Top 6 Covid-19 hustle-free African travel destinations

Has Covid-19 been a bummer for your travel plans in 2021? If you’ve been struggling with travel restrictions, we hear you. It could indeed be a buzzkill if you’ve been planning to tour a country, only to find out that it’s closed for tourists or bound by nationality bans.

Well, don’t worry, you can still plan a vacation to many countries across the globe. And amongst those, some of the best ones are from the land where life began – the stunning continent of Africa!

A few top covid-19 hustle-free African destinations include Tanzania, South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, and Botswana. All these countries offer different vacation experiences – wildlife ventures, water sports, art and cultural exploration, and much more.

Note though that since the omicron variant is still out there, you might have to go through PCR testing within 72 hours of entering the country of your dreams.

Now let’s explore what makes each of the above places so special.

1. Tanzania

Don’t go on the small size of this beautiful landlocked African country! If you’re a lover of landscapes, you could find no better travel destination for 2022 after all that time spent in lockdown.

The country is host to Africa’s third-largest lake (Lake Malawi, which we’ll discuss later on this list too!) And it’s not only the beauty of it that draws people in but you could enjoy various water sports too. From sailing and kayaking to diving and exploring the water beds, there’s something to suit everyone.

And then there is the classic African safari. You can choose from over nine national parks and wildlife spots. The best time for safari tourism is within April and November.

You can also go to these dazzling tourist spots in Tanzania:

  • Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest and legendary)
  • Nungwi Beach
  • Old fort
  • Udzungwa mountains
  • Cheetah’s Rock
  • Kuza’s cave
  • Askari monument
  • Amboni caves

Apart from the stunning lakes and freely roaming wildlife, the hustle-bustle of friendly people adds to the Tanzanian charm!

2. South Africa

Of course, we couldn’t have missed the country that hosts Cape Town! But it’s not only about the high life city escape. You can visit many parts of South Africa to broaden your travel experience of this country. If you’re an art lover and history buff, you’ll enjoy the museums too.

Here are some famous tourist locations in South Africa:

  • Boulders Beach
  • Kruger National Park
  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum
  • Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

3. Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the ultimate travel package in Africa. With plenty of religious and historical spots, you would be craving to learn more. And it’s not behind in natural landscapes either.

Have a look at some of the top tourist spots in Ethiopia:

  • Church of St. George
  • Simien Mountains National Park
  • Blue Nile Falls
  • Awash National Park
  • Erta Ale (An active volcano – must-visit location for fans of geology!)

So if you love to experience a bit of everything, this country should top your list for sure!

4. Uganda

Ever had a mystical dream of kayaking in the Nile River with the ancient Egyptians? Well, you could make it true: at least the former part. Uganda offers both cultural tours and kayaking along this historic river.

Although the country is known especially for its gorillas, you’ll be able to witness these cheetahs, elephants, and much more. As for the landscapes, it’s not only about the Nile, you can choose from a number of other lakes, waterfalls, and lush green rainforests for endless adventures.

Include the below on your Uganda places to see and things to do list:

  • Kibale National Park
  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Kasubi royal tombs
  • Sipi falls
  • Mahavura Volcano
  • Nyero Rock Paintings

5. Malawi

This African country is known for the grand spot of Lake Malawi. This splendid spot is a UNESCO world heritage site that also goes by other names. In Tanzania, they call it Lake Nyasa, while in Mozambique, it is known as the Lago Niassa. Regardless of what you call it, here are a few facts that set this lake apart from the rest:

  • According to the area, it’s the ninth largest lake in the world.
  • Within Africa, it’s the third largest and shares its borders with Tanzania and Mozambique.
  • Also within the continent, it’s the second deepest, bustling with multiple species of fishes to explore.
  • You can find more than 700 cichlid species in Lake Malawi!

And then, Malawi also has an array of islands for you to explore. Find the names of a few, along with other Malawi tourist spots.

  • Mumbo Island
  • Sanga Bay
  • Domwe Island
  • Kumbali Cultural Village
  • World War I Memorial
  • Nankoma Island

If you’re on a mission of marking every UNESCO world heritage site, Malawi should be on the top of your list.

6. Botswana

If you’re a landscape photographer, Botswana is the ultimate African travel destination for your artistry. But even if photography isn’t your field, who says you can’t visit this country to experience and enjoy nature and landscapes?

Not only does the country have greenery, but it also has barren land and different types of hills. Here are a few tourist spots we believe you must have on your Botswana bucket list!

  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • Tsodilo Hills
  • Mokolodi Nature Reserve
  • Kubu Island
  • Deception Valley
  • National Museum and Art Gallery
  • National Botanical Garden

To add to the thrill, the Tsodilo Hills are a UNESCO world heritage site. How cool is that?

Recap: Top hustle free African destinations for 2022

So there you have it. Have one, few, or all of the above on your bucket list for traveling Africa. Whether you’re planning on seeing the Nile or getting to learn about rich African history and culture, each country will fascinate you in its own way. While you’re at it, you can also engage in arts and crafts activities or live events, provided you follow Covid-19 SOPs to the core!

Note that you’ll have to go through the PCR test and submit it within 72 hours of your landing at the airport. If you don’t get that done, you might have to quarantine for around two weeks. But other than that, there are no nationality restrictions, so what are you waiting for?