African ambiance gives a special feeling for the tourists. People who visit Africa for the first time can expect to earn an absolutely unique experience. Some of the attraction are popular because they are holding a very rich heritage and an exceptional history behind them. Tribes, pyramids, lost cities, and extraordinary nature create this distinctive environment worth visiting.
Here are the top 10 places that you have to visit in Africa.
The majestic spice island of the Indian Ocean lies just off the coast of Tanzania; clear, turquoise-blue water; shallow sandbars perfect for wading, and many small, nearly deserted islands virtually unvisited by tourists. Explore the World Heritage Site of Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s old quarter; or just go beach to beach between tiny fishing villages — each one’s better than the next.
9. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Kilimanjaro is one of the most popular tourists attractions in the world. Although positioned close to the Equator (330 km south), Mount Kilimanjaro is famous as the Africa’s snow-capped mountain looming over the plains of the savannah.The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a British think tank, estimates that every year 40,000 people attempt to climb Kilimanjaro. At 5,895 metres (19,340 feet) above sea level, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and the world’s highest free-standing mountain.
8. Omo River Region, Ethiopia
Omo Valley is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth because of the wide variety of people and animals that inhabit it. It is located in Africa’s Great Rift Valley. The region is known for its culture and diversity. It is estimated that the Omo Valley is home to over 200,000 tribal people. Among the ancient African tribes that live in the southern part of Ethiopia, there is a wide variety of wildlife as well.
7. Marrakech, Morocco
The “Red City” of Marrakesh is a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques. Exploring the intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina can easily eat up a day. Just outside of its borders lie the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains, while the Berber culture energizes every step of a visit to this Moroccan destination.
6. Virunga Mountains, DR of Congo
Virunga National Park is one of the most biologically diverse protected areas on the planet. Its range contains an amalgamation of steppes, savannas and plains, marshlands, low altitude and afro-montane forest belts to unique afro-alpine vegetation and permanent glaciers and snow on Mounts Rwenzori whose peaks culminate in 5000 m height. In 1979, UNESCO designated the park as a World Heritage Site.
5. Djenne, Mali
Djenné, the oldest known city in sub-Saharan Africa is situated on the floodlands of the Niger and Bani rivers, 354 kilometers (220 miles) southwest of Timbuktu. The cultural property “Old Towns of Djenné” is a serial property comprising four archaeological sites, namely Djenné-Djeno, Hambarkétolo, Kaniana and Tonomba, along with the old fabric of the present town of Djenné covering an area of 48.5 ha and divided into ten districts. The property is characterised by the intensive and remarkable use of earth specifically in its architecture. The outstanding mosque of great monumental and religious value is an outstanding example of this.
4. Cape Town
Cape Town’s most distinctive feature is its stunning setting: it lies on a dramatic coastline of pristine white beaches and icy waters, overlooked by the iconic flat-topped Table Mountain. Cape Town has the best food and drink in the country, from cutting-edge molecular gastronomy, to classic bistro fare and African dishes. Wine bars are becoming increasingly popular and the traditional pub is making a comeback. No visit to Cape Town is complete without a tour of the Cape Winelands. Discovering wine farms and phenomenal food along the way is one of the greatest pleasures of the Mother City’s hinterlands.
3. The Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometers, into a gorge over one hundred meters below.
2. Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya
Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular ecosystems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system. With the wildebeest migration in July – October, this is the best time to see this incredible movement of animals.
1. The Pyramids and the Sphinx
Egypt’s most famed and feted structures, these ancient tombs of kings, guarded by the serene Sphinx, have wowed spectators for centuries. Giza’a Great Pyramid (also called the Pyramid of Cheops) is not only this ancient site’s most famous monument, it’s one of the most well-known monuments in the world. It was built by the Pharaoh Khufu (commonly called by its Greek transliteration of Cheops) and was known to the ancient Egyptians as Ekhet Khufu („Horizon of Khufu”).
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