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African Culture and People

African culture is incredibly interesting because it is so diverse. Every African country is a mix of tribes each with their own unique language and culture. Countries as small as Uganda have more than 30 tribes. Here are links and articles covering arts, crafts, languages, tribes, religions, food and more which will help make your African trip a richer experience.
  1. Africa Festivals and Events (26)
  2. African Arts and Crafts (16)
  3. African Food and Drink (26)
  4. African Languages (13)
  5. African Music (13)
  6. Traditional Cultures of Africa (8)

Top 10 Myths About Africa
Top 10 myths about Africa. If you're planning a trip to Africa, whether on safari, volunteering, visiting ancient civilizations, backpacking or just enjoying a few days in the sun, you are likely to have some pre-conceived ideas of what to expect. Find out what myths abound and how wrong you can be about Africa if all you do is listen to the...

African Greetings: 35 Ways to Say "Hello" in Africa
African Greetings. Learn how to say hello in several African languages spoken in Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, Morocco, Botswana, Malawi and more. Being able to greet someone in their own language will help you enjoy your contact with local people even more while visiting Africa and the effort will certainly be appreciated.

Slave-Trade Tours in West Africa
Slave Tours to West Africa. Information about major slave-trading sights in Ghana, Benin, Senegal, and the Gambia for travelers interested in visiting these sites. Lists of heritage tours, slave tours and roots tours are also included.

Star Wars Tours in Tunisia
Most of the Star Wars movies were partially filmed in Tunisia. Entire sets were left behind in the salt flats of western Tunisia. Luke Skywalker's home is now a budget hotel. Star Wars fans can enjoy specialized tours, and visitors to Tunisia may be pleasantly surprised to stumble upon the Planet Tatooine and discover that they've seen southern...

African Proverbs
African Proverbs offer wisdom and poetry in just one sentence. Proverbs play an important part in African cultures all across the continent. The beauty of proverbs is the universality of their meaning, everyone can relate to them in some way, on some level. Yet they are also uniquely African and help us gain an insight into African culture....

Ghana's Fantasy Coffins
Visiting a fantasy coffin workshop in Ghana was one of the highlights of my visit to Ghana. Funerals in Ghana celebrate the life of the deceased and the Ga people believe in ensuring that the dead make their way to the afterlife in true style. The colorful fantasy coffins have been popular since the 1950's. They reflect an aspect of the deceased...

Tipping in Africa
Tipping in Africa. Find out when to tip and how much to tip when traveling in Africa.

Qat, Khat, Chat... A Flowering Business
Facts and information about Khat, the "African salad" with a kick, "the Abyssinian tea" with a bite. Khat (Qat) is a popular mild narcotic traditionally enjoyed by many East Africans living in the Horn of Africa. Khat leaves must be chewed when fresh for maximum affect. The habit has spawned a multi-million dollar business for countries that...

The Maasai People of East Africa
An introduction to the Maasai tribe of East Africa. The Maasai are pastoralists and warriors. Self-sufficient and proud, the Maasai are now struggling to maintain their traditions. Their grazing lands are being parceled off and much of it is now protected National Park land. This article also lists some cultural tours for those interested in spending some time with the Maasai people.

African Games - Games Played in Africa - Traditional African Board Games
Traditional African board games are listed below, many of them are strategy games and all make for great gifts. Game pieces can be simple stones or seeds and boards can be holes that are dug out or lines drawn in the ground. Because of this, it is difficult to find the exact origins of some African board games. Rules change as they are handed...

The Himba People
The Himba are semi-nomadic pastoralists who live in Kaokoland which is in the Northwest of Namibia. The Himba are a striking people to look at because they have maintained their traditional culture and dress. The women are topless and cover their bodies with a paste made from fat and ochre. This is an introduction to the Himba including links to tours.

The San Bushmen (Basarwa) of the Kalahari
The San (or Basarwa) people of the Kalahari are more commonly known as the Bushmen. The San are traditionally hunter-gatherers and live in small mobile family groups. This article gives an overview of San traditional culture as well as present day issues. It also lists various cultural tours so visitors can experience a little hunting and gathering themselves.

The Samburu of Kenya
The Samburu live in Northern Kenya, in the beautiful Rift Valley region. The Samburu are staunch traditionalists and still lead a semi-nomadic lifestyle for the most part. Visitors to the region can enjoy staying at a community run eco-lodge or hop on the back of a camel led by a Samburu warrior.

Images of Omo River Tribes, Ethiopia
Images and information about Ethiopian Tribes living in the Omo River Region, Southwestern Ethiopia. Images include the Mursi, Hamer, Bodi, Ari, Bumi and Karo tribes of the Omo River region of Ethiopia. Each tribe has its unique customs, language, rituals, and ceremonies.

Photos of Rural life in Ghana, West Africa
Images of daily life in the villages of Ghana, West Africa

Goree Island, Senegal
This guide to Goree island in Senegal lists tours and information regarding this historic slave-trading island which is an important place of pilgrimage for many African-Americans. This guide to Ile de Goree (Goree island) tells you what to see on the island including the Slave Museum, where to stay, how to get there and the importance of its...

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro (Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix), Ivory Coast.

The Meroe Pyramids, Sudan
Meroe Pyramids, Sudan

Best Books About Africa
My personal top ten list of best books about Africa. Reading up on a country before you visit makes the vacation so much better because you get a little deeper understanding of what's going on around you when you're there. Africa has been blessed with several Nobel prize winning authors including JM Coetzee (South Africa) and Naguib Mahfouz...

Top 10 Movies Set in Africa
Best movies and documentaries about Africa. This top 10 African movie list reflects my personal taste and includes the classics like "The African Queen", and more recent movies like "Blood Diamond". All of these movies are worth watching if you are interested in traveling to Africa. Knowing a little more about the history and culture of a region...

How to Survive if You Are not Traveling in Africa
How to Survive if You Are not Traveling in Africa. Tips on how to cope if you're missing Africa include watching live safari webcams, listening to African radio stations, reading some excellent African novels and playing some traditional African games.

What to Read When You Travel to Kenya
What to Read When You Travel to Kenya? Here's my recommended reading list for visitors to Kenya. There are lots of options for the "Out of Africa" lovers out there, as well as some fascinating biographies of leading figures in Kenyan society and history. Travel guides, wildlife books and novels depicting modern day Kenya round out my book...

Gifts for Africa Travel Enthusiasts
Gifts ideas for Africa travel enthusiasts include links and information for Africa travel magazines, travel gear, African crafts, Books, movies and more.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Namibia
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Namibia. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie decided to bring their family to Namibia in April 2006 on vacation and for the birth of their first child. This is a summary of why that seemed like a good idea and why Namibia is a good choice for a family vacation.

Celebrities and Africa
Celebrities and Africa. Find out which celebrities are making a real difference in Africa. Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bono, Ben Affleck, Bill Gates and others have all set up foundations that donate huge sums of money to various programs in Africa. Discover what African celebrities are doing to help those in need back home. And find...

Christmas in Africa
Christmas in Africa is celebrated throughout the continent where there are christian communities. This article looks at the festivities, church services, dinners and more that happen throughout Africa at Christmas. There's also information on how to say "Merry Christmas' in several African languages.

Kingsley Holgate, An African Explorer
Kingsley Holgate is a modern day African Explorer. His hero is David Livingstone, but unlike the Scottish explorer, Kingsley was born and raised in Africa. In the past decade Kingsley Holgate has led many expeditions several of which he has documented for National Geographic.

Football (soccer) in Africa
Football (soccer) in Africa is a passion shared among all Africans from Morocco down to South Africa. Start chatting about football to a young African man and you'll establish an instant connection. This article gives you some tips on what to talk about, lists the major upcoming football events and provides links to African soccer sites.

South African Crafts Galleries - The Best Places to Buy South African Crafts
While it is fun shopping in the markets and curio stalls, if you are looking for something special it is time to look in the craft galleries where South Africa's crafts, from pottery and basketry, beading to wirework have become true art forms. These are some of the best galleries in the country.

Cedi Beads, Ghana
Find out how glass beads are made in Ghana. Take a tour of the Cedi bead factory in eastern Ghana and watch this age-old traditional craft. Make your own beads, find out how to take a bead tour, and where to buy glass beads in Ghana.

Languages of Africa
A truly comprehensive list of the mind-boggling number of languages that exist in Africa. Just click on the country you are interested in and be prepared to be amazed.

Africa in FIFA's World Cup 2006
Five African nations will be represented at FIFA's World Cup this summer (2006) in June, the world's most important sporting event. The teams come from Angola, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Tunisia. Find out about the African teams, fixtures and groups. I've also picked out what players to watch and which African teams are favored to do well.

Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent
The University of Wisconsin brings this wonderful collection of more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs and 50 hours of sounds from forty-five different countries in Africa.

Favorite Movie Set in Africa - Favorite African Movie - Best African Movie
What's your favorite movie either about Africa or filmed in Africa? Check out my top 10 list of favorite African movies and see if you agree. Let us know what you think.

A Basic Overview of the People and Cultures of Africa
A good introduction to the people and cultures of Africa from The Africa Guide. It includes an overview of some of the major African tribes, African art and crafts, music, dance, weddings, festivals and events.

MyWeku.com is an online resource for the review, analysis and promotion of African Culture.

Africa's Summer Olympic Games in London 2012
Africa's Olympic Games in Beijing 2008. Individual African country information regarding Olympic squads, star athletes, medal contenders and more.

Africa at the Oscars
African movies, actors, and directors at the Oscars. Find out if African movie stars, films and documentaries have been nominated for an Academy Award. See what Oscars have gone to African actors, directors and producers in the past.

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