One of the most captivating places to visit in Africa is the ancient Pyramids & Sphinx located just south of Cairo. Over 4,000 years old, the three Al Giza pyramids (Khufu, Khephren, and Khafre) are impressive in size alone. The iconic Great Sphinx, with its human head and lion body, sits majestically before the pyramids.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
During the months of July and August, one of the world’s most spectacular events takes place: the annual migration of 1.4 million wildebeest along with ¼ million gazelles and zebras from the Serengeti Plains to Masai Mara. At 560 square miles (901 square kilometers), the national park is the most famous in all of Africa.
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Designated as an UNESCO World Heritage site, Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera (crater caused by a volcanic eruption) in the world with vertical walls measuring 610 meters in height. This vast crater covers 311 square kilometers (193 square miles) and is home to almost every species of African mammals.
Consisting of a 115 island archipelago, the Seychelles consist of reef Outer Islands and the soaring granite boulders of the Inner Islands. With some of the most pristine beaches in the world, the Seychelles are a haven for relaxation, island-hopping, and amazing water activities including swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
Cape Town is a mecca for things to see and do. There are options to ride a cable car down Table Mountain, go on an elephant safari, go hiking, biking, enjoy fine wines and restaurants, plus endless shopping. Only two hours from Johannesburg, Sun City is known as Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure, as it provides a glitzy array of premier resorts, golfing, entertainment, and adventure galore.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
One of the largest parks in Africa at 12,000 hectares (29,653 acres), Kruger National Park offers the quintessential African experience of viewing the big 5 game animals: leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo and the rhinoceros. There is a variety of lodging available plus options for safaris, sightseeing routes, and choices for a self-catering visit. If its wildlife you’re after, visit during the winter season, or if it’s the lush vegetation that calls you, visit during the dry winter season.
This exotic city is filled with mystery and magic. Be sure to visit bustling Djemaa el-Fna Square, the Koutoubia Mosque, colorful Saadian Tombs, the ancient walled Medina (old city), Ouzoud Falls nestled amongst the olive trees, Jardin Majorelle, or even take a Moroccan cooking class at Le Maison Arabe Cooking Workshops.
Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe/Zambia)
Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Victoria Falls is considered to be one the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Also officially known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world with a height of 360 feet (110 meters) and a width of 5,600 feet (1,706 meters). The best time to visit is when the falls are at their peak during May and June or from July to September when the falls are in seasonal transition.