The African continent has the widest variety of natural wonders, animals and plants.
The diversity and variability are so immense you would need a lifetime to explore it all. In this article, we will discover some of these natural wonders in Africa. Here are natural wonders that would amaze you in Africa.
1. Okavango delta Botswana
The Okavango is an extremely large inland delta formed by the Okavango river colliding with a tectonic trough in the centre point of the Kalahari. Unlike deltas that flew out to sea being inland, the water here evaporates all 11 cubic kilometres of it over a six thousand to fifteen thousand kilometres square area. The rest flows into lake Ngami on the eastern side of the delta.
In 2014, the delta became an official UNESCO world heritage site. It's one of the biggest deltas in Africa.
What makes this place so special is the fact that it has incredible endemic biodiversity since its position near the equator has meant that it has escaped mass extinctions caused by the last few ice ages.
2. The great migration of Tanzania
You may have heard of the great migration as it has been featured on numerous wildlife documentaries such as the BBC Africa series but to see this with your own eyes is something very special.
1.5 million wild beasts and two hundred thousand zebras go on a two thousand kilometre journey through the hills, woodlands and vast plains of the Serengeti in Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya.
Life for them runs in cycles of mass migrations every year as they follow the rains and thus the water that gives them vital sustenance to survive.
In may the rains end in Serengeti and the migration begins to the Maasai Mara where water is still plentiful, then the migration returns north to the Serengeti in late October when the winds begin to subside in the Maasai Mara.
3. The Blyde River Rift South Africa
The Blyde rift is probably the most beautiful rift in the world that stretches for 25 kilometres to the north of Drakensberg. It certainly is the biggest green canyon on earth.
Lush foliage covers the precipitous red sandstone cliffs. Besides the thick forest, the canyon is also home to various species; Hippos, Antelopes and numerous primates.
It also features several waterfalls and viewpoints.
4. Namib desert, Namibia
One of the most fascinating views we have ever seen is found in Namibia where the Namib desert meets the Atlantic Ocean, however, there is no other way to see it but from the plane. The vast desert sprawls for thousands of kilometres before it drops into the coat and tempest truss waves, however, some genes can be approached on tour and also by Coleman’s cup, a ghost town rinsed by the desert which is today a popular tourist destination.
5. Underwater waterfall Mauritius
The remote island in the Indian ocean 2000 kilometres away from Africa is a very attractive tourist destination.
The underwater waterfall located on the southwestern shore might serve as a signature of Mauritius. It isn't an actual waterfall with an optical illusion, the sediment of the sun and seal create this dramatic site.
The reason for this is that the island is relatively new and a formation of it is still present causing an underwater slope.
5. Ngorongoro creator Tanzania
Ngorongoro crater is a 600-meter-deep, 300 square kilometres volcanic crater, the largest floated crater in the world.
At 20 kilometres across, it's easy to see why this is becoming more and more popular every year with safari-goers but stunning views aside, it's one of the best places to see the big five in Africa; Elephant, Lions, Leopards, hyenas as well as wild the best Buffalo, Zebra, Cheetahs, Jackals and bat et foxes as well as over 400 different species of birds.
In addition to the wildlife walking, trekking and mountain bike riding are all available in the wider conservation area.
6. Kalahari Desert, South Africa
The Kalahari Desert stretches across most of Botswana and Namibia but some of it is located in northern parts of South Africa too.
The total area stretches around 900 000 kilometres square, however, technically speaking it is not a desert as it receives 5 to 10 inches of rainfall annually but the sandy soil absorbs and filters the rainwater quickly so it simply appears as a desert but it is a semi-arid savannah with Acacia trees dotting the landscape.
Indeed, there are some parts of the desert where small lakes form which attract elephants and flamingos. Despite it being so dry, the desert offers numerous species rampant to the area refuge such as the Kalahari lion, the South African Cheetah and the African Leopard.
The people that live here are known as the sun's people they’ve been living in this semi-arid desert for an estimated 20 000 years.
These are just but a few of the Greatest wonders found in Africa.
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