An aerial view of the North Beach in Durban, South Africa on May 20, 2009 (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Aman Sharma).


Must See African Cities, Sites on Trip to ‘Motherland’


Africa represents the birthplace of the human race.

It also represents the ancestral home of African-Americans.

When many people think about traveling abroad, some immediately think of Paris, London, Madrid and Australia.

While those cities and countries should definitely be considered for one’s to-do list, one’s bucket list should also include trips to several African cities.

Although summer 2016 is winding down, please consider these African cities for your next vacation.

Trips home usually rejuvenate people and connect people with true love.

But “home” for African-Americans does not necessarily just represent one’s hometown, but one’s ancestral home.

With that in mind, recommends five African cities to visit after the passport is ordered and money is saved.

Durban, South Africa—South Africa has many points of interest to consider, but few as beautiful as Durban.  The uShaka Marine World theme park, Umgeni River Bird Park and surfing at North Beach have to be on the itinerary.

Cairo—Egypt should be on every history lover’s bucket list.  The Egyptian Museum traces 5,000 years of the country’s history.  The Giza Pyramid complex and Pyramid of Djoser are a must.  Additionally, the Coptic Museum is a great place to view Egyptian Christian art.

Nairobi, Kenya—A trip to Nairobi, Kenya minus a trip to an African safari is a wasted trip.  Visit Nairobi National Park to experience life with lions, leopards and giraffes.  Go hiking at Ngong Hills and learn about Kenyan culture at Bomas of Kenya.

Johannesburg—History buffs will also love Johannesburg.  A trip to the Apartheid Museum will enlighten any visitor as will the Hector Pieterson Museum.  Lion Park is known for the rhinoceros.  For sports lovers, Ellis Park Stadium was built in 1928 and is famous for rugby and soccer matches.

Cape Town, South Africa—Maybe visitors need more than one trip to South Africa, because Cape Town, South Africa has to make the list as well.  While there, visit Robben Island, the prison site that housed Nelson Mandela unjustly for decades.  Table Mountain is a must-see for those who love nature.  For a nightcap, Groot Constantia is the perfect spot for all of the wine connoisseurs of the world.

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