3 of Africa's natural wonders
For truly breathtaking sights, tourists can trek through Africa's Garden of Eden in the Ngorongoro Crater or gaze over a sea of a sea of moving mammals during the Serengeti Migration. Africa is full of beauty and natural wonder, but some of the destinations stand above all the others.
The hottest hot spot in Africa, Lake Bogoria is teeming with geothermal activity - maybe steaming is a better word. Lake Bogoria has a wealth of geysers and hot springs caused by hot underground activity. According to The Travel Channel, the 20-mile long lake is rimmed with over 200 of the alkaline hot springs. The gushing water isn't the only thing to feast your eyes on, though. The site is the home to hundreds of bird species. One of the most abundant species is the pink flamingo. Reportedly, over 1.5 million flamingoes make their home around Lake Bogoria, feeding on the algae that collects on the surface of the water.
The Serengeti Migration
If big game animals are what you're after, there's no better place to view them than during the Serengeti Migration. According to Telegraph Media Group, 1.5 million wildebeest and around 200,000 zebras race across the African plain every year to follow the life-supporting cycle of rain. During the migration it's also common to see herds of elephants and groups of giraffes and big cats roaming the grasslands. Crocodiles and hippos get into the mix whenever herds have to cross a rivers during their 1,800-mile journey. The migration is packed with fast-paced excitement and wonderful photo opportunities for nature photographers and animal lovers.
The Ngorongoro Crater
At the heart of the Serengeti plains lies the world's largest volcanic crater: the Ngorngoro Crater. This 12-mile long caldera is unlike the hot and barren earth found at other volcanic locations, however. Home to over 25,000 large animals and 500 species of birds, according to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, this natural landmark is actually a thriving and lush ecosystem. With pristine grasslands, swamp areas and forests, the Ngorongoro Crater is a popular safari location, especially for watching the zebras, wildebeest and gazelles during their migration. An extra treat for historians and fossil lovers, UNESCO reported that the crater also has some of the earliest examples of evidence about early human evolution. The organization holds that the caldera has early hominid footprints that are over 3.6 million years old.
For more bizarre and beautiful natural wonders, travelers may want to visit the Yunnan Stone Forest. Here, towering spires of limestone dot the Yunnan province of China for miles. This natural phenomenon was formed as rainfall carved into the limestone over thousands of years. It's become one of the more popular natural sights in all of China.