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It really bugs me when people refer to Africa as a country. Sadly enough, people like Oprah and influential celebrities don’t help in trying to correct the matter with the general public. Africa is the motherland of culture and the second largest continent on the planet; nevertheless, it’s merely associated with one country most of the time and that’s South Africa. Ironically, the country where apartheid oppressed Africans so boldly is the place that’s most benefiting from tourism.

Just because other African countries don’t invest in the PR machine like South Africa doesn’t mean that potential tourists shouldn’t be made aware of these other wonderful destinations. We couldn’t cover all 56 countries of course but here are a few cities that you should consider for your winter break (hey, it’s always warm in Africa)! We’ll continue to highlight various African countries in future installments of our travel series. And as always, feel free to nominate some destinations in your comments.

 

Stone Town, Zanzibar 

Zanzibar is a small island off the coast of Tanzania that boasts a mythical flavor. A three hour ferry ride from the mainland of Dar es Salaam will bring you to this very quaint fishtown of Stonetown which offers world-renowned architecture. The mix of Arab, Indian and East African influence is reflected in the diverse array of foods from currys to, of course, great grilled fish. A great time to go would be during the Zanzibar International Film Festival in the summer, which is the second largest film festival on the continent.

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