AfricanaQ – Africa despite it’s rugged terrain still remains one of the most beautiful continents in the world – this is because it possesses unparalleled landscapes and with its unspoiled and expansive landscapes and impressive array of wildlife – this continent still remains a paradise for visitors and inhabitants
Here in our view are the most amazing places to visit in Africa:
The Great Migration, Tanzania
This photo captures the intensity and sheer beauty of the great migration.
It is important to note that the migration is actually a year-round and ongoing event as the animals move from Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Reserve in January, up through the Serengeti around June and hit Kenya’s Masai Mara around September, before journeying south again. Really it’s a yearlong search for food, water and safety and there are many opportunities for safari-goers to witness the beauty and drama of the herds along the way.
The Table Mountain, South Africa
This is one of the world’s most photogenic spots in the world as it looms over Cape Town. Along with the peaks of Signal Hill, Devil’s Peak, and Lion’s Head, it forms a huge natural amphitheater in which the Dutch settlers of the 17th century first established what would become Cape Town. With its flat top well over a thousand meters above sea level, Table Mountain is often obscured by clouds from ground level. But you can take the famous cable car up to the top.
Djemaa el Fna, Morocco
The world’s most exciting town square, Djemaa el Fna reminds you that this in Africa. In the heart of the old city of Marrakech, snake-charmers, henna-painters, storytellers, date-sellers and orange juice vendors set up their stalls in the sleepy heat of the afternoon.
As night falls, the vendors are joined by tribal drummers, dancers and mobile restaurateurs selling delicious grilled meats, bread and salad as the smoke rises above their stalls ’til past midnight.
Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
The highlight of any holiday in beautiful Namibia is visiting the magnificent areas of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei in the heart of the Namibia Desert. Sossusvlei means “the gathering place of water” which is an irony, because you will need a lot of water to survive this scorcher of a place, but without any doubt this is Namibia’s most outstanding attraction.
The dunes have developed over millions of years, the result of material flowing from the Orange River into the Atlantic, carried north and returned again to land by the surf.
Climbing the dunes yields breathtaking views, including the Deadvlei, a ghostly expanse of dried, white clay punctuated by skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees.
Mountain gorillas, Rwanda
A close encounter with the mountain gorillas of the Rwandan rainforest will stay with you for a lifetime. Various operators run tours tracking silverbacks and their troupes in the dense forest.
A point to note is that the mountain gorilla is highly social, and lives in relatively stable, cohesive groups held together by long-term bonds between adult males and females.
It is a privilege to see these primates in their natural habitat.
Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
One of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa, which is also defining the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls (also called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “The Cloud That Thunders) – is the only waterfall in the world with a length of more than a kilometer and a height of more than hundred meters. It is also considered to be the largest fall in the world.
The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometers, while the spray and mist from the falling water is rising to a height of over 400 meters and can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometers. No wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya “The smoke that thunders”.
Scottish missionary and famous explorer of Africa David Livingstone (1813-1873) named it after Queen Victoria.
Namibia’s deserts are so fascinating
The Spitzkoppe is one of the most photographed mountain motifs of Namibia. This inselberg surmounts its surrounding by 700 metres with an overall height of 1728 m above sea level.
The Spitzkoppe is a grouping of granite peaks in Namibia’s Namib Desert, with the highest peak hitting nearly 1,800 meters (about 5,900 feet). This place is heaven for climbers, geologists, stargazers and watchers of weaver birds.
Sahara Dunes, Morocco
The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert and one of the harshest environments on the planet. It is third largest desert overall after Antarctica and the Arctic, which are cold deserts.
At 3.6 million square miles (9.4 million square kilometers), the Sahara, which is Arabic for “The Great Desert,” engulfs most of North Africa. The desert covers large sections of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia.
For the Sahara Dunes, the most user-friendly part of the Sahara is accessible from the northern edge of Morocco.
The foot of the Merzouga Dunes is the ultimate location for gazing at stars, totally free of light pollution.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.
The most famous of the structures at Giza, near Cairo, the Pyramid of King Cheops was built around 2650 BC from 2.5 million blocks of limestone. Its sides are oriented exactly to the north, south, east and west.
The pyramid of Mycerinus is smaller than both and all three are surrounded by other smaller pyramids and dozens of tombs.
Nyika Plateau National Park, Malawi
Nyika National Park is the largest national park in Malawi (actually located in northern Malawi), on the Zambian border. On the high-altitude Nyika Plateau, the park encompasses grassland and wooded valleys. Mountain-bike tracks and footpaths offer views of wildlife such as elephants, zebras, antelope, bushbucks and leopards. Rich birdlife includes rare species like wattled cranes and red-winged francolins. Seasonal orchids and other wildflowers dot the landscape.
It is also unusual in Africa as it is cut by numerous rivers that reach Lake Malawi by way of waterfalls off the eastern edge of the mountains.