Backpacking Trips to Take in Africa While You Are In College

Africa is the second-largest continent in the world with over 50 countries and three different oceans surrounding it. This means there’s an enormous amount to see and do. 

Many students go backpacking in Africa to experience its magnificent scenery, see wildlife and have unforgettable adventures. It’s worth planning ahead to know what to expect because Africa can be rather a mixed bag in terms of cost, comfort and safety. 

Morocco in North Africa

Morocco is one of the favorite destinations in North Africa, with its markets, red-sand dunes and ancient walled cities. 

Taghazout in Morocco is a surfing mecca and a backpackers’ paradise. It is full of hostels with a beach view and cheap restaurants. Camel rides, surf lessons, quad biking and going on dune buggies are some of the fun activities on offer.

Kenya in East Africa

This is the place to go for exquisite scenery and the “big five” – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards and the black rhinoceros. Kenya is a favorite for tourists thanks to its national parks, beaches and the snow-capped Mount Kenya. There’s a backpackers hostel on Diani beach, South of Mombasa, that’s laid-back and friendly. 

Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa

Tanzania is home to the volcanic cones of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Climbing this mountain is extremely challenging and requires the guidance of an experienced outfitter to ensure your safety. If you embrace the challenge, it is likely to be a life-changing experience.  

Cape Town in South Africa

South Africa is a popular destination for backpackers, largely due to its good travel infrastructure. Cape Town offers access to a modern city full of restaurants, shopping, and a vibrant nightlife. Long Street in the city center is lined with hostels and outside the city are some luxury backpacker lodges. 

Cape Town is also the home of Table Mountain and has a beautiful coastline. Experience trips to the beach, hikes up Table Mountain, wine tasting trips out to Stellenbosch and Somerset West, diving with sharks and much more. 

The Bale Mountains in southern Ethiopia  

When people think of Ethiopia, they tend to imagine desert and poverty. In fact, Ethiopia is full of trees, mountains and wildlife. If you enjoy sleeping in nature and the great outdoors, you should visit the Bale Mountains in Southern Ethiopia.  

On arrival, it is not difficult to arrange a trek of a week or two on horseback in this unbelievably beautiful part of the world. You’ll meet child shepherds, learn about the medicinal properties of trees and plants and pick the animal you would like killed and cooked for dinner. This will give you an insight into a way of life you never imagined.  

Lake Malawi in south-east Africa

Malawi is often dubbed the friendliest country in Africa. If you’re backpacking on your own, you will soon find out why. Stop in at a local bar and you’ll instantly make new friends. Malawi is a small country but Lake Malawi is an impressive size.  

You can relax and sunbathe on the lake at Cape Maclear, island hop, track elephants at the Vwaza Marsh close by, or trek up the Mulanje mountain and enjoy the spectacular view. 

Victoria Falls in southern Africa

Victoria Falls is a waterfall on the Zambezi River at the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and there is a large backpackers’ lodge just minutes away. White water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge swings, walking safaris, and rock climbing are just some of the adventurous activities on offer.  

Taking a backpacking trip to Africa and experiencing this amazing content while you’re in college could just change your life forever. 

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