Being the second-largest continent in the world Africa has a plethora of life changing experiences. If you are looking for pyramids, ancient tombs, and temples, travel to Africa. If you are looking for all the wonders nature has to offer, like mountains, waterfalls, and canyons, you can find that too in the magnificent continent of Africa. Africa is made up of 54 countries. Each country has their own beauty and wonder to offer. When dealing with a place so vast, that offers so much it can be hard to choose what to do first. Whether you are able to visit all or just one, you would be hard pressed to be disappointed by any of the places listed here. This list of Africa’s must see spots is essential to completing your travel itinerary.
- Egypt – Abu Simbel
If it’s temples you seek, then look no further than the two temples at Abu Simbel, also known as, The Great and The Small. Built during the time of the Pharaoh Ramesses II, the temples were built in dedication to him and his wife, as well as the Egyptian gods. It is said that the land was sacred long before Ramesses had the temples built. Although there is some argument amongst historians as to when the temples were built, it is agreed that it took twenty years to create. Their location was so remote that they were unknown until 1813 when they were rediscovered.
- Namibia – Fish River Canyon
One of Africa’s many wonders lies in the country of Namibia. Engraved out of the Namibian desert, is the Fish River Canyon. This natural phenomenon isn’t a scene you will soon forget. If you are looking for a challenge you can take the four-day trek across the canyon during the cooler months between May and September. Along the way, you will see mountain zebra, wild horses, kudu, and more. Although tough, and only recommended to those in good physical health, it is said to be a rewarding experience.
- Egypt – The Great Pyramids at Giza
Most people have heard of The Great Pyramids at Giza. Along with the Sphinx, they are the most recognizable icons of Egypt. The Sphinx, a statue of a half-human, half-lion is considered to be one of the largest statues in the world. Unlike the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx was not made up of many pieces, but instead, it was carved from a single slab of limestone. At 66 feet tall and 240 feet long, no picture can do it justice.The Great Pyramids are the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Of the Seven Wonders, it is the only one mostly intact. Also, it is still a mystery as to how the Great Pyramid was built.
- Tanzania – Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro, also known as Kili, is 19,340 ft. above the African plains, making it the highest mountain on the continent. Mount Kilimanjaro is actually an inactive volcano, made up of three volcanic cones. Every year people make the climb up Kili. Once you reach the peak you are greeted by a spectacular view.
- Egypt – Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Kings is the resting place of Kings of Egypt and other elites. The Valley of Kings is located on the west bank of the Nile River. The tombs of the Valley were constructed over a period of almost 500 years. There are 63 royal tombs, none of which look the same. Among the 63 tombs is the burial site of Tutankhamun. Over the years, the tombs have been a big attraction site and unfortunately has been repeatedly looted. Most of the gems and other unique treasures have been stolen. It’s possible that more tombs will be discovered in the future, making it one of the most famous archaeological sites on the planet.
- Zimbabwe Border – Victoria Falls on the Zambia
On the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia, you will find the Victoria Falls located on the Zambezi River. The Victoria Falls are the largest moving body of water on the planet Earth. “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, is what the locals call it, which means “smoke that thunders.” This name comes from the fact that you can hear the Falls from miles away and see pillars of spray. Of course, like in most other places around the continent many wildlife can be seen by the side of the Falls. Also, if you’re up for an adventure the Falls natural pools at the top on the Zambian side, are said to be relatively safe to swim in. It is said that during a full moon a lunar rainbow is visible when the light from the moon shines through the waterfall spray. This is definitely an experience that cannot be properly portrayed by a photograph.