Africa is the second largest continent in terms of land mass – just behind Asia and its population has crossed the 1 billion mark. The primeval hunter-gatherers wandered from Africa to Asia to establish new colonies in the larger continent.
Africa is spread over both sides of the equator and is home to the largest collection of wild animals on any continent. It is in search of the safari experience that millions come to visit every year.
The northern half of the continent was influenced by the proximity of ancient Greece and Rome and ancient Egypt, once the leader and most powerful nation on earth. Christianity also made inroads into the continent only to be later banished by the mighty Islamic forces. Despite its defeat by Islam, remains of Christianity lingered in places like Ethiopia and Kenya’ while Islam conquered the north.
The far south remained undiscovered until many years later, and it is indeed very different. In the south ethnic differences play a very minor role, while tribalism reigns supreme in a region where tribal hostility is generations old.
Dutch and Portuguese seafarers and explorers were the first white people to arrive to the south. The British Empire followed and colonialism flourished/ Catholic missionaries take pride in having brought Christianity to the idol worshippers and pagans and tens of tribes take pride in their love of God and their hatred for other tribes.
Africa is tribal and feral, its scenery is breathtaking and its animals are wondrous in their type and number. Africa, once you’ve been there, gets under your skin. It will call you back, again and again.