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Following the inevitable success of Black Panther, there has been increasing interest in learning more about and visiting Africa. Pockets of the African Diaspora spent generations being fed half-truths regarding the continent of Africa. While Black Panther has inspired multiple think-pieces, we’re excited to share a list of must-visit African countries for people eager to get their feet on the ground!
Amongst the dry terrain of Namibia lies it’s German - influenced capital city, Windhoek. Windhoek provides a lot of entertainment in the form of museums, historical sites and more. Interested in unique sites? Visit Dead Vlei in the south, whose sand dunes and dead trees create a stunning motif. As you traverse past red rocks, you may notice members of the indigenous Himba tribe. Their well-known use of red clay in their lifestyle makes them stand out and was the inspiration behind one of the fictional tribes in Black Panther. After exploring inner Namibia, dip your toe in the Atlantic in the coastal city of Swakopmund.
Despite Zimbabwe being a landlocked country, beaches are not too far away via neighboring country, Mozambique. After joining in safaris and hiking Victoria Falls National Park, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, relax and unwind in gorgeous villas. Whether you’re exploring the capital city of Harare or taking in the gorgeous views, you’ll leave Zimbabwe wanting more.
Apart from being known as the homeland of actor Lupita N’yongo, Kenya is also home to the nomadic Maasai tribe, who are well known for their jumping dance and traditional colorful necklaces. Nairobi is the capital of this East African nation and boasts a thriving dance music scene in addition to historic sites like Fort Jesus and wildlife activities amongst the plains. If you’re up for some action, partake in white water rafting along the Ewaso N'giro and Tana rivers or feed giraffes at the Nairobi Giraffe Center.
Located in East Africa, Tanzania boasts both breathtaking beaches, and world renowned sites. As you take in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa—Ngrongoro Crater—on your morning safari, be sure to bask in the glory of Mount Kilimanjaro. Home to 120 ethnic groups including the aforementioned Maasai tribe, Tanzania offers a great opportunity to learn about various cultures. Once you’ve gaped over trips to the Serengeti National Forest, make your way to the tropical island of Zanzibar off the Tanzanian coast.