Let me add suggestions to your summer bucket list or your fall bucket list, or any other travel bucket list you may have! There are plenty of places to visit in Africa. I can give a list of my best countries to visit; Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Morocco etc, but my list can be subjective. I have lived in some of those countries. The most common question most travelers will ask about any country in Africa is; is it safe? What are the safest countries in Africa? As an African, I don’t blame most of them. For so long the media has painted a rather bleak picture of Africa. Whether it’s the HIV crisis, poverty, corruption, safety issues, you name it. But what most don’t see is the Africa that Africans see every day: Staggering mountains, beautiful rivers and lakes, jungles and rain-forests, waterfalls, deserts, beaches, etc. The African continent has it all; a plethora of amazing places. Highlighting all of them would take a very long time. But this is our Africa! The real Africa. Yes, those problems exist, we have problems like any other country. I have yet to hear about a perfect country. So, if you have been hesitant about coming to Africa, watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk, ‘The Danger of a Single Story,’ and come visit us. Here is my list of just a few absolutely amazing places to check out. Your bucket list just got a whole lot longer.