Africa is the travel explorer's paradise. With 54 countries and nearly 12 million square miles of savannas, highlands, rain forests, coastlines, and a massive desert, there are endless locales to experience. Nicknamed the "Mother Continent," Africa is the oldest inhabited continent on the planet. Its cultural diversity runs deep, influenced through a mixture of more than 1000 languages, multiple religions, indigenous tribal traditions, and migrations of cultures from around the world.  The most beautiful places in Africa are ready to explore. What are you waiting for?

01Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls sunset with rainbow, Zambia

The grandeur of Victoria Falls is among the most beautiful African sites to behold. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is a towering, spectacular waterfall on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe. This may not be the highest or widest waterfall in the world, but it's the largest. The white-capped, thunderous waters plunge more than 355 feet into the First Gorge below. This also makes it a paradise for bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, and general thrill-seeking.