There's nowhere like Africa on Earth for nature, wildlife, wild lands and rich and diverse traditions that endure. Adventurers should prepare to fall in love.
Africa is the second largest continent in terms of both land area and population. Africa is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, by the Red Sea to the northeast, and by the Indian Ocean to the southeast. Africa is also contains a wide array of peoples, skin colours, religions, and cultures. Africa contains the world's longest river—the 6,650 km long Nile River running from Burundi to Egypt—while the Congo River in Congo-Kinshasa is the second largest in terms of discharge as well as the deepest with a depth of over 230 m in some spots. Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro is the world's tallest free-standing mountain at 5,890 m. Djibouti's Lake Assal is the second lowest point on Earth, the saltiest lake outside Antarctica, and one of the hottest places on Earth. So many of the great beasts, including elephants, hippos and lions, call Africa home.
While the first activity most people associate with Africa is safaris, there are endless possibilities for any adventure. Adventure travelers can purchase crafts in markets, venture into the Sahara with a Tuareg caravan, visit pygmy villages, hike through jungle to watch gorillas, relax on tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, experience arguably the world's best wildlife safaris, snack on exotic treats, travel down a river in a dugout "pirogue", travel across savannah on a colonial-era railway, and much more.
Africa is a very diverse continent, with each country, or even each part of a country having its own unique culture. Africa today is a vast continent with many bustling metropolises, some of the friendliest people adventure travelers will ever meet, and amazingly diverse and beautiful landscapes.
- Tropical Rainforests
- Tropical coastline
- Ripping dunes of the Namib Desert, Namibia
- Signature savannah of the Serengeti National park, Tanzania
- Great Rift Valley, Kenya
- Masai Mara, Kenya
- Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
- Okavango Delta, Botswana
Customs, traditions and ancient rites tie Africans to generations and ancestors past and to the collective memory of myriad people. In many rural areas adventurers can feel it as though the modern world might never have happened, and they are all the better for it, and old ways of doing things – with a certain grace and civility, hospitality and a community spirit – survive. There are time-honoured ceremonies, music that dates back to the days of Africa's golden empires, and masks that tell stories of spirit worlds never lost. Welcome to Old Africa.
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