World was a collection of man-made constructions located in the Eastern Mediterranean area which recognised human ingenuity…
Unfortunately only one of them remains, The Great Pyramid of Giza, which still makes it onto many travel lists.
Based on the preferences of thousands of travellers who embark on guided holidays with Trafalgar, these are the top 5 natural wonders picks for holidaymakers from South Africa:
1. Cliffs of Moher
If you have a fondness for lush green valleys, charming towns and a pint or two of Guinness, Ireland is your sort of place. Close your eyes at the Cliffs of Moher and you’ll almost hear the sound of the Irish pennywhistle drifting on the breeze.
This magical place offers a scene of dramatic sandstone and shale cliffs jutting out onto the grey-blue Atlantic Ocean. Many of the best vantage points are sheer drops (up to 214 meters), so for once selfie sticks are recommended for your selfie safety.
Afterwards, how about an authentic Irish lunch at the O’Brien’s cosy Barrtrá restaurant overlooking Liscannor Bay.
2. The Grand Canyon
Take your front-row seat at this stunning arena, created naturally by erosion of the once-flowing Colorado River.
With its distinction as the largest canyon in the world, it is a well-known tourist attraction but it is still worth a visit, especially now with a unique optional experience of seeing it from a helicopter.
The best time to view the Grand Canyon is at sunrise or sunset, as the light amplifies the details of its ancient, hidden crevices and eroded rock. From here, you can make your way along the infamous Route 66.
3. Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
Also known as Guanabara Bay, this attraction frequently makes it onto modern lists of natural wonders worth seeing.
Rio de Janeiro alone is well known for its annual carnival, but it’s natural harbour, surrounded by gorgeous granite monolith mountains, offers is a spectacle in its own right. The best views can be seen as you ascend Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car with your local Rio specialist
4. The Aurora Borealis, Iceland
Named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, with the added Greek name for north wind, Boreas, Aurora Borealis is also known as the Northern lights.
This is Mother Nature putting her best foot forward. This brilliant performance of natural light occurs across the Arctic sky and can be seen in Iceland.
Surrounded in mysticism and scientific wonder, it is one of the most sought-after travel experiences, as its appearance is never fully guaranteed. A visit to Iceland does however guarantee visitors ethereal landscapes and some of the cutest Icelandic horses you will ever see.
5. The Great Barrier Reef
As the largest reef structure and marine park in the world, the Great Barrier Reef often makes an appearance on the list of the world’s natural wonders.
Although it is located “Downunder”, it can be seen from outer space. This underwater coral garden is host to a variety of endangered species such as the larger Green Sea Turtle and the Dugong.
The Great Barrier Reef is sadly on the decline, which means you should really try and see it before it’s magnificence disappears.