“To travel is to educate.”
What a wise and true saying. Many people choose to travel to popular countries, such as France, Spain, Greece and more, because of shopping opportunities, notable tourist attractions, and delicious food. For 2016, why not experience something completely different, such as these spectacular natural attractions in Africa and Asia, and learn something new about yourself and nature.
Take the road less travelled and be surprised!
Namib Desert, Namibia
The striking red sand dunes of the Namib Desert are most unusual. Some have said that this is what they imagine Mars to look like. When thinking about the Namib Desert, most would assume that it’s a hostile environment in which fauna and flora would struggle to thrive and survive. On the contrary, numerous animal and plant species have adapted to these arid conditions and have made the Namib their home.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
The Okavango Delta spans 15 000 square kilometres of lagoons, islands and rivers and is a real Garden of Eden where all manner of wildlife, including antelope, hippos, rhinos, and elephants roam freely. A popular tourist activity is the mokoro (homemade canoe) excursions where guests are treated to once in a lifetime scenic adventures along the water canals of the delta accompanied by a guide. Interacting this closely with nature gives tourists a first-hand experience of the splendour of Botswana.
Wulingyuan Scenic Area: Zhangjiajie, China
You may have seen travel bloggers mentioning Zhangjiajie before. This area in China is definitely one of the top ten natural attractions in the world, and it doesn’t take much to fathom why. Wulingyuan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of towering sandstone pillars that reach heights of over 200 metres that are surrounded by tinkling streams, the bluest pools and rushing waterfalls.
Ban Cioc -Detian Waterfall, China
The Ban-Cioc Detian Waterfall can be admired on the Quây Sơn River located on the border of China and Vietnam. The waterfall is known as Banyue in Vietnam and Detian Falls in China, and together they’re of the largest waterfalls in Asia.
The Great Rift Valley
One of Mother Nature’s exquisite works of art, the Great Rift Valley is a natural scenic attraction that many visitors to Africa look forward to seeing and photographing. The Great Rift Valley starts in Lebanon, continues for
6 000km and ends in Mozambique with its tallest peak reaching a dizzy height of
2 700m. The rift valley formed when three tectonic plates – the Arabian, Nubian and Somalian – were subjected to seismic events that caused splitting and diverging of the Earth’s crust. Another notable natural attraction closeby are the Tugen Hills, where numerous fossils preserved by lava were excavated.