Tourist attractions in Africa highlights include the pyramids of Giza, Carthage, Notre-Dame de la Paix church, the national park of Serengeti, and Victoria Falls.
The Giza pyramids are a complex of pyramids and other constructs from the ancient Egyptian empire period, and include the Great Pyramid of Giza, the only remaining monument of the “seven miracles of the ancient world.”
It is easy to get to the pyramid complex, which was constructed from the 25th century BC onwards, as it is located very near Cairo, the capital of Egypt, at a distance of about 25 kilometers.
The complex consists of the Great Pyramid of Giza (The Pyramid of Kheops), The Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, as well as a collection of smaller sized pyramids, which are often called “queen pyramids”.
Within the most impressive constructs on this unique destination among tourist attractions in Africa are the 48-storey building-sized The Great Pyramid of Giza and the 20-meter tall Great Sphinx statue, which depicts a half-human, half-lion.
Usually there is also an opportunity to also visit the inside of the pyramids, but typically only one of the pyramids is open to visitors at a time. You can also tour the place on foot, or use one of the available camels or horse rides.
Tourist attractions in Africa highlights also include Carthage and its ruins in Tunisia, which are ruins of the legendary ancient empire of Carthage, which rivaled for the control of the Mediterranean with the ancient Roman empire.
Carthage was also, for a period of time, the capital city for the ancient Roman province of Africa.
The ruins are located within an easy visit from the capital of Tunisia, at a distance of about 15 km, and the best way to get to know the history of the area is to visit the Carthage Museum, which is located at the Byrsa hill.
The museum contains most of the historical artifacts which have been found during the excavations to the historical area that belonged to the ancient city of Carthage.
Carthage ruins also include the remains of Antonine spas, which are all that remain of the legendary ancient Roman spas, which were the biggest of the entire empire during its time, in fact.
Notre-Dame de la Paix church in Cote d’Ivoire is the world’s biggest church for the Christian faith and a major highlight among the tourist attractions in Africa.
To build the church was an idea by the country’s president Félix Houphouët-Boigny, who first, in 1983, decided to move the country’s capital from Abidjan to Yamoussoukro, and then build for the new capital the world’s largest church.
The church was completed in 1989, and it has a total size of about 30,000 square meters, with a height of at most 158 meters, with enough seating space for a total of 7,000 persons, and space for 11,000 for those standing:
One of the most dominant building material at this Renaissance style church is marble, which was mostly imported from Italy and France.
The Serengeti National Park in Northern Tanzania is one of the most famous national parks, and best known for its green savannah areas, wild animals, and its original inhabitants, the Maasai tribe.
The national park, which is located near the tallest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro, consists of Maswa reservate, Loliondo, Ikorongo and Grumeti controlled areas, Ngorongoro conservation area, as well as Maasai Mara region near Kenyan border.
One of the things this national park is best known for is the million Gnu antilope’s and 200,000 zeprah’s annual migration to follow the rains.
Every year, about 90,000 tourist make a safari to the national park, to see, for example, lions, leopards, rhinos, African buffaloes, and elephants. The safaris are organized by, among others, Thomson Safari’s (thomsonsafaris.com), which has operated in the region as a safari organizer for over 25 years.
One of the best tourist attractions in Africa are the Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, which are considered the world’s biggest waterfalls, based on their 1,708 meter’s width and the height of 108 meters.
The waterfalls are part of the Zambezi river, which was named by the famous Scottish adventurer David Livingstone.
You can get right next to the waterfalls via a footpath and small bridges, which go next to the riverbank.
With the help of these footpaths you can see the waterfalls, at the closest, from a distance of about 60 meters. The viewing points differ from one another, depending on which side of the border (Zimbabwe or Zambia) you are looking at the sights from.
The Zimbabwean side offers a better overall view to the waterfalls, as from this side of the border you can see about 80% of the entire attraction, while on the Zambian side you can only see about 25-30% of the waterfalls.
In the middle of the waterfalls, using footbridges to get there, there is a viewing platform, which offers views to the rainbow that the waterfalls form, when looking down.
Victoria waterfalls is a unique gem among the tourist attractions in Africa .