You can enjoy Wakanda forever by visiting these Black Panther-inspired locations


Wakanda may be a fictional location, but the Black Panther-inspired travel locations are real. These majestic natural wonders will take your breath away.

From Marvel enthusiasts to movie fans, Black Panther’s popularity is astonishing. While Wakanda is a fictional location (and no, we’re not talking about the place in Illinois of a similar name), the movie does reference a few real, impressive locations. These majestic natural wonders are Black Panther-inspired travel locations.

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Iguazu Falls

In Black Panther, the Wakanda waterfalls are actually a real location. Iguazu Falls, on the border of Argentina and Brazil, is considered one of the new seven natural wonders of the world and is a World Heritage Site. Considered the largest waterfall system in the world, it spans 2.7 kilometers. If the movie scene looked slightly familiar, Iguazu Falls was featured during the Rio Olympics in 2016. The vast system is an extremely powerful waterfall.

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Iguazu. The power of the waterfall is instantly known by the roaring sound of water. At the same time, the waterfalls give a sense of peace and serenity. It showcases nature in its purest form.

Another hidden element of Iguazu Falls is the numerous animals in the region. From brightly colored birds to exotic mammals, the juxtaposition of these animals in the powerful environment is quite entertaining. It’s fun to look around the area and find the animals.

To visit Iguazu Falls, travel options include flying to Brazil or Argentina. Various companies offer tours of the area.

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Table Mountain, South Africa

While African locales play a role in Black Panther, another African location can offer an interesting counterpoint to the Black Panther story. A new natural wonder of the world, this natural landscape dominates the Cape Town sky. Table Mountain, located in Cape Town, South Africa, has a fascinating story that’s sure to intrigue Black Panther fans.

Often, Table Mountain is covered in clouds. This effect is referred to as the tablecloth. Legend has it that the tablecloth came to be from a smoking contest between the devil and the pirate Captain Jan van Hunks. While cloud formations are natural, the story is much more interesting.

Visiting Table Mountain takes a brave spirit. There are two ways to reach the top, hiking or by cableway. While hiking can take hours, the cableway can be a little scary, especially if you don’t like heights. During our visit to Table Mountain, I took the cableway (no, I didn’t look down). The five-minute ride takes guests straight up the Table Mountain.

Once you’ve reached the top, the view is simply breathtaking. All of Cape Town, Table Bay and Table Mountain Park can be seen from every vantage point. While at the top, you can walk around, have a bite to eat or just simply stare out at the view. For visitors who want a memorable experience, take a guided walk to learn many interesting facts about Table Mountain.

Weather can affect a visit to Table Mountain. High winds will prevent the cableway from working. Admission fees depending on the time of year, time of day and age.

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Jeju Island, South Korea

South Korea markets and Gwangandaehyo (Diamond Bridge) are both featured in Black Panther. While these two sites are impressive, Jelu Island is an extraordinary natural wonder. The island features the Natural World Heritage Site Jelu Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes.

Although there are many reasons to visit Jelu Island, two adventures usually top visitors’ lists. First, the lava tubes are breathtaking yet require a little bravery. A visit is not for the claustrophobic. Even with the tall ceilings and large rock formations, it can be a little space confining.

Specifically, the Manjanggul Cave is the longest lava tunnel in the world. The natural wonder is lit with soft lighting, which makes is eerie yet magical. With bats living in the site, the sounds can add to the unnerving feelings. Only a small portion of the cave is open to the public. Still, if you can brave the location, the Lava Tubes are a must see.

For a more spacious adventure, a trip to the Hallasan Mountain is nature at its finest. A UNESCO World Heritage site, scientists find the vertical ecosystem with its numerous species extremely valuable. For visitors, the site is beautiful.

One of the best ways to experience Hallasan Mountain is to hike it. The area can be quite windy and hikers should be prepared for the weather. Still, the area is easy to hike and the pictures will be well worth the experience.

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These three Black Panther-inspired travel locations are just a few suggestions. Even a trip to one of these sites can bring numerous more adventures in neighboring cities. From a safari in South Africa to a visit to the Amazon in Brazil, one trip can lead to a lifetime of memories.

Exploring some of the natural wonders of the world can show both the beauty and fragility of the world. As a movie can promote both a conversation and even conservation, it’s had a larger impact than anyone could have expected.

Black Panther has already solidified its place in movie history. Could it also impact how people travel with these locations inspired by the movie?