THE BEST TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN AFRICA.
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01. Table Mountain - Cape Town ,South Africa.
Table Mountain makes Cape Town one of the best beach towns in the country, and also one of the most photogenic in the world.The tabular form derives from almost flat sandstone deposits, which are vulnerable to intense wind and water erosion. The distinctive-looking mountain is one of the most recognised icons in Cape Town and it is a popular tourist attraction offering climbing, camping and other activities.
It has its own cloud cover (the Tablecloth), easily emerging when the breeze is in the southeast and primarily liable for the lush vegetation on the plateau. Five mountain reservoirs catch the rainfall brought in by northwestern winds in winter (ranging from 60 inches[ 1.525 mm] to 22 inches at the base each year). Abundant flora contains disa orchids, 250 varieties of daisies, and silver trees; animal life includes tahrs (Himalayan goats), descending from nearby zoo escapees. There is a cableway to the peak (built in 1929) and over 350 graded roads.
The strong, scarred,2-mile (3-km-) northern face of Table Mountain contrasts with the fertile plateau of the summit which is broken by small valleys and streams. Two secondary peaks are isolated from the main mountain: Lion's Head (2,195 feet[ 669 metres]) to the northwest, dropping north to Signal Hill (Lion's Rump); and Devil's Peak (3,281 feet; originally Windberg or Windy Mountain) to the northeast. To the west, along the Atlantic coast, a set of cliffs, dubbed the Twelve Apostles, surround Table Mountain.
02. The great migration - Kenya and Tanzania.
Every year nearly two million wildebeest and 20 000 plains migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the south of Masai Mara in Kenya in search of lush grazing grounds and life-giving water. The seasons determine this dangerous odessey, and where the rains are, the wildebeest isn't far behind. This epic journey from north to south stretches almost 3000 kilometers, and is almost infinite.This great spectacle of nature is a classic safari choice for frequent adventurers, nature lovers and those who want their African adventure a little bit more.
The Great Migration moves rhythmically in a clockwise direction, instead of having a starting or ending point, making herd tracking unpredictable. Our Herdtracker app was created for this reason; to help you track the movements of the wildebeests and plan a lifetime safari. Choose from our current safari packages, or customize your own travel to your schedule.
03.Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
Located in Africa's biggest conservation area (Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is perhaps the most beautiful and best known destination in Namibia. Characterized by the large red dunes surrounding it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan, and a great destination throughout the year. The dunes in this area are among the highest in the world, rising approximately 400 meters.
Sossusvlei literally translates into "dead-end marsh," because it is the place where the dunes come together that prevents the Tsauchab River from flowing any further, some 60 km east of the Atlantic Ocean. However, the River seldom flows this far due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert and the pan remains bone-dry for most years. The Tsauchab fills the pan during an extraordinary rainy season, attracting tourists from around the world to see this magnificent spot. Photographic enthusiasts are spoiled with a glassy "lake" which holds reflections of the dunes around them. When the pan fills it can hold water up to a year.
04.Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.
Giza's Great Pyramid is a defining symbol of Egypt, and the last of the world's ancient Seven Wonders. It is situated on the plateau of Giza near to the modern city of Cairo and was founded during the reign of King Khufu (2589-2566 BCE, also known as Cheops) of the 4th Dynasty over a span of twenty years. Until the Eiffel Tower was raised in 1889 CE in Paris, France, the Great Pyramid had been the
But despite the evidence, there are still some who will not agree that the ancient Egyptians were capable of such achievements. So-called pyramidologists point to the carving and placing of stones, precisely to the millimetre, and argue the numerological significance of the dimensions of the structures as evidence that angels or aliens built the Pyramids. It's easy to laugh at these out - there theories, but when you see the monuments up close, particularly inside, you'll understand better why so many people believe that such amazing things have to have unearthly roots.
05. Masai Mara, Kenya .
Located in the southwest of Kenya, covering an area of 1,510 square kilometers (583 square miles), the Masai Mara National Reserve is a place with stunning views, plentiful biodiversity and limitless plains.The quintessential Masai Mara safari provides numerous opportunities as the reserve is host to an excellent game concentration throughout the year, including over two million wildebeests, zebras and other antelopes that make up the famed Great Migration. & Beyond owns 2 Masai Mara lodges; Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, and Bateleur Camp.
The reserve is a photographer’s and naturalist’s paradise, with abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah alongside the migratory wildebeest and zebra. Leopards are frequently encountered, endangered black rhino hide in the dense thickets and large rafts of hippo and enormous crocodiles are found in the Mara River. The park is also home to over 450 bird species.
The park is the dream of a hunter and naturalist, with an array of goats, cattle, giraffe, lion and cheetah among wildebeest and zebra migration. Leopards are frequently found in the dense thickets, threatened black rhino fur, and massive hippo rafts and giant crocodiles are seen on the Mara River. The park also harbors over 450 species of birds.
06. Lower Zambezi, Zambia.
The Lower Zambezi National Park, established in 1983, covers an area of 4,092 square kilometers along the Zambezi River's northwest side. Move on a boat or float quietly across the bank of the river in a canoe for the best viewing of nature, as most biodiversity is clustered around the Lower Zambezi Valley and river. Elephant groups, often up to a hundred large, hippo, leopard, lion, buffalo, more than 400 species of birds-all assemble in this amazing forest.
Although the National Park of Lower Zambezi covers an area of 4092 square kilometres, most of the game is concentrated along the valley floor. There is an escarpment along the north end that acts as a physical barrier to most animal species in the Park. Enormous elephant populations, some as large as 100, are often seen at the edge of the river. Island hopping' is common among buffalo and waterbuck. The Park also supports healthy lion and leopard groups, so listen to the fish eagle's omnipresent call, too.
07. Sphinx, Egypt.
Giza's Great Sphinx is a giant statue of 4,500-year-old limestone, located near the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. The Great Sphinx is one of the greatest temples in the world, measuring 240 feet (73 meters) wide, and 66 foot (20 meters) high. It is also one of the ancient Egyptians ' most famous artifacts, though the sources and past of the monumental building are still being discussed.
The sphinx was a spiritual guardian in ancient Egypt, and was most often depicted as a male with a pharaoh headdress— as is the Great Sphinx — and creature figures were often included in the complexes of the tombs and temples. For example, Upper Egypt's so-called Sphinx Alley is a two-mile avenue that connects Luxor and Karnak temples, and is lined with sphinx statues.
If you are positioned at the March or September equinoxes in the eastern niche at dusk, you will see a spectacular astronomical event: the sun appears to fall into The Sphinx's head, and beyond that, into the horizon's southern side of the Khafre Pyramid. And it has been discovered that when one stands near the Sphinx during the summer solstice, the sun appears to set at midway between the Khafre and Khufu pyramid silhouettes. The face of the Sphinx, which was painted dark red in ancient times, was also decorated with a stone beard, and showed a sculpted cobra on its forehead, both of which also fell off.
08. Lake Nakuru ,Kenya.
The beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park sits on the Great Rift Valley plain, surrounded by wooded, bushy grassland. Visitors will appreciate the broad ecological variety and diverse environments spanning from Lake Nakuru itself to the picturesque ridges and escarpment surrounding. National Park Lake Nakuru is suitable for bird watching, biking, picnicing, and game driving.
The park is stunning all year round and is host to black and white rhinos, tigers, leopards, hippos and rare giraffes of Rothschild.
09. Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique.
The coastline of Mozambique extends along the warm waters of the Indian Ocean for about 2,470 km, and most of its beaches stay in pristine condition without hordes of tourists or tacky boardwalks.But even in a country blessed with unparalleled natural beauty, the Archipelago of Bazaruto, a collection of six islands off Vilankulo's coast, is an iconic destination.Here you will see horses kick up sand and spray on the edge of clear blue water, while the unspoiled coral reefs flash brilliant colors beneath the surface just a few feet away.
Most of Mozambique's coastline remains undeveloped owing to the historical disasters of the region— the 10-year fight for independence from Portugal and the 20-year civil war that followed.For decades the islands have been part of a marine park that shields it from the recent boom of offshore natural gas drilling in the country.In typical dhow sailboats, slender warships that formed the backbone of a medieval trading system extending the length of the east coast of Africa, local fishing communities, home to around 3,000 men, are still able to plunge the seas.
10. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Kilimanjaro, a volcanic massif in northeastern Tanzania, close to the border with Kenya. Its central cone, Kibo, rises to 5,895 meters (19,340 feet), and is Africa's highest point. Kilimanjaro lies about 100 miles (160 km) east of the East African Rift System and about 225 km (140 miles) south of Kenya, Nairobi. The massif extends for 50 miles (80 km) roughly east-west and consists of three main extinct volcanoes: Kibo (centre), Mawensi (east) and Shira (west).
Kibo, the youngest and tallest, maintains the appearance of a traditional volcanic cone and crater and is connected by a7-mile (11-km) saddle at approximately 15,000 feet (4,500 metres) with Mawensi (16,893 feet[ 5,149 metres]), which is the oldest nucleus of an earlier peak. Shira peak is a legacy of an older crater (13,000 feet[ 3,962 metres]). Under the saddle, in a traditional volcanic curve, Kilimanjaro slopes to the plains below, at an altitude of about 3,300 feet (1,000 metres). Kibo's breathtaking snow-clad dome contains a caldera (crater) on its southern side, 1.2 miles (2 km) across and approximately 980 feet (300 metres) deep, with an inner cone showing residual volcanic activity.The dome of Mawensi is heavily broken, jagged and precipitous, and is cleft by gorges to the east and west. Only Kibo retains a constant ice cap. Mawensi has semipermanent patches of ice and significant seasonal snow.
In the early part of the 20th century the mountain and its surrounding forests were designated as a game reserve. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park was formed in 1973 to preserve the mountain above the tree line as well as the six woodland corridors running downslope through the land belt of the Montane. In 1987 the park was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
11.Lekki Conservation Centre, Nigeria.
A stroll far above land on the longest canopy walkway in Africa is an ideal way to explore the natural beauty of Nigeria.
Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos is one of Nigeria's best and most-visited nature reserves. The conservation and relaxation center is a scenic place in the busy city of Lagos which offers a peaceful escape from everyday life. The conservation center has been commissioned as a Nigeria Conservation Foundation flagship project to preserve unique biodiversity and provide natural, scientific recreational values in western Nigeria's coastal surroundings. Since its establishment in 1990, Lekki Conservation Center has emerged as one of the most prominent modern nature parks in Africa, renowned for their variety.
12.Lake Malawi, Malawi.
Located at the southern end of Lake Malawi's vast expanse, the property is of global importance for the protection of wildlife, owing in particular to its abundance of species. Situated within the Western Rift Valley, Lake Malawi is one of the world's largest reservoirs. The property is an area of exceptional natural beauty that contrasts with the lake's remarkably clear waters with the rugged landscapes around it. The property includes several hundreds of cichlid fish, almost all of which are native to Lake Malawi, and are locally recognized as "mbuna." Mbuna fishes show an important example of biological evolution.
13.Fish River Canyon, Namibia.
After the United States Grand Canyon, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. The Canyon is part of Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Forest, a state-run forest. Entrance to the Park is situated at the Hobas Restcamp, 10 kilometers from the well-known Hell's Bend viewpoint.Visitors must report to us here. It is important to be aware that the Canyon hike is closed due to the heat during the summer month. During the months of April–September, the Fish River Hiking Trail can be completed within 4 to 5 days, depending on fitness. This spans about 85 km long and the descent into the Canyon is only allowed by hikers doing the walk. It covers a length of 85 km and the descent into the Canyon is only allowed for hikers doing the trail. Day-visitors are not allowed to climb into the Canyon.
The Fish River is 800 km wide, and thus Namibia's largest river. It has its origins in the Naukluft Mountains in the eastern parts. After approximately 200 km the river flows into the Hardap Dam, which is the country's largest water reservoir with a 30 km diameter and a 28 km2 region.The Fish River does not carry water constantly after being stored, the river might only transform into a flood during the rainy season. Sporadic ponds offer water to many species during the dry season.The Fish River Canyon begins at Seeheim, at the River's lower shore. The Canyon is 161 km long, 27 km wide and a depth of up to 550 metres.
14.Nyiragongo Volcano, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Located about 20 km within Virunga National Park. Mount Nyiragongo is still active north of Goma, its last mortal eruption taking 147 lives in 2002. For now its activity is limited to the pit, where the lava lake is gradually increasing again.
The park is located on the border with Uganda and Rwanda in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and includes part of Lake Edward, the Semliki River valley, parts of the Rwindi, Ishasha and Rutshuru valleys south of the lake, the Virunga area within the Democratic Republic of the Congo and part of the Rwenzori range. Lake Edward belongs to the river system of the Nile and Lake Kivu to river system of the Congo Basin.Highlights include hot springs in the plains of Rwindi and the volcanoes of the Virunga massif, such as Nyamuragira (3,068 m) and Nyiragongo (3,470 m), are still involved. The lowest and highest rainfall areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo are situated in Virunga National Park.
15.African Renaissance Monument, Senegal
Dedicated in 2010, the massive African Renaissance Monument is a towering piece of brutal Stalinist machismo intended to celebrate the achievements of the African people but will probably be better remembered for the corruption and unpopular alliances that led to its construction. The monument wouldn't be so shocking if it weren't for its sheer size, standing off at more than 160 feet of bronze imperialism or a little over half the Statue of Liberty height.It makes it Africa's tallest monument. The statue was the vision of Senegal's then dictator, Abdoulaye Wade. Wade was an octogenarian whose presidential career was marred by claims of systemic corruption and nepotism, charges that were only strengthened by the African Renaissance Monument's building.
16.Mount Longonot ,Kenya .
Rising up like a monolith from the Great Rift Valley floor is Mount Longonot's extinct volcano. One unique feature is the dense forest situated inside the mountain crater. Also the crater rim offers great scenic views over the beautiful Rift Valley all the way to Lake Naivasha. Most of Mount Longonot's natural attractions include buffaloes, elands, tigers, leopards, bushbucks, commute
The Seychelles feature in endless tropical island dreams in beautiful and unspoiled fashion. Beautiful boulder-strewn beaches, pristine jungles, flourishing coral reefs and UNESCO-listed nature reserves are just some of the many attractions of the 115 coral and granite islands of the archipelago, which are the tops of a large plateau of underwater. Near the equator, the Seychelles sits east of Kenya. Nearly half of their total land area is covered, and many of the islands and atolls are inside marine sanctuaries. You will walk mountain trails on property, relax on the beautiful beaches, ascend rock, capture the rare flora and fauna, and dine on Créole cuisine with mouthwatering.
The Seychelles ' bigger, granitic inner islands (primarily Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue) are the most built for tourism, with many luxury five-star resorts. Mahé is host to Victoria, the tiny city, as well as the international airport, cruise port and the stunning National Park of Morne Seychellois. The UNESCO-listed Vallée de Mai can be visited on Praslin Island, while the quiet La Digue houses some of the world's most spectacular beaches. The outer islands are mostly uninhabited low-lying sand cays and small islands and atolls of coralline origin. Fishing is excellent offshore, and there are popular fishing lodges on Alphonse Island and Farquhar Atoll for anglers.
18.Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana .
In this vast area of dried-up salt pans in the Kalahari Desert, a forbidden environment created by a huge lake that dried up millennia ago, it's said you can feel your own blood flow.But during winter it can turn in a second, if rains were decent enough to sprout lush grass, allowing a wildlife stampede to break the silence, like zebra, wildebeest and flamingos.
19.Nyika Plateau National Park, Malawi.
Nyika, Malawi's largest national park, is one of Africa's most unusual, with a plateau cut by numerous rivers that reach Lake Malawi via waterfalls off the eastern edge of the mountains.The plateau's eastern border forms Great Rift Valley wall. The great hill dome has gentle slopes, making Nyika perfect for both trekking and mountain biking as well as exploration by Jeep.Antelope and zebra flourish, and leopard densities in Central Africa are among the largest in the world.
20.Sahara Dunes, Morocco.
The most user-friendly region of the Sahara is reachable from Morocco's northern edge. From the town of Zagoura, you can trek with Berbers or camp out in Tazzarine, where athletes from around the world complete the week-long Marathon des Sables every year.The Merzouga Dunes ' foot is the ultimate location for star gazing, completely free from light pollution.