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These 10 Breathtaking Natural Landmarks in Africa Are a Must-Visit

From the well-known Serengeti National Park to the lesser-traveled Mount Nyiragongo, AD lists the best locales to see all the beauty this continent has to offer

From the well-known Serengeti National Park to the lesser-traveled Mount Nyiragongo, AD lists the best locales to see all the beauty this continent has to offer


By Isis Briones, Architectural Digest

We’re constantly overwhelmed by man-made structures no matter what city we live in, but it doesn’t have to be this way when you go on vacation. For your next getaway, consider taking in the freshest air by witnessing these spectacular natural formations across Africa. The vast continent isn’t just known for its wildlife and rich cultures, it’s home to some of the most historic and prominent landmarks that are undoubtedly worth stamps on your passport.

Whether it’s the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s active Mount Nyiragongo volcano or Egypt’s mesmerizing snow-white desert by the town of Farafra, scroll through for unforgettable views that deserve to be seen in person. The adventure and thrill that naturally come with each trip are simply bonuses, so get ready for your bucket list to reach a whole other level.


Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park (Madagascar)

Cliché as it sounds, there’s so much more than meets the eye in Tsingy. From forests to grasslands, you never know what you’ll find as you venture in between the unique rock formations. Ahead of booking tickets to the island nation, know that the park is only open during the dry season from April to November.


Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

There’s a reason why this was deemed one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. For those daredevils who want to dive right into the water, the Devil’s Pool situated right at the edge of the roaring falls is mind-blowingly exciting, while still being safe.


Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)

No trip to this part of the world is complete without coming across some wild animals. With lion cubs playing on one side and crocodiles feasting on zebras in the water on the other, this is your chance to see nature truly take its course.


Table Mountain (South Africa)

If you’re not ready to be completely one with Mother Earth, get the best of both worlds with Table Mountain. You can hike up to the famous Lion’s Head peak or ride the cable car while overlooking the bustling cityscape.


Mount Nyiragongo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Beyond the gorillas who live in the Virunga Mountains lies this active volcano with the world’s largest lava lake. What makes it stand out even more is that the DRC welcomes tourists who want to hike the steep trail.


Danakil Depression (Ethiopia)

Brace yourself, as this area has been reported the hottest place in the world, but apart from the temperatures, we guarantee it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The colorful salt deposits, boiling lakes, and cooled lava flow hands down make it seem like you’re on another planet.


São Tomé Island (São Tomé and Príncipe)

This piece of land is the largest region within the tiny Portuguese-speaking Western country of São Tomé and Príncipe. Despite its small size, there’s plenty of beautiful secluded beach scenery you likely won’t have to share with anyone else.


Skeleton Coast (Namibia)

There’s nothing for miles except sand dunes and shipwrecks in the Skeleton Coast, and that’s what makes it so special. It’s the most surreal escape, and everyone should experience it at least once.


White Desert (Egypt)

Thanks to its white chalk formations, a visit to this Egyptian destination will be one of the few times you associate snow with the desert. It’s striking, unsettling, and amazing all at the same time.


Okavango Delta (Botswana)

The green swampy land is filled with Africa’s "Big Five" game animals and so much more, making it a major attraction. It’s an unbelievable safari location that won’t disappoint.
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From the well-known Serengeti National Park to the lesser-traveled Mount Nyiragongo, AD lists the best locales to see all the beauty this continent has to offer
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