GUEST POST : TOP 5 NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTHERN AFICA
Geological evolution and tectonic movements have left the African continent with some of the most spectacular and dramatic natural wonders in the world. They have been particularly generous to Southern Africa, shaping it into an area rich in most landscapes. From rugged coastlines, and vast deserts, to breathtaking mountain ranges, and lush pristine nature. I have seen so many wonders of the Mother Nature on my visit to Southern Africa that it was so hard to select only 5, but here they are, some of the most spectacular sceneries on the planet.
1. Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
With its length of 25 km and depth of an average 1,383 metres, the Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world. But its size is not what distinguishes it. It is famous for some of the most dazzling views In Southern Africa. Due to its lush subtropical vegetation, it is also known as the “green canyon”. Among other things, the flora also includes several species of endangered cycads. If you are looking for adventure, some of the activities involve hiking, with visits to one of the several beautiful waterfalls, swimming, and searching for gold in the Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
2. Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue, are 5 tropical islands that make the Bazaruto Archipelago. They are admired for white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, but they are much more than that. The Archipelago is a national marine park, and home to many bird and fish species, like sea turtles and dugongs. The diversity and colourfulness of the marine life make it a perfect destination for diving. What makes the islands even more perfect for a vacation is the fact that they have not yet been discovered by tourists. This makes looking for accommodation a bit harder, but you can inform about your options on real estate and services portals, too.
3. Fish River Canyon, Namibia
The largest canyon in Africa and the southern hemisphere, and probably the second largest in the world (depends on the measures you take into account). Should I say more? Various viewpoints are a good starting point to observe all the grandeur of the canyon. From there, set on a multi-day hiking adventure through this startlingly beautiful gem of Namibia. The trail is about 85 km long, but it is accessible only May through mid-September due to unbearably high temperatures during the remaining months.
4. Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Being the world’s largest sheet of falling water, the Victoria Falls do not require any particular introduction. However, their beauty will still leave you speechless. The falls can be admired from both Zimbabwe and Zambia, but the views are somewhat better and more fascinating from the Zambian side. Thrill seekers will find great activities in the gorge, from white water rafting, river surfing, kayaking, to bungee jumping and zip wires.
5. Okavango Delta, Botswana
The Okavango Delta is an oasis in the middle of the arid Kalahari Desert. A fun fact about the delta is that it was the 1000th site inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2014. This maze of narrow canals made it to the list as one of the world’s greatest inland delta systems, and a home to some of the most endangered large mammals, such as white and black rhinoceros, African wild dogs, and lions. It is one of the few places on the planet where you can have a close encounter with wildlife in its purest form. At Okavago delta, you can take the most amazing sunrise pictures.
Have you ever been to Southern Africa? What are your most memorable moments?
GUEST WRITER : AMY GOLDSMITH
Amy Goldsmith is a business assistant from Melbourne. Her job allows her to travel a lot, which also happens to be one of her greatest passions. Find out more about her travels on Twitter and follow her on Instagram.
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