African Melting Pot. Explore the Mother City, on the southern tip of Africa.
Regardless of what you have heard about Africa, nothing can prepare you for a visit to this incredible continent. It's one of the places in the world that you really must just see for yourself, but as it is the only continent that spans both hemispheres, this can be a rather difficult task.
From the slopes of Table Mountain in South Africa, to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls of Zimbabwe, to the untamed plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya, and all the way up to the rolling sand dunes of the Egyptian desert, Africa is a land of untouched beauty.
In many ways however, Africa remains the 'dark continent'. It is still a very foreign land to outsiders and this sentiment often remains true even after they have arrived. African customs, languages and traditions seem otherworldly to the average visitor, but the good news is that it's quite easy for travellers to embrace this 'culture shock' and dive right in.
Africa has been a popular safari destination since colonial times. There are numerous places on the continent where one can get up-close and personal with herds of elephant and other beasts. The Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Etosha National Park in Namibia are two of the best places to do this.
On the whole, Africa remains a developing continent. Visitors are often left frustrated by the outright lack of infrastructure and 'first world' luxuries. But, don't let that put you off. Africa is a land of spectacular beauty, and every trip to the continent will lead you to new adventures at every turn.