Places to Travel to in Africa

Places to Travel to in Africa
Africa is diverse. Though sometimes it seems as if the continent is simply referred to as one country, there are in fact 53 different countries, each with its own individual culture, language and people. Whether in the dry north, the tropical center or temperate south, Africa offers visitors unparalleled opportunities for discovery.

Djenne

Visit one of the oldest cities in sub-Saharan Africa. The small and time-worn city of Djenne can be found in the center of the Republic of Mali, the largest country in West Africa. Modern amenities are the exception in Djenne, and visits to the area often give visitors the wonderful feeling that they've been transported to the year 1400. Famous in the area is the Great Mosque of Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built entirely from mud, artisans sculpt its towering pinnacles into both smooth and jagged forms. One of the larger and more boisterous markets in the region occurs every Monday in front of the mosque. Malian textiles are exceptional and this market offers many of the more famous fabrics such as bogolan and indigo cloth.

The Embassy of Mali
2130 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 332-2249
maliembassy.us

Malian Office of Tourism
BP 191 Bamako
Rue Mohamed 5
Bamako, Republic of Mali
011 (+223) 22 56 73
le-mali.com

Karnak

Travel to Egypt and explore the largest ancient religious site in the world. Located in present-day Luxor, ancient Thebes, the Karnak temple complex offers visitors an astounding array of pylons, temples, halls and mammoth statues to gawk at. Karnak has been impressing visitors for years. In his 1803 book, Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt During the Campaigns of General Bonaparte in that Country, author Domenique-Vivant Denon described the expedition arrival at Karnak, "The entire army, suddenly stood in awe and clapped their hands with delight." Even today, the area still retains much of its mystique. If at all possible, visit the site during the day for a tour and then during the evening when a well-produced music and light show takes place.

The Embassy of Egypt
3521 International Ct. NW
Washington DC 20008
(202) 895-5400
egyptembassy.net

Egyptian Tourist Authority
egypt.travel

Cape Coast

Explore the South African city of Cape Coast before hordes of soccer fans descend upon the city in June 2010. Located in the Southwestern portion of the country, Cape Town is a well-developed city especially known for its scenic setting between the Port of Cape Town and Table Mountain. The most popular tourist destination for visitors in South Africa, travelers will find many beaches to sprawl upon, water sports such as surfing, scuba diving, windsurfing and sailing in addition to Table Mountain National Park. Also, for those who enjoy soccer, South Africa will play host to the World Cup soccer tournament in 2010 and Cape Coast is one of venues for matches. This tournament is only held once every four years and is the crown jewel of the sport. South Africa is the first African nation to ever host the event.

The Embassy of South Africa
3051 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 232-4400
saembassy.org

Cape Town Tourism Office
P.O. Box 1403
Cape Town
8000
South Africa
011 (+27) 21 487 6800
capetown.travel

Table Mountain National Park
sanparks.org

FIFA
International Federation of Association Football
World Cup Homepage
fifa.com

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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