~ Namibia

The Windhoek Annual Cultural Festival is a new festival, which seeks to promote Namibian cultural diversity and provide a platform for upcoming artists and entrepreneurs to exhibit and promote their businesses. Participants celebrate their cultural backgrounds through traditional dress, dance performances and food. Additional activities include a battle of DJs, choir competition, battle of chefs, eating competition and talent show.

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Fes Festival of World Sacred Music ~ Morocco

The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music is 10-day celebration held in Fes, in northern Morocco. The festival advocates music as a means of promoting dialogue and harmony between civilizations and is a combination of concerts, workshops and discussions on climate change, human and civil rights, social justice and other important issues.

Jazzablanca ~ Morocco

Jazzablanca is an international jazz festival held yearly in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city. The 9-day festival features local and international artists with a mix of famous and up-and-coming jazz, pop, rock, blues and funk. Food and fashion workshops are also held.


Zanzibar International Film Festival ~ Zanzibar, Tanzania

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), also known as Festival of the Dhow Countries, is an annual 10-day film festival held on Zanzibar island. ZIFF includes workshops and screenings of African films in various genres, including African Animation, TV series and Web series.

Panafest ~ Ghana

The Pan African Historical Theatre Festival, commonly known as Panafest, is a cultural festival held every two years for Africans and people of African descent. The festival is intended to bring together Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora around the issues raised by the transatlantic slave trade. The two-week festival includes a variety of cultural events, performance arts, dance and music workshops, speaking colloquiums, and tributes to the ancestors. The next Panafest is in 2021. 


Chale Wote Street Art Festival ~ Ghana

Chale Wote has quickly become one of West Africa’s biggest and most popular events, with more than 100,000 attendees and 200 Ghanaian and international artists participating. The 10-day street festival includes street painting, graffiti murals, photo exhibitions, live street performances, extreme sports, African cinema, street boxing, a fashion parade, a music block party, design labs and more. 

Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) ~ Botswana

GIMC is a weeklong annual festival that celebrates the city of Gaborone through music, theatre, comedy, poetry, fashion and other cultural activities. Performers include local, regional and international artists.


Lake of Stars Festival ~ Malawi

Lake of Stars is an annual 3-day international music festival held on the shores of Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa. The activities include music, talks, poetry, theater, film, art and wellness activities from Malawi and across the globe. On-site camping is available and encouraged. The festival is on hiatus for 2020, but is expected to return in 2021. 

Nyege Nyege Festival ~ Uganda

Held on the shores of the Nile River, the 4-day Nyege Nyege festival is one of the biggest underground music festivals in East Africa. Nyege Nyege is a Swahili word meaning an uncontrollable urge to move, shake, or dance and you’ll do just that at this non-stop party and celebration of Ugandan and African culture. Nyege Nyege showcases an eclectic mix of music genres from Africans and the diaspora, including electronic music, Ugandan dancehall, Balani (Mali), Kweito (South Africa), Kuduro (Angola), Cumbia (South America) and more.  


Felabration ~ Nigeria

Felabration is an annual music and arts festival commemorating the life of Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musician and human rights activist known for pioneering the afrobeat music genre. The weeklong celebration includes a wide range of activities, including debates, symposiums, afrobics dance competitions, art exhibitions and competitions, and music concerts.


Mombasa Carnival ~ Kenya

The Mombasa Carnival is one of Kenya’s biggest and most popular festivals, held every year in November. This lively street party revolves around two parades, which converge on Moi Avenue and display Mombasa’s diverse cultures with an array of floats, traditional dress, music concerts, and dance. A mix of traditional and contemporary artists join the celebration.


Afrochella ~ Ghana

Afrochella is Africa’s answer to America’s Coachella. This annual one-day festival seeks to highlight the thriving talent from and within Africa and features African music, culture, art, fashion and food. Related happenings, including panel discussions, charity events, and parties, are held the week of the festival.

Afropunk ~ South Africa

Afropunk is an annual alternative arts festival that includes live music, film, fashion, and art produced by black artists. The festival debuted in Brooklyn, New York and has since expanded to locations across the globe, including Johannesburg, South Africa. The two-day Afropunk Joburg features live concerts, panel conversations, battle of the bands, and food and craft markets. 

Calabar Carnival ~ Nigeria

Called Africa’s biggest street party, the Calabar Carnival takes place the entire month of December in the city of Calabar in southeastern Nigeria. It attracts more than 2 million revelers and has participants from 25 countries. The festivities include street parades, battle of the bands, concerts, art shows, street parties, food competitions, fashion shows, sporting events and non-stop parties. Carnival week, the final week between Christmas and New Year, is when most of the highlights occur. 

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Victoria Falls Carnival ~ Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls Carnival is a 3-day blowout party held annually at the end of December. The party starts on Day One with a Carnival train ride and secret bush party. Day Two features an electric safari concert with the best live house, African, indie and electro-pop music. The party culminates on New Year’s Eve, with a concert and year-end countdown complete with fire breathers, traditional dancers, and a host of African music artists. All of the fun is held in the backdrop of Victoria Falls, one of the biggest and most famous waterfalls in the world.