My African Bucket list: 10 things to do in 10 African countries

When I travel I always promise to myself I will visit a number of countries before a certain age. Last year I eventually became serious about my promise and I put up a bucket list. The focus: Africa, the continent where I learned a lot about raw life. Here is my list, with ten things to do in ten African countries.

  1. Visit the Dar Hassan Pacha palace in Algeria.

Dar Hassan Pacha palace located in Algiers, Algeria, was named after its first owner. Hassan Pacha ruled over the city and started building the palace in 1791. Among the great achievements of Pasha is the treaty he signed with US, guaranteeing the latter’s ships safety in the waters of Algiers.

After the town was conquered by the French, it was renovated and given an European-looking facade.

Now, Dar Hassan Pacha palace holds a collection of manuscripts written by scholars from North Africa and Middle East.


  1. Go on a horseback safari in Botswana.

Riding is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have and when you pair it with a safari, you will truly have a one-of-a-kind adventure. Because you are on a horse used to the African environment the local wildlife is more relaxed around you – at least, this is what I believe.


  1. Visit the Limbe Wildlife Center in Cameroon.

The Limbe Wildlife Center is home to lots of rescued primates and it has the mission to inform and educate the public on how to protect the wildlife.


  1. Have breakfast with giraffes in Kenya, at the Giraffe Manor.

The Giraffe Manor gets its name because the property is roamed by lots of giraffes. The animals are half-tamed, so they are used to sticking their heads on the building’s windows and check out the guests. Apart from having the amazing giraffes, the Manor is a luxurious establishment with only 10 rooms.


  1. Take a plane to Dzanga Sangha National Park to enjoy the wildlife in Central African Republic.

Dzanga Sangha National Park is one of the best places to see African wildlife, but it’s almost impossible to reach it on land. This means you have to take the plane – another exciting experience on my list.


  1. Visit the rock churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia.

The Lalibela churches were carved in rock and are still in use. Locals believe the site is just as holy as Jeerusalem, which explains the large number of pilgrims who come to Lalibela.


  1. Enjoy the high life in Cote d’Ivoire.

Cote d’Ivoire is known for the exclusive beaches, which attract the rich and famous. Why not pretend you are one of them, at least for a couple of days.


  1. Take drumming lessons in Gambia. Maybe even some traditional dance lessons, if I am already there.

Many organizations offer traditional drumming and dancing lessons in Gambia.


  1. Visit the 800 years old town of Ghadames in Libya.

Ghadames is called the “Pearl of the desert” and it raises to this name to the letter. The town is an oasis, with its white and creamy walls. The settlement is 800 years old; despite the original houses are long gone, the entire town preserves the architectural styles of the Berbers and the Romans.

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  1. Trek the dunes of Sossusvlei in Nambia.

Trekking the Sossusvlei sand dunes of Namibia is one of the great experiences you can have in Africa. The dunes are constantly changing, thanks to the winds, so I expect to have a good workout.


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