Of all of the world’s continents, Africa is the third largest. Africa counts 11,608,000 Square Miles, or 30,065,000 Square Km’s, and covers a little over twenty percent of the entire land area of out planet.
The continent was possibly named Africa for the Afridi Tribe. They lived in the northern portions of Africa in the Carthage area, but there are more explanations.
There’s also the theory that the name was derived from “aphrike”, a Greek word meaning “without cold”, or from “aprica”, the Latin word for “sunny”.
Originally, the Romans used the word Africa to denote only the northern portion of the entire African continent.
When should I visit Africa?
Well, this really doesn’t matter so much.
Take a closer look at these considerations:
Across Africa, there are basically two ‘rainy’ seasons. We know the so-called “long rainy period” (March to May), and the “short rainy period” (October/November).
This doesn’t mean, though, that during these periods it will rain continually, in fact the weather can be quite agreeable during these “rainy seasons”, but it may be somewhat cloudier with an occasional rain shower, which may affect your traveling slightly. During these times, the grass will be greener and longer, and therefore, sometimes wildlife spotting may be a little more difficult.
During the rainy season, traveling is usually more quiet and a little cheaper as well. I frequently traveled in the beautiful month of May in somewhat wet weather, and more than once, I was the only guest at the lodge. Some of the National Park trails may be a little more difficult to deal with during the rainy season, but in general, your tour guides will manage all sorts of problems.
The climate in coastal areas is more humid and slightly hotter, but not in a way that it becomes unpleasant, with temperatures that usually will not exceed the low 80’s in February, March, or April, and these are the hottest months of the year!
Kenia – The Equator
Kenya is situated on the equator and chances are that when you’re visiting, you will cross the equator several times. Most National Parks in Kenia are located on pretty high altitudes, and this ensures surprisingly agreeable temperatures and a very pleasant climate. Let’s face it, the first colonialists were choosing their settlements In a very wise way!
The city of Nairobi has average daytime temperatures of 73F that go down nighttime temperatures of some 64F, very pleasant! At higher altitudes, the nighttime temperatures will even get so refreshing that some Mountain Lodges offer hot water bottles to their guests!