From the majestic Victoria Falls to the iconic Great Pyramids of Giza, Africa is home to some of the world's most impressive natural and man-made attractions. Every year, millions of tourists flock to the continent to explore its rich history, heritage and culture. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. Lake Retba, also known as 'Lac Rose', is a beautiful and special lake located 30 kilometers from Dakar, Senegal.
Day trips to the lake attract visitors from all over the world. In Nigeria, the Lekki Conservation Centre is a popular tourist attraction. Established in 1990, it is located in the heart of one of Nigeria's busiest cities, Lagos. Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world and is aptly named.
Located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, it produces a thunderous sound of 12,800 cubic meters per second and is protected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro is by far the highest mountain in Africa and one of its most magnificent attractions. Standing at an impressive 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) above sea level and 4,900 meters (16,100 feet) above its plateau, it attracts thousands of tourists every year. The Great Pyramids of Giza are considered one of man's greatest architectural achievements and are the only surviving wonder of the ancient world.
Dating back to the 26th century BC (c., 2575-c), they are an iconic attraction in Egypt. Lake Abbe, also known as Lake Abhe Bad, is an alkaline lake located on the border between Ethiopia and Djibouti. It is about 15 km wide and 14 km long. Rwanda is one of the smallest countries in Africa and its capital Kigali is renowned for being one of the cleanest cities in Africa. It is also just 2.5 hours away from gorilla walks making it an emerging tourist destination. At 19,341 feet tall, Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro (Kili for short) is not only the highest mountain in Africa but also holds the world record for being the tallest independent mountain (not part of a mountain range).
It rises above the Serengeti plains and is a dormant volcano that creates an impressive backdrop for wildlife safaris in the region. The Ngorongoro Crater is another natural wonder located in Tanzania. Created about 2.5 million years ago, it is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world (Victoria Falls being another). It is also home to thousands of animals making it one of Tanzania's main safari destinations. Lake Malawi is another popular attraction in Africa. Encompassing three countries - Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania - it is part of the Great Lakes system in Africa and its age is estimated at one or two million years. Egypt is by far the most visited country in Africa with an average of 13 million visitors each year.
Most visitors come from Europe, Asia, Germany and the United Kingdom. The Egyptian pyramids, tombs of pharaohs and Temple of Luxor are Egypt's main draw cards while Giza with its iconic monuments such as The Great Pyramid of Giza and Cheops is its most popular tourist destination. Morocco comes second with an average of 12 million visitors each year. Its rich culture and history as well as its warm hospitality and delicious cuisine have made it a popular tourist destination. Marrakech with its palaces and gardens is a popular destination while The Moroccan government has given tourism sector highest priority since it considers it a key tool for encouraging rapid growth and development. Algeria comes fifth with an average of 2.5 million visitors each year.
The North African country has a lot to offer travelers from snow-capped mountains to beautiful coastlines while cities such as Algiers and Constantine have a mix of traditional architecture. Africa has so much to offer curious travelers looking for unique experiences and breathtaking sights. From Victoria Falls to Mount Kilimanjaro to Lake Malawi, there are plenty of amazing attractions that will make your trip unforgettable.