While an African safari proposes an adventure of a lifetime, the African continent has so much more to offer travelers. We've scanned the whole of Africa, from its northern to southern tips, and eastern to western shores, to turn up an overwhelming variety of travel experiences, highlighting everything from culture to wildlife, city souks to beach idylls, or heritage and history to modern metropolises. Here are our 9 picks for the most unforgettable African vacations, beyond safaris.
by Anisha Shah
Anisha Shah is a luxury and emerging destinations travel journalist. Her background as a BBC TV and radio news reporter, combined with a longstanding love affair with travel, sees her first on the scene of new and exciting travel hot spots. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Fodor’s, and Yahoo Travel. Follow Anisha on Twitter: @anishahbbc.