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Salazie, Réunion

Piton des Neiges

Réunion Island's highest point is a 2 million-year-old volcano and a paraglider's paradise.
Mbabane, Eswatini

Sibebe Rock

This granite mountain is the largest rock in Africa and the second-largest monolith in the world.
Windhoek, Namibia

The Gibeon Meteorites

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

Dead Vlei

This "dead marsh" sits among the largest sand dunes in the world, a forest frozen in time.
Keetmanshoop, Namibia

Quiver Tree Forest

A rare cluster of alien-like plants grows along a dusty highway.
Namibia

Namib Sand Sea

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

'Each and Every Word'

In Namibia there is an installation that explores the intertwined linguistics and existential beliefs of an imaginary community.
Luderitz, Namibia

Shark Island

This deceptively beautiful island was once home to a German concentration camp and known as "Death Island."
Namibia

Tropic of Capricorn Crossing

Road signs in Namibia mark the location of one of the five major circles of latitude.
Namibia

Dinosaur Footprints on the Otjihaenamaparero Farm

Tracks of ceratosaurus and Coelophysis rhodesiensis tracks can be found fossilized in the sandstone near Mt. Etjo.
Namibia

Kolmanskop Ghost Town

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

Chapman's Peak Drive

This road winds through the steep coastal cliffside offering spectacular views for those who brave the drive.
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.
South Africa

Sudwala Caves

These otherworldly caverns form Earth's oldest known cave system.
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.
West Rand, South Africa

Sterkfontein Caves

Caves that can't seem to quit producing the remains of prehistoric humans.
Soweto, South Africa

Orlando Towers

Two giant painted cooling towers make for one of the world’s most epic bungee jumps.
Johannesburg, South Africa

Satyagraha House

The home of Mahatma Gandhi during part of the 21 years he spent living in South Africa is now a guest house.
Johannesburg, South Africa

Collectors Treasury

Over a million items cram the shelves at Africa's largest shop of used and rare books.
Mogale, South Africa

Cradle of Humankind

Home to some of the oldest hominid fossils ever found.
Nairobi, Kenya

Giraffe Centre

Get tall with nature's lankiest beasts and their warthog friends at this Kenyan preserve.
Malindi, Kenya

Marafa Depression

Strange sandstone canyon known as the "place broken by itself."
Berbera, Somalia

Berbera Shipwrecks

A surprising number of shipwrecks visible just off the Somaliland coast.
Hargeisa, Somalia

Laas Geel

This cave located in the badlands of Somaliland contains some of the oldest cave art in Africa.