The word ‘Africa’ conjures images of wildlife, the Serengeti, and the colourful attire of indigenous folk, like the Masai warriors. But there’s a lot more to this amazing continent, from beaches to waterfalls to soaring mountain peaks.
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Here are five dramatically different places in the continent that are a must-visit:
1. Cape Town, South Africa
We start with a city, first, and one that’s incredibly beautiful. Sitting at the southern tip of South Africa, Cape Town is at the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Visually stunning, it’s surrounded by mountains on one side, and the azure oceans on the other, with white-sand beaches that are beautiful and inviting. The city is the perfect mix of Nature and culture, so you can hike to the top of Lion’s Head to watch the sunrise, or spend time at the famous Greenmarket Square, shopping and eating.
2. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Ever visited a place where time seems to stand still? That’s what the archipelago of Zanzibar feels like. Its main city, Stone Town, is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage Site. It was once an ancient trading centre, and still retains its winding lanes, vibrant bazaars, stone amphitheatres, and beautiful mosques. Just off the coast, you can see dhows plying turquoise seas, and closer to the shore, find coral reefs teeming with life. The reefs are home to an estimated 500 marine species, and draw thousands of tourists to nearby resorts.
No trip to Africa is complete without a stopover to view 26th century BC pyramids or the Great Sphinx in Giza, Egypt. Ancient Egypt was a thriving metropolis, and its relics are definitely worth seeing in a new-age setting, hundreds of years later. Along the banks of the Nile River, Cairo is a chaotic, bustling metropolis, where ancient history and the modern era blend together seamlessly.
4. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
Locals call this impressive waterfall ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. The otherworldly sound of water rushing over rock and cascading into a lake more than 300 feet below is like the roll of thunder, and the wall of mist that rises with it is as thick as smoke. Simply awe-inspiring! Victoria Falls is protected by Unesco as a World Heritage Site, and is home to some spectacular hiking trails and viewpoints.
5. Marrakesh, Morocco
Go back in time to the Berber Empire when you’re in the walled medina (city) of Marrakesh. The city is full of labyrinthian streets that lead you to charming souqs that are full of wonderful sights, sounds and smells. You can find everything in these ancient bazaars – from spices to jewellery. Whether you’re interested in other old, exquisite architectural sites, like the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, or a hot air balloon ride adventure at sunrise over this vibrant city, Marrakesh has something for everyone.
That’s not all. From giant salt pans in Nambia to one of the highest mountains in the world – Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa is full of wonders and marvels.
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