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The famed pyramids along the Nile are at their best in Giza, where the three greatest tombs stand. The one built 46 centuries ago for Pharaoh Khufu is one of the original ancient Seven Wonders.
Gaza, west of Cairo.
A million wild animals take an annual circuit around the plains in search of fresh grass and water. The Serengeti Migration is nature's grandest show.
Kenya & Tanzania.
Imagine being on the vast floor of an ancient collapsed volcano that is home to wild safari animals including lions, rhinos, zebras and elephants. That's the Ngorongoro Crater.
Victoria Falls is one of the world's two most powerful falls. Its rim is 100 meters (330 feet) high and 1700 meters (1 mile)long.
Zambia & Zimbabwe.
Karnak Temple was the leading Egyptian spiritual center several thousand years ago. The complex was built along the Nile and is incredibly large. The star is the high columned Great Hypostyle Hall.
Nearly every traveler inflicted with wanderlust dreams of cruising down the Nile. Some 200 cruise boats await them. The sights of ancient temples and everyday life along the river banks become cherished memories.
Its many rooms house treasured antiquities. The King Tutankhamun ("King Tut") room is the most popular. The Egyptian museum also has a mummy room, which openly displays several pharaohs.
The Valley of the Kings is an arid valley near the Nile River. Ancient pharaonic tombs (including King Tut's) were dug deep into its steep slopes. Some tomb walls have remarkable wall paintings.
Four immense statues of the great Egyptian pharaoh Rameses protect the entrance to his Abu Simbel temple overlooking the Nile River.
The Sahara Desert stretches 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles) across northern Africa. Despite its severe dryness, the Sahara Desert has villages, trade routes, and trans-Sahara tours.
The selections are the first 10 African wonders on my Top 100 Wonders of the World list. That list - since 1968 - has been researched and updated.
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