In its 2020 list of the best destinations across the world, National Geographic has included Chad, Egypt and the Kalahari Desert from the African continent.
Although the Sahel has a reputation for insecurity, Chad's Zakouma National Park is described as a safe haven for Central and West African wildlife.
It boasts a rich variety including elephants, roan antelopes, buffalos, the Lelwel hartebeest and Kordofan giraffes. There are also nearly 400 species of birds, cheetahs, leopards and servals.
"The park's location, in south-eastern Chad, one of the world's least visited countries, makes Zakouma a best-kept secret--one worth sharing to help ensure its continued success," says the listing.
In Lower Egypt, near the border with Sudan, Abu Simbel stands as one of Ancient Egypt's most impressive gifts to the modern world.
Carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II, the massive structure serves as a lasting monument to the king and his queen, Nefertari.
"Wander from one dimly lit chamber to another through the 98-foot-tall Great Temple, guarded by...