A land of immense red desert, picturesque coastal villages, breathtaking mountains, and other natural wonders, Africa has something to offer every kind of traveler. The landscape is vast, looking completely different in some countries than in others, and there are several sights here that you’ll never get the chance to see anywhere else.
The continent boasts opportunities for adventure, learning, cultural immersion, relaxation and respite, and of course, some of the most astounding views in the world. Keep reading to find out what the top 10 prettiest destinations in Africa are, and why you should add them to your bucket list.
10 Omo River Region, Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley is truly something to add to your bucket list if you want to get in touch with the African wilderness. Largely untouched, the surrounding landscape is breathtaking and a welcomed change for those who are tired of crowded, touristy destinations.
Because the area is so remote, the local tribes have been able to maintain many of their traditional customs, according to Trip Savvy. Not only will you get the chance to enjoy the stunning landscape, but you’ll also have the opportunity to have an insight into the local culture.
9 Valley Of The Moon, Angola
The Valley of the Moon in Angola sounds like something out of a fantasy book, and in real life, it resembles something pretty magical. Described by Travel Start as “one of the most unique landscapes in Africa”, the Valley of the Moon looks similar to the surface of the moon in some ways, thanks to its colors and rock formations.
To get here, you’ll need to travel south of Luanda in Angola, and it’s definitely worth the trek! The mesmerizing, otherworldly landscape will captivate you. Don’t forget to bring your camera to this one—you won’t want to miss the chance to take lots of photos!
8 The Pyramids Of Giza, Egypt
Among the most famous and iconic sites of both the modern and ancient worlds, the Pyramids of Giza should definitely be on your list of things to see while in Africa. Shrouded in beauty, wonder, and history, the pyramids were built around 2550 B.C. by three pharaohs. The Great Pyramid is the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World that is still intact and is also the oldest of the ancient Wonders.
While in Giza, be sure to also check out the Great Sphinx and the Solar Boat Museum. This is the ideal destination for history buffs!
7 Victoria Falls, Zambia
Twice the height of Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls was named after Queen Victoria. The falls straddle the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia on the Zambezi River and are one of the most iconic sites in Africa. Just standing in the presence of the falls is said to be a life-changing experience.
According to The Culture Trip, the African name for the falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya, which translates to the “Smoke that Thunders”. This describes the incredible power of Victoria Falls as they spray water and mist, and cause deafening rumble sounds.
6 Zanzibar, Tanzania
When people think of African destinations, they tend to imagine vast barren desert or savannah that’s home to giraffes, lions, and tigers. They rarely think of places like Zanzibar, which is located off the coast of Tanzania. One of the prettiest places on the continent in a different way, Zanzibar boasts some of the most highly acclaimed beaches in the world.
After soaking up the sun on the white-sand beaches, take some time out to admire the local culture and architecture. You’ll find influences from Indian, Middle Eastern, Arabic, and Moorish styles, according to Touropia.
5 Lake Victoria, Uganda
Just as it is home to infinite deserts, Africa is also blessed with picturesque lakes and rivers. Uganda’s Lake Victoria is the largest lake on the continent, and one of the largest fresh-water lakes in the world, according to Travel Start.
There’s plenty to see here, as the lake itself is surrounded by a combination of sandy beaches and luscious green forest. Visitors come to relax in the nearby accommodation facilities and take in the spectacular scenery, but there is also wildlife to see and fun water activities to participate in.
4 Fish River Canyon, Namibia
If you want to see a canyon to end all other canyons, then head to Fish River Canyon in Southern Namibia. One of the largest of its kind on the planet, the canyon is known as one of the Natural Wonders of Africa, according to Touropia.
While visiting the canyon, you have the option of trekking the trail and exploring the wonders of the canyon, in addition to flying overhead to admire the canyon from up above. The trek brings with it a sense of adventure, but the flight offers some of the most scenic views known to man.
3 Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Sidi Bou Said is located in Tunisia on the Mediterranean coast, and it also radiates a strong Mediterranean feel. You might feel as though you’re on an island in Greece while strolling through the charming village and overlooking the clear blue waters.
Historically, Sidi Bou Said was a site of religious activity. Over the years, it has attracted several prominent artists with its beauty and ability to inspire. While the likes of Matisse and Auguste Macke came to the village to paint, Simone de Beauvoir and Andre Gide came to find inspiration for their writing.
2 Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
Perhaps the most famous attraction in Namibia, the Sossusvlei Dunes more closely resemble many people’s idea of a typical African destination. CNN writes that Sossusvlei actually refers to a gathering place of water, but somehow that seems like a mismatched description.
The dunes themselves are a sight you’ll want to stop and take in, but be sure to climb them and enjoy the views from the peaks as well. From the top, you’ll get a view of the dried white clay known as Deadvlei, which is marked by the skeletons of camelthorn trees.
1 Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Arguably the most famous site to visit in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. If you want to climb to its summit, Trip Savvy recommends allowing at least five to nine days and making sure you complete some pre-climb training. Altitude sickness can throw a lot of people.
Climbing the iconic mountain isn’t for everyone, though. For some, it’s enough just to admire the phenomenal sight of the landscape against the backdrop of the mountain. It’s particularly amazing to catch the full moon rising in the background.