10 African countries to visit before the end of the year

While some countries like Tanzania and Kenya continue to feel the effects of the pandemic on their tourism revenue, the number of international tourists in the first half of 2021 has increased significantly compared to last year, thus raising the hopes of an economic recovery in the second half of the year.

As Covid-19 continues to shape tourism all around the world, let’s look at the top African countries to visit in the second half of 2021 and how the pandemic continues to dictate where people can go, the requirements they need to travel, and even how long tourists are allowed to stay outdoor.

The diverse landscape across geographic locations makes Africa an intriguing place to visit.


Egypt is an ancient country dating back to the prehistoric age. Some of the major tourist attractions in Egypt include its ancient city Cairo, a major hub for international trade, and the Egyptian pyramids, which draw millions of sightseers each year.

Other tourist attractions in Egypt include the Luxor temple and all Pharaohs’ tombs dating as far back as the stone age. Egypt has recently opened its doors to tourists. Although, you must show proof of testing negative to Covid-19. The test must be within a 72-96 hour period depending on the country.

South Africa

Having hosted the first FIFA World Cup on African soil in 2010, South Africa continues to pull in millions of tourists each year. Since 2015, the country has continuously witnessed over 10 million tourist visits annually.

Cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg are modern cities built on the rich culture of the South African people. The country is also home to the Kruger National Park, a renowned tourist destination for safari visitors.

South Africa only requires a proof of negative PCR test taken 72 hours before departure.


Tanzania is definitely one of the top tourist destinations on our list. The country has so many natural tourist attractions ranging from water bodies to wildlife and mountains.

The East African country’s destinations, including Zanzibar and Pemba, still retain their position as top diving spots anywhere in the world. Additionally, the Serengeti National Park, alongside South Africa’s Kruger and Kenya’s Maasai Mara, is regarded as the best safari destination on the continent.

This list will be incomplete without mentioning Mount Kilimanjaro (also located in Tanzania), the highest peak in Africa with about 6,000 metres (almost 20,000 feet).

Tanzania has been greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic as it suffered a 72% drop in tourism revenue in 2020. The country is yet to fully open its borders as they keep fighting the virus.


Zimbabwe may be landlocked, but it makes up for its beach absence with several landmark choices. Located in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe is home to diverse wild animals making it a top destination for safari in Africa.

When you bring Victoria Falls into the picture, which ranges 1,708 metres in length from Zimbabwe to Zambia, this country’s tourism potential is in a different league.

About 60% of the people around Victoria Falls have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Hence, the tourist site has been opened to vaccinated tourists only.


Kenya is one of the most visited countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, thanks to its wildlife diversity and tourist sites.

Although Kenya recorded fewer tourists in 2020, more than 2 million people visited in 2019; the country is beginning to open its tourist attractions as vaccines become more available. Yet, international flights are currently closed to all tourists flying from India. Anyone who has been to Ireland, Pakistan, Kuwait, or Thailand in the last 14 days will be required to quarantine in a government accommodation for 14 days. UK tourists will also quarantine at home for seven days.


Mauritius is a beautiful island nation right in the Indian Ocean. Visiting Mauritius is understandably more expensive than many African countries. Yet, the more money is worth it.

Mauritius offers tourists the absolute tropical getaway and much more. Right here, you can go for a safari during the day. And when you are back, you can enjoy the evening breeze right by the shore. There is no end to the array of activities that can be enjoyed here as there are huge mountains that hikers can also visit.

Since the country is heavily dependent on tourism, it has lost a lot of revenue to Covid-19 travel restrictions. However, things are beginning to open up in phases in recent times as the country only welcomes vaccinated tourists.


Zambia is a very beautiful country that is also quite affordable to visit. The country also shares the Victoria Falls with Zimbabwe, which is the largest waterfall on the planet.

The Southern African country is home to Devil’s Pool, a famous landmark popular for its beautiful views. Also, Zambia is home to amazing wildlife such as giraffes, hippos, and a wide variety of birds.

Zambia’s borders are open to tourists, although under tight conditions. All tourists must be vaccinated against Covid-19 or show proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before departure.

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