What are the top 10 places to visit in Africa? It is time to dust off that passport and explore some of the most beautiful and serene landscapes in the world. It’s time to explore Africa from coast to coast.
Top 10 Places to Visit in Africa
1. The Great Pyramids at Giza Egypt
The Egyptian pyramids are the icons most associated with Egypt and sit atop our top 10 places to visit in Africa. There are over 100 pyramids. However, the greatest of these is the tomb of Pharaoh Khufu found at Giza. Also at Giza is the great Sphinx, a half-human half-lion statue considered one of the world’s largest and oldest statue.
2. Mt Kilimanjaro
No top 10 places to visit in Africa is complete without Mt. Kilimanjaro. It stands at 19,340 feet and is the highest mountain in Africa. Kili, as it is affectionately known, is also the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. Not an avid climber? Even those with a moderate fitness level can climb to its highest point, Uhuru Peak.
3. Victoria Falls
Often called the most beautiful place in the world, Victoria Falls easily makes our top 10 places to visit in Africa. It found on the Zambezi river at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are also known as the “largest curtain of falling water on earth”.
4. Valley of the Kings – Egypt
The Valley of the Kings is found near Luxor, on the west bank of river Nile. It contains 63 royal tombs. The valley is famous for the intact tomb of Tutankhamun, discovered in 1922 and is today one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.
5. Fish River Canyon in Namibia
Fish River Canyon is the second most spectacular canyon in the world, behind only the Grand Canyon. The canyon features a 160km ravine which is up to 27km wide and 550 metres in some places. While visiting, tourists can expect to see wild horses, mountain zebras, Kudus, and over 60 bird species.
6. Sossusvlei in Namib Desert Namibia
Located in the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei boasts giant sand dunes, some of which go to heights of over 300 meters. These dunes are often referred to as the highest in the world.
7. Wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara and Serengeti
If you are looking for one of the most spectacular natural events in the modern world, the wildebeest migration should be a must see. The migration takes place within the open plains of Maasai Mara in Kenya and Serengeti in Tanzania. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as the seasons change.
8. Karnak Temple Complex – Egypt
One of the largest and impressive temples in Egypt is Karnak. The Karnak Temple Complex has three main temples and several smaller ruined temples. It is located near Luxor, which has many other impressive sites as well.
9. Okavango Delta in Botswana
Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta, covering an area of over 17,000 square kilometers. It is a unique water feature that was formed by the drying up of Lake Makgadikgadi thousands of years ago. When the Okavango River drains onto the plains of Kalahari Desert a magnificent labyrinth of inland lagoons, islands, and lakes is formed.
10. Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest unbroken and unflooded volcanic caldera. It measures about 19km across and 600 metres deep from the rim of the crater to its floor. The crater was formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself approximately three million years ago.
It is often difficult to determine the top 10 places to visit in Africa. With its dynamic landscapes and abundant wildlife, we could list the top 100 places and still not come close to hitting all the must see spots there are in the country.