African Safari

Crossing Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania. For the longest time in my life, I had always wanted to go on a Safari in Africa. Having watched David Attenborough’s series on wildlife in Africa, I decided that one day I would go on a Safari and fulfil something that I had been yearning for many years- and let me tell you- the experience was memorable and will forever last in my heart.

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Land Area of Africa: 11,670,000 (mi²) / 28,489,869 (km²)

Population of Africa: 1,111,000,000 (2013)

Largest City in Africa: Lagos, Nigeria (15,118,780 (2014))

While Africa is first alphabetically, it is second in both population and size among the Earth’s seven continents. Over 1 billion people can call Africa home. The people of Africa are spread across 54 different countries in Africa. This continent is home to 15% of the world’s population and the continent makes up 20% of the total land area on planet earth. The equator passes through the centre of the continent which provides for largely warm and/or tropical climates. The northern and the southern portion of Africa have more temperate conditions. Of the continents of the world, Africa is unique in that it stretches between the northern and southern temperate zones. Africa is also attributed with being the birthplace of mankind. The oldest fossil evidence of Homo sapiens was found in the eastern part of the continent.

Africa’s large size and varying climates make it host to many of the most interesting species of plants and animals on Earth. There are currently more than 7,000 different species of mammals, fish, and birds in Africa. There are more than 100,000 species of insects as well. Here you can find both the largest ( African Elephant) and tallest (Giraffe) animal.

There are several bodies of water surrounding the continent of Africa. You can find the Indian Ocean to the southeast, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the northeast. The continent of Europe and Africa are very close together. They are only 8.9 miles(14.3 km) apart on the northwest corner of Africa. At 4,352 miles long, the Nile River is the longest river in the world and runs along the northeast side of the continent.


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