Luxor - Photo: Lola Akinmade


Mention Africa to anyone and you’re bound to get their own version of “Africa” that involves some combination of the following:

The Sahara desert spanning Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia, historical archives in Egypt and Mali, prime wildlife viewing to spot the “Big 5” in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania) and Southern Africa (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa), tracking gorillas and other primates in Central Africa (Uganda, Rwanda), dramatic landscapes and sand dunes along Namibia’s coastline, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, opportunities to volunteer, study abroad, and cultural exchange programs.

Not to mention – other images of starvation, civil wars, and complex political systems.

With over 6,000 unique ethnic groups and languages, various climates ranging from arid deserts in the North, mangrove rainforests in the West, mountainous regions in the East, and wildlife-rich savannahs in the South, its no wonder trying to describe Africa in a few sentences seems impossible.

So we’re writing articles and putting together photo essays to do Africa the justice it deserves.

Africa Articles

How much do you know about ancient Africa? [QUIZ]

by Matt Hershberger

Rap is resistance in slave-owning Mauritania

by Erin Conway-Smith

Aria’s story: A former girl soldier in Burundi

by Camilla Aase

The 5 best countries in the world for vegetarians

by Morgane Croissant

15 famous movies and the *actual* countries they were filmed in

by Alex Scola

11 places to swim with whale sharks [PICS]

by Keph Senett

Off the beaten path in Morocco

by Lauren Quinn

8 adventurous ways to explore Africa

by Hal Amen

The 22 craziest party hostels around the world

by Matt Kepnes

How to travel to Africa without being another neocolonialist

by Richard Stupart

5 challenges of teaching English in South Africa (and 3 things that make it all worth it)

by Paige Smith

What it’s like to visit Somaliland as a tourist

by Anna Rudycheva

Why I don’t want any of you to go to Tofo, Mozambique

by Dikson

3 reasons you should ignore the media and travel to Egypt NOW

by Shawn Sippin

Singita: The best safari lodges in all of Africa

by Scott Sporleder

11 ways to absolutely crush Cape Town in 5 days [pics]

by Ross Borden

How to catch a van-taxi in rural South Africa

by Elizabeth Atterberry

Back to nature: 13 of the world’s richest national parks

by David DeFranza
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