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Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Cango Caves

Largest cave system in Africa.
-33.5869, 22.1983
(Richard Jones/Atlas Obscura)
Barkley West, South Africa

Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre

Fascinating collection of Khoisan rock engravings, still situated in their original setting.
-28.6704, 24.6544
The Big Hole. (Richard Jones/Atlas Obscura)
Kimberley, South Africa

Big Hole and Open Mine Museum

Mined to a depth of 240 meters with a perimeter of about 1.6 km, the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.
-28.7392, 24.7585
The Conical Tower
Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe

The largest prehistoric ruins south of the Sahara, once a powerful center of international trade.
-20.2596, 30.9360
Namibia

Namib Sand Sea

A desert that rolls right up to the ocean, where it's so dry animals live off the fog.
-24.3871, 14.8518
Dead Vlei
Namibia

Dead Vlei

This "dead marsh" sits among the largest sand dunes in the world, a forest frozen in time.
-24.7350, 15.3248
The circular patterns also form in the light vegetation and plant life of the arid desert locales
Namibia

Fairy Circles of Southern Africa

Unexplained bald patches speckle the south African countryside, growing and receding over time as though they were somehow alive.
-25.0191, 16.0170
Namibia

Welwitschia

Bizarre living fossil only grows in a small chunk of the Namib Desert.
-22.9576, 18.4904
Coelophysis rhodesiensis relative size.
Namibia

Dinosaur Footprints on the Otjihaenamaparero Farm

200-million-year-old ceratosaurus and coelophysis rhodesiensis tracks can be found fossilized in the sandstone near Mt. Etjo.
-21.0396, 16.4003
Namibia

Hoba Meteorite near Grootfontein, Namibia

Largest Known Meteorite on Earth.
-19.5925, 17.9337