12 of The Most Beautiful Places in Africa
1. Pyramids of Giza - Egypt
The image of the pyramids is so commonplace now that it can be easy to overlook how impressive they are.
An icon of ancient civilization and one of the wonders of the world, alongside the Sphinx, these ancient tombs of the pharaohs are magnificent to behold. Just on the outskirts of Cairo in the Libyan desert, these are a testament to the willpower of humanity.
2. Sidi Bou Said - Tunisia
A glorious little village on the coast of Tunisia that has attracted writers and artists throughout the ages to inspire them with its beauty and tranquility.
The whole village is bedecked in a color scheme of whitewash walls with blue doors and windows, which was instigated by the French artist Baron Rodolphe D’Erlanger. Looking out over the sea, it is little wonder that the likes of Matisse, Klee, Auguste Macke, Andre Gide and Simone de Beauvoir flocked here
3. Sossusvlei - Namibia
A lesser-known beauty of the continent, Sossusvlei is a region of dry lake, claypan and orange and red sand dunes in the Namibian desert which contrast so crisply against the clear blue.
Although not the most vibrant or lush in terms of what lives there, it has a clean imagery about it that makes it so wondrous.
4. Djenne - Mali
An ancient town dating back to the 3rd century, the buildings are made of hard-baked mud that leads to a unique style of architecture with pointed towers jutting up from the Earth.
The Great Mosque in the town was built in 1907 by the French colonial authorities and is just one of the reasons it has become a UNESCO world heritage site.
5. Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe
On the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, these impressive falls plummet down in a straight line for 354 ft (108 m) that create a spray so large that it can be seen many kilometers away.
Named after Queen Victoria, it also goes by the name Mosi-oa-Tunya which means 'the smoke that thunders'due to the immense noise created by the flowing waters.
6. Serengeti National Park - Tanzania
This national park is so vast that it covers both parts of Tanzania and Kenya and is home to over 2 million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle.
Every year the annual migration sees these animals traverse the park making it the largest animal migration in the world.
7. Table Mountain - South Africa
Mountains surround cape town on three sides whilst on the other it opens up to the coastline making it a huge, natural amphitheater to sit in but the most impressive of these is the flat-topped table mountain that is often obscured by clouds.
An icon of the city and the nation, it can be seen via the famous cable car that takes you to its peak.
8. Lake Malawi - Malawi
The most Southerly of the continent's great lakes, Lake Malawi straddles the three countries of Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania and is surrounded by unspoiled beaches and mountains on all sides.
Home to crocodiles, hippos, and other stunning wildlife, including some very rare fish, it is a wonder to behold.
9. Zanzibar Archipelago - Tanzania
The golden beaches and palm trees of these uninhabited Latham islands make for an almost cliched image of paradise as you flit in between each one or you can head to the Zanzibar city on Unguja Island to discover the historical site of Stone town or mingle in amongst the marketplaces.
10. Sahara Dunes - Morroco
The Sahara desert spread all the way across North Africa but it is at its most spectacular in its undulating dunes that ripple up and down the border of Morroco and Algeria.
Rich, red sands in peaks and troughs that are formed by the wind across the vast, open desert.
11. Rwenzori Mountains - Uganda
Found stretching through Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, their unique climate combines the alpine with the tropical that has helped an array of weird and wonderful flora and fauna to thrive and survive.
Snow tipped peaks flow into glaciers and rivers that feed waterfalls where rare plants may be found in this amazing feat of nature.
12. Gondar - Ethiopia
Ruins of the 17th century Fasil Ghebbi built by the Emperor Fasilides.
Based on the Baroque castles of Europe, it was inspired by the Portuguese missionaries who landed in the country and soon became a place full of palaces, libraries, banqueting halls and castles for the Ethiopian aristocracy.