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Adventures await in Africa. People can spend years, even decades, checking off a wish list of activities here.
In Lomé, Togo, visitors can sit under an ancient palm tree on an uncrowded white-sand beach. In Casablanca, Morocco, they can peruse the flea market, then unwind with hot mint tea.
Dakar, the capital of Senegal, is a bustling, modern town. It attracts big-name musicians, along with clubbers. A popular activity is a ferry ride to the island of Goree, where visitors can explore colonial mansions and the museum at the House of Slaves, once a holding tank for captured people bound for slavery. Art scholars say Africa has made unparalleled contributions with its richly varied sculptures. Dakar’s Ifan Museum showcases a vast collection of African masks and artifacts.
For a taste of Africa, many will seek out Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast. Nicknamed the New York of West Africa, it houses museums, cultural centers and eateries known for braised meats and other indigenous specialties such as fufu paste made with root vegetables. Perhaps the most fragrant place in Africa is Zanzibar, where clove plantations dot the landscape. A former Arab trading center, it’s steeped in Arabic architectural sites and customs. While here, visit one of the spice shops in the historic Stone Town with its bazaars and mosques.
Further east, Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands off the coast of Africa. It’s known for pristine nature preserves along with exclusive spas and beautiful resorts with cliff-top infinity pools. This enclave is famous for sailing and bird-watching. Popular among snorkelers is Ile Coco Marine National Park, three islets in shallow turquoise water surrounded by large expanses of coral reefs.
An Africa cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will leave lasting imprints of this continent. And cruises can be combined with safari packages, so a passenger might start the morning watching the sun rise off the coastline, then end the day seeing it slide over the plains of Kenya.