The American passport gets you into many countries around the world, visa-free. It’s one reason people consider American citizenship to be so valuable. So, if you’re looking for adventure on the African continent, here are some of the most interesting countries to consider visiting. Remember, you either don’t need a visa to enter or, you can purchase an entry visa for a low fee when you land.
Seychelles is the perfect place to get away from it all, (whatever “it” may be for you). These beautiful islands off the coast of Madagascar have all the crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches you’ll ever need from a perfect African vacation. And in this mostly-francophone archipelago, you’ll have ample opportunity to practice your French.
Visit the homeland of actress Charlize Theron and Daily Show host Trevor Noah! This country is a cultural melting pot, due to the diversity of its native people and to centuries of colonization. People often speak several languages, including Afrikaans, Xhosa, and English. There’s plenty to do here, including hiking and surfing in Capetown. Or, if you prefer the bustle of city life, spend a few days partying it up in Johannesburg.
Swaziland is a tiny land-bound country tucked away between Mozambique and South Africa. While many people might focus on the country’s health and economic issues, don’t let that deter you. Swaziland has some beautiful wilderness to explore. It’s home to over 500 species of birds, as well as over 100 species of exotic, endangered mammals. This is the place to visit if you’re looking to capture some hard-to-get photos of protected animals.
Culturally, North African countries can be quite different from South African countries. This contrast is clear between Egypt and the countries at the top of this list. The languages, customs, and populations in Egypt are much more influenced by its Middle Eastern and Arabic neighbors. Still, we know why you want to go to Egypt. The Land of Pyramids is full of artifacts from one of history’s great early civilizations. Whether you were inspired by a movie, a book, or a history class, you’ll have to visit Egypt yourself to really understand its beauty.
Morocco is another North African country that features a mix of French, Arabic, and Berber cultures. You’ll want to go to Marrakech for spice markets and big-city bustle. For a wilderness trip, take a camel ride in the desert and camp out under the stars for a night. And of course, if you have time, visit the famous Casablanca, where you can enjoy beaches and life by the sea.