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Into the Wild: Africa

 

Taking a Trip to Somewhere Different

Or, Taking a Trip Back Home

(VIRAL VIDEO)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Africa is one vast, beautiful, and spectacular place.

It’s the most interesting and diverse continent on the earth:  home to an incredible variety of people, animals, geographies and climates.

Africa covers six percent of the earth’s total surface, has a billion people, and speaks over 2,000 languages in its 54 countries.

It was also your house at one time.  Like, home.

africa skullLong before we were around, Africa was joined to the other continents in a massive continent called Pangaea.  Over millions of years this huge continent broke apart, shaping the landscape as we know it today.

The cradle of mankind, ancient ancestral hominids first appeared in Africa more than 3-4+ million years ago; anatomically modern human beings migrated in several waves from here more than 200,000 years ago.   The first great civilization, Egypt, arose from Africa’s humble origins.  All of humanity– all of us, you and I, we– likely descend from this very place.

It’s also home to the world’s largest and shyest primate (the gorilla), the largest land mammal (the African elephant), and the fastest and the tallest animals (the cheetah and giraffe)– among its 3,700 unique species.  It is where the largest reptile, the Nile crocodile, resides.

Straddling the equator, Africa is the only continent to extend from the northern temperate zone to the southern temperate zone, laying claim to being the hottest continent on the planet.

afirca victoria fallsAfrica has the longest river in the world, the Nile, meandering along for 4,132 miles.  The world’s largest desert, the Sahara, is almost the size of the United States.  Victoria Falls, Africa’s largest waterfall, is 355 feet high and one mile wide.

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the continent, towers above 19,300 feet.  It’s so tall that glaciers can be found at its summit– even though the mountain is near the equator.

What a long strange trip it’s been:  Out of Africa and Into the Wild.  We’re fortunate to be here in this diverse world, a beautiful planet, living, breathing, and dancing for a brief evolutionary moment.

Let’s hope we don’t wear out our welcome.

Devin Graham’s high-def video is best seen at the full-screen setting.  You might also enjoy his ‘Children of Africa’ video, too, one of our favorites.

Giving us a special glimpse into an extraordinary place, he and his girl describes their mighty-white-of-you Mogambo experiences in Kenya, below, along with some stunning visuals and an absurd breakfast on the Maasai Mara savannah.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Into the Wild: Africa”

  1. Tonto says:

    Large thumbs up for this!

  2. Jim McAvoy says:

    This is a good article and film clip about Afirca, thanks for sharing the informative information. I’ll visit frequently for newer posts.

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