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Anouk Zijlma

Where to Go in Africa in 2014

By December 23, 2013

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Where should you go in Africa in 2014? Here are my top  recommendations for adventurous, relaxing and always awe-inspiring African destinations for the upcoming year.

Cape Town Waterfront from Robben Island Ferry, South AfricaCape Town, South Africa - The natural beauty of Cape Town makes it one of the most attractive cities in the world. Cape Town boasts beautiful beaches as well as the impressive Table Mountain right in the heart of the city. The restaurants are world class, and so are the wines. Cape Town is also one of the most culturally diverse cities in Africa and has reputation for social tolerance. The museums, city gardens, the Peninsula and Winelands all make a 4-5 day stay a must here. The South African Rand is great value right now, so 2014 will offer the highest quality vacation for the lowest price.

Tofo, Mozambique - maputo beach, mozambiqueSouth Africans have been enjoying Mozambique's coast for decades, and international backpackers are now raving about it too. Mozambique is back on the travel map with a vengeance. Tofo in particular offers great beaches, snorkeling, fresh seafood and accommodation to suit all budgets. Its proximity to the lively capital Maputo is also a plus. 2014 could be the last year you beat the crowds if full moon parties and swimming with whale sharks sounds like fun. More about travel to Mozambique...

South Luangwa, Zambia - One of the best safari experiences you can ever hope to have. South Luangwa has it all, a river to cruise on during the wet season, wonderful walking safaris to give your butt a rest from bouncing around in a vehicle all day, and plenty of wildlife . There's lodging to suit all budgets and styles, from tented camps to simple rondavels. Zambia is a friendly and stable country, it's also home to the Victoria Falls which offers the perfect add-on before or after a safari. More about travel to Zambia ...

Elmina, Ghana - Elmina, GhanaMost visitors that make it here tend head straight to the slave-trading fort (St George's Castle) which is well worth a trip to Ghana in itself. But it's the lively fishing village that made the strongest impression on me. Fantastic fish market, interesting old parts of town and enough color and life to keep you buzzing for weeks. The great budget accommodation on gorgeous beaches nearby make it even better. More about Ghana's top attractions ...

Wild Coast, South Africa - The Wild Coast is an incredibly beautiful stretch of coastline in South Africa's Eastern Cape area (formerly known as Transkei). Ideal for diving, fishing, hiking and surfing this remote area has long attracted visitors looking to get away from it all. The Xhosa culture along this stretch of coast is also a major attraction. It's also an excellent destination for those wanting to pay their respects to the late Nelson Mandela. More about the Eastern Cape...

Eco-friendly Kenya -- Avoid the safari crowds and queues of minibuses, especially during the annual great migration, and head to Kenya's Conservancies instead this year. The conservancies adjoin the the parks, and share the abundant wildlife, so you don't miss out on anything, but the crowds of tourists. The lodging is more eco-friendly, and local communities benefit directly from your stay. Find out more...

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