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Interesting places in Africa

 

Africa is one of the most diverse places in the world. It literally has everything to offer everyone.  Find out about some of the continents well known and not so well known places or tell us about your favourite spots in Africa. Visited any interesting African places lately? Tell us about them.

Plan to turn Johannesburg into Africa's New York

An ambitious 10 year scheme has been developed to turn the continent's wealthiest city into Africa's New York City. The scheme is set to cost around $10 billion and is set to start a new era for Johannesburg's 4 million+ inhabitants. Plans are on the cards for an extensive new road and railroad network, better houses and revamped buildings to spruce up the city, originally built on a gold rush in the late 19th Century. The inspiration for change is the cosmopolitan New York City in the US, with its attractive bridges, roads and efficient subway network and parks.

   

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) is known as one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves, situated in southwest Kenya and is part of the northern section of the Serengeti National Park. Famous for the abundance of the big cats, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Maasai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress. The Maasai Mara Ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in world and this is where over 2 MILLION Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually. Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. With the wildebeest migration in July to October, this is the best time to see this incredible movement of animals. Although it is not guaranteed that the wildebeest get to Maasai Mara, it has yet to let us down. Also, December to February are great times as it is dryer and good for the Big Cats.

   

Chamarel

Chamarel is a village on the south-western part of Mauritius that has a piece of land with 7 colours. This natural site composed of different shades ranging from tan to orange, to ocher. These shades, which attract the curiosity of thousands of people each year, are due to volcanic ashes that were made bare by erosion. The space occupied by the sand dunes is not very large, but this does not detract tourists from the dazzling spectacle offered by nature. Even if we try to mix seven colours together, these dunes mysteriously and automatically resume their original colour, just after a few hours. The scientific explanation of this place is still very vague. There was a time when Chamarel was a hotbed of witchcraft, but today it is a major tourist destination, which fascinates young and old alike.

   

Africa's Camelot

Fasil Ghebbi is located in Gondar, this site is nicknamed Africa’s Camelot. Home to a 17th-century castle, the city was the residence of the Ethiopian emperor Fasilides and his successors. The city is surrounded by a 2953 feet (900-meter) wall and contains palaces, churches, and monasteries that feature Hindu and Arab influences. In this city you will have to remind yourself you are in Africa and not on an island in North Wales. See more of these pictures in our gallery.

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Lake Retba - The pink lake of Senegal

Located less than an hour outside outside Dakar, the salt-rich lake is quite a sight to see. Known as Lac Rose by locals – for its tinted colour – the area is pretty much a dead zone with little to see besides the magnificent colour of the water. You’re also likely to spot a fleets of boats and salt collectors extracting the ingredient from the lake. The best time to go is between November to June when the colour is said to be its most vibrant.

   

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