Africa is hands down, my favourite continent! It has everything, vast open plains, incredible wildlife, ancient civilisations, stunning waterfalls and the best beaches.
Some of my personal highlights on this continent include Calandula falls in Angola, camping at a watering hole frequented by elephants in Botswana, a family of cheetahs hunting in the Serengeti, Tanzania, a $10 safari in Ghana and seeing the mountain Gorillas of Rwanda.
Calandula Falls, Angola
Below you will find some interesting facts about this continent and the countries which I have visited in Africa so far.
It is a continent that just draws you in, and once you have visited makes you come back again and again. Truly magical.
Africa is the second largest continent in the world behind Asia, it covers about one-fifth of the total surface of the Earth.
The continent is huge, encompassing 54 countries with around 1.1 billion people living on it.
The total land area is approximately 30,365,000 square km, and measures about 8,000 km from north to south and about 7,400 km from east to west.
Africa has plenty of islands surrounding it, all with their own characteristics and diversity.
The highest mountain on the continent is Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It has three volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world: 5,895 metres above sea level and about 4,900 metres above its plateau base.