QUICK AFRICA FACTS
Africa is the second largest continent in the world. It’s divided up into five sections; North Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa.
The Sahara desert is the largest (and hottest) desert in the world. Taking up 9.4 million square kilometres.
The Nile is the longest river in the world (6,853 kilometers long), it flows through a number of different African countries and is the main water source of Egypt, Sudan and South Sudan.
Africa has 16% of the world’s population, a total of 1.2 Billion people live in Africa.
There are over 2000 different languages spoken in Africa.
Nigeria, has been nicknamed “The Land of Twins” by the BBC, due to having the highest rate of twin births in the world.
Sudan has more Pyramids than Egypt, a total of 223 pyramids.
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest point in Africa. It is as high as 19,340 feet above sea level and it’s one of the biggest challenges for professional climbers today.
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Popular Destinations in Africa
Tanzania: Some of the best national parks and game reserves in the world, like the Selous Game Reserve, are located in Tanzania. Tanzania is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the highest mountain in the continent. Most visitors travel to Zanzibar in search of an inexpensive beach vacation.
Mauritius: The island nation of Mauritius is renowned for its world-class coral reefs, pristine, palm-lined beaches, and crystal clear water. Because it is more rural and wild, the south of the island is often referred to as the “authentic” Mauritius. It’s very popular among honeymooners and couples.
Egypt: One of the least expensive and most accessible places to visit is Egypt. Home of the incredible beauty of the Ancient Egyptian civilization’s surviving temples, monuments, tombs, and artefacts. Egypt is well-known for its ancient civilisation and the beautiful pharaohs’ monuments, including the Sakkara and Dahshur as well as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, and the GEM (The Grand Egyptian Museum).
South Africa: There are 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 21 National Parks, and 3 capitals in South Africa. The country is well-known for its breathtaking landscapes and variety of African wildlife. It’s one of the best places in the world to see wildlife. One of the most popular destinations for both athletic and leisure tourists is Cape Town. with lots of hiking paths, kilometres of breathtaking countryside, and gorgeous beaches.
Seychelles: The Seychelles, a collection of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, have long drawn tourists seeking a vacation that is actually peaceful. Spend your days relaxing on clean, empty beaches like Anse Volbert and Anse Lazio. Alternately, enter the Vallée de Mai nature reserve to view its distinctive flora and animals, which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a fairly expensive destination to visit and is also popular with honeymooners.
Morocco: Morocco offers several attractions, including bustling markets, desert excursions, waterfall hikes, and beach days. Surfing, drinking mint tea in the medina, and exploring the many ancient ruins spread across the cities are all options. Marrakech, like other Moroccan cities with a rich history, is alive with activity at Jemaa El Fna and the bazaars that line the streets.
Botswana: In protected areas like the Khama Rhino Sanctuary and Chobe National Park, Botswana has plenty of opportunity to observe rhinos, elephants, and other wildlife, making it a less crowded option to neighbouring safari destinations like South Africa and Tanzania. This country offers countless options for exploration and adventure, from the gorgeous rivers and deltas to the Kalahari-Desert’s dried and massive plains.
Namibia: The Namib Desert, the world’s oldest desert, as well as national parks with zebras and springbok and beaches with views of shipwreck-filled waters are all found in this southern African nation. Look for rhinos in Etosha National Park and take an off-road drive of the Skeleton Coast while you aren’t exploring the dramatic red dunes of Sossusvlei or the Deadvlei, which is home to dead camel thorn trees.
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Africa is made up of approx 54 different countries; Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome & Principe, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe.