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The Must See 7 Natural Wonders of Africa
Africa is the cradle of mankind, but it is also home to some of the most amazing natural wonders – from mighty majestic mountains and angry volcanoes to magical plants and animals.
The African wilderness has such a powerful charm that some visitors choose to stay and make the continent their new home. Who wouldn’t be spellbound by the lush jungles of the Savanna, the unstoppable Nile brimming with crocodiles, the rugged slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro or the incredible sight of 2 million animals marching across the endless plains of East Africa? Here is a virtual safari through the seven natural wonders of Africa.
1. The Red Sea Reef
Famous around the world as one of the most iconic diving spots, the Red Sea Reef is a 2000km stretch along the coasts of Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea. The Red Sea gets its name from the rich population of algae that give the waters a red tinge. With over 1,100 species of fish, over 1,000 species of invertebrates and a visibility of over 40m, it is no surprise that many divers choose to come to the Red Sea Reef whenever they can. It offers thousands of diving sites and fairly constant warm temperatures which make diving possible all year round.
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Whether you are an expert diver or just starting out, the Red Sea offers limitless options. You can view dozens of wrecks, beautiful coral gardens, vertical walls and brush shoulders with turtles, rare hammerhead sharks, curious whitetip sharks as well as unique marine creatures that you will not see anywhere else in the world.
2. Mount Kilimanjaro
If you have always desired to accomplish something truly amazing, something that will be forever etched in the annals of your most treasured memories, then Mount Kilimanjaro is calling for you! A symbol of the compelling beauty of East Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is a beacon for thousands of visitors from around the world. It is not only the highest point in Africa; it’s also the tallest free-standing mountain on earth, rising in fierce defiance and breathtaking isolation from the nearby coastal scrubland to reach an imperious 19,336 feet.
What makes Kilimanjaro such a wonderful mountain is that its summit is very accessible. All you need is a walking stick, proper clothing and sufficient determination. There is a certificate for every climber who reaches Uhuru Point (the real summit) or Gullman’s Point (the mouth of the crater). On the way to the summit, you will pass through mountain forests, moorland zones and a surreal alpine desert at 4,000m. And when you reach the square top of the mountain, pure and white in the sun, the glory of your accomplishment will wash away all that fatigue.
3. Sahara Desert
A fortress of calm and the desert of childhood dreams, the world’s largest desert is like nowhere else on the planet. It is so vast that it becomes virtually impossible to judge distance. Every detail is exquisite; from the magnificent sand seas to the orange sand dunes perfectly sculpted by the winds.
Covering a territory about the size of the United States, Sahara Desert is a world of its own, a kingdom in which the sun, the winds and the sands rule without a clear power structure. A trip requires careful planning. Many people plan their trips from the small gateway towns from where they launch their expeditions. Here self-reliance is a liability: one error of judgment and you could disappear forever. Hire a guide or join one of the expeditions from the towns.
The experiences of the Sahara are unforgettable. The nights spent around a campfire under the clearest sky on earth, the sand beds for the evenings and the camel rides during the day will remain with you for a long time to come.
4. The Serengeti Migration
No matter how many times you get to see the Serengeti Migration, you will never get tired of the magic it pulls. The annual migration of millions of grazers across northern Tanzania and Kenya is truly spectacular. The main players in this 1900km epic journey are the wildebeest – 1.6 million of them – joined by hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles.
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For these animals it is a race for survival, chasing the rains and green vegetation across woodlands, hills and vast plains; a wilderness that encompasses the Serengeti national park in Tanzania and Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya.
The best way to experience this great spectacle is to plan a trip with one of the many mobile camps in the Serengeti or Maasai Mara. You need to have the timing right so that you don’t end up staring at a wildebeest-less savanna and wondering why the remaining animals are laughing at you.
5. Ngorongoro Crater
Few safari destinations will give you the same experience and magical moments as the Ngorongoro Crater. There are other parks which are bigger and wider, but a trip to the Ngorongoro Crater offers some the best and most rewarding game viewing in the whole of East Africa.
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Home to more than 30,000 animals, the crater’s diverse habitats unfold before your eyes on an all-day guided expedition. The volcanic soils support some of the richest grazing grounds in the continent, which perhaps explains the high density of big game.
Ngorongoro is the world’s biggest intact volcanic crater. It is home to one of the highest populations of the Big 5 in East Africa ( lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and black rhinoceros); you can actually see all of them in the same day.
There is plenty of accommodation in the world-class lodges scattered around the crater giving you a front row view of incredible wildlife and beautiful nature. You also don’t want to miss the romantic sunsets of the savanna!
6. The Nile River
The father of African rivers, the Nile rises south of the Equator, flowing through northeastern Africa before draining its waters into the Mediterranean Sea. With a length of about 6,650km, it is the longest river in the world. Most Nile cruises, however, only cover the area between Aswan and Luxor, making stopovers to view ancient temples at Kom Ombo, Edfu and Esna. It’s a rich archaeological journey which covers a distance of 200km.
Longer cruises can go for more than 10 days, adding destinations such as Sohag, Tuna El-Gabal and Ashmunein. There are more sites that can be visited, especially given the fact that the Nile is so big- the Nile River Basin is a tenth of the continent. However, some areas are too rough and wild, the water flowing with a ferocity that will carry even the stronger boats and its occupants right into the mouths of mighty crocs. Unless the section of the river is very calm, it is better not to test the waters.
7. The Okavango Delta
Most rivers drain into the sea or in a lake, but the Okavango River drains its waters in the open lands of the savannah, creating one of the world’s largest inland deltas. All the water is eventually evaporated and transpired by plants, and none of it flows into any sea or ocean. It is remarkable that it exits right in the midst of the Kalahari, and this is partly why it is considered as one of the seven natural wonders of Africa.
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The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s most desirable wilderness destinations. It is home to large herds of elephants, buffalo, lions, zebras, gazelles and giraffes, making it a predator paradise. The delta is a stronghold for leopards and wild dogs.
The delta is surprisingly accessible despite its wild nature. You can see it up-close through guided game drives, bushwalks, canoe and boat trips.
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