Africa is a complex, convoluted continent with more hidden than you can see on the surface and a human history that goes right back to the beginning. There’s so much for adventurous souls to discover in the unique environments of Africa, and so many ways to play a role in moving forward from the continent’s troubled past.

About Africa/ DYK/ Fascinating Facts

  • Over 1,000 different languages are spoken by just over 1 billion people across Africa, and many of those are only spoken in Africa. There are an estimated 3,000 different tribes in the continent across its 54 countries.
  • The Romans introduced the word “Africa” into Western use. It comes from two sources, the Latin “Aprica” which means “sunny” and the Greek “Aphrike” which means “without cold.” The latter is certainly not true - while the hottest temperature on Earth was recorded in Libya at 57.8°C, Africa’s lowest ever temperature was -24°C in Morocco in 1935.
  • The world’s largest river, desert, and fresh water lake are all found in Africa. The Nile is 6,853 km long, Lake Victoria covers a whopping 68,800 km square, and the the Sahara is 9.2 million km square - almost the size of the entire United States.
  • The world’s oldest human remains were found in Ethiopia - they’re about 200,000 years old. The Pharaonic civilization of ancient Egypt, the oldest literate culture, goes back to about 3300 BC.
  • Tanzania has the largest concentration of wild animals per km square. It has about 4 million wild animals and around 430 species (or subspecies). It’s also home to the world’s largest crab, the coconut crab.
  • Morocco boasts Africa’s highest ski resort. But don’t expect powdery snow to ease your fall if you crash - snowfall is normally 20 cm deep maximum.


Experience Africa with 88 D

  • Travel across the Sahara desert and see some of the world’s most unique wildlife on a 4x4 adventure in Morocco.
  • Spend time with locals and provide basic healthcare by volunteering in Tanzania. As well as helping people get their basic needs, you’ll learn so much and get to understand a local culture at a deeper level than normal tourism could ever take you.

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