20 Beautiful Places You Won’t Believe Are In Africa (But They Are)

Africa is famous for its beautiful sights and cities, unsurpassed natural wonders, dramatic coastline, amazing wildlife, luscious forests and unforgettable architecture. The continent has a unique culture and heritage and it is full of unbelievably wide-ranging and beautiful places to visit.
If you are planning to visit Africa, here are 20 beautiful places you won’t believe are in Africa. So, why not travel to these places and see their mesmerizing beauty with your own eyes.

1. Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar

Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar

Photo Source: Rod Waddington on Flickr

Set on a rock, along the shores of Michanwi Pingwe beach in Zanzibar, Rock Restaurant offers the finest cuisine and laid-back beauty that will take your breath away. Visit: The Rock Restaurant

2. Diani Beach

Diani Beach (3)

Photo Source: Ken Wewerka on Flickr

Diani Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And guess what? It is located in Africa. The tropical paradise features picture perfect white sandy beaches and turquoise blue Indian Ocean, stunning beach resorts and hotels, exciting water activities, which enchant visitors and make their holiday unforgettable.

3. Bom Bom Resort in Island of Príncipe

Bom Bom Resort, Island of Príncipe

Photo Source: André Pipa on Flickr

The Bom Bom Island Resort is located on the northern shore of Príncipe, on a secluded beach and it offers scenic waterfront and well-appointed accommodation in a stunning natural setting. Visit: The Bom Bom Island Resort

4. Knysna, South Africa


Knysna is beautiful town located in the Garden Route of South Africa. It is a beautiful place to visit and it features scenic attractions such as beautiful beaches and lush forest vegetation. If you love a quiet but exciting vacation, Knysna is a place to go.

5. Ihla, The Island of Mozambique

Ilha de Moçambique, Mozambique

Photo Source: _michael _ Jack on Flickr

The Island of Mozambique is an undiscovered jewel in Africa. The Island lies off the Northern coast of Mozambique. It is known for its white coral sand, crystal-clear water and coral reefs stretching along the Indian Ocean. The island is breathtaking!

6. Zomba Plateau, Malawi

Zomba Plateau (Malawi)

Photo Source: Ismail Mia on Flickr

Malawi is one of the most stunning countries in Africa and it offers varied landscapes such as Zomba Plateau. The Zomba Plateau is located in the southern Malawi and it is known as an exciting destination with spectacular views and numerous outdoor activities.

7. Memphis, Egypt


Memphis is an ancient and legendary city in Egypt, located south of the Nile River. Steeped in history and culture, the city is filled with stunning ruins of the ancient times. You should experience it!

8. Lake Victoria, Uganda


Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world. The lake offers stretches of white sandy beaches, plush green forests, beautiful wildlife and water activities. If you want to relax and unwind during your vacation, there are numerous accommodation facilities at the shores of the lake.

9. Mountain Oasis of Chebika, Tunisia

Mountain oasis Chebika

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Chebika is a small mountain oasis town, located at the mountains of the Djebel el Negueb. This town offers exciting adventures, beautiful views of the mountain oasis and a chance to enjoy an authentic and magical African holiday.

10. Virunga Mountains in Uganda

Virunga Mountains in Uganda

Photo Source: Global Water Partnership on Flickr

Uganda is gifted by nature and it is a beautiful destination characterized by amazing wildlife, stunning mountains and landscapes. The Virunga Mountains in Uganda are located in Kisoro and consist of Sabinyo Mountains, Mhaginga and Muhabura. Get a chance to track some mountain gorillas located here and enjoy the the picturesque sceneries the mountains offer.

11. Cape Town, South Africa


Cape Town is unquestionably one of the most beautiful cities in South Africa. The city features the Table Mountain, the stunning beaches, magnificent landscapes, historical attractions and plenty of lush vegetation. It’s a destination that will give you an experience of a lifetime.

12. Lake Assal, Djibouti


Lake Assal is a beautiful crater lake, located in central-western Djibouti. The Lake is an perfect location for those who love the sun and want to experience unpretentious summer temperateness because it is very hot here. The Lake is a natural landscape created by salt stone – pure white gypsum which surrounds the lake.

13. Seychelles

Seychelles (2)
Seychelles has long been an exclusive dream destination fro many people. The destination features paradisiacal beaches, the turquoise sea and the outstanding cliffs of the Indian Ocean, you should visit Seychelles for an experience that will remain in your hearts forever.

14. Valley of the Moon, Angola

angola-Valley of the Moon

The Valley of the Moon is one of the most unique landscapes in Africa. Also known as Miradouro da Lua or Watchpoint, the landscape is slightly comparable to the moon surface, featuring amazing rock formation with its flaming red hue. The Valley of the Moon is located 40km south of Luanda in Angola.

15. Namib Desert, Namibia

Wolwedans, Namib Desert,Namibia

Namib Desert is the oldest and largest desert in the world and it has with stunning scenery. Its age is estimated to be about 55 million of years. The desert is considered to be the most beautiful desert in the world with its red and yellow sand forming the massive sand dunes. This is where you will find the highest dunes in the world, which is measured to be at 325m.

16. Aït Ben Haddou, Morrocco

Aït Benhaddou, Morocco

Photo Source: bmeabroad on Flickr

Ait Ben Haddou is one of the most beautiful sights in Africa. Situated at the edge of the Atlas Mountains, along the valley of the Kasbahs; the city is filled with traditional mud brick buildings, which are spectacular Moroccan architecture. The city has been featured in so many movies such as Gladiator, the Lawrence of Arabia and many others.

17. Chamarel Waterfall, Mauritius

Chamarel Waterfall, Mauritius

Photo Source: Lukas Litz Obb on Flickr

The Charamel Waterfalls is the highest waterfall in Mauritius, measuring up to 100metres. If you want to see the impressive views of the waterfalls from the top, you should visit the Black River Gorge National Park. The Waterfall presents beautiful sceneries and it is definitely worth a visit.

18.  Lac Sale, Comoros

Lac Sale, Comoros

Photo Source: David Stanley on Flickr

Lac Sale, located in Comoros, at the northern viewpoint of the island, is a breathtaking caldera filled with salt water and it has an incredible backdrop of azure blue Indian Ocean. You can walk round the stunning caldera brim. You can’t find anything like this anywhere in the world!

19. Aswan City and Nile River, Egypt

Nile River, Egypt

Photo Source: Christian Junker – AHKGAP on Flickr

The best way to discover the beauty of Nile River is through Aswan City. Similarly, there is no better way to see Aswan city than by boat on Nile River. Nile River is the longest river in the world. The magic and mystic of the Nile is very captivating and the river is one of the most beautiful places in Africa.

20. Umm al-Maa, Libya

Sahara Oasis, Libya

Umm-al-Maa is the most beautiful lake Oasis of the world. The oasis is concealed amid the towering dunes of Libya. Located in the Idehan Ubari Sand Sea in Libra Sahara desert, Umm-al-Maa has a staggering beauty you can only find in Africa.

If you are planning to go some place beautiful any time this year, you should visit any of these beautiful places in Africa. To save costs, you can book cheap flights to these destinations with Travelstart Kenya. If you have visited any of these destinations, share your experiences with us in the comment below:

Our Readers Comments

  1. So nice, they all look beautiful, how I wish one day I can visit them all. ILOVE IT!

  2. I already feel like being in Sychelles. Money is my biggest limitation… Good photos. Kudos

  3. You didnt mention where Diani Beach is

    • Diani Beach is in Mombasa ,Kenya

    • Its in Kenya, south of Mombasa Coast, my home place cool place indeed.

    • Mombasa, Kenya (south coast)

    • Diani Beach is in South coast Mombasa, Kenya.

    • Diani Beach is in Kenya

    • Kwale Kenya

  4. The beuty of africa, I LOVE IT

  5. epic!

  6. Actually I have no trouble believing any of these places are in Africa. To say 20 beautiful places you wouldn’t believe are in Africa perpetuates the extremely flawed notion that Africa is not beautiful. And these 20 places are only scratching the surface of the beautiful continent I am fortunate to belong.

    • I agree whole heartedly with you on that. I saw the title of the article and I was like….errrr, yeah Africa is totally beautiful, what’s not to believe about that. Also some of the places I have seen featured here seem to be just the more common tourist haunts and not as beautiful as most of the continent actually is.

    • I could not agree more with Wanja

  7. Diani Beach is in Mombasa, KENYA!

  8. That photo of Seychelles though…EPIC!!! <3

  9. Victoria Falls. Greates thing I ever seen.

  10. You forgot Lake Chala in Taveta Kenya. Its spectacular!!

  11. I have been to many of Africa’s most wonderful places. Still can’t get enough ‘cos there’s alot more…

  12. The reason why you won’t believe such beautiful places are in Africa is because the media only shows the poverty parts and the bad parts

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