In this fourth blog of my Scooter roadtrip the Kenyans go way too fast through Africa, a school attacks my lollipop supply, I admire the breakneck feats of the Kerio divers and there is a lot...
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Africa in numbers
- Number of countries: 54
- Surface: 30.244.050 km²
- Highest mountain: Kilimanjaro (5895m)
- Population: 1,34 billion
- Average age: 25
- heat record: 55°C, Tunisia
- Cold record: -23,9°C, Morocco
Africa in brief
Africa is the second largest in area continent on earth. Alone Asia is bigger. However, when one North- en South America if one continent sees, Africa ranks third. It covers some 30.244.050 square kilometers, which is 20,3% of the total land area of the earth. More information and fun facts about Africa can be found at the bottom of this page.
Important to know
Africa is a fantastic travel destination with many unique spots, ancient culture and beautiful natural areas. Africa has many faces. Yet there are quite a lot world travelers who ignore this special continent. Because, they say, there is war in many countries, terrorist organizations are everywhere and the chance of robberies is too great. Perhaps understandable after all the negative news stories that continue to haunt Africa. However, this image is not always correct. In many African countries you can experience the most beautiful holidays, as long as you know where to be. So do you want to go to Africa but don't know where to go? Read our blog about security in Africa and of course always check the most recent before departure travel advice of the Dutch government.
Wildlife in Africa
Africa is often most often associated with the world of wildlife. The continent has a coastline of 16.000 miles (26.000 km). Africa has the world's greatest combination of density, population and variety of free-roaming wildlife. The continent also has the largest collection of carnivores and the lion truly serves as the king of beasts. Africa is home to the Big 7 including the: lion, leopard, crocodile, elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus and the gorilla. Africa has more than 3.000 protected areas and some of them are home to the wonders of the continent's wildlife.
Chaos and beauty
Africa, the continent where you can lose yourself in the vast savannas, densely wooded jungles and scorching deserts. The unreal chaos in cities like Kinshasa, Lagos of Accra blends effortlessly with the quiet beauty of African nature. Travelers who have visited Africa often describe the continent as magical. Nowhere else can you find so much diversity in so many different countries (54 to be exact).
Of course everyone knows the images of poverty, despair and war. But that's only part of the story of this ancient continent. Africa is seen by anthropologists as the birthplace of man. It is an area through which you can travel endlessly, from the Niger Delta in Nigeria and the pyramids in Egypt to the famous Serengeti Park in Tanzania and the beautiful Table Mountain in South Africa† Nowhere else will you encounter so much wildlife. Gazelles, zebras and giraffes graze around while on a safari you may encounter lifelike elephants, hippos or lions. If you're lucky, you'll even come across The Big Five. The continent is beautiful and diverse and can therefore really not be missed during your world trip.
Cycling through South Africa
You can choose from all kinds of different trips. Of course there are the well-known organized (bus) trips, but there are also other ways to experience Africa intensely. Go crazy, take a bike in South Africa and feel truly African for a few days. Or rent a car in Zambia and dive deep into the interior. You will only be able to experience the freedom that you feel in the vast areas. Africa will not disappoint you!