There is so much to tick off Africa's bucket list. Picture: Clinton Moodley.

I love Africa. I love its iconic sites, the weather, the people and its unique stories. Africa is my home, but there are so many places I want to visit and explore. While I tick off my bucket list, here are some places you should go to tick off yours.


Table Mountain, Cape Town


Why you should go: Cape Town is like my second home and every time I visit I go up Table Mountain. One can either hike up the mountain or go up via cable car. Once up, you can spend time exploring its beauty, watching the sunset, finding some small animals  or have a glass of wine at one of the restaurants.


Facts:

• The highest point is 1,086 meters (3,563 ft) above sea level

• There are and an estimated 2,200 species of plants are found on the mountain alone - some that can not be found anywhere else in the world.


Safari


Why you should go: There is nothing as magical as going on a safari. I have new found respect for animals after being on a safari. The good thing about safaris is that there are many places in Africa that have them. Some good choices will be Kruger National Park in South Africa, Ruaha National Park in Tanzania and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.



Facts

  • There are normally two safaris a day, one in the morning and the other during sunset.

  • Choose a game drive that has the big 5, that is the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. You may not see them all, but the experience of seeing one is enough to make lasting memories.



Victoria Falls


Why you should go: Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya, is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has been described by CNN as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. There are a range of activities, including sunset cruises, game drives and a steam train.




Facts:  

  • From September to December the flow of the Zambezi lessens and water levels drop.  Visitors can swim to the very edge of Victoria Falls in a naturally formed pool.

  • The Falls are 1,708 metres wide and 108 metres high. It has the largest curtain of falling water on the planet, one and a half times wider than Niagara Falls.


Pyramid of Giza



Why you should go: My dream is to see the Pyramid of Giza. It is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex bordering El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World. You may have seen on Instagram how people showcase the pyramid in a series of funny and quirky pictures, but this big iconic site should never be taken lightly.


Facts:


  • The pyramid is estimated to have around 2,300,000 stone blocks.

  • The Pyramid of Menkaure, the Pyramid of Khafre and the Great Pyramid of Khufu are precisely aligned with the Constellation of Orion.


 The River Nile



Why you should go: The Nile is a major north-flowing river in northeastern Africa, known to be one of the largest rivers in the world. It covers eleven countries, namely, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt.


Facts:

  • There are two major branches of the Nile called the White Nile and the Blue Nile. The White Nile originates in East Africa while the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. The two branches join the capital city of Sudan, Khartoum.

  • The two major sources of the river are Lake Victoria which feeds the White Nile branch, and Lake Tana which feeds the Blue Nile branch.