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101 Places to Visit in Africa – South Africa to Zimbabwe

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The final part of our 101 Places to Visit in Africa, featuring places from South Africa to Zimbabwe.....


Sunset at Noordhoek Beach, Cape Town
Sunset at Noordhoek Beach, Cape Town

Ever wondered on where you can visit on the African continent, well fret no longer as ClickAfrique brings you a list of 101 places to visit. The list is not ranked in particular order, nor are the locations chosen on any criteria. They are just some of the best that Africa has to offer but the list is by no means comprehensive. Before deciding to travel to any pf these locations, please check with your local traveling bodies for the necessary information.





ANGOLA - MADAGASCAR :: MALAWI - SEYCHELLES :: SOUTH AFRICA - ZIMBABWE

SOUTH AFRICA

69. Cape Town – Probably one of the most beautiful places in the world. From the imposing Table Mountain (A World Heritage site) to the faultless beaches, and the hospitality of the people, enough can’t be said how good a holiday destination this is, has to be experienced to be believed. Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, has now been turned into a tourist attraction; your trip would not be complete without visiting here.

70. Kruger National Park – One of the best national parks in the world, Kruger is located in the north-east corner of South Africa on the border with Mozambique. Home to a variety of fauna and flora, this park is certain to delight the most adventurous of travelers.

71. Durban – A truly modern city with African, European and Asian influences, and like New York, this city never sleeps. While the city might be a business center, it is also a wonderful holiday spot, with all year round mild weather, lovely beaches; it makes good use of its multicultural identity to provide a variety of interesting views to the first time visitors. Be sure to also visit the theatres, art galleries, shopping centres and museums.

72. The Blyde River Canyon – If there was ever a place where its sheer natural beauty would astound you, there it has to be here. The spectacular views on offer have names like ‘God’s Window’ and ‘Wonder View’ would make any holiday pictures like a master piece. There are a variety of plant and animal life to be found here, be sure to look out for the numerous beautiful waterfalls, doubt if you can miss them.

73. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – This park is formed of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, and is the first of is kind in Africa. This huge beautiful park is filled with large populations of birds, reptiles, rodents, small mammals and antelopes. The park is ideal for predator watching and for the seasonal movement of large herbivores such as blue wildebeest, springbok, eland and red hartebeest.

74. Port Elizabeth – Located on the shores of the Indian Ocean between Cape Town and Durban, this beautiful city is sited on the shores of Algoa Bay. With plenty of sunshine, moderate year round temperatures, clean sandy beaches and a warm Indian Ocean, it is no wonder, water sports are amongst the biggest attractions for this city. Also enjoy scenic nature trails and wildlife experiences in and around the city.

75. Sun City – One of South Africa’s top holiday resorts, Sun City has enough of everything for almost everyone. From golfing, game watching, gambling and a wide variety of sports it is hard to find something not to do in Sun City. The city is also famous of the Palace of the Lost City, which is a “rebuilt” palace based on a legend it was the royal residence of an ancient civilisation of South Africa, but was destroyed by an earthquake.

76. Johannesburg (Jo'burg) – A very modern city by any accounts and the largest in South Africa. Just as New York is the first port of call for anyone wanting to get a feel of America, so is Jo'burg for South Africa. And like New York, you get the experience the two extremes of the social strata – opulence with the majestic mansions behind huge security gates and extreme poverty, most especially demonstrated by the nearby Soweto. Guided tours around the city is recommended and can be very educational, some would include the Soweto houses in which Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived in.

77. Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve – If you big cat watching in South Africa, then this is the place to visit. Close-ups with the lions, leopards and cheetahs, and sometimes wild dogs are guaranteed.

SWAZILAND

78. Hlane Royal National Park – Swaziland might be the smallest country in Africa, but it is not less beautiful. The Hlane Royal National Park is suited for low-key wildlife watching, which include elephants, lions, cheetahs, leopards, white rhinos and many antelope species.



TANZANIA

79. Zanzibar - Nicknamed the “Island of Sensations” and it is unlikely to disappoint. The island has some great beaches, and presents plenty of opportunities for water sports. Zanzibar’s Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a blend of Portuguese, East Indian, Persian and Arab architecture.

80. Selous Game Reserve – This is the largest game reserve in Africa and plays home to one of the world’s largest population of elephants and some of the remain living black rhinos. Wildebeest, Giraffe, Lichtenstein's Hartebeest, Sable Antelope, Greater Kudu, Eland, Lion and Leopard, along with 50 birds and 2,000 plant species are also some of the star attractions.

81. Kilimanjaro – This is the tallest free standing mountain in the World and has the highest peak in Africa. The Kilimanjaro National Park, which is centred around the mountain, is hosts a variety of animals and plants. As one moves up higher the mountain, the one notices a change in the plants and animals. Nothing much happens around Kilimanjaro but still worth a visit, even if just for the amazing view of the landscape.

82. Serengeti – The Serengeti is probably the most famous game park in the World and is about the size of the Netherlands. There several kinds of animals found here, more especially the numerous prides of lions, huge herds of wildebeest, zebras and antelopes. The other big cats – leopards and cheetahs can be found in certain areas of the park. The rain migration of the herds is an exciting way of watching the play of prey and predator in the wild.

83. Ngorongoro Crater – This one of the finest places for watching game in Tazania. It is habitat complete with its own forests, flamingo lakes, herds of plains game and rare black rhinos. Lions are the most common predator found here, while the leopards and cheetahs are occasionally seen. The site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979.

84. Tarangire National Park - A favourite amongst the big cat watches in the known. Lions, leopards, and cheetahs are not hard to spot amongst a landscape dominated with elephants and baobab trees.

TOGO

85. Tamberma Valley – Definitely one of the places to see on a visit to the tiny West African country. The valley consists of a collection of fortified villages were founded in the 17th century by people who fled the slaving forays of the Abomey kings. The villagers live in highly distinctive two-storied compounds, called tatas, which are built with extensive layers of sun dried mud with conical thatched roofs almost resembling minature castles.

86. Lome – This is the capital of Togo and one the nicest cities on the West African coast. Don’t be fooled by the political unrest in the 1990s. Togo is beginning to find its feet and the long sandy beaches with its world class hotels are still a treat for anyone in the region.

TUNISIA

87. Matmata – This the place made famous for the shooting some of the scenes in the Star Wars film and its cave dwellings. A visit to Tunisia would not be complete without having a glimpse of these remarkable cave dwellings.

88. Carthage – One of the great ancient cities and despite the “total” destruction of the city by the Roman, it still retains most of its natural charm. However most of the ruins that would be seen are of Romanic origin but that should the history buff from visiting this area.

89. El-Jem - Has one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world, which happens to be a copy of the Colloseum in Rome and is just as impressive. This roman structure is considered the best of all roman structures in Africa and was probably the third largest of its kind in Roman times.

90. Hammamet – A popular holiday resort and the best place to buy pottery in Tunisia. Good nightlife, excellent beach with good restaurants, cafes and bars are some of the things that await visitors to this town.

91. Djerba – Also known as the “Polynesia of the Mediterranean", and is not hard to see why. The island situated off the south-east of Tunisia on the Gulf of Gabes, has endless miles of sandy beaches along the deep blue waters. Also enjoy the Roman sites, a pirate’s castle, the ancient synagogue of the Griba, and a number of mosques built like fortresses.

92. Kairouan – Has been called by some the fourth holiest city in Islam. That is how important a religious centre this city is. The Great Mosque, built around 670 AD and Aghlabid basins are some of the major attractions here.

UGANDA

93. Sipi Falls – Almost rivals the Victoria Falls in beauty. With Mt Elgon above them, and the wide plains of eastern and northern Uganda disappearing into the distance below, the views of the falls are nothing short of spectacular.

94. Bwindi National Park - Also known as the Impenetrable Forest and home to half of the remaining mountain gorillas left in existence. Forest elephants, at least 10 species of primate (including chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and baboons), duikers, bushbucks and the rare giant forest hog are also found in the park.

ZAMBIA

95. South Luangwa National Park - Rated one of the top game reserves in the World and for scenery, variety of animals, accessibility and choice of accommodation, one of the best in Zambia. While this park might attract less visitors than the other game parks in Africa, that should only add to its charm as there less people vying for the same spots to catch a glimpse of the animals.

96. Kafue - One of Africa's biggest parks, teeming with game, lions, vast herds of antelope. Its terrain ranges from the lush riverine forest of the Kafue River to the vast grassland of the Busanga Plains.

97. Livingstone – The former capital of Zambia, then called Northern Rhodesian, before it was moved to Lusaka. This is by far Zambia’s main tourist attraction and is a good place to start to start to discover this wonderful country.

ZIMBABWE

98. Great Zimbabwe Ruins – A world Heritage Site and one of the most important archeological sites in Africa. The ruins are the site of the greatest medieval city and largest stone structures in sub-Saharan Africa.

99. Mana Pools National Park - Another World Heritage Site and lies in the lower Lower Zambezi Valley. This beautiful park has four pools which are popular with crocodiles and hippos, and from which it derives its name. the word ‘mana’ means four in the local Shona language.

100. Victoria Falls – Probably the most beautiful falls in the world and one of the seven natural wonders of the World. While the Falls can be viewed from both Zimbabwe and Zambia, the views from the Zimbabwe side are considered more spectacular. And despite the country’s political problems, it is still one of the must see sites on the African continent.

101. Lake Kariba – Surrounded by mountains and studded with islands, along with its trees with bordering the shores, the lake provides a unique wilderness environment. It is also home to a number of animals and fishes, most especially the tigerfish which is draw for keen fishing enthusiasts. The nearby town, also bearing the same name, Kariba, is set with classy hotels, casinos and restaurants.

ANGOLA - MADAGASCAR :: MALAWI - SEYCHELLES :: SOUTH AFRICA - ZIMBABWE



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