Going to one of the hottest and most inhospitable places on earth might not sound like an appealing idea in theory, but <a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/africa/ethiopia/" target="_blank">Ethiopia’</a>s Danakil Depression is a spectacular sight of dry land and bubbling pools of lava. A result of the friction of three tectonic plates, the geological depression bubbles with lava and sulfurous mounds. The surrounding grey salt pans, which are a stark contrast to the myriad of the luminescent colors in the depression, go on for as far as the eye can see. Getting there is not easy but visitors can book trips through local travel companies (which transport guests via car and camel).

Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

Going to one of the hottest and most inhospitable places on earth might not sound like an appealing idea in theory, but Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression is a spectacular sight of dry land and bubbling pools of lava. A result of the friction of three tectonic plates, the geological depression bubbles with lava and sulfurous mounds. The surrounding grey salt pans, which are a stark contrast to the myriad of the luminescent colors in the depression, go on for as far as the eye can see. Getting there is not easy but visitors can book trips through local travel companies (which transport guests via car and camel).
Photograph by Carl Court, Getty Images

7 Incredible Natural Wonders of Africa

Look beyond the obvious tourist stops to these lesser known gems.

We all know the tried and true travel experiences in Africa, like spotting wildlife on the plains of the Masai Mara or tasting wine in the vineyards of the Cape. But the very large continent of Africa is home to 54 countries brimming with otherworldly natural wonders and distinctive cultural experiences. Here are less expected African experiences for the traveler looking to go deeper.

Mary Holland is a freelance writer and editor, formerly with GQ and Glamour in South Africa. Follow her travels on Instagram.

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