Bucket list sights for your next Africa adventure

If there’s anything that gets our feet itching, it’s beautiful photographs of far-away sights. These Instagram images will have you packing the Landy before you know it. By Nell Hofmeyr

1. Quiver tree forest, Namibia

Location: Near Keetmanshoop, southern Namibia

Gaze upon the milky way in Namibia’s most unusual forest. These ancient aloes, which can live for hundreds of years, are the perfect companions for midnight stargazing.

Also read: 10 Things to do in Southern Namibia


2. Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe

Location: Matobo National Park, southwest Zimbabwe

Channel the sacred energy of Matobo Hills – the ‘Place of Benevolent Spirits’. Whether you wile away the hours atop Malindidzimu Hill or ponder the rock paintings of early man, here you’ll be totally at peace.

Also read: Minor gems of Zimbabwe


3. Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana

Location: Makgadikgadi Pans, northeast Botswana


These desolate salt flats, deemed to be some of the largest in the world, are unlike anything else you’ll experience in Botswana. Vast, austere and otherworldly – you’ll feel like you’ve landed on another planet.

Also read: Out of the ordinary Botswana activities


4. Murchison Falls, Uganda

Location: Murchison Falls National Park, northwest Uganda


Watch as the mighty Nile blasts through a narrow gorge and cascades over the rocks in a spectacular display of nature’s awesome power. With views like these, Uganda’s Murchison Falls will leave you breathless.

Also read: Discovering fertile Uganda


5. Mountain gorillas, Rwanda

Location: Volcanoes National Park, northwest Rwanda


Relish the chance to walk among the great mountain gorillas of East Africa in their natural habitat. With so few left in the wild, seeing these majestic apes up close is a memory you’ll treasure forever.

Also read: Small but beautiful Rwanda


6. Wildebeest Migration, Tanzania

Location: Serengeti National Park, northern Tanzania

Imagine standing by as hordes of wildebeest sweep across the Serengeti in their millions, en route to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. As one of nature’s most theatrical events, this annual pilgrimage is like nothing you’ll find elsewhere.

Also read: Kasanka – a magical migration moment

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