Places You Need to Visit Before You Die (Part 1)

By Katlego Moncho

So, I think it’s pretty obvious that most of us dream of travelling the world. Even though some of us may never get to, for those who are fortunate enough, this is a list of must go to places. For those of you who cannot it is time to change that mentality and make it happen. Trust us, after you see these places you will understand why.

We do not own the following information, so click on the link provided to find out more about the breath-taking places on the list. Enjoy!

  1. Mount Roraima

mount roraima.jpgLocated in Venezuela’s Canaima National Park, Mount Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateau. Mount Roraima is 9mi (14km) long, and 9222ft (2810m) tall at its highest point, with 1300ft (400m) cliffs on each side of the plateau. At its summit, Roraima is largely sandstone without much vegetation, though a few sparse bushes can be found. The isolated nature of the plateau makes it home to many unique species of flora, such as pitcher plants, bellflower and Rapatea heather.


  1. Phi Phi Islands

phi phi.jpgPhi Phi Island is Thailand’s island-superstar as it has featured in multiple movies. It is the topic of conversation for travellers all over Thailand. For some, it is the only reason to touchdown in Phuket. Even with all the hype, it does not disappoint. Phi Phi’s beauty is a large chunk of the allure. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to a beach-fronted jungle.


  1. Portofino

porto-fino-19.jpgPortofino, on the Italian Riviera, is known as the resort of the rich and famous, but there is much more to see here than just people. Portofino is a picturesque, half-moon shaped seaside village with pastel houses lining the shore of the harbour, shops, restaurants, cafes, and luxury hotels. The crystalline green waters reveal a myriad display of aquatic life. A castle sits atop the hill overlooking the village. There are also opportunities for hiking, diving, and boating.


  1. Pyramids of Giza

pyramids.jpgThe Great Pyramid of Giza is the most substantial ancient structure in the world and the most mysterious. According to prevailing archaeological theory – and there is absolutely no evidence to confirm this idea – the three pyramids on the Giza plateau are funerary structures of three kings of the fourth dynasty (2575 to 2465 BC). The Great Pyramid, attributed to Khufu (Cheops) is on the right of the photograph, the pyramid attributed to Khafra (Chephren) next to it, and that of Menkaura (Mycerinus) the smallest of the three.


  1. Marqueyssac Gardens

10marqueyssac-gardens1.jpgThe gardens of Marqueyssac are one of France’s listed ‘Jardins Remarquable’. They sit high above the Dordogne River and as you wander through the gardens you get some amazing views of the river below. These gardens are the most visited in the Perigord area.

The gardens were designed by a student of André Le Notre – famous designer of the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles.

When you enter the gardens by the Chateau of Marqueyssac the surrounding garden is a sort of crazy formal French style garden. Laid out in traditional French style as far as lots of clipped box goes this has been given a dramatic twist by clipping the box hedges into a mass of swirls, whorls and rounds giving the areas a dynamism not often seen in this type of gardening.


  1. Iguazu Falls

Iguazu-Falls-6.jpgIguazu Falls are waterfalls located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, dividing the Iguazu River into upper and lower levels. The first European to set his eyes on Iguazu Falls was the Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541. The Iguazu waterfall system makes up 1.7 miles of the Iguzu River and consists of 275 waterfalls. The name Iguazu originates from two words that mean ‘water’ and ‘big’. These words don’t quite capture the magnificence of this natural wonder. Iguazu Falls was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2011.


  1. The Plitvice National Park

Plitvice-1.jpgThe Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. It is Located roughly halfway between capital city Zagreb and Zadar on the coast. This lakes are a definite must-see in Croatia.

The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species.


  1. Santorini

santorini-greece_skyCrescent-shaped Santorini (or Thíra), the precious gem of the Aegean, is actually a group of islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni in the southernmost part of Cyclades. The islands that form Santorini came into existence as a consequence of intensive volcanic activity- twelve huge eruptions occurred. One occuring every 20,000 years and each violent eruption causing the collapse of the volcano’s central part creating a large crater (caldera). The volcano, however, managed to recreate itself over and over again into this beauty.


  1. Okavango Delta

okavango-delta-2Considered one of Nature’s masterpieces, the Okavango Delta offers its visitors an insight into one of Africa’s truly great wildernesses. A World Heritage Site, this vast and virtually untouched freshwater wetland lies at the heart of Botswana’s arid Kalahari yet supports an abundance of wildlife within a setting of dazzling natural beauty.


  1. Mount Kilimanjaro

mnt kiliMount Kilimanjaro is situated in the Northern part of Tanzania, in the Kilimanjaro National Park. It covers an area of 100 kilometres long and 65 kilometres wide. The mountain is a dormant volcano which compromises of three volcanic cones. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world. By free-standing, or non-massif, we mean it is not part of a mountain range. This is recommended for the adventurous to share in its beauty only few have witnessed first hand.


So go on and plan your adventure to discovering the world! 🙂

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