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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.

2nd highest mountain in Africa

Mount Kenya is Africa’s second-highest mountain is located in central Kenya, with its highest peak reaching over 17,000 feet. Because it was covered in ice caps for thousands of years, it is extremely steep, with highly eroded slopes. Millions of years ago, it was an active volcano, and it is still covered in a number of glaciers, which are retreating rapidly due to changing temperature trends. Its lower forested peaks, and the land that surrounds them, make up the protected Mount Kenya National Park. These lower areas are a hospitable habitat for many small mammals like monkeys, hyrax and porcupines as well as a few larger species like antelope and leopard.

   

The largest permanent desert lake of the world

Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink. That saying has never been more true than when it’s applied to Lake Turkana, the world’s largest permanent desert lake and the world’s third-largest salt lake. A wide expanse of water in the Kenyan Rift Valley, the lake is surrounded by primarily volcanic rock. Because it’s hard to access, it’s still very wild, and thousands upon thousands of Nile crocodiles can be found all over its shores. The unique wind conditions around the lake make it ideal for a wind farm, which is planned to power Kenya’s electricity grid.

   

Egypt's Underground Mystery in Saqqara

For the 1st time in 36 years, Egypt has opened an ancient underground metropolis with winding tunnels that stretch 3 quarters of a milebeneath the sand just north of the Step Pyramid of the Pharaoh Djoser. The Serapeum is one of several antiquities sites Egypt's government has renovated and reopened to boost tourism, including the interior of the pyramid of Khufu and six other royal tombs at Giza plateau. The highlight is the Great Vault, a 382-yard-long passage hand carved from sandstone bedrock; it's lined with 24 side chambers containing huge sarcophagi carved from single blocks of Aswan granite. The ten-year, $2 million renovation shored up burial chambers with steel beams and stabilized rock which had fractured due to water seepage, earthquakes, and decades of training exercises at a nearby military base involving explosives.

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The Rainforests of the Virunga National Park

Within one of Africa’s most conflicted nations – the Democratic Republic of Congo – is the Virunga National Park, home to the elusive and highly threatened mountain gorilla. The park has survived the nation’s long-troubled history, providing a safe refuge for the gorillas. The Virunga National Park was the first African national park and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979. Though there is an ongoing battle with poachers, the park is currently experiencing a resurgence of tourist activity.  In addition to both mountain and low-land gorillas, it’s home to chimpanzees, forest elephants, giraffes and buffalo.

   

The Ngorongoro Crater

A large volcanic caldera within the Crater Highlands of Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater formed when a massive volcano exploded and collapsed about two to three million years ago. The largest natural feature in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this crater is 2,000 feet deep and covers 100 square miles. It’s thought of as a ‘natural enclosure’ for a wide variety of wildlife including wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, rhinoceros, lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo. An estimated 25,000 animals live within it. One side receives heavy rainfall throughout the year and is covered in trees, while the west wall is grassland and bushland. The variety of animals present makes the Ngorongoro Crater a very popular tourist site. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 180 km (112 miles) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The conservation area is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, an arm of the Tanzanian government, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of Ngorongoro District.

   

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