If things were any different with the extent of human nature, where would you travel before your next life? Would you consider places to visit in Africa before you die?
African mysteries, wonders, and treasures dating back as far as time itself, making this continent the second-largest on the planet. A certain allure and mysticism pervade.
And you want to see it all because Africa’s tourism never disappoints.
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The Sahara Desert
The Sahara Desert is the hottest and third largest desert in the world covering about 9,200,000 square kilometres.
This equals 31% of Africa’s total landmass. Average temperatures may rise up to 40 degrees Celsius. During the day, the sand may heat up to as high as 80 degrees Celsius.
Sahara covers several African countries including; Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia. Approximately, 25 per cent of Sahara is covered by sand dunes which are high as 150 metres.
The only permanent river in the Sahara is the mighty River Nile and it exemplifies places to visit in Africa before you die.
Victoria FallsVictoria Falls is located in Southern Africa, particularly at the Zambia and Zimbabwe border. It is considered the largest waterfall due to its massive length of 1,708 metres and 108 metres high.
Victoria Falls get its water from River Zambezi, which is the fourth largest river in Africa.
The thundering waters can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometres while the mists can rise up to 400 metres.
Further, they are seen from approximately 50 kilometres range. It is one of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.
It is one of those places to visit in Africa before you die.
The Nile is the longest river in the world stretching 6,650 kilometres. It flows through Uganda, Sudan and Egypt where more than 300 million people rely on its waters.
The river gets its water from two tributaries; White Nile which originates from Lake Victoria in Uganda and the Blue Nile from Lake Tana in Ethiopia.
It drains into the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt.
The greatest width of the river is at Edfu, Egypt, at 7.5 kilometres. With only 22% flowing through Egypt, the river supports irrigation and hydropower production in the country.
Most population and cities in Egypt rely on River Nile as a source of livelihood. And if you want to tell a tale of Nile crocodiles, mark a date with places to visit in Africa before you die.
Lake Victoria is the world’s largest tropical lake and the second-largest freshwater body in the world.
It covers 69,485 square kilometres. The Kagera River is the largest river flowing into this lake, with its mouth on the lake’s western shore. Lake Victoria is drained only by the Nile River near Jinja, Uganda, on the lake’s northern shore.
It is shared by three East African countries; Kenya (6%), Uganda (45%) and Tanzania (49%). More than 200 species of fish are found in the freshwater lake.
Nairobi National Park
If there are places to visit in Africa before you die, Nairobi National Park takes the lead.
The park was established in 1946 and it is the only national park located in a city. Just seven kilometres from the city centre, it covers an average area of 117.21 square kilometres.
The David Sheldrick Trust runs a sanctuary, within the park that adopts orphaned and sick elephant and rhinoceros calves. It takes care of them and later reintegrates them into the wild.
Nairobi National Park is one of the most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries where visitors can be certain of seeing a black rhinoceros in its natural habitat.
The park offers a dose of life in the wild in one of the most unexpected places. It hosts the big five members; lions, buffalos, leopards, and the black rhino. Giraffes, hyenas, and Zebras dot every corner of this expansive park at the heart of Kenya’s capital.
But more pronounced are the lions – they break away from the park and find their way into surrounding neighbourhoods.
A point to remember; we live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open – Jawaharlal Nehru.