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Africa Uncovered: Get to know the countries of Africa

Not many people would be able to state with any kind of certainty the exact countries of Africa, so it wasn’t such a shock to discover that figures differ!

The number of African countries I cover comprises 54, including a number of islands off Africa’s coast (Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe).

Africa is the second largest continent in the world by both area and population (Asia being the largest). 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.

Straddling the equator, Africa is the only continent to stretch from the northern to southern temperate zones, ensuring vastly differing climates from country to country. Africa also holds the dubious title of the world’s poorest continent, despite its abundant natural wealth, which gives one pause to consider the impact of colonialism. As the cradle of mankind, Africa has long captured the hearts and souls of intrepid explorers from all over the world.

I'll gradually be adding links to each individual country where you can find out more about each African country, as well as providing one-of-a-kind insider information as I travel through this great continent.

In the meantime, why not find out about green travel, and what you can do to help keep the environment safe for others:

You can even follow green travel pioneers Enora Nedelec and Guillaume Combot's adventures as they walk through Africa.

Learn more about this great continent with Facts about Africa.

Alternatively, check out some of our maps of Africa, and start planning your trip now:

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