January 13

In Africa, You Can: How Africa Compares to Famous World Treasures

By Brad Mitchell on January 13, 2023

When it comes to global tourism, many people think of famous sites and destinations like gondola rides in Venice, the Mona Lisa in Paris, Rome's Trevi Fountain or the beautiful Mediterranean beaches. But what about their African equivalents? We share how our continent’s stars stack up against famous global treasures. 

Elephant reaching for fruit in Mana Pools

In Africa, you can experience it all...

Venice vs Okavango Delta

Move aside Venice, Africa's gondola takes things to a whole new level. A mokoro ride in the Okavango Delta surrounds you with stunning scenery and abundant wildlife. The mokoro is a canoe made of dugout tree trunks and is the traditional way to explore the delta's waterways. You'll glide through the water, taking in the sights and sounds of this unique ecosystem. 

Sunset mokoro ride over the Okavango Delta

Sunset mokoro ride in the Okavango Delta

Mona Lisa vs African Hospitality

In Africa, we don't do half smiles! Instead of the awkward "is she, isn't she?" smile of the Mona Lisa, in Africa, you'll be greeted by smiling staff and friendly faces wherever you go. 

The warmth of the African people is remarkable, and their willingness to share their culture with you will make for magical memories. One thing you can be sure of on our continent is that the people will make sure your trip is nothing short of unforgettable.

Staff at Silvan Safari, World's Leading Luxury Lodge

The smiles you will love to see at Silvan Safari

Trevi Fountain vs Victoria Falls

The Trevi Fountain might be a popular destination in Rome, but if you're interested in something that makes a little bit more of a splash, Victoria Falls definitely won't disappoint. As you'd expect from the world's largest sheet of falling water, the scenery is truly breathtaking and well worthy of its place among the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Victoria Falls is also a mecca for adventure seekers, with gorge swings, bungee jumping, white water rafting, and helicopter flips all among the activities you can enjoy. A swim in Devil's Pool on the very rim of the Falls is a must for the most adventurous of travellers.

The mist-ridden majesty of the Victoria Falls

The misty majesty of the Victoria Falls

The Mediterranean vs Indian Ocean Islands

Are you looking for a tropical summery beach or island escape? Africa's got more to offer than the Mediterranean. Take your pick of our Indian Ocean Islands from Madagascar to Mauritius, all boasting crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and vibrant cultures that will capture your heart.

Mauritius is a watersports wonderland for the adventurous

Mauritius is a watersports wonderland for the adventurous

Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" vs Namibia's Starlit Skies 

Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" is one of the most iconic art pieces in history, but we can't help but feel that if he'd painted it in Africa, there'd be a few more stars in it. 

The African night sky is a spectacular sight, and spending some time stargazing is well worth your time. Namibia, in particular, is one of the best places to enjoy this pastime, with some of the darkest night skies in the world, far removed from civilisation, so you'll be able to see the stars in all their glory.

Clear view of the Milky Way above the Namib dunes in Namibia - Africa Bucket List 2023

Enjoy magical views of the Milky Way

The Big Apple vs The Big 5

If you're used to the hustle and bustle of big city life in London or New York, a Big 5 safari in a private reserve gives you a chance to escape the traffic and crowds and experience the beauty of nature. Get magical moments and spectacular sightings on your African safari. And if you're more at home among the crowds, join nature's greatest journey on the Great Migration!

In Africa, You Can Do Anything 

On a visit to our continent, you can experience all of this and more. So, why not start planning your African adventure today? If you want to escape the ordinary and discover the extraordinary – well, in Africa, you can!

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About the author 

Brad Mitchell

With a deep-set love of the outdoors and making moments count in all aspects of life, nothing makes Brad happier than taking in sunrises and sunsets. He can often be found either running, surfing or playing sports somewhere in Cape Town. Having grown up a stone's throw from Kruger, Brad jumped at the chance to live in the Cape and has never looked back since! With a background in all things Marketing, he is driven by creativity and turning crazy ideas into real-life actions!

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