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Africa's Best Getaways
by Lisa-Anna Kolwa
Africa is home to numerous beauties and wonders centuries old and encapsulating a divine heritage and history in its landscape. Journeying through the continents cardinal points immerses you in its majestic wonder. The continents top tourist attractions offer dynamic and transformative holiday experiences that will leave you breathless.
1. OKAVANGO DELTA
Once part of Lake Makgadikgadi and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, the Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland deltas. It forms where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the endorheic basin of the Kalahari. The national park is on the eastern side of the Delta. Annually, 11 cubic kilometres of water spreads over the area, feeding the Delta’s lush
greenery and making it home to over 71 fish species, 60 000 Lechwe antelope, and herds of buffalo and elephant totalling approximately 30 000 animals, with the popular tourist attraction being the Big Five.
2. MASAI MARA NATIONAL PARK
The Masai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya. It was named in honour of the Masai people who inhabit this region. The reserve covers 1 510 kilometres squared and is situated in south-western Kenya. It is a global tourist attraction known for its expanses of grassland and exceptional lion, leopard and cheetah populations. It was originally established in 1961 as a wildlife sanctuary. Wildebeest are the dominant inhabitants of the Masai Mara, with a population estimated in the millions. The reserve is also home to Africa’s Big Five.
Lagos, home to Africa’s blooming film and entertainment industry, is Africa’s most populous city and the seventh-fastest growing in the world. It has a central business district and is home to the National Museum of Nigeria. The city comprises three major islands, Ikoyi, Iddo and Victoria Island. Ikoyi has several hotels, entertainment centres and one of Africa’s largest golf courses, as well as a high-security prison and the Federal High Court. Victoria Island, situated to the south, comprises upmarket real estate and shopping districts. Eleko Beach is a popular getaway east of the city for those who seek refuge from the fast city life you can unwind in a beach hut and have a barbeque with a fresh view of the Atlantic and pick up curios in the local craft market.
4. PYRAMIDS IN GIZA
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one that remains largely intact. The monumental structure is believed to be a tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu and is the only pyramid in Egypt to contain ascending and descending passages.Infinitely a popular tourist attraction for its majestic wonder and historic elegance, the Pyramids of Giza are a marvel of world history.
The Zanzibar Archipelago consists of several islands lying off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. It is a popular tourist destination and is famous for its tropical Indian Ocean waters and white sandy beaches, as well as its historical Stone City, a World heritage Site. The islands are a fusion of African and Arabian cultures and stand as a monument of pride, serenity and beauty.
Morocco’s largest city and home to one of Hollywood’s most epic movies by the same name, Casablanca is Morocco’s chief port. Casablanca, meaning ‘White House’, is located in western Morocco along the Atlantic. It was designed by the French architect Henri Prost as a model city at the time. A popular site in the city is the small island of Marabout de Sidi Abderrahmane. You can walk to the island during low-tide. It contains the tomb of Swidi Adberrhamane Thaalibi the founder of Algiers.