The Best Local Places to Visit – Being a Tourist in Africa

We live on a wonderful continent with so much to see and do. However, many of us never visited the top tourist attractions we have that many all around the world travel so far to see!

Here is our quick guide to the top local places to visit.

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Victoria Falls

Described by CNN as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria falls is a stunning 108m high waterfall.

It is located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the boarders of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The waterfall was named after the Queen Victoria of Britain who was on the throne when David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary explorer, found the falls. He is believed to have been the first European to view it in 1855.

Whilst the falls are not the highest nor widest waterfall in the world, it’s combined height and width results in the largest sheet of falling water, therefore it is classified as the largest waterfall in the world overall.

Near the edge of the falls on Livingstone Island, Zambia side, a naturally formed famous feature can be found. The ‘Armchair’ (or sometimes called ‘Devils Pool’) appears when the river flow is at a certain level that allows a rock barrier to form. This minimizes current and leaves a spot just a few feet from the edge where adventurous swimmers dare to splash around.

Visitors to the falls are allowed to cross the Zimbabwe / Zambian boarder so they can view the falls from both sides, but you need to purchase a visa each time you cross.

The Garden Route

If you love natural beauty then you must visit the Garden Route.

The Garden Route is a 300km stretch of coast extending between Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape.

The route gets its name due to the diverse range of vegetation along the route and the many beautiful lagoons. There are 10 nature reserves along the route looking after the ecosystems, as well as many marine reserves. In these marine reserves, you can find coral reefs, seals and even dolphins.

Maybe unbelievably, this area has the second mildest climate in the world! It would be rare for the temperature to ever fall lower than 10’c in winter nor will it climb above 28’c in the summer.

Along this route you will also find a mish mash of people and activities, including craft centers, beach holidays, mountain hideaways, modern shopping malls and ancient forests.

There are a number of tours you can take along this route, however we would recommend a self-drive trip to make the most of what is to offer and expect to take at least 4 days to fully appreciate the route.

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Table Mountain

The most iconic landmark in South Africa is also the country’s most photographed attraction. It is also now classed as one of the seven new wonders of the world.

The mountain stands 1,086m above sea level and the level plateau is approximately 3km wide. The mountain is rather imposing due to its location directly next to the city and the sea!

Up on the mountain you can find around 2,200 species of plant and 1,470 floral species. On the eastern foot of the mountain you will find Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which spans an area of 1300 acres. Here you will also find plants from all over the world within its conservatory.

Many tourists hike to the top of the mountain, however if you don’t quite fancy that then there is a cableway to help you up!

Walking Safari in Kruger

A walking safari tour in Kruger National Park is one of the most popular and sought after activities in Africa. If you haven’t tried it, it is time you do so.

Tours aren’t entirely walking, it is mixed with open safari vehicle game drives and bush walks.

Kruger National Park, located in northeastern South Africa, is one the largest game reserves in Africa and covers over 19,400 square kilometers. Kruger has a wider selection of mammal species than anywhere else in the world, so it is the perfect place to visit to see all the wild animals!

There are a number of walking tours available through different tour operators with varying costs and length of stays. Africa On Foot is a good place to start looking for a tour: http://www.africaonfoot.com/

Beautiful Africa is filled with unique places to see and things to do. Why travel far and wide when you can visit some of the best the world has to offer in your own back garden?


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