This post was updated on 21st September, 2016.
The World From Above is a series on The Trusted Traveller, taking you above the world one region at a time. From Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania, nothing will be missed.
With the help of some of the most well travelled people I know, we’re taking you on a journey through Africa from above. From Table Mountain to the Serengeti and so many more places in between, we’re helping you to get that view too on your next trip to Africa.
So lets get right into it with these Africa from Above photos.
Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Monica and Jon – We Travel Together
The Fish River canyon, situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, is an impressive natural beauty in the southern part of Namibia. With a depth of up to 550 meters, the Fish River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world. The enormous gorge meanders along a distance of approx. 160 kilometers. The view of the canyon from the Fish River Canyon lookout point is really something, and to watch the sun go down is a great way to end the day.
Siana Hill, Masai Mara, Kenya
Helen – Helen in Wonderlust
This is the view from the top of Siana Hill, just outside the Masai Mara gate. George, my guide and a Maasai Warrior picked me up early in the morning and we began our ascent. George kept watch for animals as we walked.He was barely breaking a sweat, whilst I couldn’t quite catch my breath. He said it was the altitude and that I should drink a cocktail of sheep fat and tree bark to make it better. I told him I’d take his word for it. But the effort was worth it for 360 views of the entire Masai Mara.
Table Mountain, South Africa
Vicky – Buddy the Traveling Monkey
Standing at 3,558 feet above sea level, Table Mountain in South Africa is an impressive sight. Considered one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain is visited by over 800,000 people a year. And with good reason; the views from the top are breathtaking! Below you can see the city of Cape Town and beyond it, the ocean. The easiest way to get to the top of Table Mountain is to take the cable car. Those that want a little more of a challenge can hike any of the over 350 trails to the top. And to get down? The same way you got to the top, unless you really want to spice things up. Then you could abseil down, the way I did! Either way, don’t miss a trip to Table Mountain, you can’t beat the view.
Balloon Ride Over the Serengeti
Melissa – The Flip Flop Flyer
This photo was taken from a hot air ballon ride, over the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The balloons take off before sunrise, allowing you to photograph the golden hour and take full advantage of the sunrise.
Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Nigeria
80 km north of Lagos (Nigeria) lies Abeokuta city. As if formed entirely of rust virtually every entity is hued a not unattractive shade of reddish-brown, from tin roofs to unmade lateritic tracks to the vehicles struggling upon them. Of revered interest is Olumo (‘God built it’) Rock, a walkable granite outcrop 137 metres high. Though spectacular the view can hardly be described as beautiful. A sweeping vista encompasses the Ogun River to the south-west and a tangled expanse of jungle beyond. Below lies a mish-mash conurbation built on and around massive boulders; one’s vision replete with rusty roofs and whitewashed masonry long since tinted by the adherent lateritic dust of the region.
Dieu Donne Winery in Franschhoek, South Africa
Bryan – The Wandering Gourmand
A couple hours slipped away as I shared a bottle of pinotage with my wife to this view across one of the world’s most picturesque wine valleys. Diue Donne Winery is located towards the top of Franschhoek Valley and offers commanding views of the lush vineyards and looming mountain tops.
Chapman’s Peak Drive in Cape Town, South Africa
Bryan – The Wandering Gourmand
Looking back at Chapman’s Peak Drive on Cape Peninsula. The toll road boasts 114 gnarly curves carved into the seaside cliffs. The scenic yet thrilling drive is popular with adrenaline junkies and car advertisements alike. I white knuckled all 9km my first time behind the wheel of a right side driving car.
God’s Window in South Africa
Laura – Savored Journeys
God’s Window, located in the north east, along the Panorama Route in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, not far from Kruger National Park, is one of the most stunning vantage points in the whole country. The Panorama Route is an incredibly scenic drive, along which are located majestic waterfalls, towering rock formations and views that stretch for miles in all directions. From God’s Window, you can see the meandering Blyde River Canyon below and sometimes, on a clear day, you can even see all the way to Kruger National Park and beyond. It’s truly one of nature’s best attributes.
Leather Tanneries in Fes, Morocco
Karlie – Miss Wanderlust
Morocco is famous for its leather goods, and the ancient medina of Fes is the beating heart of this industry. Take a trip back in time and get a glimpse of the centuries old dying and curing processes still in use today. Step into any of the dozens of leather shops and ask to be shown to the roof. From there you will see pots full of vibrant, natural dyes of all colours, skins hanging on every surface to dry in the sun, and the medina spreading in all directions beyond.
Dias Beach, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Ashley – Standby Sojourners
This view of secluded Dias Beach was taken from a segment of the Cape of Good Hope hiking trail, within the sprawling Table Mountain National Park system. This portion of the trail runs from the iconic Cape of Good Hope sign to the lighthouse at Cape Point. The beach is accessed by a steep stairway, which many hikers bypass, leaving it mostly unspoiled for those who brave climbing the 200+ stairs back up before continuing their hike. The climb is worth the extra effort, and offers a perfect opportunity for a lunch break during a long day of hiking.
Hot Air Ballooning near Marrakech
Claire – ZigZag on Earth
Morocco is a very dry country. I could realize it from the ground. But it is only when I took off in a hot air balloon not far from Marrakech that I really apprehended the extent of how dry it is. For kilometers around, all I could see was dirt as well as few farms here and there trying to survive in this harsh environment. The slow movement of the balloon and the low altitude allowed me to observe the locals in their daily life. The hour floating in the sky was mesmerizing!
Victoria Falls by Helicopter
Kate – Indi Kate
I was extremely lucky to get the chance to view the town of Victoria Falls as well as the falls itself from the air in a helicopter. Arriving at the helipad, there was a small group of people waiting to go up as well as plenty of info about the area and what we could expect to see pinned up in the office. We were weighed, signed an indemnity form and popped inside the heli! If you can afford the flight, or even if you need to skimp on something else to do this, I really would recommend you do. Most hotels can recommend a suitable operator in the area.
Serengeti Hippo Pool
Kate – Indi Kate
In the central area of the Serengeti National Park, there is rudimentary signage and a pretty worn dirt road that indicates a pathway to the ‘Serengeti Hippo Pool’. As we approached the viewing deck, it looked like we were looking down into a river filled with shiny boulders. The dawning realisation that I was looking at what was estimated to be 150 hippos squashed into a space smaller than my apartment, was pretty epic.
Check out more of the World From Above:
- Europe From Above: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5
- Asia From Above: Part 1 and Part 2
- North America From Above: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3
- Oceania From Above: Part 1 and Part 2
- South America From Above
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