Africa, the world’s second largest continent, boasts a wide range of sights to visit and natural beauties to experience. Comprised of over fifty states, Africa offers an expanse of divergent lands, numerous exciting traditions, culinary options and activities to experience. Despite this, when we travel, we often forget about this fantastic continent. In this article, I present some of the best places worth visiting in the great Continent of Africa.
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1. Okavango Delta, Botswana
The Okavango Delta is probably Africa’s most unique ecosystem, attracting a diversity of animals such as the African bush elephant, African buffalo, hippopotamus, as well as more than 400 species of birds. What is especially amazing about this place is the formation of the myriad waterways that make up the delta. The Okavango Delta is an ideal place for different types of safari, ranging from riding safaris, walking safaris, self drive safaris, camping safaris and photographic safaris. The Delta offers a large number of accommodation options for those interested in staying in the area.
2. Sossusvlei Namib Desert National Park, Namibia
Sossusvlei is perhaps Namibia’s most stunning and best-known destination. The desert is surrounded by large red dunes that are some of the highest in the world. Big Daddy is the highest of the red sand dunes standing almost 400 meters high. Trying to climb to the top of Big Daddy is a worthwhile activity. Although rainy seasons are rare, during periods of rain, the Sossusvlei fills with water and the site draws visitors from all over the world to witness the turquoise lake in the middle of the desert.
3. Valley of the Kings, Egypt
The Valley of the Kings is situated on the west bank of the Nile, near Luxor. The valley became a royal burial ground for pharaohs and other powerful nobles of the New Kingdom in ancient Egypt. The Valley of the Kings is divided into the East and the West Valleys. The East Valley is more accessible to tourists and it hosts the majority of the 62 royal and private tombs.
4. Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe
This park is located in northwestern Zimbabwe, on the Zambezi River and is home to the largest waterfall in the world. Victoria Falls is roughly 1.7 km wide while its height ranges from 80-108 meters. The park is ideal for adrenaline junkies who love rafting, bungee jumping, river surfing, kayaking, gorge swings, safari adventures, elephant rides, and so on.
5. “Underwater Waterfall” in Mauritius
At the southwestern tip of Mauritius lies this place that gives off an optical illusion of an underwater waterfall that is essentially the result of runoff of sands and silt deposits. Le Morne Brabant lies on the Le Morne Brabant peninsula that is included in UNSESCO’s World Heritage list. This little piece of paradise in the Indian Ocean is among the most breathtaking places on earth.
6. Lake Natron, Tanzania
Lake Natron in Tanzania is known as one of the most serene lakes in Africa, but it is also a natural wonder on its own right. The lake is fed by some springs that are enriched with minerals that make the water so caustic that it can burn the skin and eyes of animals. At the same time, the water that is full of sodium bicarbonate preserves an animals body perfectly. Of course, there are particular species that are capable of happily living near the lake.
7. Nyika Plateau National Park, Malawi
Nyika is Malawi’s biggest park, covering approximately 1250 square miles. It is also one of the most unusual national parks in Africa. This place is fantastic for trekking and mountain biking as well as more conventional 4x4 excursions. The plateau offers spectacular views with dramatic cloud formations on the horizon. The park boasts an exceptional variety of wildflowers and fauna. It is also renowned for its wilderness trails, horseback trails and mountain biking activities.
8. Nyiragongo Volcano, Virunga National Park, Eastern Congo
Nyiragongo lies on the Eastern border of the Congo with Rwanda and is one of the most astonishing and active volcanoes in the world. It is situated in the 7,800-square-kilometre Virunga National Park. The summit of the volcano contains a 1km wide caldera. The volcano’s forested lower slopes are home to a range of animals including monkeys, chimpanzees and bushbuck. You can hardly find any vegetation on Nyiragongo’s summit rim as it is frequently dusted with snow. One can follow the mountain gorilla treks, the chimpanzee habituation walks, Nyiragongo volcano treks, Rwenzori mountain treks or even go climbing.
9. Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Giraffe Manor is located southwest of Nairobi. What is really unique about this place is that it lets guests spend time with one of the 10 local giraffes. You can even have a Giraffe as your breakfast guest. Giraffe Manor offers an uplifting atmosphere and an unparalleled experience that cannot be found elsewhere.
10. Boulders Beach, Cape Town
Situated on False Bay, the stunning Boulders beach is characterised by its soft white sand and is also infamous for its ever-expanding colony of penguins. Penguins are abound in this area, and they are accustomed to human company. The beach is part of Table Mountain National Park and is an ideal location to soak up some sunshine and swim in relatively warm and clear water.
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All in all, Africa is such a vast continent that offers a great variety of, enchanted landscapes to explore. These are just a few of the many marvels you can witness in Africa, and all reflect the dazzling array of cultures as well as flora and fauna that can promise to make your visit a memorable experience.
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