Map of the World showing all continents

Africa covers six percent of the world’s total surface area, roughly 30,244,000 km² (11,700,000 mi²). Including its adjacent islands. With 1.3 billion people as of 2018, it accounts for about 16% of the world’s human population, the continent occupies about 20 percent of Earth’s total land area. Africa’s largest country is Algeria, followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), and Sudan. You can’t really describe Africa without talking about the animals, the beautiful sunsets and sunrises, the lush green landscape during the rainy seasons, the sweeping savannas, the pure gorgeousness of it all. Africa has the friendliest people, always with smiles to greet you and a kind word.

Africa by regions

Map of Africa showing regions

Africa covers six percent (6%) of the world’s total surface area, roughly 30,244,000 km² (11,700,000 mi²). Including its adjacent islands, the continent occupies about 20 percent of Earth’s total land area. Africa’s largest country is Algeria, followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), and Sudan.

How many countries are there in Africa?

There are 48 countries  that share the area of mainland African continent, plus six island nations are considered to be part of the continent. All in all, there are 54 sovereign African countries and two disputed areas, namely Somaliland and Western Sahara

Map of Africa showing countries

Colonization of Africa

The principal powers involved in the modern colonization of Africa are Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Italy. In nearly all African countries today, the language used in government and media is the one imposed by a recent colonial power, though most people speak their native African languages.

Africa’s Tourism

Tourism is an important economic sector for many countries in Africa. There are many countries that benefit heavily from tourism like Uganda, Algeria, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Ghana and Tanzania. The touristic particularity of Africa lies in the wide variety of points of interest, diversity and multitudes of landscapes as well as the rich cultural heritage. Also, an ecotourist industry is present in some African countries (i.e. South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique)

Why visit Africa

When it comes to incredible scenery, Africa is right up there with the best. Boasting vast savannas, stunning beaches and dramatic mountains, this continent has it all. Throw in epic canyons, sugar and tea plantations, extinct volcanoes, and you’ve got endless opportunities to explore nature at its finest.

sunset in Africa
giraffes with mount kilimanjaro in the back ground

sand dune of Namibia

Best country to visit in Africa

Uganda

Uganda is a natural beauty, with an abundance of gifts bestowed to her: the snowcapped mount Rwenzori, named one of the best hikes in the world by the National Geographic; Mountain Elgon, with the largest volcanic caldera in the world; and Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria; the mighty River Nile followed by the Apes like chimpanzees and not to forget the gorgeous beautiful gentle giants, the mountain Gorillas.

Rwenzori mountains
Sliver back gorilla with a juvenile Gorilla at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda
Tourists rafting on the Nile in Uganda