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Out of Africa

  • Feb 1, 2010
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Woopak suggested I makea list of places I haven’t been to instead of those I’ve been.
I had made 3 lists specifically last 2 weeks to places I've been to:

Top 20 European Countries I’ve Visited
Top 20 Asian Countries I’ve Visited
Top 10 “American” Countries I’ve Visited

Now that I’ve done that, I’m putting this review up as Africa is a continent that I’ve covered least in the world. My virtual map shows a huge of Africa not colored and it’s my hope that I would find it in me to venture there in this decade! Amelia Earhart did it back then, I’m sure I can do it too! I just need some encouragements and sponsorships ;-)

There are people in this world who has the most incredible spirit of adventure in them. Amelia Earhart  is one of them.  Ernest Shackleton? Another. Me? I haven’t got that ingrained in me from young. What I lack in spirit, I made it up with initiative.

 

Yes, there are always talks about wanting to take this trip or another, well, in old age! Blah, not me. I don’t think I’ll live to old age so I take every single trip as soon as opportunity arises. That’s the only way I could guarantee myself a chance to see the world. And saw the world I did. If I’m lucky enough, I’ll make it to a 100 countries in next 5 years. 7 continents? Did that back in 2004; again in 2005. I’ve set foot also on all provinces of China, ½ of the United States & probably around 35 countries in Europe and an equal number in Asia. My unchartered territory is the continent of Africa mostly. I’ve been only to a mere 3 countries in this continent (4 if you count Jordan as one, the others being Egypt, Morocco & South Africa)! That’s pathetic by any standard ;-)

 

What would I want to see in this continent?
3 most important sites come to mind:

  1. Sahara (the desert)
  2. Kilimanjaro (the mountain)
  3. Victoria Falls (the waterfalls)



3 countries I’m extremely interested in:

1)      Namibia (for the sand dunes)

2)      Tunisia (for the Sahara )

3)      Kenya (for the safari)


 

The reason why I haven’t explored as much as I’d have the other continents are probably because of safety concerns and the point-to-point ticketing of the flights. Well, it’s not as cheap to travel to Africa for me as it was for America (despite the shorter distance). Flights are infrequent and highly expensive. I also have the idea that it’d have been best to travel on a tour when one is in Africa. The thing is, I hate tours! Except for Egypt, I went to Morocco and South Africa on my own. Dangerous? Perhaps. But I did enjoy them the more because of it.

 

Africa as a tourist destination poses quite a number of hurdles and challenges. Language being one of them and infrastructure being another.  Europeans I know seemed to take heart to African countries more than others. Naturally because of proximity and also a sense of adventure. While the American and Canadian have the vast and numerous national parks in their backyards, European’s nature inclination falls on Africa. I’ve known many travelers who have had been to Kenya and visited its safaris. I’ve not known an American or Canadian who had done so. I did meet some travelers from Taiwan and Japan who had done the same. So, in all earnest, distance does matter.

 

I’m now researching for flights which originated from either Hong Kong, Bangkok or even Shanghai/Beijing. Chances are I’ll be able to find some pleasant surprises and make a trip there in no time! Hopefully ;-)


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 Africa is the world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² (11.7 million sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area. With a billion people (as of 2009, see table) in 61 territories, it accounts for about 14.72% of the World's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Not counting the disputed territory of Western Sahara, there are 53 countries, including Madagascar and various island groups, associated with the continent.

Africa, particularly central eastern Africa, is widely regarded within the scientific community to be the origin of humans and the Hominidae tree (great apes), as evidenced by the discovery of the earliest hominids and their ancestors, as well as later ones that have been dated to around seven million years ago – including Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Australopithecus africanus, A. afarensis, Homo erectus, H. habilis and H. ergaster – with the earliest Homo sapiens (modern human) found in Ethiopia being dated to ca. 200,000 years ago.

Africa straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas; it is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate to southern temperate ...
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