For the visitor to the great and wondrous continent of Africa, there exists a great variety of natural and man-made landmarks that highlight the beauty and wonder of the birthplace of civilization. Though this list is by far from the be all-end all of a traveler’s potential experience on this continent, it seeks to highlight some of the places that have made and will make Africa a place of wonder and adventure, now and in the future.
10. Ngorongoro Crater
As part of the Ngorongoro conservation area, it is a UNESCO world heritage site located in the crater highlands of Tanzania. Though not widely known, it is considered to be the largest unbroken caldera in the world and it bears the honour of being considered Africa’s Garden of Eden. With its crater being estimated at 19km across and two thousand metres above the caldera floor, it is home for approximately thirty thousand animals.
9. Okavango Delta
Located in Botswana, it is a large inland delta that has formed as a result of the Okavango river reaching a tectonic trough. It is the largest inland delta in the world, created from flooding that occurs primarily in the months of July and August. It is a world heritage site that is estimated to be home to close to 200,000 animals.
8. Serengeti National Park
As a national park, it is located in the Mara and Simiyu regions of Tanzania. It is most well-known for the annual Serengeti migration that involves the mass movement of an estimated 1.5 million wildebeests, 250,000 Zebras and associated predators through Tanzania and Kenya. it is considered to be one of the most spectacular events in the world.
7. Nile River
Though originating in Ethiopia and Uganda, the Nile river is most commonly associated with Egypt. As one of the longest rivers in the world, it stretches over 6,650 kilometres through ten countries. It sustained early Egyptian civilization, allowing it to become a wonder of the ancient world.
6. Victoria Falls
Located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, it flows from the Zambezi river. This tourist attraction is distinguished by the fact that it has more Zimbabwean and Zambian visitors than foreign ones. The waterfall is formed as a result of the Zambezi river encountering the Victoria falls gorge.