From Sky to Sea
4 Amazing Places to Visit While in Africa
Alexa Lipsky | May 2nd 2016 | Period 6
Mt. Kilimanjaro, is the highest peak in the entire African continent, and is 19,336 ft. tall. Many people come from all over the globe to trek up the mountain. It is located on the border between Tanzania and Kenya. It usually takes about a week to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Since so many people trek through the mountain every year, it is very rare to see an animal larger than a monkey, because most animals prefer to stay away from the routes where thousands of people trek. The main language spoken in the area is Swahili.
A sphinx is a mythological creature, known to have the body of a lion, and the head of a pharaoh or god. The ancient Egyptians built statues of them to guard important places, such as tombs. The Great Sphinx was believed to have been carved around 2500 BC, and guards the pyramids of Giza. The Great Sphinx reaches 241 ft long, 20 ft wide, and 66 ft high. It is believed that the Great Sphinx was once painted in bright colors, such as reds and blues.
The Big Hole is a mine in South Africa, also known as Kimberley Mine. It descends 240 meters into ground. It was built the year of 1871, and is the largest open-pit mine created by hand. It is currently being turned into a World Heritage Site after being neglected for about 100 years.
Avenue of the Baobabs is a group of trees lining a dirt road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina, Madagascar, and is one of the most accessible places to witness the baobab trees. The dirt road goes on for 260 meters. Baobab trees can live up to 800 years old, and grow to 98 ft tall, and 160 ft around (circumference). Baobabs are also known as the "Upside Down Tree" and the "Bottle Tree". Avenue of the Baobabs is one of the most popular places in Madagascar.