My life is an ongoing love letter to Africa, so in no particular order, here are some of my most memorable experiences from some of the countries I've visited so far...
Namibia. Namibia had landscapes unlike anything I'd ever seen before. If you find yourself planning a trip there, Sossusvlei and Deadvlei are definitely not to be missed. But if you're curious to see what it's like when the vastness of the desert meets the crashing waves of the ocean, be sure to see Swakopmund as well.
Mozambique. Another country with otherworldly landscapes and beautiful people and culture. There is so much to see across the country, so if you have at least a week to visit, my best tip for a great experience would be to hire a driver or rent a car. This will allow you to see the country in a much better way when going from city to city, instead of flying. Vilanculos was the highlight of my trip, with the Bazaruto Archipelago being a slice of heaven on earth.
Senegal. This is the country that really grounded me and helped me see that living in Africa long term could be a real possibility for me. Senegal has so much to offer, it's hard to know where to start. Some of my favorite places to visit visit was the Sine Saloum, Ilot Sarpant, which is just a 20 min canoe/pirogue ride from the city, and Saint Louis.
Tanzania. While I've only been on the mainland a few times, I have visited Zanzibar more times than I can remember. If you find yourself lucky enough to visit, don't skip Stone Town! Be sure to spend a few days there, then head to Jambiani, Paje, and Nungwi for very unique experiences. For safaris, the Serengeti is as good as it gets.
Kenya. My favorite place in Kenya is hands down Lamu, which is a small cozy island just a 30 minute plane ride away from Nairobi. It's like being transported to a different place frozen in time, steeped in culture and inspiration. I promise you'll never want to leave.
Sierra Leone. I road tripped from Guinea to Sierra Leone and had some the most adventurous experiences ever. What stood out to me most behind the joyful, free spirited nature of the people I met were the alluring and STUNNING white sand beaches. I’m ashamed to say I was so surprised to see such bleach white sand beaches along the West African coast. River Number 2 beach and Tokeh beach were delightful highlights that I highly recommend. At Number 2 beach specifically, you’ll not only enjoy a combination of mangrove forest lined along the river that flows into the ocean, towering mountain views, and pristine white sand beaches coming together; but the beauty that the surrounding community that comes together to celebrate, maintain, and uphold it.