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The Africa Book - A Journey Through Every Country on the Continent
(Lonely Planet) ISBN 978-1741046021

The Africa Book inspires both explorers and armchair travellers. Part resource and part coffee table book, it encourages readers to experience and learn about the diversity of Africa's 54 countries.

You can experience Africa by opening this travel book on any page and reading. Not many books can boast the ease with which you can appreciate the contents.

In 264 pages, The Africa Book provides an introduction to the continent, a selection of beautiful and unusual photographs, a listing of selected journeys around the continent, detailed facts and figures for each country and a collection of essays on African music and cultural traditions.

Travel to Africa

The book is divided into five regions with countries arranged by logical travel routes. Separate country profiles detail facts and suggested learning experiences for discovering Africa's people and attractions.

Many beautiful color photographs depict African wildlife, landscapes and cultures, while 56 maps illustrate towns, cities, national parks and routes.

The introduction discusses Africa, the image, the reality, the past and the future. A timeline outlines African history from 14,000 BC until the present.

African statistics

Africa at a glance contains interesting facts such as: the population of Africa is 910.8 million, Africa's area is 30.1 million square kilometers and African people speak 1,800 languages, 27 of them official.

Under each country title, a single sidebar lists: capital city, population, area and official languages.

Facts are organized by landscape, history, people, marketplace, trademarks, natural beauty, random facts, urban scene, surprises, wild things, import, export, myths, legends, cuisine, top festival and essential experiences.

Things to do in Africa

The essays at the end of the book feature sidebars on Top 10 Adventure Activities in Africa, Top 10 Musical Experiences and Top 10 Wildlife Experiences.

Everyone has heard of Libya, but did you know that deserts cover 95 per cent of the country and sand dunes cover 20 per cent?

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Introducing Africa


Africa Geographical Map

Africa At A Glance

Great Journeys
  • The Sahara
  • West Africa
  • North Africa
  • East Africa
  • Plymouth-Dakar Rally
  • Cape to Cairo
North Africa
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Tunisia
  • Algeria
  • Morocco
West Africa
  • Mauritania
  • Senegal
  • Cape Verde
  • The Gambia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guinea
  • Sierra Leone
  • Liberia
  • Cote D'Ivoire
  • Mali
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ghana
  • Togo
  • Benin
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Cameroon
Central Africa
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Gabon
  • Republic of Congo
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Sudan
East Africa
  • Ethiopia
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Somalia and Somaliland
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Rwanda
  • Burundi
  • Tanzania
  • Comoros and Mayotte
  • Seychelles
  • Madagascar
  • Reunion
  • Mauritius
Southern Africa
  • Mozambique
  • Malawi
  • Zambia
  • Angola
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Lesotho
Themes of Africa


A cohort of writers assembled by Lonely Planet who have lived in Africa and/or experienced and written extensively about it.

More information on Africa:

Fodor's Complete African Safari Planner

Kilimanjaro: A Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain

How to Pick An African Safari

Luxury African Tented Safari Camps

Botswana Okavango Delta Safari - Chiefs Camp

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