Africa is the world’s second-largest continent. From the Sahara and the Kalahari desert to the Congo Rainforest and the Serengeti National Park, Africa is one of the most diverse and unique backpacking destinations. Famed for its exciting wildlife, many travelers choose to visit central or south Africa, hoping to spot the Big Five in the wild: the African elephant, the black rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo, the African lion, and the African leopard.

Backpacking in Africa is distinctively different from traveling to more ‘backpacker-friendly’ destinations, such as Southeast Asia and Europe. Africa is the hottest continent in the world, there are over 2,000 recognized languages spoken, and there are fewer people with an internet connection in the whole region than there are in New York City. Traveling Africa comes with its own set of difficulties and struggles, but will undoubtedly leave you with many unforgettable experiences.

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