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Morocco tours, tours of South Africa offer some of the continent's best mountains

As the largest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro rightly attracts much of the attention from tourists. And while the mountain has become a staple of Tanzania tours, it's not the only ascent in the continent worth making. Africa is replete with impressive mountains that reward arduous journeys with spectacular views and up-close encounters with native wildlife. They are spread throughout the entire continent, from the northernmost reaches of Morocco to South Africa, and there are plenty of peaks to choose from.

The Atlas Mountains traverse central Morocco, and while the range as a whole is undoubtedly a natural highlight in a country full of such attractions, Mount Toubkal is your best bet. At more than 13,600 feet, it is the tallest mountain in North Africa, making it especially appealing to adventure seekers. The trip up is certainly not an easy one, and it's best to make the ascent during the summer months. Aside from the views from the top, you'll encounter a number of beautiful natural features on the way to the top,  including gorges and rolling valleys.

Located in Ethiopia, the Simien Mountains have the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but they are also perfect for any adventure travel enthusiasts. The jagged rocks create one of the most unusual landscapes in Africa, and they also is one of the few places in the continent where snow falls. Additionally, the Simien Mountains are home to the walia ibex, which is among the rarest animals in the world, according to CNN.

If you head further south, you'll come into contact with The Drakensberg, South Africa's vast mountain range. Perhaps more than any other place in Africa, this range is well suited for hikers of all skill levels. There are many spots that are perfect examples of South Africa's natural beauty, but a good place to start is the gorgeous Champagne Valley. 

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