The Must-See Sights of Africa
Africa – just saying the word seems to unleash a kind of magical mystery. You can imagine the wide-open plains, see the elephants, leopards and lions in your mind’s eye and feel the heat of the sun bearing down. If you’ve never been, it really should be on your bucket list. From the scorching savannah to the warm turquoise waters lapping at exotic jungles, everything is to be experienced in this vast continent. Here are some of the must-see sights of Africa:
- Lake Malawi
This lake is one of the biggest bodies of water in Africa and sits mainly in Malawi although it also stretches into Tanzania and Mozambique. The national park is the best way to access the lake, with plenty of stunning viewpoints and stunning hiking trails. The incredible wildlife and vistas make this destination a must on your African travels.
- Fish River Canyon
Forget the Grand Canyon, Fish River Canyon is one of the world’s biggest and is simply awe-inspiring. This natural wonder is one of the most popular attractions in Namibia and perfect for trekking or seeing from the air in a private flight taking you right over the canyon. See the fascinating contrast of the multicoloured rocks against the bright blue of the water.
- Mount Kilimanjaro
In North Tanzania, on the border with Kenya stands the continent’s tallest imposing peak, Kilimanjaro. It also boasts being the tallest free-standing peak on the planet. You can trek to the summit or explore the landscape around the base with its pretty waterfalls and unique wildlife. A visit here is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For wonderful reminders of African adventures, why not treat yourself to a traditional Fair Trade Bolga Basket. For a range of baskets, visit www.injabulo.com/
- Kruger National Park
If you think safari when you hear the word Africa, then you need to visit this South African National Park. A guided tour or safari is the preferred option for exploring this vast conservation area where you’ll enjoy spotting the Big Five – Buffalo, Lions, Rhino, Elephants and Leopards. The Crocodile River views are breath-taking, as are the numbers of wild animals you’ll see during this safari of a lifetime.
- Masai Mara
Another iconic African destination is the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Some say you’ve not fully experienced Africa until you’ve met the tribespeople of the Masai. The wildlife and landscape are like nowhere else on earth and you’ll see the Big Five here, along with local villages where you’ll be welcomed to learn more about the culture and customs of the Masai people.
- Pyramids, Egypt
Starting at Giza, the gateway to the pyramids, you’ll discover the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which is the last remaining wonder of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. There are fascinating museums here as well as the iconic Sphinx tour. Giza is also close to Cairo where you discover more about the amazing ancient Egyptian people and the significance of the pyramids.
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