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From the sweeping African savannah to the the majesty of the Sahara and the Serengeti, no other continent offers such a diverse range of travel experiences. While vacationing in Africa you can enjoy game watching, wine tasting, touring the Great Pyramids and sailing down the Nile River.
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Africa Travel Information Africa History
Africa is renowned for being the oldest inhabited territory on earth. In fact, most Asian, European (and, for that matter, American) family trees can find their ancient roots on this continent. Africa's written history begins with the Egyptians in 3300 B.C. Other prominent civilizations developed throughout the continent in the centuries that followed.

European domination of Africa began in the fifteenth century with the Portuguese exploration of the continent during their search for a lucrative trade route to India. Trading stations were established by Portugal and other European maritime powers along Africa's west coast. In the centuries that followed, the slave trade rapidly expanded.

Africa Travel Information In the early nineteenth century, as contemporary powers moved away from slavery, powerful European nations staged a massive "scramble for Africa" to secure its wealth of natural resources. The entire continent-save Liberia and Ethiopia-was colonized. This occupation continued until the conclusion of WWII, when the colonial states gradually gained independence. Today, Africa is home to 50 independent countries and is heading down a path of continued social and economic growth.


Africa Travel Information Egypt Fast Facts
Capital: Cairo
Population: 77.5 million
Language: Arabic
Currency: Egyptian pound (EGP)
Time Zone: EST plus 7 hours
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz


Africa Travel InformationKenya Fast Facts
Capital: Nairobi
Population: 33.8 million
Language: Swahili, English, tribal languages
Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES)
Time Zone: EST plus 8 hours
Electricity: 240V, 50Hz


Africa Travel InformationSouth Africa Fast Facts
Capital: Pretoria
Population: 44 million
Language: English, Afrikaans, tribal languages
Currency: Rand (ZAR)
Time Zone: EST plus 7 hours
Electricity: 220/230V (250V in Pretoria), 50Hz


Africa Travel InformationTanzania Fast Facts
Capital: Dar es Salaam
Population: 37 million
Language: Swahili, English
Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS)
Time Zone: EST plus 8 hours
Electricity: 220V


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