7 Natural Wonders of Africa
Africa is the second largest continent covering 11.7 million square miles (30.3 million sq. km) accounting for 20% of the world’s land area. Although Africa is home to the only remaining original member of the 7 Wonders of the World, it is often most frequently associated with the world of wildlife. The continent has 16,000 miles (26,000 km) of coastline. Africa has the world’s largest combination of density, population and variety of free roaming wild animals. The continent also has the largest collection of carnivores with the lion truly serving as the king of beasts. Africa is home to the Big 7 which includes the: lion, leopard, crocodile, elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, and the lowland gorilla. Africa has over 3,000 protected areas and some of these are home to the continent’s wonders of nature.
As one of the World’s Seven Wonders of Natural, Victoria Falls is honored to serve as the Ambassador Wonder to the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa Wonders. Congratulations to each of these deservedly named Africa Wonders of Nature. On February 11, 2013, the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa were officially declared in Arusha, Tanzania. These wonders of nature were determined by insights from experts from around the world with a key focus on conservationists such as members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon is located in Namibia. This enormous ravine and canyon stretches 100 miles (160 km) in length and reaches a width of 16.7 miles (27 km) wide creating Africa’s largest canyon.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Reaching a height of 19,340 feet (5,895 m), it is one of the largest stratovolcanoes in the world.
Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest unbroken caldera in the world. It is often referred to as “Africa’s Garden of Eden,” and affectionately described as a fish bowl of wildlife. The crater is home to over 30,000 animals including the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and hippopotamus of the Big 7.
The Nile River is the longest river in the world. The river extends 4,132 miles (6,650 km) crossing through 10 different countries. There are two sources, the Blue Nile and White Nile, of the river that originate in Uganda and Ethiopia.
The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta that has not been ravished by war or poaching. A national park has been established by Botswana to protect the wildlife and unique facets of nature the delta provides.
The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world and the third largest desert after Antarctica and the Arctic. The desert stretches 2,983 miles (4,800 km) from east to west and 1,118 miles (1,800 km) from north to south. It covers an area of 3,552,140 square miles (9,200,000 sq. km).
The Serengeti, or endless plains, is shared between Tanzania and Kenya with the majority of the plains found in Tanzania. The continued plains into Keny are known as the Maasai Mara. Collectively, it encompasses a 12,000 square mile (30,000 sq. km) area.