Africa is full of hidden gems that are just waiting to be unfolded and ready for you to discover and enjoy. It is quite normal to stay in your comfort zone and go by the book but if you venture out and discover some unknown locations you will be guaranteed to have some 'once in a lifetime' experiences. We have handpicked our top hidden gems that you should definitely consider while venturing out to this incredibly huge continent.
Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania
Located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kigoma Region, Tanzania, this National Park is a 'must-see.' It compromises some of the most incredible wildlife as well as stunning scenery of golden sand beaches and tropical forests. What's more, this national park is home to some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees. Consequently, a popular tourist attraction is chimpanzee tracking which is just as fun as it sounds! It is also the only place where chimpanzees and lions peacefully cohabitate. As it is in quite a remote location it can only be reached by boat. Furthermore, it is actually one of the very few national parks in Africa that allows guided nature walks within park boundaries. So it is definitely recommended to visit this hidden gem that has many unique features.
The Owl House, Eastern Cape
The Owl House is a museum in Nieu Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa . It is a wonderful place to visit for those who are into strange and mysterious monuments. The owner of this museum, Helen Martins, transformed her house and the area around it into a visionary masterpiece. She decided to transform her house after the death of her parents in order to bring light and colour to her very lonely world. Her project turned into an obsession as she began creating sculptures of owls and many mythical beasts as well as multi-coloured glass interiors. She dedicated over 12 years to this project and unfortunately ended up committing suicide by drinking caustic soda. Some say the ghost of Helen Martin still resides here so this unique experience is not for the faint-hearted!
Hole in the wall (Coffee Bay), Wild Coast, South Africa
This unique landmark is exactly what the name implies - a hole pierced through a wall. The formation comprises of a great detached cliff that has a wide opening that is carved through its center as a consequence of the relentless crashing of the waves against the sandstone and shale. There are of course many myths and legends behind the formation of this unique formation that are more interesting but regardless of how this huge hole was created, it is a truly spectacular sight. Plus, it is definitely worth visiting as it is very accessible since it is only a short distance from the coastline.
Sipi Falls, Uganda
Located in Eastern Uganda in the district of Kapchorwa, Sipi falls comprises of a collection of three tall waterfalls which are situated at the edge of Mount Elgon. This is definitely the place to visit with a loved one as it is considered to be one of Uganda's most romantic spots. The name for these breathtaking waterfalls derives from the local plant that grows along the river banks called the "sep" which is a medicinal plant that is commonly used for treating measles and fevers. The Sipi falls area is actually a starting point for many hikes up Mount Elgon, so why not kill two birds with one stone by venturing out here and witnessing two majestic landmarks.
Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape, South Africa
The Baviaanskloof is Dutch for "Valley of Baboons." It is a protected World Heritage Site which is located west of Port Elizabeth. Teeming with stunning views of nature including narrow gorges with sinuous streams, rugged landscapes of vast plains and incredible views of the wilderness. This place is a must see for all you nature lovers out there. It holds the worthy title of being one of the richest plant regions in the world as it is home to around 20% of the continent's fauna and flora! Thanks to the insane diversity of plant species, a wide range of birds can be discovered in the valley.