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6 Signs You’ve Survived A Trip To Africa
Africa is a beautiful place of culture, nature and history. With this list, you’ll want to book a trip and go back immediately!
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Located in St. Lucia in South Africa, this stunning natural wetland park will take away the breath of anyone who steps near. In 1999, this beautiful and vast land was recognized as a heritage site. Not only is it 820,000 acres, but the coastal dunes are said to be over 25,000 years old themselves. Here, you can find 8 ecosystems and an variety of wildlife that you don’t see normally in your homeland.
Nelson Mandela was even fond of this natural reserve and talked about how everything coexisted peacefully as one. If you’ve been here, you’ll know the serenity cannot be compared to anything once you return from vacation.
Table Mountain National Park
Located in Cape Town, South Africa, this park was proclaimed as a nature reservation in 1998 due to the natural and rare fynbos vegetation. The famous Table Top shaped mountain is picturesque and something that is even more amazing in person. You can also visit the beautiful indigenous forests that feature the sandstone fynbos and flora. Head down to the Cape of Good Hope to see the stunning and vast beaches while taking in the beautiful smelling ocean air.
If you’ve been to Table Top Mountain and are adventurous, chances are you’ve repelled against the mountain. There are tours that allow you and a group of people to repel down the side of the Table Top Mountain to not only check out the exquisite views of the vast national park, but to have a little bit of thrill within your vacation. If you’re not a huge thrill seeker but do love beautiful views, there are plenty of hiking places including Kamikaze Kanyon.
Themba’s Birding & Eco-tours
If you’ve visited the eco-tours, you’ve seen the gorgeous and vast array of species of birds in Africa. Located in the ISimangaliso Wetland Park, you’re able to hike as well and see different types of nature that you wouldn’t normally see back home. There are many types of birds at this park including
- Pygmy Goose
- Livingstone’s Turacco
- Pels Fishing Owl
- African Broadbill
- Pink backed Pelican and more!
But it’s not only about birds. You can hike and see the stunning elephant coast region in the North West. There is quite a bit of history in this region because of the paleontology sites in the area. Besides the historical sites, there are activities and trails for people of all ages. You can grab the kids and go! If you want to view life behind the nature in Africa, there’s a documentary on Netflix called “Virunga.”
The Great Pyramids of Giza
Lets not forget about Northern Africa. There are plenty more sites to see when you go upwards from the South. While Egypt mostly is in Africa, it also borders the Mediterranean, so it is often forgotten as an African region. But thankfully, there are plenty of historical sites to see in Egypt as well.
The Great Pyramid is also known as Khufu’s Horizon and is 481 feet in height. It is rumored that there are chambers inside of the pyramid that belong to an ancient Egyptian queen. For a small fee, you can take a private tour to this pyramid and go in-depth with it’s history and the surrounding landmarks. The movies do not do justice for the beauty that revolves around this landmark.
While we’re talking about Egypt, one of the most famous landmarks in the world is the Great Sphinx. Open for tours, this ancient sculpture is of a mythical creature that is half lion and half human. It is only a small distance away, in-sight from the Pyramids of Giza, so you’ll be able to hit 2 birds with one stone when visiting. The land beyond and the sculptures themselves are so vast that you’ll need a few moments to take it all in. You may grab your camera and take pictures but it’ll never do the structures justice than seeing them in person.
There are just 6 of the many beautiful places to visit in Africa. There are many types of cultures, physical activities, beaches and nature sites to hit upon arrival. Their ecosystems, marine life and array of species are just the tip of the iceberg of the beauty of Africa. If you’ve been here, then you already know how peaceful, jaw-dropping and exciting Africa can be. If you’re looking to go, here are your first 6 reasons.