Best places to visit once in a lifetime in Africa
Africa might be the most beautiful continent on the planet earth. You can find here everything you desire, from high mountains, jungles to endless beaches and deserts. It is the birthplace of humanity, and it is certainly worth visiting. Safety caution, once you enter Africa, you might never want to come back.
1. Mount Kilimanjaro
The highest mountain that Africa has to offer and the highest single standing mountain in the world. Not only does it measure 16 100 feet, but it is also a dormant volcano, having three volcanic cones, Kibo, Manwezi and Shira. Situated in Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is a part of a National Park, which is one of the most popular climbing destinations out there. First people reached the top of the mountain, back in 1889. But you might be the next one seeing the breathtaking view from the summit. There is nothing more humbling and purifying than climbing this mountain.
2. Victoria Falls
Listen, if you haven’t heard about Victoria Falls, you must be living under a rock. It is located at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, as it is a part of the river Zambezi. It is dedicated to Queen Victoria of England, but its common name in Lozi language means “The smoke that thunders”. The waterfall is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is not the widest or highest on the planet, but it is still considered the biggest and one of the best waterfalls in the world. It is also twice the Niagara Falls size. If you want to see the power of water with your own eyes, there is no better place.
3. Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings stands on the west side of the river Nile. It is a home to pyramids and tombs of rulers and powerful nobles of ancient Egypt. The valley has been excavated heavily staring in the late 18th century. And the mysteries of this place have been uncovered ever since. The most well-known tomb is belonging to Tutankhamun, and its discovery made Valley of the Kings one of the most historically significant places in the world. So if you are interested in archaeology, history or you just like mummies, that is the site to see for you.
4. Lake Malawi
It is an African Great Lake that is part of the East African Rift System. Lake Malawi is on the borders of Tanzania and Mozambique. The second deepest, the third-largest in Africa and ninth-largest in the world, this lake has more fish species than any other lakes on the planet. The most exciting thing about it is that you can enjoy a ferry ride on the lake. And if you want to add even more flavour to your trip, you can listen to a band called Lake Malawi from the Czech Republic on your way there.
5. Serengeti National Park
The image that you have in your head about Africa comes to life once you are in Tanzania, in the Serengeti National Park. This is an ecosystem located in the Mara and Simiyu regions of this country. Here is where you can explore the wildlife and landscape, and see some of the most famous animals for Africa, like zebras, crocodiles, and wildebeests. Human habitation is now prohibited there with the exception of staff and visitors. It is a flagship tourist attraction not only for Tanzania but for the whole continent.
6. The Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza
When you look for an iconic place, look no further than the complex of the Pyramids of Giza. They are one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and the only one still in existence. The pyramids are situated next to Cairo, the capital city of Egypt. You can find there three pyramids, so the Great Pyramids, The Great Sphinx and several cemeteries.
The pyramids have become not only a symbol of Egypt but also a symbol of antiquity. A must-see place that will make you feel young and tiny. Generally, a 5-star luxury Nile cruise is one of the best ways to visit the country’s main tourist attractions. While sailing, you can fully indulge in the pleasure of admiring the landscapes and monuments.
7. Table Mountain
One of the most visited attractions of South Africa. The Table Mountain National Park is also known as Cape Peninsula National Park, and it is included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Two most well-known places within the park are the Cape of Good Hope and Table Mountain. You can go on a hike there or use Table Mountain Cableway that will take you to see the most astonishing views of your life. The park is also home to Boulders Beach that is another must-see event in itself, as it has a colony of African penguins.
Africa, even though often called the dark continent, will bring you some of the most colourful memories you will ever have. If you have the occasion, visit all of the sites mentioned above. If you don’t visit at least one or you will regret it for the rest of your life. The beauty hidden here is unreal. There is not one documentary film that can replace the live experience of Africa.
TIP: Visiting South Africa? Maybe you should try to find time for these 3 scenic routes close to Cape Town, too :) You will love it there if you are into road trips at all.
TIP 2: Here you can find more about eVisa to enter South Africa.