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About Medical Electives On The Continent Of Africa

An elective in Africa can be a wonderful chance to experience things other people haven’t seen before, not even seasoned travellers.

Africa is a vast continent that is vast in all senses and we have some fantastic countries to pick from to make your choice in Africa.

Traveling around the world is among the most memorable experiences that one can enjoy. Living, working and experiencing an entirely different culture and country provides a unique perspective unique to any other experience.

Typically a placement runs Monday through Friday (however should you wish to experience weekend shifts, this is certainly possible specifically for you). This means that outside of the placement, you’ll have plenty of time in the evenings and weekends to visit your destination of choice.

So how do you choose the country you want to choose as your destination for your vacation in Africa? Learn about the most popular African programmes…


Ghana is situated on West Africa along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Some medical electives are based within the town of Takoradi approximately a four hour drive along the coast in the direction of the capital, Accra. If you’ve never been to Africa previously, Ghana is perfect for your first visit. In addition to the place of your choice make sure you take advantage of the breathtaking coastline, lush jungles, as well as the lively Ghanaian culture.

Most popular student trips:

Kakum National Park – Trek through the forest canopy and spot wildlife from treetops and if you’re daring enough, you can spend the night in the treehouse

Cape Coast Castle – Take a guided tour through the slave forts of the 17th century and find out more about the dark yet fascinating story of the slave trade

Mole National Park – Located further North, from here you can go on safari to spot elephants, lions and baboons

The Gold Coast – Sun-soaked sandy shores, beach resorts are plentiful and include Axim Beach being a favourite with our students


Tanzania is an East African country on the Indian Ocean. Dar es Salaam is where our Tanzanian programme is based; an cosmopolitan city that is the perfect jumping off point to explore the country. Outside of the city, you’ll be given a wide range of unique travel experiences. From white-sand beaches that look like postcards and some of the breathtaking safari parks anywhere in the world.

The most sought-after student excursions:

Zanzibar is just an hour away from Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar’s breathtaking beaches and crystal-clear waters are a mecca for travelers, divers, and revelers.

Safari Safari Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Mikumi – what a choice! All members of the ‘Big 5’ can be found at these various park and reserve. It is also possible to see huge herds wildebeest as they traverse the plains of the park during their annual migration

Mount Kilimanjaro – The highest mountain in Africa. A guided trek up to the summit takes between 4-7 days. If you have the time to add this to the beginning or end of your trip this is an adventure that should not be missed.

Our Choice Consultants will be able to guide you through our Africa medical elective programmes in more detail.