Obama will travel to South Africa and Kenya later this month to “meet with people and reconnect with people,” his team said in a statement Friday.
The trip is part of a global initiative to improve the lives of people in Africa.
The President will visit the country of Kenya, where he will speak with people in his first public visit since taking office.
“This trip will also allow President Obama to meet with people from Kenya and the United States who have been struggling to get ahead and stay ahead,” the statement said.
In his first trip abroad as president, Obama will make stops in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, a White House official told reporters on Friday.
The trip marks the first time he has visited Africa since he took office.
Obama, in his inaugural address last year, called on the U.S. to take on “the challenge of being the best country on earth.”
While in South Africa, Obama plans to visit Johannesburg and Cape Town, a South African news outlet reported.
Obama’s trip is not the first stop in Africa for the President.
In May, he visited Zimbabwe and the Central African Republic, two African nations where anti-government protests have resulted in more than 100 deaths.
Obama also visited Kenya and Uganda last year.
He will also visit Tanzania and Zambia, two of the countries bordering Africa’s most populous nation, on his first overseas trip as president.