There’s nothing like the start of an exciting trip. To me, there was nothing more exciting than taking a trip to the wild and wonderful continent of Africa. Such a massive piece of land with varying cultures and scenery made it hard to decide where we wanted to go.
One of the most important things we wanted to accomplish was to witness the diversity the continent had to offer. We knew our trip had to be spread out to get a wide-ranging taste of the different cultures.
Africa is significantly developed these days, but going off the beaten path is always a possibility in a place known for the wilderness. We decided it would be best to rent a 4×4 vehicle in certain areas to tow behind the RV.
The Atlas Mountains
One of the most beautiful and scenic areas of Africa is the Atlas Mountains. This route provides the best natural scenery that Morocco has to offer. This was one place where we decided on using the 4×4.
It’s not that the roads of the mountains aren’t paved or modern, but their twisting and turning at high elevations are far better suited for an offroad type of vehicle. We parked our RV in a lot near the bottom of the mountains, hopped in the 4×4, and journeyed up the elevation.
There were many highlights we enjoyed during this portion of our trip. Friendly locals and welcoming law enforcement were one of the first things we noticed. Most everybody was eager to lend a hand, point in the right direction, or just engage in friendly conversation.
There were a ton of outdoor attractions during our journey. We had tents on hand, so we decided to rough it at some of the campgrounds we passed.
Majorelle Garden and the Ouzoud Falls were two of the highlights for us during this trip. After a couple more days of sightseeing, we decided to make our way back to the RV.
The Ethiopian Highlands
Ethiopia and its highlands were a must-stop on our trip. Ethiopia is one of the most culturally rich areas in all of Africa. We had always heard how outstanding the cuisine in this area was as well.
During this section of our trip, we were able to do some incredible bird-watching. We were also able to capture some fantastic photos.
Simian Mountains Park was one of the highlights of this trip. We unhooked the 4×4 and drove into the park. Some of our most incredible photos were captured here.
The next section of our trip took us to East Africa. Rwanda was in our sights as we made our way east. A lot of people would probably question road-tripping to Rwanda, assuming it to be an underdeveloped area. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
In the last couple of decades, Rwanda has seen massive economic growth. Not only is it one of the safest and cleanest places in Africa, but the entire world. However, regardless of the development, we would still need our 4×4. Many of the roads in Rwanda were cobblestone, with some still completely unpaved.
We stopped in Kigali, first, the capital city, to rent our 4×4. Our previous one had already been turned in.
After obtaining our vehicle, we made our way to Volcanoes National Park. This is a site filled with many different active volcanoes. There are also several other endemic species here.
Other highlights during the Rwanda section of our trip included Nyungwe Forest and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. It was incredible to see some of the fantastic wildlife these areas had to offer.
In a continent rich with wildlife and natural attractions, Tanzania had some of the best of both in Africa.
A road trip here takes you through key destinations such as Ngorongoro, the Serengeti, and Dar es Salaam. We decided to drive the RV the whole time, even though the roads had many twists and turns. The majority of them were paved, so we felt confident in using the RV.
The amount of wildlife crossing the roads of Tanzania was incredible. You had to keep your eyes open at all times when driving.
Other highlights of Tanzania were the Olduvai Gorge and the ruins of the Mtoni Palace. Keeping up with the great outdoors theme, we also made stops at Cheetah’s Rock and Tarangire National Park.
Kruger National Park
This is one of the more common destinations for tourists in Africa. We didn’t want to miss a chance at spotting all the unique wildlife.
The RV was perfect for this part of the trip. It gave us the ability to stop and rest and make this an enjoyable multiple-day excursion.
The roads were very well paved through the park. Driving never became an issue. We stocked up on everything we needed before entering the park since any store is few and far between.
The Kruger National Park is massive, so we had to plan our journey. We started in Timbavati and ended up in the Golden Gate Highlands. During the trip, we were lucky enough to spot some fantastic wildlife. Some people come here and don’t catch a glimpse of many different species, but this wasn’t the case.
We made some fantastic memories during this leg of our journey that would wrap up our RV trip to Africa. We were able to spot lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhino. These are some of the rarest creatures on earth. To see them in person was something we will not soon forget.
We will be planning another trip to Africa eventually. There were many locations we weren’t able to make it to. Madagascar is absolutely on the list for next time.