Much of North Africa has gone through some serious hurdles in the past year or so, which might have put many travelers off going to this part of the world. But the political and civil storms in these North African countries is settling down, and and if you are the kind of traveler who likes to make a change in the world as well as have fun, then traveling to North Africa is the best thing you can do right now. Countries like Tunisia or Egypt benefit greatly from the income generated by tourism, and they are trying to attract more visitors with lower prices then before. And even if you can make a change, a change might also happen to you. Here are the top 5 life-changing North African adventures that might give you a new perspective on life and its wonders.
Morocco beyond Marrakesh
Morocco is a popular tourist destination, but many travelers to this country tend to stick to the tourist hotspots and not see anything beyond that. To get to know the real Morocco, step off the beaten path and venture on a hiking trip into the wilderness of the Atlas Mountains. Visit the imperial cities and breathe in their aura of history and legend, and go to southern Morocco to visit small towns like the picturesque Skoura.
Camelback riding in Egypt
Is it cheesy to have your picture taken in front of the pyramids while on the back of a camel, with or without a full Bedouin getup? Yes, but it’s also one of those things that few people can resist. But if these temperamental animals have charmed you for life, then spend some more time with them, while discovering Egypt’s desert landscape, or the lush vegetation in the Delta of the Nile.
Train ride in Tunisia
Tunisia’s beaches are beautiful, and the treks into the desert are definitely unforgettable. But here’s something even better – go to the small town of Metlaoui, and board a magnificently restored train dating back to 1904, which will take you through an incredible desert landscape. Le Lezard Rouge (the red lizard) train is an embodiment of luxury (the North African equivalent of the Orient Express), but doesn’t break the bank.
Ancient ruins in Algeria
Algeria still has the occasional skirmish from time to time, but if you are a careful and responsible traveler in general, you will be able to enjoy your trip without any problems. Algeria’s ancient ruins are come from three different eras: Phoenician, Roman and Byzantine. Sometimes you can encounter remains of all three empires in the same place, like in the case of Tipasa in the northeast.
Street food in Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakesh
Jemaa el-Fnaa is the largest market square in Marrakesh, and it is pretty busy by day. But if you turn up there at night, you will see that the square is completely transformed into a culinary paradise, where the enticing smells of lamb and spices can’t let you leave without tasting more dishes than you can count.