With its expansive landscapes and formidable animal life, the world’s second-biggest continent is the paradise for photographers.Throw in that sense of being in a place that hasn’t changed centuries, and you get some of the most inspiring, and inspired, destinations on the planet. Here are 20 of the most amazing places to see when you visit Africa
1. Great migration, Tanzania
It’s follow-the-leader time as wildebeests make a dangerous but necessary river crossing. Over two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move across Serengeti and Masai Mara landscape in search of green pasture, in a regular pattern.
The migration is actually a year-round event as the animals move from Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Reserve in January, up to Serengeti around June and hit Kenya’s Masai Mara around September, before journeying back south again.
2. Table Mountain, South Africa
Table Mountain is the iconic landmark of South Africa. It is also the country’s most photographed attraction
Cable car rides to the top of the mesa will give you great views, fantastic sunrises and sunsets and some awesome photo. Table Mountain, which is home to the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth and home to 2,200 species of plants and 1470 floral species . ( Booted eagles, African harrier-hawks, peregrine falcons and rock kestrels are the notable once )
3. Djemaa el Fna, Morocco
Its the world’s most exciting town square, Djemaa el Fna reminds you you’re in Africa. In the heart of the city of Marrakech, snake-charmers, henna-painters, storytellers, date-sellers and orange juice vendors set up their stalls in the heat of the afternoon.
As night falls, the vendors are joined by tribal drummers, ladyboy dancers and mobile restaurateurs selling delicious grilled meats, bread and salad as the smoke rises past midnight.
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4. Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
Sossusvlei means “the gathering place of water” but you will not get to see any water here, Namibia’s most outstanding attraction.
The dunes have developed over millions of years, the result of material flowing from the Orange River into the Atlantic, carried north and returned again to land by the surf.
Climb the dunes to get a breathtaking views, including the Deadvlei, a ghostly expanse of dried, white clay of ancient camel thorn trees.
5.Mountain gorillas, Rwanda
A close encounter with the mountain gorillas of the Rwandan rain forest is a lifetime experience . Various operators run tours tracking silver backs and their troupes into these dense forest.
At an elevation of more than 6,000 feet, the Nyungwe National Park is an isolated region, covering more than 386 square miles across southwest Rwanda. Tourists can meet a vast range of primates and also the East Africa’s highest canopy.
6.Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
The world’s largest waterfalls and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, located in Southern Africa.: Victoria Falls
One of the world’s most majestic water spectacles, Victoria Falls (also called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “The Cloud That Thunders) — were reportedly discoverd by a European when Scotsman David Livingstone in 1855.
Since then millions have enjoyed the spray from the 108-meter high cascade, which was once recorded flowing at 12,800 cubic meters per second i.e almost double that of Niagara’s highest flow point.
Namibia’s deserts are so fascinating that this attraction deserves mention in this list of amazing places to visit in africa.
The Spitzkoppe is a grouping of granite peaks in Namibia’s Namib Desert, with the highest peak hitting nearly 1,800 meters (about 5,900 feet). This place is fondly loved by climbers, geologists, stargazers and watchers of weaver birds.
8.Sahara Dunes, Morocco
The most user-friendly part of the Sahara is accessible from north of Morocco. One can trek with Berbers from the town of Zagoura, or camp out in Tazzarine, Its here were runners from all over the world complete the week long Marathon des Sables every spring.
The foot of the Merzouga Dunes is the ultimate location for gazing at stars, totally free of light pollution.
9.Draa Valley, Morocco
Between the Atlas Mountains and the dunes of the Sahara lies one of Morocco’s most splendid and rewarding landscapes: the Draa, a mass of date plantations punctuated by kasbahs made of rammed red earth rising against the sky.
Zagora, at the southern end, makes a good base with decent hotels and restaurants. Allow five hours to reach the Draa from Marrakech via a spectacular route across the Atlas Mountains — it’s best not to self-drive.
10.Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The most famous of the structures at Giza, near Cairo, the Pyramid of King Cheops was built around 2650 BC from 2.5 million blocks of limestone. Its sides are oriented exactly to the north, south, east and west.
The Chephren pyramid, built by Cheops’ son, is similar in size and incorporates the entrances to a burial chamber that still contains the large granite sarcophagus of King Chephren.
The pyramid of Mycerinus is smaller than both and all three are surrounded by other smaller pyramids and dozens of tombs.
This colossal temple is on the way down to Egypt’s Valley Temple of King Chefren. The body of a lion with a human head is 70 meters long and 20 meters high — as tall as a six-story apartment block.
Although the Sphinx has been thought of as female, many scholars believe the face is that of King Chefren.
12.Wonders of the Nile, Egypt
A cruise down the Egyptian Nile, ideally on a romantic felucca rather than a crowded tourist boat, reveals relics of one of the world’s most ancient civilizations.
The high point is the Valley of the Kings, with its monumental statues, and the magnificent Kom Ombo Temple, north of Aswan on the east bank.
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13.Nyika Plateau National Park, Malawi
Nyika, the largest national park in Malawi, is one of the most unusual in Africa, with a plateau cut by numerous rivers that reach Lake Malawi by way of waterfalls off the eastern edge of the mountains.
The eastern border of the plateau forms the wall of the Great Rift Valley. The great domes of hills have gentle slopes, making Nyika perfect for both trekking and mountain biking as well as Jeep exploration.
Antelope and zebra abound, and the park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa.
14. Mount Mulanje, Malawi
At around 3,000 meters (about 9,850 feet), the Mulanje Massif dwarfs the lush land that surrounds it. It’s split in two by the Fort Lister Gap, a broad pass eroded by the Phalombe and Sombani rivers.
The mountain is distinguished by giant basins of rock and narrow gullies cut by fast-flowing streams. A strenuous trek leads to magnificent viewpoints.
En route, expect to encounter monkeys, hares, voles and a carpet of enchanting wildflowers after the rain. Large numbers of butterflies are another feature.
15.Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
Some say you can hear your own blood flow in this vast area of dried-up salt pans in the Kalahari Desert, a forbidding landscape formed by a huge lake that dried up millennia ago.
But it can transform in an instant during winter, if rains have been good enough to make lush grass sprout, bringing a stampede of wildlife to break the silence, including zebra, wildebeest and flamingos.
16.Nxia Pan National Park, Botswana
The Baines baobabs that sit close to the entrance of Botswana’s Nxai Pan National Park take their name from a series of watercolors by Victorian explorer and artist Thomas Baines. Their fruit apparently tastes a little like sherbet.
The Nxai Pan park is great for viewing the vast, salt-rich pans that characterize the Kalahari and is also known for lion, leopard and cheetah and unusually large herds of giraffe.
17.Riding Safari, Kenya
The best way to experience Kenya’s zebras is from the back of a horse. Travelers can gallop alongside the stripey beasts in the Masai Mara, covering up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) in a week.
Lake Nakuru National Park is home to 1 million resident flamingos, providing one of Kenya’s most unforgettable sights.
This lake has become famous for the greatest bird spectacle in the world, with swathes of vibrant pink filling the alkaline lake and the huge sky.
19.Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
The 10-minute helicopter ride across the Bazaruto Archipelago to the Azura Retreats lodge on Benguerra Island is worth it in its own right.
This award-winning boutique hotel set on a remote desert island is set within a Marine National Park, giving the chance to see whales, dolphins and dugong.
20. Cape Verde Archipelago
Located in the North Atlantic and consisting of 10 islands, the Cape Verde archipelago is a cultural blend of African, Iberian and Brazilian influences.
From water sports and hikes through volcanic landscapes to leisure times at the scenic beaches, Cape Verde offers it all the fun.
The annual Cape Verde carnival in the cultural capital of São Vicente is a must-see in the amazing places to visit in africa.