There are a lot of beautiful and fascinating places in Africa which one must visit in his lifetime before saying goodbye to the continent. Africa is blessed with a bunch of tourist attractions with rich cultures which we are going to exploit in this post.
1. Paga Crocodile Pond
Paga Crocodile Pond is a tourist site located in an interesting rural town in the North-Eastern part of Ghana called Paga which shares common boundaries with Burkina Faso. Paga is in the Upper East Region of Ghana, forty-four kilometers from Bolgatanga, the regional capital.
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Crocodiles (reptiles) are dangerous animals, however, Paga crocodile pond is noted for the friendly nature of the crocodiles in the pond. The mystic Paga crocodile pond is made up of live crocodiles believed to have its oldest crocodile’s age as 94 years old. These reptiles are amazing and indeed huge in sizes and hence attract millions of visitors from all parts of the globe.
As a visitor or tourist, all you need to do is buy a chicken for the tour guide. The tour guide then uses the chicken to entice the crocodiles to come out. Now, this is the fun part of it, you can touch, caress, take pictures or even sit on a crocodile without any harm.
Historically, it is believed that a huge crocodile led a thirsty man called Panlogo to the pond to quench his thirst. The man thereafter pronounced the pond sacred and ordered that no man should ever harm the crocodiles.
It is also believed that the souls of Paga people reside in these crocodiles and thus, the population of people equals that of the crocodiles. It is, therefore, an offense to kill a crocodile.
The people in the town of Page have a rich culture and are easily identified by their way of dressing. There are nice restaurants and guest house to accommodate tourists. Don’t forget to try their favorite dish called Tuo Zafi (TZ) with Coubewa soup. You’ll also get to see historic buildings.
The distance from the capital, Accra to Paga is about 360 miles. You can either get there by a domestic flight or by road as it connected by a good road network.
Paga crocodile pond is one of those beautiful places in Africa one must visit in a lifetime. This is the only part of the planet where you can live freely with reptiles. This only happens in Africa, a continent blessed with beautiful places and rich cultures.
2. Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is a relatively small park located close to the Tanzania border at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro located in the Loitokitok District, Rift Valley. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, an apt description for the park’s parched conditions.
The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. Other wildlife commonly spotted in the park includes big cats such as lion and cheetah as well as giraffe, impala, eland, waterbuck, gazelle, and more than 600 species of birds.
Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulfur springs, savannah, and woodlands. Other attractions of the Amboseli National Park include opportunities to meet the Maasai people and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
3. Maasai Mara
Talking of Maasai people, one of the beautiful places in Africa you must visit is the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Maasai Mara is one of the world’s most magnificent game reserves and Kenya’s most popular game park.
Each year the Masai Mara National Reserve is visited by thousands of tourists who come here to watch the exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest.
Bordering Tanzania, the Mara is the northern extension of the Serengeti and forms a wildlife corridor between the two countries. It’s named after the statuesque, red-cloaked Maasai people who live in the park and graze their animals here as they have done for centuries.
In their language, Mara means “mottled”, perhaps a reference to the play of light and shadow from the acacia trees and cloud-studded skies on the vast grasslands.
The “Great Migration” takes place every year from July to October when millions of wildebeest and zebra migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania.
4. Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary
A tour to Tafi Atome in the south-eastern part of Ghana (Volta Region) would make appreciate animals, nature and rich Ewe culture.
The land around Tafi Atome was reserved as a sanctuary for the Mona Monkeys that lived the forest and are seen as sacred hence no one can kill them.
A visit to the forest is amazing. Bananas are provided as part of your entrance fee and the lovely monkeys would just jump on you to eat the bananas in a very friendly manner.
The relationship between the monkeys and the inhabitants of the land is special. The monkeys come out of the forest to live among the people and interestingly, watch the youths play football (soccer).
It is believed that, when a monkey dies, the people of Tafi Atome burry it as they’ll do to a deceased human being.
This village is definitely worth a visit as you also get to witness and buy the beautiful Kente cloth and carvings.
5. Sun City Resort
Tired of seeing animals? Ok, let’s go and have fun in South Africa. Known regionally as the Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure, Sun City Resort is a luxury casino and resort, situated about two hours’ drive from Johannesburg.
The complex contains four hotels, two championship golf courses, two casinos, an atmospheric South African cultural village and more than 7000 crocodiles within a sanctuary. The adjacent Pilanesberg Game Reserve is the most popular public Game Reserve in South Africa.
6. Robben Island
Robben Island is made up of a lower layer of Malmesbury shale which shapes its wild coastline, covered by a layer of limestone and calcrete, and topped by sand and myriad fragments of shell. The island measures 5.6 km approx. from north to south and 2.6 km approx. from east to west.
The highest point is 24 meters above sea level. Robben Island is a beautiful place to visit in Cape Town, South Africa. For more on Robben Island, view the video below.
Close your eyes and imagine paradise in your head. You’re thinking of Zanzibar. You’ll want to visit Zanzibar on your trip to East Africa to catch a beautiful sunset over glassy ocean waters.
Zanzibar is located in the Indian Ocean Off the coast of Tanzania. It was well-known for species and ivory and part of its history was that it was a major hub during the era of slave trade.
Zanzibar is one of the top places in Africa tourists from all over the world love to visit. The stone town of Zanzibar is a UNESCO World Heritage site and consist of traditional houses, narrow alleyways and much more. It’s time you go there yourself to see more.
8. Omo River Region
The Omo River Region of Southwestern Ethiopia is a fascinating destination. The place has more than 50 different tribes where much of the traditional customs and beliefs are very much intact and this has made a fascinating tourist attraction for those interested in culture.
9. The Big Hole
The world’s largest hand-dug excavation site, The Big Hole was mined to about 800 meters and, in its time, yielded 2.7 tons of diamonds. The mine closed in 1914 and is now an enormous water-filled crater.
The first recorded South African diamond, the Eureka, is on display in the very informative museum. You can try your luck by sifting through some diamond bearing gravel and also experience a diamond mining operation. Refreshments are available at the bar and admission to the museum is free.
10. Chaves Beach
Enough of Historical and cultural sites. Time to have fun at the Chaves beach in Cape Verde. At remote Chaves Beach on Boa Vista, a striking expanse of curvy, wind-carved sand dunes eventually run down into the Atlantic.
With its open landscape and soft sand, this desert island is a sunbather’s paradise. Chaves beach is isolation at its most lovely. Love seafood? Ask one of the local fishermen to catch your favorite.
Looking for a fun vacation destination, then Africa is the place to be!!! Have fun exploring Africa, The Rich continent.