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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.

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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.

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This Luxury Lodge in Kruger National Park Is One of Africa's Best Safari Destinations

If you're going to do an African safari, do it right.

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These Cape Town Airbnbs Offer Views of the Coast and Luxury Amenities

Beach views, mountains, views, and infinity pools? Yes, please.


23 Photos That Show What South Africa's Version of Burning Man Is All About

A surreal experience in a remote part of South Africa.

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How to Visit Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in Madagascar

It's about as "off the beaten path" as it gets

Watch a Massive Hippo Swim Frighteningly Fast to Chase Tourists

Hippos are faster than you'd think

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This Is What Happens When You Set Up a Remote Control Camera on Safari

Who knew elephants were such glamour models?

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19 Kruger National Park Lodges and Safari Packages, From Budget to Luxe

You can absolutely go on safari without breaking the bank -- or opt for full-on luxury.


Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro? Read This Before You Start Planning.

It's the only one of the Seven Summits where you may see elephants.


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A 360 degree view of Meimei, an orphaned baby black rhino

Be honest, you'd totally take a mud bath with a baby rhino if you could. Find out more about Meimei's story here.


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