Africa, popularly known as the Black continent, and is very rich in Ethnic diversity and cultural heritage. Every reason to visit Africa is that tourists never cease to be amazed at the breathtaking landscape and amazing Scenery. Some of these popular attractions include Mount Kilimanjaro, embarking Safari, the World’s largest and most potent Waterfall —Victoria Falls, etc. Africa never ceases to provide the most incredible travel experiences to its visitors, as travelers always find something natural, ancient yet breathtaking to Muse about.
What is so special about Africa?
Here, we will look at some mind-blowing interesting Facts about Africa that make it stand out from other Continents.
The Biggest Continent
Africa is the biggest continent in the World After Asia: With more than 30.37 million square kilometers, Africa accounts for over 20% of the total landmass of the planet earth, making it the 2nd biggest continent in the World also the second largest population in the World.
54 Countries and 10 Territories!
Africa comprises 54 countries and ten territories. It is divided into 5 sub-sections; North Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa. The largest country in Africa is Algeria in terms of geographical area after the Sudan split. The largest city Cairo is found in Egypt, where most tourist all over the World comes to visit yearly.
World’s Longest River
Africa —the home to the world’s longest river and home of the oldest university ever built: The Largest River in Africa, as well as the World, is ‘River Nile, is considered to be the World’s longest river covering over 6500 Kilometers, and it flows through 11 different countries, which are; Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Sudan, and South Sudan.
One of the largest Islands in The World
The largest Island in Africa is the 4th largest Island in the World, with over 350 miles in width and 1000 miles in length. The oldest University ever built was established in 859 AD by Fatima al-Fihri. This University was founded in Morocco, Africa, and it still exists to date.
Biggest and Hottest Desert In The World
The biggest and hottest desert is in Africa: With 9.4 million kilometers, which is bigger than the whole of the United States, the Sahara Desert has been considered to be one of the largest hottest deserts in the World. However, it is the third in the World following Arctic and Antarctica which are just cold desert.
The desert pass through 11 countries Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan, Tunisia, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, and Libya. The desert has drawn admirers, especially the entertainment industry, to check out the beautiful landscape sceneries.
The Animals Of Africa
Africa is the only place where the largest, fastest, and tallest animal emerges: Talking of the Largest animal in the World -we talk about Elephants can weigh up to 7 tons and are over 6 meters long in size. The Fastest Animal on land -the Cheetah originates from Africa, and study has shown that it has a speed of about 100 kilometers per hour.
Also, the Longest or tallest Animal ever —The Giraffe originates from Africa; they can be as tall as 7m in height. Research shows Giraffe always eaten the upper branches of the tree because of how tall they are.
Africa is the home for the most significant Wildlife immigration on earth. This usually occurs in Tanzania, in Serengeti (Tanzania), which hosts the largest wildlife migration to earth here; you can see over 700,000 zebras marching ahead of other beasts as they cross this fantastic landscape.
Richest Man In History
The richest man in history originated from Africa. The World’s largest themed resort can be found in South Africa, Sun City, known as The Palace of the Lost City, this beautiful place receives thousands of visitors annually. Also, one of the richest men ever lived can be found In Africa, named Mansa Musa, who was the 10th Emperor of the Mali empire. The study has shown that in the period of his demise in the year 1937, his net worth was around the 300 billion USD ($300,000,000,000). When adjusted in the late 2000s, it was found to be around 400 billion USD ($400,000,000,000 US dollars).
The facts above are just tips of what African entails. You will never stop to discover new things because it’s always full of surprises, ranging from over 1800 spoken languages with more than 3000 different dialects. Africa has helped travelers gain knowledge on cultural heritage and has helped scientists prove the genesis and existence of humans through Fossil fuels. Also, in places like Nigeria, The Yoruba Tribe is the only ethnic recorded to produce the highest number of twins in the World. South Africa is number one producer of Gold, Platinum, and Diamond worldwide. Africa is full of life and very natural. If you want to know what it feels like to look ancient and naturally nature-dependent, the black continent is an excellent choice.