Top 10 Places To Visit In Africa
The continent of Africa comprises several climate zones due to its huge expanse. As a result, it is endowed with a rich biodiversity and natural heritage. Plus, it is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, the Nile civilization. Hence, this continent has numerous places to visit; out of which some are known for their natural beauty while some others are known for their rich past. Have a look at the 10 best places to visit in Africa.
1. Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel is home to two magnificent temples that were built, approximately, three millenniums ago! These impressive temples were originally carved out of a sandstone cliff near the Nile but had to be relocated later. What's astonishing is, how skillfully these lofty carvings must have been relocated to a new place. These temples are dedicated to the Egyptian Gods and to Pharaoh Ramesses II, who built these temples then. If you wish to explore the ancient Egyptian culture, then this is the place to go.
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2. The Great Pyramids
If Egyptian history is what you are interested in, then your next destination has to be the Great Pyramids at Giza. These pyramids need no introduction, since they serve as the iconic representatives of the whole of Egypt. This place's rich culture is preserved in these pyramids, where the bodies of Egyptian Pharaohs were mummified in the past. In Giza, you'll also find the Great Sphinx, a half-lion half-human statue that is regarded as the oldest and the largest statue in the world.
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Stellenbosch is a scenic town that has a wine route which comprises 44 cellars. A tour through this spectacular town will introduce you to the indigenous wine producing areas as also to the culture of the place. What's more, you can relish on some really good African cuisine found at local eateries and team it up with a locally produced wine. For those seeking a laid-back getaway in Africa, Stellenbosch is the place to go.
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Africa experiences several climate zones and a vast landscape that includes deserts, jungles and beaches! Yes, you guessed it right. When it's about Durban, it's about beaches. This city is most popular among surfers who come here to have a fun time near the Golden Mile, a string of beaches bounding the city. There's a shark free zone and a promenade that promises lot of fun. Apart from African cuisine, you can also relish on some Indian specialties in local restaurants, thanks to the presence of Indian citizens in the region.
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5. Mt. Kilimanjaro
Locally known as the 'Kili', Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa that soars to a height of 19,340ft! The highest point of Kili, the Uhuru peak, is accessible for even the moderately fit people. So, you can be sure of reaching this point and having a panoramic view of the whole of Africa! Should anything be said about such an experience? Well, you know, it's above the world! (pun intended). Kili is the world's tallest free-standing mountain. That's why, huge glaciers form a white heaven at the top. When you see it, you'll feel heavenly! That's a bet.
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6. The Drakensberg Mountains
The Drakensberg Mountains, stretching across 600 miles, offer a splendid view of the entire KwaZulu-Natal region. It's an ideal location for hiking, bird watching, exploring local wildlife, horse riding and what Africa is known for, going on a safari. There are several places where you can also go rock climbing or white water rafting. At any cost, do not miss the Tugela Falls, the Mont-aux-Sources and the Royal National Park.
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7. Victoria Falls
It will be a great loss to your expedition if you miss the Victoria Falls, rightly known as the largest curtain of falling water on earth. These lofty waterfalls are located on the Zambezi river. They are an example of nature's magnificence. There is a rich and diverse wildlife in the environs of these waterfalls that should also not be missed. There are some natural pools at the top of the Victoria Falls that are relatively safe for a dip. If you are a water lover, then this place is for you.
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What's the first word that comes to your mind when you think of a bird in Africa? It's an ostrich, right? Well, if you are fascinated with this huge bird, then you must visit Oudtshoorn. This little town is known as the Ostrich Capital of South Africa. Here you'll get to ride on the back of an ostrich or have a look at its eggs. You can even taste its unusually big eggs which are either served as breakfast, or as steaks and sausages.
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9. Kruger National Park
Held as the oldest national park in Africa, the Kruger National Park was founded in circa 1898. This enormous park is home to the Big Five of Africa; buffaloes, elephants, lions, leopards and rhinos. Besides that, there are several other animals that you'd be looking out for. You get to choose from numerous options when it comes to touring this park; the best one being going on a safari.
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10. Wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara and Serengeti
Well, the wildebeest migration is not a place; it's a natural event. But, it needs a mention because it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, if you visit Masai Mara and Serengeti between July and September. During this exhilarating event, innumerable zebras and wildebeests migrate to greener pastures as the season changes. They are followed by numerous predators who stalk them for prey, during the migration. It's a spontaneous and least anticipated event that has been regarded as the "most spectacular natural event of the modern world".
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Africa is a land of diverse landscapes and each one is extremely captivating. It’s truly a task to decide which place to visit first and which ones to visit later. But, once you’ve decided and visited this beautiful land, you’ll surely pine to visit it again.