Welcome to Africa
Africa is among the most vibrant, colorful, and lively places on earth and this
begins with the great diversity of the people. Stretching north of the Sahara Desert
the people and culture reflect that of the Middle East in many ways as they share
a language, religion, foods, and much more. However, as you travel south the culture
changes, the language changes, the religion changes, and the foods change.
These many changes aren't uniform; the differences in sub-Saharan Africa stretch
from language to language, religion to religion, and food to food. Nearly every
country boasts incredible diversity ethnically, linguistically, and culturally.
The way of life in Africa is also incredibly diverse due to the landscape and history
of the people. The wet and river-filled west creates a vastly different lifestyle
than the great savanas of the east, the rain forests in central Africa, the open
plains in the south, and the deserts of the southwest and north. These landscapes
have provided different foods, animals, and lifestyles.
In addition to these changing landscapes, the lands also experienced vastly different
outside influences as many Europeans settled the coastal lands, some even making
their way further inland. These people brought in new foods, clothing, languages,
and religions. In many ways these new religions have had the greatest impact on
the culture and lifestyle, but these outside influences have also altered city skylines,
transportation, and jobs.
While some cities and places may look and feel quite European, these feelings are
short-lived as the vibrant people and culture always dominate the scene, whether
that's in a city or in a small village. The people are friendly, open, social,
and curious. The culture in Africa is vastly different from one place to the next,
but they are also incredible exotic to most travelers, making Africa unlike any
other destination in the world.