Top 10 Natural Wonders Around the World

There is little to match the powerful sense of awe we feel when faced with immense natural beauty. For those who relish the chance to experience more of our planet’s jaw-dropping sights, we’ve shortlisted 10 of our favourite and less well-known natural wonders.

Whether you enjoy serene blue lakes, majestic mountain ranges, sun-baked canyons or glacier lagoons we’ve highlighted our top picks. There’s even an ancient rock fortress, wildlife-filled caldera and an underwater waterfall to add to your bucket list.

Table Mountain, South Africa

Whether seen under a tablecloth of cloud or against a cloudless blue sky, the distinctive flat top of Table Mountain is one of the world’s standout natural landmarks. A five-minute ride in the rotating cable car, or a three-hour hike, takes you to the summit for incredible views over the Cape Peninsula and the city and beaches of Cape Town. Famed for its floral biodiversity, Table Mountain is home to tortoise, porcupine, rock hyrax (dassies), peregrine falcon and jackal buzzard.

Underwater Waterfall, Mauritius

Known for white-sand beaches, beautiful blue lagoons, colourful coral reef and deep green rainforest, Mauritius also boasts an underwater waterfall. Take a helicopter or seaplane tour off the coast of Le Morne to witness this incredible underwater cascade. While it looks like the whole island is being sucked into a vast underwater sinkhole, this spectacular sight is actually an optical illusion caused by underwater currents pulling the sand and silt away from the volcanic plateau the islands are located on.

Colca Canyon, Peru

One of Peru’s main attractions, the striking landscape of the Colca Canyon is a travel highlight. Landscaped with volcanic peaks, terraced farmland, hot springs, grazing llama and one of the deepest canyons in the world, the captivating scenery is rich in Peruvian history, culture and tradition. Small rural communities thrive in the depths of the canyon, while the skies are patrolled by circling Andean condors. An ideal destination for adventure enthusiasts, trekking, riding and biking are fabulous ways to explore.

Yosemite National Park, California

An adventure playground of cascading waterfalls, towering granite rock formations and sky-scraping ancient redwoods, this huge Californian park is an icon of natural beauty. Carved by glacial erosion over 30 million years, Yosemite Valley offers spectacular views of El Capitan, Half Dome, the Merced River and Yosemite Falls. Or make your way up to Glacier Point for jaw-dropping panoramic views. From hiking to climbing, riding to biking and rafting, there are activities to suit all ages and abilities.

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Formed almost three million years ago, Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive and intact caldera. The landscape is stunning and only rivalled by the spectacular concentration of wildlife found within the walls of this bowl-shaped hollow. Expect to see lion, leopard, elephant, wildebeest, buffalo, hyena, cheetah, zebra and even black rhino. Experience epic game drives, hike the crater rim and do not miss the spectacular sight of the sun rising and setting over this dramatically beautiful terrain.

Sigiriya Rock, Sri Lanka

Built as an impenetrable rock fortress in the 5th century by King Kassapa, Sigiriya Rock is an architectural marvel and feat of engineering. The climb to the top is well worth the effort to see the ancient ruins, palace and endless views of the surrounding countryside. Also known as Lion Rock, the entrance to the palace is flanked by huge stone carved lion paws. Highlights include some of the world’s oldest gardens and the 8th century graffiti on Mirror Wall.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

The tranquil beauty of Halong Bay makes it one of the world’s most mesmerising seascapes. The sight of almost 2,000 limestone karsts and islands rising from the emerald green water is breathtaking. Floating fishing villages bob amid the limestone pillars, while the network of arches, caves and grottos add fairy tale charm to the glorious scenery. The best way to explore the karsts is on a short cruise or for a different and much closer perspective enjoy a kayak expedition.

Himalayas, India

The spellbinding beauty of the Himalayas is legendary. Full of spiritual significance, this mighty mountain range not only includes some of the world’s tallest peaks but is also the source of India’s holiest rivers. The birthplace of yoga, this dramatic scenery provides the ideal backdrop for trekking, exploring the network of ashrams, Buddhist temples and pilgrimage routes, along with visiting the atmospheric colonial hill stations such as Shimla and Darjeeling in the Himalayan foothills.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Located south of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull and formed naturally from melting ice, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is the jewel in Iceland’s crown. Deep blue in colour, the lagoon is filled with blocks of ice that have broken away from the glacier. These blocks melt and drift out to sea, often washing ashore as ice sculptures on nearby black beach where they glitter in the sun like diamonds. Explore by boat, visit an ice cave and marvel at the Northern Lights.

Moraine Lake, Canada

Nestled in the magnificent Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park, the surreal beauty of Moraine Lake is one of the quintessential views of the Canadian Rockies. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and waterfalls, it is Moraine’s vivid turquoise waters that leave a lasting impression. The colour arises from the light bouncing off fine rock particles found in the glacier meltwater that feed the lake. Explore the range of trails or simply soak up the serenity of the view.

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