Best Views in Africa
There’s nothing more powerful than gaining a new perspective. Seeing the world from a new angle reaffirms its beauty, and instils in us a sense of childlike wonder. Look at the world in a different way with our list of the best views in Africa.
The most obvious place to gain a new perspective is at the southern tip of the continent. While Cape Agulhas is technically the most southern map-point of Africa, it’s Cape Point that scores the lead for being the most dramatic. The rocky headland curves out to sea in a rugged hook, marking the murky place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.
An oldie but a goodie, riding the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain is a rite of passage for every South African. While it has a reputation for being overcrowded and touristy, it’s totally worth it. The view over the Cape Town city bowl to Robben Island is nothing short of spectacular.
Adrenalin junkies have been coming here to bungee jump for years, but if you’re after the sight and not the thrill, you won’t be disappointed. From the top of the western tower, you get a 360 degree bird’s eye view of Soweto.
When explorer David Livingstone first laid eyes on Vic Falls, he called it “a sight so wonderful that angels must have gazed down on it in flight.” Recreate that view by booking a helicopter flip over the falls to fully grasp why the locals call it Mosi An-Tunya (the smoke that thunders).
There’s something tangibly ancient about the rolling red dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. When you’re there, you get the sense that you’re totally in the present, but also indelibly tied to the past. Hike Big Daddy for the best views over Deadvlei, where blackened acacia trees dot the salt pan.
Every year, the largest animal migration on earth takes place between Tanzania and Kenya. It’s nature showing off at her most beautiful and cruel, and is a spectacle not to be missed. The best views are found above in a hot air balloon, where you can float over the Serengeti in whisper silence.