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“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.”

–Ernest Hemingway

Explore Africa , its not only a colorful continent but also the world’s second largest and second most populace land mass. The continent hosts a broad diversity of 3,000 ethnic groups and cultural heritages that compose 2,000 different languages.

The earliest evidence of homo sapiens is found in Africa and that is why the continent is often referred to as the “cradle of civilization”.There are 54 sovereign countries on the African continent. The borders of some countries shift slightly because of armed conflict between ethnic groups. But most of the borders were drawn during the time of European colonialism.

The 54 countries within the African continent include: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa , South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Explore Africa, everything from its history, cultural heritage to diverse mix of people. The land offers a lot to those who are passionate about traveling.


Underwater with a giant Manta Ray.

Queen of Mantas – One Woman’s Fight For a Threatened Species

By Melissa Hobson

When Andrea Marshall began studying manta rays in Mozambique in 2003 there was so little information about the species that she was forced to recommend them as “data deficient” on the Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, the go-to authority on endangered species.   Read more

Africa Conservation
Berber Village & Mount Toubkal, Morocco photo by Julia Madlin cc 2.0

Slow Tourism in Morocco: My 5-Day Trek up Mount Toubkal

By Sara Perillo

Standing at 4167 metres, Mount Toubkal is the tallest peak in Northern Africa. As prominent as it is (the highest mountain for over 2000 kilometres), Toubkal is a popular, relatively safe and non-technical destination for hikers. In fact, Toubkal National Park attracts roughly 40 000 tourists per year!   Read more

Africa Adventure Experiences
Happiness in the Kazuri workshop. Photo: Margaret Timberlake

Empowerment By Stringing Beads in East Africa

By Julie Dee Suman

Irene patiently showed me her technique for rolling clay into beads using a tiny mold. While I needed more practice, the women at Kazuri worked diligently to produce ceramic jewelry. Kazuri, located in Nairobi, employs single mothers. This small business provides a daily income and healthcare in a country where … Read more   Read more

Africa Humanity
Photo credited to Gisuru School of the Deaf.

An African School for the Deaf

By Breana Johnson

There are only two schools exclusively for the Deaf in Burundi (the other, also founded by my husband’s family, is five hours away). Without the chance to go to school and learn sign language, these kids would never have the chance to learn any language at all, a situation that … Read more   Read more

Africa Accessible Experiences
Approaching Deadvlei Clay Pan Plateau(. Photo: Thomas Später

Underestimating the Climb of Namibia’s “Big Daddy Dune”

By Thomas Später

At the end of my second week of traveling through Namibia during the pandemic, I reached the most-anticipated stop of my journey within the Namib-Naukluft National Park: Deadvlei, a white clay pan that represents an inevitable stop for nature lovers and photographers. I will never forget the second I stepped … Read more   Read more

Africa Adventure Landscape
South Africa

TODAY IN HISTORY: Apartheid ends, Mandela elected in South Africa (May 2, 1994)

On this day in 1994, South Africa officially ends apartheid and elects Nelson Mandela in the country’s first multiracial election. After 27 years in prison Nelson Mandela was freed in 1990 and negotiated the end of apartheid in SA bringing peace to a racially divided country and leading the fight for … Read more   Read more

Africa History
Cape Coast Slave Castle in Ghana. Photo: Rachel Flynn

A Journey Through the Door of Return

By Rachel Flynn

Most recently, I traveled to Ghana over the holidays with friends and family. I tried many foods like fufu, bofrot, and my personal favorite, Jollof! I sat in the notorious Accra traffic for too many hours to count, and I spent Christmas on the beach. But the most important thing … Read more   Read more

Africa History
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Mombasa: A different side of ancient Kenya

By Derek Cullen

Mombasa is a sublime mix of cultures and one of the most popular destinations in East Africa for white powdered sands and five-star luxury resorts. At the same time, there is as much to experience for backpackers as there is for wealthy tourists and this is best seen in the … Read more   Read more

Africa Family Travel
Burundi village

A Burundian Lesson in Hospitality

By Breana Johnson

It’s evening in the small African nation of Burundi, and the waning sun throws shadows over the city of Bujumbura. In the old Land Rover, we bump and jostle our way through the crowded dirt roads of the capital. Before we left the mission station where my husband’s family lives, … Read more   Read more

Africa Off the Beaten Path Social Responsibility
Tour guide Anna prepares group for bike tour through Katutura, Namibia. Photo: Chris Chesak

Biking Windhoek’s Bustling Township of Katutura

By Chez Chesak

Before your wildlife safari or self-drive adventure, take a day or two to discover Windhoek’s history, particularly the township of Katutura, where the city’s black population was forcefully moved under Apartheid.   Read more

Africa Adventure History
Photo of Kenyan woman by David Murphy NOTM

Kenya Embraces Sustainable Tourism As The New Normal

By Bianca Caruana

Since 2013, tourism has expanded and evolved in the region, welcoming a more sustainable narrative — one far more inclusive of a positive social and environmental impact than at any time in Kenya’s tourism history.   Read more

Africa Social Responsibility
Township Tourism

Township tourism: The good, the bad, and the ugly

By Rachel Flynn

If you have traveled to a developing country, you have probably seen tours that visit favelas, slums, or in South Africa’s case, townships.   Read more

Africa Insights Social Responsibility
Beautiful sunrise over Signal Hill

Why we all need (and deserve) a break

By Kellie Paxian

The past year (and then some) has left most people responsibly stuck at home, abiding by travel restrictions and doing their part not to spread the virus. This has come with many challenges in the mental health realm that have made us realize just how important travel is for our … Read more   Read more

Africa Health & Wellness Transformative
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Shaping the rainbow nation: The role of Indians in South Africa

By Rachel Flynn

Welcome to South Africa, the country with too many names! The list is long, but some of the most notable options include the Republic of South Africa, my absolute favourite country, Mzansi, and the rainbow nation.   Read more

Africa Insights History
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Exploring ‘The Red City’ of Marrakech – A Destination Rich in History and Culture

By Farah Kasman

Marrakech is one of the most exotic and enchanting places in the world. Although Marrakech is not the capital of Morocco, this vibrant city’s appeal never fails to entice tourists from around the world to come and visit. If you’re seeking the ultimate Moroccan experience and Marrakech is on your … Read more   Read more

Africa Architecture History