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Experience these areas of the continent that have incredible cultural and natural significance.


Everything that you saw made for greatness and freedom, and unequalled nobility. ― Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa
 

From Ethiopia to Namibia, our 2015 Africa trip touches down in some of the continent's most incredible places. Travelers will also experience a number of amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites, areas with cultural and natural significance that the World Heritage Committee considers to have outstanding universal value.

Below we take a look at the top five UNESCO sites on our African journey.

Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia  

A major center of pilgrimage, the holy city of Lalibela is the site of 11 monolithic rock-cut churches, including the most well-known, the Church of St. George. Carved from solid red volcanic rock, the churches construction is attributed to King Lalibela, who set out to build a “New Jerusalem” during the 12th century. 

Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, Seychelles

The lush green Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve was once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden. In the heart of Praslin National Park, which was untouched until the 1930s, the valley is home to the coco de mer palms found only on the islands and known for its distinctively shaped nut. 

 

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park has Africa’s densest “big cat” predator population. One of the oldest ecosystems on the planet, lions, gazelles, zebras and spotted hyenas are among the many animals that roam the landscape. The Serengeti Plain is especially known for its annual wildebeest migration, which begins in December in the Ngorongoro area.

 

 

Robben Island, South Africa

Robben Island has a dubious history. It was used between the 17th and 20th centuries as a hospital for people with leprosy and mental illness, and as a military base during World War II. However, its most famous use was as a political prison where former South African President Nelson Mandela served 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment. 

Victoria Falls, Zambia

The Kololo tribe call Victoria Falls the “smoke that thunders.” These spectacular falls plunge loudly down a series of gorges and create a rainbow mist that can be seen from more than 12 miles away.  

Our Africa expedition is set to take off on May 12, 2015.