Africa; the second most populated continent behind Asia is extraordinarily blessed with lots of awesome natural wonders not to mention animals and plants. The difference sparks a diversity and colourful versatility that is very vast that one would need many lifetimes to even begin to explore it all. It would be near impossible to compile a fully accurate list of the top ten wonders in the wonderful land of Africa but these are the wonders that fall into our list.
1. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
Kilimanjaro which stands at 5885m which translates to 19,308 feet is the highest mountain in Africa and among all free-standing mountains; it is the highest in the world. Originally a volcano and one that is composed of three clear cones. While you don’t need to be a professional to climb this mountain as it is not considered a strenuous mountain to climb; there is still the issue of altitude sickness to consider. This sickness that occurs due to the high altitude many a time prevents climbers from getting to 5,895m (19,341ft) tall peak. There are quite a lot of pretty glaciers on top of it. This mountain which is the highest in Africa has a lot of routes to choose from; some more difficult than the rest. Even if you choose to not climb the mountain, there is still quite a lot to see in Kilimanjaro National Park.
2. Serengeti National Park in Tanzania
This park is known as the most visited park in the entire continent of Africa. With 14,763km of the area covered by tropical and subtropical savanna; it is made famous as a result of the large number of animals that roam around the park.
Among the animals in this park are lions, zebras, crocodiles, buffaloes, black rhinoceros, elephants, flamingos, giraffes, leopards and other species can also be found. These predators and prey contribute to the contrasting and dramatic scenery that is evident in this park.
Visitors in this park are given the opportunity to observe and not hunt the animals; that means they are allowed to go on a safari which permits them to take pictures of the various species and nature as a whole. Shepherded by a guide, these tourists are able to discover, learn and explore wildlife in Africa.
3. The Avenue of the Baobabs in Menabe, Madagascar
Between Morondava and Belon’I Tsiribihina, there is a dirt road that is made popular by a group of giant trees growing in the area. This road is perhaps the most popular and also one of the most visited locations in Madagascar. It is also considered as one of the world’s most exciting roads.
4. The Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa
The legendary peak known as The Table Mountain overlooks the bubbly city of Cape Town and is a magnet to not only hikers but climbers as well. While it can be easily accessed on foot, it can also work by cable car, and this is quite popular among visitors of this mountain. The added feature of rotation to the floors of these cable cars adds an excitement to the ride and also enables views to the city, the mountain and also the ocean.
5. The Victoria Falls
This breath-taking waterfall that is on the border of two countries namely Zambia and Zimbabwe is one of the most popular waterfalls in the world. David Livingstone; a Scottish explorer was the one who named the waterfall after Queen Victoria. It is however called Mosi-oa-Tunya by the locals in the area which means – the smoke that thunders. It also has a natural pool on the side that is in Zambia that is considered an unusual Devil’s Pool.
6. Namib Desert in Namibia
Many have said that the most fascinating view they’ve ever seen occurred in Namibia in the place where the Namib Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean, perhaps another feature that adds to its intrigue is because it can only be seen from the plane. The desert is all that exists or that can be seen for thousands of kilometres after which it drops into raging and cold waves. Even though you can’t tour the desert itself, some dunes exist that can be visited on tour and a ghost town that was ruined by the desert but is a popular tourist destination today is the town of
Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga, South Africa
This is arguably a canyon that can be regarded as the most beautiful in the world and stretches for a solid 25km (16miles) to the north of the escarpment of Drakensberg. It is a proven fact that is the largest green canyon on the planet blessed with lush foliage that envelops the dangerously high and red sandstone cliffs. Apart from the forests that occupy the canyon, it also houses various species like the hippopotamus, antelopes and uncountable primates. It is also home to several waterfalls and places to see beautiful views (viewpoints).
8. The Underwater Waterfall in Mauritius
It can be found at the southwestern shore of the Indian Ocean and it may very well be identified as the signature of Mauritius. Although it is not actually a waterfall, it is caused by the effect of an optical illusion; it is the sediment of sand and a slit that cause this picturesque site. There is an opportunity for tourists to relax in the white beaches of the island and also do a variety of other things.
9. Mount Nyiragongo in Democratic Republic of the Congo
This is actually a volcano and it is most known for occupying the biggest lava lake in the whole world. The volcano is characterised by steep slopes and very fluid lava which enables it to flow with high velocity whenever an eruption occurs. The lava lake does not always appear though as it takes years to form; after this period, in just a matter of days, the walls of the crater then cracks and lava erupts.
10. The Namaqualand in Namibia and South Africa
This particular wonder is not always a wonder, it is a dry place that is arid and plain to the eye. In spring is when the true wonder is apparent when the many thousands of colourful flowers begin blooming and they create a fragrant covering of the Namaqualand. It is a popular tourist attraction