Africa is known as the second largest and second most populous continent in the world. It covers 6% of the Earth’s total surface area and 20% of its total land area. It is considered to be the oldest inhabited territory on Earth and it is known for hosting a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures and language. Africa has 54 recognised states and 2 states whose independence is disputed (Western Sahara and Somaliland). From Cape to Cairo, Africa has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Being the proud African I am, today’s post focuses on the beautiful side of Africa.The Africa the media fails to show the world- Africa with cascading rivers, majestic mountains and beautiful people all courtesy of the GREATEST ARTIST OF ALL TIME (GOD).
P.S: These are not in any particular order and feel free to share some of yours.
1.Lake Rebta or Lac Rose (Senegal)
Lake Rebta or Lac Rose (meaning Pink Lake) lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal which is in northwest Africa. It is named for its pink waters caused by Dunaliella Saline algae (a type of green micro-algae Especially found in sea salt fields) and it is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas.
Lalibela is a town in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia. It is known for its distinctive rock-cut churches dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, which are pilgrimage sites (a place where the Coptic Christians go in search of moral or significance). Carved out of a rock, the subterranean monoliths include huge Bete Medhane Alem and cross-shaped Bete Giyorgis. It is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum (one of the oldest continuously inhabited place in Africa)
3.Maluti and AfriSki Mountains (Lesotho)
Lesotho is one of the 4 countries which experiences snow in the whole of Africa with Algeria, South Africa and Morrocco. It is the coldest country in Africa and is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1 000 metres in elevation, its lowest point of 1 400 metres is, therefore, the highest in the world. In June the temperatures go below 0 degrees Celsius and regular snowfalls are common in mountainous areas.
4.Mosi-oa-tunya aka Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “The Smoke that Thunders” is one of the world’s highest waterfalls in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. The Zambezi River in which the falls pour is the largest river in southern Africa and it flows across Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique until it reaches the Indian Ocean.550 million litres of water drops 93m every minute over the cliff into the Zambezi River.
5.Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania with three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. It is the largest mountain in Africa and it is one of the “Seven Summits” of the world. The volcanic mountain last erupted 150 000 years ago. It is the largest mountain outside of South America, making it the second highest in the world after Mount Everest. Around 25 000 people climb Mount Kilimanjaro each year, but only 2/3 of these actually reach the summit.