As the world’s second largest continent, Africa is crammed with truly incredible sights to behold.
Home to 54 countries, expansive landscapes ranging from desert to lush deltas, mountainous terrain, volcanos and deep canyons- there’s much to marvel at.
To add to this, Africa’s wildlife is some of the most diverse in the world, home to the iconic Big Five and many other rare and wonderful species.
If you’re planning a trip to the continent, here are just a few of the most beautiful places in Africa to explore.
Add these Beautiful Places in Africa to Your Bucket List
There is no singular word that could be used to describe a holiday in Africa. Instead, it can be described as an assault on the senses.
With so much to see and do on this wonderfully diverse continent, you can expect to have the trip of a lifetime.
Here are 15 of the most beautiful places in Africa worth adding to your bucket list:
1. The Serengeti
The Serengeti is known as the quintessential African experience and if you time your trip right, you’ll get to experience the wonder that is the annual migration.
This year-round event sees more than a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra migrate from Tanzania, up through the Serengeti to Kenya.
Make sure to plan your trip around June in order to catch the bulk of the migration through the Serengeti.
2. The Okavango Delta
This is well-known as one of the most environmentally diverse regions in Africa, found in northern Botswana.
The Okavango is dream-like river delta characterized by its sprawling grassy planes, interwoven with glistening rivers and all kinds of wildlife.
The grassy plains flood seasonally and can be traversed via dugout canoe past hippos, elephants, and crocodiles. On land, you can catch sight of plenty of lion, leopard, giraffe, and rhino.
3. Table Mountain
A truly iconic landmark the world over, Table Mountain was recently added to the 7 Natural Wonders of the World list – and for good reason.
This flat-topped mountain can be found in Cape Town, South Africa, and is beautiful all-year-round.
Take a cable car to the top and marvel at the glorious 360-degree views over the city and beyond. Bonus tip: the cable car trip is free if it’s your birthday!
You can also hike the mountain to the top along several well-marked footpaths.
4. The Sossusvlei Dunes
Located in the heart of the Namibian desert, the Sossusvlei sand dunes are a magnificent sight set against clear blue African skies.
As one of Namibia’s most standout attractions, these sand dunes have formed over millions of years and reach hundreds of meters in height.
Climb the dunes for breathtaking views of the nearby Deadvlei, another iconic Namibian sight.
5. The Spitzkoppe
Namibia is a land full of natural wonder and there is really something to marvel at on every corner! This includes the ancient Spitzkoppe, also known as Namibia’s own Matterhorn.
A grouping of huge granite peaks, with some reaching over 5,900 feet tall, these mountains are over 700 million years old. Ideal for climbers, geologists, stargazers, nature lovers, photographers and birding enthusiasts.
6. Victoria Falls
Would a list of magnificent African sights really be complete without Victoria Falls on it? Probably not.
Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most expansive and majestic waterfalls which essentially serves to separate two countries: Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Victoria Falls was discovered in 1855 and boats a 108-meter cascade of water with a record flow of water at 12,800 cubic meters per second. That’s double the flow of Niagra Falls!
7. The Island of Zanzibar
This lesser-known gem is located just off the east coast of Africa and is essentially part of Tanzania. It falls into what is known as the Tanzanian archipelago of islands.
If you’ve seen photos of the Maldives, this is what Zanzibar looks like, only far more untouched and rural.
The island is also home to the historic trade town of Stone Town, which is also the birthplace of rock ‘n roll icon, Freddy Mercury!
8. The Bazaruto Archipelago
Yet another untouched slice of paradise is the Bazaruto archipelago located just off the coast of the tropical African nation of Mozambique.
Bazaruto Island is the epitome of untouched- with no paved roads, very few hotels and tourists. As such, you’ll have the entire Marine National Park to yourself to explore and see whales, dolphins and the rare dugong.
9. The Fish River Canyon
Namibia is Africa’s gift that keeps on giving in terms sights to see! Yet another incredible landmark worth exploring is the Fish River Canyon.
Lauded as the second-largest canyon in the world (after the Grand Canyon), it’s 1,640 feet deep and over 100 miles long.
Make sure to visit during the summertime when the canyon is dotted with glistening turquoise pools of water stretching for miles into the distance.
10. Mount Kilimanjaro
This well-known African landmark is the highest peak in Africa and one of the most popular mountains in the world for avid hikers.
With a summit at over 19,000 feet, it’s no easy task to climb. But with a number of routes on offer, the mountain is one of the most accessible in the world.
When visiting both Kenya and Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen from a distance, standing guard of these cousin nations.
11. The Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda
If you’re a lover of wildlife and rare wildlife at that, this is an item to add to your bucket list before it’s too late.
A close encounter with these playful giants of the rainforest is said to stay with you for a lifetime.
The endangered silverback gorilla is not always easy to find. But with an expert guide through the Nyungwe National Park, you should have some luck!
Traverse east Africa’s highest canopy at 6,000 feet and make memories to last a lifetime.
12. The Pyramids of Giza
If the Pyramids of Giza are not on your bucket list, they certainly should be. Located just outside Cairo, Egypt, these giant structures date back millions of years to approximately 2650 BC.
Build from 2.5 million blocks of solid limestone, this feat of ancient engineering is sure to take your breath away.
13. The Wonders of the River Nile
While visiting Egypt a cruise down the scenic Nile River is basically mandatory! Board a traditional felucca boat instead of an overcrowded tourist vessel and lap up the local way of life along the river.
Along the way, take in sights such as the Valley of the Kings with its enormous statues as well as the magnificent Kom Ombo Temple.
14. The Flamingos of Kenya
Make your way to Lake Nakuru National Park and marvel at the sight of over 1 million pink flamingos who feed off the alkaline lake.
Known as one of the greatest birding spectacles in the world, the unending sea of pink birdlife is an unforgettable sight to behold.
15. Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi was once called the ”Lake of Stars” by Dr. David Livingstone and is well-known as the world’s largest and most beautiful lake.
The lake is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its incredible biodiversity. It’s home to over 1,300 species of tropical fish and makes for brilliant fresh water diving.
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