Kenya also holds more traditional events such as the Mombasa Carnival with parades, spectacular floats, mesmerising costumes and foot-tapping music.
Africa is home to a number of film festivals too, one of which, the Festival of the Dhow Countries, is East Africa’s largest cultural event, and is held in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Other notable film festivals are held in Cairo in Egypt and Durban in South Africa.
In Egypt a remarkable feature of Abu Simbel, the iconic temple built by Ramses II, occurs twice a year during one day in both February and October when the first rays of the morning sun shine through the entrance of the temple and illuminate the innermost shrine.
In Ethiopia their two main festivals are religious events. Christmas is celebrated at the historical monolithic carved rock churches at Lalibela and Timkat, which celebrates the baptism of Christ, is held in Addis Ababa.
Togo is the birthplace of Voodoo and at Ouidah the largest annual Voodoo Festival is held. To observe the celebrations, rites and rituals made in tribute to the Voodoo gods is unlike anything you’re likely to have witnessed before.
In South Africa the delights of the natural world are celebrated at the Hermanus Whale Festival. A whole week of festivities with theatre, crafts, sports, music and fun for the whole family takes place annually in the picturesque coastal town.
Africa is well known for its diversity and atmospheric countries with their vibrant cultures and traditions, so why not sample one of the festivals where locals and visitors alike can celebrate this in style?