50 Of The Most Jaw-Dropping Places To Visit In Africa In 2016

Travelstart is here to inspire you with 50 incredible, jaw-dropping natural and man-made places in Africa to put on your wish list for 2016. Our continent has so much to offer travellers but often goes unrecognised for its beauty and unique landscapes. Africa boasts the longest river in the world, the largest underwater cave, the most expansive hot desert, the largest volcanic caldera and a multitude of hidden travel gems from Tunisia to Timbuktu. Quite a few can be found in South Africa- how many can you tick off?

1. Sossusvlei, Namibia

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รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Inspired to Travel 💭✈️ (@inspired_to_travel) เมื่อ

2. Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa


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3. Stone castles in Gondar, Ethiopia

Melkam Timket! This time last year we were in Ethiopia. #Gondar is the place to be for this celebration of the Epiphany! Hiiii @yogaoffthemat #MelkamTimket

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย @jembereeyewear เมื่อ


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4. The Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

Madagascar’s Baobabs 🇲🇬 #Madagascar #baobab #baobabs

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Kat Knapp (@katknapp) เมื่อ


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5. The labyrinth of streets in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Zanzibar sunsets

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Sarah (@sarah_roams) เมื่อ


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6. Idyllic Benguerra Island, Mozambique

7. The rain forests in Virunga National Park, DRC

Blue Monkey spotted at Mikeno Lodge. http://visitvirunga.org #FF #DRC #conservation #bluemonkey #travel #Virunga #NationalPark #UNESCO #worldheritage #mikenolodge

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Virunga National Park (@virunganationalpark) เมื่อ

8. Explore houses buried in the sand in Kolmanskop, Namibia

9. Sleep on stilts under the stars at Lion Sands, South Africa

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10. Pico Do Fogo, Cape Verde – the largest active volcano in the region

Pico de Fogo #picodefogo #fogo #capeverde

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Tommy 😊 (@tomasz.jan) เมื่อ

11. Visit the 180 year old tortoise and Napoleon’s empty tomb on St Helena- flights from Johannesburg to be scheduled soon

This is Jonathan, supposedly the worlds oldest being. At 180 years old, he’s still smiling for the camera 😀. #old #tortoise

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Badman Ruins (@badmanruins) เมื่อ

13. Abundant marine life in Sodwana Bay, Northern KZN, South Africa

14. Swim in a lake the colour of strawberry milkshake in Senegal

15. Gaze out on God’s Window, Mpumalanga, South Africa

#godswindow #godswindowmpumalaga #southafrica #lovesudafrica #trip

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย @nicoss4 เมื่อ

16. Take a walk along Africa’s oldest canopy walk, Kakum National Park, Ghana

Went for a stroll across Africa’s oldest canopy walkway today

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย catherine (@catherineries) เมื่อ

17. Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, the largest and less well-known park in Tanzania

Tembo Elephant Loxodonta Africana Poaching steals from us all. Photography by @amanda_m_b_85 Going for a stroll… #ruahanationalpark #Regrann @tanzaniaparks @officialalikiba

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย KARIBU TANZANIA (@kaributanzania) เมื่อ

18. Lake of stars, Lake Malawi

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19. Ghardaia & Beni Isguen, Algeria

Tour Boulila … un jour à Ghardaia 😍 #souvenirs #Algerie #Sahra #SitesHistoriques #instagram #Algeria #likeit

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Jasmins (@jas__mim) เมื่อ

20. The Okavango Delta, Botswana

21. Storms River Mouth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

22. The Kilwa Ruins, Tanzania

23. Mighty Victoria Falls, Zambia-Zimbabwe

24. Domes des Fabedougou, Burkina Faso

The best places are the ones that aren’t one your list #vacationforever #burkinafaso #domesdefabedougou #africa #thehostelgroup @thehostelgroup

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย @meganmh2 เมื่อ

25. The Great Mosque of Djenné- Mali

Mali 🇲🇱 – Africa. (West Africa) Capital and largest city is Bamako. Spoken languages are French and Bambara (Bamanankan). Did you know that Mali is 3.5 times the size of Germany? (I had a college friend from Mali who would brag about this all the time 😄) Pictured here is The Great Mosque of Djenné completed in 1907. The mosque is located in the city of Djenné, Mali. The structure is considered one of the most famous landmarks in Africa. In 1988 UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage Site. If you can share more interesting facts about Mali feel free to comment below! 💁🏻#meelasworld #mali #bamako #africa #worldcultures #worldwithoutborders #globalcitizen #geography #history #travel #explorationgram #interestingfacts #interestingplaces #discovertheworld

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Meelasworld™ (@meelasworld) เมื่อ

26. Lake Assal, Djibouti

27. The forgotten pyramids of North Sudan – the Meroe pyramids

28. Camp in the wild at Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

‘Stretch’ of an African wild dog – this species is highly endangered and the decline of the wild dogs populations is still ongoing… Photographed on foot on an InAfrica Photo Safari to Mana Pools.

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Stephan Tuengler (@stephantuengler) เมื่อ

29. Revel in your insignificance compared to the height of the Ampitheatre, Drakensberg, South Africa

30. The majestic Serengeti

Photo by @stephenwilkes: Day To Night, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Last Spring, I traveled to Africa in search of a new location for my next Day To Night. I wanted to capture the passage of time as it related to the animal kingdom, and Africa’s incredible landscape. I scoured the park with my assistants and our guides, hoping for a vantage point rare to the human eye. As we drove along a long dirt path, I noticed an abundance of greenery in the distance. It was a watering hole— and as Tanzania was in week five of an unprecedented drought, this proved to be rather incredible. As I would learn in the coming days, animals of all kinds would flock to the spot, eager to share this one precious resource peacefully. In order to capture as much as I was able, my assistants and I had to hide behind a crocodile blind for 27 hours, taking in the incredible beauty of the Serengeti. It was the most grueling and rewarding experience of my life. I am immensely proud of the final image, seen here and in the National Geographic article on my series, and the process behind it (link in my bio). Follow me @stephenwilkes to see more behind the scenes images from Day To Night, and my travels. #Africa #Serengeti #StephenWilkes #DayToNight #Tanzania

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย National Geographic (@natgeo) เมื่อ

31. Djémila ruins, Algeria

The Roman ruins of Djemila near Setif, Algeria

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Mehdi Bouabbane (@mehdibouabbane) เมื่อ

32. Breakfast with giraffes at Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya

Things to do in Nairobi; Visit #giraffemanor, an extraordinary appeal. #traveltuesday #traveltokenya #nairobi

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Nairobi Safari Club (@nairobisafariclub) เมื่อ

33. Sehlabathebe National Park, Lesotho

#cave with no roof! #explore #lesotho #sehlabathebenationalpark #sehlabathebeFor more photos and info: http://scientistinlimbo.com/2016/01/16/kingdom-in-the-clouds-exploring-lesotho/

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Sally Sivewright (@roguesally) เมื่อ

34. Mbudya island off Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Let’s go back a little bit,its flash back fridaaaaaaaay.!! #flashback #mbudya #mbudyaisland #paradise #daressalaam #beach #beachlife

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Cece bradd (@ceceeeezz) เมื่อ

35. The Skeleton Coast, Namibia

36. Lake Tanganyika

We have our remote island all to ourselves, all 130 acres of it! #lupitaisland #laketanganyika #beautiful #lake #island #resort #luxury #luxuryresorts #clearwater #remoteislandgetaway #tanzania #holidaydestination

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Lupita Island Lodge (@lupita_island) เมื่อ

37. Egypt’s magnificent Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel at night

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Massimo Reina (@joker72m) เมื่อ

38. Have a drink at the bar inside the enormous Sunland baobab in Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo Province

The Sunland Baobab, near Tzaneen. 2012 #sunlandbaobab #baobab #pubinatree #livinglifeoutdoors

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Sean Weber (@seanw84) เมื่อ

40. Pansy island, Inhambane, Mozambique

The Living & The Dead. #mozam #vscocam #vsco

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Sian Owen (@sian_owen) เมื่อ

41. Rwenzori mountains, Uganda

Little did I know that Dr. Seuss came to the #rwenzorimountains in #Uganda for all of his #inspiration. What an #amazing #planet

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Rachel Kulchin (@rachelkulchinphotography) เมื่อ

42. The flamingos at Lake Nakura, Kenya

#LakeNakura #flamingo #pink #pastel #love #LottieBae

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย L O T T I E B A E (@lottie.bae_) เมื่อ

43. Camp by the river in the Caprivi, Namibia

the best kind of sunset, enjoyed from your rooftent looking out over an amazing river in africa #africansunsets #4wdlife #namibia #rooftent #okavango #caprivi #sunset

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Jörgen Bergström (@belephotography) เมื่อ

44. The serene beauty of the Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe

ET ? At #matobohills #zimbabwe 2012 #loveafrica

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45. The grand mosque in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

• good vibes only • The Grand Mosque in #BoboDioulasso. Remembering #BurkinaFaso for its exquiste traditional architecture.

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Tastemakers Africa (@tstmkrsafrica) เมื่อ

46. The Simien mountains, Ethiopia

Years of erosion have created one of the #world’s most spectacular landscapes – the #SimienMountains, #Ethiopia’s highest range. #heliadventures #ethiopiabyhelicopter @ben_kenya

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Tropic Air Kenya (@tropicairkenya) เมื่อ

47. Mikeno Lodge, DRC

48. Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania – the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world

49. The village of Tiébélé, Burkina Faso

50. And last but not least one of the official new 7 wonders of nature- Table Mountain, Cape Town

It’s every hikers dream to be above the clouds when you’re at the top. 📷 @anna_soldo_ #lifehappensoutdoors

รูปภาพที่โพสต์โดย Life Happens Outdoors (@lhoapp) เมื่อ

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We’d love to hear about your favourite African destinations in the comments below.

 

Our Readers Comments

  1. Wow what a great collection. Seen many but more to go. Thanks

    • Hi Chris,

      Glad you enjoyed the read. Always great to visit new place and see what’s out there 🙂

  2. Those are just amazing. Seen many but it makes one realise how many wonderful places exist throughout the world. Thank you.

    • Hi Rosalind,

      Yes so true, it really does make one realize and appreciate 🙂

  3. Seen quite a few of these places, but I would add The Garden Route in South Africa and the wild flowers in Namaqualand, see during August and September every year. Depending on the rains, fields of flowers can be seen as far as the eye can see.

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