Africa always ranks very highly on any travellers to do list. The vast land offers lots to see and it is incredibly diverse. Seeing all of the continents is a bit of an issue, though, as it is the second largest continent on Earth. At over 30 million square kilometres (over 20% of Earth’s landmass) there are a lot of nooks and crannies to explore. That certainly does not stop us. Africa takes in an over 50 million tourists each year! Countries like South Africa, Morocco, Egypt and Mauritius attract the largest number of tourist visitors, but there are plenty of other places to see. Here we list the 5 least visited areas in Africa to give you a feel for why you need to visit them now.

Guinea-Bissau (30,000 visitors)

Photo by Ora International via Flickr

Guinea-Bissau lies in West Africa between Senegal and Guinea. It covers 36,125 square kilometres (13,948 square mi) with an estimated population of 1,704,000. There aren’t too many holidaymakers rushing here because it has had a long history of political instability. The latest figure for tourists here is 30,000 in 2012. However it can be a rewarding place to visit (provided it is safe), the lack of tourists has left much of it untouched. Guinea-Bissau has twenty tropical islands and plenty of wildlife parks for you to check out!

Mauritania (29,000 visitors)

Winding Road in the Sahara. Photo by Michał Huniewicz via Flickr

Only 29,000 visitors came to Mauritania in 2008. The government website is no longer running so up-to-date figures aren’t accessible The country is in the Maghreb region of western Africa. It is the eleventh largest country in Africa and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Western Sahara in the north, Algeria in the northeast, Mali in the east and south-east, and Senegal in the south-west. That’s quite an array of countries for you to check out if you even managed to get to Mauritania. Frankly, we couldn’t advise anyone to travel here as there have been reports of tourists being kidnapped and a military coup occurred in 2009. It also has some issues with human rights. Best but this one on the back burner until it becomes a bit more hospitable.

Comoros (21,000 visitors)

The sun sets over the remote Indian Ocean island of Anjouan, Union of the Comoros. Photo by David Stanley via Flickr

This is an island you won’t really have heard too much about. It floats just off the eastern coast of Africa between Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar. They speak three official languages (Comorian, Arabic and French) on the islands and the capital Moroni lies on its biggest island. You will be the envy of all your travel buddies if you get to these islands as they are simply stunning. You can check out a rich in Swahili / Arabian culture and the largest active volcano in the world, Mt. Karthala. Don’t expect this place to stay hidden for long, it definitely has the most potential for tourism on this list.

São Tomé & Principe (8,000 visitors)

Photo by Moises.on via Flickr

This is a massive drop from the next most visited area so don’t expect to see another tourist here. This island was once a Portuguese colony so it is a pretty interesting place to take in history. It is also Africa’s second smallest nation. There’s is plenty to do on the islands besides chill out. Pristine beaches, rainforests and wonderful Portuguese architecture are all available. There are great diving spots that are ripe with aquatic life.

Equatorial Guinea (6000 visitors)

Photo by Embassy of Equatorial Guinea via Flickr

6000 visitors. That is a ridiculously tiny amount for any country to take in each year. If you travel here you will belong to an elite list of people, on Earth, who have made it here.It has been colonised in the past by both Portugal and Spain and looks exactly like paradise. Think white beaches and crystal blue water. Getting here is difficult and it doesn’t have much in the way of infrastructure but that should not put you off. This countries beauty is unmatched the world over and getting out of your comfort zone to see it is worthwhile. You should back your bags soon. This is a chance to have a genuine experience in this country before it is swarmed with tourists.

 

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