Here’s a round the world trip and the continent we are on now is Africa. Africa is a huge continent, mind you!
We ended in Eilat in the Middle East, now heading to North Africa. They are quite close, that’s why you see MENA as a region: Middle East North Africa.
Eilat is beautiful. You can access Eilat in Israel and Aqaba in Jordan, and the Egyptian side is hands down the best.
It is also the borders to enter Egypt via Taba. From Taba, proceed up to Alexandria, a harbour city. This is one of the busiest ports in North Africa due to its connection to Europe and Africa via the Mediterranean Sea. Going down, pass by Cairo, where the pyramids are built.
Since young, the pyramids have been fascinating me. From mummies to jewels and “how did they even build it”, it is still one of the most amazing wonders on earth. Although the city has now built closer to the pyramids, Cairo is still definitely worth a visit.
Lastly in Egypt, it is Luxor. This city is located along the River Nile, the longest river in the world. Along the river, there are museums with stories to tell about how people once lived their live with the River Nile. I think the fact that such history is preserved is beyond beautiful. Luxor is definitely worth at least two days. Skip Valley of the Kings. Visit Karnak Temples instead.
On the Sinai peninsula, check out Dahab and Nuweiba, but Sharm is more luxurious. Definitely climb Mt. Catherine. Instead of the usual sunrise hike, do the sunset hike with less people. Bring a head lamp because it will get super dark. And, for the record, Red Sea on the Egyptian side is the best side. Blue Hole near Dahab is a must if you have time.
- Uber and Careem both work in Egypt, so if you’re uncomfortable with hailing public transportation, download those apps and get a local SIM when you’re there. It’s not expensive, and worth it.
- Use couchsurfing to meet locals. People are friendly!
- Transportation around Egypt:
- Train from Cairo to Alexandria
- Train from Cairo to Aswan (you may have to book your ticket at the train station a day in advance as seats fill up)
- Local bus from Aswan to Abu Simbel
Then head south to the most beautiful island, Seychelles. Seychelles has always been a dream to me. Not a goal, because I did not think that one day, I would actually be waking up in Seychelles. Seychelles is such a beautiful island with clear waters and untouched nature. It is also great to dip my toes into the crystal clear water after traveling in Middle East and Egypt! I can finally feel the sun rays on my body again.
After enjoying the sunshine and getting a great tan in Seychelles, take a flight to Nairobi. One of my absolutely favourite thing to do is to hike a mountain. Or even better, a volcano. It is also one of my motivations to travel. And near Nairobi (border with Tanzania), there is Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest volcano in Africa! Of course I have to climb that.
Fun fact, there is also a Kilimanjaro beer with the tagline “if you can’t climb it, drink it instead.”
Drinking the beer while hiking is on the bucket list!
Then, travel to Uganda. In Uganda, visit Murchison Falls National Park. It is one of the largest national park in Uganda with an animal safari. A trip to Africa will not be complete if I do not see wild animals being safe in the wild! My friend highly recommends the safari as the animals are absolutely free and it is extremely thrilling to be so close to such gentle beasts. Another national park is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This national park has so many gorillas, there is probably more gorillas than humans. Maybe I will find the next King Kong there.
Then, I go to Tanzania: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater – Zanzibar. Being near the coast, the islands are really beautiful. Near Zanzibar is Unguja, which is the most populated island in Zanzibar. The waters are also extremely clear and beautiful. I don’t think it is possible to leave the country with such beauty all around. But it is possible if the next destination is Madagascar and Mauritius!
Then I hope to take a road trip in Mozambique to drive along the coast. The coast is everything about the countries on the South East of Africa. The turquoise waters, the beautiful sun shining. There is nothing like a nice cocktail on hand and chilling in the summer sun.
After driving to Quirimbas Islands, Bazaruto Archipelago National Park and Island of Mozambique, perhaps I need a break from the sun, sea and sand! The next destination is Victoria Falls between Zambia and Botswana. Following that, it is another safari in Botswana, Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta. Botswana is known for their safari. It is also even possible to get a flight around the safari!
After Botswana, I have to go to Johannesburg. There is where Nelson Mandela grew up and there is a museum of him. Also, it is a very modern city with skyscrapers. Growing up with skyscrapers, I will miss seeing skyscrapers after weeks of fun in the islands of Africa.
Swaziland is a country within South Africa. A tiny country, it is rich in culture and heritage. I hope to visit some tribes and learn about their culture. There is no better textbook than living with the tribes in Swaziland. I love how beauty has such a different meaning there, and boobs are not sexualized.
Lastly in all good hope that the trip is still going fine, take a trip down to the Cape of Good Hope in Cape Town. It is a famous landmark, especially I read Marco Polo growing up. He found a shorter route to Asia by going around the Cape of Good Hope.
Then, take a flight to Casablanca in Morocco. There, explore the city and Spanish islands like Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (really interesting island! People whistle to communicate instead of speak), Fuertevantura and Tantan city.
Proceed to Fes. Fes is so rich in culture and heritage. The city walls may look dull, but when you open the doors to the inside of the city walls, the hotels and resorts are extremely stunning and beautiful. That is the reason why I want to visit Morocco. The Mediterranean and North African architecture and history all lies between the city walls. Sahara Desert is also nearby, so why not visit the largest desert in the entire world, while riding on a camel.
Trevellers is my way to change the world. Through my stories, tips and lessons learnt, I truly hope to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone, see the world and see who you truly are. Travel is more than just taking a selfie. Travel is an adventure, where you can truly become who you are, give you the time to reflect and grow to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.