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

19 things South Africans miss the most when they’re abroad

by Caroline van Looy

The 5 best countries in the world for vegetarians

by Morgane Croissant

Emily Hahn: The opium-smoking author who lived with pygmies in Congo

by Ailsa Ross

6 dating tips from around the world

by Sarah Menkedick

9 questions South Africans are sick of hearing

by Jessica Sjouerman

24 interesting facts about the world’s least known countries

by Atlas & Boots

Isabelle Eberhardt: The cross-dressing adventurer who decamped to the Algerian desert

by Ailsa Ross

MatadorU student quits his job and travels 25k miles through Africa using only public transportation (Episode 1)

by Blaze Nowara

4 uncomfortable truths about living in Cape Town

by Jessica Sjouerman

Don’t ask where I’m from, ask where I’m a local.

by Amanda Machado

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
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