By Zoubida Senoussi
Rabat – African landscapes offer a wide range of amazing undiscovered natural wonders, dazzling wildlife, and outstanding views from the top to the bottom of the continent. Hold your breath, these 10 African destinations will make you pack your bags, pick up your passport, and buy the first ticket plane you see.
Zanzibar Archipelago – Tanzania
If paradise truly exists in this world it is in the Zanzibar Archipelago. This tropical piece of heaven is located off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. The archipelago is one of the world’s greatest cultural crossroads, which also offers idyllic beaches next to a crystalline ocean, perfect for diving, snorkeling, and kitesurfing.
Zanzibar has four main islands: Uguja, Pemba, Mafia, and the Latham Islands, along with many smaller surrounding islands. The Zanzibar Archipelago offers unbeatable views and a fascinating East African and Indian Ocean experience.
Victoria Falls (Zambezi River) – Zambia
Victoria Falls is a must-see destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Located on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it presents a spectacular beauty and grand falls–waterfalls are about 1,700 meters wide and up to 108 meters–known as the greatest curtain falling in the world.
The falls, named after the Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, offer to visitors a particularly remarkable sight that can only been seen from a view 100 meters in front of the falls.
The Morne Brabant – Mauritius:
Get ready to be transported through time and place. Outstanding views at over 550 meters in altitude, the Morne Brabant is an imposing mountain located in southwest of Mauritius. Declared World Heritage by UNESCO on July 6, 2008, this Mauritius locale is the perfect reward after mountainside hike.
The Morne Barbant is also famous for its beaches, which are considered the most beautiful of Mauritius. Dominated by the imposing mountain, the Morne Brabant offers a vast expanse of white sand and the ideal paradise setting for sunsets. Hire a travel adviser, such as Mauritius Tour Packages, to find the best hiking guides, and truly live your experience to the fullest.
Sahara Dunes, Morocco:
Looking for an adventure? The Moroccan Sahara is one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Morocco, from dawn to dusk. The red of the sand is a one-in-a-lifetime site, is particularly stunning with the clean beauty of the dunes and the deep blue of the sky.
Tourists visiting the Moroccan Sahara can climb (or sandboard) the dunes, race ATVs, and spend the night in Bedouin camps. The ideal base to explore the sands is in the village of Merzouga, from which groups journey out on camelback to see the unspoiled sands.
Praslin – Seychelles
Major bucket list item alert: Praslin is a splendid and well-preserved island in Seychelles, with turquoise water and sand beaches, dotted with big rocks and tropical trees.
This paradise-on-earth has many tourist attractions, such the Valley of May, the beautiful beach of Anse Lazio, and the two nearby islands: Digue and Curieuse, which can both be visited in the same day.
Incredibly beautiful beaches of Praslin offers an idyllic setting for swimming and snorkeling.
Table Mountain (Cape Town) – South Africa
Here’s another destination that will take your breath away. South Africa’s most-photographed attraction, Table Mountain in Cape Town, is also considered the most iconic landmark of South Africa. Travelers from all over the world are continually mesmerized by the mountain, with its 2,2000 species of plants– 1,470 of which are flowering– covered in a blanket of clouds.
It is possible to easily climb to its top, more than 1,000 meters above sea level, thanks to a cable car built in 1929. For the most adventurous travelers, it is also possible to take a hiking path called “Platteklip Gorge,” which takes about one hour to summit. Table Mountain is part of the Cape Floral Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2011.
Okavango Delta – Botswana
Safaris lovers, this one’s for you. One of the most spectacular places to visit in Africa, Okavango Delta, holds the last remaining great wildlife reserve with lush green vegetation and a large population of mammals.
Located northern Botswana, in the middle of the dry Kalahari Desert, it is a unique spot for a safari tour where you can discover the jaw-dropping wildlife from the safety of a traditional canoe.
White Dune Dakhla – Morocco
If you’ve never been to Dakhla, it is might be time to reconsider your summer plans. A national treasure worth discovering, the southern Moroccan city marks the point where the gigantic Atlantic waves meet the golden dunes. “Duna Blanca” is a serene hotspot, surrounded by some of the best kitesurfing in the world. The massive white sand dunes that plunges into the lagoon, the ideal perch to seal your vacation memories with the perfect picture.
Bazaruto Archipelago – Mozambique
Bazaruto Archipelago will definitely leave you speechless. Known for its stunning beaches and incredible marine life, the Bazaruto Archipelago is a paradise of islands and a national park, located in southern Mozambique. Bazaruto is considered as one of the world’s largest inland deltas.
This sneak peak of heaven offers a mind-blowing experience, from the rising and falling of the surrounding waves to the soundtrack of lion roars and the evening breeze.
Lake Malawi – Malawi
Searching for a romantic escape? Lake Malawi is exactly where you should be looking. Africa’s third largest lake, at 650 kilometers-long and a 700-meter depth is the first freshwater aquarium in the world.
The lake has been ranked one of the best locales for romantic lodges in the world, with its palm-fringed beaches, towering mountains, sandy bays, and remote islands, all encompassed by crystal-clear waters. The lake, which owes its existence to the Great Rift Valley, offers the perfect climate for water sports and activities, including scuba diving and snorkeling.