40 Gorgeous Photos of Africa

Beyond the single story of Africa.

In a popular TED talk, novelist Chimamanda Adichie warns of the danger of a single story, particularly as it relates to her home continent of Africa. In it, Adichie describes her middle class upbringing in Nigeria, an upbringing that seems normal by most Western standards. She contrasts that existence to the “single story” many foreigners associate with Africans, generally one of catastrophe, poverty, and foreignness.

In fact, Adichie says, Africa is a place of many stories. These photos provide a brief introduction.

(above) Foret d’Oukout, Senegal

Tsavo East National Park, Kenya

Abuja, Nigeria

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Dakar, Senegal

Giza, Egypt

Arba Minch, Ethiopia


Island of Mozambique, Mozambique

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Kindu-Port-Empain, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Malealea, Lesotho

Doz, Tunisia

Marrakech, Morocco

Ilha do Ibo, Mozambique

Dunas Loumbpoul, Senegal

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Kisoro, Uganda


Eastern Rwanda

Ankarafantsika, Madagascar

Douala, Cameroon


Mole National Park, Ghana

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana

Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa


Cape Verde

Nampula, Mozambique

Okavango Delta, Botswana


Bordj el Bahri, Algeria

Aswan, Egypt


Morondava, Madagascar

Kerma, Sudan

Segou, Mali

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Dire Dawa, Ethiopia


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Jessica Marati

Jessica Marati currently resides in New York City and covers travel and sustainability for EcoSalon. Catch her weekly column, Behind the Label.