Celebrities in Africa
Whether they’re on vacation, joining a volunteer venture or using their celebrity as a platform to bring African issues to a more global audience, celebrities have been flocking to African countries for years. Why not take a cue from your favorite A-lister and set your next sights on Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya or another country that’s drastically different than any other vacation spot on your list? There are safaris, treehouse lodges, service-centered trips and options for every type of budget.
Whatever you do, don’t limit yourself to staying in an American chain hotel for your African destination. With so many phenomenal choices for lodging, it’s worth it to do your research and choose something that can’t be found anywhere else. Lodging is often the costliest part of a trip, and with airfare to Africa having premium price tags for Americans, creativity with room and board is key.
Here are some of the most famous celebrities who are frequent fliers to Africa:
1. Angelina Jolie
Even before adopting an Ethiopian child and giving birth in Namibia, Angelia spent plenty of time working on African causes. She’s a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR for the past 15 years and has visited 20 countries as part of her service. Husband Brad Pitt is a co-founder of Not On Our Watch which aims to prevent genocide in Darfur.
2. George Clooney
A long time activist in Sudan, Clooney set up Not On Our Watch and brought Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and other celebrities on board. Particularly enchanted with Sudan, he’s a UN Messenger of Peace and was domiciled in Sudan when the referendum created South Sudan.
One of the celebrities with the longest history in Africa, Bono is now equal parts celebrity and philanthropist. As the founder of DATA almost 15 years ago, he support justice and equality in Africa via changing trade rules, debt relief and addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Touting transparency for all Africans, Bono helped put down the foundation for celebrity influence.
4. Matt Damon
When he co-founded Water.org, Damon secured himself as an American celebrity heavily invested in an organization that’s all about creating safe and accessible water supplies in countries throughout Africa. Over 300,000 African families have benefited since it began, and Damon regularly visits Africa to raise awareness and check in on his projects.
You don’t need to be a celeb in order to make the most of a trip to Africa. How do you want to spend your next getaway?