Behold, the land of beautiful contrast― Africa is depicted in so many ways that only wanderers who have set foot to its lands can define it meaningfully. But if you’re still on the process of ticking this off your bucket list, then this virtual tour of Africa’s 10 natural wonders can be a captivating start. From the vibrant landscapes of Serengeti National Park to the breathtaking Victoria Falls, you’ll certainly fall in love with Africa even more.
1. Ngorongoro Crater
Molded three million years ago after a volcanic eruption in the terrains of Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater defines ‘beautiful destruction’ at its finest. The large-sized crater extends up to 100 sq. miles with waters running as deep as 2,000 ft. The awe-inspiring charm does not end there though. Delve deeper and you will witness the unparalleled cluster of wildlife. As the most renowned attraction within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the area has become the habitat of abundant wildlife― zebras, lions, rhinoceros, leopards, buffalos, elephants and more. There are more than 20, 000 animals that live in unison for survival and unintentional worldwide attraction.
2. Namib Desert
Have you ever seen two spectacular scenes in one setting? If you haven’t, then you ought to capture this once in a lifetime moment when the Namib Desert fascinatingly meets the Pacific Ocean. A coastal desert nestled in southern Africa, the Namib Desert is one of the most significant deserts in the world as it has been in existence for more than 40 million years and it offers some of the world’s most panoramic dunes, ranging from shades of pink to orange. However, do take note that there’s no other way of seeing the magical union of the sand dunes and the ocean waves but only up above. The vast desert spreads for thousands of kilometers before reaching the chilling, frenetic water ripples.
3. Victoria Falls
You should never ever miss the Victoria Falls when visiting Africa. Tagged as one of the seven wonders, not just in Africa, but in the entire world, this breathtaking water formation is the largest among all other waterfalls in existence. Named after a British queen, the falls has an elevation of 885 m and a height of 108 m, creating an almost surreal view. And if you ought to experience a more exhilarating adventure, then take a dip on the bare edge of the Victoria Falls or widely known as the Devil’s Pool.
4. Mount Kilimanjaro
Africa’s highest point and the world’s highest free-standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the land with an altitude of more than 19, 000 feet above sea level. This dormant volcano is definitely a popular pick among hikers and climbers as it offers not just scenic views but also rich biodiversity. The three-coned mountain is not that difficult to climb, but the varying altitudes can often cause sickness. Hence, you need to take the official trekking routes and be with a guide to make it more convenient, and of course, safe.
5. Serengeti National Park
As the most visited national park in Africa, Serengeti National Park is no short of pure beauty. It stretches up to 14,000 km of vast landscape speckled with nature touches and wildlife. And when we talk about wildlife, the predator and prey game is always a visible scene. Zebras, buffaloes, elephants, lions, crocodiles and every specie within the surrounding continuously fight for survival. And as a traveller, you can go on a safari and witness the astounding American wildlife.
6. Table Mountain
A notable peak that provides sweeping cityscape, Table Mountain continues to be one of the iconic attractions of Cape Town, Africa. While taking a hike is an exciting trip to the top, riding a cable car is another fascinating way to see the spectacular city views. The cable cars are quite on competition with nature treks as they provide floor rotation, giving extra excitement to your ride.
7. Nile River
You’ve probably heard of Nile River during your history class, right? Well, this body of water plays a very vital role in most human civilizations in history, especially for ancient Egypt. It passes through nine countries, making it the longest river in the world. For thousand years, the floodwaters of Nile River aid many significant nations and historical sites, as well as different bird species and crocodiles into actuality.
8. Sahara Desert
One of the most distinguished deserts of all time, Sahara Desert is a gem of its own― third largest and largest hot desert in the entire world. It covers up to 9, 200, 000 sq. km., which is comparable to that of the United States or more than 11 countries in total. Covering almost the entire northern Africa, the desert has become the habitat of diverse animals and plants, from desert hedgehog to sand fox and mastic trees to date palm. Not only that, its sand dunes can go as high as 180 meters!
9. Red Sea Reef
The allure of Red Sea may be defined by its heavenly waters, but deep down you’ll uncover a life beyond the basin of blue. Did you know that the Red Sea Reef extends over 1,00 miles and homes more than thousands of marine life and vibrant corals? The reef which is lying between Asia and Africa is dominated by live corals at about 70%. Colorful plateaus and small caves shelter the extensive variety of fishes and reef organisms including the famed Red Sea lionfish. Well, of course, scuba diving and snorkeling are the best activities to witness the charm of the northernmost tropical sea in the world.
10. Okavango Delta
Dubbed as Africa’s Last Eden, the Okavango Delta takes you to a spectacular African trip. The river delta in Botswana is one of a kind as it does not lead to an open sea but rather to an open land, consequently flooding the savannah. Through the seasonal flooding from the Angola highlands, the waters of the Okavango are produced and has become the abode to a variety of animals. Take a safari tour to the river delta through boating or canoeing, and get a hold of a true wildlife adventure.