Facts about Africa: A Cultural Insight

Do you know everything about Africa, the second largest continent of the world? Do you want to have a cultural insight into this amazing land of pyramids and sphinx? Is your knowledge on facts about Africa is incomplete and you have a thirst for more? If yes, then go on reading. Let’s try to find more about this adventurous and incredible land.

Stretched over an area of 30,330,000 sq km, Africa covers more than 20% of the total land of the world. It is the ancient civilization of the world. Its largest country is Sudan, located in north-eastern part. The smallest one is Seychelles that covers an area of about 450 sq km. The highest mountain is Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the lowest point is Asal Lake in Djibouti. The longest river of the world, Nile, flows through Africa, covering a distance of 6650 km. Lake Malawi is famous for the largest number of species of fish found in its water. World’s oldest desert Namib is the only desert that is a home to many wild animals including elephants, lions and rhinoceros. The youth literacy rates are highest in Gabon (97%) and lowest in Burkina Faso (39.3%).

The other facts about Africa are also interesting. The most populated country of Africa is Nigeria with 120-140 million people. The Seychelles is the least populated with not more than 85,000 inhabitants. The most attractive tourist destination, Egypt is famous for its pyramids, although the number of pyramids is more in Sudan. The diving is cheapest at Lake Malawi. And why forget about the famous diamond Cullinan that was founded in South Africa.

Now let’s have a look at the popular tribes in Africa. There are more than 7000 tribes in this continent; each tribal population has its own rituals, customs and culture. Some of them still live nomadic life and their cultures are deeply rooted into the ancient civilizations. The largest ethnic group is Zulu that is an inhabitant of South Africa. They decorate their bodies with accessories made from beads. This tribe had strong patriarchal systems that fought many wars with British. This tribe practices divinity. Amhara is an ethnic tribe of Ethiopia that is very influential. Most of the people are orthodox Christians that adhere to the age old traditions of fasting and baptizing. Ashanti is one of the famous tribes in Africa that live at Akans in Ghana. The family-bonds are very strong and polygamy is allowed in marriage. Talking drums are considered very important from ritualistic point of view. They believe in supernatural powers.

Bobo Tribe is known for offering sacrifices to please gods. The people often wear masks and are devotees of God Wuro. They practice religious mask ceremonies. Some of the other tribes that live in Africa are Bushmen, Fon, Maasai, Samburu, and Yoruba.

Pyramid of Cheops

Pyramid of Cheops or the Great Pyramid of Giza, as it is commonly called, is the only wonder of the ancient world that has survived today. Built around third century B.C, the structure was built with over two million blocks of stone. It is a tomb of the pharaoh Khufu who was a powerful ruler of Egypt. Most of the external marble of which Pyramid was made up of has eroded with tomb. The base of the structure is 750 feet. The structure is made up of three chambers. An entrance gate that lies at a height of about 17 meters from the ground leads to a passageway. Going further inside, there is a lower chamber. The “Queen’s Chamber” that lies at the end of an ascending pathway has pointed roof. The “King’s Chamber” lies further north of a Grand Gallery. It is the burial place of Khufu who was considered divine as he was believed to be a link between God and man. The Pyramid of Cheops is a famous tourist attraction that has remained a favorite among the visitors due to its colossal structure and antiquity.

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National Parks – The heart of Africa

Serengeti National Park

Africa is a place where you can find number of places and explore to the wildlife of Africa. Here in this post you can have few look to the most famous national park of Africa. Serengeti National Park is the most famous and largest national park in Serengeti. It is located in the state of Tanzania. Serengeti National Park is been rewarded as the best wildlife reserve found in Africa. After a wide look to the Serengeti National Park you can notice that the park is divided into three areas including, Seronera valley, Seronera River, western corridor and northern lobo. To enter the seronera valley many of the visitors enter through the southern Naabi hill gate which is open to the wildlife of Serengeti. In the western corridor the path follows the Grumeti River toward the Lake Victoria. In this river you can find wide range of crocodile action. Visitors also arrange for mobile camping to get a better view of the location. On the western corridor you can find black cotton. Grumeti River is the home for crocodile, colobus monkey and martial eagle. Northern lobo the migration is filled wit wildebeest zebra, elephants, giraffe and dik dik. For hunter there are big five wildlife in this park including 3000 lion, 1000 African leopard, 1980 African elephant, black rhinoceros found around the Kopjes, and the most important African buffalo. Other species found here are cheetah, giraffe hyena, baboon, and ostrich, crowned crane, wild dog, lovebirds, vultures and lot more. For accommodation there are various types like from camp, tent or also an luxurious rooms.

Etosha National Park

Another national park in Africa is the most stunning Etosha National Park located in the region of Kunene, Namibia. The park is surrounded with the boundaries of Oshana, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa region. The Etosha Gates are named as Otjovasandu Gate, Anderson Gate, Namutoni Gate, and Von Lindequist Gate. The wildlife here is a biggest attraction to the visitors to visit the Etosha National Park. This park is covered with the full range of wild fauna and other species. Africa is filled with typical animals including elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, antelope, leopard wild dog, lion, cheetah, hyena, baboon, ostrich and lot more in the part of Etosha National Park. There are buffaloes, hippopotami, swamps and crocodiles found in the river. You can enjoy a safari in the Etosha National Park by taking your caravan in the nature reserve or flight to sossusvlei. You can self drive or can hire as guide to tour the park. For the accommodation you definitely don’t have to worry because from luxurious hotels to middle class hotels, backpackers, motels, rest camps and lot more to relax.

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is known as the second largest national park in the area of Botswana. The park covers around 11, 700 square kilometers. In this park almost 12,000 elephants are headed. The Park includes Chobe River in the Northern border and touches the Linyanti marshes to the west. It is the home to many of the wildlife presented here.In Chobe National Park majority of elephant population are found. This elephant moves according to the season up to 200 kilometers from Chobe and Linyanti Rivers for their dry season home. This park is divided into four distinct eco-system including Serondela, chobe river, savute marsh and linyanti marsh. Even in Chobe National Park you can tour yourself to wild safaris. Accommodation here is as per the individuals expectations, with lodges, hotels, motels, rest camps and lot more to relax oneself in the wildlife of Africa.

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