Africa, the not so Dark Continent

Africa was originally dubbed the "dark continent" because so little was known about this vast and mysterious land. We've visited southern Africa on two occasions and we're keen to go back and see more of this amazing continent. Known for its rich and distinctive cultures, its contrasting landscapes and abundance of wild and exotic wildlife, visiting Africa was a magnificent adventure. See for yourself!

 

A little continental trivia ...

  • Africa is the second largest continent ( 11.7 million sq mi/       30.37 sq km) and the second most populous (est 1.2 billion)
  • There are 54 countries in Africa and  1000+ languages and regional dialects are spoken.
  • Highest point: Mount Kilimanjaro - Uhuru Point 
  • Lowest point: Lake 'Asal  in Djibouti.
  • Africa contains:
    • The Nile, the  longest river in the world
    • The Sahara, largest desert in the world
    • The Namib, the oldest desert in the world with reputedly the tallest sand dunes in the world
    • There are over 1,100 different species of mammals in Africa and over 2,600 species of birds.
    • Four of the five fastest land animals the world  - the cheetah, wildebeest, lion and Thomson's gazelle.

Look for updates here soon as we add Lesotho and Swaziland to the southern Africa countries we've visited. Come explore with us by clicking on a thumbnail below. Please note that while we make the transition to our new website, you may be directed to the old Nine of Cups website. Check back frequently to view new destinations, updated pages and see our progress.

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Southern Africa travel guide, 6th Edition Aug 2013 by Lonely Planet