Are you a wildlife enthusiast or you just love nature? maybe you are an adventurous traveler or perhaps you love cultural and historical tours, Africa is the best destination to find and enjoy all these experiences in the most original and traditional way.
The continent is full of numerous amazing tourist attractions that can only be appreciated after visiting them but here we give you 10 of Africa’s most breathtaking tourist attractions.
1. The great migration – Tanzania & Kenya
One of the most magnificent wildlife views in the world is that of seeing more than a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousand zebras on their annual migration from Tanzania to Kenya and vice-versa. This wildlife migration is a year-round activity with the animals starting their journey from Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Reserve in January through the vast Serengeti around June before crossing into Kenya’s Masai Mara around September and then embark on the return journey.
2. Mountain gorillas – Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo
The endangered mountain gorillas are only found in these 3 countries in the world where they live in two separate populations, one in the Virunga Mountains which straddle the borders of all the 3 countries and the other in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwest Uganda still near the borders of Rwanda of DR Congo. A gorilla safari to any of the 3 countries takes you closer to these elusive and gentle giants for a lifetime experience which has been described as one of the best in wildlife tourism. Mountain gorillas share about 98% of the human DNA together with their cousins the chimpanzees which can also be seen in the same area.
3. Table Mountains – South Africa
The Table Mountains just add to the beauty of Cape Town to make a magnificent beach city for travelers. The readily available cable car rides take you to the top of the mesa for great views of the fantastic sunrise/sunset and don’t forget to capture a great photo of this awesome beauty.
4. Victoria Falls – Zambia and Zimbabwe
Locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “The Cloud That Thunders,” the Victoria Falls is one of the most majestic water spectacles in the world. The 108-meter high falls were discovered by European explorer David Livingstone in 1855.
5. Sahara Dunes – Morocco
The northern edge of Morocco has the gateway to the most user-friendly part of the Sahara. Some of the most exciting experiences in the desert include trekking with the Berbers from the town of Zagoura and camping in Tazzarine which is a popular place for world runners who go there to participate in the weeklong marathon des Sables.
6. Pyramids of Giza – Egypt
One of the most famous of the pyramids of Giza is the Pyramid of King Cheops which was built around 2650 BC. It has its sides oriented to all directions, north, south, east, and west. The Chephren pyramid was built by king Cheops’ son with the same size and it has the entrance to the burial chamber where large granite sarcophagus of King Chephren is found. The third pyramid is Mycerinus which is smaller in size and these three are surrounded by many other smaller pyramids with dozens of tombs.
7. The Nile – Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt
Right from its source in Lake Victoria in Uganda to its mouth into the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt, the Nile, which is the longest River in the world is full of wonders. But perhaps the most amazing wonders are experienced along a cruise down the Egyptian Nile where the relics of one of the world’s most ancient civilizations are revealed. These include the Valley of the Kings with its monumental statues and the ancient Kom Ombo Temple located on the east bank of the Aswan.
8. Kilimanjaro – Tanzania
The outstanding Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa at 5,895 meters (19,341 feet). A hike to the highest Uhuru peak of the mountain starts through lush rainforests and alpine meadows and finally crossing a barren lunar landscape before reaching the twin summit above the clouds.
9. Nyirangongo Volcano – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Located in Virunga National Park in eastern DRC, Nyiranongo is Africa’s most active volcano with its eruption in 2002 displacing over half a million people. A lava lake of a whooping 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) wide occupies the top of the volcano.
10. Nyika Plateau National Park – Malawi
Nyika is the largest national park in Malawi but what makes it stand out are its amazing wonders. These include the numerous rivers that cut through the plateau to reach Lake Malawi by way of waterfalls off the eastern edge of the mountains which also form part of the wall of the Great Rift Valley. The gentle slopes of the great domes of hills make Nyika perfect for exciting safari experiences like trekking, mountain biking and jeep exploration. The park is home to one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa as well as antelope and zebra.