Africa has so many awesome sites and places that attract thousands of visitors all year round. It is nearly impossible to list just the top 10 places to visit. Here Budget Africa Travel brings to you the 10 most unmissable and unique places that rank high in Africa.
1. Victoria Falls, Zambia – Zimbabwe Border
Victoria falls are a must-see site in Africa because of their unusual form, and the diverse wildlife in their vicinity. On the Zambian side, it is possible to swim.
2. Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The Kilimanjaro Mountains (also called Kili) are the dream of many. Most mountain trekkers come to Africa for this great mountain, the highest in Africa! Kilimanjaro is also the highest free standing mountain in the World. Visit it and see it before global warming melts the glaciers, predicted to be 20 years time.
3. The Great Pyramids at Giza Egypt
Even if you have been put off by the hassle factor he greatest of these pyramids is the tomb of Pharaoh Khufu (also known as Pharaoh Cheops), found at Giza, a few kilometers south of Cairo.
4. Sossusvlei in Namib desert Namibia
Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan enclosed by 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
5. Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
Take a cable car up 1000m to some of the finest views anywhere on the planet!
Getting to Africa is pretty much going to involve a long haul flight but the costs once there will more than make up for the price of a ticket.
6. The Virunga Ranges
These Volcanic Mountains are a great treasure to Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Comprising of eight different volcanoes, the Virungas are a great home to diverse wildlife including the endangered mountain gorillas, a sub species of the Eastern gorilla that is endemic to this region. Though most travelers travel to the Virungas for gorilla trekking, a hike up to the Nyiragongo Volcano in the DRC is one of the few active adventures that you should not miss!
7. Abu Simbel, Egypt
The two temples at Abu Simbel, The Great and The Small, are best known for their dazzling magnificence and their historic relocation from their original setting on a sandstone cliff near the Nile River. The temples were originally carved out of sandstone over 3,000 ago, during the reign of the great Pharaoh Ramesses II and were dedicated to him, his wife and the Egyptian gods. It was discovered, excavated (and looted) by European explorers in the early 19th century, when it was rumoured to be named ‘Abu Simbel’ after the boy who led the first explorer to discover the site.
8. Fish River Canyon, Namibia
9. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This is Uganda’s most visited national park, an ancient tropical rain forest that is home to almost half of the remaining mountain gorillas. These great apes are the star attraction that brings most travelers to Uganda.
10. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
The stunning Ngorongoro Crater is a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the world’s largest unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera – formed when a giant volcano exploded here and collapsed on itself, about three million years ago. The resulting depression is huge; about 19 km across, it has a total floor area of 260 square kilometres and a depth of 600m from floor to rim. The crater is considered a “natural” enclosure for wildlife and forms the Ngorongoro Conservation Area – home to many animal species including the Big Five, including an especially high concentration of lions.
Want to find out more about the Ngorongoro Crater? Get inspired by our detailed information on the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
11. Masai Mara National Park
The Maasai Mara National Reserve allows you to get up-close and personal with the incredible variety of wildlife and the enchanting people that call Africa their home. Come with us to for this unforgettable Kenyan safari – the experience of a lifetime.
Best Time to Visit: For the Great Migration visit in July to October and for the Big Cats travel in February to March.
12. Okavango Delta, Botswana
The magnificent Okavango Delta (sometimes incorrectly called the “Okavango Swamp”) is the world’s largest inland delta, covering an area of over 17,000km, and one of the top places to visit in Africa.
This unique natural wonder was formed after an ancient inland sea, Lake Makgadikgadi, dried up thousands of years ago. The Okavango Delta is fed by the highland waters of Uganda, which flow for over a 1,000km to reach the plains of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. Here, they fan out to create an incredible labyrinth of inland lagoons, islands, channels and lakes – the lifeblood of the animals in the region. The absence of industry or agriculture is responsible for remarkable water purity, which supports a spectacular range of wildlife. As a result, safaris in the Okavango Delta are an exceptional experience.