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Yes, These 19 Unbelievable Places Actually Exist in Africa

Jan 15 2015 - 3:05am

Africa is known for its diverse geography and natural beauty, and we have the photos to prove it. The continent has everything an adventurer would desire, from enjoying a meal inside a restaurant atop a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean to trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro. Trust us, after looking at these photos, you'll want to start saving for a trip to Africa.

Source: Flickr user martie1swart [1], Flickr user kyletaylor [2] , Flickr user David W. Siu [3]

Sahara Dunes, Morocco

Known to create epic sandstorms, these small mountains are made from grains of sand formed by the wind.

Source: Flickr user gripso_banana_prune [4]

Tsavo West National Park, Kenya

A popular destination for its magnificent scenery, Tsavo West National Park Home is home to wildlife such as elephants, hippos, zebras, cheetahs, and 600 bird species.

Source: Flickr user rcrhee [5]

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Located in the Indian Ocean and surrounded by coral reefs, this archipelago is a national park made up of five idyllic islands.

Source: Flickr user RichardMoross [6]

Cape Town, South Africa

Less than 20 hours from New York, this historic town was named by The New York Times [7] as one of the best places to visit.

Source: Flickr user martie1swart [8]

Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

Baobab trees can live up to 800 years, and the ones on this dirt path are what's left of a once densely forested area.

Source: Flickr user plizzba [9], Flickr user Lejade [10]

Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali

The largest mud brick building in the world, the Great Mosque of Djenné is the center for the community of Djenné and one of Africa's most influential landmarks.

Source: Flickr user phase3 [11]

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Nestled in Morocco’s Rif Mountains, this otherworldly escape overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and boasts an excellent culinary scene.

Source: Flickr user jfgornet [12]

Mount Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo

This active volcano contains a lava lake and has erupted 34 times since the 1800s.

Source: Flickr user John_in_Kigali [13]

Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

One of the largest salt flats in the world, it used to be a huge lake before drying up thousands of years ago.

Source: Flickr user abibhattachan [14]

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

This large game reserve is known for the big cats that populate the area as well as the Great Migration from July to October.

Source: Flickr user ninara [15], Flickr user M1key.me [16] , Flickr user SonofGroucho [17]

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

The highest mountain in Africa, its peaks are covered in snow, while its base is full of vegetation.

Source: Flickr user kyletaylor [18]

Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe Border

The water from the falls plunges into a narrow gorge, and the sprays sent into the air cause permanent rainbows.

Source: Flickr user i_pinz [19]

Deadvlei, Namibia

Reminiscent of a surrealist painting, this white clay pan is surrounded by some of the highest sand dunes in the world.

Source: Flickr user gregw66 [20], Flickr user dwysiu [21]

Giraffe Manor, Kenya

Guests can stay in this boutique hotel and interact with giraffes as they roam around (and poke their heads in through the windows) on the 140-acre property.

Source: Flickr user kenyaphotos [22]

Lake Malawi

The ninth largest lake in the world is home to more species of fish than any other freshwater location.

Source: Flickr user sgregory35 [23]

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

These ancient stone monuments that served as tombs for kings have stood the test of time for 4,500 years.

Source: Flickr user spinkney [24], Flickr user girolame [25]

The Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar

Isn't it every seafood lovers' dream to dine inside a restaurant that's on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean?

Source: Flickr user rod_waddington [26]

Lake Natron, Tanzania

The unique color of this lake is due to high evaporation rates that leave behind large amounts of saline for salt-loving microorganisms to thrive.

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Nakuru translates to "dust or dusty place" in the Maasai language. The lake's abundance of algae attracts flamingos to the shoreline.

Source: Flickr user gcode [27]

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