Africa is the second largest continent of the world and has has an incredible diversity in culture and in environment. The continent is recognized as the birthplace of the Homo Sapiens and of historical civilizations.
The African continent has an impressive climate diversity and a strongly contrasting landscape. The northern part of the continent is dominated by the Sahara desert, the largest desert in the world. The central and southern parts has magnificent equatorial forests.
Diversity also happens in the African's cultural life. There is a huge difference between culture and income, when cities, like Cairo or Cape Town, are compared with the tribes of Masai Mara, in Kenya.
The African People
Four fifth of the African territory is situated between the tropics of Capricorn and Cancer. Equator cuts the continent almost in the middle. The African people struggles to make a living in this hot continent.
The quality and cultural diversity of life in the 54 independent countries of Africa, reaches extremes. There are paradises, like Seychelles Islands and Mauritius, with high per capita income and paradisiacal beaches. On the other hand, there are inhospitable lands on most part of Mali and Niger.
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About the Geographic Guide - Travel. African Continent.
A lioness and gnus in the African Wildlife.
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