by Matthew Scott

Africa is a continent of stark contrasts and rich history, yet, aside from the Great Pyramids, most of its significant cultural sites are relatively unknown by Westerners. To help make the dark continent a little brighter and more well known, we’ve put together a simple list of places you really need to see in Africa. From Morocco to Botswana, to more adventurous countries such like Libya and Mali, at the very least, you’ll probably learn about some cool historic sites you’ve never heard of. Each location is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

1.) Aït Benhaddou (above)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%C3%AFt_Benhaddou

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/444

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2.) Leptis Magna

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leptis_Magna

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/183

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3.) The Great Mosque of Djenné

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Mosque_of_Djenn%C3%A9

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/116

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4.) M’Zab Valley

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M’zab

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/188

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5.) Tsodilo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsodilo

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1021

Five Places You Need to See in Africa

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About the Author: Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott is a dedicated photographer, vintage car enthusiast, and regular contributor to Overland Journal. Growing up in Chicago in a family that valued “all things automotive” as much as exploring the region’s back roads, provided a solid platform for a career as an automotive journalist. He departed the Windy City in lieu of Prescott, Arizona, and the great open spaces and adventure opportunities of America’s Southwest. @matthewexplore