Excitement is an important part of any trip. That is what creates memorable experiences. Not everyone is interested in sightseeing and cultural nourishment alone. You need something to make your heart skip a beat or something that changes your perspective on things. That is why choosing a destination for your trip should not be a random process. You need to do a little research and look for those locations that can provide experiences you will never forget. If you do not know where to begin, here is a list of 10 destinations that have excitement on their menus.
10. Bellary, India
India may not seem the most exciting place, and the overall opinion is that India offers only sacred and religious sites. That is mostly true, but that does not mean you cannot find excitement in simple things. The Mhanavmi Dibba is an old auditorium back from the days where cultural activities were carried out in open air. The Maha Navami festival used to be held there, but now it is just an old historical landmark. You can climb the steps, admire the sculptures, and enjoy the view. The Bellary Fort is one of the largest forts built on a single rock. The place is amazing; you can climb the walls, go around the structure, and see the sights. All the rocks around the fort are very interesting to see. Kaladham is a museum where you can learn many things about Hampi. There are audio-video shows full of information, and you can purchase lovely souvenirs. You will have a great time there.
9. Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
The most exciting thing you can do in Bissau is visiting the markets. One of them is Mercado Central. It is a complete madness there. The people are fascinating but very friendly. They are willing to bargain so you can have some fun with that. To enjoy the experience, put aside your way of life and try to appreciate theirs. You may see some things that you would normally find unusual, but that is the way people do business there, and it is an amazing thing to experience. Another market is Bissau Main Market. It is just as big as the first one, and you do not have room to throw out a needle. You can find anything there, from clothes and jewelry to food.
8. Bogra, Bangladesh
Bogra is considered the nerve center of Northern Bangladesh, but it is not visited by tourists as much as other regions in the country, which is a pity because the place has some beautiful things to offer. For one, Mahasthangarh is an amazing historical landmark, and you will surely find it interesting. It is full of significant history, being the most ancient place in Bengal. It is best if you join a tour so you can learn about the history of the place, but you can also walk around by yourself and admire the sights. According to Hindu mythology, the most historically significant place in the area is the Behula Lakshindar Basor Ghor. The ideal moment to be there is when the sun sets. You will witness a magical moment.
7. Mbarara, Uganda
You cannot go to Uganda without going on a safari. It is very exciting to see all the animals. In Mbarara, you can visit Lake Mburo National Park. It is an amazing place with lots of animals. The best moment to go there is during the wet season. Otherwise, you will not see giraffes. They are usually someplace else when it is dry. However, when there are multiple sources of water to go around, you can see over ten giraffes in one place. It is an exciting thing to see. You can also go on a boat ride on the lake ad enjoy delicious meals. It is a wonderful experience. The Igongo Cultural Center is a place where you can learn a lot about Uganda heritage. There is a museum where a guide will tell you all about the history and traditions in every corner of the country. The food is also something that you want to try.
6. Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
It is true that Dire Dawa does not have many tourist attractions, but if you ever find yourself there, you can keep yourself busy. If you are interested in people’s way of life and their culture and traditions, you should visit the civic center. You can see all kinds of cultural events like concerts, expositions, shows, which are scheduled on a regular basis. While in Dire Dawa, do not forget to try the Al-Hashimi Sweets. You, like many others before you, will not want to leave. You can eat the most amazing baklava, which is made on the spot. There is always a long line, so you know it is freshly taken out of the oven. The Kafira market is an interesting thing to see as well. It is an enormous market, and people come from all over to buy different merchandise. The firewood and the charcoal are brought from the hinterlands with camels, which you can also see along the riverbed.
5. San Miguel, Philippines
The Philippines is a diverse location. No matter what you are interested in, chances are you will find something that you like there. You have history and culture, amazing landscapes, and you can find some excitement as well. San Miguel is not a big settlement, but you can do plenty of fun stuff there. For one, you can go on a hike on Mount Manalmon. It is a not a difficult hike, but you get to climb steep areas and cross a rope bridge. That is not the easiest thing to do, and your heart will be pounding in your chest. However, you will be happy once you get on the other side. You do not have many opportunities to do that. Biak na Bato National Park gives you the opportunity to go trekking through beautiful places. A guide is mandatory because it is not the safest place you could walk through. That is why the park is not recommended for the elderly. There is some rock climbing, a hanging bridge, and you must also pass through a body of water. However, you get to see caves and beautiful landscapes, so it is worth it. Madlum Cave is one of the most challenging caves you will ever go into. Make sure to bring clothes that cover your entire body because there will be contact with the rocks, and you do not want to get scratched. Also, before entering the cave, do some warm-up exercises and prepare for some twisting movements. However, the experience is worth the effort.
4. Bakau, The Gambia
Bakau is located in Africa, so of course, you can experience wildlife. The most exciting place is Katchikally Crocodile Pool. Not many people get to see and touch live crocodiles, but in Bakau you can. It is indeed an unusual place to spend your afternoon in, but the experience is memorable. You can go there with your children, and if you are up to it, you can touch a crocodile. There are guides available who can tell you everything about the crocs and the wildlife in The Gambia. On your way out, do not forget to go and buy some souvenirs. You can purchase real African drums, which are a hit with the children. If you like birds, you can join the Musa Manneh Bird Watching tour. You will take a long walk, but you will spot a vast variety of birds. The guide can name them all and tell you a bit about them. It is a wonderful experience, and educative at the same time. You can also go on a safari. The guides there are very knowledgeable and will tell you everything about the animals and plants you get to see on the road. The food is also something that you should not miss. Bakau’s Botanical Gardens is an interesting place to visit as well.
3. Harare, Zimbabwe
Most people that go to Harare do not know where to start. There are so many exciting things that you can see there. You can start with Wild Is Life Trust and Zen. It is a natural park where you will have the most amazing experience. The sights are breathtaking; you can interact with the wildlife, and at the end of the day you can watch the sunset enjoying a delicious aperitif. You can feed the giraffes or take a tour to see all the animals. The experience is truly memorable. The Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary is another attraction that will take your breath away. Apart from the stunning landscape, you can enjoy the most beautiful birds show. Do not forget to go and see that. The pictures you take will be stunning. The view from the restaurant is one that you do not see very often, and the food is the best in all Zimbabwe. The Lion and Cheetah Park is another landmark adored by tourists. You can drive through the park, but for obvious reasons, you cannot get out of the car. You can see lions, cheetahs, antelopes, and much more. There are 28 lions in the park, so the chances of you spotting a few are high. Other attractions that you should not miss while in Harare is the Thetford Game Reserve, which provides magical landscapes, and Lake Chivero Recreational Park. With some luck, you can spot a white rhino there.
2. Antananarivo, Madagascar
A trip to Madagascar without seeing the lemurs is like going to Paris and not going to the Eiffel Tower. It is a must, and for most people, it is the number one attraction in the country. There is a Lemur’s Park in Antananarivo as well. The sights are stunning; the guides are very knowledgeable, and the lemurs are simply delightful. Taking a tour through the park is like taking part in a cartoon, that is how magical the place is. It is a must see. Madagascar Exotic is a wildlife area that looks like a frame taken out of the famous Disney cartoon The Lion King. The sunset is like you have never seen it before. You get to see all kinds of animals like chameleons, geckos, snakes, frogs, and much more. You have to join the tour. Otherwise, you will regret it. It is one of the main attractions in Antananarivo.
1. Freetown, Sierra Leone
Freetown is a small paradise. You get to do all kinds of things there, from scuba diving and snorkeling to seeing wildlife reservations. You can start your tour with the River Number Two Beach. It is ideal for a rest after your long trip. The beach is very clean, the sights are amazing, and the food is delicious. It is a bit pricey, but you will see that it is worth it. At night you can join a party and have some fun. The place is indeed a piece of heaven. You can see the green mountains and the river breaking into the sea. Next on your list should be Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The place provides one of the best experiences you will ever have in your life. The sights are amazing, and you can see the chimps around. The place is well organized, the people who manage the sanctuary are doing an incredible job and are very friendly. It is definitely something that you should see when you visit Freetown. Other attractions that you should visit is Aberdeen neighborhood. It is a lovely place along the beach. The sights are beautiful, and the place is very relaxing. The Bunce Island is another landmark you will like. You must hire a boat to get there, but the boat drivers are familiar with tourists, and they will tell you all kinds of interesting things about the place.
Excitement comes in many forms. You do not have to climb some mountain or go surfing to appreciate the interesting side of a particular location. The destinations above can provide all forms of entertainment, both for you and your family. They are definitely worth the trip.