The African continent is privileged with a lavish spectrum of both natural and human-fashioned touristic wonders. Most remarkably, the continent is world-acclaimed as an unravelled wildlife planetary treasure-trove. Though wildlife marvels constitute the spinal column of Africa’s tourism sector, the continent’s distinctive personality is also embellished by a plethora of other enticing marvels, such as spectacular natural features, unique art and culture, beguiling ethnic diversity, elating oral tradition, engaging legend, socio-cultural vibrancy and glaring hospitality. This book presents the most fascinating characteristics of Africa, which aggregately determine and enrich the unique identity of this convivial territory, as a continent of laudable touristic magnetism, with a flavour that is different, but astounding and compelling.
“The Great Wonders of Africa” sets the scene with a melodic poem about the continent. This is succeeded by a brief geography of Africa, followed by a succinct historical review of the continent. The book is partitioned into six sections. Part one presents the five most influential animals in Africa’s national parks; comprising: African buffalo, African elephant, African leopard, African lion and African rhinoceros. Part two outlines the most outstanding tourist destinations in Africa. Part three delineates top-rated natural features in Africa, such as mountains, canyons, waterfalls, rivers and lakes. Part four presents celebrated historical icons in Africa. Part five offers mesmerising insights into Africa’s richest ethnic groups; and part six concludes with the most electrifying festivals in the continent. “The Great Wonders of Africa” is designed to offer visitors a concise and engaging panorama of Africa’s most celebrated fascinations. It constitutes a momentous appetiser for travel to the continent. Africa is world-renowned as a continent uniquely endowed with an extensive spectrum of assorted wildlife treasures. Indeed, the entire territory of Sub-Saharan Africa is consistently punctuated by breathtaking wildlife sanctuaries, each nurturing and sustaining a thriving and assorted wildlife population. Each of these beguiling wildlife kingdoms maintains a flourishing and unique connection with nature, in view of its geographical location, distinctiveness of its wildlife species and the particular flora that dependably fulfils the physiological and residential needs of these admirable creatures. Nonetheless, much untold is that, Africa is also the most ethnically and culturally diverse continent in the world. From the Berbers of the Sahara Desert, through the prominent Maasai Mora in Kenya and the flamboyant Yoruba culture in Nigeria, down to the mysterious San in Southern Africa, the continent constitutes an ethnic melting pot and an enthralling cultural Eldorado. Indeed, the continent is home to over 3000 vivacious and interesting ethnic entities, which collectively account for Africa’s captivating buoyancy. Africa is also graced by a vast array of spectacular topographical and natural features, which offer additional embellishment to the continent’s inherent magnetic personality. The continent equally hosts some of the most acclaimed natural wonders of the world; for instance, the captivating Victoria Falls in the frontier between Zimbabwe and Zambia in Southern Africa. In the continent can be observed awe-inspiring mountains, undulating escarpments, spectacular canyons, voluminous rivers, breathtaking lakes, sweeping savannahs, marvelling evergreen forests, pristine tropical beaches, rugged hills, massive cliffs, medicinal forests, colourful gardens, mind-blowing valleys and more. It’s in Africa that the shaggy cold-water waves of the majestic Atlantic Ocean caress their warm water counterparts of the splendid Indian Ocean. Most imperatively, compelling archaeological evidence also avows that Africa is the mother of humanity. Welcome home then, to Africa; our lovely loving grandma.