“If you only visit two continents in your lifetime, visit Africa twice." - R Elliot
Have you ever wondered which African country you secretly want to explore?
I’ve been to 10 African countries excluding South Africa and there are still so many that I want to explore.
That’s the thing about Africa. Every country is so unique and has so much of its own magic to offer. It all depends on what you prefer. Are you a safari junkie like me or are you a beach bunny? Are you a culture vulture or a history nerd? Do you prefer the freedom of a road trip or the modern confinements of the concrete jungles?
Travelstart has developed a quiz to help you decide.
I did it and the African destination that resonated the most with me, based on my answers, was Morocco. My husband did it independently and he had the same answer. Perhaps that is an indication of our compatibility – we share a mutual love of exotic destinations.
This is what our result said. I thought that it was spot on!
You are not interested in the humdrum and mundane. You are drawn to places that ooze magic and mystery, and linger on your skin like the warm touch of a lover. You are captivated by beauty and crave the fierce rhythm of exotic, far flung worlds where mysterious Bedouin tribes rule the desert and snake charmers rule the trembling streets.
To you, adventure means chasing the twang of strings and smell of spices through old cobbled medinas, discovering secret courtyards and wild mountains that whisper of romance and mystique, and getting lost in the lively energy and conversation of Djemaa el Fna.
It is your adventurous spirit, desire for unique experiences, and profound curiosity about life and people that compel you to travel. You are deeply passionate, enchantingly eccentric, and much like Morocco, anything but ordinary.
Go explore Morocco!
But…since I’ve already been to Morocco (and loved it), the African destination I now most want to visit is Namibia (Update: I visited Namibia in 2018). Those sand dunes and ship wrecks have been beckoning to me for a long while.
Let me know what your secret African crush is in the comments below.
I visited Egypt, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe long before I started blogging (and yes, I am due for repeat visits) but you can read about my experiences in the other African countries I visited here. 2019 Update. I visited Zambia and Zimbabwe again this year, along with Namibia, Botswana and Mauritius.
In conclusion, I wanted to share this beautiful poem on Africa that was given to me during my recent stay at the incredible Morukuru Family Owner’s House in Madikwe Game Reserve.
When you have acquired a taste for dust,
The scent of our first rain,
You’re hooked on Africa for life
And you will not be right again
Until you can watch the setting moon
And hear the jackals bark
And know they are around you,
Waiting in the dark.
When you long to see the elephants,
Or to hear the coucals song
When the moonrise sets your blood on fire
You have been away too long.
It is time to cut the traces loose
And let your heart go free
Beyond that for the horizon,
Where your spirit yearns to be.
For Africa infects the soul
And sets ones senses free
It’s special gifts – sight, sound and smell
For in this world of chaos,
Where hatred rules supreme
My heart turns again to Africa
And I relive my dream.
- E Dibb
Don’t forget to do the quiz and let me know what your results are in the comments below.