Africa is about as different as you can get from the UK. It is a continent engulfed by some of the world’s largest deserts and rainforests, with a history spanning back to the dawn of man.
Of course, every country in the world has some beauty, some awe-inspiring natural sensation which is prone to leave a person speechless and even overwhelmed by its very existence. This phenomenon is something which The Seven Natural Wonders project aims to celebrate. The 7 wonders project aims to inform and delight people using the seven most wonderful places on each continent. The selection process involved public opinion polls and insights from experts, and the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa were announced earlier this year.
As a continent of huge diversity, with tropical rainforests, deserts and mountains, there are hundreds of natural landmarks and features which could have qualified to be considered an official ‘Wonder’ of Africa, but there could be only seven winners.
Announced in Arusha, Tanzania, on February 23rd 2013, the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa are the Red Sea Reef, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Sahara Desert, the Serengeti Migration, Ngorongoro Crater, the Nile River, and the Okavango Delta. This list features many things which are accredited with being the largest of its kind, truly record breaking embodiments of the wild world. These locations also play host to an abundance of animals, the like of which are not seen anywhere else in the world.
As well as the announcement being held there, three of the seven wonders can be found in Tanzania, we like to think of them as the wonders of Tanzania.
Tanzania is a country of passion and beauty which begins in the flora and fauna, and spreads to the people and places and will leave you planning your next visit on your flight home.
Ngorongoro Crater is a 260 sq km caldera with a rim which dominates the skyline at over 600m. A caldera is a landscape created by a volcanic eruption so immense that the mouth and cone of the volcano have collapsed, and Ngorongoro earned its place in Africa’s Seven Wonders in part through being the world’s largest unbroken caldera and in part from the incredible array of wildlife found within. Ngorongoro offers some of the most exciting safari opportunities, and is one of the few places where you have the chance to see each of the traditional ‘big five’ animals (these being the lion, the leopard, the rhino, the buffalo, and the African elephant). There is a great choice of holiday accommodation in Ngorongoro and the crater is ideal if you want wildlife and safari focused holiday.
The second Tanzanian wonder is the jaw-dropping Mt. Kilimanjaro. The ‘rooftop of Africa’, as it’s sometimes known, is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, and is an inactive volcano. There are no known eruptions throughout human history. It also has a year-round snowy peak despite its equatorial location and volcanic nature. Kilimanjaro is an incredibly popular mountain to trek due to its excellent accessibility and incredible views. The altitude of the tallest of the seven peaks, combined with the proximity to the equator allows for some of the most magnificent views of the surrounding African plains imaginable. For more information about climbing Kilimanjaro, or if you just want to experience staying in the shadow of the Roof of Africa, take a look at the Kilimanjaro lodges available here at Go2Tanzania.
Last, but by no means least, is the Serengeti Migration. The perpetual odyssey of over two million large animals (primarily wildebeest, zebra and gazelle) across the ‘Endless Plains’ is a spectacular sight and offers some incredible photographic opportunities. If you have ever wanted to witness a pride of lions on the hunt, or see a crocodile claiming a victim, there is no better chance than as part of the Serengeti Migration. Holidays and safaris in the Serengeti are incredibly popular and there is a great range of lodges and camps to stay at, including the excellent tented camps which follow the migration path with the animals.