Saturday, July 25, 2009

My Journey Through Africa

Yesterday I started the memorisation of the countries of Africa. By the end of this exercise I will be able to name every country number on the map above and its capital.

How good is your general knowledge of Africa? Write down the countries using the map above and give yourself a score out of 53! Click the map above for a larger view.

I have never travelled to Africa but I am fascinated by the variety of cultures, wildlife, climate, music, and deserts. I enjoyed Michael Palin's series on Sahara, and I am about to read Paul Theroux's book Dark Star Safari in which he describes a journey overland from Cairo to Cape Town. As I read the book my knowledge of the countries and capitals will be reinforced.

Two more books on my "Africa" list are Ryszard Kapuscinski's The Shadow of the Sun (published by Penguin in their inexpensive Popular Penguin series) and "Out of Africa" by Isak Dinesen.


  1. About two days ago, I confirmed that I now know all the countries and capitals of Africa. This is a result of testing with the Mnemosyne Flash card system. I also included cards asking me to name the country for a given capital.

  2. Africa is one of the big continent in America.

    Laby[big suit]

  3. i like your pictures