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What's Africa's best kept secret?
The Ashanti Golden stool
The Ashanti Golden stool remains a well guarded treasure

Africa is well known for its beautiful landscapes like the snow-capped Kilimanjaro, the Egyptian pyramids and wildlife.

But Africa has many other fascinations away from the well trodden tourist routes and adventures of the continent.

The BBC's Africa Live programme wants to hear about the people, sights and sounds of Africa that are rarely talked or reported about.

From the golden stool of Ghana's Ashanti people to the unique healing rituals of local herbalists.

We want to hear about the hidden Africa: It may be a sacred place or a rare animal, it could even be a special local brew or traditional dance.

This is your chance to tell us about anything unique that can only be found in Africa and how best you think it can be preserved for future generations.

Join the BBC's Africa Live debate Wednesday 17 March at 1630 & 1830GMT.

Use the form to send us your comments, some of which will be published below.

If you would like to take part in the discussion, e-mail us with your telephone number, which will not be published.


Your comments:

In Kumasi, Ghana, there is a sword half-buried into a stone: A symbol of Asante power.
Kwame, England

I'm so glad that you are doing this. Africa has so much to offer that it will probably take tens of Africa Live programmes to even just touch the wealth. From the Simien mountains in Ethiopia to the Nyika Plateau in Malawi to a walking safari with bushmen in Zambia. I look forward to your programme.
Mukesh Gupta, USA

There is a place just outside my home town of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe called Lumeni falls. It is a magical place. The first time I went there I felt as if I were the only person on earth. The clouds covered the low granite outcrops, and there were no human sounds. What better place is there?
A. Booyse, UK

I have heard the Arc of the Covenant is protected by a group in Axum, Ethiopia. This box contains the original tablet that the 10 commandments were written by God and this is recognized by Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Loren, Los Angeles, USA

In northern Ghana, the Larabanga Mosque remains a mystery to the people of Ghana.There is a legend that the mosque was built by God and it also houses a Holy Koran which also is believed to descend from heaven: A secret that continues to baffle!
Maxwell Eyram Afari, Ghanaian in Brazil

Africa has incredible galore of treasures. The only issue is how to keep her kleptomaniac rulers from disposing of them and stashing away the proceeds from the loot in some foreign bank accounts.
Charles Okeke, Nevada/USA

My Village Bambui in Cameroon, is the best in traditional healing and most Villages in Bamenda including my Bambui Village are best in harming people spiritually in their small Palm wine bars. Hence you can't live the bar to ease yourself without taking the rest of your wine with you. At times you are even poisoned from distance.
Tangang Protus Chungong, Bambui Cameroon

In our thriving rainforests, there is a tree species locally known as "nsorkor". It's rich in fluoride and that is why you see most Ghanaians with sparkling white teeth and naturally infectious smiles.
Kwame Boakye, Berekum,Ghana

Africa is perhaps the only continent that still boasts being culturally unspoiled. Its people and culture remain very much as they were thousands of years ago. From the Maasai of southeast Kenya to the tall Dinka of southern Sudan to diverse groups in west Africa, you can't possibly compare this to any other continent. Did you know that Africa is the only continent where cattle herders of Dinka are known to stand with one leg?
Marial Wuoi, USA

Although it is a good idea Africa shows the things they have to the world, it has not been a justified pride to be praised for! Instead the things were stolen by the greedy and the clever. Now, instead of talking about how those stolen things should be returned to Africa, it's being talked how some more could be exposed so that the same game may continue! Africans are thought not to be able to preserve things well; yet now it's known they can; as the Ashanti Golden stool shows.
Masanga Kishashi, Tanzania

Africa has many kept secrets that the world will never know about. Example, in South-eastern Liberia, in the township of Tiaunta, in the District of Ynaboe, there is a certain river that strangers can not visit. In ancient days of tribal wars, this river protected citizens of this town from their enemies. Even today, strangers who venture at the river without the approval of the town's people will have have snakes to content with.
Roland, Liberian in the US

For me, Africa's best kept secret is Ngonnye Falls on the Zambezi in southwest Zambia. It is even more beautiful than Victoria Falls. It's difficult, but fun to get to. You have to wade across part of the river to see it. Breath-taking!
Nick Moore, UK

As an Ethiopian, I believe that The Ark of the Covenant is alive and well in Ethiopia. As it's also stated in the book, The Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant by British journalist Graham Hancock, Menelik (fathered by Israelite King Solomon and born to the Queen of Sheba from Ethiopia) took the Ark of the Covenant from ancient Jerusalem in the days of King Solomon.
Lydia Hailu, California

The walls or moat of Benin city of Edo state of mid-western Nigeria is a place to visit. It's a place you cannot forget because it is mysterious
Scott Odiase, Bologna, Italy

Cape McClear on Lake Malawi is one of the most beautiful places I've been to. The water is like so crystal clear that you don't need to scuba dive to see the colourful fish swimming about. The colours are amazingly beautiful. It's been a while since I visited, hopefully it's still as striking!
Wambui Ngugi, Canada

Some of the most splendid works of humankind are found in Ethiopia. Some of those wonders of this country are the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, northern Ethiopia.
Berhane, USA

Interestingly, there are enormously plenty of sacred places in Africa that some people are unaware of. For instance, where I come from (Limi in Kajo-kaji) in Southern Sudan, there is what we call "Yige" a sacred place when rain fails, the elders of the village gather and blow it and rain will fall. It's here that the indigenous pay their tribute to the unseen god they call "Ngun" and their prayers are always positively answered. And it is believed that even fertility for both males and females can be restored at the Yige.
Dominic Woja Maku, Canada

Africa's best secret is with the Ashanti tribe in ghana and their golden stool. What we don't know since ages and has raised many questions is the golden stool. Is it really true that we have the original golden stool because I know the British fought the Ashantis to be able to get the golden stool. The British defeated the Ashanti's which resulted in capturing king Prempeh and do you think the British did not take the original stool for which we know they fought for
Kwasi Manu, Ghana

The Kilwas of Tanzania have amazing ruins, some of which are the largest and most intact along the Swahili coast.
Beau Llewellyn, Canada

In Botswana about 35 kilometers north of the capital Gaborone, there is a village called Rasesa. At that village there is a huge foot-print said to be of one of the oldest persons in the country called "matsieng". The foot-print is on a rock and it is said during those times the rocks were not solid but soft hence the foot-print where "matsieng" was passing.
Epena Ngatangue, Botswana

I have visited Ethiopia several times. It is really a very rich country that offers a unique and extremely diverse combination of both natural and historical attractions. The natural attractions vary from the volcanic land scape of the Afar desert (cradle of man kind) to the temperate Bale and Simen mountains holding relatively few but extreamly diverse wild life. Historical records start at least 300 BC. I can't list everyting but the most beautiful place I have seen in my life is the Wonchi crater lake located at 3500 meters above see level. The rim of the lake is 500m deep. It is very calm, unpolluted, the green alpine vegetation on the rim of the lake is wonderful. It is realy Switzerland of Africa. Visit this lake in September.
Marcello K.

In Machakos, there is an ancient tree with breasts sticking out, when you attempt to touch the breasts, or to cut it down, the tree cries out!
Malinda Harrahs, Kenyan in Germany

The perfectly shaped twin-hills of Somaliland nicknamed "Nasa Habloid" or "the Virgin's Breasts", located on the outskirts of the capital Hargeisa.
Jimaale Hashe, Somaliland

There is a cave in Ibwera, Tanzania nobody knows how far it goes because it is dark inside and there are feet carvings of a man, woman, a child and a dog on the rocks. I wish archeologists went there to know the age of the prints and what is in the caves.
Albina Milembe, Bangladesh

At Paga, a town in Ghana where I come from, it is common to see people swimming in dams and among croccodiles without anybody being attacked by the reptiles. Paga is attracting a lot of tourists, especially Europeans who visit the town to see villagers call the croccodiles out of the water and sit on them for the visitors to see and take pictures.
Kwame Alor, Ghana

For me Africa's best kept secret is the traditional healing power and potentials. Even before the advent of modern medicine, African traditional healers have been known to cure ailments which today some orthodox doctors can't cure. And these curative secrets they guard very closely to their chests except they reveal them to their trusted family members who in turn keep the secret.
Christian Ayasuk, Nigeria

In the northern region of Togo lies the 'Tamberma' region. Barely accessible by road and untouched by modernisation, these incredible people are completely self-sufficient. They live the most simple of lives, in harmony with nature and their indigenous beliefs. Isn't it ironic how such an archaic way of life can teach us so many lessons about the society of war and conflict that we live in?
Rachel, England

In Benin, I visited several Tchouk markets. These markets hold many sellers of tchouk, which is a millet beer brew. The typical evening involves visiting different women and tasting their versions. If you enjoy the sample, then you sit and drink a full calabash. However, if you don't enjoy the particular flavour you are allowed to move on and sample other versions. This is an example of the cultures that are the true wealth of Africa.
Christopher Wormley, USA

There is a place in Kenya with a hill, which when you put a ball at the middle of the hill the force of gravity is not obeyed. Surprisingly the ball goes uphill instead of downhill!!!!!wierd. Can scientists explain that?
Swaleh, Poland

The beautiful and enormous churches carved out of the mountain in Lalibela, Ethiopia, deserve to be much better known than they are. The Arc of the Covenant, mentioned above, and supposedly housed in Axum, is unfortunately not available to viewing by the public. But that church compound, as well as the nearby Stelae field, is still well worth the visit. So, too, is the wonderful castle complex in Gondar. Throw in isolated island monasteries, the Blue Nile Falls, and a tremendous variety of other wonders, and I'm amazed Ethiopia isn't a lot more heavily touristed than it is.
Brendan Ritchie, Canada

We, from western Kenya, have the annual Luhyia/Maragoli festival, which normally happens from December 25th to the 3rd of January. In addition, we have the 'Crying stones' situated along the Kisumu-Kakamega main road. These stones are shaped like a human being: In between the neck and the rest of the body runs a stream of water that never dries up. This place is very sacred to us Luhyia people.
Elolo, Kenya/USA

Near Machakos in Kenya, there is a hill where water seemingly flows uphill when spilt onto the road.
K Shah, Kenyan in Australia

Victoria Falls is the most sublime wonder of the world, it is the smoke that thunders.
Fungai Mabhurukwa, United Kingdom

The eleven rock-hewn churches built in the 11th century by King Lalibela of Ethiopia are still considered the 8th wonder of the world. These churches are all made out of a single rock and have connecting tunnels. They are in the Wollo province of Ethiopia and are still being used by the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians.
Mseifu, USA

Have you heard of a bicycle made entirely of wood? I have given one to a museum and my children have one. They were made in Tanzania. Africa's creativity is its best kept secret, unfortunately.
Rodney Lobo, Norway

The Drakensberg Mountain range in South Africa has some of the most stunning scenery I've ever seen. With peaks over 11,000 feet, it is higher than the Alps - yet I'd never even heard of it until I came to South Africa.
Frederick Green, South Africa

Is this another way you want to use to steal the treasures of Africa by asking us to disclose all the secrets? The whiteman has already stolen most of our treasures, so what you are asking for does not exist.
Achiri, Cairo

Benin City, in the south west of Africa is a place to visit. Its ancient kingdom spread to Ashanti in Ghana. It had rings of very deep moats dug around it and its other principal towns in the olden days to ward off invaders. These moats are a wonder to people because they were dug at a time when there was no technological help. Alas, they are now filled with dirt! If only the depth could be maintained by periodic cleaning, it will be a great tourist place.
Comfort Adesuwa Ero, Canada

During my visit to Kenya in 1993, I was taken to Machakos, about an hour's drive from Nairobi. Just outside the town, there was a hill, and a group of small boys were standing along the roadside with bottles of water. For a few shillings, they would empty the bottles on a particular part of the road, and the water would flow up the hill rather than down. I captured this phenomenon on my video. I wonder if it is still there.
Ashok Kumar, UK

Somewhere in Lango or Apac district in northern Uganda exists a set of foot-steps in rock which is locally believed to have been made by the "first man" on earth. I believe people in the area call it "Ongom's foot steps", Ongom being that first human being. Does anybody know more about this?
Okello, Holland

I reckon that the bushmen of a tribe called Koma in Taraba state of Nigeria. Their simple life and hunting method holds much fascination. They know the healing elements of all the plants in the forest.The Koma would snap fingers with you instead of the standard handshake in greeting.
Chiazor, UK

In Botswana there are giant footprints about five metres in length at a place called Rasesa imprinted on rocks
Mufaweli Mubukwanu, UK

Finally BBC is doing something good about Africa. Africa has a lot to offer when it comes to nature and history.
Zenebu Tegegne, USA

Stop bothering Africans with this useless topic. You want them to tell you so that you can steal them. Shame on you.
Eugene Burghs, USA

In Southern Sudan there's the snow covered Imatong mountain, I believe it is the second highest after the Kilimanjaro. It is breath taking in the summer if it is not over - run by the LRA rebels or the Sudanese army.
Lewi, Sudan

The Air Mountains in Niger. Beautiful mountains rising up from desert sands. Truly breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.
Stephanie Santos, USA

Rwanda is a treasure of different landscapes. From the savannahs of Akagera National Park in the East, to the green hills of central Rwanda, to Lake Kivu's shores in the West, to the tropical forest of Volcanoes National Park in the Northwest - one of the few remaining sites to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. Rwanda is indeed spectacular and you must see it for yourself.
Fish, United States

There are numerous treasures in Nigeria, like the mystical Obudu mountains which stretch across eastern Nigeria near the border with Cameroun, the ancient cities of Kano and Calabar, also the silver back mountain gorillas found only in the mountains of Obudu and remnants of past civilizations, like iron work left by the nok people and pottery left by the Igbo-Ukwu Obudu mountains
Ifeanyi Nwakwesi, Nigeria\UK

In northern Mozambique, the ancient commerical center of Ilha de Mocambique is known for its fusion of African, Arab, and Indian cultural influences. One can visit several churches, mosques, and even an old Hindu temple packed onto a few square kilometers. The island's unique architecture is protected as a UNESCO world heritage site. The waters around the Ilha are home to tens of shipwrecks, some dating back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Leila Chirayath, Cambridge, Mass. USA

Apart from the Sahara, Algeria has much more to give. Do you fancy skiing in the amazing Jurjura mountains in the Kabilye region, outside Algiers? If it's too cold, you can always take your skis down to the sandy dunes of the Sahara where a lot of poeple practice sand skiing and boarding!! It's a thrill to be doing these activities, but doing them in Africa gives you an even more amazing rush of adrenaline.
Rachida, London

Africa's best kept secret is the 'Sleeping Masai'. This range of hills is in the Rift Valley on the outskirts of Gilgil in Kenya. When you look at it, it appears to be a man lying down in perfect proportion hence its name the 'Sleeping Masai'.
Allan, Kenyan in England

I know Africa has the most to offer to the world: Sports, music, arts etc. I'm sure there are so many things in Ghana especially the Asante kingdom! The weaving of Kente cloth is a secret to the entire world because there is no weaving machine which can weave at the front and the back of th cloth. It is only in the Asante kingdom!
Daniel Okyere, Ghana

Zambia has the second largest game reserve in the world, and has the victoria falls. I think an area that would be worth investigating are stories about very dangerous snakes in some parts of the country. I'm told that there are areas which no human being would pass through because of rumours of very large snakes. I wonder if the BBC could send out an investigation team to look at this.
Haile, Zambia / Uk

In a little town called Chimanimani in the eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, there is a place called Bridal Veil Falls. It's exquisite in its natural unspoilt beauty, the water falling like lace against the dark rocks with the deep green of the tree and foliage around it. The beauty makes the hairs on your neck stand on end.
Tsitsi, UK

Chinhoyi caves up north of Harare has a mysterious pool which has more than 60 channels running beneath it. Tens of divers perished in the pool. The water is clear and you can see gold at the bottom, but no one has riched the bottom. One of the channel is connected to Kariba dam, 120km away. Visit the place, don't try to dive.
Labiata, Zimbabwe

Education Ridge in Tamale, Ghana, has the most spectacular sunset one has ever set his eyes on. The sun appears very big, yellow and scary then gradually descends and vanishes in the Savannah horizon. It is a scene every sunset watcher should see.
Bako Kirki, Ghana

I am from Portugal but I have got an African background through my mother who is Mozambican. If you want to know something really unique, then it's the truly multicultural society of Mozambique where Catholics marry Muslims, where Muslims marry Hindus, where Hindus marry other local beliefs people etc. These marriages take place without any violence. That is one of many African secrets many people may not know.
Paulo Castro-Garrido, UK/Portugal

Golden stool of the Ashanti? Well there's one we missed during the Empire! Everything else is in the British Museum
Simon Mallett, UK, Maidstone

Africa's best kept secret is its women. Like no other, African women work from sunrise to sunset. In the rural areas they do about 80% of the workload. What do they have to show for it? Nothing much. But are they bitter? No! They keep working hard to uplift their people. Viva women of Africa.
Tafadzwa Berindzwe, Zimbabwean in Philadelphia

The Lola areas in the mountains of Nimba, southeast of Guinea, is the only place in the world where you can find the largest frogs in the world.
Tokpa Monnemu Zerekorey, Guinea/Conakry

The greatest treasure in Africa is its people. What better way to preserve them, than to spread world that we are unique? We come from a heritage that goes back in time and we need to remain proud and loyal to our culture.
Martha W., Kenya

I would like people to know about the three huge stones standing on top of each other, called "Kitmikayi" found in the western part of Kenya.
Janet Akinyi, Kenya

The most enchanting place I have ever seen is the natural formation of rocks located in the midst of the St. Paul River in the city of Arthington. This is a place where the earth shows the beauty and greatness of God's work. The serenity of this place is awesome!
Yata, Fullerton, USA

You need to be in my home area of Ankole to see the magnificent beauty of the people that God gave dominion over the beautiful secret places. My God, the people here are just so beautiful!
Graham Kateihwa, Mbarara, Uganda

Kakamega Forest, the only equatorial rain forest in Kenya, is famous for its diversity of butterfly species.
Tezira Lore, Kenya

I think Africa's best kept secret is its people. Africans are a beautiful race if one looked away from the poverty, hunger and bad media publicity. You will find very kind, warm, loving, extremely polite and people always willing to help. Unfortunately many people especially from other parts of the world, do not take time to know about African people, but are quick to judge them in the light of the corruption, hunger, AIDS, war that they see on TV from some parts of this vast and beautiful continent.
Martha Banda, Zambia

Food. Oh, how I miss food from home.
Robert Meja, Kenyan in US

The Table of the Sun Festival of Dance and Culture. This takes place every year in Mbarara western Uganda. There is no BBC, CNN or even local television coverage. It brings over 20 countries together with the aim of choosing the best dance group in the world. The festival attracts over 30,000 people. At this festival only clothes made in Africa is acceptable and only traditional drinks and culturally specific meals are allowed.
Kihura Nkuba, Uganda

All my votes for The Holy Arc of Covenant in Axum, Ethiopia, taken by Menelik, the son of Queen Sheba and King Solomon from the Temple Mount, Jerusalem.
Martin, Netherlands

The biggest tree in West Africa, which can be found in Akim Oda, a popular town in Ghana.
Alexander Adjekum, Ghanaian in Ohio, US.

Cultural heritage in some parts of Africa remains untouched such as the culture of hospitality.
Christian Merenini , Nigeria

Humans that get too close to Zuma Rock in Suleja, northern Nigeria are known to have disappeared.
Dapo Olagunju, Nigeria

I was invited to someone's home in Equatorial Guinea where a group of friends were having their monthly get together. They put however much money they can afford in a pot and take it in turns to be the person to receive this lump sum - this particular month the money was going to enable the guy to propose to his girlfriend!!!ŋ This might not be a unique view or rare flower but it was just as heart warming to discover such a wonderful, community spirited custom that makes our world of speed dating and credit cards look so shallow and out of touch with the real reasons we're here.
Liz, London, UK

Lyike is a popular inland lake in my village Amaba Isuikwuato in Abia State Nigeria. Before pipe borne water came to my village a few years ago, it provided more than 80% of the water used by the villagers. It is believed in some quarters that it provides security for the community and can cure some ailments. We use only calabash to scoop the water and do not go near it with slippers or shoes. Also you cannot go near it with any form of light or take photographs. The water is cleaned at least two times a year by selected women (those born and and married to men in the village). Any time I travel home, I visit this serene and virgin environment yet untouched by civilization.
Chinedu Ibeabuchi, Lagos, Nigeria

So secretive are some of Africa's treasures that the Ndebele in Zimbabwe do not know the song of the Inxwala festival which used to celebrate harvest and nominate the direction of raids. Also unknown are the graves of our only two Kings, Mzilikazi (though there is a decoy in Entumbane,Matobo) and Lobengula (he disappeared according to folklore).
Thembelani Ndlovu, UK

Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, is probably the only town in Africa that can boast an entry in the dictionary as a noun and a verb!
D M O'Dwyer, South Africa

The Amboni caves in Tanga region in Tanzania are fascinating but neglected because nothing has been done to preserve it. A bit of investment would turn the place into another nice place for people to visit.
Yitika Berya, Tanzania

It is worth noting that the secrecy surrounding many of Africa's treasures could be attributed to insecurity posed by the unrelenting global treasure hunters' determination to raid and possess them at any cost either for personal or otherwise gains. Given the current social- political instability, can most of Africa really securely guard its treasures once the inventory is done?
Debebe Dessalegne, UK

The beautiful Tagbo Waterfall in the village of Liate Wote in the Volta Region of Ghana. There are stones to stand on at the base while the crisp refreshing water crashes on your shoulders with hundreds of butterflies all about from the surrounding forest. A beautiful and clean village nearby makes it one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Theo M. Stephansen, US

The ancient town of Bagamoyo in Tanzania was the departure point of the slave trade industry. Bagamoyo means "here I lay my heart", the words uttered by a slave who was about to be taken from Bagamoyo by boat to the Island of Zanzibar to be sold at the slave trade market. The town has old ruins, museums and buildings that depict Arab architecture as well as African. It has pristine beaches with five-star hotels. It is waiting to be discovered.
Esmail Essajee, USA

Africa's best kept secret is the smile of Liberians. A reflection of our resilient personality trait that perseveres through any circumstance. This trait is typical of Africans.
Korto Priscilla Sherman, Liberian in NY U.S

The wisdom of our parents and ancestors and the way children are brought up. I can still imagine my grand father, his great stories and advice, his talents in traditional medicine and in hunting. I wish I had interacted more with him.
Giles Kinzdeka Kisife, Cameroonian living in Sweden.

You should never go as a tourist to Africa. You have to live there! I did for more than 10 years and never stopped being amazed.
Isabelle, Canada

Standing on top of the hill called Kachwekano overlooking Lake Bunyonyi (second deepest in Africa) in Kabale district (South Western Uganda), the Muhavura ranges ahead can make your heart skip a beat. It's almost as if you can touch them.
Kanyima Twehamye, UK (Ugandan)

The ruins of Mapungubwe allow for a fascinating and unmatched glance at the social and political structures in Southern Africa over 500 years ago. The ancient City situated on the northern border of South Africa, was once a powerful trading city with Arabia and India. It developed into the largest kingdom in the sub-continent before being abandoned in the 14th century. Artefacts found within the walls of the city such as the "Golden Rhino" are symbols of this once powerful African Kingdom.
Gary, London

There is a place called Great Zimbabwe here in Zimbabwe. It's amazing. It's a whole ancient village built before colonisation that is made of granite stone only.
Natasha Mawarire, Zimbabwe

The fortified ruins at Djado, in Niger, are something of a mystery. They are huge , old and no one knows for certain who built them!!
Mike Barton, England

Africa remains an enigma. 60% of the world's life forms, bio-diverse in fauna and flora, and about 50% of the world's untapped natural resources, yet it has the largest number of the poorest and deprived peoples on earth.
Nii Armar, England

One of the best kept secrets in Africa are the caves found in Tassili Najjer in Algeria where you'll find paintings from a different era!
Begoņa Belmonte, UK

Bujugali falls at the source of the White Nile in Uganda. One of the best white water rafting stretches in the world.
Andrew, UK

When I lived in Zimbabwe, we had near our house an ancient ringing rock that was used historically to warn people in the Honde Valley of approaching danger. When struck with another rock, the large rock rings like a bell. There are holes worn in the side from the centuries of use, but this rock is little known by anyone and is still there in the Nyanga mountains where I found it again not long ago.
Andrew, Ireland

The several golden Crosses and crowns, Maqdala Ethiopian Treasures, of Emperror Tewodros II looted by the British army and nowadays found in different museums in the UK are real hidden secrets. The British capture of Maqdala, Emperor Tewodros's mountain capital in north-west Ethiopia, took place in 1868, immediately after the Ethiopian monarch committed suicide to avoid falling into the hands of his enemies. The soldiers then looted everything in his castle and transported it to the UK.
Assegid, Ethiopia/Germany

The high plateau of Zomba in Malawi must rank as one of the finest landscapes in the world. Sombre yet beautiful and mysterious.
Mike Ashwood-Smith, Canada

There is a place called Wondo Genet South of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. With it, an amazing variety of plants, a breath taking landscape completed with a natural hot spring is a magical place. It's ancient forests are some of the oldest. A recent fire has damaged some of the old trees. This will be an opportunity to focus some attention for its preservation.
Asfaw, California

Kakamega Forest! The last of the African Rainforests. With some of the most unique Flora and Fauna: Colobus Monkey, HornBills, Snakes, Orchids etc. It is under threat from deforestation. Please help preserve it.
Drupadsinh, Kenya

The Johannesburg War Museum has the only version of the Messerschimdt ME 292 night fighter. This is also part of the long tradition of the airforce in SA. The country has the second oldest airforce in the world and the creator of the SA airforce Jan Smuts was also instrumental in starting the oldest airforce in the world, the RAF.
Mone, South Africa

One very special thing you can find in Africa is a deep, deep silence. You can hardly find it anywhere these days. I know you can climb to a little hill somewhere, have monkey's look at you and then perfect silence...It's wonderful!
Hanneke, The Netherlands

When you're in a rural area, in trouble, chances are high that luck will take pride in helping you out.
Steven Vandenbulcke, Belgium

Location: Wase, Plateau State, Nigeria. During the summer birds of different species come to mate and breed in this place known as the Wase rock. This rock is symbol of life and strength for the locals (the Tarok and Jukuns). For centuries this rock has been worshipped and lately has become a tourist attraction.You need to there to understand.
Uche Njoku, England

Africa's best kept secrets are the warmth of its people and their love for life. I have travelled many places, but it was only when I went to Egypt, Uganda, Kenya and Cameroon that I felt at home, and yet I am an American. There is no place on earth with such beauty and mystery. I Just Love Africa!
Marjorie, New York

Surely the best secret of Africa must lie in the diversity of cultures and natural beauty, combined with the people themselves, for they must surely be considered the true wealth of Africa.On my travels through the continent I have been met with smiles, kindness and true friendship at every turn. I hope this may last forever.
D King, Ireland/UK/Ghana

In Patiko-Gulu Uganda on 'Got Patiko'- a small mountain, there is a trail of blood running from the top of the mountain downward, believed to be blood of victims of slave traders. The mystery is that after many years, even the heavy tropical rainfall has failed to wash it away!
Cankech JB, Uganda

In Zimbabwe, outside Bulawayo, there is a very big cave in Matopo called "Ilitshe likaNtunjambili", meaning The Rock with two Entrances. It is one of the most spectacular natural phenomenon in the world that one can never wish to miss. Not too far from there there are the Balancing Rocks of Matopo. It will be great to see the sites and then listen to the history attached to them. Zimbabwe is rich in natural resources, I love my country.
Mark Msimanga, Canada

Africa's greatest treasure may be its languages, more than 2000, most of which are little known. Many express a rich, complicated understanding of the natural world which is very different from more familiar European languages.
Roger Blench, UK

In Bagamoyo, Tanzania's historical town, there is still a chain half buried in a tree. This chain belongs to Dr Livingstone, the missionary who used to tie his horse under that tree.
Saida, Tanzania




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