In 2013, the New Seven Natural Wonders of Africa were officially declared in Arusha, Tanzania. They were determined by insights and knowledge from experts around the world, with a key focus on conservationists such as members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Victoria Falls, known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, served as ambassador to these deservedly-named natural wonders.
Here, in no particular order, are the seven wonders of Africa:
Mount Kilimanjaro – Located in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s youngest volcano, highest mountain, and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Consider climbing this iconic mountain.
The Great Migration – Considered the greatest show on earth, the Great Migration features over 1.2 million wildebeest, more than 800,000 zebra, and thousands of gazelle. The Great Migration is the largest land migration in the world and shared between Tanzania and Kenya, is one of the most spectacular wildlife feats.
Okavango Delta – One of the most incredible wildlife and wilderness sanctuaries in Africa, The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world, an area of 15,000Km2 filled with water channels, lagoons, swamps, and islands. Found in Botswana, it supports a habitat that is mind-blowing in its number of diverse species of mammal, fish, and bird life.
Ngorongoro Crater – The largest unbroken caldera in the world, Ngorongoro Crater is often known as the “Garden of Eden of Africa,” or, the “Cradle of Life.” Home to the Big 5, and many other animals, Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater serves as an intimate encounter with nature.
Nile River – Touted as the longest river in the world, the Nile River makes its way through 10 countries, with Egypt being the country usually associated with it. However, Uganda, home to the source and Murchison Falls, are both fascinating parts of the Nile.
Red Sea Reef – The Red Sea Reef is the largest coral reef connected to Africa, and the third largest reef in the world. The reef Stretches over 1,200 miles along the coasts of Egypt, Sudan, and Eritrea, and is home to over 1,100 species of fish, with approximately 10% exclusive to this reef area. The best way to enjoy the reef is by snorkeling and diving – an experience which is accessible in Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada.
Sahara Desert – Expanding over 10 countries, including Morocco and Tunisia, the Sahara Desert’s land mass is comparable to the United States. Not only is the Sahara the largest dry desert in the world, it is also recognized as the hottest place on Earth.
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