Africa’s attractions are countless and ever-enticing. From a committed Africaphile, here’s a list of 20 uniquely African things to see and do before you die.
SEE THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA – CAIRO, EGYPT
They’re one of the world’s oldest tourist attractions and have existed for over 4 500 years. Until you stand at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Khufu, it’s impossible to imagine its vast size and the precision of its craftsmanship. It was built from 2,3 million blocks of stone weighing 2,5-15 tons each,…
“You gave us some of your lions and they already have Rwandan passports,” says the proud ranger at the entrance to Akagera National Park. “We believe they’re happy here because they’ve already had cubs. And soon we’ll have rhino too and Akagera will be a Big Five park.” Adding endangered mountain gorillas to the Virungas National Park, chimps and at least a dozen other primates in Nyungwe rainforest, along with over 700 bird species, makes Rwanda a coveted wildlife destination in Africa.
As I descend the rugged Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali, truth and reality seem hopelessly mismatched. The Dogon village I have arrived in clings precariously to the rock face of the arid escarpment, deep in the Sahel. Here, the mud huts and stilted granaries with conical roofs have an ancient and ethereal air, yet the Dogon people hold cosmic knowledge only recently verified in the West.
The Dogon have no telescopes –…