10 Of The Most Unusual Places In Africa

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There are a lot of beautiful locations around the world, a lot unknown to us.

For the places on this list, there’s a lot of unusual activity going on around.

1. Giraffe Manor

Location: Kenya

Giraffe Manor is a small hotel in Nairobi, Kenya which serves as a home to a number of endangered Rothschild giraffes, and operates a breeding programme to reintroduce breeding pairs back into the wild to secure the future of the subspecies. Giraffe Manor offers you an unparalleled experience of the giraffes, with them vying for your attention at the breakfast table, the front door and even your bedroom window.

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2. The Abandoned Outdoor Movie Theatre

Location: Egypt

Somewhere on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, nestled at the foot of a desert mountain range, sits an odd sight that is almost completely out of place: hundreds of seats for an outdoor movie theatre. It is believed that the theatre was built by a man from France who liked to smoke cannabis. One day he was hanging out in the Sinai desert with his friends and decided that the one thing the place was missing was a movie theatre. Long story short, tons of old seats and a generator were hauled in from Cairo, including a giant screen that looked like the sail of a ship. Everything was set for opening night, however, the locals didn’t like the idea for some reason and sabotaged the generator. Not a single movie was ever screened. So now it sits in the middle of a desert, a forgotten movie theatre that was never used.

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3. Lake Natron

Location: Tanzania

Located close to the Kenyan border, Lake Natron is fed by some springs that are rich in minerals, making the lake highly alkaline, reaching a pH of 9 to 10.5. The temperature of the shallow lake’s water can reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit and is salty enough to poison most animals. All these characteristics, make Lake Natron the deadliest in the country. Despite all of this, the lake remains one of the main breeding grounds for lesser flamingos, a species who’s status of ‘near threatened’ is a direct consequence of its dependence on Lake Natron for breeding purposes. During periods when there isn’t much rain, the lake’s water level decreases, revealing salt islands, on which birds build nests. The blue-green algae that grow in the water, in turn, feed on the bird’s nests. Animals that die in the lake are turned into statues, through calcification.

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4. Sahara El Beyda

Location: Egypt

Sahara el Beyda or the white desert as it is known used to be nothing more than a sea-bed. Millions of years ago, a place, that now has record high temperatures used to be the bottom of the sea. Slowly the water level started to drop and all manner of life was gone. What was left are giant pieces of chalk rock, that still proudly stand till today. Each one has a unique shape, that could be admired for hours.

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5. Richat Structure

Location: Mauritania

The Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of the Sahara and Guelb er Richat, is a prominent circular feature which has attracted attention since the earliest space missions because it forms a conspicuous bull’s-eye in the otherwise rather featureless expanse of the desert.

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6. Olduvai Gorge

Location: Tanzania

Located near Olduvai Gorge lies the spectacular, yet mysterious, ash dunes of Shifting Sands. Formed from volcanic ash, these crescent-shaped dunes are a rare phenomenon and are technically referred to as barkan. These dunes are formed when there’s ample dust on the ground and a unidirectional wind to create the moving effect. The volcanic ash (or dust) collects around a rock and continually gathers until it forms what appears to be a small sand dune. This process is continuous, and as it progresses the unidirectional wind causes the dune to move. In the case of these Shifting Sands, they tend to move around 10 meters a year

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7. Deadvlei

Location: Namibia

Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. Also written DeadVlei or Dead Vlei, its name means “dead marsh” The pan also is referred to as “Dooie Vlei” which is the (presumably original) fully Afrikaans name.The clay pan was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded and the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. However, the climate changed and the sand dunes encroached on the pan, blocking the river from reaching the area. The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old, however, they have not decomposed due to the dry climate.

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8. The Painted Village of Burkina Faso

Location: Burkina-Faso

In the village of Tiebele, Burkina-Faso, every house is a work of art. This marvellous settling is known for its traditional Gourounsi architecture and carefully hand decorated houses. These houses have been hand painted by the locals, with extreme care and even more amazing, they are unique, none of them have repeating designs or patterns.

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9. Tsingy de Bemaraha

Location: Madagascar

The Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is a national park located in Melaky Region, northwest Madagascar. The national park centres on two geological formations: the Great Tsingy and the Little Tsingy. The Tsingys are karstic plateaus in which groundwater has undercut the elevated uplands, and has gouged caverns and fissures into the limestone. Because of local conditions, the erosion is patterned vertically as well as horizontally. In several regions of western Madagascar, centring on this National Park and adjacent Nature Reserve, the superposition of vertical and horizontal erosion patterns have created dramatic “forests” of limestone needles

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10. Illusion of Underwater Waterfall

Location: Mauritius

About 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa lies an island known as Mauritius that gives off the illusion of an underwater waterfall at the southwestern tip of the island. The visually deceiving impression, created in the water due to the runoff of sand and silt deposits, is especially effective and stunning in aerial shots.

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Which of these is the most unusual for you?