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Africa – 10 Natural Wonders that You Simply Must Experience

Africa is a huge continent and a very diverse one. Coming up with a list of ten beautiful natural sites was no mean task, but we did it for you.

10. The Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon

One of the most enchanting canyons anywhere on Earth, the Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga, South Africa, extends for 16 miles northwards from the Drakensberg mountains. Red sandstone cliffs slope down to a green valley, made of up verdant forests, streams, and dense foliage. Animals, such as hippos and monkeys, can be sighted here. Hiking routes and horses can take you to the viewing points. While here, you may want to try fly-fishing, rafting, or just sitting back and taking in the view.

9. Avenue of the Baobabs

Avenue of the Baobabs
Avenue of the Baobabs

These giant upside down trees store water, and during times of drought elephants have been known to knock them over in order to access the precious liquid. The Avenue of the Baobabs in Madagascar is a dirt road flanked on both sides by these wondrous trees. It’s a popular destination for all those who visit Madagascar.

8. Mount Nviragongo

Mount Nviragongo
Mount Nviragongo

Mount Nviragongo is an active volcano and the site of a lake like no other… a huge lava lake that is also the biggest in the world. Situated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this steep-sided mountain is covered in fast-flowing lava whenever the volcano erupts. However, this happens only occasionally. The last time when the volcano erupted was in 2002.

7. Namib Desert

Namib Desert
Namib Desert

The vast Namib Desert is the site of the most awe-inspiring sand dunes that you can hope to see anywhere in the world. These dunes vary in colors from orange to pink, and actually extend right to the edge of the Atlantic. The Namib-Naukluft National Park is popular with tourists, as is Kolmanskop. It was a mining town once but is today a ghost town engulfed by the sands of the Namib.

6. Underwater Waterfalls

Underwater Falls, Mauritius
Underwater Falls, Mauritius

Mauritius is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and sights such as the Underwater Waterfalls are a reason for it. This beautiful island is nearly 1,200 miles away from the African mainland. This attraction is located on the southwest part of the island. It is actually more of an illusion than an actual waterfall. The underwater slope of a newly formed island creates the impression of an underwater waterfall. Powdery white beaches, warm ocean waters, and cool breezes make the experience unforgettable.

5. Namaqualand

Namaqualand
Namaqualand

Namaqualand covers parts of South Africa and Namibia. It is a vast arid plain that remains uninviting and barren for most of the year — except during the months of spring when it bursts into life as millions of flowering shrubs and plants bloom. It is a visual and olfactory treat as the beautifully colored flowers spread their fragrance everywhere. A part of Namaqualand, known as Richtersveld, is a World Heritage Site, and very popular with visitors.

4. Table Mountain

Table Mountain
Table Mountain

Rising above Cape Town in South Africa, Table Mountain has been keeping a watch on the surroundings for years before humans came, and will likely still be there when we are gone. It offers a great escape for climbers and hikers looking to escape the city for a day. You can also reach the top via cable car. The floor of the cable car rotates as you ascend, giving you a wonderful panoramic view of what lies beneath.

3. Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

Rivaled in popularity only by the Niagara Falls, the Victoria Falls attract hordes of visitors all through the year. They lie on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. David Livingstone discovered these falls, locally known as Mosi oa Tunya, i.e., the thundering mist. The Devil’s Pool at the foot of these falls is also worth checking out.

2. Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the world, Serengeti in Tanzania is spread over nearly 15,000 square kilometers. Here, hunters such as the big cats and hyenas co-exist with the hunted such as deer, giraffes, hares, etc. On a safari here, you may see animals big and small, and take photographs. Africa is famed for its wildlife, and Serengeti is one of the best places to see it.

1. Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

Located in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most well known landmarks of Africa and a favorite with mountain lovers. It is the highest mountain in Africa. It stands 5885 meters tall and its summit consists of three cones. It is not a very difficult climb; the route is beautiful and the snowy summit is a remarkable sight. The climb can be tackled from more than one route.

Originally posted 2017-05-12 12:49:28.

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