Don’t Believe the Hype: Misconceptions About Africa That are False

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Have you ever considered Africa as a travel destination, but then reconsidered it because of all the terrible misconceptions you’ve heard? If you have, you are not alone.  Africa is a beautifully misunderstood continent.

Yes, there are poor areas of the continent, just as there are poor areas in any continent, but for some reason, it is perceived that all of Africa is just poor and awful. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Africa is such a beautiful continent that everyone should experience. Africa is home to some of the most beautiful works of nature that most have only read about. If you haven’t experienced Mount Kilimanjaro, then you are missing out on an experience of a lifetime. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. It’s also pretty famous. Ernest Hemingway wrote a short story about the glorious mountain called “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” The view of the mountain alone puts all those nasty misconceptions to shame.

If Africa is on your list but you are afraid by what you have heard, take a look at these stereotypical misconceptions that we are laying to rest.

Africans Only Speak “African”

Some people that are not from Africa have it in their mind that people from Africa speak African as if African is a language. That’s almost like Americans asking people of other ethnic backgrounds if they speak American as a second language. To set the record straight people… “African” is not a language and American’s don’t speak “American.”

Africa has so much diversity in its culture and languages with over 200 languages spoken. Some common languages among the countries in Africa are Zulu in South Africa and Swahili in East Africa.

Africa is a Country

How many times have you heard people say “the country of Africa?” Most people think Africa is one big country when it is actually one big continent. Africa is a continent comprised of 54 beautiful countries.

Africa Has No Access to Technology

Some travellers stay away from Africa for fear of not being able to stay connected. On the contrary, Africa has seen an increasingly high rate of mobile phone users, and millions of people have internet access across multiple countries.

If you happen to be a travel blogger and have steered clear of Africa for the fear of not being able to document your journey due to the lack of internet access, challenge yourself to break that stereotype. You will be able to go to Africa, and produce immaculate photos for your travel blog through your safari adventures.

Depending on how long your visit to a particular country would be, if you’re not able to capture memories of all the beautiful sights you’ve seen, you can also make those memories a reality through incorporating stock nature photos. The cool thing about stock photos is that you can filter your search by your destination of choice, and photos of your destination will be displayed for your choosing.

Africa is Constantly at War

Another false fact is that Africa is constantly at war. Granted there are poverty-stricken and conflicted areas that should be avoided, however, for the most part, the people in Africa are very kind and peaceful people.

Africans and Wild Animals are One With Nature

Not sure why, but it has been thought for a long time that Africa is this huge desert where man and animals live together as one. Africans do not have lions and gazelles as pets. You won’t catch a native with a massive leash around the neck of a lion.

Yes, Africa is home to several different species and breeds of wild animals, but Africans aren’t wild animal whisperers…they can get attacked just as quick as a non-native could.

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