How big is Africa?
Taking up almost 1/5 of the Earth’s surface, Africa is much larger than most maps depict. Did you know you can fit the following countries into Africa’s landmass?
- The Contiguous USA
- Eastern Europe
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom
It’s no wonder Africa ends up on many people’s bucket list, there is a lot to see! The diversity is astounding. Africa has lush verdant coasts, highland, lowlands, deserts; animals that encroach on the urban lifestyle, and ancient medieval cities.
For First-time Travelers
Traveling in a group is a nice way to experience Africa. Having a tour manager to advise on the culture, etiquette, what to do during free time, etc. is calming to many who have never visited this continent before.
South Africa is one of the top destinations for families because most of the country is considered Malaria free. Avoid the northeast region, Kruger Nationa Park, and Mapungubwe National Park As Malaria is present along the borders with Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Always double-check the health precautions of the areas you are visiting, but parks such as Addo Elephant National Park is far away from the danger zone and offers wonderful safari experiences. [/col4][col4]
For Adventure Seekers
If you’re looking for adventure, a game drive or guided bushwalk through one of Africa’s wildlife reserves is pretty remarkable. You can take a safari to see the “big 5” or visit one of the animal sanctuaries.
For Experienced Travelers
Expand your definition of safari. South Africa offers ocean safaris where you can see another set of big five, the marine big five: Cape Fur Seals, Dolphins, Penguins, Southern Right Whales, and Great White Sharks.
Travel Tips for your Next Trip to Africa
Africa as a whole is very religious, with Christianity and Islam being widely practiced. Be conservative and respectful of your attire.
- Bring a flashlight. Many areas don’t have electricity and power outages are common depending on your location. A headlamp is recommended if you’re going on safari or visiting rural areas.
- Plan on using cash. Made up of 54 countries and almost that many currencies, you will always want to have cash available. Outside of major cities, you may have a hard time using a credit card or finding an ATM. You can also use US dollars.
- Throughout Africa greetings are important. Be sure to ask how someone’s day is going or wave.
- Keep spare toilet paper in your purse if you’re not comfortable using a squat toilet and washing with water afterward.