See 11 Most Unusual Buildings In Africa

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
The Shoe – Image credit to theshoe.org

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

The Big Pineapple
The Big Pineapple

Another bizarre structure built in the shape of a recognizable object is the Big Pineapple, which you can find in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The giant fruit stands 16.7 meters tall, and is a tribute to the important role that the pineapple fruit plays in the region’s agricultural economy.

“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.

8. Kagga Kamma, Cederberg, South Africa

Kagga Kamma
Kagga Kamma – Image credit to www.kaggakamma.co.za

This is a nature reserve you will find in the Cederberg Mountains. The hotel is quite iconic, featuring rooms built to blend in with the natural environment, melding seamlessly into the rock face. The views are outstanding, and the structure leaves you feeling totally immersed in nature. Note that these are not actual cave rooms, but they do provide a lovely illusion.

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