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Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo Natural History Museum

From neon green watering holes to bleached elephant foetuses, this Mozambique museum makes natural history weird.
Namibia

Namib Sand Sea

A desert that rolls right up to the ocean, where it's so dry animals live off the fog.
Windhoek, Namibia

The Gibeon Meteorites

A public display of prehistoric space rocks named for the Namibia village where they were found.
Windhoek, Namibia

National Museum of Namibia

Held in a fort that once stood for colonization of the area, this museum now tells the history of its indigenous people.
Ehlanzeni, South Africa

Bourke's Luck Potholes

Raging waters have created a strange geological site that looks like something off of a progressive rock album cover.
Hartbeespoort, South Africa

Witwatersrand Basin

It's estimated that half of the world's gold was mined from South Africa's "golden arc."
Sun City, South Africa

Sun City Resort

A safari-themed castle in the South African bush with the largest maze in the southern hemisphere.
Vredefort, South Africa

Vredefort Impact Crater

The world's largest impact crater is mainly eroded but still remembers the planet's violent history.
Namibia

Kolmanskop Ghost Town

The remains of diamond fever taken over by the desert.
Kimberley, South Africa

Big Hole and Open Mine Museum

Mined to a depth of 240 meters with a perimeter of about 1.6 km, the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.
Namibia/South Africa

Ai-Ais—Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

A seemingly desolate park that belongs to two countries actually supports all kinds of wildlife.
Bathurst, South Africa

The Big Pineapple

The world's largest pineapple building honors Bathurst's favorite fruit.
Mossel Bay, South Africa

The Post Office Tree

South Africa's postal service began with a letter left in a boot beneath this tree.
Saldanha, South Africa

Donkergat Whaling Station

At one South African whaling station, this industrial extermination led to a feeding frenzy that may have even been a key inspiration for Jaws.
Gansbaai, South Africa

Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai

An odd little fishing town that is inundated by tourists looking to be locked up in a cage and surrounded by great white sharks, because why not?
Paarl, South Africa

Afrikaans Language Monument

The South African dialect's complex history is immortalized in stone, in one of the world's only monuments dedicated to a language.
Paarl, South Africa

The Goat Tower of Fairview Cheese & Wine Farm

The original goat tower, the one that started it all.
Cape Town, South Africa

Bo Kaap

Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, Bo Kaap is a colorfully-painted township located in the “Mother City” of South Africa.
Cape Town, South Africa

South African Astronomical Observatory

This historic observatory was established to keep shipwrecks from littering the Cape of Good Hope.
Cape Town, South Africa

Seal Island

Haven for Cape Fur Seals, until the Ring of Death of jumping Great White Sharks arrives.
Cape Town, South Africa

Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary

This African beach is home to thousands of rare mainland penguins that are known for their annoying voice.