North Africa

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Budget: Moderate

North Africa Tourism

North Africa consists of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. The region is wrapped in culture and history. There are many historical and archaelogical sites one could visit. It is stunningly beautiful with many activities to do. The art, music, and dance is very unique and a treat to watch. North Africa has a mouth - watering cuisine that will surely tickle your tastebuds. The people of this region are very warm and hospitable.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Historical sites. Beaches. People.

What's Not So Great?

It's a bit conservative. Bag snatchers.

For Whom?

History and culture enthusiasts. Food enthusiasts.

Details of North Africa

About places in North Africa

North Africa albeit small, contains a lot of life and history. Each country is packed with beauty and a rich history.There are many reasons why someone would want to visit Morocco. Trekking enthusiasts come here to get their dose of adrenaline. The vibrant festivals and the shopping experience makes sure that you get your money's worth. Most importantly, Moroccon cuisine is to die for. Tunisia is famous for its breathtakingly beautiful beaches. Egypt, the most visited destination of North Africa has everything a visitor would look for. It's dipped in culture and history, having some of the world's most iconic landmarks. One can experience the thrill of a lifetime with its desert safaris and hot air balloon rides. It has some very grand bazaars, and some of the most beautiful beaches.

Stay Option in North Africa

North Africa has a variety of places to stay from luxury to budget hotels. If you want to spend some time with nature, one of the preferred options include game/safari lodges.

Food in North Africa

The Northern African cuisine consists of many different flavours due to its influence from Berbers, Arabs, French, and Italians. Common ingredients used include wheat, dates, almonds, olives and other fruits and vegetables. Meats generally consumed are fish, seafod, beef, lamb, and goat. Dishes are spiced with cumin, ginger, paprika, cinnamon, saffron, peppermint, parsley, or coriander .

Culture, Religion & Language of North Africa

Northern Africa mostly follows Islam and Christianity. People speak diffrent dialects of Berber and Arabic with Arabic being the dominant language. French and English are also spoken in certain countries. If you go to Egypt or Libya, a good grasp on the English language should suffice.

Tips for visiting North Africa

Don't travel at night, especially alone. Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Always carry a copy of your passport. Beware of bag snatchers/pick pocketers. Dress conservatively.

Shopping in North Africa

There are many things people buy in this region and take back with them as a token of memory. Commonly purchased items include carpets, brass work, cobalt blue enameled pottery, woodwork, papyrus wall hangings, dates and dry fruits, spices and prayer beads, colourful fabric and clothes, and jewellery. There are many open air markets where you can get things for a bargain.

Festivals in North Africa

The Streets of Marrakech are swarmed with singers, dancers, folk musicians, theatre performances and great food during Morocco's Marrakech Popular Arts Festival. There are many exhibitions, concerts, and performances that's a gift to any viewer's eyes. A wonderful blend of authencity and contemporary is Algeria's Cinema Under The Stars. Recent local and award - winning french movies are screened in open air theatres. Prepare to be amazed at the talent and merriment associated with the Karacena Festival. Hundreds of acrobats, dancers, actors, and circus artists perform on the streets of SalŽ. Carthage's International fstival will give you a chance to understand its history. The festival was initially set up to introduce Tunisians to Western cultures. Each yearÕs program features ballet, theatre, film screenings and jazz, folk, classical and popular music.

Hygiene in North Africa

Health facilities are extremely expensive so pay attention to hygeine and sanitation. Malaria is a risk in a lot of countries in North Africa. Make sure to only drink bottled water. Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.Also get vaccines and medicines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid , and Malaria.

Customs of North Africa

Dress conservatively, especially in remote and small towns. People mostly greet by shaking hands. People place a lot of emphasis on family values and paying respect to one's elders. Gestures and important tasks should be done with the right hand. People eat with their hands in many countries.