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Interesting places in Africa

 

Africa is one of the most diverse places in the world. It literally has everything to offer everyone.  Find out about some of the continents well known and not so well known places or tell us about your favourite spots in Africa. Visited any interesting African places lately? Tell us about them.

Zanzibar (Tanzania)

Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast. Zanzibar Island occupies a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town - said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.
Zanzibar's main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. It is still sometimes referred to, with the islands Pemba and Mafia, as one of the Spice Islands (a term also associated with the Maluku Islands in Indonesia) because of the significance of its production of cloves (of which it used to be the world leader in the 1970s[citation needed]), nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper.

Zanzibar's local people are an incredible mixture of ethnic backgrounds, indicative of her colourful history. Zanzibaris speak Swahili (known locally as Kiswahili), a language which is spoken extensively in East Africa. Many believe that the purest form is spoken in Zanzibar as it is the birth place of the language.

   

Peace in africa

I live in South Africa, some of the things that I love about my country are:

The sense of freedom since the country has become free from apartheid, I never let a day go by without expressing gratitude for the freedom I have now.
The sense of hope that South Africa has, that exists amongst all Africans about our continent.
The peace the beauty of the country and the continent.
The resources, the wealth that the African continent has.
Our African cultures affirm humanity, ubuntu, the glory of mother earth, the abundance of mother earth.
In Zulu culture (ignore Pres Zuma's weired zulu culture) we believe that being on earth is being in heaven; Zulu means heaven/heavenly.
Africa is a place of healing, a place of spiritual naturing and
upliftment.
I am proud to be African and I believe the world envy's the love, respect and sense of humanity that Africans carry.

   

Africa in Miniature: Cameroon

Cameroon is located in the heart of Africa, where West and Central Africa meet. It is geographically, ethnically, historically, and culturally diverse country, dubbing its nickname, 'Africa in Miniature.' The Republic of Cameroon is the only African country that has been colonized by three powers, Germany, Great Britain, and France and has two official languages, English and French. There are over 250 ethnic groups in Cameroon. If these diverse features don't make Cameroon dynamic enough, look at its pristine beaches in the Southwest, lush forests in the East, vast deserts in the North, and bustling capital. Cameroon is home to many unique characteristics and known for its relative stability.

   

Gona (Ethiopia)

A site in the Awash region of Ethiopia that has yielded the world's oldest stone artefacts. The tools consist of pebbles modified for chopping, scraping and hammering. They are assigned to the Oldowan tradition (see Olduvai Gorge).

   

Olduvai Gorge

A 48 kilometre long ravine in the Serengeti area of Tanzania. Erosion of layers of ash deposited over the last 2 million years has exposed animal bones and important hominid and human ancestor fossils, classified as Paranthropus boisei, Homo habilis and Homo ergaster.

   

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