Africa is a continent unique in culture, full from corner to corner of things to discover and to be surprised at.

Discover today: Facts that will make you want to travel to Africa more than once in your life.

 

  • Africa has the second largest population on the planet, approximately one billion people.
  • There are approximately 3,000 tribes [Zulu, Berber, Hausa, Yoruba, Akan, Mandinka, Kongo…]
  • More than 2,100 languages are spoken in Africa (some estimate even more than 3,000)
  • Islam, Christianity and Hinduism are the main religions practiced, however many people practice traditional African religions.
  • The people of Africa have more physical variations than any other continent.
  • Average life expectancy ranges from 74 years in Mauritius to approximately 32 years in Swaziland.
  • The smallest people in the world, the pygmies, live in Africa. [Men 1.45m and women 1.33m]
  • The oldest human remains have been discovered in Ethiopia (they are approximately 200,000 years old)
  • Home to the world’s longest river, the Nile (4,132 miles)
  • Africa, home to the world’s largest desert, the Sahara [almost the size of the entire United States]
  • Victoria Falls, is the largest waterfall in all of Africa [355 feet high]
  • Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain on the continent, rises to over 19,300 feet [so high that glaciers spread across the summit despite its proximity to the equator.
  • Madagascar is the largest island in Africa and the fourth largest in the world.
  • Africa is the hottest continent on the planet. Furthermore, it covers 6 percent of the total land surface and 20.4 percent of the total land area.
  • Long before humans existed, (the Mesozoic Era), Africa joined the other continents and formed what was massively called Pangea. Over millions of years, this huge continent broke apart, forming the world landscape as we know it today.
  • The African elephant is the largest land animal in the world.
  • The tallest animal in the world, the giraffe, was born in Africa.
  • The fastest and most ferocious land animal, the cheetah, lives there and belongs to the group of the Big Five of Africa.
  • Africa is home to the world’s largest reptile, the famous Nile crocodile.
  • The gorilla, explored by the tropical jungles, is the largest primate in the world.
  • Gaansbai fishing village receives first prize for cage diving with South African white sharks.
  • South Africa is the best place to swim with dolphins and sea lions, and to enjoy luxury whale watching.

If you know other data that amazes you about this part of the world, do not hesitate to write it down on your list of curiosities about this beautiful continent.