CNN Travel recently released the results of a survey it carried out to discover the 25 most beautiful places on earth and Kenya, Uganda, and Morocco made it to this prestigious list.

This list was put together by the TV channel to celebrate Earth Day. It shows travelers the top locations they could visit before the year runs out. Below is a description of what CNN had to say about these select African locations.

Samburu, Kenya

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Samburu is right in the heart of Kenya and it is home to some of the most beguiling wildlife on the continent. The area is largely inaccessible which has contributed majorly to the presence of the diverse wildlife. The national reserve is made up of acacia-dotted landscapes and beautiful grasslands and is home to Grevy’s Zebra and the endangered reticulated giraffe species. It also happens to be home to the first Elephant Watch Camp in the country which is run by Saba Douglas-Hamilton.

Bwindi Impenetrable forest in Uganda

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Lodges at the Bwindi Impenetrable Park

This location is one of the last that harbors mountain gorillas as it has over 400 within its lush boundaries. The national park, protected by UNESCO, allows visitors to walk around to see different clusters of the gorillas and many other animals. Visitors are also treated to about 220 species of butterfly and 348 species of bird within the 331-kilometer-radius.

Mount Toubkal in Morocco

Mount Toubkal in Morocco (adventurealternative.com)

This mountain, at 4,167 meters above sea level, is referred to as the “roof of North Africa.” Visitors have to zigzag through several holy shrines, empty valleys, and steep snowfields to get to the summit. It reveals the expanse of the Atlas Mountains while taking visitors away from the noise of Marrakech.

Other locations that complete the list include:

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
  • Ciudad Perdida, Colombia
  • Dominica
  • Svalbard, Norway
  • Lake Bled, Slovenia
  • Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Positano, Italy
  • Lake District, UK
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
  • Vancouver Island, Canada
  • Denali National Park, Alaska
  • Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
  • Badlands, South Dakota
  • Monument Valley, Utah
  • Kata Tjuta, Australia
  • The Maldives
  • Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Petra in Jordan
  • The Atacama Desert in Chile
  • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China
  • Ha Long Bay in Vietnam
  • El Nido in the Philippines
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