7 Great Sights in Africa

By on December 13, 2014

Africa is the second largest continent in the world and the only landmass that stretches from the southern temperate zone to the northern temperate zone.

Over a billion people fill Africa with a diversity of cultures and societies. Combined with a natural landscape that ranges from stunningly serene deserts to dense jungle there is a king’s ransom of sights to be seen on the African continent.

Great Pyramid of Giza

Great Pyramid of Giza

The only surviving wonder of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the great pyramids are now over three thousand years old and yet remain to this day one of the largest man made structures on earth.

Their construction was a mammoth undertaking across generations and cost thousands of slaves their lives. Today millions of visitors pour to Egypt every year to visit the pyramids and pay homage to the longevity of a tribute build to rulers past.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

The falls share some of the glory of the great pyramids, being one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The falls are the largest in the world, spanning a mile across and being over three hundred feet high.

Situated on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and known locally as ‘smoke that thunders’ the falls are one of the most stunning natural sights in the whole world.

Red Sea Reef

Red Sea Reef

People perhaps don’t often think of beautiful seas when they picture Africa, but the red sea reef spans over 1200 miles along the coasts of Sudan, Egypt and Eritrea.

Home to over 120 unique fish species only found in the reef, and thought to be over 5000 years old the reef is a truly breathtaking gem hidden off Africa’s north-eastern coastline.

Sahara Desert

Sahara Desert

Amazingly Africa is home to not only the world’s largest waterfall, but also the world’s largest hot desert. The Sahara sprawls across most of Northern Africa and boasts epic sand dunes that reach up to 180m high.

The most common way to see the Sahara is on camel back, as part of organised group excursions in Morocco. Under no circumstances should you try to see this particular wonder without official guidance and prior preparation!

Masai Mara

Masai Mara

For those interested in coming to Africa for the opportunity to go on Safari and see some wildlife, there is no destination so perfect as Masai Mara in Kenya. Masai Mara has been suggested as the best place to see the ‘big 5’ – the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

You can expect to see all manner of African wildlife while visiting the Mara and some favour a hot air balloon as a great way to take in both wildlife and scenery.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

The tallest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro has become a popular destination for those that would not consider themselves climbers, but that desire to climb a major peak of the world. Standing just less than 6000 metres tall, there are routes to the summit that require mostly only hiking, which has made the climb accessible to many.

Many raise money for charity by climbing to the summit, an endeavour that takes between 5 and 7 days of trekking through five different climate changes.

Timbuktu

Timbuktu

Most of us have heard of Timbuktu used in passing at some stage or another, but few people know much about the real Timbuktu. Timbuktu is in Mali and is well deserving of its reputation as a remote place.

It’s a three day bus drive from the nearest airport in Bamako, or for the more adventures a small airplane flight. Timbuktu was once home to a prestigious university and a great deal of wealth, but its remote location left it vulnerable and it now stands an abandoned wonder and a true must see sight for the inquisitive traveller.

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