Cape Town - Ever since the trailer for Black Panther dropped, there have been racist criticisms judging the film for being 'overwhelmingly black'. Now that the film has reached cinemas, these trolls have surfaced once again. While none of the filming took place in South Africa, the film does feature one of the 11 South African languages in it as the Wakandan language: isiXhosa.
The film also casts several South African actors and actresses, namely: John Kani who plays the Wakandan King and father to the film's protagonist (Black Panther himself), Atandwa Kani (John Kani's son) plays the younger version of his father in the film as well as actress Connie Chiume who plays a mining elder. So, we're rather impressed with our proudly South African footprint on this movie.
With as much African pride as we can muster, we've compiled a list of 'overwhelmingly black' and beautiful places you need to see.
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
Humble yourself in front of one of the most beautiful African sunsets you'll ever have the privilege to witness. It is one of the world's largest deltas, fed by the high waters of Uganda which flows into the plains of the Kalahari Desert before dwindling down into open land, flooding the savannah as it tries in vain to reach the elusive Indian Ocean.
It is considered to be an Eden of Africa for its otherworldly beauty and its important life force for all the wildlife in the region. If you plan to visit this little slice of heaven you'll have the opportunity to move from camp to camp enjoying the land- and water-based safaris.
SEE: Okavango Delta: When lions roar...
Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Nothing really brings the triviality of life into perspective quite like watching large sums of water plummet down into gushing glory. The sheer size and power of these falls are enough to humble anyone into sheer awe. This incredible spectacle lies at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and has double the intensity of the well-known Niagara Falls.
Referred to as Mosi-oa-Tunya (smoke that thunders) by locals, these falls see the calm Zambezi River drop down into a chasm more than 30 metres long into a bed of mist that roars with power and authority.
SEE: Victoria Falls, from the Zambian side
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
This beautiful and 'overwhelmingly black' place is home to a congregation of one million flamingos, making it an easy and popular spot for visitors wanting to observe and photograph these pink birds.
Like the rest of the world, diversity exists here too. Lake Nakuru National Park is home to rhinos, buffalos, jackals, lions and various types of birds - allowing visitors to enjoy and appreciate all that roam there.
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Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
Set in a location surrounded by picturesque mountain ridges, cliffs, deep canyon-style gorges and open, green valleys, the Simien Mountains National Park is a must-see in Ethiopia. The park boasts a unique range of wildlife and traditional agriculture all embraced within the mountain edged haven.
Some of the wildlife guests can expect to encounter include the endemic Simien fox, Ethiopian wolf, several birds of prey, the endemic Gelada baboon, the klipspringer and the bush buck.
SEE: Ethiopia: Old-world Africa, brimming with modern life
Sossusvlei Namib Desert National Park, Namibia
Rounding up the list is the breathtaking Sossusvlei Namib Desert National Park. Hike up the great Sossusvlei sand dune and absorb the amazing vista overlooking the plains below and the ghostly expanse of white clay littered with camelthorn trees called Deadvlei. The sparse and stark beauty of the Deadvlei is sure to move even the most emotionally void soul.
Be sure to start your adventure early in the mornings - the dunes can get so hot that it'll burn through your shoes like Black Panther will burn through the haters.
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Those are just five overwhelmingly black and beautiful places that need to be on your travel bucket list, but there is so much more African beauty out there to explore and learn from!
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