ReadersMagnet Review celebrates works that are inspired by the majestic beauty of Africa.

Africa is the second-largest continent and home to a rich and diverse history, scenery, culture, art, and biodiversity. While Europe and America are two powerful continents, Africa is ancient. And it is there that many of the land’s unique and interesting features lay. Today, ReadersMagnet celebrates Africa’s majestic beauty and enduring beauty through various works of literature featuring its landscapes, vibrant culture, and the people inhabiting this vast continent.

Africa: Cradle of Humankind

The African continent is considered by many, especially paleontologists, as the cradle of life. It is said that somewhere in Africa, the first humankind evolved and settled. It is the center of origin, not only of man but also of most plant and animal species. This declaration is supported by hundreds of fossils and remains excavated within the country. Fossilized remains of plants, animals, and the oldest evidence that dinosaurs exist are found in Africa. In 1994, Sally Falk Moore released Anthropology and Africa. It is one of the most important works that deals with the study of the African people and the continent. In her book, Moore shares the immense contribution of Africa in tracing the history of humankind. Cradle of Life: The Story of the Magaliesberg and the Cradle of Humankind by Vincent Carruthers is another significant book for understanding the ancient history of Africa. Located in the northern part of South Africa, Magaliesberg is known for its ancient origins, as evidenced by its quartzites, shales, and dolomites. It is here that many scientists traced the earliest hominin species that lived over 2 million years ago. The recent or modern history of Africa is as colorful and perhaps as violent as its ancient past. With forty-eight countries and republics sharing the mainland and another six inland nations considered part of Africa, it is no wonder that the continent has a rich political, social, and cultural history. Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the EarthFrom Babylon Tihbuktu by Rudolph R. Windsor, When the World Was Black by Supreme Understanding, and The Fortunes of Africa by Martin Meredith are just some of the most notable works about the general history of Africa.

The Majestic Beauty of Africa 

Africa’s rich history and amazing ancient past are rivaled only by its majestic sceneries found in the many countries that comprise the great continent. For many decades, travel books, magazines, and other forms of literature have displayed many of Africa’s wondrous landscapes, fascinating flora and fauna, and the ever-astonishing cultures of the different peoples of the said continent. Fodor’s Essential South Africa: With The Best Safari Destinations is a book that shares the continent’s wealth and beauty. It is a book every traveler must have when visiting Africa. In 2019, famous travel photographer and author Nicki Collins Geigert released Family Trip to Magical Madagascar and Beyond. The book features Nicki Geigert on amazing adventure and a family trip to many of Madagascar’s amazing landscapes and sceneries captured by her camera lenses. Some of the photos included in the book are the Baobab trees, the unique rock formations known as Tsingy, images of rustic Madagascar towns, rivers, beaches, as well as the countries wide variety of species, including reptiles, insects, and raccoons. Geigert’s book is an important contribution to promoting the wildlife beauty of Madagascar. Other great books that celebrate African wildlife include National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife by Peter Alden, Kenya: A Natural History by Glenn Mathews and Stephen Spawls, Wildlife of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda by David Hosking and Martin B Withers, and Wildlife of South Africa: A Photographic Guide by Duncan Butchart.

Africa is a vast land with an ancient past and hundreds of sceneries that tell thousands of stories about the land, the weather, the culture, and its people. There are still many untold narratives about Africa. For now, we celebrate the beauty that we see and the traditions that are still preserved by its various inhabitants. Africa will forever be a land of beauty and stories.

Nicki Geigert Collins is a travel photographer and writer. To know more about her works, you can purchase her books and visit her website today.