10 Most Stunning Destinations in Africa
Africa is the world's second-biggest continent that can't but impresses with its expansive landscapes and diverse animal life. Much of the serene African nature hasn't changed for centuries, showcasing some of the most inspiring places on the planet.
1. Table Mountain, South Africa
Table Mountain serves as a stunningly beautiful backdrop of Cape Town, one of the most renowned beach cities in the world, and one of the most popular among the photographers as well. A must-see attraction is a cable car ride to the top of the mesa, offering spectacular views, especially at sunset and dawn. It would be a real challenge to limit your photo session to 50 pictures.
2. Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
Meaning "the gathering place of water" Sossusvlei is home to the sand dunes that are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. And the dunes are surely one of the most spectacular sights of Namibia. It took millions of years to create this magnificent spot which is the result of material flowing from the Orange River into the Atlantic, and then returned again to land by the surf. When climbing the dunes visitors can enjoy breathtaking views, including the Deadvlei, a mysterious expanse of dried white clay dotted by skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees.
3. Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Offering a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur Victoria Falls are one of the world's most majestic water attractions. Victoria Falls were first discovered by Scotsman David Livingstone in 1855. Since then millions of people have traveled there to witness a huge mass of water falling from the 108-meter high cascade, with columns of spray that can be seen from miles away. At the peak of the rainy season, over five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute fall over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometers, a breath-taking sight not to be missed.
4. Sahara Dunes, Morocco
No visit to Morocco would be complete without a tour to the Sahara desert. The Sahara is best accessible from the northern edge of Morocco. You can start your tour from the town of Zagoura, or camp out in Tazzarine where each spring runners from all over the world take part in the week-long Marathon des Sables. The foot of the Merzouga Dunes is just perfect for star-gazing.
5. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Probably the most renowned Egyptian attraction is the Pyramid of King Cheops which was built around 2650 BC from 2.5 million blocks of limestone. The sides of the most famous of the structures at Giza are oriented exactly to the north, south, east and west. The other structure is the Chephren pyramid, constructed by Cheops' son. Is has the same size and features the entrances to a burial chamber with the large granite sarcophagus of King Chephren. The pyramid of Mycerinus is smaller in size and there are some other smaller pyramids as well as dozens of tombs surrounding the three main structures.
6. Riding Safari, Kenya
The most exciting way to watch Kenya's zebras is by riding a horse. Travelers can gallop side by side the stripy animals in the Masai Mara, experiencing African wilderness.
7. Wonders of the Nile, Egypt
Discover the relics of one of the most ancient civilizations in the world by taking a cruise down the Egyptian Nile. The best way is to rent a romantic felucca instead of taking a crowded tourist boat. The central attraction is the Valley of the Kings, with its monumental statues and the magnificent Kom Ombo Temple.
8. Lower Zambezi, Zambia
If you take a canoeing safari in the Lower Zambezi you will be able to spot hippos, elephants and other animals drinking from the rivers and tributaries around the camp. Sports fishermen and women can also stay overnight at various camps and lodges located along the banks of the river.
9. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
5,895 meters high, mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak, also known as a "Sky island" because of its diverse natural habitat. Climbers will mount through lush rainforests and alpine meadows to finally cross a barren lunar landscape before reaching the twin summit, high above the clouds.
10. Lake Malawi, Malawi
Referred to as "Lake of Stars" Lake Malawi is one of the largest in the world, home to 1,300 species of tropical fish. The lake offers some of the best freshwater diving in the world. Due to its bio-diversity it has been recognized by UNESCO as Lake Malawi National Park, the world's first freshwater park, a World Heritage Site.