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Geological sites headline New seven wonders of Africa

Geological features such as River Valleys, Mountains and Volcanoes have featured high in the new list of Seven Wonders on the African Continent.

Africa’s highest peak, the Mount Kilimanjaro found in Northern Tanzania and the world’s longest River, the Nile in Sudan are among the top three new seven wonders on the Continent.

Others include the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, the vast Kruger National Park in South Africa and Kenya’s Maasai Mara which is essentially an extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.

The Methodology used started with a collection of over 4,300 landmarks from every country around the globe, consisting of cultural and historical sites, national parks, game reserves, ancient structures, old ruins, mountains and active volcanoes.

The list included rock formations, lakes, lagoons, rivers and oceans, religious landmarks, islands and archipelagos, modern architectural sites, dams, canals, statues and monuments as well as deserts.

Analysing the page views of over 4,300 landmarks from every country around the globe, experts commissioned under ‘Travel Insurance,’ discovered which countries’ pages are visited most, revealing which attractions really are the most ‘wondered’ about.

The Top Three Wonders in Africa are the Nile River of Sudan with 8.2 million page views, Mount Kilimanjaro found in Moshi, Tanzania which has 7.5 million page views and the Ancient Carthage Empire of Tunisia amassing 5.5 million page views.

Assessments were made on how many page views each landmark’s Wikipedia page had in the past five years and ranked them accordingly to reveal the ones drawing the most number of visitors, and thus are the most ‘wondered about’.

However, cultural or historically sensitive sites or disputed areas were removed from the data, for sensitivity reasons, as well as any countries that had too low data.

These are the New seven wonders in Africa

River Nile (Sudan)

Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)

Ancient Carthage Empire (Tunisia)

Kruger National Park (South Africa)

Skeleton Coast (Namibia)

Maasai Mara Reserve (Kenya)

Valley of Kings (Egypt)

On the African continent, the vast majority of World Wonders are parks and reserves, including South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Namibia’s Skeleton Coast National Park and Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve.

The list also includes awe-inspiring mountains like Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania which leads the pack alongside River Nile and the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

There were also ancient structures like the Valley of the Kings found in Egypt.

Here now are the overall new World Wonders of 2023

The Taj Mahal (India) – 28,601,383 page views

2. The Burj Khalifa (United Arab Emirates) – 23,423,701 page views

3. Mount Everest (Nepal) – 22,066,676 page views

4. The Statue of Liberty (United States of America) – 19,851,871 page views

5. The Great Wall of China (China) – 17,405,607 page views

6. The Eiffel Tower (France) – 17,316,414 page views

7. Machu Picchu (Peru) – 14,229,131 page views

The original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World originated in the Middle-Ages, and they all stemmed from ancient Greek writings.

 Only sites that were known to the ancient Greeks were included at the time of the list’s inception.

In the year 2000, a Swiss foundation decided that with only one wonder still standing, it was high time to collate a new list, asking people around the world to vote on what they believed should be included in the New Seven Wonders of the World.

And so, in 2007 a new list including the Great Wall of China, Chichén Itzá, Petra, Machu Picchu, Christ the Redeemer, the Colosseum and the Taj Mahal, was born.

Two decades later, it was decided that it’s time for a new list, this time including the most awe-inspiring tourist attractions from every country on the planet.