When does a beautiful view become a deadly fall? These dangerous tourist attractions are appealing for the risk they present to those brave enough to visit them. The following 8 attractions in Africa are dangerous to human lives. Take precaution when you visit these places
1. Afar Triangle, Ethiopia
Herders and visitors alike were alarmed when the Earth opened and swallowed goats and camels in 2005. Geologist Dereje Ayalew and his colleagues flying over the site saw the action as magma below the surface welled up between two tectonic plates and pried them further apart. Hundreds of faults and fissures along a 40-mile stretch of desert resulted.
The Earth continues to rip apart underneath, making this area one of the world’s most unstable regions and one of the most dangerous places on Earth. Along with fearing a fall into deep gaping cracks appearing at random, you also risk coming into contact with the superheated air about 750 degrees F that may blast out of them.
2. Lake Nyos, Cameroon
Situated in Northwestern Cameroon, Lake Nyos sits on an area of volcanic activity where carbon dioxide leaks from beneath the ground. During a “limnic eruption,” the carbon dioxide bursts out from the bottom of the lake to form a deadly cloud.
Because the gas is heavier than air, it descends, pushing oxygen away and suffocating any life in the area. Two eruptions in the 1980’s killed over 1,700 people and 3,500 livestock in the area.
3. Dallol, Ethiopia
Dallol, Ethiopia, is one of the lowest and hottest points on earth. Despite political unrest in the region, it’s a popular spot for tourists, though these need to be accompanied by armed guards. Why bother making the dangerous trip? See for yourself.
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4. Lake Kivu
Similar to Lake Nyos in Cameroon, Lake Kivu which sits between The Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda is one of the most dangerous places on earth. Deep at the bottom of the lake, about 1,000 feet (300m) down, Kivu’s water is heavy with dissolved gas.
The lake contains an estimated 256 cubic kilometres of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 65 cubic kilometres of methane.
“It’s a highly volcanic area and much of the CO2 enters the lake from the volcanic rock beneath it,” says Professor Brian Moss from the University of Liverpool.
Bacteria in the lake then convert some of the CO2 into methane.
5. Lake Natron, Tanzania
Lake Natron in Tanzania is one of the most serene lakes in Africa, but it’s also the source of some of the most phantasmagorical photographs ever captured — images that look as though living animals had instantly turned to stone.
The alkaline water in Lake Natron has a pH as high as 10.5 and is so caustic it can burn the skin and eyes of animals that aren’t adapted to it. The water’s alkalinity comes from the sodium carbonate and other minerals that flow into the lake from the surrounding hills.
And deposits of sodium carbonate — which was once used in Egyptian mummification — also acts as a fantastic type of preservative for those animals unlucky enough to die in the waters of Lake Natron.
Source: Live Science
6. Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Located along the Atlantic coast of Namibia, the Skeleton Coast has a reputation for being one of the most inhospitable and deadliest natural places on Earth. This extreme piece of land got its name from whale and seal skeletons scattered all over the area; many people (mainly shipwrecked sailors) have died here too due to the local harsh environment.
The coast surrounding the Namib Desert is so inhospitable that Portuguese sailors once referred to it as “The Gates of Hell.” A brutal, inhospitable environment, the Skeleton Coast has claimed many ships and many lives over the years.
7. Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar
The Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve, located in western Madagascar, makes the list of protected UNESCO world heritage sites and is also one of the most dangerous places on Earth.
It features razor-sharp limestone rock peaks and needles mixed in with the lakes, mangrove swamps and undisturbed forests that give the area its beauty. The sharp edges are formed by water eroding away the limestone.
Explorers love the site because of its abundance of its numerous species of life, many not found elsewhere, and there’s plenty left unexplored because it’s basically a natural tiger trap pit waiting to cut you. If you visit, walk slow. The risk of dangers is easy to point out.
8. Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls
This rock pool is on the edge of Victoria Falls in Zambia and is a popular tourist destination. The more adventurous of visitors can even lay down and hang arms and legs over the rushing cliff – but don’t get too far off the edge you will surely not survive the perilous fall.
One heroic tour guide experienced the fatal force of Devil’s Pool when he attempted to save a tourist who had fallen into the gorges. The tour guide was able to save his charge but lost his balance in the chaos and was lost in the mists of the gulch.