Africa is a continent that is a literal representation of a summer year. Being the second largest in the world, its vast riches are expansive and anyone traveling in this land under the sun has more to experience than one’s expectations. Perhaps the wildlife of Africa’s parks, most of which are in East Africa is the main attraction in Africa. But every other physical feature in Africa tells the same story: the deserts, the waters and anything ancient history; this to include the great pyramids of Egypt.
From Morocco to Egypt and down to the coastal trip in the extreme ends of South Africa, Africa is a house of travel for photographers, nature lovers or even simple explorer seeking to enjoy the goodness that comes from this precious part of the world.
Africa is more often than not signed in our geographical books as the continent that has a colossal rift ripping apart land masses and traversing from the Red Sea in Egypt down all the way to Mozambique and South Africa: the Great Rift Valley. But that is just one of the phenomena to behold in the tropic. The imaginary Equator is another but to until one witnesses mountains with snow caps, some of them at a very close range to Equator.
In East Africa, Kenya and Tanzania are the key players thanks to the annual Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest coupled with thousands of zebra move from Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Reserve in January to Serengeti. At around September they all are in Masai Mara in Kenya before they resume the cycle again. The flamingoes at Lake Nakuru and other secluded lakes in Kenya’s Rift Valley makes it a place of travel in Africa. Tanzania on the other hand houses a 5,895 meters mountain heap: Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest in Africa.
East Africa has a stronger grip in Rwanda rainforests, where one can get a glimpse of the mountain gorillas. The South now begins to attract first with the Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe. The 108 meter cascade is also called Mosi-oa-Tunya—The Cloud That Thunders. It is arguably one of the world’s most amazing water spectacles.
Other Great African Destinations
If you already found yourself trapped in Namibia at the Sossusvlei Dunes (the gathering place of water) then you already missed the Sahara Dunes in Morocco in the great Sahara Desert. But Namib Desert has a variety to offer too including Spitzkoppe, a range of granite hills in which bouldering and camping is viable.
Then Malawi has its toll in the giant Nyika Plateau National park, a conglomeration of rain forests and rivers that reach Lake Malawi by way of waterfalls. Botswana tells the tale of the third African desert—the Kalahari. At Makgadikgadi Pans speak of abandonment in many ways being a landscape of a lake the dried up probably a thousand years ago.
Back to the North, Egypt takes the vouch of being a hub of ancient history; a landmark of the beginning of all human civilizations on the planet. The Pyramids of Giza near Cairo are the most famous of all. Then comes Sphynx, a temple with a giant bust of a human head (70X20 m).
The contemplation of all Africa traveling can be done in one of its most spectacular places- the Table Mountain in South Africa. This is where to experience Cape Town, a beach city like no other with the best photo captions ever.