5 MYTHS YOU WON’T BELIEVE ABOUT AFRICA
AFRICA IS A COUNTRY
It’s quite interesting how a continent housing 54 independent nations, all with their flag, language, currency, and history can be thought of as a country. George Walker Bush is one of the many people who made this error and generalization of thinking Africa is a country. You can sandboard in Namibia, trek with gorillas in Uganda, or walk on the white sand beaches of Tanzania. With so many countries to visit Cape to Cairo, you can be guaranteed the best culture trip with exquisite cuisines and over a thousand languages to learn.
AFRICA HAS NO HISTORY
Sometimes, western people naively believe that the history of the continent begun in the 15th century with the arrival of European colonists in sub-Saharan Africa. However, proof of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, which ruled during the Late Iron Age, is presented by the remains of an ancient city now known as Great Zimbabwe. The ancient pyramids of Egypt, Ethiopia's rock-hewn churches, and the eons-old rock art of Namibia are all examples of a broad and diverse culture that spans back thousands of years.
DANGEROUS CREATURES PATROL THE STREETS OF AFRICA
In southern Africa, you are likely to see the odd ostrich or baboon on the side of the road, but elephants, giraffes, lions, and buffalo are no longer freely roaming (except in some areas of Damaraland in Namibia). It’s best to keep away that area. Competition with a rapidly increasing population for resources means that biodiversity can no longer exist outside the protected areas of the continent.
EVERYONE IN AFRICA LIVES IN A MUD HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
Anyone with this kind of mindset has not visited the beautiful lodges and resorts of Africa. A great example would be Chinzombo – South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. In 2008, 39% of the African population lived in urban areas, and this is rapidly increasing, with 70% living in urban areas as of 2020. Seems like we might need to relocate some people back to the countryside.
IT’S ALL DOOM AND GLOOM WITH NO PARTYING IN AFRICA.
Regardless of where we're born bad things happen every 60 seconds all over the world, not just in Africa. But a great deal of positive stuff is happening, too! And despite all the ups and downs Africans will find a reason to sing, dance, and celebrate at any time of day, be it in a pub, club, bar, or at a braai with friends and family!