We’ve searched high and low to find you the most bizarre and remarkable structures throughout the continent. Here are our top picks.
11. Lalibela: Ethiopia
This temple complex of 11 churches has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You can tell right off the top that these structures are bizarre, but what makes them so unusual? It all comes down to the way they were constructed. Rather than being built on top of the ground, they were dug directly out of it. They are unique in all the world.
10. The Shoe, Ohrigstad, South Africa
The Shoe is sometimes called the “shoe house”. But it is actually a small museum displaying the wood carvings of artist Ron Van Zyl, who constructed it for his wife in 1990. The complex also includes a guest house, restaurant, pool, bar, and campsite.
9. The Big Pineapple, Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
“Wait, isn’t this in Australia?” you might ask. If the pineapple looks familiar, that is because there is another one that looks pretty much identical on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland. The structure in South Africa is a deliberate copy. Inside there is an auditorium where you can watch a film about the local pineapple industry. There’s also an observation floor presenting beautiful views of the surroundings.