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Africa! Just the mention of Africa is enough to make you feel proud of its natural beauty and diverse cultures. The continent we all call home is full of incredible places that draw millions of tourists from all around the world each year. Here are some of our favourite places that make us proud to call Africa our home.
One of the most amazing attractions is Mosi-oa-Tunya – as the locals call it – which means ‘the smoke that thunders’. No wonder Victoria Falls thunders, it’s the largest waterfall in the world. Found on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been leaving tourists and locals in awe with its size and power. The Zambezi river is almost 2 kilometres wide by the time it plummets down the falls. This makes the falls the world’s greatest sheet of water and, some say, the most beautiful.
Kilimanjaro has long been an iconic image of Africa. Standing at 5,895 metres, Kili is the highest peak in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Adventurers from all over the world make the climb up to the roof of Africa. The popularity of the climb has led to multiple routes being developed for hikers of different skills and fitness levels. Even if you’re not the exploring type, there’s an easier route that makes the peak accessible to most able-bodied tourists.
On your way to Kili, you will have to stop over in Dar es Salaam. The city itself is an interesting melting pot of cultures and is great fun to explore. Luckily for you, we’ve got the perfect hotel for your Tanzanian stay: City Lodge Hotel Dar es Salaam.
Pyramids of Giza
The pyramids of Giza are the oldest of the ancient wonders of the world, and the only ancient wonder that’s still standing. This fact is even more impressive when you discover that the construction of the pyramids started around 4,500 years ago. Just to show how amazing these structures are, the pyramids are also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Talk about reaching for the sky.
Another iconic African mountain is Table Mountain. The centrepiece of Cape Town is the cherry on top of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. You can catch a cable car to the top or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can hike up in a few hours to see the best view of the Mother City.
The Great Migration
The Serengeti is what most tourists imagine when they think of Africa. It’s Africa in a nutshell. It’s also home to the largest animal migration in the world. Every year millions of wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate in Kenya to follow the best grazing conditions. This epic trek is where you can find some of the most dramatic natural dramas playing out every day. From crossing crocodile-infested water to being followed by packs of hungry lions, the great migration is the most action-packed game viewing in Africa.
Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa and the second-largest in the world. Found in Namibia, this epic attraction is 160 kilometres long and is up to 27 kilometres wide! The scale of the canyon attracts tourists from far and wide and is one of the most visited places in Namibia. If you’re in the mood for a bit of a walk you can do the popular Fish River Canyon hike. On route to the canyon, you should take a break from all the travelling with a stay at Town Lodge Windhoek.
We’ve only started scraping the surface of what Africa has to offer the adventurous traveller. And the best news is, it’s just around the corner. Have fun exploring.