Facts about Africa

Africa is a continent of monumental beauty, a place where the natural law of eat or be eaten prevails. As we launch our new collection, here’s our top ten facts you may have never known about this extraordinary continent.

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Four of the five fastest land animals reside in Africa: the cheetah, the wildebeest, the lion, and the Thomson’s gazelle. All of these animals can run short distances at speeds above 80 kilometres per hour, with the cheetah reaching a top speed of about 113 kilometres per hour.

Go in search of Africa's vast wildlife on one of our fully-inclusive escorted tours. From the magnificent Kruger National Park, where as part of our Scenic Enrich, you can dine under a starlit sky with the sounds of the African wildlife close by, to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, where you can visit a traditional Maasai village and learn all about their culture.


Hippos are susceptible to sunburn, and spend most of their days with just their noses out of water. Their noses have special flaps that close when submerged, and they can stay under water for up to 25 minutes.


Africa makes up 16% of the world’s total population with approximately one billion people. More than 25% of the world’s languages are spoken only in Africa.


Africa is home to the world’s largest land animal, the African elephant. The fastest animal, the cheetah. The world’s largest reptile, the Nile crocodile. The largest primate, the gorilla. The world’s largest frog, the goliath frog, and the world’s tallest animal, the giraffe.


Africa is home to the longest river in the world, the Nile (6,650km), and the largest desert in the world, the Sahara, which is bigger than the United States.


Victoria Falls, located along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Zambezi River is the waterfall’s main source of water. As part of our Scenic Sundowners, enjoy a cruise on the Zambezi River and watch the teeming wildlife on the banks, drink in hand.


More people speak French in Africa than the population of France.


Africa is the world’s hottest continent with deserts and drylands covering 60% of the land surface area (e.g. Kalahari, Sahara and Namib deserts), and is the world’s second driest continent after Australia.


There are more than 3,000 different groups of indigenous people living in Africa, each with their own language and culture. As part of our Scenic Enrich program, visit local villages and gain unique insights into traditional tribal life and their close association with wild animals.


Africa is located right in the centre of the globe, according to lines of latitude

and longitude. The equator (0 degrees latitude) and the prime meridian (0 Degrees longitude) both cut across the continent.



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