Africa may be ‘only’ the world’s second largest continent, but it is made up of a complex patchwork of 54 sovereign countries, more than Asia or any other landmass. Dividing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and with close connections to Mediterranean Europe and the Middle East, the African continent is vast – fully 5,000 miles from north to south, and some 4,800 miles from east to west above the line of the equator which it bestrides.
The mighty Nile River, the world’s longest, leads the traveller from Egypt to deep within Central Africa while the giant inverted horseshoe of the Congo River supplies central West Africa with water. The stunning Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest free-standing mountain, dominating the skies of Tanzania.
The exquisite game reserves and national parks of Southern Africa offer the opportunity for exhilarating big game safaris, as well as broader tours exploring the bushveld and savannah regions, the deserts, forests, mangrove swamps and pristine beaches. Uganda and Rwanda are the best places in the world to see gorillas in their natural habitat. In the north, travellers can come face to face with the daunting Sahara Desert or explore the vibrant souks – colourful markets packed with haggling traders – of Morocco and Algeria.
Africa is increasingly on the rise, enjoying the benefits of a dynamic business climate, with international investment pouring in to access the continent’s abundant resources. Lagos (in Nigeria, West Africa), Johannesburg (South Africa) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia, home of the African Union) figure highly among the top destinations for business travel in Africa.
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