The Top Ten places to visit in Africa
As an ex-South African I can tell you that Africa has a lot to offer both in terms of holiday destinations, and, mainly, in terms of wild unforgettable adventuring.
There's something for everyone in the dark continent - from amazing outdoor experiences, breathtaking scenery, to exotic cultures and people.
So start saving up for the trip of a lifetime, rack up those vacation days at work, and prepare yourself by reading this list of must-see places in Africa.
These mountain ranges derive their name from Kinyarwanda, the official language of Rwanda, and mean "volcanoes" in English.
In fact, the Virunga Mountains encompass eight volcanoes, mostly dormant, except for Mount Nyiragongo whose last eruption was in early 2010.
The mountains are the natural habitat of about 300 endangered mountain gorillas, and are truly a sight to behold.
Located on an island in the Niger River Delta, Djenne is one of the oldest cities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The city is famous for the Great Mosque and extraordinary mud-houses. Don't miss out on the Monday Market, one of the most interesting and lively markets in Africa.
Victoria Falls has the reputation of being the largest curtain of falling water in the world.
In the wet season, over 500 million liters of water pass over the edge of Victoria Falls and the spray generated reaches 1000 feet into the sky.
An awe-inspiring way to view the waterfall is from the knife-edge bridge, located near the falls, which gives a view not only of the falls themselves but also the "Boiling Pot", where the river churns and bubbles from all the built up pressure.
This national game reserve is located in south-western Kenya and is named after the Maasai people who inhabit the region.
If you've ever wanted to watch the annual migration of Wildebeest, or see all of the big five, then Masai Mara is where you need to be during the dry season. To watch the wildlife from the comfort of a hot-air balloon is most definitely an amazing experience.
Mt. Kilimanjaro, or "Kili", as it is popularly known, is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
Its highest point, at 19 340 feet, is easily accessible to anyone of a moderate physical level of fitness.
Scaling this mountain and reaching the highest point in Africa can prove to be a wonderfully exhilarating experience.
This heavily forested crater is thought to have been formed some 2 million years ago by a massive volcano which has now become extinct.
The crater is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and offers amazing opportunity to view wildlife and Safari excursions.
This is where kings and other nobles were laid to rest between 1600 and 1100 B.C.
It has since become a very popular tourist destination with some 5-6000 weekly visitors who come to explore the 63 tombs, amongst them the tomb of the King Tutankhamun, whose discovery led to the valley becoming one of the most famous archeological sites in the world.
As one of the last completely intact members of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Pyramid of Giza should definitely be on your short-list of places to visit in Africa.
It is believed that the Pyramid was built as a tomb for Khufu, an Egyptian Pharaoh, over a period of 15 to 20 years. At one point it was considered the tallest man-made structure in existence, and today it's simply an amazing sight to behold.
As one of the most popular wilderness destinations in the world, the Okavango Delta offers a unique view into wild Africa - the one you usually only get to see on T.V.
The main attraction is the wildlife, brought to the region by the large abundance of water in the Delta. If you're lucky you'll be able to see elephants, crocodiles, rhino, and even cheetah and leopards.
Amazing scenery, beautiful beaches and fantastic cuisine. If that isn't enough, then Table mountain, one of the Modern Seven Wonders of the World, with it’s amazing biodiversity and beautiful views, ought to grab your attention.
This stop is a must for any tour of Africa.