Africa’s highest peak and the longest river on the continent have made the top two outstanding features in the latest list of new Seven Wonders.
The world’s tallest free standing mountain, Kilimanjaro found in Northern Tanzania and the longest free-meandering water body, River Nile in Sudan are among the top three new seven wonders on the Continent.
Others sites include the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, where the desert meets the sea, the vast wildlife-filled 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’.
New Seven Wonders in nutshell
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.
New seven wonders in Africa include River Nile (Sudan); Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania); Ancient Carthage Empire (Tunisia); Kruger National Park (South Africa); the Skeleton Coast (Namibia); Maasai Mara Reserve (Kenya) and the 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.
Globally ranking here are the new Seven Wonders of the World
- 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.